Synod Assembly 2018

Walking Wet: Water Life!
The annual synod assembly was held May 5 & 6 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.

Here are some fast facts:
Our Theme Was: “Walking Wet: Waterlife” Celebrating our baptismal promise and challenge.

Keynote Speaker: Bishop Felipe Lozada-Montañez of our partner synod, the Caribbean Synod of the ELCA, gave an update of the challenges still facing the people and congregations of Puerto Rico and what we can do to continue to walk with them through their recovery efforts.  Bishop Felipe, and his wife, Ana,  accepted the offering from our congregations and extended their deep appreciation for our synod’s generosity and partnership.

Special  Music Throughout: Composer and musicians, Ben Johnston-Urey, Rev. Nancy Raabe, Ondra Williams, a worship ensemble, and the Synod Assembly Choir comprised of members from  various congregations in our synod, led is in song and praise during worship services on both Saturday night and Sunday.  Saturday was the sending  service of Bishop Mary Froiland.

Offering: Designated for hurricane relief efforts for our brothers and sisters of our partner synod, the Caribbean Synod of the ELCA – $20,023.45

Million Dollar Mission Jar Challenge
Our one year challenge to raise money for the Campaign for the ELCA culminated at our synod assembly.  In total, our congregations raised – $10,083.03

Heart & Hands Award
Three congregations received this year’s Heart and Hands award for opening their doors and extending hospitality to congregations in our synod for equipping events.

  • First Lutheran Church (Janesville) – LEAD
  • St. Matthew’s New Life (Madison) – Racial Equity Events & More
  • Trinity Lutheran (Madison) – Weekly Diakonia Classes

ELECTIONS

BISHOP
Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld

Vice President
Jane Cahill Wolfgram, Christ Lutheran, De Forest

Secretary
Rev. Brad Pohlman, Luther Memorial, Madison

Synod Council
Gary Engelke, First English, Platteville
Rev. Tim Hansen, Our Saviors, Sun Prairie
Rev. Lisa Nelson, Faith Lutheran, Columbus
Debi Peters , Our Saviors, Sun Prairie
Cindy Wuttke, Christ Evangelical, Sharon

Consultation Committee
Rev. Mae Jean Zelle, First, Janesville; Interim

Discipline Committee
Carl Anderson, Luther Memorial, Madison
Rev. Don Glanzer, St Peter’s, Loganville
Deacon Bonnie Vize, West Middleton, Verona

Churchwide Assembly
Sadie Cord, Bethel, Madison
Tyler Gold, Good Shepherd-Madison & Verona
Deacon Vicki Hanrahan-Our Saviors, Sun Prairie
Jessie Hodgson, First English, Platteville
Deacon Lisa Huber, Bethel, Madison
Rev. Erik Jelinek, Central, Edgerton
Ben Johnston-Urey, First, Janesville
Jen Kooistra, St. John’s, Oregon
Theo Kooistra, St. John’s Oregon
Emily Larson, Good Shepherd-Madison & Verona
Rev. Felix Malpica, Faith, Janesville
Rev. Matthew Poock, St Johns, Evansville
Jason Xiong, Bethel, Madison
Rev. Susan Schneider, Trinity, Madison
Kathryn Small, Lake Edge, Madison
Rev. Gordon Straw, Grace, Evanston, IL
Trevor Thom, Immanuel Evangelical, Watertown
Rev. Mae Jean Zelle, First, Janesville; Interim
Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld

 

Documents & Resources

Assembly Reports & Book

2018 Assembly Book Complete as Revised

this revised version includes the revised agenda & assembly committees – everything else is the same.  You can download just those items below:

Revisions to Assembly Book
Agenda (Revised)
Assembly Committees (Revised)

2018 Assembly Book Complete

The complete book is currently available for download & printing in one large file. It is bookmarked for Windows PC only.  Note: the complete book does NOT contain Addendum – 2019 Compensation Guidelines.  Please download that separately.

Addendum – 2019 Compensation Guidelines

If you have difficulty downloading the whole file, it can be downloaded in smaller sections. This will work for printing, but the pdf page numbers will not match the printed page numbers like they do in the complete file.
2018 Assembly Book Part 1
2018 Assembly Book Part 2
2018 Assembly Book Part 3

See bottom of page for excerpts from the assembly book.

