Food Donations Needed for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry

This is A Kind of Congregational Partnering We Are Praying for in Our Synod!

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Food Pantry on the south side of Madison has seen an increase of about 50% in families served in the last few months. Keeping the shelves stocked with food can be challenging, especially with a drop in donations since the beginning of the year. Some of the items currently needed are Hamburger Helper (or similar), canned peas and canned pineapple. Can you and your congregation or organization help? All contributions of food and funds are gratefully accepted! The pantry is open Tuesdays from 10:00 am to noon, and Thursdays from 5:45 to 7:30 pm. Donations of food can be dropped off during those times, or you can arrange another time by emailing We also invite you to email if you would like more information about the pantry and how you can help. St. Mark’s is located at 605 Spruce St., Madison WI, 53716.

Fight Food Insecurity! Partner with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Together, We Can Make A Difference

Food insecurity is on the rise. On the south side of Madison, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Food Ministries are seeing an increase in people served at both our Food Pantry and our Free Friday Community Meal. This congregation, worshiping only 15-20 on a Sunday, is serving 25-30 families in the food pantry each week, and 50-60 individuals at the Friday meal each week. Partnerships are vital to our Food Ministry. Congregations, organizations, groups and individuals can partner with St. Mark’s by becoming hands-on volunteers on a regular or occasional basis; organizing group service projects; offering financial and volunteer support to help maintain our facility; and making donations of food and funds to our food ministries. For more information on how to partner with St. Mark’s, please contact us at St. Mark’s is located at 605 Spruce St., Madison WI, 53716







Planning Fall Programming? Remember to Check out the Synod’s Speaker’s Bureau

Find List of Workshops, Guest Speakers, Adult and Youth Forums, Retreat Leaders, Synod Initiative Mission Interpreters and More!

A sample of topics:

  • Advocacy
  • Holy Communion Ministry
  • Retreat Planning
  • Holy Land/Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
  • Human Trafficking & Social Media
  • Meditation & Yoga
  • Prayer & Spiritual Practices
  • Walking 500 Miles Across the Camino De Santiago
  • Writing Your Story

And a whole lot more!  Check it out on the synod website!

More information:  Link to Speaker’s Bureau page:

Mission Moment: Burke Lutheran Breaks Ground for a New Holy Space

Burke Lutheran ChurchFor the Sake of Hospitality: Burke Lutheran Church Breaks Ground for a New Holy Space to Serve God’s People

By Deacon Vicki Hanrahan,
Assistant to the Bishop
for Synodical Life

On Sunday, July 7, Burke Lutheran Church in Madison broke ground on their 37+ acres of land to build their new church.  On this day, members and visitors first gathered for worship where their Pastor, Rev.  Robert Neubert emphasized, “It is not about the building, but how we are reaching out to the community as we enter into this new phase of serving in and with this community.”

As members gathered around a circle to participate in a beautiful ground-breaking ceremony, I was able to visit with them about their hopes for the new space.  Enhanced Hospitality became the theme of these conversations.  Kay Gritzmacker, member of 50 years served on the committee for a while as she wanted to be sure that the plans were thoughtful about handicap accessibility.  Council president, Linda Hughes, was very enthusiastic when talking about making the space more accessible with zero grade entrances and a ramp up to the altar. Rev. Neubert described the expanded Narthex space and more serviceable Sunday school rooms.  He feels the improvements will help their church become more welcoming and especially to people who don’t know the building. Their hopes are that the space will be more inviting to community organizations such as the Red Cross for blood drives, holding community meals, and survivor groups to name a few.  He is hopeful that their proximity to the Hospital and American Family Center will yield fruitful relationships.

The 1.5 million-dollar project will take approximately 60 days to complete if all goes well.  The work started on July 8.  The committee’s research led them to a decision that would allow them to honor the past, bring it into the present and prepare them for the future by moving their existing sanctuary, originally built in 1899 to a new foundation and from there adding on additional space for a fellowship hall, education space, offices and kitchen.  Bob & Jeannette Gehrke are hoping the new space creates more interest in younger members too.

Council President, Linda Hughes, shared, “I don’t think this would have happened if we weren’t moving the existing sanctuary.  It allows us to honor the past.  We hope to keep ourselves open to rearranging the sanctuary for better usability and space for the organ and sacristy.  According to Linda, good stewardship is at the heart of their plans.  “While we know we could dream about having top of the line appliances in the kitchen for example, we also must ask ourselves if we really need it because we don’t want to overspend.  We must be good stewards.”

Burke Lutheran was able to fund the project first with significant donations from key older members of the congregation who wanted to leave a legacy.  Later, $300,000 from an established trust, voted by the congregation to use toward the building and $250,000 from another member who had passed away leaving a large portion of her estate to the church brought them significantly closer to their goal.

