Important Announcement About Synod Assembly 2019 – Location Change!

Our synod was contracted with the Madison Marriott for our May 4 & 5 Synod Assembly. Unfortunately, the Marriott informed us recently that they will be renovating their facility and will not be able to accommodate our event.

The new location for Assembly will be the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall and the Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison. The Clarion is conveniently connected by enclosed walkway to the Alliant Exhibition Hall.

The dates remain the same as we have been publishing for the past two years: May 4 & 5, 2019

 

 

 

Are You Interested in Volunteering at YOUR Synod Office?

It’s easy and fun and you can sign-up below. If you have questions please call Robyn Zimmerman at the synod office, 608.270-0201.

http://signup.com/go/urPBwwv – General Office Volunteer Work

Your synod is looking for people who are available and able to donate the precious gift of their time to help with general office work. This could be 2 days a week for a couple of hours in the morning/afternoon or an ongoing volunteer spot of every Monday afternoon, just as an example. Your synod staff would love the chance to get to know you and this a fun way to do just that.

http://signup.com/go/NQMwNNG – Pastors Or Deacons or Vicars to Lead Worship

Pastors or Deacons or Vicars, are you interested in leading one of the synods Thursday worship services? It’s a short 30 minute worship with communion. It is open to all. Please bring a lunch to enjoy after worship. Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Below is a template of our Thursday Service. Plan ahead, we have availability in February.

• Gathering-Song is commonly done but feel free to do what ever you want.
• Word & Message-Gospel either the narrative or lectionary from this week or really whatever you would like to use.
• Prayers of the people- we will have some names to add to your prayer after you invite prayers.
• Meal-Communion- that will be all set up for you and one of us will help you serve.
• Sending – Sometimes people will do another song at the end but that is totally up to you. The service is normally 30 minutes long. You can really do it however you like as long as the 5 highlighted pieces are included. We do have plenty of hymnals here in the office.

Congregations feel free to share on your church Facebook or web page through Thursday!

Congregational Conversations December and January

The coming months are an important time for congregational involvement! As you share the love of Jesus & prepare for Advent and Christmas, please also set aside congregational time for important synod-related stewardship conversations:

1. Congregational mission support conversation: Mission support refers to the dollars that congregations generously share with the synod to support our shared ministry of developing leaders, equipping congregations and accompanying global partners.

2. Tools for Holy Conversations About Mission Support: All congregations will be mailed two letters: One was addressed to your congregation’s treasurer from Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld that was mailed last Thursday and one letter to be sent soon from the Synod Vice President, Jane Cahill Wolfgram asking you to consider a specific dollar amount for your 2019 intent. Please carve out time at your next council meeting to discuss the dollar amount your congregation feels compelled to share with the synod through mission support in 2019.

Resources and additional information:

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!