2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Reunion & Evaluations

Sunday, September 30 from 4pm-7pm
@ Lake Edge Lutheran Church – Madison, WI
Dinner Provided ($3 per person suggested donation)
2018 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING CELEBRATION & EVALUATION
Keep the Gathering energy going! As part of the ELCA Youth Gathering’s ongoing efforts to grow in its mission of faith formation in teenagers, Gathering leadership are conducting a series of in-person listening sessions. We invite all youth & adults who attended the 2018 Gathering to join us in Madison for a time of reflection, conversation, and worship. RSVP Online at: https://tinyurl.com/gatheringreunion.

The Bishop is Coming to Meet You This Month – Save Your Date! 

What are your hopes for your congregation?  What is important to your faith journey?  What do you want the bishop to know about your congregation and community?  What are 142 of our worshipping communities and leaders saying about our shared work?  Learn what Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld’s priorities are and where she sees us doing our best work as God’s beloved community.

We enourage you to give special attention to synod events such as this year’s Gather, Greet & Meet–to spend time with your bishop!

There are 5 remaining dates to choose from.  Choose the one closest to your home congregation or the one that is most convenient for your schedule.  We will gather as a synod to meet and greet Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld.  She’ll spend her time getting to know you and we’ll discuss the results of the questionnaire answered by 150 lay and rostered leaders about what we need in a bishop and our dreams for the future shared work of congregations and partners in our synod.  Anyone can attend this event.    

 No RSVP Necessary!  Just come!

Five remaining dates and locations to choose from:
August 20, 2018     Peace (Belmont)  6:30 – 8:00 pm
August 26, 2018     Immanuel (Watertown)  2:30-4:00 pm
August 28, 2018     St. John’s (Janesville) 6:30-8:00 pm
August 29, 2018     Covenant (Stoughton) 6:30-8:00 pm
August 30, 2018     St. Peter’s (Loganville) 6:30-8:00 pm

 Addresses for Your GPS/Mapquest/Google Maps:

  •  Peace Lutheran – 346 S. Mound Avenue, Belmont, WI
  • Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran – 204 N. 10th Street, Watertown, WI
  • John Lutheran – 302 N. Parker Drive, Janesville
  • Covenant Lutheran – 1525 N. Van Buren Street, Stoughton, WI
  • Peter’s Lutheran – 325 Mill Street, Loganville, WI

Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld elected bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin! 

The Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, Beloit, Wis., was elected May 6 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-6 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells where over 500 lay leaders and rostered ministers gathered to do the work of God’s church, participating in learning, fellowship and important voting matters.

Thomas-Breitfeld was elected on the fifth ballot with 224 votes to 150 votes for the Rev. Steven Kottke, assistant to the bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

While we recognize that this is an historic moment in the life of the ELCA in the election of the second African-descent synod bishop, (see full story in Living Lutheran – https://www.livinglutheran.org/2018/05/bishop-elects-reflect-on-historic-votes/), we also recognize that the bishop-elect brings many gifts to her new leadership role and ministry.  She currently serves as interim pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beloit. She served as pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wis., from 2010 to 2013 and Good Shepherd in Wausau, from 1992 to 2010.  Rev. Thomas-Breitfeld earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1974 and she received her Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1979.  A full biography can be found on the synod website:  https://scsw-elca.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Thomas-BreitfeldBio.pdf

Learn more about Bishop Elect Thomas-Breitfeld

Biographical information from Bishop Election

ELCA “Bishop-elect Reflect on Historic votes”

ELCA News 5/9/2018

Wisconsin State Journal News Article

 

2018 Synod Assembly 

Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2018 
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells

 

View more information on the 2018 Assembly Page