Northeastern Minnesota Synod
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week of May 1, 2016  
Bishop Aitken's Reflections
What an amazing Assembly! My gratitude to all voting members, you were awesome! We are a good-spirited, faithful, open and hospitable synod! I can't tell you how many times people said that to me over the week-end. I'm proud of our congregations and its leaders. With the faithful work of the Synod Planning Team, our Deans, our speakers, every Committee that worked behind the scenes, those who spoke at the mic(s) during Plenary, those who led worship, Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen and Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla, our outstanding Pages from LYO and our committed staff, I went home feeling grateful to be this synod's Bishop!
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
 Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Brenda Tibbetts Synod Assembly Mobility Report

Click here to view Brenda's report

Catherine Anderson's Youth Ministry Report

Catherine Anderson, Director of Youth Ministry

Synod Assembly Highlights

Keynote Presenter Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen

Pastor John Dietz, Assistant to the Bishop and Brenda Wagner SAM, Synod Vice-President

Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, ELCA Director of Global Mission
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 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

Job Openings

Youth Ministry Position/Internship
Part-time: 5 hours per week plus Retreats and Events (Salaried Position)
French River Lutheran Church (ELCA) - 5310 Ryan Road, Duluth MN 55804 - (10 miles from the UMD Campus, up the North Shore)
For more info and to apply, contact Pastor Greg Anderson
Cell: 218-234-7217;Home: 218-525-1034;
Possible Position Highlights:
* Building relationships with Jr. High and Sr. High Youth
* Building leadership skills in youth
* Developing music skills in youth
* Developing and building a student leadership and service team
* Teaching Peer Ministry skills
* Fun events!
* Small Groups and Bible Studies
* Teaching Creation Care and possible outdoors ministry
* Working with and being trained by a Pastor with over 25 years of experience
* Having lots of fun!!! Do not apply without a great sense of humor!

French River Lutheran Church (ELCA)
5310 Ryan Road, Duluth MN 55804
We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic person to be on our music/worship team at our rural church on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. Our liturgy comes mainly from the ELW, and our organ is a Viscount Prestige Series with Genesis technology G505-505. Some opportunities include assisting the adult choir with rehearsal Wednesday evenings September through May,  providing accompaniment with children during programs and with special guest musicians, priority given for services provided at weddings and funerals, and flexible scheduling with back-up for time off. Please contact the church office for a complete job description and application. 
Our organ is a Viscount Prestige Series with Genesis technology G505-505

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