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October 2017

2017 Lutheran World Relief Drive – Racine/Kenosha

Please encourage your church members to participate in this year’s drive by bringing to your local loading site their contributions of quilts, blankets, school kits, health kits, soap and sewing kits. Contact for Racine/Kenosha location: Rev. Warren Williams 262.637.5671   Greater Milwaukee Synod loading dates are: October 14th – Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine-Kenosha October 21st – Sheboygan Each location is listed as a separate event here on our website, by date. Visit https://lwr.org/ingatherings for details on other sites around Wisconsin.

2017 Lutheran World Relief Drive – Sheboygan

Please encourage your church members to participate in this year’s drive by bringing to your local loading site their contributions of quilts, blankets, school kits, health kits, soap and sewing kits. Contact for Sheboygan location: Bob Thiel, Arv Mikkelson 920.458.1522   Greater Milwaukee Synod loading dates are: October 14th – Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine-Kenosha October 21st – Sheboygan Each location is listed as a separate event here on our website, by date. Visit https://lwr.org/ingatherings for details on other sites around Wisconsin.

Lutheran Choir Rehearsal for Prayer Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Choir volunteers for the Lutheran/Catholic Reformation Service: Please join us at either this rehearsal, or the October 26th rehearsal (details here.) This Lutheran choir-only rehearsal will prepare singers to participate in the combined choir at the Lutheran/Catholic Reformation Service (Tuesday, October 31, at Ascension Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.) Interested volunteers, please note: Please contact Phil Smith at the synod offices (414.671.1212 or phil@gmselca.org) to sign up; Please note that a combined Lutheran-Catholic rehearsal is scheduled for Monday, October 30th (see…

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October
October 26, 2017 5:15 pm — October 28, 2017 4:00 pm
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Anti-Racism Training

The Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Anti-Racism Team Invites you to participate in the next Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Anti-Racism Workshop Facilitated by Crossroads Trainers October 26 – 28, 2017 Thursday (5:15 {Dinner} – 9:00 p.m.) Friday (8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.) Saturday (8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) Jackson Park Lutheran Church, 4535 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI  53219 Site Questions: Rev. Fred Thomas-Breitfeld, 414 – 545-2828 Training Questions: Esther Rusch, 262-375-0868, erusch@juno.com Jack Loppnow, 262-790-0392, jloppnow@robertsonryan.com Cost: $150 for ELCA participants and…

Lutheran Choir Rehearsal for Prayer Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Choir volunteers for the Lutheran/Catholic Reformation Service: Please join us at either this rehearsal, or the October 25th rehearsal (details here.) This rehearsal will be held in the choir room, in the basement of the church (close to the north end of the building.) Special note for volunteers with mobility issues: *If you will need use of the elevator to reach the basement for this rehearsal, please arrange your visit by calling Ascension Lutheran during daylight hours, at 414.645.2933. IMPORTANT: …

All Choir (Final) Rehearsal for Prayer Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Choir volunteers for the Lutheran/Catholic Reformation Service: Please join us for the final rehearsal for this event. This rehearsal will be held in the sanctuary choir loft.  There is no elevator access. This is the only combined (Lutheran and Catholic choirs) rehearsal. Rehearsal will be led by Jeff Honore, and will prepare singers to participate in the choir at the following night’s Reformation Service (Tuesday, October 31, also at Ascension Lutheran church.) Interested volunteers, please note:  Please contact Phil Smith…

Prayer Service to Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Please join us for a Joint Catholic-Lutheran Service of Common Prayer, “From Conflict to Communion:  Together in Hope,” commemorating the Reformation and celebrating 50 years of Lutheran Catholic dialogue. We’ll “lift the roof” with a 100 voice adult choir, children’s choir, and other choirs, musicians and speakers representing the diversity of our community. Our service is derived from the prayer service done in Lund/Malmo Sweden last October 31, led by Pope Francis and the leaders of Lutheran World Federation and…

November 2017

Outreach for Hope – Rev. Jim Bickel’s Retirement Celebration

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.  (1 John 4:16) Please join us to celebrate Rev. Jim Bickel’s service in the Greater Milwaukee Synod as a parish pastor, followed by eight years as Executive Director of Outreach for Hope, an ELCA ministry serving communities challenged by poverty. Jim’s many accomplishments include significantly raising awareness of Outreach for Hope through initiating the Family Bike Ride and Lenten Devotions, and building strong partnerships…

Reformation in Milwaukee: Is It Possible?

