2018 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for high school youth identified as leaders and adult representatives from each synod from across The ELCA. Two youth in grades 9-12 and one adult per synod are invited to attend. This year Rev. Steve Kottke, Assistant to the Bishop for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin will accompany our youth to the summit. All costs (including round-trip air travel from Madison Dane County Regional Airport) are covered for this event by our synod and the ELCA.

This summit focuses on leadership development through engaging speakers and thought leaders in key areas at the intersection of leadership and faith in daily life AND faith formation and building connections for high school youth in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Youth will be challenged to take home what they have learned to inspire action in their own synods and youth groups. The Youth Leadership Summit is a shared ministry between ELCA Youth Ministry and The SYMBOL Network (Synodical Youth Ministry Leaders).

The theme for the 2018 Summit is “Through Christ We Can” and will take place November 1-4 at Camp Carol Joy Holling in Nebraska using Philippians 2:1-5 as it’s scriptural base. The event will focus on young people’s call to ministry for the sake of others and advocacy because of their faith. For our learning and networking times we will be joined by various ELCA ministries and staff including Advocacy, Young Adult Ministries, Justice for Women and Global Mission.

If you are a youth in grades 9-12 who feel called to attend this summit, DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE and return it to Rev. Steve Kottke in the synod office by September 25, 2018 to be considered. Rev. Kottke and Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld will be reviewing each application and will choose two youth to represent the synod at this year’s Summit.

Bishop’s Convocation 2018

Remember to Register by September 18 to reserve a hotel room:   https://bit.ly/BishopsConvocation2018

Dates:  Sunday, October 7 – Tuesday, October 9

Registration:  4:00 pm Sunday, October 7
Banquet:  6:00 pm
Close:  Tuesday, October 9 at noon
Location:  Abbey Resort, Fontana, Wisconsin

Each year, the bishop invites all rostered leaders in our synod and their spouses to participate in a few days of learning, collegiality, respite and fun!  While we never use the word, “required,” rostered are strongly urged to attend and congregational councils are encouraged to send their pastor(s) and deacon(s).

This Year’s Topic:  Preaching & Proclamation in Such a Time As This

 We are delighted to have with us, Dr. Samuel Giere, Professor of Homiletics from Wartburg Seminary.

 About His keynote:  Incarnation, Subversive Faith, Public Word”

Relationships in our current North American political climate are frail.  Trust is in worn thin.  Trust in leadership.  Trust in institutions.  Trust in one another.  While this erosion of trust is not a new reality, it has worn thinner and thinner over the last decade and is now approaching a breaking point.  This extreme weathering of trust impacts how we are church and how we speak and hear the Word.  When trust is so fragile, how can I trust the preacher?  Is what she is saying true?  Is this sermon simply more noise?  Is Good News just well-intentioned fake news with candles?  How do the unfiltered/unedited news stories spread via social media platforms impact the truth of the Gospel?

In this series of presentations, we will explore the proclamation of Jesus Christ in such a time as this.  We will touch on the foundation of Christian proclamation in the incarnation of the Eternal Word, the trajectory of Christian proclamation as faith alone, and the bold and ticklish call to proclaim this radical Word, this radical faith in the public square… which includes each and every one of our congregations.  The textual fodder for our explorations will come from weekly texts from Advent and Christmas 2018.

Rostered Leaders are invited to learn more about this year’s Convocation & register on the event website at: http://bit.ly/BishopsConvocation2018

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!

$1 a day for the ELCA!

We invite you to prayerfully consider supporting Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA to continue and grow the work of the Church around the world. This year’s emphasis is Global Mission!

What can you do? How can your set this challenge in motion in your congregation?
Pick up a jar from the table at synod assembly and bring the jar back to your congregation. Introduce the Million Dollar Mission Jar challenge to your congregation (pastor, council, ministry teams, circles).

Look at the insert and notice that it is designed for individuals to personally choose which area(s) of the campaign they would like to support. This is where their hands will follow their heart. Individuals will be asked to send their payment directly to the synod, noting their congregation on the form. This simplifies the process for your staff.

At the end of the challenge, your congregation will receive a report of the total funds and how they were designated.

Visit the Synod website for downloadable resources, ideas for keeping the challenge going, and information on where you can purchase supplies. Watch the synod e-newsletter, What Matters, for the announcement of when these resources will be ready! (Mid-May)

Resources to help you launch the campaign in your congregation:
Mission Jar Challenge Flier
Mission Jar Challenge Labels – Black & White
Mission Jar Challenge Labels – Color
Instructions for inserts: Print these back to back & cut apart. Ther are three up on a page. They will easily insert into a mason jar. To order lids with coin slots, we recommend: http://www.fillmorecontainer.com/Closures-C26.aspx

 

What can you do? How can you personally participate and support?

  • Create your own jar and decorate with the Million Dollar Mission Jar Challenge insert.

  • Place the jar in a space where it will be seen: a kitchen counter, dining room table, night stand, etc.

  • Be reminded each time you see the jar to pray for families and communities near and far and consider how just a dollar a day will change lives.  Fill the jar!

  • When you are ready, remove the insert and tell us where you would like to designate your offering.  You can divide it or give to one initiative…this is where your heart and your hands meet.

  • You’ll need to convert your coins to a check and send it to the synod office at the address on the front of the form by March 31, 2018 to be counted in this year’s challenge.