Social Media Links to the Bishop Installation Festive Celebration will be posted here soon.
Social Media Links to the Bishop Installation Festive Celebration will be posted here soon.
Students, please mail your registration and payment to the synod office no later than August 27. Mail to: South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA; 6401 Odana Road, Suite 20, Madison, WI 53719. For registration forms, visit the synod website: https://scsw-elca.org/ministries-and-partners/diakonia/
Instructors – If you are a rostered minister and would like to teach a Diakonia course, we are looking for instructors for the following classes in the following locations:
Platteville (Thursday evenings)
* Biblical Images
* Daily Life of a Christian
Madison & Evansville (Saturday mornings)
* Communicating the Gospel
* Faith in the North American Context
* Christian Worship
If you are interested in teaching, contact Diakonia Coordinator, Barb Zimmerman at 608-535-0264 or email her at: email@example.com.
If you are interested in taking classes, you can find more information, along with registration forms on the Diakonia page. You can also contact Linda Wulff at 920-210-2675 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from prospective students and instructors!
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.
Some of you may have read an article in the new issue of Living Lutheran about one of the congregations of the Sierra Pacific Synod, Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco. The pastor of Grace Lutheran, Pr. Megan Rohrer, has been offering on-line worship and Bible Study opportunities for a while, but recently instituted the distribution of communion by means of mailed/delivered pre-packaged packets for those who request them. Though the article was removed from the online version of Living Lutheran, it appears in the print version. The publication of this article may raise questions for our members and our clergy which is why I’m writing this column.
Know that this article was published without anyone checking with Bishop Eaton, Secretary Pr. Chris Boerger, the Director for Worship – Pr. Kevin Strickland, or anyone in the Conference of Bishops. Though we, the bishops of this church, appreciate the creative energies of pastors like Megan Rohrer who are trying to figure out new ways to reach the unchurched and de-churched, this is not the way to proceed. To do such is not in keeping with our “Use of the Means of Grace” documents nor our agreements with the Episcopal Church for our full communion relationship.
As you might imagine, there has been discussion in the Conference of Bishops and at Churchwide regarding distribution of communion by mail by Pr. Megan Rohrer or anyone else. I received word on Sunday, August 12th, that the practice of distributing Holy Communion by mail has been halted by the bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod and will not continue. I’d appreciate your sharing this new information with anyone what may ask.
Thank you for your partnership in the ministry of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.
Blessings and Peace,
Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld
It is your mission support that makes these ELCA ministries possible. Together we are doing What Matters in God’s kingdom! Thank you!
Meet our synod’s new Young Adults in Global Mission!
Another cohort of Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers have recently accepted the call into service, beginning in August. The YAGM program has seen significant growth since its beginnings in 1999, and this is especially true since the start of the Campaign for the ELCA. In the past five years, the average number of volunteers sent into service each year was 30 more than in the years prior to the Campaign. This growth has only been made possible through generous individuals, congregations and synods who support this program and the faithful young adults who answer God’s call to service. And with approximately 35% of YAGM alumni entering seminary, it’s also a strategic and timely investment.
Among the 80 newly called YAGM volunteers, two of them have named a congregation, campus ministry, ELCA camp or ELCA college/university as a faith home within the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. They are:
Rachel Perkins – Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville. She will be serving in Southern Africa, and John Baynton – Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in Madison, Luther Memorial in Madison and Blackhawk Church in Madison.
The YAGM volunteers will be sent to serve in 14 countries in 11 country programs alongside our companions in Argentina/Uruguay, Australia, Cambodia, Central Europe (Hungary & Servia), Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mesico, Rwanda, Senengal, Southern Africa and the United Kingdom. Young adults serve in a variety of areas including congregational ministry, human rights work, development projects, healthcare, education and youth work. A year of service through the YAGM program helps young adults to think more critically about their own identity, God’s work in the world, and their place within it all.
Watch What Matters for more updates on these two young adults and their journey. We will be publishing links to their blogs and newsletters when they become available. For now, please keep them in your prayers and thank you for the support that your mission support provides these young disciples. Your offerings and prayers are greatly appreciated!
God’s blessings to you Rachel and John! We will be walking wet with you!
Visit the ELCA website for more information on the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Ministry program.
Might your son or daughter be ready for this opportunity?
What are your hopes for your congregation? What is important to your faith journey? What do you want the bishop to know about your congregation and community? What are 142 of our worshipping communities and leaders saying about our shared work? Learn what Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld’s priorities are and where she sees us doing our best work as God’s beloved community.
We enourage you to give special attention to synod events such as this year’s Gather, Greet & Meet–to spend time with your bishop!
There are 5 remaining dates to choose from. Choose the one closest to your home congregation or the one that is most convenient for your schedule. We will gather as a synod to meet and greet Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld. She’ll spend her time getting to know you and we’ll discuss the results of the questionnaire answered by 150 lay and rostered leaders about what we need in a bishop and our dreams for the future shared work of congregations and partners in our synod. Anyone can attend this event.
No RSVP Necessary! Just come!
Five remaining dates and locations to choose from:
August 20, 2018 Peace (Belmont) 6:30 – 8:00 pm
August 26, 2018 Immanuel (Watertown) 2:30-4:00 pm
August 28, 2018 St. John’s (Janesville) 6:30-8:00 pm
August 29, 2018 Covenant (Stoughton) 6:30-8:00 pm
August 30, 2018 St. Peter’s (Loganville) 6:30-8:00 pm
Addresses for Your GPS/Mapquest/Google Maps:
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?
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.
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,
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 email@example.com or Lisa Hansen at (608) 838-7929 or firstname.lastname@example.org of the SCSW Refugee Resettlement Team.