On April 25th, the Synod Council voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Synod Assembly for Southwestern Minnesota.
Many of you have worked very hard to produce homemade walker bags with the intention of donating them to the Synod Assembly service project. Unfortunately, due to the limitations around social distancing and ensure we keep as many Minnesotans safe during this time, there is no path to continue this service project.
The Synod office recommends those with an abundance of walker bags should donate them to any care facilities, nursing homes or rehab centers in your local area.
The Synod WELCA Board would also suggest adding a personal note or prayer to go with your bags. Our neighbors living at these centers are experiencing isolation unlike anything before. Any connection you could provide in this time would be a great act of service and love!
Knowing that rules for donations may have changed, please contact your local center prior to donating to make sure the health and safety of the residents and workers there are the first priority.
Thank you all for your understanding and your continued commitment to loving and serving our neighbors in Southwestern Minnesota!
Out of an abundance of love for neighbors, the Synod Board made the difficult decision to cancel the 33rd Synodical Convention scheduled for May 2nd.
As of March 25th, eight of the conference spring gatherings have also cancelled their events. Please check in with your conference president for further updates on those events.
Due to the changing news around COVID-19 and the ways Minnesota is doing all it can to slow down the spread, we are unable to guarantee future plans. However, the Synod Board is hopeful that a special convention to handle our elections and budgeting will take place in the near future. We also hope to utilize the fall leadership gathering on August 22nd to handle things such as installation of officers and in kind offering drop offs. Much is still to be worked out in the coming weeks. Please check back on our website for future updates!
We all pray for your continued health, safety and care in this painful and uncertain time.
The 2020 Convention is Saturday May 2 at Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood Falls, MN. We have a fantastic day planned for you this year and cannot wait to share this theme with you!
To download the publicity packet for the convention, please click here. This will have information about the convention including our speaker, churchwide guest, in kind offerings, schedule and MORE. It also contains your registration, scholarship and resolution forms.
We regret to inform you that the Fall 2019 edition of the Communicator had an error. The 2020 In Kind Offering focus is Personal Care Kits, not School Kits. As always, all Lutheran World Relief quilts and kits will be accepted at our convention, but the annual focus is Personal Care Kits. We have corrected the error and deeply apologize for the confusion. Please click the link below for the corrected copy.
Introducing the theme for the Women of the ELCA Triennial in 2020: Just Love!
The 2020 Gathering theme was unveiled at the Conference of Presidents, Feb. 22-24, along with the art accompanying the theme: “Just Love.” Check out the link below to read up on the theme and the artist’s interpretation in the logo.
Thank you all for another wonderful convention! We were all blessed to be together, worship God and serve our neighbors. The photos from the day and a half convention are available by clicking the link here.
More updates from convention are coming soon! Stay tuned!
Cherish All Children will be hosting an event at LSS on Saturday, January 26, 10am-noon, called “Raising Healthy Boys and Young Men: Ending Exploitation.” We will focus on what we can do in our everyday
lives and communities to affect changes in society to raise a generation free from exploitation.
We’d love to have
you, members of your WELCA groups (and spouses!) and church members come
to hear from amazing speakers on this topic, and how you can bring new
knowledge and resources back to your church
to make a difference in the lives of young people! The St. Paul Women’s
Synodical Organization is one of our sponsors, supporting us with
treats that morning and money toward honorariums for our speakers. This
helps keep this ministry going – many thanks!
If your group or any of the individual WELCA groups are able to support
us as well, it would be greatly appreciated. Gifts of all amounts keep
us moving forward to keep children and youth safe from exploitation and