SYNOD NEWS AND EVENTS - MARCH 1, 2018
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For This Church and For Our Future
Since 1997, ELCA Fund for Leaders has sponsored more than 700 seminarians. These rostered ministers continue to serve the church in the United States and around the world. Please watch and share this video with your congregation.
 
 
Fun fact about this video ! Deacon Emily Myallis, Funds for Leaders Class of 2004, served on the SW MN Synod Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) board and her father, Pr. Randy Chrissis, is serving Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood, MN.
 
Video quotes
  • "We know who we have been, and now we have to boldly try and figure out, ask the hard questions, have the hard conversations about who we are going to be."
  • "Growing Rostered Ministers Shortage = 1,020 in 2019"
  • "Those who provide the opportunity for a student to hear, 'The church cares for you. There are people out there waiting for your ministry,' that gives them a voice from the future saying, 'We will help you. Come and serve us.'"
Together, we can invest in leaders for Christ's church on a scale and scope we never could otherwise. Your gifts to the ELCA Fund for Leaders program empowers those whom God calls into ministry to go and serve as the church needs and the Holy Spirit leads. Click here to give or learn more about the ELCA Fund for Leaders.
ACEs: What Ministers Need to Know

Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities
The ACEs Study (Adverse Childhood Experience), conducted in the 1990s, confirmed with scientific evidence that childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health, mental and emotional wellbeing, and behavioral problems.

Learn why ACEs impact people's lives, and what we can all do to dramatically improve health and resilience for this and future generations.

Join us for this presentation with Rick Loseth
Date and Time: Tuesday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location: SW MN Synod Office, Redwood Falls, MN
Sponsored by: Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
This presentation is brought to you by ACE Interface, LLC and Minnesota Communities Caring for Children
Click here to RSVP
A Cosmic Adventure through Science & Faith
With support from the John Templeton Foundation and Luther Seminary, the Science for Youth Ministry team has created a free video curriculum.
This incredible free resource comes with
  • 4 downloadable videos
  • a printable student guide for each episode
  • a leader's guide to getting the most out of the curriculum!
Click here to check out a short video from our host, Dr. Paul Wallace, who holds a PhD. in astrophysics AND a Masters in Divinity.
Day on the Hill
The famous Jewish religious leader, Rabbi Hillel, once asked, "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?" At JRLC's Day on the Hill 2018, hundreds of people of faith will gather to ask themselves, their communities, and their representatives: If we do not work towards social justice now, when?
Join faithful advocates from across the state on March 13, 2018 to reflect on why we make our voices heard, to plan for continued actions in our home communities, and to speak with representatives at the State Capitol.

The craft of preaching the gospel in today's world is a both a joy and a challenge.

Lectionaries help provide structure and have many associated resources for worship planning, but lectionary-based worship leadership can be inflexible and feel episodic.

As a leader, are you feeling a little dry and uninspired when looking ahead at worship planning for your church? Are you open to a new and creative planning process that has been used with greater frequency in congregations with dynamic worship? Are there specific, or even burning, issues your community might benefit from addressing over a multi-week sermon series? How do you develop a sustained pattern for worship planning for preaching in series?

Join us for a practical learning experience with other preachers and worship leaders of how to conceive, plan and implement a consequential sermon series that will have your congregation faithfully fed, grateful, and alive. Visit preachinginseries.org for more conference details. 
Date: June 19-20, 2018
Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 
Minnesota Council of Churches
Stay up-to-date with the MCC! "News for the Common Good" is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that builds the common good in the world by sharing items of interest to the statewide community. Click here to read this week's e-newsletter. 

"Welcoming the Stranger" is a quarterly newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on what's happening in Refugee Services at the Minnesota Council of Churches. 

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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
ACEs: What Ministers Need to Know
April 24, 2018
SW MN Synod Office, Redwood Falls, MN

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

Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA 
PO Box 499, Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Phone: 507-637-3904