Mission Moment: Young Adults in Global Mission

Each week we share a mission moment. Why do we call them mission moments? In short, because every time you put money in the offering plate at your congregation, you are supporting these missions of the wider church through the money that your congregation sends on to the synod in the form of MISSION SUPPORT. Some call this benevolence. The ELCA encourages us to refer to this in a more meaningful way by calling it Mission Support. YOU are supporting the missions of the ELCA at all three expressions…your congregation, your synod and churchwide and we THANK YOU for your offerings. This mission moment shows how you are helping to raise up leaders through Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) through ELCA HUNGER FELLOWSHIPS. A short video has been created about their experiences, and here also in writing is a reflection from one of those in our midst who ends her fellowship with LOPPW on August 12, Kelsey Johnson.

Many of us have had the pleasure of walking with (or sometimes running with!) Kelsey Johnson, Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin Hunger Fellow and member of Midvale Lutheran Church. You may have seen her leading workshops at LEAD & Synod Assembly, addressing the Senate Committee hearing for the Human Trafficking bill, at the Immigration, Asylum & Our Response Forum, at the movie conversation, “Emanuel” and in the synod office to name a few. Kelsey has worked in the LOPPW office under the direction and guidance of LOPPW Director, Rev. Cindy Crane.

She writes, “I’m excited to share this short video about the ELCA hunger advocacy fellowship I’ve had the privilege of experiencing in the context of Wisconsin for the last year. The fellowship has been challenging, life-giving, invaluable, and has shaped my growth trajectory in profound ways. Thank you to the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin, the ELCA Advocacy state public policy network, and ELCA world hunger for empowering my voice and gifting me the experience to develop as a leader and advocate. Thank you to the 6 synods I’ve worked alongside in Wisconsin. I look forward to continuing these relationships as I continue candidacy for the next four years through the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

Also, a special thank you to the young adults/not so young adults I’ve served alongside this year. These have been and continue being transformative relationships and experiences I’m so deeply grateful to carry.”

Note: Kelsey Johnson is at the very end of the video:

ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellows 2018-19

The summer #heat can be felt nation-wide, and so can contributions of Hunger Advocacy Fellows at 6 sites around the U.S. thanks to ELCA World Hunger in 2018-19. Peek into their roles & share the encouragement of their advocacy that moves us toward a just world & end to hunger.

Posted by ELCA Advocacy on Monday, July 22, 2019

https://www.facebook.com/elcaadvocacy/videos/561152794289517/

To learn more, also visit: www.elca.org/careers

Opportunity to Nominate High School Seniors for Valparaiso University Full-Tuition Lutheran Leader Scholarship

Attention all Pastors:
Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld Shares This Opportunity to Nominate High School Seniors for Valparaiso University Full-Tuition Lutheran Leader Scholarship

If you have a high school student, graduating in the spring of 2019 in your congregation who will be attending Valparaiso University, please consider nominating the student for this full-tuition scholarship! Valparaiso University for the past 22 years, has selected two Lutheran students from among the best high school leaders in the United States to enter a program that is unique in Lutheran higher education.
Attributes of a nominee are:
1) Actively participates in a Lutheran congregation
2) Exhibits leadership within their church, on district of synod level or on a national level
3) Demonstrates academic excellence during high school
4) Intends to be active in a Lutheran congregation as a lay leader or full time church worker
Nominations are due by Saturday, December 15, 2018. This gives students time to apply to the university and prepare their application by the Tuesday, January 15, 2018 deadline. Contact Bishop Thomas- Breitfeld at bishop.thomas-breitfeld@scsw-elca.org or call 608-270-0201. Information needed is: Name, Home phone, address, email address, Student Leadership role, Pastor’s name, Church Name and address. If you have questions, feel free to contact the synod office at 608-270-0201.

MISSION MOMENT: Lutheran Campus Ministry

 Your gift of mission support carries God’s love to others, making a difference in their lives and in the world.  Your mission support in addition to special partnership offerings help to support campus ministries at UW-Madison, UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville. 

Campus pastor, Rev. Emily Tveite shares exciting news about how you are supporting the campus ministry at UW-Madison:

New Faith & Vocation Fellows Grow in Faith, Serve in Local Ministries

This year, we are excited to introduce our first cohort of Faith & Vocation Fellows. These four young women and men will spend about 10 hours each week working in partner ministry sites related to their career interests. They will also gather each Sunday afternoon to support one another, pray together, and grow in their faith.

Lutheran Campus Ministry’s generous donors raised $10,000 to fund this program, which was matched by the Siebert Lutheran Foundation. These funds provide monthly stipends to our fellows and honoraria for guest presenters. We ask for your prayers for these students as they grow in faith and serve their neighbors.

  • Addison from Ontario, WI will work with Luther Memorial Church on Youth Ministry.
  • Logan from Corcoran, MN will work with UW Hospital on public health education.
  • Rylie from Green Bay, WI will work with Bethel Food Pantry & the Badger Caring Closet.
  • Sarah from Oregon, WI will work with the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin.

Lutheran Campus Ministry alleviates student hunger with daily community meal.

Did you know that Lutheran Campus Ministry serves a community lunch each day during the academic year? Last year we served over 20 thousand meals to hungry students for less than $1 per meal. This year, we are hoping to do even more through a new partnership with Second Harvest Foodbank. You get a glimpse of the lunch by watching the University Health Service’s Video about the lunch.

Hunger and homelessness are an increasing problem on university campuses. The Wisconsin HOPE Lab studied basic needs insecurity among students in 2018 and found that one in three students at 4-year universities has experienced some kind of hunger. You can read the HOPE Lab’s report at: http://wihopelab.com

Learn More & Stay Connected to Lutheran Campus Ministry

You can learn more and stay connected to LCM by visiting our website at: www.lcmmadison.org or by following us on Facebook.

Lutheran Campus Ministry is graciously funded by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, thirty partner congregations, and many generous individuals.  Thank you for your mission support!