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Visit the Bishop Election page for full details on this meeting…

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Since the synod staff are largely working remotely during the pandemic, worship will not take place on Thursdays. Watch What Matters for a schedule of a recorded sermon series by Bishop Rogness.

Multi-Staff Church Event

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Multi-Staff Church Event for South-Central…

Bishop Election Nominee Forum

Following the introduction of nominees for bishop May 1, four…

Bishop Election Nominee Forum

Following the introduction of nominees for bishop May 1, four…

Bishop Election Nominee Forum

Following the introduction of nominees for bishop May 1, four…

Bishop Election Nominee Forum

Following the introduction of nominees for bishop May 1, four…

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Following Jesus, who commanded his followers, ‘Just as I have…

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Date:  Thursday, January 23
Place:  St. Mark’s Lutheran…

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All high school youth in our synod are invited with their youth leaders to our monthly Rise Up Night. This is a traveling youth group and we meet the 3rd Sunday of every month. Different churches in our synod host each month and plan out a little bit of faith, food, and fun.

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No Weekly Worship

The synod office is closed for the Christmas Holiday on Thursday, December 26, therefore, there will not be our weekly worship service that day. Our regular weekly worship schedule will resume on January 2, 2020.

Synod Office Closed

The synod office will be closed for the New Year Holiday December 30-January 3. If you need assistance, please contact the office by phone at (608) 270-0201 where there will be recorded information on how to contact the synod staff on-call.

Synod Office Closed

The synod office will be closed for the Christmas Holiday this Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24-25. If you need assistance, please contact the office by phone at (608) 270-0201 where there will be recorded information on how to contact the synod staff on-call.

Bishop Election Town Hall Forum

Town Hall Meetings to Take Place January and February 2020: The foundation begins to be laid by first naming where we are as a synod, and, from that, what kind of leadership skills we need to seek in the next person to serve as our bishop. This is fundamental to a good call process in any congregation and just as fundamental for us as a synod.

Bishop Election Town Hall Forum

Town Hall Meetings to Take Place January and February 2020: The foundation begins to be laid by first naming where we are as a synod, and, from that, what kind of leadership skills we need to seek in the next person to serve as our bishop. This is fundamental to a good call process in any congregation and just as fundamental for us as a synod.

Bishop Election Town Hall Forum

Town Hall Meetings to Take Place January and February 2020: The foundation begins to be laid by first naming where we are as a synod, and, from that, what kind of leadership skills we need to seek in the next person to serve as our bishop. This is fundamental to a good call process in any congregation and just as fundamental for us as a synod.

Bishop Election Town Hall Forum

Town Hall Meetings to Take Place January and February 2020: The foundation begins to be laid by first naming where we are as a synod, and, from that, what kind of leadership skills we need to seek in the next person to serve as our bishop. This is fundamental to a good call process in any congregation and just as fundamental for us as a synod.

Bishop Election Town Hall Forum

Town Hall Meetings to Take Place January and February 2020: The foundation begins to be laid by first naming where we are as a synod, and, from that, what kind of leadership skills we need to seek in the next person to serve as our bishop. This is fundamental to a good call process in any congregation and just as fundamental for us as a synod.

Bishop Election Town Hall Forum

Town Hall Meetings to Take Place January and February 2020: The foundation begins to be laid by first naming where we are as a synod, and, from that, what kind of leadership skills we need to seek in the next person to serve as our bishop. This is fundamental to a good call process in any congregation and just as fundamental for us as a synod.

Retired Pastor’s Gathering

Synod Office Closed

The synod office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday this Thursday and Friday, November 28-29. If you need assistance, please contact the office by phone at (608) 270-0201 where there will be recorded information on how to contact the synod staff on-call.

Youth “Rise Up Night”

All high school youth in our synod are invited with their youth leaders to our monthly Rise Up Night. This is a traveling youth group and we meet the 3rd Sunday of every month. Different churches in our synod host each month and plan out a little bit of faith, food, and fun.

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All these documents are included in the assembly book above. They are available here for for quick review.

Synod Assembly Details

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2018 

Location: Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells

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