St. Paul Area Synod News

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 or 612.239.0031.
ELCA Day at Valleyfair
Monday, June 11
Valleyfair, Shakopee

It's the annual ELCA Day at Valleyfair! Enjoy a day at Valleyfair at a discounted rate. Groups of any sizes and ages are welcome. Tickets may be ordered by individuals or groups, but if you order 15 or more, you'll receive a free one for each 15. Call up friends, or bring your whole family! See attached order form for reduced tickets and parking; if further questions, call, text or email Mary Kaye (612) 532-7083,
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