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ELCA Foundation Partnership

Your partner for increased funding through legacy giving and endowments.    Would an unexpected gift of $200,000 make an impact on your ministry? How about a gift of over $1 million? Would it help if you had an inexhaustible source of ministry funding that simply injected thousands or tens of thousands of dollars into your […]

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Position Opening

Open Position – Synod Minister for Equipping Congregation Leaders, Rostered Ministers, Youth, and Families   “And God’s gifts were given…. to equip the saints for the work of ministry for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 2). This has been a time of change in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod staff. Since the fall of

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Personnel Committees and Job Descriptions: Why?

We’ve all been in situations where people have different expectations of each other; unclear and crossed-up expectations can lead to frustration. This is especially true in the church where relationships and expectations can take us into murky waters. Bishop Dee and Synod Staff provide some best practices and principles for Rostered Ministers, Staff, and Congregation

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2024 Conference Assembly Dates

CONFERENCE DATE TIME PLACE Great RiverFeb. 42:30 p.m.ZoomLakelandFeb. 44:00 p.m.Faith, SpicerMinnesota ValleyFeb. 42:00 p.m.Peace, WinthropPrairieFeb. 182:00 p.m.First, MarshallScenic ValleyFeb. 182:00 p.m.TBDShetekFeb. 182:00 p.m.Christ, SlaytonLac Qui ParleFeb. 182:00 p.m.TBDWatonwan RiverFeb. 252:00 p.m.Trinity, MadeliaCrow RiverFeb. 252:00 p.m.Zion, LitchfieldGlacial RidgeMarch 33:00 p.m.Trinity, Alberta

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Pastors are Vital Resources

+By Pr. Heather Culuris, Synod Minister As December turned to January, our family followed our normal holiday tradition and carefully put our Christmas decorations away as the Christmas season faded into the Season of Epiphany. We take time to label and pack away the special ornaments that have been handed down by generations of family

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ELCA Congregation Report / Forms A

Each year, every congregation and synod-authorized worshiping community (SAWC) is asked to provide information about its people, finances, and resources through the Annual Congregation Report (Form A). This provides the churchwide organization and synods with a picture of the congregations and worshiping communities that make up the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This summary

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2024 Synod Assembly

2024 Synod Assembly Where: Gustavus Adolphus College When: June 7-8, 2024 This will be a hybrid Assembly. This means voting members will have the opportunity to participate online or onsite. Rev. Dr. Aaron Suomala Folkerds is the keynote speaker; Executive Director for Christian Community and Leadership, Phil Hirsch is the ELCA representative; and Bishop Myaka

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Earned Sick and Safe Time 

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Minnesota’s earned sick and safe time law requires employers to provide paid leave to employees who work in the state.  Minnesota’s Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Law  MN Department of Labor and Industry ESST Toolkit  FAQ’s about ESST  ESST Poster for Workplaces This new law applies to a congregation’s employment

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