September 30, 2021
A Message from the Synod Prayer Team
Would you like to spend time in prayer with Synod colleagues for an hour, once a month? Please consider joining the Synod Prayer Team. We meet virtually, have a devotion, check-in time, and prayer time. 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. Contact Stephanie Bill at for more information.
Deacon Judy Nolde and Diane Padrutt,
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 please click here for the prayer request form.
2022 South-Central Synod Compensation Guidelines

The SCSW Compensation Guidelines and Recommendations are downloadable and available for your use as you do your budget planning for the coming year.
These are suggested minimum guidelines.
Missionary newsletter from Jamaica

I am sending you my first newsletter, in which I share the events of my first month here. God's grace and peace to you today as you work in your own contexts during these challenging times. Read full newsletter here.

Carolyn Schneider
Applications Open in October for the 2022 Contemplative Renewal Cohort

Increased demands and stress have marked the work of pastors over the last 18 months. Clergy who completed “Contemplative Renewal” had resources and companions that helped them maintain resilience and health.

Are you looking for ways to be renewed in your sense of call and more ready for the next set of challenges that the future holds? Would you benefit from time away to deepen your spirit?

A podcast about the ECCSR’s “Contemplative Renewal” is available at:

If you are an ordained pastor currently serving half-time or more in a congregational setting, you are invited to apply for the next cohort, to begin in July of 2022. Funded by a Thriving in Ministry Grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., this unique experience is available at no cost. Online applications may be completed at starting October 1, 2021.
Tuesday, October 5th at 2:00pm - “Faithfully Supporting our College Students: A Snapshot of the Modern College Experience”
Information will be provided on the college experience in terms of housing insecurity/homelessness, food insecurity, and navigating college as a parent. There are so many opportunities for churches to get involved on campus.

If you haven't already sign up for webinar updates here!
Inspired to Thrive: Growing the Body of Christ in a Post-pandemic World
Siebert Lutheran Foundation's annual conference is back, with a new name and format!
Join Siebert along with Lutheran pastors and ministry leaders for this complimentary two-day, virtual event! Registration is required.
Wednesday, October 13, 12:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, October 14, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A People of Hope: Until All Are Fed

You’re invited to celebrate World Food Day with “A People of Hope: Until All Are Fed,” featuring Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves. This online benefit for ELCA World Hunger will take place on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Central time.

As a church, we remain focused on supporting our neighbors near and far as the pandemic continues disrupting and impacting lives. At this event, you will learn about the ways ELCA World Hunger is responding. Register here today. 
If you don’t have a local CROP Hunger Walk in your community, join us for the 2021 National CROP Hunger Walk on World Food Day, October 16th. 

We will walk to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world! Walk on your treadmill, in your neighborhood, in a park with friends – you choose the location and the experience. Walk one day - 3.7 miles (the average distance a woman walks for water) or take the Weekend Challenge and walk 11.1 miles (3.7 miles for 3 days). Every step you take, every dollar you raise makes the walk shorter for neighbors in need by providing clean water, emergency food as well as livelihoods and access to education. Sign-up and start raising funds TODAY at ! Contact for more info.
Lutheran Men in Mission's Virtual Bold Gathering

Saturday, Oct 16 Bold Gathering
Register here!
One of our speakers: Pastor Nathan Anenson 
The Adventure of the Relational Church - Nathan has always had a hunch that church could be different: more about relationships than religion, more adventurous than boring, and more about meeting men where they are, instead of expecting them to come to us. Lutheran Men in Mission helped me realize I wasn’t crazy, and it’s led to an epic journey of seeing God transform the lives of men—including my own. In this talk, I’ll share three simple ways you can start your adventure.
Previous Bold Gathering videos and more information can be found at

Stephen Ministries
Stephen Ministries St. Louis is now training caring ministry leaders through a live, interactive online training experience called the Bridge Leader’s Training Course (BLTC). This event fully trains Stephen Leaders—the pastors, church staff, and lay leaders who begin and lead Stephen Ministry in their congregation. Click here for more information.
Spiritual Direction Certification Program
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) at Lenoir-Rhyne University

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.
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.

Do You Have an Intern at Your Church?
We would love to know their names, contact information and a bit about what they do so we can spotlight them on the Synod's Facebook page. Please email the information to our communications manager Stephanie at
Discipline Committee 
  • Carolyn Lein, East Koshkonong (Cambridge, WI)
  • Rolfe Nervig, St. Stephens (Monona, WI)

Pastors and Congregations in our Synod
  • Pastor Julie Krahn and Members of Zion Lutheran (Rock Springs, WI)
  • Pastor Shelly Nelson and Members of Adams Lutheran (Argyle, WI)

Neighboring Synods 
  • Bishop Jeff Clements, Northern Illinois Synod 

Members Elected to Churchwide Council
  • Rev. Joanne E Engquist, Northwest Washington Synod
  • Rev. Dena M Gable, Allegheny Synod

We give thanks at this time for the ministry of those who celebrate their anniversary of Ordination during this coming week:
  • Eric Bakken, October 1, 1995 - Pastor at West Koskonong in Stoughton, WI
  • Dan Feaster, October 1, 1983 - Synod Call Samaritan Counseling Center in Madison, WI
  • Timothy Dean, October 1, 1995 - Pastor at McFarland Lutheran in McFarland, WI
  • Daniel Dibbert, October 1, 1989 - Retired Pastor living in Edgerton, WI
  • Arvid Sundet, October 3, 1982 - Retired Pastor living in Beloit, WI
  • Joel Olsen, October 6, 1974 - Retired Pastor living in Oregon, WI

May these leaders continue to be blessed for service!
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