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Synod Assembly Promotional Materials

800 x 800 png of Assembly Logo (link) 1024 x 1009 jpg of Assembly Logo Image Only (link) 8.5 x 11 General Promotional Poster pdf (link) Learning Event Promotional materials (link)

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2017 Printable Registrations

Printable registration forms:  General registration for voters and visitors (PDF) Registration for those who are only attending the Saturday afternoon Learning Event (PDF) (registration is required)

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Guidance for Worship Coverage on May 7, 2017

This year the Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly will take place on Saturday, May 6-Sunday, May 7. All active rostered leaders will be in attendance at that event which means congregations will need to arrange for worship leadership on Sunday, May … Continue reading

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February 2017: What is Candidacy?

Click here for the PDF format (As an alternative, you are invited to copy and paste the text below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform.) Candidacy: What is it? By Rev. Emily Carson carson@semnsynod.org We all have unique gifts … Continue reading

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Dean of Retireds

DEAN OF RETIRED ROSTERED LEADERS Proposed Job Description  Purpose: The dean of retired rostered leaders shall support collegiality and communication among the retired rostered leaders of the SEMN Synod, and shall support communication between the retired rostered leaders and the … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016

“We Tell the Story Once Again” A Reflection Based on Luke 2:1-20 Once again we tell this amazing story, this story about God entering into our world, into our lives, into our hearts. It is a story with which we … Continue reading

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October 2016: Campus Ministry Sunday

Click here for the PDF format (as an alternative, please copy and paste the text & image below directly into your bulletin, newsletter, or social media platform) The Southeastern Minnesota Synod includes two campus ministries and one student congregation. The campus … Continue reading

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Strong Center – Open Door: October 14-15

Click here for more information and online registration (coming soon).  In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context. Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship … Continue reading

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May 2016: Important Statistics by Rev. Susan Miller

Click here for a PDF of this month’s issue. Important Statistics By Rev. Susan Miller Recently, Kenneth Inskeep, the Executive for Research and Evaluation for the ELCA, shared some startling statistics: Since 2009, the number of ELCA clergy available for … Continue reading

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Reconciling in Christ Synod

At the 2009 Synod Assembly, we voted to become a Reconciling in Christ synod. We seek to be a synod where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rostered leaders and community members feel welcome, included, and celebrated. To learn more about what … Continue reading

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Understanding the New Remittance Form

This article can also be found in the Winter 2016 issue of River Crossings.   

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Accompaniment by Kathy Bolin

This issue of The Bridge also appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of River Crossings.

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April 2016: Synod Assembly Preview

The April issue of The Bridge is a one-page Synod Assembly preview! Due to it’s unique formatting, it is only available in the printable PDF format. PDF format

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Stewardship for All Seasons at First English

Stewardship for All Seasons: Stretching Congregational Imagination By Rev. Joy Bussert The key to a meaningful stewardship effort, I have learned, is to capture the imagination of a congregation at the level of the heart and the soul. From colleagues … Continue reading

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August Issue, Bishop Delzer’s Devotional Practices

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word document Devotional Practices By Bishop Steven Delzer What devotional or prayer practices do you use to nurture your spirit? If you’d be interested in sharing, email me at: delzer@semnsynod.org. With a sense of humility let … Continue reading

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June Issue, 2015 Synod Assembly Summary

Portrait PDF Landscape PDF Word doc 2015 Synod Assembly Summary The Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly was held on May 8-9, 2015 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The theme this year was “For God So Loved the World” … Continue reading

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2015 Synod Assembly Resources

One-page written summary The Bridge, June 2015 Photos from Synod Assembly   Facebook album #forgodsoloved2015 Tweets from throughout the event Assembly Videos Bishop Delzer’s sermon from May 8, 2015 worship Bishop Delzer’s official “Report of the Bishop”  Rev. Mike Ward’s … Continue reading

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April 2015

4.1.15 – Today’s Bright Spot comes from Pastor Lisa Kipp at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester. Pastor Lisa shares the following, “For several years Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN has been taking 40-day spiritual adventures. Rather than expecting their already over-scheduled … Continue reading

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Notices

Recent Notices:  March 22, 2017: A Call to Prayer from the Conference of Bishops March 20, 2017: RENEW! Where do we go from here?  March 3, 2017: RENEW! Follow-up February 13, 2017: In Memory of Rev. Charles Jacobson January 31, … Continue reading

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Lent Resources

Minnesota FoodShare has created an excellent Lenten devotional. It features many writers from our synod! Be sure to download the PDF and share the link. You can contact FoodShare directly to receive printed copies in booklet form. People of Hope in Rochester has put together … Continue reading

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Please Complete List

Please ensure someone from your congregation has followed up on each of these items. Thank you! Congregational Intents – The 2015 Congregational Intent forms were due by February 1, 2015. Please submit as soon as possible.Click here for a link to a … Continue reading

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Bishop Delzer’s Christmas Message

December 19, 2014 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it… (this is) the true light which enlightens everyone” (John 1:5, 9). This light is Jesus Christ, who came into the world to show through his … Continue reading

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“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday

  On September 7, 2014, congregations throughout our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will come together for a day of service. This annual event is a special time to show that as followers of Jesus, we do God’s … Continue reading

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5th Anniversary of Full Communion with Methodists

August 2014 marks the 5th anniversary of the full communion partnership between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Church. There are a variety of ways to celebrate this important, joyful anniversary. Below you’ll find several resources. … Continue reading

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July Issue: Newsletter transition ahead

The Bridge: Portait PDF The Bridge: Landscape PDF July 2014 At the synod office, we place a high priority on staying connected with you – the people of southeastern Minnesota. We do this in a variety of ways including: congregational visits, the weekly … Continue reading

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