December 9, 2021
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 TONIGHT 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
Since the nineteenth century, households and congregations have marked the days before Christmas with many types of Advent calendars. The season of waiting and longing for the “already-but-not-yet” incarnation of Jesus unfolds amidst waning daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, a time of yearning for hope, joy, and peace.
Each day from November 28th to December 24th, join us for a moment of music and reflection.

ELCA Missionary Newsletter & Webinar

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
As winter draws near, the lack of daylight often intensifies other suffering. The weight of depression grows heavier when light is scarce. We get stressed out when our calendars fill with extra social obligations. We fear interactions with family members that have been difficult in the past. The message of Christmas is specifically sent for those in pain and suffering. It is not that “all is merry and bright.” Rather, it is the abiding truth that God seeks to be with us, even in the darkest night.

Tune in for a 30-minute service of prayer, responsive readings and contemplative silence on the Winter Solstice: Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00p on Zoom. Put together by Samuel Christensen, intern at Common Ground Church.

Meeting ID: 958 9613 9124
Passcode: Psalm27
Not filled with Christmas joy and happiness? The Women of the ELCA are bringing you a Blue Christmas Service that offers a safe place to bring your grief, fear, and loss. Brief readings. Quiet and reflective music. Prayers. All are welcome.
Register now to participate in the Blue Christmas Service. The service (webinar) will take place at 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
We are excited to announce our LEAD event is coming back on February 26th, 2022. This will be a day of learning, worshiping and fellowship.
Do you have a workshop idea that you would like to host for this event?
Do you have a topic you would like to learn more about while attending?
Do you have someone in mind that would lead a great workshop?
Please email Marie ( with any possibilities you may have by December 23rd. 

Cafe Podcast: Called to Wait Expectantly
During Advent, we are called to wait expectantly. Listen to the podcast.

Recorded Webinars
Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy
Question & Answer Webinar recording that took place December 2nd.
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.
Holy Land Advocacy Synod Team 
  • Rev. Peder Johanson, Bethlehem (Broadhead)
  • Rev. Julie Krahn (Montello, WI)

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Pastor Susan Beadle and Members of Christ Lutheran in DeForest
  • Pastor David Froemming and Members of Christ Lutheran in Lancaster

Neighboring Synod
  • Bishop Katherine A. Finegan, Northern Great Lakes Synod 

Members Elected to Churchwide Assembly
  • William Rice, Northern Great Lakes Synod
  • The Rev. Ricardo E. Rivera Morales, Caribbean Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:
  • Marsha Swenson, December 12, 1999 - Retired Pastor living in Madison, WI
  • Peter Beeson, December 12, 2014 - Pastor at St. Johns in Madison, WI
  • Loren Schumacher, December 14, 1980 - Retired Pastor living in Madison, WI
  • Mary Kay Baum, December 17, 2000 - Retired pastor living in Ridgeway, WI

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service!
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