Mission & Ministry Connections
June 2017
Bishop's Office 
  "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35
...June 20 is World Refugee Day, the date established by the United Nations in 2000. As Christians we are motivated by the compassion of Christ to do our part as global citizens to welcome refugees. As Lutherans we have a long history in the welcoming and resettlement of refugees and decades of experience on the national and local level. We are grateful that Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is one of nine national organizations that resettle refugees on behalf of the United States government.  Bishop's June message  
Men of all ages yearn for real friendships and a closer relationship with Christ.

Brochure & Registration Info  

Mark your calendars for Tues, Oct 31st @ 9 am. Bishop Eaton will co-host
Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500.
The First Call Theological Education Conference for rostered leaders in their first three years of call will be November 5-8 at St. Anthony Spirituality Center, Marathon, WI. More information will be available in September.
Fox Valley Lutheran Homes

Did you know ECSW has a 2018 Youth Gathering Facebook Page?

Staff and adult leader volunteers are welcome to join this discussion page.
Mon - Thurs   8a-4:30p
Friday   8a-Noon

Email items by July 5th to: jodi.sullivan@ecsw.org to be included in the July e-news.
The ELCA Office of Advocacy has released a short video that explains our role, and that of the greater church, in advocacy. Plus, it features Bishop Mansholt in a cameo appearance! Feel free to watch, share, and lift up in your congregations.

At the 2017 Synod Assembly, Bishop Mansholt announced the closing of the ECSW Resource Center and he held a Closing of the Resource Center.  The center is no longer open for people to borrow resources or to come in and use them as plans for Fall begin.  If you have any overdue resources, please return them as soon as possible.
Please share this information with your  congregational members. Many are calling for appointments or coming in and we have to inform them it is closed.  
At this time, we are going through all of the resources to determine which ones will be kept in the office. Once that is decided we will prepare the resources for release. We will inform you when excess resources will be available for a nominal fee.
We will be 'reforming' this space to continue to meet your needs in new ways.Watch for more information regarding the release of the resources and for exciting new ideas about the new 'EPIC Hub'.

Book Discussions  EVERYONE welcome!
All are invited to join us for one of the following discussions of The Agile Church by Dwight Zscheile.

*Tuesday, July 11, 6:30-8:30p @ Gloria Dei, Neenah
*Wednesday, July 19, 6:30-8:30p @ St. Stephen, Wausau 
(click on job title for description of duties)

LSS @ Homme Youth & Family Programs
Youth Counselor 
Work with and provide support to our at-risk youth
residents many of which may have a have a long
history of delinquency and trauma.

Fox Valley Lutheran Homes 
Experienced RNs are encouraged to apply for this 16 hours a week position. 

Rethinking Church:
Better Questions, Bolder Experiments
Are we still doing Sunday morning just like it's 1950? In what ways have our worship, education and fellowship changed? How is the Holy Spirit forming community in our contexts in 2017? If you are ready to ask different questions than simply how to get people to come, Rethinking Church is for you!    

Luther Seminary invites you to attend July 26-28, 2017.
Information & Registration   

Do you like to travel, learn new skills, and meet new people? Mission Builders may be for you! Mission Builders is a self-supporting ministry of the ELCA.

What is Mission Builders? Think Habitat for Humanity home building modified to build or remodel worship areas, camps or educational centers. Learn more...