January 20, 2022
2022 LEAD Conference
Saturday, February 26, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church (Middleton)
We are excited to announce our annual Leadership, Education and Development Day, “LEAD,” event to take place on February 26, 2022 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. We are grateful to our host location this year, St Luke’s Church in Middleton!  

This year, our theme and keynote relates to John 15:11. We’ll talk about the complexity of joy in troubled times and how the currencies and gifts God has given us can nurture this joy. Pastor Julie Boleyn and James Fielder from Kaleidoscope Institute will be joining us as our keynote speakers. We will also have 24 workshops on a variety of topics that are relevant to all. So invite your staff, lay leaders and people that help your congregation thrive! 

Registration opens this Monday, January 24. An email with the link to our website with more information and to register will be sent Monday morning. The cost is only $30.00 per person and includes lunch - please make plans to join us!
2022 WELCA & Racial Equity Ministry Team Quarterly Book Study: "Voices of Color"
Our synod WELCA and Racial Equity Ministry Team are inviting you to the first quarterly book discussion by authors that may or may not be familiar. Please join us. All are welcome to participate! The discussion will be done via zoom in the small groups/breakout rooms.

Thursday, February 10, 2022
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Zoom
Register via Zoom to receive the link via email by clicking HERE.

Our book: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, an African American author of four novels. An American Marriage was a 2018 Oprah's Book Club Selection and won the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction.
Hunger Ministry Learning Opportunities
Do you hunger for resources and a network to inspire your hunger ministry? Join others to connect, share your story, and energize for action. You are invited to attend virtual networking sessions led by ELCA Hunger Leaders: Deb Martin, Cindy Dobberke, Rev. Kathy Ingbritsen, Meg Finerty, Rev. Walter Baires, Rev. Cindy Crane and others in the six ELCA synods of WI and the UP of Michigan.
ELCA colleges and universities are dedicated to providing students with the best education possible, and we are kicking off our College Readiness Webinar Series to answer any questions families may have about applying to or preparing for college. The series is composed of five free webinars, each focusing on a topic:

  • Get the Most Out of a College Visit: February 8, 2022
  • Admissions Directors’ Advice: February 10, 2022
  • How to Pay for College: February 15, 2022
  • Starting Your Search: February 17, 2022
  • Overview of Your College Search: February 22, 2022
The ELCA introduces “Now Is the Time: A Study Guide for ELCA Declaration to People of African Descent” to help congregations wrestle with the meaning of the declaration, adopted at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, and its accompanying explanation.

In the declaration, the ELCA “apologizes to people of African descent for its historical complicity in slavery and its enduring legacy of racism in the United States and globally. We lament the white church’s failure to work for the abolition of slavery and the perpetuation of racism in this church.”
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.
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.

  • Tom Irwin, President Columbia/Dodge/N. Jefferson
  • Todd Long, President Elect, South Rock

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Pastor Ramona Orton and Members of Fairview in Avoca, WI
  • Pastor Jane Crawford and Members of Faith in Columbus, WI

Neighboring Synod
  • Bishop Bill Gafkjen, Indiana-Kentucky Synod 

Members Elected by Churchwide Assembly
  • Noah F Roux, Upper Susquehanna Synod
  • Valerie J Shaw, Southwest California Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:

  • Rev. Martha Butzier, January 21, 2006, Retired Pastor living in California mgbutzier@gmail.com
  • Rev. Jennifer Johnson, January 23, 2005, Interim Pastor at Peace in Belmont, WI jenj7246@gmail.com
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