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Synod Assembly in Review!

Members of the East Central Synod gathered for the 2019 Synod Assembly at the Fox Cities Convention Center May 17-18. The theme for the Assembly was “We are Church for the Sake of the World.” With over three hundred people in attendance the Assembly took up its annual business, worshipped together, and heard presentations from Rev. Sunitha Mortha. The ELCA Glocal musicians lead the Assembly teaching the body moving music and transforming the worship of the Assembly.
On Thursday May 16th the Glocal Musicians put on an event entitled God’s Story Our Story: Engaging Worship and Culture. They performed and spoke about the culture of worship around the world and in our own back yard. Those in attendance received information on how they can transform the culture of their worship and received other take home tools to use in their own congregations.
The Assembly officially opened on May 17th. Opening worship was presided over by Bishop Gerald Mansholt (Bishop of the East Central Synod) and the sermon was delivered by Episcopalian Bishop Matt Gunter. Bishop Gunter addressed the assembly raising up the good work that has been done through the Episcopalian Lutheran relationship. He challenged the Lutheran church to be “like lighting on the Horizon promising rain in a time of drought.”
The offering from worship was split between the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission. A Program that places young adults around the world and the Bishop’s resource fund. A separate offering as taken later in the Assembly for the Synod’s Arise campaign. Information on the Arise campaign can be found by visiting ww.ecsw.org.
Following worship, the Assembly heard a moving presentations from Sunitha Mortha who spoke about the sectionality between culture, worship and Christianity. In additions to the presentations and worship the Assembly also took up its annual business. The assembly approved the 2019 compensation guidelines for rostered leaders, passed the 2020 Synod budget, passed all four resolutions that were presented before the assembly, and elected representatives to the Synod Council. If you would to review the minutes of the Assembly you can go to www.ecsw.org/assembly The minutes will be posted to the site in the coming days.
Between the fantastic music provided by the ELCA Glocal musicians, the lively worship, inspiring presentation by Sunitha Mortha and update from the ELCA by Dana Dutcher the 2019 Synod Assembly was a huge success. We give thanks to the Assembly Planning team and all of the volunteers who helped make the 2019 Synod Assembly such a huge success.

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