The 2013 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America begins this coming Monday, August 12, in Pittsburgh, PA, under the theme of “Always Being Made New.” We will continue the 25th anniversary celebration of our ELCA as we gather to worship and to tend to the business of the Assembly.Twenty-five from South Dakota Synod will be attending this Assembly as voting members. We also have three South Dakotans nominated for church council: Bob Scott from Sioux Falls, Lt Col Reid Christopherson from Garretson, and Kayla Koterwski from Sioux Falls as a youth representative. We ask for your prayers for our church as it gathers together to discern how the Holy Spirit calls us into the future together.
The pre-Assembly report is now available for you to read. It details all of the business which will be considered in Pittsburgh. Please take a little time to become familiar with the business of the Assembly and to keep our deliberations in your prayers in the days ahead.This Assembly will elect a presiding bishop and a secretary. It will consider the adoption of the proposed ELCA Social Statement “Hearing the Cries: The Church and Criminal Justice.” It will consider memorials brought by other synod assemblies over the last two years. It will also consider the approval of a capital campaign to support both existing and new ministries of the ELCA in years to come.
We plan to post Assembly updates throughout the week to our synod Facebook page and Twitter feed. In addition, you can watch plenary sessions and worship services streaming live at www.elca.org/assembly. A daily schedule of events is also available at this link.
Finally, as part of this 25th anniversary celebration, all the congregations of the ELCA have been encouraged to participate in “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday“, a community day of service on September 8. This is an opportunity to show our neighbors who we are as ELCA Lutherans and how we live out our faith as followers of Jesus Christ
Christ has called us together in this church. Your prayers for and conversations about our mutual ministry are vital to our proclamation of the Good News we share in Jesus.