St. Paul Area Synod News
Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival
Friday, July 20
2:00 - 8:00 pm
Lyngblomsten, St. Paul

The Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival is a day to celebrate how Lyngblomsten is promoting artistic exploration, wellness, and lifelong learning for older adults 365 days a year. Day includes arts showcase featuring works created by older adults, make-and-take art activities, live music and entertainment, wellness opportunities, food, games, and more! Admission is free and food and activities are priced for affordable fun. More information can be found at www.celebratemsf.com.

 
Lutheran Night at Target Field
Tuesday, July 31
7:10 pm
Target Field, Minneapolis

The Minnesota Twins are excited to announce the annual Lutheran Night at Target Field. Great for Lutheran congregations, youth groups and chapters, Lutheran Night at Target Field has been the largest group event associated with the Twins for over a decade!

 
Groups of 15 or more will receive:
  • Affordable, group discounted tickets seated together
  • Group welcome message on the scoreboard
  • Members of the group may participate in the Lutheran Night National Anthem choir
Back by popular demand, some of our most popular, easily accessible and affordable seating areas including the Skyline Deck, Field Box and Home Plate View. Ticket prices range from $15 to $36.
 
For more information or to place a reservation for your group, please contact Landon Oldenburger at 612-659-3583 or landonoldenburger@twinsbaseball.com.
 
God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday
Sunday, September 9

God's Work. Our Hands. is a day to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Churches are invited to participate in a day of service, doing something of their choosing that will make the community a better place.
 
View the video and access resources to guide your congregation's planning, promotion and more.
 
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has also put together a resource list of various ministries within LSS that congregations can support on God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday. Find that resource at www.lssmn.org/GodsWorkOurHands.
 
Lutherhostel Retreat
September 24 - 28
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Stewartville, Minnesota

Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA) is a nationwide community for adults 50+. Join ALOA September 24-28 for a time of learning, reflecting and connecting with others along the Root River. A dynamic team that will bring you inspiring spiritual topics, music, devotions, and outdoor activities. The discussion leader for the retreat will be Dr. Robert Holst.

 
Find more information at www.aloaserves.org or by downloading the retreat flyer.

 

Community Kickball Games with Union Gospel Mission

Ober Community Center, a branch of Union Gospel Mission, hosts Thursday evening community barbecues every summer. This year, they are adding a community kickball game and are looking for area churches to commit to bringing a team. Churches can commit to a game every other week, once a month, or even every week. Teams will be co-ed, all ages, and comprised of 10-15 players. The games will run during the barbecue, which is 5:30 - 8 pm every Thursday night from June 21 - August 16 at Ober Community Center in St. Paul. The goal is to connect with community members in a safe, positive, and playful environment. For more information, please contact Coach Rome at jwilliams2@ugmtc.org or 612.239.0031.
 
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 www.spas-elca.org/blog.
 
Photos from the day are available at www.facebook.com/saintpaulareasynod

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 www.elca.org/domestichungergrants.
 
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 tricia.niesche@gmail.com. For subscription information, contact Lois Berg at lois_berg@comcast.net.
 
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 pastorkate@umnlutheran.org 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 www.addictionandfaithconference.com.