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Jail Ministry Needs Coats!
People are stepping into the cold with
nothing to keep them warm….

Coats for JailPeople who enter jail in the spring, summer or fall may be released in the winter. The only clothes they have are ones they wore when they were incarcerated. With the temperatures we are experiencing, we need to ensure that people stay warm. Please ask your neighbors and friends to check their closets for extra-large or larger coats to donate, or perhaps make an announcement to your congregation or civic group. See instructions below for getting the coats to people who need them.

Coats for Men: Contact Chaplain John Mix at (608) 266-4525 or

Coats for Women: Contact Chaplain Julia Weaver at (608) 261-9755 or

To learn more about the jail ministry:

CardsGreeting Cards for Correctional Institution Inmates
An Invitation from Synod’s Jail Chaplain Mark Teslik – Can You Help?

The Columbia Correctional Institute offers greeting cards to help inmates stay in touch with family and friends. They are in need of more cards! For just $5, you will make 100 cards available. (There are 830 inmates at Columbia Correctional Institute.) Donations for the Columbia Correctional institution greeting card project can be made payable to American Rehabilitation Ministries (ARM) using the preprinted form linked here: Order Form for Cards

Congregations or individuals can fill out their address as the ordering party. Donations can be indicated for the various categories of cards. Chaplain Teslik suggests that amounts be indicated for friendship, adult birthday, children birthday categories, as well as Christmas cards. The form with payment information could be sent to ARM which will then ship the cards directly to CCI. An easy thing to do that makes a BIG Difference!

OakwoodOakwood Village Seeks Churches Willing to Establish a Small Volunteer Group to Help Oakwood Residents attend Sunday Worship in its Chapels
Volunteer groups are needed to help at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge Retirement Community, on Madison’s far east side, and Oakwood Village University Woods Retirement Community, on Madison’s west side. Volunteers are very important to help residents attend worship to receive spiritual nourishment since they are unable to worship with their home communities.

Volunteers will help Oakwood’s assisted living and skilled nursing residents at either location go to the weekly Sunday worship service in its chapels. Volunteer groups can be set up for 1 designated Sunday a month at the Oakwood Village location of their choice and will need to help on an ongoing basis. Volunteering on Sunday morning at either location is a 1 ½ - 2 hour time commitment.

If your church is willing to explore establishing a small volunteer group as a new mission to help Oakwood Village residents, contact Oakwood Village Volunteer Services Coordinator Kim Viney at 230-4238 or for more information.

Welcome Boxes Greatly Needed for
Refugee Families

This year, we will welcome to Madison, 90 refugee families. The Synod Refugee Committee is asking congregations to collect Bathroom Boxes during the season of Lent. The items needed for these boxes include: a Shower Curtain and package of rings, Hand and body soap (bar and/or liquid), 4 sets of towels (each set includes 2 bath/hand/cloth towels), toilet paper (minimum of 4 rolls), and personal hygiene materials (4 toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant(male and female), razors and shaving cream. These items can be placed in a wastebasket, too! Thank you for your support. When the boxes have been collected, please contact Pastor Tim Hansen at: to make arrangements for pick up.

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