Each year, ALL OF US come together to celebrate our shared ministry and conduct necessary governing business at Synod Assembly. This year we will gather June 6-7, 2020 in Fargo and ALL OF OUR participation is especially important as our business includes the election of a new synodical bishop.
Below we will highlight a few tasks/dates/deadlines
that are especially important to pay attention to:
CONFIRM YOUR CONFERENCE
The early work of the Bishop election process is done at the conference level. The synod is divided into eight geographical regions called conferences.
If you wish to be re-assigned to another conference, please submit your request to the synod council by February 3, 2020. Requests can be sent to email@example.com. Please make sure “Conference Assignment Request” is in the subject line.
SUBMIT NAMES FOR BISHOP
Your congregation can nominate up to three Ministers of Word and Sacrament for the role of synodical bishop. We encourage you to engage your congregation in this process at your upcoming annual meeting. Any Minister of Word and Sacrament on the ELCA Roster is eligible to be nominated, they do not need to be currently serving in Eastern North Dakota Synod.
You will submit your congregation’s nominees to your conference secretary (contact information below) by February 27. Your nomination should include the Rostered Minister’s name and current call (including city/state). Please make sure your email subject line contains “EaND Synod Bishop Nomination.”
Prairie Rose - Theresa Fiebiger - firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit Lake - Stella Papachek - email@example.com
Fargo Conference - Nathan VanWechel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Grafton Conference – Brian Mayfield - email@example.com
Grand Forks Conference – Sarah Raymond firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamestown Conference - Sharon Holweg - email@example.com
Mayville Conference - Judy Stensland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wahpeton Conference - Kris Beck - email@example.com
SELECT VOTING MEMBERS FOR ASSEMBLY
Each congregation is to send voting members to the annual synod assembly. The number of members each congregation sends is determined by baptized membership. Many congregations appoint their voting members at their annual meetings. Use the table below to determine the number of representatives your congregation should send, being mindful that your voting membership is diverse when it comes to age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
NUMBER OF LAY VOTING MEMBERS
For congregations over 3,000 members, please add one voting member for every additional 500 members.
ATTEND YOUR CONFERENCE ASSEMBLY
Per constitutional guidelines, in a bishop election year, each conference gathers sixty-five days in advance of Synod Assembly to vote on a maximum of seven names for office of bishop. The conference ballot is generated from the names raised by the congregations in their conference, plus an option for write-in’s.
- Jamestown – Sunday, March 29 at St. John’s, Jamestown – 4pm
- Spirit Lake – Sunday, March 22 at Our Savior’s, Devils Lake – 3pm
- Grand Forks - Sunday, March 22 at Calvary, Grand Forks - 2pm
- Fargo – Thursday, March 19 at Zion Lutheran, Harwood – 7pm
- Mayville – Sunday, March 15 at Bruflat Lutheran Church, Portland – 3pm
- Wahpeton – Sunday, March 15 at Gustaf Adolf Lutheran Church, Gwinner – 3pm
- Grafton - Sunday, March 29 at Park River Bible Camp - 2pm
- Prairie Rose – Sunday, March 22 at American Lutheran, Tolna – 3pm
REGISTER FOR SYNOD ASSEMBLY
Register online at: https://2020synodassembly.eventbrite.com
Register by June 1st to take to avoid a late charge!
A block of hotel rooms is available at the Fargo Holiday Inn 701.282.2700
Rate is $130.
Given the additional business of a bishop election, we anticipate that this year’s schedule will be extended into Sunday afternoon.
Thank-you to all who helped make the weekend possible!
Synod Assembly Minutes (DRAFT)
Age is Just a Number
Dr. Roland Martinson and Miss
Leading with Faith
Mr. Steve D. Scheel and Ms. Penny Millspaugh
More than a Party
Ms. Kylie Oversen and Mr. Kyle Davison
Called to Feed the World
Mrs. Sarah Lovas and Mrs. Janet Jacobson
A Place to Call Home
Rev. Matt Valan, Ms. Prairie Rose Seminole, Mrs. Laetitia Mizero Hellerud
Answering God’s Call
Rev. Joe Natwick and Mrs. Vicki Schmidt
Save the date for Synod Assembly 2020: June 6&7 at the Holiday Inn, Fargo
Click on their picture below to view a full biography about each of our storytellers
2019 Synod Assembly - ONE
2018 Synod Assembly - Listen God is Calling
2017 Synod Assembly - On The Road Together
Eric Barreto Keynote Messages:
Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014), he is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, the Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter.
Sharing Our Stories Videos
2016 Synod Assembly - A Place At The Table
State of the Synod Address - Bishop Terry Brandt
Video; State of the Synod
Shane Claiborne Addresses
LOVE – Jessica Thomasson
DO – Rev. Sue Koesterman and Emily Martin
WALK –Mikka McCracken