Free Children’s Choir Robes

Trinity Lutheran in Fort Atkinson has 22 choir robes for children that we would be happy to donate to any church interested in them. The robes are burgundy with stoles that are white on one side and pink on the other. The robes are sized child’s small through large enough for a teen or small adult. Please contact Stephanie Beran at

Worship Space Furniture For Sale – New Hope Lutheran (Hollandale/Blanchardville)

New Hope Lutheran Church has a number of very nice items for sale for worship spaces. Here is a link to photos:
If you are interested, contact the New Hope Lutheran church office – 608-523-4239 or at

All Things Annual! Your Annual Meetings Are Right Around the Corner

We suggest that you wrap your annual reports in a beautiful ELCA-provided cover that includes an inspiring message from Presiding Bishop Eaton and litany. The covers are FREE, you pay only shipping.
Order these from the ELCA through their website:
And remember to include in your annual meeting agenda the election of your voting members for Synod Assembly, May 4 & 5, 2019. Don’t forget to include extra for youth & Young adults. If you have any questions about who you can send, contact the synod office.

Holy Land Trip – Deadline Extended to December 17

There is room to join this tour to Israel, Palestine and Jordan, June 15-26, 2019. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience the land of the Bible and give you a lifetime of insights and inspiration. You receive great value for the cost by traveling in a small group with an experienced guide, staying multiple nights in each location, and having airfare from Chicago, all breakfasts and dinners, gratuities and entry fees included.

The tour is hosted by Pastor Blake Rohrer of Midvale Community Lutheran, and member of the Holy Land Advocacy Synod Team. All are welcome to join the group.

For more information:
contact Pastor Blake Rohrer at

“MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU” – New Children’s Book

Great Christmas Gift!
“The assurance that a loving God is at your side is the message of this child-friendly picture book.”

1517 Media is the publishing house of the ELCA…any books that they publish for children are recommended for your little readers!

Build Community Around the love of reading this Christmas

Get FREE books + fundraise

An opportunity from Augsburg Fortress, the ELCA Publishing Ministry:

Wellness Book Fairs – From the makers of Reformation 500 Bookstores, Wellness Book Fairs provide adults with books on coping with grief and loss, managing stress, overcoming adversity, and more. Host a Book Fair that helps adults heal, grow, and thrive!

Children’s Book Fairs  – Alongside the Wellness Book Fair, you can now host a Christmas Children’s Book Fair that will help kids thrive socially, emotionally, and spiritually. It has never been easier to connect with the entire family in your congregation!

Free books: Each Book Fair offers a free display kit of ten to twelve free books—and they are yours to keep!

Fundraiser opportunity: Get 20% back on orders that exceed $200.

To get started:

Farm Art DTour Going Through Loganville

October 5-14 Are the Dates of the 50 mile Farm Art DTour Going Through Loganville. 

Enjoy a drive through the country roads and stop at St. Peter’s in Loganville for a bowl of homemade soup, ham or turkey wraps or sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches at the Shepherd’s Café.  While there you will be able to shop for unique hand crafted items.  Included in the Shepherd’s Market will be quilts, sorghum, honey, maple syrup, Fair Trade items from Guatemala, alpaca items, crocheted items, quilted items, paintings,  spices and more.   Open Friday-Sunday 11-5 PM, Monday-Thursday 11-3 PM.

On October 17, our annual Chili Supper will take place from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Enjoy a bowl of chili, French Bread, cheese, pickles, beverage and bars.  Free Will donations accepted.

“Good Reads” from the Bishop for Your Church Library

 Please note that Honoring our Neighbor’s Faith and Together By Grace are only available through Augsburg Fortress and cannot be found through Amazon.

Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith – Revised Edition, which describes many Christian denomination and non-Christian traditions to help us understand the diversity of our fellow journeyers in faith.  (I used it with Confirmands and their parents when I was in the parish.)

Future Faith – Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, which seems so on point in helping us understand the challenges to our faith in this new century.

Faith in the Face of Empire – Mitri Raheb, which view the Bible through Palestinian eyes and has, in my opinion, more to say to us in this day and age than one might think.

Together By Grace – edited by Kathryn Kleinhans, which is a nice exposition that introduces the diversity of we who call ourselves Lutherans.

I’ve just started John Shelby Spong’s new book Unbelievable.  At age 88, he challenges us where we live if we want the church to reach people today.  We can’t do things the same way and he tells us why.  I was introduced to it by members of the Bible study group at Vermont LC.  I’ll let you know what I think about this sometime down the road.

Be well and blessed,

~ Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld


Portico offers a new online video series for Congregational Treasurers.  The video links are below.   They will eventually be on EmployerLink,

  1. Welcome video:
  2. Understanding Your Bill:
  3. EmployerLink Tour:

Also, please share the following:

Resourceful Stewards Initiative

Financial wellness is a vital part of a healthy life. Ministers who are in a financially sound position experience greater satisfaction in their work and their relationships, and are more able to freely serve the church and its mission without being encumbered by financial anxiety.

Savings Matching Programs

The church is an active partner in addressing specific needs raised by rostered ministers, helping rostered ministers develop their personal financial and stewardship health. Two Savings Matching programs share financial resources with rostered ministers.

These programs match rostered ministers’ contributions to a dedicated emergency savings account and/or increased contributions to their ELCA retirement plan accounts.  Click below to learn about the programs, services and resources available to you as a  minister or lay person!  Deadline to apply is October 14th   Go to for more info!

Yes, It’s time to Start Thinking About Advent!

It’s just around the corner…Here are some excellent resources from ELCA World Hunger

These resources are Free with Free Shipping while supplies last.  Some are also downloadable such as the new Advent Study below!

New! Advent Study from the ELCA
Find devotions, questions for reflection, prayers and inspiration for the journey to end hunger and seek justice. Download study 

Advent tree

Decorate a tree with ornaments that represent ELCA Good Gifts – honeybees, farming tools or school supplies, for example – and raise funds to help fight hunger. Members can keep the ornaments and give them as gifts to symbolize their donations. Order here