October 14, 2021
Tuesday, October 19 @ 2:00pm
Topic: Connecting Congregations - Bridging the Gap Between Urban and Rural Churches with Dick Inglett

Grounded in Grace an Article from Living Lutheran

It’s harvest season in various parts of the United States. I’m mindful of a parable Jesus shares about a harvest where the crops were infiltrated by weeds. Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a … continue reading.

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"If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26-27
A Message from the Synod Prayer Team
Would you like to spend time in prayer with Synod colleagues for an hour, once a month? If so we invite you to join the Synod Prayer Team. We meet virtually, have a devotion, check-in time, and prayer. We pray for personal needs, for the congregations and leaders of the Synod and ELCA, and for whatever issues are touching our hearts. We would love for you to join us. The next meeting is Thursday, November 4, at 1 p.m. via Zoom. For more information use the emails below.
Deacon Judy Nolde judynolde@sbcglobal.net and Diane Padrutt padruttjde@outlook.com
Co-Facilitators - Synod Prayer Team

The Synod Prayer Team has also put together a monthly devotional booklet for the leaders of your church please use the link below to check it out.

If you or someone you know need prayer or you have Thanksgivings please click here for the prayer request form.
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Women of the ELCA.
Fund A Investor Call — Quarter 3, 2021
Presented by the ELCA Foundation

Friday, Oct. 29 | 11:15 a.m. Central time - Zoom webinar

You will hear representatives from Graystone Consulting, the ELCA Foundation’s investment consultant, and from Grosvenor, investment manager for absolute-return funds within Fund A. A question-and-answer session will follow.
This invitation is open to all participants in Fund A and can be attended by one or more individuals representing your organization. Registration for this event is required.

Registration closes October 27.
Let the Youth of Your Congregation Know about the Lutheran Summer Music Program

Lutheran Summer Music is a month-long music academy for high school students. 
During our program, they 
  • participate in large ensembles (band, choir, orchestra) and chamber music; 
  • receive lessons on primary and secondary instruments; and
  • enroll in electives such as chapel choir, church music, handbells, composition, jazz band, conducting, musical theatre, and more.
The daily schedule includes morning and evening prayer, classes, recreation
activities, and concerts by faculty and guest artists. It is a fantastic month of music-making and worship!

Discipline Committee 
  • Deacon Bonnie Vize, Christ (DeForest, WI)
  • Rev. Ann Walsvik, Agrace (Janesville, WI)

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Pastor Nicholas Utphall and Members of Advent Lutheran (Madison, WI)
  • Pastor Kristin Woelk and Members of All Saints Lutheran (Fitchburg, WI)

Neighboring Synods 
  • Bishop Amy L Current, Southeastern Iowa Synod

Members Elected to Churchwide Council
  • The Rev. Pamela, J Hoh Upstate New York Synod
  • Cherrish Holland, Southwestern Minnesota Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:
  • Michael Mannisto, October 17, 2009 - Pastor at St. Luke in Sullivan, WI mmannisto001@luthersem.edu
  • Ben Marc Ehrets, October 17, 1993 - Synod Call at First Presbyterian in Waunakee, WI behrets@myfpc.org
  • Miriam Hull, October 18, 1987 - Retired Pastor living in Madison, WI miriamhull1@gmail.com
  • Richard McLeer, October 21, 2012 - Pastor at St. Johns in Boscobel, WI mcleer@yahoo.com
  • John Worzala Dumke, October 21, 2012 - Pastor at Luther Memorial in Madison, WI jdubbs@uwalumni.com

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service!
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