Installation of New Bishop

Saturday, August 18, 2018

All congregational members are invited and encouraged to attend. 

We will be participating in a historical and special moment in the life of the ELCA.  And we would also point out that if you want your youth to have a bigger sense of being church together in the world, bring them to this event!  The music, singing and fanfare will be incredible, the message meaningful and the refreshments abundant!

Rostered ministers are invited to vest and process.  If you want to be in the clergy photo, please arrive at the church by 1:00 pm at the latest to vest and get organized for the photo that will be taken in the gymnasium at 1:15.  All clergy in the photo will be seated in reserved seating in the sanctuary .  Those not in time for the photo will be seated in overflow areas outside the sanctuary for worship, so if you wish to be seated in the sanctuary for the installation, please arrive by 1:00. 

Ample parking is available adjacent to the church and across the street in the fairground parking lot.  Attendants will direct you.

We hope you will join in this event where we dwell in the words of Micah 6:8:

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

View the Bishop Installation page for more information

 

 

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday – September 9 – Are You Ready?

Ideas and a plethora of resources are available on the ELCA website:

http://www.elca.org/Resources/GWOH-Sunday

Go to the event page for more information

“Red Light, Green Light” by Rev. Kurt Lammi

Looking for an inspirational read?  Read the ELCA online publication, “Living Lutheran.”  Check out this quick read on vocation:

It begins:  The rules of driving are easy. A red light means stop, and a green light means go. Even young children who can’t drive yet know what these lights mean.

However, sometimes when we follow Jesus, we get both red and green lights at the same time. So what should we do—stop or go?

For the red light, consider Martin Luther’s understanding of vocation. Even though he was a monk, Luther critiqued aspects of the monastic life by saying that we do not need to escape everyday life to serve God; rather, God calls us to serve others in the midst of our daily lives. We can share God’s love as spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends, employees, students, citizens, etc. Vocation is about our current relationships, situations and contexts. This is where we can serve.

Read more:  https://www.livinglutheran.org/2018/08/red-light-green-light/

Mission Moment: SCSW Refugee Resettlement Ministry

It is your mission support that makes these synod ministries possible and it was voting members of our assembly who voted to support these ministries with human and financial resources. Together we are doing What Matters in God’s kingdom!  Thank you! 

Following is an update from Rev. Dan Odden, co-chair of the Synod’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry Team:

Refugee Resettlement Group Re-focuses on Needs

We have in the past welcomed about one hundred refugees to the Madison area each year, but the Federal government administration has significantly reduced the number of refugees being admitted to our country. Consequently, we have welcomed only a few families in the last nine months.  We continue to be prepared to welcome people with apartment furnishings and commodities. We also continue to look for ways we can show hospitality and be of help as refugees get settled in the Madison area .

With this lack of arrivals, we have shifted our activities in two ways:

First, we have been making individuals and congregations aware of Lutheran Social Services financial needs to maintain staffing during this time.  There are families that need our continued support and it is important to maintain a presence to build on in the future.

Second, we are looking for opportunities for advocacy for refugees.  We encourage individuals to write letters to US Congress Representatives and Senators to encourage a more welcoming and sustainable flow of refugees to our country.  We encourage use of materials consistent with the refugee work of LIRS (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service) and L.S.S., and ELCA social statements.

Recently, Catholic Charities of Milwaukee has shut down their program that had been receiving over 500 individuals per year.  This may make the Lutheran Social Services program in Wisconsin    more important in the months ahead.

We give thanks for your prayers on behalf of people seeking refuge from wars and disasters that have caused the historic high of 65 million refugees worldwide.

God’s Blessings and Peace,

Dan Odden

For more information on the synod’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry, visit the synod website: www.scsw-elca.org and click on Ministries & Partners and then Refugee Resettlement.


If your congregation would like to get involved with this ministry, contact Rev. Dan Odden at (608) 643-5128 or danodden@gmail.com or Lisa Hansen at (608) 838-7929 or lisatimhansen@charter.net of the SCSW Refugee Resettlement Team.

