April 12, 2023

EaND News and Events

Synod Assembly: June 3-4, 2023 + Holiday Inn, Fargo

Registration is open for Synod Assembly! This year’s theme will be “EQUIP,” and the theme scripture passage is Ephesians 4:12. Synod Assembly will begin on Saturday, June 3 and will end on Sunday, June 4.  Find event details and registration info here.

Upcoming deadlines:

  • Hotel Room Reservations: May 2
  • Resolutions: May 3
  • Workshop Proposals: May 3
  • Display Table Requests: May 12
  • Registration: May 18

Food For All Block Party

Saturday, June 3, 6-8pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Join the Advocacy & Action team for a neighborhood block party benefiting rural hunger ministries! This event will take place in connection with the Synod Assembly, but is open to all.

+ Food Trucks: Come enjoy Mexican, Indigenous, and French food

+ Dunk Tank: Help raise money for hunger programs by dunking some of your favorite synod representatives!

+ Fill the Bishop’s Car Food Drive: Bring non-perishable food items to help us fill up the Bishop’s car. Food will be donated to local hunger programs

+ Local Hunger Ministry Booths

+ Petting Zoo 

+ Music

All proceeds will be shared with rural hunger ministries around the synod! Join us in supporting and celebrating hunger ministries across our synod!

Joint Theological Day + April 27, 2023

The Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota Synods invite all lay and rostered ministers to this year’s Joint Theological Day. It will take place at Sharon Lutheran Church in Grand Forks from 10am – 3pm. Register by April 17!

The Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan, Professor of Homiletics at PLTS, will be presenting “The Peoples’ Sermon: Revitalizing your Congregation’s Preaching Ministry” based off her recent book. Dr. Hannan describes her presentation in this way: "Preaching is an ecclesial practice that belongs to the whole congregation and not only to the preacher. This workshop aims to equip you to equip all the baptized to fulfill their roles as proclaimers of God’s good news. Understanding and engaging the collaborative nature of preaching holds the potential to revitalize your preaching and your congregation’s participation in this important practice. Participants will leave with concrete possibilities for engaging a collaborative preaching ministry in their own contexts."

Vital Church:

Communication & Community

Saturday, May 6, 10am-4:30pm

Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo

Join us for the second of our Vital Church Conversations! This session will focus on how we show up as leaders in our contexts and how to navigate and manage systems in order to foster healthier conversation and communities.

Together we explore:

  • Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Systems
  • Managing Groups
  • Navigating hard conversations.

This event is geared towards congregational teams, councils or staffs, but is open to individual registrations. Included in the registration is lunch and a follow up session June 2nd, building on the strategies engaged in the first session. Register by April 25!

Cost: Team (up to 4 people): $125

Individual: $50

Centennial Celebration &

Companion Synod Visit

2023 marks the centennial anniversary of the Sudan Mission- the arrival of the first missionaries to the area that is now the Central African Republic and Cameroon. An centennial celebration and visits to companion synods in the US are planned as part of this commemoration and on-going partnership. 

Members and friends of the Eastern North Dakota Synod are invited to participate in the Centennial Celebration planned for July 7-9 in Minneapolis. In addition, the Eastern North Dakota Synod will host two guests from the Central African Republic: Rev. Ngoe Jean, President of the ELC-RCA, and Ms. Francine Grace Yaimann, women’s representative of the ELC-RCA. Guests will be present in the synod June 2-13. 

Click here for more information or download this flyer.

You are invited to join Bishop Tessa on a trip to the Holy Land on February 16-25, 2024! Learn more at this website, or download this flyer. We hope you'll consider joining us on this life-impacting journey!

Church Council Presidents' Network

Next Meeting: April 16

Council Presidents are invited to join Bishop Tessa for a listening and sharing session each month on the third Sunday at 7:00pm on Zoom.

Follow this Zoom Link to join.

The Eastern North Dakota Synod office is hiring! Visit the employment page on the synod website to learn more about available positions.

Call Process

Please pray for congregations and rostered ministers in the call process. You can find a list of congregations currently in the call process on our website.

Other News and Events

All Rostered Ministers in the ELCA are invited to join colleagues under the theme of "Rekindle the gift within you" (2 Timothy 1:6). Let this gathering be an opportunity for you to remember, reclaim, rekindle and revive yourself. Gathering with colleagues from across the church for fellowship, renewal, continuing education, worship, bible study and refreshment for your spirit. The full list of workshops is now available.

Early Bird Registration has been extended to April 21!

Learn more and register for the ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering

ELCA farm bill listening sessions are virtual gatherings where ministry leaders, members of congregations, and those with valuable lived experiences gather our opinions and experiences informed by faith values on stewardship, justice and serving our neighbor. Please join the conversation shaping our faithful action!

Registration links and more information here.

Earth Day Worship Service

Lutherans Restoring Creation has put together a special creation-focused worship service for Earth Day. You are invited to incorporate parts of this service into services in your own context, or you may simply join the livestreamed service on April 22. Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin will be preaching.

Register and find more information here.

You are invited to join a workshop by Dr. Courtney Burnett, MD, a hospital medicine physician in Saint Paul, Minnesota living and working with a rare form of brain cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma. Regardless of the unexpected situations life brings, Courtney believes the power of hope, mindfulness, and vulnerable storytelling can help us find gifts amidst difficulty. Download this flyer for more information.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Practical Church Leadership Program is a "21-graduate credit hour, online, certificate program for working ministry leaders that builds acumen in financial development, governance, talent management, project management and communications." The program also incorporates opportunities for regular coaching and a major project designed to impact your ministry. Download this flyer for more information.

There will be an informational session on Tuesday, April 28thfrom 9-9:30am for prospective scholars and prospective partners. Here is the Zoom link.

Webinar Opportunity

Dr. Crystal Hall will be hosting a workshop for women in ministry titled "5 Simple Steps to Stop Working on Your Day Off" on Tuesday, April 25 at 12pm EST. She writes, "You’re a woman in ministry writing your sermon and catching up on administrative work on your Sabbath days. I’m going to show you exactly how to rest instead of work. Learn these 5 steps to stop working on your day off. You’ll create the rest that supports a life-giving ministry."

Click here for more information.

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Office Information
Phone: 701.232.3381
Physical Address: 1555 43rd St S, Suite 100, Fargo, ND 58103
Mailing Address: PO Box 2019 Fargo, ND 58107
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm
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