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reading retreat

Do you have a stack of books that is accumulating in your office that you just don't seem to get the time to read? Do you bring them with you everywhere and never seem to crack one open? Would you like to set some time aside to get at those books? Take a post-Advent break and join us for a day or the whole week!

January 5-10, 2020

Bear Creek Lodge, Verona, ND

Rooms: Free will donation

This location is the local school converted to a hunting lodge. The accommodations are clean, fun, and eclectic.  Meals will be offered in the same manner as the first retreat - Pr Ivy can cook, you can bring your own, or visit local establishments.

To register, or for questions: Pr Ivy Schulz, Synod Health and Wellness Coordinator

events around the synod

Change (almost) Everything by Church Anew

November 18-19

St Andrew Lutheran, Eden Prairie, MN

As the pace of change in our world rapidly increases, the church needs to take stock of where to adapt and where to remain rooted through transition.  This activity is at the center of the church in this time and place.  We invite you to spend 2 days with fellow travelers along the way, wondering about the call of the church today.

Keynote speakers include: Rozella Haydee White, Brian McLaren, Beth Lewis, Linda Wilson and more!

More information and Registration:


Ignite the Church Conference
February 11-13, 2020
Orlando, Florida

Get inspired, encouraged, challenged and warmed up at the Ignite the Church Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 11-13. In addition to large group gatherings on Congregational Vitality, there will be electives on Reaching Younger Generations, Expanding Kingdom Impact, Church Renewal and Discipleship, Renewing Music, Vitality through Mission, Engaging Your Neighborhood, Evangelism, Social Justice, and Raising Up Leaders along with a visit to Orlando’s Castle Church Brewing Community.

A $99 discounted rate, including 2 meals and snacks, is available until November 30th.

All proceeds benefit the ELCA Fund for Leaders.
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Harvesting Hope: A Non-denominational Farmer & Spouse Retreat

January 10-11th, 2020

Abbey of the Hills, Marvin, SD

We invite all farm couples to leave your worries and concerns behind and enjoy one night away at The Abbey of the Hills!  Come rediscover peace form the often-stressful life on the farm.  This retreat will focus on hope, faith, communication with spouse, reduction of stress and humor.

Cost: Free will offering; no on will be turned away for inability to pay

Registration: or 605-398-9200


Diaconal Adventure to Germany

May 5-15, 2020

Tour starts in Frankfurt, Germany

For more information, contact Dn Brenda Bauer at

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