Northeastern Minnesota Synod
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week of April 24, 2016  
Prayer Petitions

Each Wednesday morning the synod staff meets for devotions and prays for the congregations and people of our synod. You are invited to join us.
  • Bethel Lutheran, Brainerd, and Ms. Nancy Opitz, SAM
  • Pastor Mark Osthus, retired in Duluth
  • Pastor Dennis Paulson, retired in Duluth
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry and Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, and Pastor Douglas Paulson
  • Pastor David Pearson, retired in Tower
Bishop Aitken's Reflections
As we approach this weekend's Annual Synod Assembly, I ask you to keep in your prayers;
  • Your Bishop and Synod staff and Synod Assembly Planning Team
  • Your Synod Council
  • Synod Vice President Brenda Wager, Secretary Pr. Rollie Bockbrader, Treasurer John Olson
  • Anne Laechel our Registrar and all those in service of Administration
  • All the Voting members of our congregations and their Leaders
  • Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen in her Keynote Presentations on Forgiveness
  • Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, who brings our Churchwide Report
  • Our LYO youth, serving as helpful Pages
  • Those being Elected to important synod Committees and Positions
  • Our Annual Quilt, Quarter and Marketplace Ministry for World Hunger
  • Our ELCA Camps, serving us coffee and sharing their Excitement and Dreams
  • The Servant work of Lutheran Social Services and the Center for Homeless Youth breaking ground on May 5th in Duluth
  • Our synod resolutions, and our Reference Council and Memorial Committee
Prayer: God of love and reconciliation; Thank you for your church on earth and our synod which is a part of it. Thank you for the life and witness of our ELCA.  Keep your leaders and those who serve us as voting members filled with grace and insight as they worship, discern, discuss, grow deeper in faith and the work Your Son Jesus calls us into. Give us all generous and helpful hearts as we live into the world You have graciously given us to steward responsibly. In the name of Jesus, crucified and Risen for the sake of the world. Amen.
Rostered Leaders: Don't forget to stop by the Pelican Room to have your photo taken for our Synod Photo Directory!
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA

Bishop Aitken's Sermon 5-1-16
Bishop Aitken's Sermon 5-1-16

Synod Office Closed

Please note that they Synod Office in Duluth will be closed Thursday April 28-Monday May 2nd for the Synod Assembly in Breezy Point, MN

Have Taken the Health Assessment? Only 6 Days Left to Earn $150.00
Were you there sitting at your computer filling out the Portico Health Assessment on-line before Holy Week? If not, now after Easter and before April 30 is a great time to do so! 
Full Disclosure Here: It is on my calendar to complete it this weekend. I had misplaced my Dr.'s report with all those important numbers but now the lost has been found! I also found out that if there is a question you or I may not have an answer for, Portico's Assessment has a handy box to check that says, "I don't know." Alleluia!
It is so important to take care of your health. We need healthy leadership in all of our congregations. It is also important to take advantage of the discount we receive through Portico just for taking the time to fill out the Assessment. Please make the time to fill yours out today.

Our Synod will receive a 1% health contribution discount if we exceed 65% participation in the Health Assessment. As of April 1st, the NE MN Synod was at 50.36% participation. Help us reach our goal of 100% participation! Take the Assessment by April 30th!

Brenda Tibbetts, AiM
Assistant to the Bishop

2016 Synod Assembly
April 29 - May 1 at Breezy Point Resort
Theme: Living Forgiveness

Please note that changes were made to the Bulletin of Reports, and you many need to print the corrected pages for yourself or your voting member. Corrected changes are available on the Synod Website and are marked if updated.

The Guidebook App with access to the Agenda, Bulletin of Reports, Speaker and Display information is now live! Click here to access the app or scan the QR Code at right >>
Guide is also available via any internet browser at the this link:
Please contact Anne Laechel at [email protected] if you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the app.

Eventbrite - 2016 Northeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly

Congregation Observers at Churchwide Assembly
Churchwide Secretary, Rev. Wm. Chris Boerger

Each congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may register one congregation observer for the Churchwide Assembly prior to May 31 in the year of a Churchwide Assembly. 


a. Provision shall be made for such an individual to have reserved seating in the observers section of the plenary hall. Such congregation observers will receive a copy of the report of recommendations for assembly action and also materials distributed on the plenary floor to voting members, advisory members, and non-voting members during the assembly. Such observers shall have neither voice nor vote in plenary sessions of the assembly.

b. A registration fee shall be established by the secretary of this church for registration and related costs, including enabling observers to receive the same meals as are provided for voting members. 

c. Transportation costs, housing, other meals, and related expenses shall be the responsibility of the registered observer or sending congregation.


The registration fee for congregation observers is $100. Please note the meal package is not included in the registration fee, but may be purchased separately when registering. Online registration will open in April at Please contact the assembly hotline at 800-638-3522 ext 2911 or the registrar via email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

As you start planning for the 2016-2017 program year (and beyond!), make sure these dates for synod events are on your calendar!
Events for Youth:
November 18-19 or 19-20, 2016
Grades 6-9
March 3-5, 2017
Grades 9-12
June 22 - July 2, 2018
Grades 9-12
(Registration/Info meetings will be held spring 2017)
And there is still time to register for the EcoFaith Youth Camp!
June 26-30, 2016
Grades 9-12
Events for Adults who work with Youth:
January 20-23, 2017
Louisville, KY
February 11, 2017
Duluth, MN

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