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Former Bishop Reflections

On January 25th, lay leaders and interested clergy had the opportunity to gather via Zoom to hear the reflections of four people who have served in the office of Synod Bishop in other synods of the ELCA, including Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, Larry Wohlrabe, Peter Strommen and Peter Rogness. These panelists have brought their helpful insights and …

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“The Weary World Rejoices” An Online Chapel Service

While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, we know all too well that not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating right now. The pandemic, grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified. Those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of changed preparations and expectations …

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Synod Awarded $10,000 in ELCA COVID-19 Grants. Applications Open!

The Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, gratefully announces the award of an ELCA COVID-19 grant for $10,000.00. As part of an ELCA COVID-19 response, the ELCA Church Council authorized a new fund to receive revenue to directly support ministries of the ELCA. This summer our synod received a grant of $7,500.00. These new, additional funds are …

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Zoom Recording: Ministry Basics

Gospel, Government and the Common Good in the Southwestern Minnesota  If you missed this Ministry Basics event, don’t worry! You can register to get the Zoom recording. Click here for the Zoom Recording! Recorded the panel discussion: Thinking together about faithful witness and ministry in this polarized moment. Panelists: State Rep Paul Torkelson – Taskforce …

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Annual Meetings

Resources to help congregations plan for Annual Meetings

At the last congregational Lay Leaders Zoom meeting, Bp. Jon and the synod staff talked about planning for the winter and moving into 2021. There are two very important details we want to share with everyone! Pr. Dee and Pr. Steve re-recorded their presentations to help answer questions that might arise during your congregational fall …

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GiveMN & Gifts of Grace

Give to the Max day is November 19th, 2020! Money and Ministry The Southwestern Minnesota Synod is taking bold action to ensure vital sustainable ministry into the future. We believe that healthy ministry needs healthy leadership, this is especially true when it comes to financial health. With Gifts of Grace we are actively working to …

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“We are church together – apart!”

+Rev. Dee Pederson, D.Min., Director for Evangelical Mission One of the powerful ways this truth has been lived out in the COVID-19 crisis is: “generosity.” As unemployment soared and demands on food pantries increased, generous donors across the ELCA contributed $1.6 million to the ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund. This generosity has come to our synod …

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Endowment Fund Congregational Mission Grants for 2020-2022

The Southwestern Minnesota Synod Endowment Fund will once again make grants to support the mission of Congregations in their local communities in 2020-2022. The Fund Committee is looking for projects proposals in the following areas: Community Outreach Youth Activities Special Mission Projects In addition, the Committee encourages proposals in response to the mission challenges of …

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