Special Synod Assembly

Special Fall Synod Assembly
November 2, 2019
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie

We will be voting on the 2020-2021 Synod Spending Plan.  

Here are some of the answers to questions we are receiving in the office:

  • If you are a rostered leader serving in a different congregation from the one you were serving in May, you will now represent the congregation you are currently serving.
  • If you are a rostered leader in a solo call and cannot attend, you cannot substitute a lay leader to take your place.
  • If you a rostered leader in a multi-rostered leader congregation, you may substitute another rostered leader from your congregation.

In the interest of simplifying the registration process, all those who were registered as voting members of the May 2019 Synod Assembly are automatically registered for the November 2 assembly.  If you are sending a substitute, your pastor will need to fill out a substitution form.  The form will be emailed to all rostered leaders tomorrow and is due back to the synod office by October 29, you can also download the substitution form HEREAgain, no registration is necessary.

We will start at 10:30 am and adjourn between 12:30 and 1:00 pm.  Lunch will be on your own after we dismiss the assembly; however, heavy snacks will be provided in the morning.

Agenda includes worship, short program, spending plan discussion, and voting.

We are grateful to Our Savior’s in Sun Prairie for hosting this event. If you have any questions about who can attend, contact Deacon Vicki Hanrahan in the synod office at 608/270-0201.

“One Coin Found” Book Reading & Signing with Rev. Emmy Kegler

You are invited to a public reading and Q&A with Rev. Emmy Kegler. Emmy is the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis, the founder and editor of Queer Grace, an encyclopedia of online resources around LGBTQ life and faith (queergrace.com), and the author of the new book, One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins.

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
1904 Winnebago St., Madison, WI

One Coin Found follows Pastor Emmy’s journey. As a queer woman who grew up in the church she knows how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude – yet she also finds beauty, truth, and liberation within it. Join Emmy in her story of coming to celebrate her sexuality, her faith, and her call to ministry – her story of being found. Learn more at (emmykegler.com/one-coin-found/)

All are welcome and invited for this special community event with Pastor Emmy Kegler, including a time for a book reading, Q&A, and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Please join us and share with friends who need to hear this inclusive message!

This event is sponsored by the Reconciling in Christ Team of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin-ELCA.

Mission Moment: ELCA Churchwide Assembly Recap

On August 5-10, our synod’s delegation of 18 joined nearly 1,000 members from 65 synods in Milwaukee for the ELCA 2019 Churchwide Assembly. Held every three years, “We are Church” was the theme of this year’s assembly, and the manifestation of that theme throughout did not disappoint. Read all three parts of the Mission Moment by clicking below.

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is THIS Sunday, September 8, 2019. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

14th Biennial Convention of the SCSW Women’s Organization

Bold Women – Answering the Call

September 21, 2019, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
One day Convention and Business Meeting
at Good Shepherd Lutheran – Verona Campus
7291 County Highway PD, Verona, WI

Nationally known Keynote speaker: Reverend Angela Khabeb at 11:00 am – Love, Light, and Salsa: Infusing the flavor of our faith throughout the facets of our lives.

Cost – $25, includes box lunch.

Free childcare is available.  Handicap assessable.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Bring a friend (or a car-full of friends).

Registration, nomination, resolution, and scholarship forms, along with workshop descriptions and schedule are available in the July Trumpeter found on the Women of the ELCA page of the Synod Website.  https://scsw-elca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Trumpeter_July19UPDATED.pdf  

Registrations with Childcare, special needs, and special diets must be requested by Monday, September 9.

Biennial Convention Voting Member registrations, nominations, & resolutions are due by Monday, August 12, 2019.

Business meeting on Saturday morning starts at 8:30 am.

Morning options for visitors include attend the Business meeting and/or yoga and /or reading scripture workshop.

Afternoon workshop topics are reading scripture, human trafficking, care of God’s creation, white privilege, nurturing children’s faith, small town and rural ministry, and Discovery Doctrine & issues in Indian country.

Worship closes the day.

Come and experience Worship, workshops, fellowship with your sisters in Christ, and visit vendors.

For questions or more information please contact Helen Sheahan at sheahan1@sbcglobal.net or  608-692-7553.

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