ASSEMBLY DAY 1
The 2013 Southwestern Minnesota Synod “family reunion” began Friday, June 7, with gathering of brothers and sisters from the entire area of the synod – male and female, rostered and lay, young and old. Yes, that’s right. Young! If you thought there were no young people left in the Lutheran church, you can be assured that they are here and they are excited about the work God has for all of us to do.
Opening worship in Christ Chapel included leadership by new seminary graduates, seasoned pastors, and Bishop Jon V. Anderson; the reading of Emily Revere’s original poem, “I Live in a World”; commissioning of about 100 young camp counselors who will be working this summer at Shetek and Green Lake Lutheran Ministries; Holy Communion with all the saints; beautiful organ, piano, and vocal music including “Beautiful Savior” in fine Lutheran form – a cappella harmony. Michael Schaner served as organist. read more
ASSEMBLY DAY 2
Day 2 started early with breakfast, rehearsal for those who will be part of tomorrow’s mass choir, more registrations, and a morning prayer service. Everyone seemed to be appreciating the sunshine.
Voting members and visitors gathered again in Lund Center. Rachel Kurtz slid us into plenary with her voice and guitar. Bishop Jon, wearing a shirt from South Africa, called the assembly to order. Bishop Emeritus Charles Anderson led our opening devotions. Nine words to remember from his message – “When you are not in transition, you are dead.”
Synod Vice President Gwen Arneson shared what’s new – what’s shakin’ – in our synod and how new ideas and dreams have come out of the Equipping Congregations and other events throughout the synod. What’s new in your congregation? In your community of faith? In your personal faith journey? read more
ASSEMBLY DAY 3
Sunday morning and raining outside – the “family reunion” continued with a holy buzz as we slid into plenary with the four runner-up video contest entries rolling on the giant screens.
Rev. Stan Olson took time for a personal greeting and some reflection, and noted that he prefers to look ahead. Remember – God is with us. God is here. Then he continued our Bible study based on 2 Corinthians. What will God be doing next? Where will God be leading us?
Slight changes in the credentials report this morning – 176 rostered voting members (72%), 390 lay voting members (59%), and 566 total voting members present (63%). Of all voting members present, 7% are age 35 or younger. read more
Assembly photos can be found on our SW MN Synod facebook page. Click here
- Report of the Presiding Bishop
- Report of the Synod Rostered
- Report of Bishop Jon V. Anderson
- Report of Joyce Piper, Synod Minister
- Report of Linda M. Pedersen, Synod Minister
- Report of the Endowment Committee
Shared Ministries Reports
- Carthage College
- ELCA Region 3 Archives
- Lutheran Association of Christian Educators
- Luther College
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
- Mission Investment Fund
- Paul Baglyos, Coordinator for Missional Leadership, Region 3
- Shetek Lutheran Ministries
- Wartburg College