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synod assembly 2019

JUNE 8-9, Holiday Inn, Fargo

Our 32st Annual Eastern North Dakota Synod Assembly will be June 8-9 in Fargo at the Holiday Inn.


We’ll be gathering under the theme ONE.

ONE thing is certain, you won’t want to miss this year’s celebration of ministry in Eastern North Dakota!  


$175 - Active Rostered Leaders and Lay Voting Members
$75 - Visitor

Deadline to register is 5/30/19

Schedule will be made available soon.

Business materials will be available for voting members on May 24 at


Assembly Registration                               Now Open

Assembly Display Request                         Now Open

Assembly Resolutions                                April 30th

Holiday Inn Room Block Closes                May 7

Assembly Registration Closes                   May 30th

Assembly Display Request Closes             May 15th

Ministry Partner Reports                            April 30th


A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn of Fargo.

Block Name: Eastern ND Synod-ELCA

Rate: $126/night plus tax

Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Room reservations must be made by May 7 to secure the discounted rate.



RESOLUTIONS: Please submit via email to

Deadline to submit is 5pm on Friday, April 30, 2019


REPORTS: Any ELCA affiliate, ministry partner or synod sponsored committee may make a report available to the assembly. These reports will be included in the digital packet made available to the assembly.

Please submit via email to

Deadline to submit is 5pm on Friday, April 30, 2019


ELECTIONS:  At this year’s assembly there will be an election for Synod Vice President. Our incumbent, Dr. Phyllis Johnson, is seeking re-election. Additional nominations can be submitted to the nominating committee or generated from the floor of the assembly until noon on Saturday, June 8. There is also a vacancy on the synod council for one Youth/Young Adult representative. If you have anyone you wish to nominate for these vacancies, please connect with Chair of the Nominating Committee, Larry Papenfus at


If your organization is interested in having a display table at synod assembly, please fill out the registration form and send it, along with appropriate payment, to:

Eastern ND Synod

Attn: Sarah

PO Box 2019

Fargo, ND 58107



Synod Assembly is friendly for “little Lutherans!” There will be a designated activity area for children under the age of 5. There will be activities and snacks provided but ongoing supervision from parents of children utilizing this space is expected.  For children in Kindergarten through 6th grade, there will be a separate space reserved with faith-filled programing. Space is limited and advance registration is required (

A free will donation will be accepted to help cover the costs of providing this service. 

Pre-Assembly events listed below....

pre-assembly events

 Workshop: Elders Rising - The Promise and Peril of Elderhood

Led by Roland D. Martinson

Friday, June 7th


Description:  The numbers of people and length of years spent as an older adult are greatly increasing.  These years at the last third of life have expansive opportunities and risky vulnerabilities. This workshop will explore congregations' huge role in the quality of seniors’ lives as well as essential contributions elders can make to the vitality of congregational life and missions. Both Rostered Ministers and Lay leaders are welcome to participate.

Cost: $35

Register at:

Registration Deadline 5/30/19

Paint Your Heart Out: Celebrating Church Together Art Reception

Hosted by Beloved Art and Practice

Friday, June 7th



Come and celebrate Church Together with art and food and fellowship!

Throughout the spring, we have prayed and created around the theme: “What does it mean to be church together?” You are invited to see this beautiful collection of art from people all across our synod. Now is the time to celebrate these pieces and our stories coming together as one!

There is still time to participate! Check out upcoming events HERE

Come and see the art you’ve made! Didn’t get a chance to participate in a conference event? There will be supplies to make some art too!

past resources

2018 Synod Assembly - Listen God is Calling


Bishop Brandt's welcome video

Assembly Minutes

Assembly Highlights this year include:

  • Keynote Speaker - Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis, author and Luther Seminary faculty BIO    KEYNOTE ADDRESS 1     KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2   
  • ELCA Representative - Andrew Steele, Director for Global Church Sponsorship BIO  

    *Here are the links to the two videos shared during Andrew’s Presentation:

    password: elca2017

    password: elcavideo


Called to Imagine Packet

Opening Bulletin

Closing Bulletin

2018 Reports to Assembly

2018 ELCA Churchwide Reports to Assemblies

Bishop Eaton’s Synod Assembly Video

password: wearelutheran


ELCA’s 2017 Year in Review

password: elca2017

2017 Synod Assembly - On The Road Together

State of the Synod Address - Bishop Terry Brandt

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, the Huffington Post,, and For more, go to and follow him on Twitter. 

Sharing Our Stories Videos



Synod Assembly Introduction Video - A little fun with Bishop Brandt

2017 Assembly Photos

2016 Synod Assembly - A Place At The Table

State of the Synod Address - Bishop Terry Brandt

Video; State of the Synod

Powerpoint Slides

Shane Claiborne Addresses

Irresistible Revolution

Extremists for Love

Tearing Down the Walls

2016 Synod Assembly Photos

Bible Studies

LOVE – Jessica Thomasson

                    Bible Study Worksheet; LOVE

                    Powerpoint Slides; LOVE


DO – Rev. Sue Koesterman and Emily Martin

                    Dear Woman Poem

                    Bible Study Worksheet; DO

                    Powerpoint Slides; DO

WALK –Mikka McCracken

                    Bible Study Worksheet; WALK

                    Powerpoint Slides; WALK

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