November 11, 2021
LSS Webinar with SCSW: The ABC's of Refugee Resettlement

We’ve all heard a lot in the news about the evacuation of Afghans and many people have questions. Join us on Tuesday, November 16th at 7 pm CT vial Zoom when staff from Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan presents “The ABC’s of Refugee Resettlement”. You’ll learn how the program works, how you can help, and the latest information about the evolving situation of refugees from Afghanistan.

This meeting will be held via Zoom and is open to everyone to attend.
See the details for attending below.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Nov 16, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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To: Retired Rostered Leaders and Spouses. Our November gathering is with Bishop Joy!

Join us Thursday, November 18, 2021
at St. John's Lutheran Church
625 East Netherwood Street, Oregon, WI
10:00am - Coffee+
10:30am - Worship
11:00am - Bishop Joy Mortensen-Wiebe
12:00pm - Lunch/Donation
Please RSVP & look for more information using the link below.

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

The Reconciling in Christ team of the synod would like to invite you to the event below.
After a two-year pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program is preparing to send volunteers out into the world again! Applications are now open, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2022-2023 program year.
If you know young adults aged 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline of Feb.1, 2022. (Priority deadline is Jan. 15, 2022.) Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career and understanding of God’s work in the world. Share these videos about the YAGM experience.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2022.
Priority will be given to those who apply before Jan. 15, 2022.
Spiritual Direction Certification Program
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) at Lenoir-Rhyne University

The Spiritual Direction Certification Program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University continues to flourish and grow. We will begin our sixth year of participants in January 2022. Each new cohort, which we call a cycle, has 16 participants and two mentors to support them. So far, our participants represent nine different denominations and 17 different states.
 
Spiritual direction is a centuries-old Christian tradition of listening to how God is moving toward healing and wholeness in people’s lives. Christians are increasingly hungry for authentic connection with God in the company of another and seek the gift of spiritual direction in church leaders. Candidacy committees have responded to this spiritual hunger by suggesting that our seminary candidates participate in spiritual direction. Seasoned clergy are also yearning for this depth of spiritual connection in their own lives and practice of ministry, and are seeking out programs for spiritual direction. 
 
We would like to begin to raise up new generations of spiritual directors through our two-year certification (non-degree) program. Our next cycle of participation begins with an intensive on January 5-8, 2022. Applications for this cycle are due on November 15, 2021.

Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine is a four-week virtual pilgrimage from the ELCA’s Peace Not Walls and Young Adult Ministry teams featuring young adult voices from the ELCA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. 
 
Join us this Advent Season on the WAY to Bethlehem: Prepare, Journey, Arrive, Witness
 
What is “the way to Bethlehem,” as Advent practice, and as Christian engagement in Palestine? What does it mean for us as Christians, and for the church, to be called to resist the injustice of “the way things are” in favor of following the disruptive and transformative way of the Lord? What does it mean for us to be “on the way”?

Opening Webinar on Nov 22: Join us as we kick-off the series.

Follow the Synod Racial Equity Team on Facebook
Stay up-to-date on local and denominational events and resources related to racial equity by following the Racial Equity Team on Facebook. You can find the page at Facebook.com/SCSWRacialEquity. And let us know if there are events or resources you'd like to share. Become part of the network of individuals and congregations in our synod actively working for racial justice!

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Watch Party & Discussion of "Native Nations" Documentary
Discuss on Zoom on Tuesday, November 30th at 7:00pm
The Racial Equity Team of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin ELCA invites you to watch "Native Nations: Standing Together for Civil Rights" during the month of November in honor of Native American Heritage Month. "Native Nations" is a one-hour documentary exploring the role of the Lutheran Church in the American Indian civil rights movement of the 1970s and 1980s. More information here.
The documentary is available on YouTube and can be viewed anytime on or before November 30th. You're invited to watch it on your own or with a small group from your church. At 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 30th, the Synod Racial Equity Team will host a discussion on Zoom.

Please fill out this form to sign up for this event: https://bit.ly/3nYBJvc 
Greetings from me, your ELCA missionary in Jamaica! I am writing to share my latest newsletter and an invitation to listen online to my inaugural lecture as a first-year professor at the United Theological College of the West Indies.
 
Peace to you,
Carolyn Schneider


Inaugural Lecture
Thursday, November 25, 2021 @ 4:30p.m.
Zoom meeting ID: 874 9051 3292
Passcode: 959368
ELCA World Hunger Advent Resources

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are called to share in God’s work in the world. Through ELCA World Hunger, our church creatively and courageously works toward a just world where all are fed. Together, we act, pray and hope for truly sufficient, sustainable livelihoods for all.
ELCA World Hunger’s Advent resources are designed to equip you and your congregation in your work to end hunger and poverty. Through God’s work and together as a church, we are achieving things on a scale and scope we could never do alone.

The newest issue of LifeLines, the publication for supporters of ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response, is here.

The stories in its pages are more than just updates from our ministry partners; they are fundamental to our shared calling to creatively and courageously work toward a just world where all are fed.
Your support enables us to tell these stories of strength and sustainability. It enables ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response to help break cycles of poverty for good. That’s why we’ve created LifeLines and shared it with you.

Churches Beyond Borders releases devotional inspired by United Nations
anti-violence efforts

The devotional — an annual tradition for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada — dives into each of the 16 days in the U.N. campaign, which begins with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25 and ends on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10. This year, Mary's Magnificat — found in Luke 1:46-55 — was selected as the guiding text for the booklet in recognition of the campaign's alignment with Advent. 

Prayers
Finance Committee 
  • Linda Zimdar, Good Shepherd Lutheran (Madison & Verona, WI)
  • Rev. Naomi Garber, St. John’s Lutheran (Oregon, WI)

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Pastor Jaime Benson and Members of Bethlehem (Portage, WI)
  • Pastor Yvonne Marshall and Members of Bonnet Prairie (Rio, WI)

Neighboring Synod
  • Bishop Jim Dunlop, Lower Susquehanna Synod 

Members Elected to Churchwide Assembly
  • David M. Lenz, Northeastern Ohio Synod
  • Rev. Tara R. Lynn, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:
  • Judith Huseth, November 13, 1983 - Retired Pastor living in Janesville, WI jlhuseth1@outlook.com
  • Jason Poole-Xiong, November 13, 2020 - Pastor at Our Savior’s in Beloit, WI jasonx@scsw-elca.org
  • Sterling Lynk, November 14, 2020 - Pastor at Dekorra Lutheran in Poynette, WI sterlinglynk@att.net
  • Anthony Dusso November 15, 1998 - Pastor at Our Savior’s, Beloit, WI pastortony@oursaviorsbeloit.org
  • Andrew Twiton, November 15, 2014 - Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Madison, WI
  • James Wendt, November 16, 2008 - Pastor at First Lutheran, Beaver Dam, WI jlwendt1@netzero.com
  • Beth Schultz-Byrnes, November 16, 2008 - Contract Renewal at Hope Lutheran, McFarland, WI pastorbethschultzbyrnes@gmail.com
  • David Nelsestuen, November 17, 2012 - Pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Edgerton, WI

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service!
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