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2012 Synod Assembly

The 2012 Synod Assembly was held May 4-5 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.

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Ministry with families in the 21st century invites us to connect, be partners, and join our hands through new and not-so-new experiences. Keynote spearker Marilyn Sharpe will lead the conversation for all ages; workshops will engage and equip the entire congregation for ministry with children, youth and family; worship will join hands and hearts in word and song; and Bible study will draw us into God’s word, as we gather around the family table.


The 2012 workshops were designed to train, equip, excite, empower, and inspire ALL who have an interest in faith and families. Resources from the workshops are available on the workshop page.

Pre-Assembly Report

The Pre-Assembly Report is the document that allows voters to prepare for the assembly. It contains everything from maps and instructions to the agenda to reports from around the synod to resolutions and nominations.


$7,600 was collected for this year’s offering.

Every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease. The ELCA has committed to join with Lutheran churches in Africa to work toward a malaria-free future. This effort is part of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, officially launched by the 2011 Churchwide Assembly.

The 2012 Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly will lift up this campaign in its offering. As we talk about ministry in our own families, we will also lift up families around the world and help provide resources to help them survive and thrive. The January 2012 issue of the Bridge tells more about the campaign. Consider using it to promote the assembly offering in your congregation. More information on the ELCA Malaria Campaign is online at www.ELCA.org/malaria

Special offering envelopes are available. Use them for a special offering, place them in the pew racks, tuck them inside offering envelope boxes, or distribute them to members. Click here to order from the ELCA Resource Catalog.

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