Stories of Faith: In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Ordination

At the 2020 Synodical Convention, our theme of “Just Celebrate” was intended to honor our female identifying clergy in Southwestern Minnesota over the past 50 years.

While the convention needed to cancel due to COVID 19, we received so many beautiful stories and reflections from our clergy that we had to share them! Therefore, we are pleased to present these “Stories of Faith.” Please click the image below to download a copy today! Enjoy and God Bless!

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!

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

Synod Convention Day 1 Photos are Live!

We had such a wonderful convention weekend! Thank you to all who made this a very successful event. Day one was filled with in-kind offerings, business sessions, bible study, an amazing guest speaker and MORE!


If you would like to see more photos from day one, please click the link here: Day 1 Photo Album

 

 

Stay tuned for more photos and recaps of Synod Convention!

31st Synodical Convention Registration is Now Open!

The 2018 Convention is Friday June 29 through Saturday June 30 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN. We have a fantastic couple of days 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, workshops, schedule and MORE. It also contains your registration, scholarship and resolution forms.

Thank you all, and we will see you on June 29th!!