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 StMarksFeeds@gmail.com; or signup online at  https://bit.ly/2O1QsCN.

www.StMarksMadison.org

Deacons: How They Serve (Part 3)

Following is an educational piece and final installment of a three-part series offered by Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld on the role of Deacons in this synod and in God’s church.

Deacons offer a ministry of Word and Service, sharing the hope of Christ, helping where there is need, and equipping others for healing and justice in the world. Deacons are spiritual lay leaders of local, synodical and churchwide contexts.  They hold a theological masters degree and training or degree work in a professionally focused area. Diaconal ministers serve under call through agencies, institutions, synod councils, and traditional church programs. Whatever the particular role or context, deacons are responsible for some form of service ministry.  The biblical basis of the diaconate is rooted in Jesus’ emphasis on service and ministry of relief to the poor, care for the sick, and justice for the oppressed.  This servant ministry was of great importance in Hebrew culture and practice.

Some proclaim the Word through preaching and teaching in congregations.  In addition to modeling Christian faith at work, many have a stated responsibility to empower, equip and encourage others like themselves to be the church in mission, living out their own daily baptismal vocation of service to the neighbor and care of creation “This last responsibility of deacons, to empower and equip others, is a keystone for the emerging ministry of deacons of the ELCA. Whatever their particular role or context – whether deeply engaged in proclamation and service in non-ecclesial contexts or serving in congregational or other “church” settings – every deacon of the ELCA has a two-fold focus to serve the neighbor and to empower, equip and encourage the people of God for their daily baptismal vocation of service to the neighbor and care of creation. This ministry is understood to be distinct from, alongside, and in mutual complementarity with the ministries of pastors of the ELCA.”

Deacons are persons who have answered the call to stand on the front line as spiritual leaders in the church, modeling for others the necessity and the dignity of laity in ministry.  Deacons in this synod do exactly that – they model what it means to answer the call of God to servant ministry in this church.  They witness to that sending with which we leave worship; they go out to serve the Lord!

Do you know a Deacon?  How does that person serve?  For example, our synod is served by the ministry of Deacon, Vicki Hanrahan, leading our equipping ministry.  Triangle Ministry is served by Deacon Judy Nolde, Chaplain and Deacon Meg Nielson, Outreach Development Manager.  Bethel Lutheran Church (Madison) is served by Lisa Huber, Director of Pastoral Ministries.  First Lutheran Church (Janesville) is served by Deacon Peg Haeger, Ministry Associate to name a few.  Other deacons have served as parish nurses or faith formation coordinators.   Might your congregation be well served by the ministry of a deacon?  As we walk into the future, remember there are two ministry rosters in our church – Ministers of Word and Service and Ministers of Word and Sacrament.  Deacons serve alongside Pastors as valued co-workers in a ministry team.  Do you need someone to walk with your congregation in ministry?  Might you be well served by considering calling a deacon?

Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld

 

Deacons Part 1
Deacons Part 2
Deacons Part 3

 

Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld Will Be the First Female of African Descent to be Installed As Bishop

Marking a new historic season in the ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Rev. Viviane E. Thomas-Breitfeld will be the first female of African descent to be installed in the ELCA and the second female bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (“ELCA”). The ELCA is the largest Lutheran denomination in the world.  This historic event will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at First Lutheran Church, 612 North Randall Avenue, Janesville at 2:00 pm.  Doors open at 1:00 pm.  A reception will follow.

Expected are over 1,000 in attendance including, pastors, deacons and members of 142 ELCA worshipping communities in the synod, former synod bishops, bishops from the other 64 ELCA synods, ministry partners, family members and friends.

In addition to members of synod congregations, Lutheran, ecumenical and interfaith partners will be present. Among the invited guests are ELCA Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA, who will preside, the Rev. Mary Froiland, recent former bishop of the synod, a representative of the Lutheran World Federation, clergy from other denominations in full communion relationship with the ELCA, local dignitaries and community leaders.

