St. Paul Area Synod News
ELCA - St. Paul Area Synod
Registration Open for Tool Kit & Conference Assemblies!
Saturday, February 23
8:00 am - 2:45 pm
Augustana Lutheran, West St. Paul

At the request of lay leaders, in 2019 we will be joining Conference Assemblies and Tool Kit for Congregational Leaders into one event! Rostered leader and lay leaders are invited to gather on Saturday, February 23 at Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul for a day of business and learning. Check-in will open at 8:00 am, with worship at 9:00 am. The day will conclude by 2:45 pm. A voter allocation chart for Conference Assemblies is available here.
 
There will be 14 workshops at the 2019 Tool Kit. Ranging from topics such as church safety and psychological first aid to congregational stewardship and re-designing a website, there is something for everyone. A full list of workshops and descriptions can be found here (PDF).
 
Registration for Tool Kit for Congregational Leaders and Conference Assemblies is now open. Register here! Registration is open through February 15.
 
Keep up to date 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:
Winter Organ Concert Series
Sunday, February 3 - Sunday, March 3
4:00 pm
Como Park Lutheran, St. Paul

Como Park Lutheran is hosting a Winter Organ Concert Series. Come chase the winter blues away with four fantastic performances. All concerts are free and open to the public at Como Park Lutheran Church (1376 Hoyt Avenue West) in St. Paul.
 
Sunday, Feburary 3 at 4 pm

Visiting Organist, Joseph Trucano, organist at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Shoreview

 
Sunday, February 17 at 4 pm

Visiting Organist, Jessica Park, chapel organist at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

 
Sunday, March 3 at 4 pm

Visiting Organist, Kathy Handford, university organist at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

 
Legal Checklist for Congregations Webinar
Thursday, February 21
12:00 pm
 
Congregations can unwittingly create legal issues and liabilities through inattention to basic requirements and details related to corporate status, taxes, property, insurance and abuse prevention. Many of these issues can be prevented by using an ELCA-prepared checklist of key items for congregations to address. Join us for a free webinar where the ELCA legal staff will discuss the checklist and best legal practices for congregations. This webinar will be of particular interest to rostered ministers and lay congregational leaders and staff, including congregation council members and officers, church administrators, and pastors and deacons.
 
This is a free webinar. Register here by February 15!
 
Where Synod Staff Are Preaching
  • Bishop Lull will be preaching at Prince of Peace, Burnsville on February 16 and 17
  • Deacon Krista Lind will be preaching at Redeemer, White Bear Lake on February 24
 
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 www.spas-elca.org.