SWMN 2020 Synod Assembly Cancelled: Walker Bag Donations

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.

God Bless,

SWMN WELCA Synod Board

Registration to the 2020 Synodical Women’s Convention is Now Open!

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.

Thank you all, and we will see you on May 2nd!!

CORRECTION to the Fall Communicator

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.

Fall 2019 Communicator

Triennial 2020 – Just Love

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.


Be sure to save the dates and register for the gathering soon!

Meet the new SWO Board!

2019-2020 SWO Board – Top Row: Barbara Wurtzberger, Karla Conrad, Linda Magnuson, Kim Christianson, Maria Lokensgard, Jill Duncan; Middle Row: Christina Nelson, Louise Ferry, Betty Brandt; Bottom Row: Jane Tongen, Joan Iverson; Not Pictured: Dianne Doscher, Janet Hagen

Thank you ladies for your commitment and service to our organization! God bless you on your endeavors for the coming year. For more information on our board check out Our Synod page!

Many thanks as well to our outgoing 2018-2019 SWO Board. Your dedication and love made this a fantastic year!

2018-2019 SWO Board – Top Row: Barbara Wurtzberger, Karla Conrad, Linda Magnuson, Dianne Fredin, Kim Christianson, Betty Anderson, Marcella Chapman, Betty Brandt, Maria Lokensgard; Middle Row: Christina Nelson, Louise Ferry; Bottom Row: Jane Tongen, Joan Iverson

Congratulations to our Triennial 2020 Voting Members!

At our 32nd Synod Convention, the voting members for Triennial 2020 were elected to serve our Synod with their voice at vote at the convention in Phoenix, AZ. Thank you ladies for your service!

Triennial 2020 Voting Members – Top Row: Christina Nelson, Linda Magnuson, Karen Skarphol, Carla Johnson, Maria Lokensgard; Middle Row: Kristy Henriksen, Louise Ferry, Algene Larson; Bottom Row: Jane Tongen, Joan Iverson

Triennial 2020 Alternates (not pictured) – Sandra Buendorf, Julie Jarvi, Nan Crary, Barbara Borth

A Learning Opportunity with Cherish All Children

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 trafficking.

Please visit
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raising-healthy-boys-and-young-men-ending-exploitation-tickets-53613172442 to register!