Synod Assembly: Nominations and Resolutions for 2019

Nomination and Resolution forms are available by emailing Robyn Zimmerman, Director of Operations and Executive Administrative Assistant. Forms must be submitted by February 28, 2019.

Free Webinar: Legal Checklist for Congregations

Congregations can be vulnerable to legal issues and liabilities related to corporate status, taxes, property, insurance and abuse prevention. Many of these problems can be avoided by using an ELCA-prepared checklist of key issues for congregations to address. In a free webinar at 12 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, Feb. 21, the ELCA legal staff will discuss this checklist and best legal practices for congregations. The webinar should be of particular interest to rostered ministers and lay congregational leaders and staff, including congregation council members and officers, church administrators, and pastors and deacons.
Register by Feb. 15

Portico Launches Personalized Online Wellness Tool

Portico’s annual wellness program kicks off Jan. 1 for members and spouses covered by ELCA-Primary health benefits. Entering its 12th year, the program invites eligible participants to earn wellness
dollars as they complete specific activities design…more: https://porticobenefits.org/NewsEvents/News/2018_12_30_PorticoLaunchesPersonalizedOnlineWellnessTool

Portico Retirement Seminar Will Be Held Close to Our Area – LaCrosse – on February 21

Retirement takes planning. No matter where you’re starting from, taking small steps today can have a big impact on your life later. Join Portico on Feb. 21, 2019 in La Crosse, Wisconsin for a Pre-Retirement Seminar. In the morning, learn how to invest for your future in the midst of current financial goals. In the afternoon, discover ways to create a sustainable income in retirement. Join for the morning, afternoon, or both, and start the year with new tools for navigating the path ahead. Learn more and register by Jan. 21 at PRS-WI.eventbrite.com Questions? Call us at 800.352.2876.

Still Time to Sign Up for the Next SCSW DIAKONIA Classes!

Sign Up Now! It’s not too late . . .

Practical Ministry: To Communicate the Gospel
Saturday mornings, 9-noon Jan 26-Feb 23 at St John’s Lutheran Church, 312 S. Third St, Evansville
Pr. Tony Dusso, instructor

  • explore the role of the local congregation
  • identify 21st century situations where communication of the Gospel is essential, and how this communication may occur
  • look at opportunities within the congregation and the community for communicating the gospel
    • reflect on personal ministry experiences Biblically and theologically

Lutheran Creeds and Confessions
Thursday evenings, 6-9 p.m. Jan 24-Feb 21 First English Lutheran Church, 215 Pine St, Platteville
Pr Mark Williamson, instructor

  • explore the Book of Concord
    • Augsburg Confession
    • The Catechisms
    • Smalcald articles
  • look at how these relate to modern Lutheranism
  • discuss
    • God and Sin
    • Justification by Grace Alone
    • and more…

If you are interested in teaching, contact Diakonia Coordinator, Barb Zimmerman at 608-535-0264 or email her at: scswdiakonia@gmail.com.

If you are interested in taking classes, more information, along with registration form, can be obtained from the web site www.scsw-elca.org click on Ministries and Partners, Diakonia.
Financial Assistance may be available from your congregation and/or synod scholarships are available for those who would appreciate tuition assistance.

You can also contact Linda Wulff at 920-210-2675 or by e-mail at scswdiakonia@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from prospective students and instructors!

Important Announcement About Synod Assembly 2019 – Location Change!

Our synod was contracted with the Madison Marriott for our May 4 & 5 Synod Assembly. Unfortunately, the Marriott informed us recently that they will be renovating their facility and will not be able to accommodate our event.

The new location for Assembly will be the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall and the Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison. The Clarion is conveniently connected by enclosed walkway to the Alliant Exhibition Hall.

