Always being made New. – Celebrating 25 years as the ELCA
Friday, June 7, 2013
The 2013 Southwestern Minnesota Synod “family reunion” began Friday, June 7, with gathering of brothers and sisters from the entire area of the synod – male and female, rostered and lay, young and old. Yes, that’s right. Young! If you thought there were no young people left in the Lutheran church, you can be assured that they are here and they are excited about the work God has for all of us to do.
Opening worship in Christ Chapel included leadership by new seminary graduates, seasoned pastors, and Bishop Jon V. Anderson; the reading of Emily Revere’s original poem, “I Live in a World”; commissioning of about 100 young camp counselors who will be working this summer at Shetek and Green Lake Lutheran Ministries; Holy Communion with all the saints; beautiful organ, piano, and vocal music including “Beautiful Savior” in fine Lutheran form – a cappella harmony. Michael Schaner served as organist.
Displays from many ministry partners are on the second floor of Lund Center. Lots of information, plus some goodies, can be found there.
Everyone grabbed their supper in a bag and headed for the Let’s Do Dinner sessions or found spots on benches or in Adirondack chairs to enjoy the sunshine and conversation.
The evening continued with plenary in Lund Center, which had 54 quilts displayed by Women of the ELCA. Gathering music was by Rachel Kurtz. Rev. Grady St. Dennis welcomed us all to the Gustavus Adolphus College Campus. Guests included former synod bishops. Rev. Darold Beekman led devotions; Rev. Stan Olson, Bible study. Other guests were Rev. Charles and Shirley Anderson, Nancy Olson, and Heidi Hagstrom, ELCA Youth Gathering Manager.
Committee reports were given by the Assembly Planning, Nominating, and Resolutions Teams. The Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Board was introduced via video. Tammy Devine of Portico Benefit Services reviewed changes coming regarding health care reform. The credentials report showed 53% of the 901 potential voting members were present by 6 p.m. (477).
Bishop Jon V. Anderson presented the first of his reports, including the formation of leaders throughout the synod. Synod Minister Joyce Piper contributed with details of the formation of pastors and other rostered leaders through the candidacy process. Pastors serving in their first calls and the congregations who have called them were recognized. Also, all the 35-and-youngers in attendance as voting members were acknowledged.
Resolution 13.01 Regarding Our Synod’s 25th Anniversary Appeal was approved as amended. Watch for all of the resolutions to be posted on our website soon. The election of synod positions was completed and a report of results will be given on Saturday.
The day’s schedule concluded with Holden Evening Prayer in Christ Chapel.
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