Presenting Reginald Jackson’s talk: “The Hidden Impact of Segregation in Milwaukee.” The American Black Holocaust Museum’s Head Griot Reggie Jackson has lit up Milwaukee with his dynamic presentation, “The Hidden Impact of Segregation in Milwaukee.” On Thursday, November 30th, Mr. Jackson will offer his presentation to light a fire of conversation and action in the Lutheran churches and beyond! All are welcome to attend this event!  (A second event, planned for the Spring of 2018, will be scheduled on a…

January 2018

Lutheran Campus Ministry Chili Cook-Off

Join us for our Annual Chili-Off! ALL proceeds go to support Lutheran Campus Ministry at Marquette and UW-Milwaukee!! If you can’t make the event but would still like to make a donation, please do so through this link! Can you help us to get to our goal of $10,000?

February 2018

Together in Mission (formerly Cluster Assembly, Lead & Learn)

Online registration for this event is now closed.  If you have not already registered, please plan to come early on Saturday and register at the event; please bring your $10 event fee in the form of a check made out to the “Greater Milwaukee Synod.” Walk-in registrants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, so that they can join their fellow cluster attendees for the 11:30 – 1:00 cluster lunch gatherings. (Box lunches have already been ordered and reserved for…

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February
February 23, 2018 7:00 pm — February 24, 2018 7:00 pm
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2018 GMS Anti-Racism Retreat

Join us for our first Anti-Racism retreat to build community and create awareness about racism today. This retreat is intended for 8th – 12th graders, and adult mentors.  Campers should register as a church group, with one chaperone per gender for every eight campers attending. One of the most important things is creating a common vocabulary for all to use. Guest speakers will highlight this retreat, presenting ideas and tactics for responding to racialized situations, and strategies for safety and…

March 2018

Exploring the Preaching Texts for Maundy Thursday/Good Friday/Easter (with Dr. Audrey West)

Registration for this event has now closed. If you would like to attend, you are welcome at the event even if you have not registered. (There is no need to RSVP.  Registrations for this event have been strong, so a larger room has been booked.) Please bring your own lunch if you are planning to stay for lunch/conversation.  There is no cost to participate. New Testament scholar Dr. Audrey West will lead us through the preaching texts for Maundy Thursday,…

2018 Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Sunday

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is asking congregations to designate Sunday, March 4th as LSS Sunday.  Join with congregations across Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to learn how your congregation’s ministry through LSS is changing lives each and every day! Register online today at: www.lsswis.org/LSS-Sunday-registration. Here, you can confirm your congregation’s participation, request an LSS staff speaker, order offering envelopes and more. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Jim Holmberg (Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.) at 414.246.2369…

April 2018

Refugee and Immigration Committee Meeting

Open to the public and all interested parties. Agenda items include a review of current refugee arrivals and support needs, DACA updates, and opportunities for advocacy efforts. Meeting will be held at the Greater Milwaukee Synod Conference Room, which is downstairs – one floor below – the Synod Offices inside Ascension Lutheran Church.

May 2018

2018 Women and Justice Listening Post/Hearing 1

Women and Justice Listening Post/Hearing 3:00 pm in the Woodfield Room In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has been at work since 2012 and brought the work to a crucial stage: On November 15, 2017 it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice. The comment period on the Draft is open until September 30, 2018. Our…

2018 Opening Events for Synod Assembly and Global Cafe

If you are registering or have registered for Synod Assembly, there is no need to register separately for these events.  The registration button on this page is specifically for attendees who are ONLY attending Thursday’s events and/or Friday’s Global Cafe. If you are planning to attend the full synod assembly as a voting member or non-voting participant, please register here. We’re excited to announce our opening events for 2018 Synod Assembly. These opening assembly events take place on Thursday, May…

June 2018

2018 diakonia Graduation

You are invited to the diakonia Graduation Festive Worship Celebration! Parking is available behind the church off Nelson Drive;  Church is fully accessible. ​Clergy are invited to vest and process; color of the day is red. ​ Reception following the worship service.

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