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ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Applications

Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now open, and you can invite young adults on this yearlong journey abroad. If you know young adults age 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the priority deadline of Jan. 15, 2020. Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career, and understanding of God’s work in the world.

Bishop Election Process Begins

In 2020 we will elect the next bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. The process we will follow for election has arisen from consideration by the Bishop Election Task Force, the Synod Council and Executive Committee, and was originally drafted by Interim Bishop Peter Rogness. Over time, as it was reviewed and discussed, changes were made. It has been reviewed and affirmed by staff at the Office of the Presiding Bishop; it has been presented verbally to the Bishop’s Convocation October 6-8, verbally and in writing at the November 2, 2019, special Synod Assembly. It was formally adopted as presented here at the November 9, 2019 meeting of the Synod Council.

2020 Financial Resources

A mailing, including a letter from Interim Bishop Rogness and several financial related forms, was mailed to all congregations in late-November as congregations begin looking toward 2020 and beyond. A digital copy of this mailing can be found on the resources pages. Also, additional congregational resources, including new Annual Report covers can be found on the Administrative Resources page of the website.

Equipping The Saints: Stewardship Resources

These Stewardship resources were recommended at our recent synod event, “Spirited Generosity:  Offering Vitality in the 21st Century,” produced by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center: A Network for Growing Stewards. We commend them to you as you explore what it means to be good stewards of all that God has given us. 

St. Olaf Choir to Perform – January 29 – 8 pm

Join the St. Olaf Choir, conducted by Anton Armstrong, for a performance at Luther Memorial Church on January 29 at 8 p.m. The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is one of the premier a cappella choirs in the United States, and for more than a century has set the standard of choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry.

Mission Moment: Anti-Human Trafficking Work

At the 2014 and 2017 Women of the ELCA Triennial Conventions, women voted to continue to bring awareness of and to prevent human trafficking. Women of the ELCA has focused on ending human trafficking for over a decade. This year there were bills introduced in both legislatures on 3 topics related to human trafficking. Along with the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin and 2 other Wisconsin women’s synod organizations, our women’s synod board participated in the legislative process and had an impact.


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.


Custodial Position (Middleton)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Middleton has a position available for a part-time custodian (15 hrs./week). Holidays required. Most hours worked during the week, with filling in on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday evenings as needed. Duties include vacuuming, dusting, room setup, coffee hour help, and more.

Licensed Psychotherapist (Madison)

The Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin is expanding our services and seeking a full time licensed psychotherapist.

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.

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