October 28, 2021
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November 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Topic: Heightened Grief During COVID - Support for Pastors and Congregational Leaders with Erica Becker

The pandemic has intensified grief for church members but also for its leaders. Guiding faith communities through loss and change is exhausting work, especially now.

Attend this webinar session to: 1) share your experiences of grief and loss while in leadership and learn from one another; 2) hear about tools that are being developed to support you and your congregations; and 3) offer input on a new grief support ministry that will be available to serve the SCSW over the coming months.

Erica Becker, a pastor in the SCSW since 2007, will introduce her recent, non-stipendiary call as a Grief Support Pastor that focuses on providing grief and loss support for pastors and congregations. She is currently working on ways to assist such as leading adult education forums, facilitating grief groups online, and developing toolkits for leaders that contain worship materials and resources related to grief and loss. We hope to see you on Nov. 2!

To sign up for webinar updates and to have the links emailed to you click here!
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 please email Deacon Judy Nolde judynolde@sbcglobal.net and/or 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.
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) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the meeting.
Check in with your Portico Regional Rep, Jennifer Prinz
Getting ready for Annual Enrollment, curious about Portico's new voluntary vision care benefit, or want to find out more about Target Date Funds or mental health resources? I can help! Sign up at the link below. Let me know if you'd prefer to videochat or talk over the phone, and I'll email you the day before with a quick reminder. Please take note: all times below are Central Standard Time. The sign up link can be found here with more dates and times to be added: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b4ba4a722a02-check
Living Lutheran:
“Generations of Faith”

“If we’re going to truly be the body of Christ, we need to have all generations in ministry,” says Linda Staats in “Generations of Faith,” the lead feature in October’s Living Lutheran. “God is present in every generation. When we don’t have each generation participating, we’re missing perspectives and values. It all comes down to being the body of Christ.” Read more about how ELCA congregations are using intergenerational ministries to bring people together and connect members of all generations.
Throughout October, Living Lutheran will be sharing more stories on the theme of connecting generations. Follow along on our social media, using the hashtag #LLGenerations, to read more about these ministries. 
Greetings from Rev. Lisa Heffernan, who on June 1st began serving as coordinator for ELCA Disability Ministries. She works remotely out of South Dakota, where she is also serving as a part-time interim pastor with a congregation. She began serving on the ELCA Disability Ministries advisory team about four and a half years ago, and is thankful for and humbled by the opportunity to serve in this new role. As a person with a disability (spina bifida), this ministry is especially close to her heart and is excited for where God is leading us in 2022 and beyond.

If you would like more information on the ELCA's disability ministry click here.
Free resource "Thriving Beyond COVID" arrives!
“Thriving Beyond COVID” is a Scripture-based resource to encourage and inspire congregations to embrace opportunities and face challenges once the "post-COVID" journey begins. This customizable small- and large-group study is available for free download and includes leader and participant guides, videos and PowerPoint slides.
Faith Partners Leadership Training

The opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone struggling with addiction is often no farther away than the person who sits near us in the pew on Sunday morning—someone whose life is silently unraveling and who desperately needs us to reach out with an open heart. The faith community can be one of the principal healers of addiction and mental health issues.
Faith Partners has established a national presence resulting in over 1,000 trained congregational teams in 29 states from 23 different faith traditions.

What: Faith Partners Leadership Training provides an overview of this proven model and the opportunity to gain tools and strategies to build congregational support for this lay team ministry.

Who: 2-4 Congregational leaders including a pastor, staff, and laity. We suggest at least a pastor and lay person who can help initiate this ministry in their congregation attend.

When: Saturday, November 13th from 9:00-4:00 p.m. (central time).

Where: In-person participation will be held at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 N. Berens Road NW, Prior Lake, MN. Those out of state participate online.

Costs: The Leadership Training fee is $250/congregation and includes the training, toolkit including consultation ($75 value), set of three ministry guides, and workshop handouts.

or you can register on the Faith Partners website: www.faith-partners.org

For more information, please contact Drew Brooks at drewbrooks@faith-partners.org 

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”?
This resource is available to everyone, regardless of age. You can use this resource as an individual or as a leader for a group gathering during Advent.
Webinar on Nov 1: Interested in leading a group through this resource? Get tips and tricks and a sneak peek at the resource.
Opening Webinar on Nov 22: Join us as we kick-off the series.

November 16-17, 2021:
Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium

LSTC will partner with Other+Wise for the 13th Annual Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium on November 16 and 17, 2021. The event will be offered virtually. The theme for this year's symposium is "On Our Way to Truth and Healing." The symposium educates seminarians, church leaders, and allies about the work of Vine Deloria Jr. and about Indigenous culture, movements, and activism. This year, symposium content will focus on the intersection between Indian boarding schools and Christian and theological education.
More information about the schedule of events and presenters is available here.
Join us for our 2021 Annual Meeting
Featuring Guest Speaker Jessica Kantrowitz

Starting Tuesday, December 7th

What happens at WCC's Annual Meeting?
The Annual Meeting includes our business meeting (hear updates on the Council's operations, vote for new members, etc), our plenary speaker, and workshops. This year, material typically covered in workshops will be spread throughout the week to allow for more participation and most events will be recorded so if you aren't able to attend them live, you can still listen and learn at a time better suited to you.

Where will the Annual Meeting be Held this year?
We will once again hold our Annual Meeting on Zoom, so you can access it from your home or office. A unique link will be sent for each session.

Who is invited to WCC's Annual Meeting?
Everyone is invited and there are two ways to attend.

Click below to read the Fall Newsletter from Missionaries, Revs. Zach & Rachel + Dottie, in Central Europe
New Gifts Added!

Even in a year when the needs can seem overwhelming, ELCA Good Gifts provide an easy way to make a real impact. Your gifts share the love of Christ one goat, water well or school uniform at a time. 
One of the best ways you can help is by sharing ELCA Good Gifts with your members.
Endowment Team 
  • Bruce Hutler, Synod Treasurer, Our Saviors (Sun Prairie, WI)
  • Rev. Naomi Garber, St. John’s (Oregon, WI)

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Pastor Craig Wolfgram and Members of Bethany Lutheran (Wisconsin Dells, WI)
  • Pastor Mike Brown and Members of Bethel Lutheran (Madison, WI)

Neighboring Synod
  • Bishop Patricia A. Davenport Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod 

Members Elected to Churchwide Assembly
  • Rev. Pamela J. Hoh, Upstate New York Synod
  • Cherrish Holland, S.W. Minnesota Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:
  • R. Richard Collier, October 31, 1982 - Interim Pastor at First English in Whitewater, WI revcollier@sbcglobal.net
  • Lisa Nelson, October 31, 1993 - Pastor at St. Mark’s in Madison, WI nelsonkosky@gmail.com
  • Sande Nelson, November 1, 1974 - Retired Pastor living in Banglamung Chonburi, Thailand sande_N99@yahoo.com
  • Peter Sherven, November 4, 1973 - Retired Pastor living in Madison, WI psherven@charter.net
  • Judy Nolde, November 4, 2016 - Deacon, Synod Call-Chaplain at Central Wisconsin Center in Madison, WI judynolde@sbcglobal.net

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service!
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