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2020 Triennial Gathering in Phoenix - July 16th-19th Women from around the synod are encouraged to attend this wonderful event. So far, we have 17 women attending from the South Central Synod of Wisconsin. …

Celebrating the Life and Witness of The Rev. Dr. Gwen Sayler

The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Beth Sayler, William A. & John E. Wagner Professor of Biblical Theology and Distinguished Professor of Bible at Wartburg Theological Seminary passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, November 11, 2019. She was 71. Gwen served WTS faithfully as professor for twenty-nine years where generations of church leaders learned Hebrew Bible, ministry, and advocacy in her classes. She also has served on the Candidacy Committee for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin for more than twenty years.

Mission Moment: Reconciling in Christ Congregations

Following Jesus, who commanded his followers, ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,’ and believing that all persons are created in the image of God, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA, strives to be fully inclusive for all. This synod welcomes people of every race, background, age, political affiliation, economic and social status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and mental and physical ability, while striving to enable all people to participate fully in the life and work of the church and its expressions.

Announcing the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering

We are bound. Bound by our sin, by the expectations of others, by poverty, by ”-isms” that try to divide us, and by so much more. In a life that often feels like it has young people in a suffocating grip, we want them to imagine the boundlessness of God: boundless love, boundless mercy, boundless freedom, boundless creation, boundless strength. All offered from a gracious and loving God who knows and adores them. All so abundant and endless it cannot be measured.

Mission Moment: Goodbye Cairo, Hello Passages

As you may recall, Rev. Kirsten Fryer served as one of our deployed pastors doing God’s work through ELCA Global Mission. We thank you for supporting her ministry with St. Andrews Refugee Service and St. Andrews United Church of Cairo. She is now back in the states in her new call and sends us this update and letter of gratitude.

Breaking Down Walls – ELCA Global Mission

On Nov. 9, 2019, the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we look back to remember this important moment in human history, we are reminded that there is much work to be done to tear down the walls that divide us today.

4th Annual Faith in Numbers, hosted by Wegner CPAs

The 4th Annual Faith in Numbers, hosted by Wegner CPAs, is two weeks away and we want to make sure you are there! This day is filled with relevant breakout sessions filled with tips that you can take straight back to your organization and implement. The impact of this day is made not only with the presentations but through all of the connections created between the attendees of this conference. Collaborate with other churches, listen to other organization’s pain points, share your success stories, and make this conference our best one yet!


Save the Date: LEAD 2020

Join us on March 14, 2020 for the South-Central Synod’s Annual Leadership Education and Development Conference under the theme “Holy Currencies: Whole Life Stewardship”.

2020 Synod Assembly

The next regular meeting of the Synod Assembly will take place Friday-Saturday, May 1-2, 2020 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

Special Synod Assembly: 2020 Bishop Election

There will be a Special Meeting of the Synod Assembly on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Verona Campus for the sole purpose of electing the next bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.


Sunday Afternoon Cleaning (Madison/Verona)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison and Verona is looking for a person to help clean up our two campuses following worship on Sunday morning from noon-6 p.m. on Sundays. We are looking for a conscientious, hardworking individual with a good driving record, since you will need to drive between the two campuses. Please send applications to Director of Administration Rick Blum at or call (608) 640-4902.

Director of Music Ministry (Sun Prairie)

Position includes directing and accompanying the Chancel Choir (adult) and keyboard responsibilities on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  Choir has about 20 members. We have an 8-year-old Kawai 6′ grand in the sanctuary. The organ will be a 13 rank Casavant, which is in the final stages of installation. Salary is dependent on experience, with the pay range between $100 and $135 per service.  The Chancel Choir salary is between $3500 and $4000 per 9-month annual period. 

Full-Time Chaplain (Stoughton)

Skaalen Retirement Services is a Lutheran retirement community that has been providing care and support of seniors in need since 1900. Skaalen Retirement Services is seeking a full-time Chaplain to provide spiritual care to by promoting a spiritual environment within the campus by leading worship services, providing prayer services, conducting Bible study, leading religious discussions, providing religious education and hymn sings with residents and patients in all levels of care. The successful candidate will need to be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Ecclesiastical Specialized Care Endorsement status from the ELCA, and is Board Certified Chaplain status from the Association of Professional Chaplains.

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