April 11, 2013
Dear Members of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin,
Leaders and members of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin continue to
express sorrow and sympathy for the family of Maureen Mengelt, who died
April 7, when she was struck by the vehicle of Bishop Bruce Burnside, who
was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide while intoxicated.
We pray that God will comfort the Mengelt family – especially Maureen’s
husband, Kevin, and her children, Megan, Andrew, and Allyson – and surround
them with peace and grace. We ask for prayers for all those left to grieve
the death of one of God's dear children. Our sadness for the untimely death
of Maureen Mengelt is too great to be adequately expressed.
Throughout these days we have been in prayer for members of the synod staff
and the synod council, for Bishop Bruce Burnside and his family, and for the
pastors, leaders, and congregations of our synod.
Bishop Burnside has been released on bond and he entered an inpatient
treatment facility on April 11.
In accordance with the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin's constitution and
bylaws, the synod council confirmed the temporary appointment of the Rev.
Blake Rohrer as acting bishop to oversee the ministry and work of the synod.
This should not be confused with the appointment of an interim bishop.
Further information on matters of concern to the synod, including the
upcoming Synod Assembly, will be available after this week’s synod council
“Scripture and Prayer Resources,” as well as public statements and
information updates are available on the synod website: www.scsw-elca.org
Please continue to pray for all those affected by this unfortunate tragedy.
We live in the trust that nothing can separate us from God’s love, and we
pray that God’s love will sustain us all today, and in the days ahead.