We have a fantastic day planned for you this year and cannot wait to share this theme with you!
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.
SWMN WELCA Synod Board
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.
Thank you all for such a wonderful convention this weekend! Our hearts are full to bursting. However, due to the convention just ending on June 30th, the summer edition of the Communicator will not be published until August 1st. This is to allow us time to publish the recap of convention. Thank you for your understanding. We will see you in August!
The 31st Annual Synodical Convention is this month! We are well on the way to finalizing the materials, food and accommodations for what will be a transforming weekend. If you haven’t yet, please click here to download the publicity packet for our convention. In it you’ll find the registration form that is due this Friday! It is very important to register as soon as possible, so we can have enough food and materials available to all attendees. Thank you and we look forward to hosting you in just a few short weeks!
This day will make your WELCA meetings–and your home or other gatherings– a more joyful place as you take home learnings from ‘The Generosity Project.’ Generosity is much more than talking about money. It is talking about all the ways God’s Gifts are shared by God through us so we might live more fully, and yes, happier lives. Register here. NO cost for SW Mn Synod WELCA members and their guests. We’ll even provide lunch at SMSU! (Because of the nature of the interactive events we highly recommend doing this event ‘in person.’ The Livestream option is available but we believe you’ll get MUCH MORE by coming for the day and learning together.” Here is a link to the full flyer: Live Generously. Live Happier flyer
“So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it!” Romans 15:7 (the Message)
Last Saturday, 75 WELCA leaders from all over the Southwest Minnesota Synod gathered at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls, MN for our annual Leadership Training Event. This event is held every September for our leaders to get information on the different officer roles as well as set agendas for the upcoming year.
This year, our agenda is centered on the theme “Reach Out and Welcome.” We are called, as Christians, to always strive to welcome all from our neighbor to the stranger. We are called to welcome them in our church, our towns and our hearts.
What does that look like? Well, our guest speaker, Pastor Jon Nelson of Ebenezer and Tripolis Lutheran Churches, said it might look something like this: It means desiring relationships with the other. It means being open to being changed by the other. It means listening, really listening. It means stepping outside of our comfort zones. It means learning new languages (perhaps farmer, teacher, doctor, nurses, etc.). It means admitting we are uncomfortable when we are not comfortable. It means sacrificing of ourselves. It means keeping the 8th Commandment (to always assume the best of people’s’ intentions). It means letting go of competing. Being welcoming is our calling!