December 2, 2021
Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy
Question & Answer Webinar

When: TONIGHT December 2, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information
about joining the meeting.

Letter to Congregations from Council Vice-President Jane Cahill-Wolfgram about Boys Scouts of America

A Message from the Synod Prayer Team

Would you like to spend time in prayer with Synod colleagues for an hour, once a month? If so we invite you to join the Synod Prayer Team. We meet virtually, have a devotion, check-in time, and prayer. We would love for you to join us. For more information use the emails below.
Deacon Judy Nolde and Diane Padrutt
Co-Facilitators - Synod Prayer Team

They have also put together a monthly devotional booklet for the leaders of your church check it out Devotional Booklet

If you or someone you know need prayer or you have Thanksgivings
click here for the prayer request form.
Where will the Wisconsin Council of Churches Annual Meeting be held this year?
We will once again hold our Annual Meeting on Zoom, so you can access it from your home or office. A unique link will be sent for each session.

Who is invited to WCC's Annual Meeting?
Everyone is invited and there are two ways to attend.

You are invited to the next webinar in the Hunger at the Crossroads series, “Hunger and Poverty by the Numbers”! Led by Ryan Cumming of ELCA World Hunger on December 9, 2021, at 6:00pm Central time.
The webinars are open to anyone passionate about ending hunger and eager to learn more. In each session, we will dive deeply into the topic, with presentations from ELCA World Hunger staff and partners and time for questions and conversation.
More information on the series and how to register can be found at
Recorded Webinar

We are happy to share the recording of our special webinar: “The ABC’s of Refugee Resettlement” with LIRS that took place on November 16th.

ELCA Missionary Newsletter

Advent Greetings Supporters and Friends!
We are happy to be able share our latest newsletter update with you all. Click here to view the newsletter. In addition to our newsletter, please see below your invitation to a 3-part webinar on “the Magnificat” or Mary’s Song from Luke 1:46-55. The three, 1-hour sessions will be held on December 15th, 16th, and 17th. The webinar is in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther’s commentary on the Magnificat, and every registrant will receive a pdf version of Luther’s commentary via email. This webinar series is a collaborative effort across the Service and Justice unit of the ELCA led by the Europe Desk through the ELCA Wittenberg Center, one of the ELCA’s ministries for which Rachel is responsible. The webinar is available in English and Spanish. You can register: here.
As always, please feel free to be in touch--Blessings to you and yours!
 Zach, Rachel & Dorothy
Applications Are Open for the
2022 Contemplative Renewal Cohort
Increased demands and stress have marked the work of pastors over the last 18 months. Clergy who completed “Contemplative Renewal” had resources and companions that helped them maintain resilience and health.
Are you looking for ways to be renewed in your sense of call and more ready for the next set of challenges that the future holds? Would you benefit from time away to deepen your spirit?
A podcast about the ECCSR’s “Contemplative Renewal” is available at:
If you are an ordained pastor currently serving half-time or more in a congregational setting, you are invited to apply for the next cohort, to begin in July of 2022. Funded by a Thriving in Ministry Grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., this unique experience is available at no cost. Online applications may be completed at
Application deadline is apply by January 31, 2022
Great Information about Food Share to Share with your Congregation.
Annual Report Covers Available

Two versions of the 2021 Annual Report Covers are available for download. They include an opening litany, hymn, and a message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Finance Committee 
  • Linda Zimdar - Good Shepherd (Madison & Verona)
  • Rev. Naomi Garber - St. Johns (Oregon)

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Members of Castle Rock (Fennimore)
  • Pastor Eric Jelinik and Members of Central (Edgerton)

Neighboring Synod
  • Bishop Paul Erickson, Greater Milwaukee Synod 

Members Elected to Churchwide Assembly
  •  Joe Nolte Synod, Southeastern Iowa Synod
  • Gary Pederson, Southeaster Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:
  • Gerald Buss, December 4, 1988 - Retired Pastor living in Monona, WI
  • Steven Kottke December 5, 1999 - Retired Pastor living in Darlington, WI
  • Linda Schumacher, December 7, 1980 - Retired Pastor living in Madison, WI
  • Kevin Baker, December 8, 2012 - Pastor at First Lutheran in Lone Rock, WI
  • Thomas Growth, December 9, 1984 - Retired Pastor living in St. Germaine, WI 

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service!
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