South Dakota Synod E-News April 18, 2012
Stewardship Workshops With Dr. Ed Kruse Next Week
Are you tired of the annual cycle of "raising the money" to "pay the bills" of the church? Do you sense that there has to be a better way? Discover how your church's stewardship ministry can be the way to renew your whole congregation's life together.
The South Dakota Synod is offering a stewardship workshop titled: "Giving Ourselves to the Lord" presented by Dr. Ed Kruse.
The workshops will take place in the following locations:
- Sunday, April 22
Hope Lutheran, Sioux Falls (1700 South Cliff Ave) - 2:00 PM
Zion American Lutheran, Scotland (321 Stafford St) - 6:00 PM
- Monday, April 23
Lutheran Memorial, Pierre (320 E Prospect Ave) - 6:00 PM
- Tuesday, April 24
Faith Lutheran, Rapid City (17 Indiana St) - 6:00 PM
- Thursday, April 26
Our Savior Lutheran, Faulkton (308 15th St) - 6:00 PM
The cost is $10.00 per person to cover materials and a free-will offering for the meal or snack.
Register your congregation online and download the flyer.
Synod Assembly Registration is Open!
- Voting Members (Clergy or Lay) - $130
- Visitors - $65
- Advisory - $65
- Advisory Retired - $0 (The South Dakota Synod Council voted to waive the registration fee for retired ordained ministers who are not representing their congregation as a voting member.)
A Late Registration Fee of $10.00 will go into effect on May 18 and registration will close on June 1.
2012 Golf with the Bishop Bulletin Inserts
Join Bishop David Zellmer for an enjoyable afternoon of on July 16 at Westward Ho Country Club in Sioux Falls.
This exciting charitable event supports Answer the Call, a campaign to raise financial resources for future leaders of the church.
The admission fee is $150 per person, $600 per team, or be a Top Sponsor for $1,000 and receive recognition throughout the tournament. Fees include 18-hole golf with four-person scramble, cart, and dinner.
Download the bulletin insert and promote this exciting event in your congregation!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to pre-register. Karen may also be reached at 605-212-5441.
Donate Yarn for St. Dysmas at the Synod Assembly
Rev. Marlin Wangsness of St. Dysmas Prison Ministries invites you to bring yarn to the Assembly as a donation to the knitting ministry. The ministry donates handmade caps to those who need them.
We will collect your yarn donations at Our Savior's Lutheran during the Synod Assembly and they will be picked up and delivered from there.
Thank you for supporting this unique ministry!
Health Assessment Update: Only 7 More to Go!
Since January, 196 eligible members have taken the Mayo Clinic Health Assessment in the South Dakota Synod. We only need another 7 to reach our goal to save an estimated $47,000 collectively in the South Dakota Synod!
We are so close! If you have ELCA-primary health benefits, please take a few minutes to complete this short assessment if you haven't already.
ELCA Council Approves 2012 Budget Revisions, Attends to Mission Funding
From the ELCA News Service:
The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a revised 2012 current fund spending authorization of $65,498,135, an increase of more than $1.3 million, and it approved a revised total ELCA World Hunger spending authorization for 2012 of $19,900,000, an increase of $1.4 million, when it met here April 13-15. The council serves as the ELCA's board of directors.
According to council member John Emery, Fond du Lac, Wis., chair of the council's budget and finance committee, "This is very good news. We are in a position to grow our ministries." He added that the increases are a result of good stewardship and faithful giving.
The Rev. Linda O. Norman, ELCA treasurer, said the revised spending authorization "reflects updates to financial reporting practices whereby changes to certain accounting and building-related services have an offsetting impact to both income and expense."
Norman said other changes include "increase in Mission Support and a decrease in the ELCA Missionary Sponsorship income projections. In relation to the income and expense revisions, direct churchwide organization programmatic expenditures remain at previously approved levels."
Rostered Leaders: Submit Your Annual Report to the Bishop
It is important that you fill out and submit your Annual Report to the Bishop. Bishop Zellmer looks forward to hearing from you and will personally read your report.
