The 2014 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly will gather from 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16 and 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. More information pertaining to the 2014 assembly will be posted on this page as it becomes available.
The Saint Paul Synod Assembly gathers annually at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, Minn. As the highest legislative authority of the synod, delegates from congregations engage in conversation and vote on resolutions, synod council and committee nominations, in addition to other synod business. See below for highlights from the 2013 assembly.
Determine your voting members early!
Voting members at the 2014 synod assembly will elect the next bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod. For the election of bishop, a modified ecclesiastical ballot will be used. This ballot will allow nominations from the floor of the synod assembly to be added to the slate of candidates resulting from nominations received at the February conference assemblies. 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.
The 2013 Saint Paul Area Synod assembly continued at Prince of Peace, Burnsville on May 17-18 with the second of a three-year focus on Lutheran identity. This year’s assembly explored the concept of diakonia under the umbrella of “Living Lutheran Writing God’s Love in Human Deeds.” We explored such questions as:
- What does it mean to be a servant of Christ?
- How does the church become the servant of Christ in the world?
- Where are the examples of diakonia in the congregations and people around us?
- How have Lutherans understood diakonia?
Visit spas-elca.smugmug.com/events for photos from past synod assemblies and other synod-wide events.
After participation in a committee of the whole and debate, the assembly adopted a $2 million budget, recommended after extensive synod council discussion and consultation in the months leading up to the synod assembly. More information about the budget in included on pages 28-30 in the Pre-Assembly Report. Bishop Rogness' explanation of the budget re-positioning is included on pages 18-22 and in Appendix 1 of the same report.
Download the Pre-Assembly Report (PDF)
Assembly worship offering
The worship offering at this year’s assembly was directed to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, an initiative in which our church joins with African companion churches to end malaria. These funds will help to support access to life-saving treatment and care.
The offering received to date is $7,130.00!
Visit the ELCA Malaria Campaign homepage for addtional information.
Seven resolutions were brought before the assembly for consideration. To view the voting results and read the resolutions, see the resolutions page.
"Oh, the Places We've Been:" The poetry malfunctioned, but through you the song and the rhyme goes on!
Our 2013 synod assembly went out with a bang this year! The concluding assembly poem was interrupted by a tuba...then an accordion. Soon a whole array of instrumentalists and vocalists surrounded the hall, leading the assembly into its theme hymn, "O Christ Your Heart Compassionate." Watch how it unfolded below:
- What can you do to become a servant of Christ in the world?
- How has God Blessed you and/or the Church?
These responses were then placed in blessing jars, gathered by our assembly pages, and placed on a wall for people to read. Read some of these blessings on the Saint Paul Area Synod Facebook page.
Continue the conversation
2014: May 16-17
(Memorial Day is May 26)