Bishop Election Devotional for February 2019

Word Micah 6:8 – "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  Reflections By Bishop Emerita Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl (Synod Bishop 1995-2007) We read this verse with New Testament eyes, though it is [...]

Spring Theological Retreat with Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert

The 2019 Spring Theological Retreat will be held on April 23-25 in Aberdeen, SD. This year’s guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert who will be speaking on True Confessions: How the Augsburg Confession Enlivens the Life of your Parish.

Eighteenth Annual Youth Camp held in Nicaragua

The Youth Ministry of the Lutheran Church of Nicaragua “Faith and Hope” (ILFE) held its eighteenth Youth Camp from January 2-6, 2019, attended by around ninety young people from different communities of Faith throughout the country.

Bishop Election Devotional for January 2019

Word Luke 22:27 – “For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one serves? Is it not the one at the table?  But I am among you as one who serves”. Reflections By The Rev. Norm Eitrheim (South Dakota District President 1981-1987 and Synod Bishop 1988-1995) As I was moving [...]

Christmas prayers for our partners in Cameroon and Nicaragua

The South Dakota Synod is blessed to be a part of a global church community. As we approach Christmas, keep our brothers and sisters from Nicaragua and Cameroon in your prayers. Our companion synod coordinator, Pastor Charlie Bunk, offers a few prayers for you to use.

Year End Request from Bishop Zellmer

Thank you for the faithful ways that you share the love of Christ in your local communities. Your generosity of time, talent and treasure bears witness to the good news that brings new life. I write to make you aware of the needs of two of our shared ministries that are needing additional support as we near the end of the fiscal year.

Kristallnacht 80th Anniversary

Lutheran Bishops issue statement of solidarity to the Jewish Community on the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

Today marks the 80th anniversary of what became known as Kristallnacht, or “The Night of Broken Glass” – a turning point in Nazi anti-Semitic policy. It is an anniversary that we, as Lutherans, must pay special attention to.

Synod Study now available for 2019 Bishop Election

The Synod Study for the 2019 Bishop Election is now available for download. This resource is available to help provide guidance throughout this synod as potential nominees for bishop are identified.

Companion Synod News: Health promoters workshop in Nicaragua

On September 25 and 26, training was given to the health promoters of the Nicaraguan Lutheran Church “Faith and Hope” (ILFE) in Somotillo, Chinandega, on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Women’s Health.

ELCA Conference of Bishops statement on East Jerusalem hospitals

In early September, members of the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) were saddened and dismayed to hear reports that the U.S. government was planning to discontinue financial assistance to Augusta Victoria Hospital and five other East Jerusalem hospitals.