The form may be filled out electronically on the ELCA website.
When completed, you may send your report to the synod office as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com or print a copy and mail it to the synod office at:
South Dakota Synod, ELCA
2011 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls SD 57197
If you need assistance or would like a paper copy of the form, please contact Crystal McCormick in the the synod office at 605/274-4024.
Shalom Hill Farm - Windom, MN
Mission Interpreter Training
April 21 - 9:00 AM
Scandia Lutheran Church, Centerville
Stewardship Workshops: Giving Ourselves to the Lord
5 Dates and Locations
The Journey Between: Intentional Interim Ministry
April 27-28, 2012
Rapid City, Watertown, and Sioux Falls
Free Training: Caring for Returning Veterans
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls
WELCA Synodical Convention
Lutheran Memorial, Pierre
Glocal Mission Gathering
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls
Golf with the Bishop
Author Diana Butler Bass in Sioux Falls
"Congregational News" is news for, and from, congregations in the South Dakota Synod. Share what's going on in your congregation! Do you have a story you'd like to share, a job you'd like posted, or something else of interest? E-mail the information to Kevin Stillson to have it posted in Congregational News.
A Request from Chapel in the Hills
The Chapel in the Hills is a special ministry of the South Dakota Synod and we need your help. The chapel offers evening service every night from Memorial day to Labor Day as well as doing between 120 and 150 weddings each year. We have a full size electronic organ in the Chapel for use at these services. Our organ is in very rough shape and has been in the Chapel since the beginning. To repair it would be prohibitive. We are looking for a church that would be able to donate or sell at very reasonable terms an organ. If there is anyone who is replacing their organ (that is in very good shape) please contact Craig Lewis at Chapel in the Hills at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 605-342-8481. The Chapel in the Hills is a thriving and unique ministry in the Black Hills and we wish to continue to offer meaningful worship to all who come and an organ is a very important part of what we offer.
Thiel Choir in Concert May 12 in Sioux Falls
The forty-voice Thiel Choir from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, will present a concert at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening, May 12, 2012 St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2001 South Elmwood Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-2321. The performance is part of the Thiel Choir's 2012 westernstates tour. The Thiel Choir performs annually for audiences predominantly in the eastern United States and tours internationally or an extended domestic tour every four years. The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michael Bray, reflects the diverse interests and disciplines of the Thiel College student body. Please join us for this beautiful concert!
Seeking Songbooks in Sturgis
Do you have a box or two of lightly used copies of "The Other Song Book" stored in a closet or under the altar? Grace Lutheran Church of Sturgis would be interested in making a mutually advantageous arrangement if possible. Please contact the congregation by phone at 605-347-2713 or at email@example.com for more information.
Ministry Sites Accepting Candidate Names
Aberdeen, Bethlehem (associate)
Brandon, Brandon/Split Rock (senior)
Dimock, St. John (solo)
Humboldt, St. Paul (renewing congregation)
Huron, Our Savior's (solo)
Rapid City, South Canyon (associate)
Salem, Christ (solo)
Sioux Falls, Holy Cross (senior)
Sioux Falls, Hope
Watertown, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer (senior)
Ministry Site Study to be Scheduled
Elk Point, St. Paul
Flandreau, Our Savior's (solo)
Leola, St. James (solo)
Miller, Trinity (solo)
Newell, First/Zeona, Immanuel
Presho Parish - Presho, First Am./Kennebec/Vivian (solo)
Rapid City, Lord of Life (solo)
Renner, Renner (solo)
Roslyn, Roslyn (part-time solo)
Sioux Falls, Augustana Lutheran (solo)
Sioux Falls, Our Savior's (senior)
Spearfish, Our Savior's
Steven Martens - Elk Point, Brule Creek/Vermillion, Dalesburg
Ann Rosendale - Augustana College Campus Ministry, Sioux Falls - April 25 at 10 a.m.
Michael Mortvedt - Dell Rapids, Lutheran Church of Dell Rapids
May 27, 2012 at 8:45 & 10:45 a.m.
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