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Rostered Leaders are Invited to Join Us for the Annual Ministerium Retreat

Preaching Jesus Today is the theme of the 2016 Annual Synod Ministerium Retreat. We are delighted to welcome The Rev. Dr. David Lose, President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, as the keynote speaker. In addition to Dr. Lose’s four plenary sessions there will be workshops on Preaching Through Privilege, Transformational Ministry, Forgiveness, and Natural Systems.

Join us September 12-14 at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua as the Rev. Dr. David Lose explores what it means to preach the person of Jesus today.  How do we tell the story, name the name and speak his message of grace in a new era and generation.


View the 2016 Ministerium Brochure Here

New Synod Council Gets to Work

By: Patrice Sampson-Bouchard

The newly elected (and smaller!) Synod Council (SC) met for the first time since the 2014 Synod Assembly gathering at the beautiful Notre Dame retreat center in Canandaigua, NY for an overnight meeting. Rev. Chuck Schwarz led the start of the session with an inspiring biblical study with the theme of Climbing Mountains and Crossing Deserts. The meeting allowed the newly formed SC to get to know each other through study, orientation to the work of the Synod Council, and fellowship. Synod Vice President, Tom Madden led the Council in understanding the responsibilities, function, working guidelines and principals of the SC as well as the governance role of the SC which uses a policy-based operational model. SC members also learned more about the Synod finances and budget. Additionally, a Synod Council Covenant document was introduced for the SC’s review with further discussion and agreement on the Covenant to be completed at the fall SC meeting. Regular work of the SC was conducted principally around approving the Dean’s recommended Roster changes, filling the Youth SC seat and deciding on the staggered terms of the SC At-large seats. The SC also discussed aspects of the transition of the Bishop. The meeting concluded with uplifting worship and a joyous sending-out to enjoy the remainder of a beautiful Upstate day.