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

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

All Things Annual! Your Annual Meetings Are Right Around the Corner

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: http://resources.elca.org/updateqty.cgi
And 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, contact the synod office.

Are You Interested in Volunteering at YOUR Synod Office?

It’s easy and fun and you can sign-up below. If you have questions please call Robyn Zimmerman at the synod office, 608.270-0201.

http://signup.com/go/urPBwwv – General Office Volunteer Work

Your synod is looking for people who are available and able to donate the precious gift of their time to help with general office work. This could be 2 days a week for a couple of hours in the morning/afternoon or an ongoing volunteer spot of every Monday afternoon, just as an example. Your synod staff would love the chance to get to know you and this a fun way to do just that.

http://signup.com/go/NQMwNNG – Pastors Or Deacons or Vicars to Lead Worship

Pastors or Deacons or Vicars, are you interested in leading one of the synods Thursday worship services? It’s a short 30 minute worship with communion. It is open to all. Please bring a lunch to enjoy after worship. Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Below is a template of our Thursday Service. Plan ahead, we have availability in February.

• Gathering-Song is commonly done but feel free to do what ever you want.
• Word & Message-Gospel either the narrative or lectionary from this week or really whatever you would like to use.
• Prayers of the people- we will have some names to add to your prayer after you invite prayers.
• Meal-Communion- that will be all set up for you and one of us will help you serve.
• Sending – Sometimes people will do another song at the end but that is totally up to you. The service is normally 30 minutes long. You can really do it however you like as long as the 5 highlighted pieces are included. We do have plenty of hymnals here in the office.

Congregations feel free to share on your church Facebook or web page through Thursday!

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

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