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2013 Synod Assembly

By South Dakota Synod | Posted 6/11/13 at 11:12am |
Category: Synod News

Come to the Table Logo
June 7-8, 2013
with Pre-Assembly activities on Thursday

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
909 W 33rd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

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Plenary Updates

Updates for Plenary Sessions were updated live during the Assembly.  Below are links to learn about what happened in each Plenary Session at the 2013 Synod Assembly.  The final Synod Assembly Minutes will be provided when they are available.

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Guest Musicians and Speakers


Larry Olson & Hans Peterson will provide music and worship leadership during the Assembly.  They are partners in Dakota Road Music, a songwriting, publishing, leadership and performance company that specializes in original faith filled music. Hans & Larry have the creative talents of music leadership, a passion for justice and a vision for the church and neighborhood as welcoming places. They live in the confidence that “to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (I Cor 12:7). It is this trust and their stirring original music that has put them at the center of a movement to include a diversity of musical gifts in congregational life. Individually and with their band Dakota Road they have released over a dozen recordings with many of their songs being sung all across the U.S. and beyond.

The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla is the Executive Director of ELCA Global Mission.  He will be our churchwide representative delivering the State of the ELCA address, chairing the bishop election process, and delivering a keynote address at the banquet.

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2013 Synod Assembly Offering

The 2013 Synod Assembly Offerings were given to Pueblo de Dios in Sioux Falls, building church roofs in Cameroon, and Feeding South Dakota.  The first $8,000 will be given to Pueblo de Dios, with the rest divided equally between church roofs and Feeding South Dakota.

Pueblo de Dios

Pueblo de Dios (People, or Community, of God) is a new ministry under development in the South Dakota synod of the ELCA. A ministry whose primary focus is reaching out to the Latino community of Sioux Falls (and the surrounding area) with the Good News of New Life in Jesus Christ.  Pueblo de Dios was being “birthed” with love & support from Augustana Lutheran Church.  Augustana and Pueblo de Dios are two distinct communities of faith who seek to come together in joint ministry ventures in the Historic District of central Sioux Falls.

Cameroon Roofs

Cameroon is one of our Companion Synods.  In Cameroon, churches are used for worship, daily Bible study, school, clinics, and community gathering places.  Congregations buy cement one bag at a time and build their church walls from local stone. This can take five years or more.

More than thirty churches have been built, but many more have raised their walls and are awaiting the gift of a roof.  The cost of one church roof is $8,000.  With the help of the Synod Assembly and the South Dakota Synod, we can help speed up the process of building churches in Cameroon!

Feeding South Dakota

Feeding South Dakota is a hunger relief organization fighting to eliminate hunger in this state.  In 2011, Feeding South Dakota as a whole distributed 12.2 million pounds of food in this fight against hunger.

Every day, Feeding South Dakota provides food resources for an estimated 3,800 people in this state. They help feed over 38,000 families each month and their BackPack Program gives food every weekend to nearly 5,000 kids who otherwise might go hungry.  Our gifts from the Synod Assembly will help Feeding South Dakota positively impact thousands of lives in South Dakota.

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Preliminary Report and Assembly Materials

The 2013 South Dakota Synod Assembly Preliminary Report and Assembly Materials are now available online.

(You may download the full PDF document below, or download and print sections individually.)

Registered voting members as of June 1st will receive an e-mail reminder that the above materials are  available.

REMINDER: Voting members are responsible for printing these materials and bringing them to the Assembly. Wifi will be available in the Celebrate Center during the Synod Assembly if you would prefer to read your reports on a laptop or tablet. Only a limited number of copies will be made available.

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  • Jim Bishop  |  Posted 4.10.13 at 4:23 PM   

    From above

    June 6-8, 2013
    Thursday – Friday & Saturday
    Are we gathering on Thursday this year?


    • Kevin Stillson  |  Posted 4.15.13 at 11:59 AM   

      Hi Jim.

      Yes, we have some exciting activities planned for Thursday evening that have now been posted. In addition to registration, there will be appetizers and fellowship followed by “Stories and Song with Dakota Road.” We hope you can join us!

  • Tony Nelson  |  Posted 5.26.13 at 6:04 PM   

    Will there be WyFi at the Synod Assy, what about the use of electronic devices?


    • Kevin Stillson  |  Posted 5.28.13 at 8:36 AM   

      Hi Tony. Yes, there will be wifi available in the Celebrate Center for the Plenary Sessions. We will also be making use of electronic voting again this year. Training will be provided during the first Plenary.

      See you at the Assembly!


  • 2013 SD Synod Assembly | Some Lutheran Guy  |  Posted 6.7.13 at 4:43 PM   

    […] Update 2013/06/07: If you’re looking for information about the Synod Assembly in addition to my updates, I recommend checking the Assembly page on the Synod site here. […]

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