2018 Synod Assembly Bulletin Insert Summary

A bulletin insert summarizing the results of voting matters and highlights of the Assembly was emailed May 9 to all pastors and deacons, and is provided here as well.


Synod Assembly Offering $20,023.45

Synod Assembly Offering Will Provide Help And Hope for Those Recovering from Hurricane Disaster in Caribbean

A special thank you for the worship offering gathered totaling $20,023.45 to provide help and hope to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico of our companion synod.  As a church, we are standing by our neighbors who have been affected as they begin the long road to recovery.  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliates are collaborating with community leaders like Bishop Felipe Lozada-Montanez and the ELCA Caribbean synod and government officials to respond.  Thank you for giving so generously to our worship offering to support this response.

Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld elected bishop of South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

The Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, Beloit, Wis., was elected May 6 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Thomas-Breitfeld is the second African American woman to be a bishop in the ELCA.

The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 5-6 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Thomas-Breitfeld was elected on the fifth ballot with 224 votes to 150 votes for the Rev. Steven Kottke, assistant to the bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

The bishop-elect currently serves as interim pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beloit. She served as pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Wis., from 2010 to 2013.

Thomas-Breitfeld earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1974 and she received her Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1979.

The Rev. Mary Stumme Froiland, current bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, has served as bishop since 2013.

Thomas-Breitfeld will be installed on Aug. 18 at First Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wis.

—from ELCA news blog 5/9/2018
—Photo by Ken Harris

Learn more about Bishop Elect Thomas-Breitfeld

Biographical information from Bishop Election

Wisconsin State Journal News Article

Synod Assembly Summary 2018

Available on the Synod Assembly page  or as a bulletin insert to share with your congregation. (pdf)


Bishop Lozada Keynote Presentation available for download

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.

Download & share this presentation: “Caribbean Synod Update on the Reality & Hurricanes.”

Our assembly offering of $19,258.45 was designated for hurricane relief efforts for our brothers and sisters of the Caribbean Synod of the ELCA.

SCSW Synod Assembly Streaming Live

View now on youtube

Profiles & Videos of Pre-Identified Persons NOW AVAILABLE!

Now that the pre-identification process is complete, we move into a time of “Pre-Assembly Discernment.”

The biographical information of the ten pre-identified ELCA ministers of Word and Sacrament who desire to continue in this process were posted on Friday, March 16, 2018. It’s important to note that these are NOT nominations. Voting members of the synod assembly will be asked to nominate any ELCA minister of Word and Sacrament on the first ballot of the election.

The profiles are available here:

Sign up for Email Updates from the Bishop Election Task Force

Communications about the election will be sent from the task force directly. If you wish to receive these messages, sign up at:

An important action of the 2018 Synod Assembly will be the election of our next bishop. The Bishop Election Task Force was appointed by your Synod Council to oversee this election. The task force maintains its own website at To foster a fair, impartial process, please do not contact the synod office with anything regarding the election of our next bishop. Please contact the co-chairs (Rev. Nancy Raabe & Jason Xiong) at or Synod Vice President Robin Cherwinka at (608-832-6388).

Synod Choir at Synod Assembly

Please note: Practice Time Has Changed!

You are invited to sing with the Synod Assembly Choir for Saturday evening worship at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday morning worship at 8:15 a.m. Rehearsal will take place on Saturday from 2:15 to 3:15 – Please note this is a change from the original 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. There will be a brief warm-up Sunday morning at 7:45 a.m.

Links to sheet music :

Baptized and Set Free, arr. by John Helgen (Sunday)

Benediction, arr. by Ben Johnston-Urey (Saturday) (a setting of Bp. Mary’s favorite benediction)

There will be music available at rehearsal, but please bring your own copy if you are able. Thank you!

Please RSVP to Ondra Williams, by phone: 608.291.4311, or by e-mail:

Farewell & Gratitude Reception for Bishop Mary Froiland

An Invitation Was Emailed to all Congregations, Rostered Ministers, Committee Leaders…but all are welcome to attend!

An invitation to all rostered, committee leaders, and congregations was emailed out this week for the farewell reception for Bishop Froiland.  Please watch for it.  Those registered for synod assembly are automatically registered for the banquet, so this invitation is especially important for people who will not be attending synod assembly either as a voting member or visitor and wish to attend the farewell reception.  This is the only reception the synod will be holding for Bishop Froiland, so if you want to attend the banquet, call the synod office by April 24 to register.  There is a $35 cost to attend the banquet.   (608) 270-0201.  We ask congregations to publish the invitation in your newsletters or share within your settings in a way that will reach your non-assembly members.

Offering Bulletin Insert

Congregations are  asked to bring an offering to synod assembly to provide help and hope to survivors of hurricane maria. 
 Use this bulletin insert to take an offering for synod assembly this weekend in your congregations!

This year the offering is designated for our partner synod, the ELCA Caribbean synod for recovery efforts needed as a result of the hurricanes that hit this area hard.  Bishop Felipe Lozada Montanez will be present as our keynote speaker to accept the offering on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.  As a church, we are standing by our neighbors who have been affected as they begin the long road to recovery.  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliates are collaborating with community leaders like Bishop Felipe and the ELCA Caribbean synod and government officials to respond.  Please give generously to our worship offering to support this response.

All pastors and deacons received an email from bishop mary last week with this bulletin insert and prayers for synod assembly weekend.