Restore: Synod Youth Leaders Retreat

Calling all those who work with children, youth, and family ministries! Are you a pastor, staff member, lay leader, or volunteer that works with faith formation?  Join us as we learn, dream, and worship together February 11th-13th at Bethel Horizons. We’ll be joined by Deacon Tammy Devine, a spiritual coach and systemic whole person promoter of well-being. “Restore” will be an opportunity to connect with those doing similar work to you in our synod, reflect on how God is calling you in your ministry, and gain tools and resources to bring holistic, spiritual wellness into your faith life. There are three payment levels ($30, $70, $85) based on the funding you have available to you. We are looking forward to gathering together as we listen for how God is calling us in our own faith journeys and how that shows up in our vocational roles in ministry.

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/FDWN6tKrOjyMJxIi2

Find out more details on the main event page at : https://scsw-elca.org/event/scswrestore/

LEAD 2019 – REVISED DATE OF MARCH 9, 2019

Leadership Education and Development Day “LEAD” will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019. This is a changed date from March 2, which was published earlier in What Matters. Please correct this in your calendar, as you don’t want to miss the synod’s most popular learning event! It will still be held at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

ELCA Launches New Podcast “Three Sides!” 

Two years ago, synod events were created around the theme of “Telling our Stories” and how important it is to be able to be share with others where we see God at work in our world…to be able to share the good news…especially in a world that so desperately needs to hear it.

Three Sides is a new podcast presented by the ELCA that shares that third side of seeing God at work in the world and offers a fresh way to tell the unique, compelling and sometimes surprising stories of this church.   Three sides presents diverse voices from across all expressions of the ELCA.

Three Sides is available at:

livinglutheran.org/podcast and via iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.  Follow Three Sides at facebook.com/threesidespod and on Twitter @threesidespod.

Not sure how to tell your story…listen to these and you will learn and will be inspired!

Conversely if you have a story that you are excited to tell, share it with Three Sides!  They are asking us to send them our stories to be lifted to others.  email: threesides@elca.org

Full the full story on this new way to tell the church’s story, see page 46 of the September issue of Living Lutheran.   https://www.qgdigitalpublishing.com/publication/?i=517842 – {“issue_id”:517842,”page”:46}

Mission Moment: Lutherans United Assisting After Disasters  “LUAD”

Drone photo courtesy of Robert J. Dorn Jr. show flood damage in Cross Plains following an historic rainfall.

LUAD is a synod ministry supported by your mission support.  Thank you!  And now, the work of this synod ministry has a time-sensitive need as they respond to recovery efforts for those in our synod impacted by the flooding from recent heavy rains.  Please read this letter from LUAD President, Todd Long.  Congregations have been asking where to send their special offerings for victims of the flood. At the end of the article, we provide information on where to send your special offerings in support of this important work. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to take a few moments to remind you and your congregation of our efforts.  We are LUAD (Lutherans Assisting after Disasters) and are affiliated with the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA.

With all the rain we have had and the resulting flooding, we would like to remind you of our mission to help disaster survivors bridge the gap between emergency response and long term recovery rendering necessary services, donated items, supplies assistance, and social, emotional and spiritual support.

We become engaged only by a call from a congregation within the Synod.  This could be the Pastor or Council President.  At the present time we have been called by St. Martins of Cross Plains.  As water levels rise and more rain is in the forecast, it is a true possibility that other comm unities will or are being affected.  We are ready to serve.

We rely on volunteers from all congregations within our Synod and only ask of them what they are willing to commit in both time and service. There is always work for anyone willing to serve. We like to say, “We are family helping family.” There is an orientation meeting before any work is begun dealing with workplace safety and guidelines for service.

We ask that you and your congregation extend your prayers for our work and explain our goals to any of your members so they might know of our needs for service.  If there is need within your congregation, please extend a call to LUAD so we might be able to assist and advise you in this time of need.

Sincerely in Christ,

LUAD Executive Committee
Todd Long, President
317-691-3070

Disaster Assistance number
888-237-0433


If you would like to make a donation or take a special offering in your congregation to help LUAD assist flood victims, please send it made payable to the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin and put “LUAD” in the memo.

Mail it to: South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA
6401 Odana Road, Suite 20
Madison, WI  53719

Thank you for your support of those who have been impacted by flooding in our synod!