Executive Committee Announcements

Executive Committee Approves Name Change

posted Aug 24, 2016, 11:00 PM by Cara Erickson   [ updated Aug 24, 2016, 11:00 PM ]

The Executive committee of the Madison Area Lutheran Council is pleased to announce that, after discussion and a formal vote, a quorum of members unanimously approved changing the name from the Madison Area Lutheran Council to the Madison Area Jail Ministry, effective immediately. Many thanks to those who participated in the discussion and vote.

Forty-nine years ago the Jail Ministry was formed by a group of local Lutheran pastors who volunteered their time in the Dane County Jail, as well as managed a variety of other community programs - hence our original name of Madison Area Lutheran Council. Our Lutheran roots will always be key to the ministry. Below you will find an explanation for the change. 
Clearly communicate and reflect the work we do: 
A primary reason for changing the name concerns the nature of the work we do. We are a Christ-centered ministry providing spiritual care to all men and women incarcerated in the jail. Our work is ecumenical, and we'd like our name to reflect this. We honor our Lutheran roots, while recognizing that the founders of the Madison Area Lutheran Council intended the organization to grow and prosper.
Help ensure fiscal viability: 
Lutheran congregations continue to be the primary supporters of this ministry, and we are grateful. However for several years we have struggled to maintain funding levels. By reaching out to congregations that are in full pulpit fellowship with the ELCA (as outlined in the MALC constitution), we hope to broaden our revenue stream. Financial stability will ensure that we will continue to provide spiritual care to people who are often forgotten.
Give us name recognition: 
Our mission is almost exclusively focused on providing spiritual care within the Dane County Jail. Our current name says nothing about the work we do and we know we'd have increased exposure and support with a name that describes our work. by adding "Jail Ministry" we are identifying ourselves as a ministry specific to the men and women who are housed in the Dane County Jail.  
Communicate Inclusivity: 
By removing "Lutheran" from our name, we are declaring ourselves to be a broader, more inclusive community. 

If you have any questions about the name change, please email us. 

Annual Meeting Reflection - January 31st, 2016

posted Feb 17, 2016, 2:32 PM by Cara Erickson

Sheriff Mahoney set the stage well by reflecting on who is our neighbor. Even those who are incarcerated still retain the title of neighbor. This helped to give the meeting a great purpose and aim. We shared the goals that serve to refocus MALC on the task at hand:

1) Strengthen financial support with current partners and beyond, with new partners.

2) Strengthen communication about the ministry to current partner churches and get the word out in new and engaging ways.

3) Strengthen board and chaplains for focused ministry and purpose.

Julia and Christa shared wonderful stories of healing and hope in the jail, and we celebrated John Mix’s ministry with a plaque. These all reflect the purpose and aim of MALC as we serve on behalf of partner churches in the Dane County Jail system.

MALC has improved their website as part of the communication plan as well as developed an informative communication packet available for anyone.

We solicited some feedback and ideas as we move forward on our 3 goals. The results and information gathered should be out soon in our next quarterly newsletter.

As the meeting came to an end, we elected new members to the board and elected a few board positions.

Within MALC there is a sense of excitement and curiosity to see what will happen next. We are thankful for the wonderful congregations and individuals who support MALC and we humbly ask for continued pray as we serve this segment of ‘neighbors’ with God’s love and in the name of Jesus.

- Board President, Pastor Jim McCoid

Long-range Planning Retreat Report

posted Sep 5, 2015, 5:06 PM by Cara Erickson

This June, the executive committee had a unique and needed opportunity to gather for a retreat to envision how MALC can stabilize funding in order to best serve the needs of inmates moving forward and act as a bridge between supporting congregations. We met for a whole day with a hired facilitator, thanks to a Siebert Lutheran Foundation Grant. During the retreat we were able to focus on 3 objectives that are integral to MALC going forward. The results of our conversation yielded strategies for the three objectives below that MALC will work hard to employ in the coming months:

Objective #1: Strengthening finances

Objective #2: Strengthening communications

Objective #3: Strengthening board and staff

2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

posted Apr 22, 2015, 3:21 PM by Cara Erickson

Two special guests provided insights on jail operations at the MALC annual meeting in February: Sheriff Dave Mahoney and Dane County Jail Administrator Richelle Anhalt. Delegates also heard inspiring stories from two former jail inmates. Elections at the meeting resulted in three new Executive Committee members: Pastor Jim McCoid, Pastor Rich Johnson and Jerry Cook. McCoid was elected as new chairman with Chuck Bils and Cliff Strelow continuing respectively as Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Small group discussions following the business meeting produced valuable feedback, and the Executive Committee is proceeding with long range planning.   

New UCC Board Member

posted Mar 18, 2014, 8:49 AM by Cara Erickson   [ updated Mar 18, 2014, 9:03 AM ]

The Madison Area Lutheran Council is pleased to announce the addition of a wonderful new UCC Representative, Tina Hogle. Tina is replacing Karin Wells, who requested the additional time to focus on an intense class in her Seminary studies, Clinical Pastoral Education. Best of wishes to you Karin in your studies and thank you for your service. Welcome to MALC Tina, we are blessed to have you and look forward to the wonderful works we'll be doing together in the coming year.

New Phone Number

posted Aug 12, 2013, 10:57 PM by Cara Erickson

Madison Area Lutheran Council has a new phone number, please note this for your records. Our new number is (608) 438-9136. Thank you!

UCC Rep Appointed to Jail Ministry Executive Committee

posted Aug 12, 2013, 10:56 PM by Cara Erickson

July 10, 2013.  Madison Area Lutheran Council (MALC) is pleased to announce the appointment of the first UCC member to serve on its Executive Committee: Karin Wells, a member of Memorial UCC in Fitchburg.  A constitutional amendment adopted earlier this year enables Madison area UCC churches (and churches of other denominations sharing full fellowship with ELCA) to become members of MALC.  The primary ministry of MALC is carried out by two chaplains (one Lutheran and one UCC) who serve Dane County Jail inmates, their families and staff.

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