The six conferences of the synod gathered in assembly on Saturday, Feb. 8 at St. Andrew's, Mahtomedi, to elect nominees for the office of bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod. Following a series of ballots and prayerful deliberation by each conference, a total of 49 individuals was nominated, with nine moving forward in the process.
The full list of nominees can be found on the bishop election homepage.
The Bishop Election Committee (BEC) and staff in the office of the bishop are working with nominees to confirm their willingness to stand as candidates for the office of bishop, gather biographical information from those who have agreed to stand, and complete background checks. A confirmed list of candidates and biographical information about each of them will be available by mid-March.
As of Feb. 12, only 25% of our ELCA-Primary plan members and their eligible spouses have taken the Mayo Clinic Health Assessment. We need 96 more people to take the assessment to reach 65% and earn our 2% discount on ELCA health contributions this year.
Will you be one of the 96 more people we need to earn $44,000 for our entire synod?
Take it now...and we won't bug you later
The first half of 2014 will include a significant number of important announcements from this office regarding bishop election and other synod-wide events. If you'd like one less item in your email inbox, take for assessment right now at www.elcaforwellness.org and notify Christine Fifield so your name can be removed from the email reminder list.
Completing your annual rostered leader report
One of the priorities in our work in the synod office is staying in close relationship with those who serve on one of our clergy or lay rosters. And one of the most valuable tools for doing that is the annual rostered leader’s report to the bishop. This report provides us with the information needed to tend to the practical aspects of the roster—keeping contact information current, confirming calls, noting anniversaries, gathering specific information, etc.
To access the report,
- Go to the online Office of the Secretary (ELCA).
- Click on the “Synods” tab.
- Select the appropriate report to open.
- Once you have completed the form, save it on your computer and send it as an attachment on an email to Julie Keefe.
In order to open, complete, and submit the report, you will need Formatta Filler. You may already have Formatta Filler on your computer if you have previously completed a report or rostered leader profile online. Click to download Formatta Filler (select the “Download" button on the right side of the page).
If you would like a hard copy of the appropriate form to complete, or if you have any questions as you complete the form online, please contact the synod office at 651.224.4313.