Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld elected bishop of South-Central Synod of Wisconsin

Pr Viviane Thomas-BreitfeldThe Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, Beloit, Wis., was elected May 6 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Thomas-Breitfeld is the second African American woman to be a bishop in the ELCA.

Read more about our new Bishop-elect on the ELCA website here.

Madison Newspapers also published a story on the Rev. Thomas-Breitfeld here.

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LTS News from Hong Kong

Dear friends at Trinity Lutheran Church,

With pleasure I send you the Easter 2018 issue of the LTS News, English edition, which celebrates life in Jesus’ name (John 20:30-31).

Here is the link:

Our theme is beautifully illustrated on the cover, which was created especially for this issue by a student who will be graduating from LTS this June.

You will notice in the editorial that this is the last issue of the LTS News that I will be editing because this is my final semester at LTS. Of course, you can continue to enjoy the LTS News, which will continue to be published under the editorial guidance of Dr. Jan Depner. But if you would like to stop receiving the please let Dr. Depner know.

Dr. Carolyn Schneider
Associate Professor of Church History
Editor of the “LTS News,” English edition
The Lutheran Theological Seminary
50 To Fung Shan Road
Shatin, N.T.
Hong Kong

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‘Seasons’ Newsletter: May-June 2018

The May-June edition of Trinity Seasons has been sent to our members and friends. You also can view or download a copy here: May & June 2018 Seasons Newsletter


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‘Palestine: Unlimited’ Exhibit

Prize-winning photos from Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture on exhibit May 20-June 15

The photos, reflecting Palestinians’ view of their culture and way of life, will be on display at four Madison-area churches. The display is open to the public daily during regular hours of the each church.

Palestine is contested land. People everywhere watch Palestine, expectantly. Many share stories, images, interpretations and explanations, hoping to build a clearer picture of Palestine. But do Palestinians themselves get to say what Palestine is about? The exhibition is derived from a signature initiative of the Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, a Lutheran institution of higher learning in Bethlehem. The exhibit, featuring the ten finalists from the Karimeh Abboud Award Competition—named for a pioneering 20th century Palestinian female photographer—helps us break through icons and stereotypes, in order to experience Palestine as it really is. Listen to the words of photographer Ala’a Abu Salem: “These portraits aim at representing the Palestinian away from any ties, connections or expectations with themes and specific subjects. In short, it is an attempt to break the stereotype and overused image of the Palestinian person.”

Visit each church to see the entire 24 piece exhibit (call for hours):

Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison (608) 238-7119
Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1502 Parkside Dr., Madison (608) 241-9796
First Congregational Church, 1609 University Ave., Madison (608) 233-9751
Memorial United Church of Christ, 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008

The exhibit is sponsored by Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a 501c3 organization supporting the work of Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and the Dar al Kalima University College in Bethlehem.

Bright Stars Logo

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Phone Book Donations

parrot-phone book

An African Grey Parrot keeps busy by chewing on a phone book.

Do you have old phone books lying around that you don’t know what to do with? The Boy Scouts are working with Feathered Friends Sanctuary & Rescue, a nonprofit organization located in Edgerton, Wisconsin dedicated to the care and placement of exotic birds. The birds love to tear apart phone books for ‘therapy.’ If you have phone books to donate, please leave them in the collection box in the Narthex.


Interested in learning more about how to help the birds? Visit:

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