SYNOD NEWS AND EVENTS - JAN. 25, 2018
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Conference Assembly Dates: 
  • Crow River Conference
    February 25 - Bethel, Lester Prairie at 2 p.m.
  • Glacial Ridge Conference - CORRECTION
    March 11 Trinity, Alberta at 2 p.m. 
  • Great River Conference
    February 25 - Living Waters, Sauk Rapids at 2 p.m.
  • Lac Qui Parle Conference
    February 25 - Grace, Dawson at 2 p.m. 
  • Lakeland Conference
    February 25 - Immanuel, Clara City at 2 p.m. 
  • Minnesota Valley Conference
     
    February 25 - TBD
  • Prairie Conference
     
    March 4 - Campus Religious Center, SW MN State University at 2 p.m.
  • Scenic Valley Conference
    February 18 - Hawk Creek, Sacred Heart at 1:30 p.m. 
  • Shetek Conference
    March 11 - Shalom Hill Farm, Windom area at 2 p.m. 
  • Watonwan River
    February 25 - First, St James at 2 p.m. 
Submit your Forms A & C (parochial report)
2017 Forms A & C are due on Feb. 15. These reports are vital to the ELCA's commitment to improving its efforts to spread the good news and are used in allocating the ELCA's resources to synods and congregations. Did you know that the information you submit (or do not submit) in your reports goes into your congregation's trend report, which is publicly available online? Seekers looking for your congregation can see not only the information you submit but also whether the congregation has submitted Forms A &C. Please submit these reports so that visitors can learn more about your congregation!

To view a congregation's trend report on the ELCA website, click Find a Congregation and type in the zip code, click on the congregation name.

To fill out these forms you must have your congregation ID number and password. Passwords change from year to year. Congregation passwords can be found on the mailed form A (top right) or please call the synod office at 507-637-3904.

You can file electronically or by mail. 
Youth Gathering Registration Open!
 
Sr. High Youth Gathering
March 9-10, 2018
Location: Lake Geneva Christian Center, Alexandria, MN 
Theme: "Undeniably Known" Based on 1 Corinthians 13:12. "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
Band: SWMN Synod Youth Band
Speaker: Pr. Rena Peterson
Registration Information:
Regular registration: January 23rd - February 16th @ 4:30 pm. 
Late registration: February 16th - March 2nd.
(add $10 non-refundable late fee per person)
Registration Closed March 3rd.

Companion Synod 
The Synod Companionship meeting is this Saturday, January 27. We are thankful for our committee members who work closely with our circuit-conference relationships. 
Conference to Circuit reports are available in the January SW MN Companionship with South Africa Newsletter, click here to read
ELCA Administration Matters 
Administration Matters is a A bimonthly e-newsletter for ELCA congregational and synodical leaders. It addresses common, practical issues including finance, governance, risk management, tax, legal concerns and topics of interest about day to day operations and management in church settings.
Click here to view articles or subscribe to this e-newsletter. 

Highlighted Article from the January 2018 Issue:
  • IRS 2018 standard mileage rates for business, medical and moving announced
      The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
    - 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017. (The ELCA uses the business travel rate to reimburse travel expenses.)
    - 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
    - 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

Prayer for Christian Unity Donation

On Sunday, Jan 21, The Prayer For Christian Unity Service offering was $1,136.00.
Total to Family Promise of Kandiyohi     $568.00
Total to Kandiyohi Area Food Shelf         $568.00
Thanks be to God for your generosity!

Through the many generous donations given to Disability Ministries through, The Always Being Made New: Campaign for the ELCA, we now have funds available to award grants to congregations and ministries in the ELCA that are looking for seed money (up to $5,000), to provide innovative ministry in collaboration with people who have disabilities. The focus of this grant program is to create a place at the table for all people by working toward these core goals of Disability Minist ries: preparing leaders; equipping synods, congregations and members; and connecting and gathering people together.
We are currently accepting grant proposals for projects. Applicants must show how the grant will be used to address one or more of the above goals in any of the following areas: 
  • accessibility in congregations (including physical, communication, theological and/or cultural) 
  • mental health ministry 
  • outdoor ministry
Access more information on Disability Ministries and the Always Being Made New: Campaign for the ELCA. To submit a grant proposal or to request more information, please contact us at Disability.Ministry@elca.org.
Click here to read the latest E-newsletter from ELCA ELCA Disability Ministries.
Synod Events
Below is a list of all the upcoming synod events. Visit the synod events webpage for more information.
  FEBRUARY
February 10, 2018
Willmar, MN

MARCH
March 9-10, 2018
Lake Geneva Christian Center, Alexandria

March 10, 2018
SMSU, Marshall or Livestream!

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

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