The dates remain the same as we have been publishing for the past two years: May 4 & 5, 2019

 

 

 

Prayers

Women of the ELCA Ministry Team:

  • Helen Sheahan, Member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Madison & Verona
  • Linda Freitag, Member of St. James Lutheran Church of Verona
  • Janna Smith, Member of First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater
  • Bonnie Gilbertson, Member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon

Synod Seminary Student:

  • Ian Coen-Frei, Member Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Madison & Verona, Attending Lutheran
    School of Theology Chicago
  • Charlotte Eversoll, Member of Lutheran Church of Peace-Platteville, Attending Wartburg Seminary

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod:

  • Rev. Nancy Raabe, Pastor, and members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Marshall
  • Rev. David Nelsestuen, Pastor, and members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edgerton
  • Rev. Beth Schultz-Byrnes and members of Hope in McFarland
  • Rev. Mark Dressel, Pastor, and members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Mills

Neighboring Synods:

  • Bishop Kristen E. M. Kuempel and the congregations of the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod, ELCA
  • Bishop David Brauer-Rieke and the congregations of the Oregon Synod, ELCA

Churchwide Partners: 

  • The Rev. Benyam A. Kassahun.-Area Desk Director-East and Southern Africa Global Mission at the ELCA Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL
  • Rev. Philip J Knutson Regional Representative, Africa Area Desk Global Mission at the ELCA Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL
  • Rev. Philip Baker Regional Representative for Theological Education, Asia/Pacific Area Desk Global Mission at the ELCA Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL
  • Rev. Y. Franklin Ishida Asia/Pacific Area Desk Director Global Mission at the ELCA Lutheran Center, Chicago, IL

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:

  • Rev. Michael Lee, January 12, 1997, Pastor, First Lutheran in Lodi, mlee@firstlutheranlodi.org
  • Rev. Nancy Raabe, January 13, 2017, Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran in Marshall, nancyraabe@gmail.com
  • Rev. Michelle Elfers, January 15, 2006, Pastor, St. John Lutheran in Richland Center, pneuma0801@yahoo.com
  • Rev. Craig Simenson, January 17, 2015, Grace Lutheran in Darlington, cfsimenson@uwalumni.comnelsonkosky@gmail.com

last weeks anniversaries:

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Consecration:

  • None this week.

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service.

Report to the Bishop Are Due February 4.

Ministers of Word and Sacrament Currently Serving in a Call:
In an effort to receive information that is more valuable to the Bishop in understanding your needs and how best to support your ministry, you will be receiving a communication from the Bishop’s Administrative Assistant, Robyn Zimmerman with a totally new form for your annual reports to the bishop. Please use the new form instead of the ELCA form. Thank you!

Ministers of Word and Service Currently Serving in a Call:
You will receive a communication from Robyn Zimmerman with a link to the form that you should use for your report to the bishop. Please do take the time to fill this out and submit it to the synod office. Thank you!

All Things Annual! 4 Things Needing Attention

#1 Your Annual Meetings Are Here!

We suggest that you wrap your annual reports in a beautiful ELCA-provided cover that includes an inspiring message from Presiding Bishop Eaton and litany. The covers are FREE, you pay only shipping.
Order these from the ELCA through their website: https://resources.elca.org/Stewardship-2018_Annual_Report_Cover.html
There will not be an annual report letter from Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld. She desires and encourages congregations to use the letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton provided here: https://scsw-elca.org/2019/01/annual-report-message-from-bishop-eaton/


#2 – VOTING MEMBERS FOR SYNOD ASSEMBLY

Remember to include in your annual meeting agenda the election of your voting members for Synod Assembly, May 4 & 5, 2019. Don’t forget to include extra for youth & Young adults. If you have any questions about who you can send, this chart of formulas for determining the number of voting members in which to send to Synod Assembly may be helpful:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AS A VOTING MEMBER?
Congregations:
All congregations use the following formula to determine the number of lay (non-rostered) voting members they are allowed to register for the assembly. The formula has been created to meet the constitutional expectation that 60% of the voting membership of the assembly be composed of lay persons, and to achieve the goal of an equal balance of men and women.
Up to 1000 baptized members = 2 voting members (one male/one female)
1001 – 2000 baptized members = 3 voting members (one male/one female/one either)
2001 – 3000 baptized members = 4 voting members (two male/two female)
3001 – 4000 baptized members = 5 voting members (two male/two female/one either)
4001 – 5000 baptized members = 6 voting members (three male/three female)
5001 – 6000 baptized members = 7 voting members (three male/three female/one either)
6001 – 7000 baptized members = 8 voting members (four male/four female)

