You are invited to attend the
Service of Holy Communion
The Rev. Dr. Dee Pederson
as Bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
- Join Us -
We are excited to celebrate safely together in the beautiful sanctuary of Granite Falls Lutheran Church. Space is limited.
Children are invited to participate in processions.
- Celebrate -
Saturday, October 9th at 2:00 p.m.
Granite Falls Lutheran Church
350 9th Avenue
Granite Falls, MN 56214
Reception to Follow.
See below for more details.
- Gathering -
We will continue to monitor the state’s safe gathering guidelines and will post our protocol updates on the synod website as needed. Livestream will be hosted on the synod’s website for those not able to attend in person.
We are continuing to monitor the state's COVID-19 safe gathering guidelines. If you prefer not to attend in person, we understand. Please join the livestream on the synod’s website and Facebook.
RSVP: If you have not rsvp’d, please click here. If you have already rsvp’d and your plans have changed, click here to resubmit your plans for attendance. Guests are not required to RSVP but doing so helps our planning.
This celebration of our faith, community, and Lutheran expression will take place in the town of Granite Falls, in the west-central part of our synod. It will include leadership by members from across the synod's territory. The service will celebrate God’s mission shared by the congregations and all the baptized of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
God places us in cities, farms and towns together
under one prairie sky.
The Risen Christ surprises us
with opportunities to plant God’s Word in the world.
Walking together in confidence,
we cultivate life-giving congregations,
nurture partner ministries, and
cooperate in the life of the ELCA.
By God’s grace, together we have what we need.
The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be present to preside and install Bishop-Elect Dee Pederson.
Bishop-Elect Dee Pederson
The Rev. Dee Pederson, D.Min., was elected June 12th to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during a virtual Synod Assembly. Rev. Dee will be the 6th bishop for the SW MN Synod. Click here to read her full bio.
Rostered Ministers of the ELCA, ELCA Bishops, Ecumenical Clergy/Judicatory Leaders, and Clergy of Full Communion Partners are invited to take part in the processional. You are invited to vest with the color of the day: red. Please indicate in the registration if you will be processing. If you are processing, arrive at 1:00 PM. A designated space will be available to get ready and gather.
- Acolytes - 10am
- Band - 11am
- Bishops participating - noon
- Choir - 1pm
- Communion ministers - 1pm