Synod Assembly

The Saint Paul Synod Assembly gathers annually in the springtime. 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.

 

2018 Synod Assembly

The 2018 Assembly will be held on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at St. Andrew's Lutheran in Mahtomedi. The 2018 voter allocation chart can be found here (PDF). Those who are submitting a resolution or memorial should read our tips for writing an effective resolution or memorial (PDF). The deadline for resolutions or memorials to synod assembly is Wednesday, April 4.

 

Registration for Assembly will open on Monday, March 19. If you have questions about registration prior to then, email Michael Gold at michael.gold@spas-elca.org.

 

We Are Lutheran: Restless & Resolute

 This year's Assembly theme is We Are Lutheran: Restless and Resolute. Bishop Lull writes, "With the theme ... we will engage one another in honest conversations about God’s work in our midst, the yearnings of new neighbors and young adults and the bold trust we are called to in this synod. All of us know something about being both restless and resolute in a godly way."

 

What's a voting member?

Voting members are usually elected at a congregation’s annual meeting. When we are assembled, we make decisions about governance, mission and finances on behalf of the 125,000 ELCA Lutherans of the East Metro. You might also elect members of Synod Council or other committees, as well as sending voting members to the triennial Churchwide Assemblies. While your votes are not designed to be “representative” of your congregation (like elected officials), we do ask that you take seriously the responsibility of voting your conscience for the wellbeing of the synod.

 

All rostered ministers serving under call are voting members. Lay voting members are elected by their congregations to attend the Assembly according to a formula in our constitution (S07.21.c.) which you can read here. The synod office prepares an allocation chart each year to inform congregations how many voting members they can bring to the Assembly.

 

Between Assemblies, matters of synod governance are handled by the Synod Council.

 

Bulletin of Reports

Reports from task force groups and synodical committees, ministry partners, and agencies and institutions affiliated with this synod are gathered and compiled for the Bulletin of Reports. If you fall into one of the listed categories, you may send your report to chloe.ahlf@spas-elca.org.

 

Vendor Display Tables

Each year, more than 400 people join us for Assembly. In addition to business and social aspects of the event, attendees also enjoy the vendor display area to learn more about organizations and opportunities that will help expand their ministry.

 

As such, organizations are invited to apply to have a display table at Assembly. Display space is very limited, and will be assigned according to the Guidelines for Displays. To apply, please fill out the display request form.

 

The display table fee is $50 and includes:

  • Skirted Display table
  • One complimentary lunch on Friday, May 18 (additional lunches $10 each)

 

Sponsorships

As stated in the Guidelines for Display, synod partners in ministry will receive first priority for display space. In addition, we have reserved a limited number of tables for sponsorships. If you are an organization or agency that provides goods and/or services for congregations and members but is not directly affiliated with the Saint Paul Area Synod, you are invited to consider providing a sponsorship for the Assembly. Sponsorships are so appreciated, as they help to offset the cost of attendance for attendees, and help to provide hospitality through the provision of snacks and a meal during the assembly. With the display space being limited it is important to make a decision about your willingness to provide a sponsorship or request a display table only before completing the display request form.

 

Sponsorships are $500 and include:

  • Skirted Display table
  • Acknowledgement of your sponsorship through announcements during assembly
  • Signage acknowledging your sponsorship
  • Sponsorship information printed in assembly publications/materials
  • Complimentary lunches for everyone working the display table on Friday, May 18

 

The display and sponsorship request deadline is Friday, March 30. To apply, please fill out the display request form. You will be contacted by April 6 to either confirm your space or notify you that we are not able to accommodate your request. If your space is confirmed, you will receive information about payment options as well as more details on the schedule for the 2-day assembly.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Rodriguez, display coordinator, at alicia.rodriguez@spas-elca.or or 651-224-4313.