Youth and Young Adult Voting Members:
In addition to the aforementioned allotment of voting members, in June of 2010 the Synod Council passed a continuing resolution allowing congregations to register additional Youth and Young Adult Lay Voting Members. To be eligible for a youth or young adult voting member registration, the individual shall not have obtained the age of 30 years old at the time of registration.
Up to 175 baptized members = 1 youth or young adult voting member of either gender
176 or more baptized members = 2 youth or young adult voting members (one male/one female)
Synodically Authorized Worshiping Communities:
A Synodically Authorized Worshiping Community may register one lay voting member of either gender.
Rostered Ministers:
Clergy – All clergy under call in this synod are voting members of the synod assembly. This includes those under call to specialized ministry and under synod call. All clergy under call in the synod are expected to register for and attend the assembly. Each registered clergy has one vote at the assembly, even if they are serving more than one congregation or ministry site.
Associates in Ministry and Diaconal Ministers – All lay rostered leaders under call in this synod are voting members of the synod assembly and are expected to register for and attend the assembly. Each rostered lay leader has one vote at the assembly even if they are serving more than one congregation or ministry site.
Retired Rostered Ministers:
Retired Rostered Ministers may elect up to 10% of their number to be registered as voting members of the assembly.


#3 Report to the Bishop from Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ministers of Word and Service Are Due February 4.

Ministers of Word and Sacrament Currently Serving in a Call:
In an effort to receive information that is more valuable to the Bishop in understanding your needs and how best to support your ministry, you will be receiving a communication from the Bishop’s Administrative Assistant, Robyn Zimmerman with a totally new form for your annual reports to the bishop. Please use the new form instead of the ELCA form. Thank you!

Ministers of Word and Service Currently Serving in a Call:
You will receive a communication from Robyn Zimmerman with a link to the form that you should use for your report to the bishop. Please do take the time to fill this out and submit it to the synod office. Thank you!


#4 – Nominations and Resolutions for 2019

Congregational Presidents and Rostered Ministers  received a letter from the synod Vice President, Jane Cahill Wolfgram, with information about bringing resolutions and nominations to the assembly. Please pay attention to the timelines for these. Nominations and Resolutions forms can be downloaded here. They are due to the synod office by February 28th at 4:30.

Assembly Nomination Form 2019 FINALFillable

2019 Assembly Resolution Form

Have Yourself a Dairy Little Christmas!

Just one dairy cow can produce as many as three gallons of milk each day. It’s a reliable source of nutrition and income — the total package for a family in need. Your gift comes with a free, limited-edition card to help you give in honor of someone special. Give creative, memorable gifts this Christmas, and share God’s love in Christ with our neighbors in need.
To shop the ELCA Good Gifts catalog and/or order: https://community.elca.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=83a45702-17a9-49f3-b218-b53bb65a0884&trid=83a45702-17a9-49f3-b218-b53bb65a0884

Christmas Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares her 2018 Christmas message. We are free to greet this holy season knowing that Christ’s cradle defeats the grave. Life and healing and hope come to us in the child in the manger.

Listen to her message on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6prOmaJ9J1Y
Print Version – Christmas message in Spanish: http://download.elca.org/ELCA Resource Repository/2018_Christmas_Message_Spanish.pdf?_ga=2.191946732.71198288.1545073618-1612800659.1533764142
Print Version – Christmas message in English: http://download.elca.org/ELCA Resource Repository/2018_Christmas_Message_English.pdf?_ga=2.126623691.71198288.1545073618-1612800659.1533764142