Gift Planning Zoom Conversation We, in the church, are no strangers to talking about life and death. But why, then, are we so reluctant to talk with our people about planning for the inevitable? What opportunities are we missing? What lessons for life and faith are we failing to provide? How can a simple conversation […]
This webpage has been created to help keep resources posted by the Southwestern Minnesota Synod in one location. The synod staff will keep emailing and posting on social media, but here is where we will host a collection of important communications during this time of COVID-19.
+Pr. Dee Pederson, Director for Evangelical Mission During the past two months, nearly everything about how we function in ministry has changed. At the same time, your congregation’s ministries have never been more important. Your people and your communities need these ministries to remain strong; and ministry depends upon generosity. So how do we talk […]
Compared to closing down in the early days of COVID 19 the next phase of slowing returning to public gatherings is going to be complicated. A “stay at home order” is clear – it means stay at home. Reopening our public spaces and gatherings is presenting new, ambiguous challenges. Lack of clarity raises anxiety. Some […]
+Bishop Jon V. Anderson The short answer is that we need to go slow moving forward. As we make decisions, personally and communally, we need to do what will protect and love our neighbors. That is how we love our neighbor in response to God’s love. I woke up this morning with this text in […]
Your synod council made a decision to cancel our assembly on June 12-13, 2020, at Gustavus Adolphus College. This came after the recommendation of the Synod Assembly Planning Committee considered the situation and recommended a cancelation and not a postponement of our planned assembly. A second task force of people looked into the constitutional and […]
+Bishop Jon V. Anderson “How do we stay on the same page – in a time of disorientation and disillusionment as we live deeper into this time of COVID-19?” Pr. Art Wiese raised this question in a conversation with our Conference Ministers this week. It keeps popping up in my mind. The biggest virus we […]
Milestones leaders have been observing and listening to our congregations as the “stay-home” mandate is still in place. As a result, they have written a Graduation Milestone Moment with ideas to celebrate and recognize God’s presence in the moment as an online gathering venue with family and friends. It is attached it to this email. […]
+Rev. Dee Pederson, Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA We’re not gathering in person. Nobody is passing the Offering Plate. People are concerned finances. Yet one of the things we’re learning during the pandemic is that people have a new heart for generosity. As in the early church, the abundance of some can create balance when […]
The Minnesota Department of Health has released guidance relevant to faith communities on how to safely perform essential or optional duties during the pandemic. These include: General guidance for faith-based communities (.PDF) Visiting people at home (.PDF) Services in Parking Lots (.PDF) Conducting funerals (.PDF)
Someday soon public health restrictions will be eased. As of this document was created we do not know exactly when it will happen, but it will. We suggest that now is the time to begin to plan for ministry in a post COVID 19 reality. The intent of this document is to stimulate your thinking.