January 27, 2022
2022 LEAD Conference
Saturday, February 26, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church (Middleton)
Welcome to the return of 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! Registration is now open through February 11, 2022. The cost is $30.00 per person and includes lunch. Click below to find out more and register today!
Sustainable Youth Ministry Book Club
You may remember the Small Town & Rural Youth Ministry Initiative's offering of the Growing Young training series. For our next study, we are reading Sustainable Youth Ministry, written by Mark DeVries. Do you ever wonder why most youth ministries don't last? Come learn what you and your church community can do about it! The deadline to register is February 10th and the first ten people will receive a free copy of the book! Our first meeting will be February 24th from 6:00-7:30PM. Meetings in-person/over zoom TBD. For all inquiries, contact Youth Director/Coordinator for the STAR Initiative, Rachel Mueller: rmueller.glc@gmail.com
Please note that Stephanie Bill is no longer serving in our synod. Please communicate all requests for synod communications in What Matters to Pastor Jason Poole-Xiong our webmaster who will be helping to handle some of our synod communications in the interim. He can be reached at jasonx@scsw-elca.org. All submissions for consideration in What Matters (including job postings) are due each Wednesday by 12:00 p.m.
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.
Lutheran Men in Mission Bible Study Opportunity
Email Kevin Burke for Zoom link: kevin@lutheranmeninmission.org
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 This Sunday, 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.
Please hold the family of The Rev. William Gary Kobs who died Sunday January 23rd at the age of 89 in your prayers especially his wife The Rev. Miriam Hull during this difficult time. Read the full announcement here.
  • 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 Mike Girlinghouse, Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod 

Members Elected by Churchwide Assembly
  • Loren A Solberg, Northeastern Minnesota Synod
  • The Rev. Kjersten Sullivan, North/West Lower Michigan Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of
Ordination during this coming week:
  • Rev. Cyril Jandrey, January 29, 1956, Retired Pastor living in Stoughton, WI
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