MARCH EVENTS
The synod has three great events happening early March:


Sr. High Youth Gathering
March 9-10, 2018

Live Generously. Live Happier: Lessons From the
"The Generosity Project" 
March 10, 2018

Men's Gathering:
Empowering Christian Men in Our Midst
March 17, 2018
More information about each event is below. 
Sr. High Youth Gathering
Friday, March 9 - Saturday, March 10
Location: Lake Geneva Christian Center, Alexandria, MN
We have an outstanding gathering planned for you:
  •  Our band: SW MN Synod Youth Band! This band will be leading worship at the ELCA Youth Gathering Synod Day, 2018. We are excited to have them also join us for the gathering.
  • Our speaker: Pastor Rena Peterson! She's currently residing in Grafton, North Dakota where she's the associate pastor at Grafton Lutheran Church. She moved to ND to be closer to her children, grandchild, and children and
    grandchildren of the heart. She states, "There is nothing special about me, but when I write my book the title will be 'The Best Revenge is a Life Well-lived'."
  • Nightlife will include an exceptional variety of options.
  • The Spirit Garage- a relaxing place for peace and prayer.
  • Small group sessions led by trained youth to help dig deeper into the theme.
  • The gathering will include mass gatherings, lively worship, dancing, singing, fun, faith and relationship building.

Registration Information:

$95 per person.

Regular registration: January 23rd - February 16th
Late registration: February 16th -March 2nd
(add $10 non-refundable late fee per person)
Registration Closed March 3rd (no late registrations on or after this date)
Cancellations If cancelled by February 4th you will receive a $25 refund for those registrations.
Click here for the Registration Packet. 
Click here to register. 

Live Generously. Live Happier: 
Lessons from "The Generosity Project"
Continued series: 2018 Energizing and Mobilizing Your Congregation
Saturday, March 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) /
Marshall Conference Center  and Livestream!

"The Generosity Project" is designed to equip your congregation or group to talk about generosity, stewardship, abundance and money practices. It does this through a day filled with interactive fun, laughter, and faith-centered lessons and practices. Begin 2018 by learning so you can take these practices to your setting. Join us as we learn to "live generously and live happier."

Register online by clicking here. 
  • Registration Cost is Free! Resource materials and snack are included. The event costs are provided by the Lilly Grant and our Embrace God's Mission + Equip God's People Funding Initiative.
  • If you are a group from the SW MN Synod lunch is provided. 
  • Non-SW MN Synod groups and other denominations are welcome. Lunch will not be provided. SMSU will have snacks provided but groups must pay for their own lunch at the SMSU cafeteria or other locations.
All groups are invited to make a contribution to the Funding Initiative, but not required. Send gifts to: SW MN Synod, PO Box 499, Redwood Falls, MN 56283. To make an online gift click here.
Livestream:
To receive the Livestream link you must register online.
Livestream groups commit to have at least 4-6+ persons in attendance in their location and provide their own technical support at that location re: video and audio projection.

Generosity Project Invite
In this video, our presenter, Karen Johnson Kretschmann, the ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod Associate for Generosity, Invites you to join her March 10!
Click here for more information. 

Men's Gathering: Empowering Christian Men in Our Midst
Saturday, March 17 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
First Lutheran Church, Litchfield

This gathering offers two great topics and speakers that will talk about different ways to empower Christian men in our midst.

"3 Rules Christians Should Break."
Dr. Jacqueline Bussie is an author, professor, theologian, public speaker, and student of life in all its messy beauty. Her first book, The Laughter of the Oppressed (2007), won the national Trinity Prize. Her second book, Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules (2016) won the 2017 Gold Medal Illumination Award for Christian Living. Her third book, Love Without Limits: Jesus' Radical Vision for a Love with No Exceptions, will be released in August, 2018. An active servant-leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Jacqueline teaches religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also serves as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life.
At our gathering, she will be speaking on her award-winning book, Outlaw Christian, and giving a dynamic talk, "3 Rules Christians Should Break."
Books will be available at the gathering for $10.

"Mobilizing for Congregational Vitality"
Rev. Dr. Bill Nelsen, currently Interim President of Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, will be speaking from his parish experiences as a pastor in our synod, his work with ELCA colleges, and from his experiences as a seminary president in a dierent denominational setting. He will invite us into the work of developing a strategic vision with everyone involved, specically including:
* Taking seriously God's mission for your church (and why this matter's in today's world!)
* Getting people involved early and often
* Reaching new people in new and old ways
* Using your synod and church to great advantage
* Finding joy in congregational renewal and outreach

Registration Information: 
The gathering cost will be $40 per person or $60 per congregation for as many men as you can invite from your congregation. 
Click here for the gathering schedule and to register. 
 
Synod Events
Below is a list of all the upcoming synod events. Visit the synod events webpage for more information.
CONFERENCE ASSEMBLY DATES:  Click here.
MARCH
March 9-10, 2018
Lake Geneva Christian Center, Alexandria

March 10, 2018
SMSU, Marshall or Livestream!

March 17, 2018
First Lutheran Church, Litchfield

APRIL
Tod Bolsinger, Author
Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
April 26, 2018
Livestream
MAY
PSST Retreat...Pastoral Staff Support Time 
May 3-4, 2018
St. Andrew Village, New London 

S AVE THE DATE
2018 Synod Assembly 
June 8-9, 2018
Redwood Falls, MN 

SW MN Synod
Women of the ELCA Convention
June 29-30, 2018
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud

2018 Fall Theological Conference 
October 7-9, 2018
Alexandria, MN
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PO Box 499, Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Phone: 507-637-3904