Mission & Ministry Connections
May 2017

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven... (Luke 24:50-51)
I wonder how those disciples felt as Jesus ascended into the heavens, rising like a hot air balloon. Did they suddenly feel all alone, left to themselves, and unsure of what to do next? Or did they begin to realize the presence of Jesus in some new and different way?
continue reading Bishop's message 
Mon - Thurs   8a-4:30p
Friday   8a-Noon
New schedule starts May 26

If you plan to come from a long distance or during lunch hour, please call first to confirm we are here.

Email items by June 5th to: jodi.sullivan@ecsw.org to be included in the June e-news.

ECSW office will be closed May 18-19 & 22.
Please leave a voicemail in an emergency.

Does your church have Chalices or Patens that are no longer used?

Whether its an extra set or a single piece, t he ECSW needs them! (one set needed yet for Assembly) Please consider donating your extras; we would like to use them for Synodical gatherings as an eclectic representation of who we are as we gather together to commune.  
Contact jodi.sullivan@ecsw.org with your intended donation and to make arrangements.

Did you know ECSW has a 2018 Youth Gathering Facebook Page?
BOLD Gathering discounted early registration rate has been extended until May 31st!

Nancy Carroll, Archivist for Region 5 ELCA will be retiring May 25th, 201 7.   In announcing her retirement, Nancy shares, "the mission of preserving and making accessible the records of the ELCA is important in the on-going life of our church. "  Regional archives primarily include records of synod assemblies, synod directories, synod records of deceased pastors, records from closed congregations of the ELCA and predecessor churches. 
We give thanks for Nancy's dedicated, professional service in maintaining the archives held on the campus of Wartburg Theological Seminary.  

Luther Newsletter

(click on job title for description of duties)

Atonement Lutheran Church, Green Bay
Church Secretary
20 hours/week 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Monday - Friday; Summer months Monday - Thursday.
send resume: atone91@gmail.com or inquire 920.468.0713

Wisconsin Council of Churches
Executive Director
Interested candidates are asked to send a resume and cover letter addressing why the candidate feels called to be open to this position to execdirsearch@wichurches.org by May 21, 2017.

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC)
Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship
Application review will begin May 22nd and preference will be given to applications received prior to that date. The Advisory Committee will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials to employment@lstc.edu. 
Crossways Camping Ministry
Outdoor Ministry Internship
Fall program applications now being accepted! 

Rostered Minister Action Learning Team Kickoff

Tuesday, June 13th, 9a - Noon at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Appleton

Book Discussions - EVERYONE welcome!
All are invited to join us for one of the following discussions of The Agile Church by Dwight Zscheile.
*Tuesday, June 20, 6:30-8:30p @ Christ Community, GB
*Tuesday, July 11, 6:30-8:30p @ Gloria Dei, Neenah
*Wednesday, July 19, 6:30-8:30p @ St. Stephen, Wausau 
On the Way - Together
The ELCA will host its first Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta, Aug. 7-10. This will be an opportunity for Word and Service and Word and Sacrament ministers from around this church to assemble for worship, education and fellowship.

We will hear from keynote speakers such as: Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, The Rev. Dr. James Forbes, and Rachel Held Evans. We will gather each day for worship and bible study.

Additional Information & Registration  

Getting to What is Essential to Congregational Identity  
One of my aunts recently passed on to me a gift book of short readings, "God Always Has a Plan B." One of the first snippets I read, by Barbara Johnson, told a brief story of a little boy who responded to a comment while watching his house burn down, that his home wasn't gone, only where home had been housed. That started me wondering what congregations might say about the nature of their congregation if their building was to burn or be unfortunate to be in the path of a tornado, as was Trinity in New London a few years ago.  
Registration Deadline for Coach Launch is Fast Approaching!  

Called into the World:  
Devotions on the ELCA Social Justice Statements

What can we say as a public church centered in Jesus Christ? What do we value as a denomination? A great place to begin when addressing these questions is with our ELCA Social Statements, based on scripture and Lutheran teachings. 

Thanks to former and current advisory council members of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin, we are able to offer you an opportunity to engage with the social statements as a devotional.

Right now, some 1200 delegates from 145 member churches representing 74 million Christians in 98 countries will gather in Windhoek, Namibia for the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation.

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