East Central Synod Announcments

All Announcements and news in the ECSW.

Register for Synod Assembly

Registration for the 2019 Synod Assembly is now live! Visit the synod website at to download the registration form or register and pay online! This year’s theme for the assembly is “We Are Church for the Sake of the World.” Synod Assembly will be taking place May 17-18 at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. To Register visit

Join Stewardship for All Seasons!

The inaugural year of Stewardship for all seasons is in the books and the results are incredible. We had eight participating congregations of various sizes and geographical locations across the synod engage in this inaugural program and the results are incredible! Between the eight congregations their capital campaigns brought in a total of $538,411 in additional revenue. We strongly urge congregations to consider participating in Stewardship for All Seasons. If you would like to view an informative webinar on what participation in Stewardship for all seasons means for your congregation email Pastor Jean at jean.devolldonaldson@ecsw.or

Mass Children's Choir forming for ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Young singers with unchanged treble voices, having completed 3rd through 8th grade, are invited to participate in a mass children’s choir for the festive opening worship of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, on Monday, August 5. Under the direction of Karol Kinard Kimmell, the choir will participate in the service of Holy Communion with Presiding Bishop Eaton, singing selections throughout the service and helping to lead an assembly of over 1,500 people in song. Interested congregations, choirs, or individual singers may contact or call 773-380-2554 for more information and to learn how to register. Registration by May 1 is appreciated.

Calvary Lutheran Church in Oshkosh Celebrates 50 Years

Calvary began its journey in 1968. The area to the west of U.S. Highway 41 was growing and presented an opportunity to form a mission church to serve that new growing community. Pastor Alan Madson arrived at Calvary in January of 1969 to serve the fledgling church. The first church service was performed March 2, 1969. The church dedication took place June 22, 1969 with 65 families in attendance.

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Ecumenical Center for Clergy and Spiritual Renewal

This new center for clergy is at Holy Wisdom Monastery near Madison. The Center fosters clergy renewal through immersions into the Benedictine spiritual practices of the Monastery. Each summer starting in June 2019 a new cohort of 19 clergy will begin a two year journey of renewal. All costs of participation are covered by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. If you are a clergy member and interested in participating visit the following link to apply and to learn more

Scripture Story Tellers Needed for Synod Assembly

The Synod Assembly Worship Planning Team is looking for a few individuals who would be willing to memorize Scripture readings to share in worship at the Synod Assembly. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Leah Woehr-Grande at

Fill Out Parochial Reports

Congregations must fill our their annual parochial reports. This information is important for helping the ELCA Churchwide organization and the synod evaluate the vitality of our congregations. You can fill the report out by visiting the ELCA Church Secretary's website using this link.

Fox Valley Lutheran Homes

Our $50,000 MATCHING GRANT for our Elevator continues through the end of this month! Since I write this article half-way through the month, I’d like to report to you that we are very close to the half-way point of meeting our goal. Let’s see if we can put some extra dollars into the matching grant these last few weeks and make it to the top of our $50,000 goal! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet for the Neil Diamond Nostalgia concert, be sure to go online, come in, or just purchase them at the door. The concert begins at 7PM, May 3 at the OuterEdge Stage, Appleton. It will be a great evening! There are A LOT of things happening at Fox Valley Lutheran Homes this month: • May 6 – Luncheon for all church office workers (day 1) 11:30am – 1pm • May 15 – Open House with Ice Cream Sundaes – 12:30-3pm - come see our building, apartments, meet some of our tenants, check this out as your future home! • May 16 – Luncheon for all church office workers (day 2) 11:30am – 1pm The Open House is a great time to come and see what we have to offer. Maybe it’s what you need, or your parents, an aunt or uncle, or a neighbor. If you haven’t been here, come and take a look. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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