“God has placed us in cities, farms, and towns together….
The Risen Christ surprises us as we plant God’s Word in the world….
By God’s grace, together we have what we need.”
+Bishop Dee Pederson
These words from our synod mission statement provide both grounding and direction as we complete a year of significant change and look ahead to the future. And first I want to say Thank You! for your congregant’s participation and leadership, and for your partnership with one another across our synod. I am inspired by your witness to Jesus Christ and grateful for your dedication! As I share this first annual report, there are key insights in this statement that I want to lift up. Click here to view, download, or print my report.
Many congregations are preparing for their first Congregation Council meeting of the new year and for congregational meetings. These meetings include time to review and reflect on the past year, think about how things are going in the present, and consider how God is leading us into the future. Please visit the Annual Meeting Resource webpage for helpful resources to help you plan.
- The ELCA’s 2021 Annual Report Cover offers a litany, hymn and Reflections for congregational meetings.
- Bishop Dee’s Mission Support letter offers guided questions for church councils to discuss and reflect as your congregation prepares a spending plan for 2022 and considers your Mission Support commitment.