January 13, 2022
LEAD is Coming!
We are working hard on getting workshops, speakers and worship laid out and finalized! We are beyond excited to be hosting this event again and look forward to all the lay leaders, incredible volunteers, staff, pastors, deacons, and people who help make our congregations thrive.

Be on the lookout soon for registration details and more information!
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church - Delavan
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closing of Luther Memorial Church in Delavan WI. Our last service is January 30, 2022. To spread out legacy around to our friends here in SE Wisconsin, we have many items from the church that are available that we hope will enhance your church.

Here are some of the items available: Pews, crosses, alter, desks, choir chairs, kitchen items, large conference table, computers, television, LCD projectors, some music items, and other office electronics.
These will be available for viewing on January 15th, from Noon to 3 PM.
All items are available after January 30th, 2022, and must be picked up by February 24, 2022. The current inventory list is found HERE of what is still available. If you have any questions please contact Larry Plapp at larry.plapp@gmail.com.
Rostered Ministers Annual Reports to Bishop
As we enter 2022 all ELCA Rostered Ministers are asked to submit an annual report to the synod office. The link for these reports is below and we ask these to be submitted to Robyn Zimmerman at robynz@scsw-elca.org as soon as possible. Thank you for your help and consideration!

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering 2nd Registration Deadline Approaching!
The next deadline to register for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering under the 'regular registration' rate of $390.00 is coming up NEXT FRIDAY, January 21, 2022. After this date 'late registration' begins until May 22, 2022 at a rate of $440.00 per person.

We are also continuing to accept Synod Bus reservations until February 21, 2022.

  • Dale Holmen, Bethel, Madison
  • Phil Ingwell, Bethel, Madison

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Members of East Koshkonong in Cambridge, WI
  • Pastor John Twiton and Members of Evangelical in Mount Horeb, WI

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

Members Elected by 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:

  • Rev. Michelle Elfers, January 15, 2006, Pastor at St. John in Richland Center, WI, pneuma0801@yahoo.com
  • Rev. Craig Simenson, January 17, 2015, On Leave From Call living in Darlington, WI, cfsimenson@uwalumni.com
  • Deacon Phyllis Wiederhoeft, January 19, 1990, Retired Deacon living in Verona, WI, pwiederhoeft@gmail.com

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service!
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