March 29, 2023

EaND News and Events

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

Registration is now open for Synod Assembly! This year’s theme will be “EQUIP,” and the theme scripture passage is Ephesians 4:12. Synod Assembly will begin at 8:30am on Saturday, June 3 and will end after lunch on Sunday, June 4 (approximately 1:00pm).  Find event details and registration info here.

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. Registration is now open.

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."

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 Monthly Check-In

Next Check-in: 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.

A Note From our Synod Champion

Download this note from Molly Haagenson, this year's Eastern ND Synod Champion for the 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering! She shares a bit about herself and this year's Gathering theme. If you have any questions about the 2024 Gathering, contact Molly at or 701-775-4279. You can also visit the Youth Gathering web page.

Hope to see you in New Orleans next summer!

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

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 closes on March 31!

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.

Celebration of Ministry

You are invited to join Dacotah Oyate Lutheran Church (Sheyenne, ND) for a special Celebration of Ministry service on April 2, 2023 at 2pm! Festivities include a Palm Sunday celebration, new worship space dedication, and a meal.

Please join us!

Courageous Leadership Series

The ELCA Coaching Network offers a weekly "Courageous Leadership" conversation series open to leaders all across our church. Each gathering is centered on a different topic, and there is always time for small group conversations. Participants are encouraged to leave with at least one action step to help them meet their goals.

If you sign for the Courageous Leadership newsletter, you will receive the next week's topic ahead of time so that you can attend the conversations most relevant to you. Join the conversation every Wednesday at 1pm! Learn more here.

The Center of Addiction and Faith is "committed to bringing spiritual leaders together, to learn about addiction and how to better address the spiritual needs of those affected." The Center's website is filled with resources for faith leaders and communities seeking to care for those struggling with addiction. They also host an annual Addiction & Faith Conference open to all seeking to learn more about addiction, spirituality, and recovery.

Check out The Center of Addiction and Faith website for informational resources, action steps, and conference information.

Job Postings

The Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota is hiring a part-time Youth and Young Adult Ministry Developer. Download the full job description here, or view this and other opportunities on the job page on the synod website.

Contact Us

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
Visit the EaND Synod Website!