Sign up now for ecumenical “food and fasting” event


Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice Interfaith Community Building working group presents:

Faith, Fasting, and Friendship: an Interfaith Ramadan Break-the-Fast Dinner

Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Labor Temple
1602 S. Park St. , Madison

This event will be an evening of learning about food and fasting in different faith traditions, beginning with a traditional Ramadan iftar (break the fast dinner) and ending with a traditional Jewish ceremony to end the Jewish Sabbath and welcome the new week. People of all different faiths are welcome to attend the dinner, to learn about each other’s faith traditions, share great food, and build new relationships and strengthen existing friendships.

You can find the event on Facebook at:

Or go directly to the Evite page and RSVP:

The deadline is June 5, but space is limited, so don’t delay!

Donations of any size are welcome to help offset the cost of this dinner. Checks can be made out to Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and sent to: 22 Chautauqua Trail, Madison, WI 53719, earmarked “dinner donation.”

For more information, contact:

Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
(608) 827-9482


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Prayers for Bishop Mary Froiland

Please see this week’s What Matters newsletter for a message from Bishop Mary Froiland, who suffered a health crisis late last week. She is now feeling fine and is expected to make a full recovery. If you want to wish her well, cards can be sent via the synod office:

Bishop Mary Froiland
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
6401 Odana Rd., Suite 20
Madison, WI 53719

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Bike ride for hunger

scsw-steeple-to-steepleSynod’s Second Annual Steeple-to-Steeple Bike Ride

The ride will be Saturday, June 24. See details at We have kept registration rates the same as last year and will not be charging you processing fees, but we are encouraging riders to make extra donations to support this worthy cause when signing up. All routes are again starting and finishing at All Saints Lutheran Church in Fitchburg. The courses will be similar, with some minor tweaks. This is a great family event! Invite your youth and family groups to participate in this worthwhile event to help end hunger!

Promotional kits for congregations were handed out at Synod Assembly. Missed it? You can download posters and bulletin inserts from the synod website:

We hope to see you pedaling for world hunger June 24! Register or donate today at

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Would you like to receive stories of our ministry together, timely news updates and invitations to learning and ministry opportunities in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin? The synod staff’s hope is to reach everyone in the pews with What Matters and Walking Together: Faith for Our Journey. Sign up online for synod e-news today!

Click the link below to view/download a copy of the May 16 edition of What Matters, the synod’s weekly newsletter.

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Sermon: May 14, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Gospel: John 14:1-14

If today’s Gospel reading sounded familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve heard it read at funeral or two. It is popular because in times of distress it is comforting to hear Jesus say, “Let not your hearts be troubled. In my father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I tell you that I go to prepare a place for you?” We cling to this promise of resurrection, our final homecoming, for our loved ones and for ourselves. Continue reading

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