Guests will celebrate under the theme of social justice based on scripture text found in Micah 6:8–To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Preaching the gospel message will be the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth A. Eaton.  Special music by gifted musicians led by Music Director of First Lutheran Church, Ben Johnston-Urey will fill the gathering space with a joyful sound.

Bringing a rich history in community involvement while serving in congregations and on several synodical and churchwide teams, Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld envisions a synod that is a model for welcoming all to God’s table.  “I hope I can help the synod become more open to change, so we can become more relevant to all, especially people of color, LGBTQI, and young adults, many of whom are choosing to not attend church.”

Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld is looking forward to the celebration of installation and especially spending time with pastors, deacons and lay members of the synod that she will lead in the years to come.  “There is a love in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin that is pretty special and a sense of support that is really pretty awesome.  When I was introduced last year at the synod assembly, no less than 20 other clergy came up to me to welcome me. That’s pretty spectacular. That doesn’t happen in most places.”

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, ELCA.  The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-6 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.  She assumed office July 1 and succeeds the Rev. Mary Froiland who served as bishop from September 2013 through June 30, 2018.

Prior to becoming bishop, Thomas-Breitfeld most recently served as an intentional interim pastor for Atonement Lutheran Church in Beloit and has also served as pastor of several congregations in Wisconsin including Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Brookfield), Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Waukesha), and Cross Lutheran Church (Milwaukee)

She currently serves as the co-chair of the Task Force on Women and Justice, ELCA; the Executive board of the Women of the ELCA; and the South-Central Synod of WI Racial Equity Team.  She served for six years on the board of Trustees (Governance Com) of the Mission Investment Fund as well as the ELCA Representative to the Illinois Synod Candidacy Team.   She has served communities through her work on the Ethics Committee of the Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, the Campus Ministry Board (Milwaukee), the City of Brookfield Police Department as a volunteer chaplain, Resident Chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee and served as a board member of both the YWCA and United Way in Waukesha county.

Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld is married to the Rev. Fred Thomas-Breitfeld, pastor of Jackson Park Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.  They have two adult children, Leota and Sean, two son-in laws, and three grandchildren.

The service will be available via live stream.   Watch What Matters and the synod facebook page for the link.

Everyone in the synod is invited!  There will be ample seating and parking.  Pastors and Deacons are invited to vest & process.  The color of the day is red.

“If you have never attended a holy event of this nature, you will never forget it.  We will gather as a large community of saints to offer up prayer and thanksgiving and to contemplate the work that God has set before us.   Moments of music and singing will vary from celebratory rhythms that raise the roof to quieter, more contemplative meditation on the word.  If you are longing for Jesus, you will be filled with the Holy Spirit.  I am certain of it!”

~Deacon Vicki Hanrahan

WELCA Trumpeter – July 2018

 

The latest edition of the Trumpeter, July  2018

 

WANTED NRSV Lectern Bible

for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Madison).  If you have one that your congregation would be willing to donate, please email: StMarksFeeds@gmail.com

Webinar: “Document Detention: Justice for Palestinian Children”  

You’re invited to join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) for a LIVE webinar,

Date: Monday, July 30th
Time: 11:00 am-12:00 pm EST

RSVP Required: Please register to receive a link to the LIVE webinar

Link: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5575/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=87849

Each year, approximately 500-700 Palestinian minors in the West Bank between the ages 12-17 are prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The widespread mistreatment of Palestinian youth within this system is well-documented: children are denied access to their parents or a lawyer and often sign confessions of guilt in Hebrew, a language they likely cannot understand.

Join on July 30th to hear from Brad Parker and Farah Bayadasi from Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) in a conversation facilitated by CMEP’s Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon. This event will be a unique opportunity to hear from legal experts on the subject of child justice and mistreatment of Palestinian youth in Israeli military detention centers. You will also learn about opportunities to advocate on behalf of Palestinian youth with your congressional representatives. This webinar is part of CMEP’s Summer 2018 joint campaign with DCIP: Demand Child Justice: Document Detention in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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