2016 Synod Assembly Recap

Shepherd of the Valley is a member of the Saint Paul Area Synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The annual gathering of area churches at Synod Assembly was May 20 & 21, 2016 at Prince of Peace in Burnsville.

SOTV was represented by lay members Judy Anderson, Vern Bloomquist, Pat Buss, Chad Dahlke, David Linner, and Aldrea Malo, and rostered leaders Mark Ertl, Pastor Duane Paetznick, Pastor Ron Olson, and Pastor Wendy Steger.

These delegates gathered to worship, to vote on resolutions, and synod council committee nominations, and to conduct other synod business. They also enjoyed fellowship time together and learned about the many ministries happening across the synod.

A report on the Synod’s Bega Kwa Bega Tanzania ministry was given by members Kirsten Levorson (partnership corrdinator) and Pastor Peter Harrits (Director of Bega Kwa Bega). The video “Because of Iringa” was shown which features a few faces from SOTV!

We asked people, “What difference have our global companions made in your life?” This is what they said. . .

Videos about mission development aired throughout Assembly. They are gradually being made available on the Synod’s Facebook page (You do not need to be a Facebook member to view them).

Mission Strategy in the Saint Paul Area Synod

One of the major focuses of Assembly this year is on mission strategy, including mission renewal and mission development. In this video, Bishop Lull & the Rev. Justin Grimm give intro to what mission strategy means to our work together as a synod and as a church. #spas2016 #luther499

Posted by the Saint Paul Area Synod, ELCA on Friday, May 20, 2016

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