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Congregation News August 31

Johnstown Banishment Vigil on September 7th

Our friends in the United Methodist Church are planning an event in Johnstown: The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Johnstown Banishment, in which around 2,000 African American and Mexican American people were given 24 hours to leave Johnstown after a shooting that left several people dead.

Here are some links to information about the banishment and events:


As you know, we did not have enough people nominated to fill open vacancies on some Synod committees. Below is a list of vacancies on Synod Committees. HERE is a link to the Constitution. See notes below for where the description of the committee can be found. If there is someone in your congregation who could fulfill a vacancy, please be in contact with Pastor Kevin or Bishop Paula before September 10 so we can contact people and have their names added to the Synod Council material for its next meeting on September 23.

Synod Council: 1 lay male, 2 year term; 1 youth member, 2 year term [Constitution, Chapter 10, begins on page 17]

Consultation: 1 lay female, 3 year term; 1 lay female, 6 year term [Constitution, Chapter 11, begins on page 23 and Chapter 17 begins on page 40 and Chapter 14 begins on page 29]

Discipline: 1 lay female, 3 year term; 2 lay female, 6 year term; 2 lay male 6 year term [Constitution, same a consultation]


The Rev. Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen and Pr. Peter Soli will host a free webinar focusing on adaptations a congregation might take to sustain or renew their ministry. They will share their experiences of accompanying congregations considering making change. This is an opportunity to sample the course and learn more. The Practical Tools Webinar is scheduled for Friday, September 1, at 11:30 AM. Click HERE to register and for more information.


The latest edition of the Lutheran Letter is here

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Join European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice (EDLARJ) in Minneapolis for: community building racial justice education shaping the future of EDLARJ. Every three years, EDLARJ meets to build community, learn about racial justice, and to shape the future of EDLARJ. This year, we will be gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our time there will include: A pilgrimage to George Floyd Square co-lead by ELCA Racial Justice office; Conversations with community members; Worship & meals together; Discussions on what EDLARJ does, where we are hoping to go, and how you can take part; Elections of new board members and officers …and more!

Logistics Schedule: Registration time: October 12, 3:00pm CST Closing: October 14, 3:00pm CST Registration cost: $250/per person (This covers meals, transportation to and from George Floyd Square, and assembly materials.) An offering will be taken at worship for the American Indian Alaska Native Association (ELCA) and MIGIZI, a Minneapolis non-profit supporting American Indian youth.

Hotel Information: We have reserved a block of rooms at Aloft Minneapolis , 900 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 55415 The Aloft Hotel is .3 miles from the Metro Light Rail Blue Line stop, which you can take directly from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. You are responsible for obtaining transportation to/from and around Minneapolis with the exception of our group pilgrimage to George Floyd Square. Register Here! BY SEPTEMBER 15


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