St. Paul Area Synod News
Bishop Lull Signs Statement of Solidarity to the Jewish Community
On Friday, November 9, Bishop Lull signed a statement of solidarity to the Jewish community alongside 10 other Midwest Bishops of the ELCA. The statement was made public on the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

"On November 9, 1938, the organized beginning of the Holocaust of the Jewish people was carried out by the Nazi rule in Germany. On that night, and into the next day, 267 synagogues were burned to the ground, 7500 Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed and looted, 91 people were murdered, and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
"Today marks the 80th anniversary of what became known as Kristallnacht, or "The Night of Broken Glass" - a turning point in Nazi anti-Semitic policy. It is an anniversary that we, as Lutherans, must pay special attention to, because Martin Luther's later writings were used to justify such actions towards Jews."
Read the full statement at 
Presiding Bishop Eaton's November Column
"In the Hebrew Bible the book of Numbers is called 'In the Wilderness.' It starts with great hope. God delivered God's people from Egypt, from bitter slavery, grinding toil and infanticide. What a delivery! The entire people-ancients, infants and everyone in between-escaped from one of the world's superpowers, walked dry-shod through the sea and went on a 40-day journey to the land the Lord had promised them.

"Beginnings are filled with expectation. There is excitement and a sense that everything is possible. Think about the first day of school, a vacation, new job, one's honeymoon or the first day of a child's life. It was no different for the Israelites. The first chapters recount the enumeration of the tribes of Israel-hence the title, Numbers. This description is of the mustering of the people as they strode into the future. This was the beginning of an adventure! This part ends with God commanding Moses to make two silver trumpets. The entire journey would be heralded by the clear ringing of silver trumpets."

Read more at Living Lutheran in English or in Spanish.
Where Synod Staff Are Preaching
  • Bishop Lull will be preaching at Redeemer, White Bear Lake on November 18
  • The Rev. Justin Grimm will be preaching at St. Luke, Cottage Grove on November 18
  • The Rev. Peter Harrits will be preaching at St. John's, Lakeville on November 18
  • Deacon Krista Lind will be preaching at St. Stephen's, West St. Paul on November 18
  • Bishop Lull will be preaching at Our Savior's, Circle Pines on December 2
  • The Rev. Justin Grimm will be preaching at Good Samaritan, St. Paul on December 2
  • The Rev. Peter Harrits will be preaching at Trinity, North Branch on December 2
  • Deacon Krista Lind will be preaching at St. Mark, Circle Pines on December 2
  • Bishop Lull will be preaching at Good Samaritan, St. Paul on December 9
  • The Rev. Tim Thompson will be installed on November 18 at St. Stephen's, West St. Paul
  • The Rev. Mollie Dvorak will be installed on December 2 at St. Mark's, Circle Pines
  • The Rev. Tanner Howard will be installed on December 2 at All Saints, Cottage Grove
Catch up with the synod blog!
The synod blog is a space on our website for storytelling and staying up to date with what's going on in our synod. Take a look at recent blog posts:
Photos from Synod Assembly!
The Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly gathered on May 18 & 19 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church MN. The theme for this year's Assembly, "We Are Lutheran: Restless & Resolute" was echoed by young adults speaking up about their faith, their struggles and joys, and the many ways in which they are leading the church into tomorrow. Many of the sermons and speeches from assembly can be found at
Photos from the day are available at

Also, mark your calendars for the 2019 Synod Assembly! We will be back at St. Andrew's on May 17 & 18, 2019.
ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants
ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, housing, job readiness, clean water, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger - for good.
Saint Paul Area Synod congregations engaging in hunger work are encouraged to apply! Find more information at
Women of the ELCA: Bridges Summer 2018 Newsletter
The Saint Paul Area Synod chapter of the Women of the ELCA publishes its Bridges newsletter quarterly. Download the Summer 2018 issue now (PDF)!
The Saint Paul Area Synod chapter of the Women of the ELCA has many exciting and interesting things happening, and good information to share! Please distribute this newsletter to the women of your church, either by attaching it to your own newsletter online, by providing a link for it on your website, or by providing a hard copy.
Bridges is published four times a year. Submit articles, information and photos for the Fall 2018 issue by August 15 to Tricia Niesche at For subscription information, contact Lois Berg at
Refer your students to Lutheran Campus Ministry!
If you have a college-bound student in your congregation, family, or friend network, Lutheran Campus Ministry would love to meet them! A national database has been set up to refer any student, regardless of what college they are attending or where in the country they will be.  Click here to refer a student.
Otherwise, simply send Pastor Kate an email at with the students name, college, email and congregation and she will make sure the right campus pastor receives their information. 
Addiction & Faith Conference
Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30
Double Tree by Hilton, Bloomington

The Saint Paul Area Synod is pleased to co-sponsor "Addiction & Faith", a conference for clergy and care providers. This year's conference focuses on opioid addiction, the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. The conference is open to anyone interested in exploring the devastation of addiction and the remarkable healing process of faith. Together, we'll enhance our knowledge about addiction recovery, share stories of learning and hope, and celebrate our faith in God's abiding grace. Featuring internationally-known keynote speakers and interactive workshops and breakout sessions.
The conference is open to clergy, synod staff, deacons and deaconesses, parish nurses, youth leaders, addiction awareness teams, congregants, and the community of people in recovery. It is also open to those outside the church world, such as treatment center staff and healthcare professionals.
More information is available at