2018 Synod Office Holiday Hours

Please note our holiday hours in the synod office:
Thanksgiving – Closed Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23.
Christmas – Closed December 24 through January 2. Open January 3. If you have a pastoral emergency, call 608-270-0201 for the on-call synod staff phone number.

California Wildfires:  You Can Help!

Following is a message shared by the bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA, Bishop Mark Holmerud to his synod.  We share it with you here as it gives a closer look at what is happening as a result of this disaster.

“I traveled to Chico, California yesterday to worship with Pr. Ben Ireta Colahan and the saints of Faith Lutheran. We were joined by the saints of Paradise Lutheran Church, most of whom have lost their homes in the wake of the Camp Fire.  Pr. Rod Platte was able to share the news that although the parsonage at Paradise Lutheran was destroyed, the sanctuary and other buildings apparently survived.

The stories of the people who were forced to flee their homes and saw their town being destroyed are compelling. Their faith and hope is inspiring. Lutheran Disaster Response and Lutheran Social Services will be walking alongside of these families in the long process of rebuilding. Smoke and ash-fall are making breathing difficult throughout most of the area, as evidenced by the orange glow of the sunlight pictured on the sanctuary well. Please keep your prayers and support coming.

We are asking those who want to help to give to LSS and LDR – here are the websites:”



Rural/Small Town Ministry Conference November 18

A Conversation to Take Small Town & Rural Ministry Into God’s Future

November 18, 2018 from 2:00 – 6:00 pm (Registration at 1:30 pm)
Sugar Creek Lutheran Church
N5690 Cobblestone Road
Elkhorn, WI 53121

This event is to introduce a new rural/small town ministry leadership partnership between Wartburg Theological Seminary, the synod and Sugar Creek Lutheran Church – Elkhorn.  The purpose is to offer a training resource for rural and small town ministry that builds faith, relationships, and service.

Join the Director for the Center for Theology and Land, Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen, Director of Small Town & Rural Ministry for the Center for Theology & Land, on November 18 as he leads us through conversations about:

  • Small town and rural ministry and culture
  • The development and administration of multi-point parishes
  • Care of creation and theology and practice
  • Rural mission development

This conversation is designed to gather 3-4 leaders from each congregation including pastors, deacons and lay leaders.

At this gathering, we will discuss:

  • Congregational joys and concerns.
  • Obstacles and distractions.
  • Future collaboration and mutual support
  • The process and commitment
  • And what rural/small town gathering would be complete without a potluck supper!  Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass!

Registration 1:30 pm
Program:  2:00 pm
Pot Luck Dinner & Conversation:  5:00 pm

Sugar Creek will provide the hot dishes. Please brung a cold dish or dessert to share!

Event is FREE. We are grateful to Sugar Creek Lutheran Endowment for covering the costs.

Please register by November 9 by calling the synod office at (608) 270-0201

Free Children’s Choir Robes

Trinity Lutheran in Fort Atkinson has 22 choir robes for children that we would be happy to donate to any church interested in them. The robes are burgundy with stoles that are white on one side and pink on the other. The robes are sized child’s small through large enough for a teen or small adult. Please contact Stephanie Beran at sfberan@charater.net.

LEAD 2019 – MARCH 9, 2019

Leadership Education and Development Day “LEAD” will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Evangelical Lutheran Church, 315 E. Main Street, Mount Horeb. The event begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm.  

We are excited to welcome as our keynote speaker, The Rev. Dr. Stephen Paul Bouman, Executive Director of the Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA.  His keynote:  “Three Roads to Beloved Community” will engage us in communal conversation about what we seek in our own lives of discipleship, in the life of our communities of Jesus, and our impact in the world.

Workshops will be plentiful, a delicious lunch and free childcare will be provided and you will have plenty of time for networking with your counterparts in other congregations and with displayers from synod and Lutheran-affiliated ministries.  Don’t miss this event!  It will be better with you there! 

Online registration will go LIVE on Tuesday, January 22. Watch for updates in the synod’s e-newsletter, What Matters!

If you have questions about the event, contact Deacon Vicki Hanrahan, Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Life at 608-270-0201.


More information will follow in a couple days, but we will need to change this date due to a conflict in the Bishop’s Calendar that we were just made aware of by our ELCA churchwide office.  Please remove the 2nd from your calendars.  We will announce the new date as soon as possible.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Lutheran World Relief Boxcar Loading this Saturday!

The LWR In-gathering will be held on Saturday, October 13 – 7:00 am – 11:00 am
at the Wisconsin Southern Railroad Yard, 1890 E. Johnson Street – Madison


For instructions on boxing up your kits, please visit the Lutheran World Relief Website at: https://www.lwr.org and click on “Get Involved.”

Additional Drop Off Location:
1025 15th Avenue
Monroe, WI
(one block north of Grace Lutheran Church)

Drop off hours:  Monday through Friday, Oct. 8-12, from 9am to 4 pm
Questions:  Contact Site Coordinator,  Beth Faith at 608-325-9172

Event sponsored by Madison Area Jail Ministry
Event Location with map

Note: Correction to Visitation Location on Tuesday evening for Rev. Mark Molldrem

In the living hope of the resurrection, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin announces the death of Rev. Mark Molldrem who died Friday afternoon, September 28.

Funeral service will be held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 311 West Mackie Street, in Beaver Dam on Wednesday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m.

Visitations will be held at the Cornerstone Funeral Home, 135 Keller Boulevard, Beaver Dam on Tuesday evening from 5:00 – 7:30 pm and two hours before the service on Wednesday from 9:00 – 11:00 am at the church.

Please hold his wife, Shirley, and their family in your prayers.

Attention All Singers and Choir Directors!  Here’s a Learning Op Designed for YOU!

Do you know singers who are feeling a bit rusty after taking the summer off? Do you know adult singers who wonder about changes in their voices as they age?

The Madison Choral Project would like to invite such singers to attend our Master Class Series:

“Active Aging and the Voice: voice changes are not just for teenagers”

As we enter the Third Age* of our lives, we experience changes with our voices. As our larynx and lungs experience the same aging issues that our legs and back do, we may notice a breathy timbre, larger vibrato, narrower range, new breaks, less stamina, and less flexibility. Though the fountain of youth remains a mystery, we can offer practical exercises and medical insights to keep you singing into and through the Third Age.

Educate yourself about what you can do to guide your voice into and through the Third Age. Professional singer/educators from the Madison Choral Project will lead three sessions to help you navigate these changes and keep you singing for life. Led by MCP conductor & artistic director, Albert Pinsonneault; MCP singers/church choir directors Kathleen Otterson and Jen Terhune Streit (Madison Christian Community); and speech pathologist/voice specialist Brienne Ruel, M.A., CCC-SLP, our goals are to help people understand the changes in their voices and increase their confidence to keep people singing as long as possible.

Dates:  October 14, 21 and 28 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.   Cost:  $60

Register online:  themecp.org/third-age