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walking together sunday 2019

Sunday, October 13th

After huge success last year, we will once again hold Walking Together Sunday - a synod-wide pulpit exchange!   By choosing to participate, your congregation(s) will be paired with another congregation and/or parish.  As we did last year, we will try to partner you with a congregation that is out of your conference and as much as possible, a different context. 

To sign up:

Please complete the survey - even if your congregation(s) chooses to not participate - by August 31st.  We will have pairings made in time for leaders to meet one another at Fair Hills.

NOTE: if October 13th does not work for your schedule, you and your partner congregation may choose a different Sunday

We hope that your congregation will join in!

changemakers bike ride

August 17th


Lake Bemidji State Park


Save the Date to ride with Bishop Terry! A new ride this year - 17 miles around Lake Bemidji with a stop at Lake Bemidji State Park. The ride will once again call attention to our fund raising for ELCA Hunger. Pack up the bikes, the family, invite your friends, and join us for a beautiful day together. There is no registration fee and you need to get yourselves to a designated location for the start of the ride at 11:00am. Plan on 3-4 hours of riding and relaxation together. We ask that you raise a minimum of $100 for ELCA Hunger which will go toward the building of fresh water wells in Africa. Stay tuned for details. For more information contact Vicki Schmidt (

texas-mexico border trip

October 27 - November 2, 2019

Cost: $890

Information and Registration through Vicki Schmidt:

Join Bishop Terry Brandt and others in an immersion experience at the Texas-Mexico border.  The experience will be a combination of learning and service.  We will do some volunteer serving in the migrant shelters (cooking and serving meals, clothes sorting, or whatever the most urgent needs are at the time).  We will also meet with Border Patrol agents and other organizations who live the reality on a day-to-day basis.  

Group number is limited!

events around the synod

Faithful Innovation Summit

July 24-26, Luther Seminary

Reserve your spot:


Red Willow Bible Camp's 3rd annual "Ace" in the Hole Golf Scramble

July 26th, 10am @ Cooperstown Golf Course

$55/person, $220/team of 4

*fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, prizes and food.

Don't golf?  Become a hole sponsor or consider donating a prize for the silent auction.  For more information:


7th Annual Women's Retreat

August 17th

WELCA Annual retreat "Be Ye Transformed" {Romans 12: 2a}

Maryvale Retreat Center, 11550 Valley City

9:30am - registration

10-3pm - retreat


Implicit Bias Training

August 28th


Dakota Medical Foundation, 4141 28th Ave S, Fargo

Implicit bias can have an immense impact on the youth and communities you serve.  It can derail good intentions and cause unwanted outcomes.  Because implicit bias operates unconsciously, we need to be intentional about building the skill to recognize and address it.  When implicit bias is at play in program spaces, young people may be excluded, insulted, or experience unequal access to opportunities.  This can negatively impact their well-being and harm your relationship with them.

Cost: Free for YIPA members, $100 for non



Addiction & Faith Conference

September 20-22, Bloomington, MN

Addiction in every form, including opioid addition, is ravaging our world.  How will we as people of faith respond?


The Craft of Preaching

October 7-9, Gloria Dei Luthern Church, St Paul, MN

Hone your homiletical skills.  This conference is designed for pastors, leaders, preaching lay leaders, and anyone looking to invigorate their delivery through practical skills developed in an encouraging, collegial environment.  Top preachers offer a behind-the-scenes look at the whole sermon process, and invite you to this unique opportunity to tend the craft of your preaching among peers old and new.  

Event speakers include Shauna Hannan, Karoline Lewis, Joy Moore and Matthew Skinner

To register:


Soul Shop: Ministering to Faith Communities Affected by Suicide

October 24

8:30am - 4:30pm

Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, MN

Cost: $25

Register at: