Determine your voting members early!
If your congregation has not yet elected voting members for conference assemblies and the synod assembly, now is the time to identify several who might attend the open forum on the synod profile from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 11 at Gloria Dei, St. Paul and share the information with others in your congregation in preparation for nominations at conference assemblies on Feb. 8.
Request print copies of the synod profile for your voting members
The synod office has a limited number of printed copies of the synod profile which you may request for your voting members. To request your copies of the synod profile, please call the synod office at 651.224.4313. Print copies will also be available for voting members at the open forum and conference assemblies.
Check out the new ELCA.org
The churchwide website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, www.ELCA.org, was launched last week. This new mobile-friendly site has variety of new and useful features including:
- An interactive map showing where and how our church is at work in the US and the world,
- An improved search function allowing you to filter your results,
- A direct link to Call Process information located in the upper-right corner of the homepage,
- And much, much more!
Take some to explore where everything but be patient as some content is still in the process of being re-done. Be sure to check links on your website and other communications for any broken links.
Funds remain for sabbatical and staff development grants
Because of our synod’s broad participation in the 2013 Portico Health Assessment, the Saint Paul Area Synod received $20,000, which has been directed to support the health and wellness of congregations through sabbatical and staff development grants.
Plenty of funds remain. If you have questions about the wellness grants or if you would like to apply, contact Beth Helgen in the synod office.