Let’s all hold them in prayer that they can meet their goal, that their building project goes smoothly and that their new space helps them to continue to be a thriving, vital community of faith, bringing that faith and love of Jesus into their community!

Women of the ELCA – Lutheran/Divinity Educational Student Scholarship Due August 12, 2019

Every other year in connection with our Biennial Convention (September 21) the South-Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization of the Women of the ELCA offers two educational scholarships of $500 each.  They are not gender specific.

Scholarships will be given to students who are pursuing education in Called Ministry (such as Pastor or Diaconal Minister) or Youth Ministry in a congregation or ELCA Bible Camp Ministry.

The scholarship will be used toward the 2019 – 2020 academic year.  The student must be enrolled full time.  Our purpose with this scholarship is to support one another in our callings.

The application form can be obtained by emailing Helen Sheahan at  Completed form and reference letter need to be submitted by August 12, 2019.

14th Biennial Convention of the SCSW Women’s Organization

Bold Women – Answering the Call

September 21, 2019, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
One day Convention and Business Meeting
at Good Shepherd Lutheran – Verona Campus
7291 County Highway PD, Verona, WI

Nationally known Keynote speaker: Reverend Angela Khabeb at 11:00 am – Love, Light, and Salsa: Infusing the flavor of our faith throughout the facets of our lives.

Cost – $25, includes box lunch.

Free childcare is available.  Handicap assessable.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Bring a friend (or a car-full of friends).

Registration, nomination, resolution, and scholarship forms, along with workshop descriptions and schedule are available in the July Trumpeter found on the Women of the ELCA page of the Synod Website.  

Registrations with Childcare, special needs, and special diets must be requested by Monday, September 9.

Biennial Convention Voting Member registrations, nominations, & resolutions are due by Monday, August 12, 2019.

Business meeting on Saturday morning starts at 8:30 am.

Morning options for visitors include attend the Business meeting and/or yoga and /or reading scripture workshop.

Afternoon workshop topics are reading scripture, human trafficking, care of God’s creation, white privilege, nurturing children’s faith, small town and rural ministry, and Discovery Doctrine & issues in Indian country.

Worship closes the day.

Come and experience Worship, workshops, fellowship with your sisters in Christ, and visit vendors.

For questions or more information please contact Helen Sheahan at or  608-692-7553.

“Just Love”

11th Triennial Convention – Phoenix
July 14-16, 2020

11th Triennial Gathering – Phoenix
July 16-19, 2020

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

“Bold Women – Answering the Call”

14th Biennial Convention (WELCA)
South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization
September 21, 2019, 8 am – 4 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Verona campus
7291 County Rd PD, Verona, WI 53593

NEW Registration form
Call to Biennial and Schedule
Workshop descriptions and Speaker bios

LEAD Presentation by Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman

Dr. Bouman’s keynote from LEAD is posted to the synod’s website.  For Dr. Bouman’s presentation, advance the video to the 13 minute mark where Bishop Thomas-Breitfeld introduces him.

New Speaker on the Synod Speaker’s Bureau – Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman! 

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman!  Yes…you heard correctly!  Dr. Bouman was our keynote speaker for LEAD this year and as ever, received an overwhelmingly positive response by our attendees.  So we are extremely excited to introduce him as one of our newest speakers to the synod’s Speaker’s Bureau.

As he is now retired from his call to the ELCA churchwide office as Executive Director of the Domestic Mission of the ELCA, he has started his own consulting business, 3 Roads Consulting.

He is available to work with your congregation in the areas of congregational renewal, community ministries and leadership training.  As ever, you work directly with our speakers to make arrangements and negotiate details.  See the synod’s website for his contact information.

 Link to Speaker’s Bureau page:

Hands on Ministries Took Place at Synod Assembly

Your generosity is needed for two important ministries!


Thank you!  We reached our goal of $500 for transport fees for the GHM kits!  Thank you beloved community of the South-Central Synod of WI!  


At assembly, our attendees were  invited to help pack the sacks with food that we purchased from the Blessing in A Backpack organization.  We reached our goal of packing 1,000 meals for children in need in our synod! These meals will be distributed to congregations that are already engaged in this ministry and ready to distribute to the schools in their community.

To pay for the food, we need to raise $2,900 to fill 1,000 backpacks.  Still needed is: $777.00.

Donations should be made payable to SCSW, with Blessings in A Backpack in the memo.  Mail to South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, 6401 Odana Road, Suite 20, Madison, WI  53719.  As the synod does not have a budget line item for this, we will continue asking until this cost is covered.  Thank you kindly for your donations.