Sign Up Now for Fall Diakonia Classes

New classes are now enrolling for Fall, 2019. Three locations to choose from!  Learn more about Diakonia and how it might enhance your faith journey, your discipleship, and your commitment to your congregation as an integral member of the body of Christ.

Need Help Explaining What it Means for the ELCA to be a Sanctuary Denomination?

The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved a resolution declaring the ELCA is a “sanctuary church body,” encouraging participation in the ELCA AMMPARO initiative for migrant children, discernment of care for our immigrant neighbors in our context, and the promise of forthcoming resources for this work. What does this mean?

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is 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.

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 both parts 1 & 2 of the Mission Moment by clicking below.

Mission Moment: Young Adults in Global Mission

Each week we share a mission moment. Why do we call them mission moments? In short, because every time you put money in the offering plate at your congregation, you are supporting these missions of the wider church through the money that your congregation sends on to the synod in the form of MISSION SUPPORT. Some call this benevolence. The ELCA encourages us to refer to this in a more meaningful way by calling it Mission Support. YOU are supporting the missions of the ELCA at all three expressions…your congregation, your synod and churchwide and we THANK YOU for your offerings. This mission moment shows how you are helping to raise up leaders through Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) through ELCA HUNGER FELLOWSHIPS. A short video has been created about their experiences, and here also in writing is a reflection from one of those in our midst who ends her fellowship with LOPPW on August 12, Kelsey Johnson.

Many of us have had the pleasure of walking with (or sometimes running with!) Kelsey Johnson, Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin Hunger Fellow and member of Midvale Lutheran Church. You may have seen her leading workshops at LEAD & Synod Assembly, addressing the Senate Committee hearing for the Human Trafficking bill, at the Immigration, Asylum & Our Response Forum, at the movie conversation, “Emanuel” and in the synod office to name a few. Kelsey has worked in the LOPPW office under the direction and guidance of LOPPW Director, Rev. Cindy Crane.

She writes, “I’m excited to share this short video about the ELCA hunger advocacy fellowship I’ve had the privilege of experiencing in the context of Wisconsin for the last year. The fellowship has been challenging, life-giving, invaluable, and has shaped my growth trajectory in profound ways. Thank you to the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin, the ELCA Advocacy state public policy network, and ELCA world hunger for empowering my voice and gifting me the experience to develop as a leader and advocate. Thank you to the 6 synods I’ve worked alongside in Wisconsin. I look forward to continuing these relationships as I continue candidacy for the next four years through the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

Also, a special thank you to the young adults/not so young adults I’ve served alongside this year. These have been and continue being transformative relationships and experiences I’m so deeply grateful to carry.”

Note: Kelsey Johnson is at the very end of the video:

ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellows 2018-19

The summer #heat can be felt nation-wide, and so can contributions of Hunger Advocacy Fellows at 6 sites around the U.S. thanks to ELCA World Hunger in 2018-19. Peek into their roles & share the encouragement of their advocacy that moves us toward a just world & end to hunger.

Posted by ELCA Advocacy on Monday, July 22, 2019

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Equipping the Saints: Sabbath

One of the tenets of the mission of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin is to equip our leaders to carry out the work of the church.   As a part of that effort, we want to share resource material either recommended by synod council, synod staff or team leaders of our synod.  Each month we will highlight books, videos, articles from knowledgeable leaders and more that we know to be particularly life-giving for our shared kingdom work.  These will also soon be posted to the synod website.

This first selection, Sabbath, is one of our Vice President’s favorite reads.   “This book gave me a wonderful reminder of what a gift the Sabbath is particularly in light of a world littered with stress and busyness.”    ~  Jane Cahill Wolfgram, Synod Vice President

Publisher’s Synopsis:  In today’s world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.

Millennia ago, the tradition of Sabbath created an oasis of sacred time within a life of unceasing labor. Now, in a book that can heal our harried lives, Wayne Muller, author of the spiritual classic How, Then, Shall We Live?, shows us how to create a special time of rest, delight, and renewal–a refuge for our souls.

We need not even schedule an entire day each week. Sabbath time can be a Sabbath afternoon, a Sabbath hour, a Sabbath walk. With wonderful stories, poems, and suggestions for practice, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity, and regain our birthright of inner happiness.

Note to Rostered Leaders and Spouses:  We are excited to announce that the Author of Sabbath, the Rev. Dr. Wayne Muller will be one of our speakers for this year’s Bishop’s Convocation October 6-8 in Dubuque, IA for rostered leaders and spouses!  You may wish to read this before the event.  In addition to “Sabbath,” copies of his other titles will be available for purchase at the event.

Note to congregational leaders:  Make sure to send your pastors and deacons to Bishop’s Convocation as they are sure to come back inspired to share all that they have learned with you!

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.  

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 or  608-692-7553.

Volunteers Needed For Food Pantry & Friday Noon Meal

You Can Change a Life in 3 Hours or Less: Volunteers Needed For Food Pantry & Friday Noon Meal – Great Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals & Groups!  Opportunities are Immediate!

at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison

You can help eliminate hunger in our community by volunteering for St. Mark’s Food Ministry! Volunteer yourself, or assemble a group of friends, co-workers, classmates, etc. Food pantry workers help clients shop, keep shelves neat, help with inventory.  Friday Meal workers set-up the serving line, help serve, and cleanup after the meal.

Food Pantry:  Tuesdays, 9:30 am – Noon or Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Free Community Meal (6 volunteers): Every Friday, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Contact Chris at; or signup online at