2018 Equipping Congregations Day

Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Vinje Lutheran Church and Bethel Lutheran Church
Willmar, MN
We have something for everyone!
Throughout the day you will have time to attend your choice of 3 different workshops, in addition to our keynote speakers,
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Bishop Jon Anderson.
(You will not register in advance for your workshop choices.)
Registration fee includes all materials, refreshments and lunch.

Complete the online registration and pay online or mail payment by
Thursday, February 1.

Registration will close if we reach maximum capacity
February 1 @ 5:00 p.m.

Group Rate (no limit!):
$75/Congregations or Parishes with total average
worship attendance of 100 or less
$150/Congregations or Parishes with total average
worship attendance of 101 or more
OR $25/Person

Click here to register!

We will be using the buildings of both Vinje and Bethel Lutheran Churches in Willmar, to accommodate up to 1000 registrants. Both locations will have the same program elements, the schedules will just be in a different order. The keynote speaker and workshop leaders will move between the two church buildings.

After registering, your congregation's contact person will receive a confirmation email containing your event location. If you do not receive a confirmation email with your event location, be sure to contact Kristin Bakeberg, at the SW MN Synod office: kristin.bakeberg@swmnelca.org or 507-637-3904.

Click here to view the Equipping Congregations Day webpage.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. EatonPresiding Bishop of the ELCA
Keynote Speaker
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be our keynote speaker for the day, speaking on the theme of Everyday Reformers.

Elected as the ELCA's fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Music Education from the College of Wooster.

Ordained in 1981, Eaton served three different congregations in Ohio as assistant pastor, interim pastor and pastor before being elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.

Click here to read Presiding Bishop Eaton's complete biography and to view the Presiding Bishop's messages and statements.
Special Announcement!
The ELCA Communications Team will be joining us to film Bishop Eaton. Bp. Eaton's message maybe used in the 2018 churchwide assembly video offered to ALL the synod assemblies throughout the ELCA.

The team is thrilled to be coming and we are honored to host. Individuals may be filmed during the making of this video.

The ELCA and the SW MN Synod may at times use photographs of event attendees for purposes of publicity on behalf of the ELCA or Synod, via the Internet, print publications, and other media. Individuals are responsible for removing themselves from areas in which photography and/or filming is taking place, or notifying the camera operator of their opt-out status. We will make every effort to honor that individual's wishes. 
Continuing Education Opportunity
If you need proof of attendance for continuing education, certificates will be available for 5 hours of continuing education. Sign up for the printed certificate at the registration table, at the event.
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