WHAT MATTERS MISSION MOMENT: Synod’s Speaker’s Bureau – Visit the Synod Website

Gratitude for and Connections to How Your Weekly Offerings Help the Whole Church
by Deacon Vicki Hanrahan, Assistant to the Bishop for Media, Communications and Leadership Development

The synod office manages a Speaker’s Bureau designed to bring resources to your congregation on topics that educate us on the core values of our synod. Many of these topics have been borne from resolutions that you, our readers have voted on at our annual synod assembly. Others come from topics we feel are important to you, our leaders in our congregations, to be the best disciples and leaders that God created you to be.
Thank you to all of our speakers who have graciously volunteered to share their time, knowledge and passion with you this year. We look forward to our continued partnership!
Thank you to all of our congregations for your weekly offerings that are sent on to the synod office as mission support. Your dollars are used to manage this resource used by many of our congregations and serving hundreds of our members! Thank you!

ADVOCACY – POVERTY, HUNGER, HOMELESS, HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Cindy Crane

BIBLICAL STORYTELLING
Don Falkos
Peder Johanson
Pati Kachel

CARE OF CREATION
Bob Lindmeier

COGNITIVE CHALLENGES
Mary Kay Baum

ENNEAGRAM – INTRODUCTION TO
Peter Narum

FAITH FORMATION & PRACTICES
Summer Markham

GLOBAL MISSION WORK
Carolyn Schneider (Hong Kong)
Kirsten Fryer (Cairos, Egypt)

HOLY LAND, ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN CONFLICT, LANDS OF THE BIBLE
Blake Rohrer

HOME COMMUNION MINISTRY
Nancy Raabe

MALARIA – ELCA CAMPAIGN
Eleanor Siebert

MEDITATION & YOGA
Sherrie Hansen
MUSIC
Nancy Raabe
Sherri Hansen

PRAYER & SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Jack Finney

RELIGION & SCIENCE
Kim Eighmy

SPIRITUAL RETREAT: FAITH AND THE ME FILTER
Marsha Swenson

YOUNG ADULTS IN GLOBAL MISSION
Laura Hermanns
Lily Zeich
Nate Zimdars

WALKING 500 MILES ACROSS SPAIN:BECOMING A PILGRIM ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Anne & David Andert

WHOLE-LIFE WELLNESS
Jennifer Prinz

WOMEN’S GROUPS – FORMING & NURTURING
Nancy Raabe

WRITING YOUR STORY
Kathy Jacobson

VETERANS – IMPROVED CARE AND OUTREACH TO
Connie Walker

Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory

A two-day workshop on January 24-25, 2019 hosted by St. Andrew University, a ministry of St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA) at 13600 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Speaker: Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory Participants will:

  • Hear testimonies of new life–not just numerical growth or church transformation–in diverse contexts.
  • Wonder about God’s call for change in your community.
  • Engage with leaders in practical questions of “how”
    • How did you lead through change?
    • How did you manage naysayers or difficulties?
    • How can you lead differently?
    • How can new spiritual disciplines stimulate and empower fresh and creative engagement with our changing world?
  • Make a concrete plan for spiritual development for yourself that is rooted in the needs of your role and context.

 

For information and registration, see the conference website (www.standrewu.org). Note: super early bird
registration ($99) ends November 30, 2018. After this, registration is $129 through January 10, 2019.

Diakonia: Featured Instructor: Rev.Mark Williamson

Instructor for Lutheran Creeds & confessions
2019 Dates: Jan 24, 31 and Feb. 7, 14, 21

“I am pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville. I believe teaching to be one of my spiritual gifts. Diakonia is a great way to offer this gift for the building up of God’s church. Also, having a local synod-based program like Diakonia allows learners from around the area who want to engage core resources of the faith at a deeper level to do so, while helping us focus our energies at the congregational level on faith formation for newcomers and inquirers. My hope for the students is that they will experience wonder and delight in the Word of God, grow as friends brought together by the Spirit, and be equipped for ministry in their local communities.”

If you are interested in teaching, contact Diakonia Coordinator, Barb Zimmerman at 608-535-0264 or email: 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!

Check out the Diakonia course offerings: https://scsw-elca.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DiakoniaCourseOfferings2018Rev.pdf

Holy Land Trip – Deadline Extended to December 17

There is room to join this tour to Israel, Palestine and Jordan, June 15-26, 2019. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience the land of the Bible and give you a lifetime of insights and inspiration. You receive great value for the cost by traveling in a small group with an experienced guide, staying multiple nights in each location, and having airfare from Chicago, all breakfasts and dinners, gratuities and entry fees included.

The tour is hosted by Pastor Blake Rohrer of Midvale Community Lutheran, and member of the Holy Land Advocacy Synod Team. All are welcome to join the group.

For more information:
brochure: https://gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/190603.pdf
contact Pastor Blake Rohrer at blaker@midvalelutheran.org

Looking for a Gift That Is Both Thoughtful and Does Global Good?

$25 Comprised of two bags of coffee and an LWR Farmers Market mug, customize your purchase with your choice of our bold dark, robust medium, or decaf roasts! LWR Farmers Market Coffee is sourced directly from coffee farmers working in Lutheran World Relief projects – our partners in the coffee business. And, a portion of the sales are invested back into Lutheran World Relief Projects, which means this purchase is a gift to many!

Visit www.lwrfarmersmarket.org to give a gift – or two –today! #SipBoldly

Volunteer Opportunity for Churches for Triangle Community Ministry

Won’t you be my neighbor?
Triangle Community Ministry (TCM) offers the unique opportunity for churches and youth groups to get to know the residents of the Triangle neighborhood while serving a Monday Meal in 2019.

TCM’s Monday Meals are served in the community room of Brittingham Apartments, 755 Braxton Place, every Monday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eight to 10 volunteers arrive at 4 p.m. to bring, prepare, serve and clean up after a meal for 50 to 75 residents.

TCM started Monday Meals in 2018 in commemoration of its 40th anniversary on the Triangle. The Triangle is home to 335 low-income housing residents, 87% of whom are challenged by physical, mental, developmental or emotional disabilities. With a median annual income of $10,000, food insecurity is an  issue for many. Monday Meals help alleviate hunger. They also provide an opportunity for caring people from outside the Triangle to get to know the Madison neighbors who need and much appreciate their help. Schedule your group to serve a Monday meal in 2019 by contacting Deacon Meg Nielsen, 608-257-8517, or triangleMinistry@sbcglobal.net.

Learn more about Triangle Ministry at www.TriangleMinistry.com.

Volunteer Preachers Needed for Synod Worship

As you know, each week we hold Communion Worship in the synod office chapel and each week, we invite a different preacher.  This is an opportunity that is open to all of our Pastors and Deacons, whether in an active call, or retired or on leave.  Worship is held in an intimate setting in our little fireside chapel from 12:00 to 12:30 with brown bag lunch immediately following if you are able.  We worship anywhere from 3 to 30.  You will choose one ad-hoc day or can choose more if you desire, but if you are interested in helping in this way, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Carolyn Butts at 608-270-0201.  Call Carolyn and make her day!


Join Us for Worship In the Synod Office Chapel Every Thursday at Noon

All Are Welcome!

 We gather for worship and holy communion on Thursdays.  Please join us!  Each week a different preacher from our synod leads worship.  Come and be fed in body and spirit. Brown bag lunch and fellowship immediately following if you are able at 12:30.  Our address is:  6401 Odana Road, Suite 20, Madison, WI  53719