synod assembly resources


2020 bishop's election information

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. 


BISHOP'S ELECTION TIMELINE


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.  


VIEW CONFERENCE MAP


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 jakelle@eandsynod.org. 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.”


Conference Secretary's:

Prairie Rose - Theresa Fiebiger - trinitybinford@mlgc.com

Spirit Lake - Stella Papachek - psmrasmu@gondtc.com

Fargo Conference - Nathan VanWechel – nvanwechel@gmail.com

Grafton Conference – Brian Mayfield - mr.and.mrs.mayfield@gmail.com

Grand Forks Conference – Sarah Raymond pastorsarahraymond@gmail.com

Jamestown Conference - Sharon Holweg - dsholweg@drtel.net

Mayville Conference - Judy Stensland - judystens@yahoo.com

Wahpeton Conference - Kris Beck - kristinru@hotmail.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. 

 

CONGREGATION SIZE

(baptized membership)

NUMBER OF LAY VOTING MEMBERS

0-174

1-2

175-500

2

501-1,000

3

1,001-1,500

4

1,501-2,000

5

2,001-2,500

6

2,501-3,000

7

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. 

synod assembly 2019

Thank-you to all who helped make the weekend possible!  


Bishop Brandt's Welcome video

Bishop Brandt's State of the Synod

ELCA Assembly Video from Churchwide

Synod Assembly Minutes (DRAFT)


Storyteller videos:

Age is Just a Number

Dr. Roland Martinson and Miss Sawyer Anderson

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EvOSBl5inAHxUBumVUrYWEBGc-PIOnFt/view


Leading with Faith

Mr. Steve D. Scheel and Ms. Penny Millspaugh

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17r1QWG7yOMoJxDmv1iMrtk1dDPIstjCL/view


More than a Party

Ms. Kylie Oversen and Mr. Kyle Davison

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ox342U4BBAzQBbOrmCk651fiojexYtoo/view


Called to Feed the World

Mrs. Sarah Lovas and Mrs. Janet Jacobson

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TF_90CiRfHFs_8rpodidpndeJ-Sgjl0P/view


A Place to Call Home

Rev. Matt Valan, Ms. Prairie Rose Seminole, Mrs. Laetitia Mizero Hellerud

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-OnLcxdFPaa3hamU3-aNH3YpdnAWhTbD/view


Answering God’s Call

Rev. Joe Natwick and Mrs. Vicki Schmidt

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17nngI9RQiXZR7sGchTvKwwp-u04R4GuW/view


Save the date for Synod Assembly 2020: June 6&7 at the Holiday Inn, Fargo

2019 synod assembly Storytellers

Click on their picture below to view a full biography about each of our storytellers

  • Rev dr roland martinson

    retired pastor and professor

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Sawyer Anderson

    Elementary school student

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • steve d. Scheel

    Board Chair of Scheels

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Penny Millspaugh

    creator of cafe hygge

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • kylie Oversen

    attorney

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Kyle Davison

    nd legislator

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Rev. matt Valan

    pastor at messiah lutheran, fargo

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Prairie Rose seminole

    program director, elca

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Laetitia Mizero Hellerud

    Author and Cultural consultant

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Rev. Joe Natwick

    Pastor at St John Lutheran, dickinson

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Vicki Schmidt

    Volunteer and Advocate

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Janet Jacobson

    Organic Farmer

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.

  • Sarah Lovas

    Conventional Farmer

    Type the content for this list item here. This is just example text to show you what it will look like when you enter text content into this list item. Your unique, authentic, and appropriate text will be filled into this section.



past resources

2019 Synod Assembly - ONE


2018 Synod Assembly - Listen God is Calling



BISHOP BRANDT'S STATE OF THE SYNOD ADDRESS
 

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


ASSEMBLY RESOURCES:

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:

Saturday

Sunday

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

Larry

Mytch


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

                    Video;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



Meet my Muslim Neighbor Resource from LSS MN