You are cordially invited to the Rite of Ordination for Augusta Barnes

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Bay Shore Lutheran Church
1200 E. Hampton Road
Whitefish Bay, WI  53217

Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld Presiding

Clergy are invited to vest and process.  The color of the day is red.

Augusta is new to our synod and will be serving at Luther Memorial in Delavan, WI

Clergy Leadership Group – Eight Sessions Once A Month Through Samaritan Center

The Samaritan Center of Southern Wisconsin, announces a Pastor Leadership Seminar for all area clergy. The Seminar’s goal is to improve leadership skills for today’s ministry. Clergy present case studies of challenging situations in their churches, which require their leadership. Participants then receive peer feedback for fresh perspectives. Some readings, specifically focused on pastoral leadership will be discussed.

A Family Systems Theory Model will also be utilized. The agenda for the group includes case leadership presentation and book discussion along with other topics determined by the participants.

The leadership seminar will be led by Dan Feaster, executive director and pastoral counselor of the Samaritan Counseling Center. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays once a month, from 11 AM -2 PM (working lunch) for a total of eight sessions.

For more information or to register contact:

Dan Feaster
Phone: 608-663-0763 ext. 200
E-mail: dfeaster@samaritancounselingcenterwi.org

Samaritan Counseling Center

Bishop Installation – Join the Celebration Online!

Social Media Links to the Bishop Installation Festival Worship will be posted here soon so you can join in the celebration if you are not able to be with us in person.

 

Message from the Secretary of Our Companion Synod, the Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church In India

Dear friends in Christ,

With sadness, we would like to inform you that our former Moderator, (presiding bishop) Most. Rev. Shiblal Soren has taken heavenly rest on August 12, 2018 at 04:00 p.m. at his resident. Today his funeral service will be held at Bandorjuri Congregation at 01:00 p.m. and be buried at his village. He was sick and under treatment. He left his beloved wife and one son.  Please remember the bereaved family in your prayers.

Ismail Murmu

Secretary, NELC

Installation of New Bishop

View the Main Bishop Installation page for more information

Read the August 18, 2018 Special Edition of What Matters for a summary of the event.

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?

 

 

 

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

Sing with the Synod Children’s Choir at Bishop’s Installation! Sign up extended to July 29!

An all-synod children’s choir is being assembled for our bishop’s installation, held on August 18th at First Lutheran Church in Janesville. Your child/children/young adult could be a special part of this historic occasion.  Open to all children and youth ages 7-18, the group will present one piece during the service. Rehearsal materials and instruction will be sent out to all participants. A rehearsal is planned for the morning of the event and lunch will be provided.

Please contact Carrie Enstad at  enstad.carrie@gmail.com by July 29th, for more information and to sign up.   This event will be streamed, so invite those grandparents to view it live! More info on streaming in future issue.

Bishop Installation Page with Additional Information

“Listening for God – Walking with Jesus” – Synod-Wide Women’s Fall Retreat

Saturday, September 22, 2018
at New Life (St. Matthew’s) Lutheran Church
7564 Cottage Grove Road, on the east side of Madison
Handicap accessible.  Free Childcare Provided.

Please join us and find renewal in this day-long retreat dedicated to listening for the voice of the Holy One in our lives.  Explore what might be when we walk through life with that Voice as the core of all we are and all we do.  Presenter Carla Stanton is a certified spiritual director from the La Crosse area.

Workshop options:  Prayer Practices & Creative Expression; Worshipping through Dance & Movement; or Walking, Strength, and Balance Activities for Health

Come spend the day with your sisters in Christ. This retreat is intended for women of all ages and stage of life. You are welcome to come even if your church does not have women’s group.  Bring a friend.

Registration starts at 8:30 am, Program starts at 9:30, Closing at 3:30 pm
Questions: 608-692-7553  or   sheahan1@sbcglobal.net
For more information: https://scsw-elca.org/event/welca-fallretreat2018/

Watch What Matters for more information in the weeks ahead!

Greetings from Bishop Viviane

Greetings Siblings in Christ of the South-Central Synod,

I am so honored and humbled to be your bishop.  My official start date was July 1st but if you were involved in the MYLE and Youth Gathering 2018 you know I was in place a week earlier.  It was indeed a privilege to start my tenure with a focus on the youth of the South-Central Synod.  Their exuberance and welcome was heartening and brought me great joy.  Indeed, this did change everything!

On July 10th I was called into Bishop Formation, a time of learning and colleagueship with my class of incoming bishops and a group of mentors to guide us along the way.  In these days I’ve often referred to drinking from a fire hose.  Last week was another of those times.  I’m still trying to synthesize it all.  It was there that I learned, due to action from the churchwide, that there are some changes in the responsibilities of bishop.  I’ll share those with the constituencies involved at another time.

Whatever changes come, be assured that I am the pastor to this synod.  Though we don’t have a cathedral where I am in residence as some denominations do, I shall preach, teach and administer the sacraments in our congregations in accord with the Confessions of Faith of this church.  And, for constitution geeks such as myself, a myriad of other duties as enumerated in the constitution of this synod, Chapter 8. Most important of all, I will pray for you, support you and walk alongside you as we do the mission of this church to faithfully care for, connect and equip our congregations to be the heart and hands of Jesus.  I ask you to hold me in your prayers as I accompany you in this ministry.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Installation Celebration on August 18th, 2pm at First Lutheran in Janesville.  Our journey together continues as we walk together in the Spirit.

Remember, water is thicker than blood.  We are church together!

Blessings and Peace,

Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld

Bethel Series Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – February 22 – March 3, 2019

Join Reverend Jeff Quinto, Bethel Series Executive Director, and his wife Toni on ten life-changing days in the Holy Land, February 22 – March 3, 2019, on the 2nd Annual Bethel Series Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

You will visit: Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho, Nazareth and Sea of Galilee

You will:  Walk where Jesus walked.  You will swim in the Dead Sea. You will dance on a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee.You will pray at the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed for God to “let this cup pass from me, . . . .”

Twenty-five faith-filled believers like you will see the Scriptures and their Bethel Series lessons come alive.  Download brochure: http://www.bethelseries.org/media/wysiwyg/Bethel/pilgrimage/Pilgrimage2019.pdf

The cost of the trip, inclusive of airfare from either New York or Chicago, is $3,590 based on double occupancy.  Breakfast and dinner each day in the Holy Land are included.

As this is a limited opportunity at an excellent price, we expect to fill the twenty-five spots quickly.

If you are interested in joining us, call the Bethel Series office at Bethel Lutheran Church 608-579-5700.