At the 2015 Synod Assembly, the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA voted overwhelmingly to support the Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA and set a goal of $1 million from our Synod. Voting members at the assembly also approved a parallel campaign to strengthen the unique ministries of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod. Renewing the Promise, The Synod Campaign, seeks to raise $200,000 to support 5 main priority areas within the synod, including: Our relationship and ministries with our global Companion Synods (The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia, The South Andhra Lutheran Church in India, The Iglesia Cristiana Luterana Church de Honduras), Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Minnesota-Duluth, The Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, The School of Lay Ministry of the NEMN Synod, and Seminarian Scholarships and the Seminarian Debt Relief Fund.
We are invited to support the “Renewing the Promise” campaign through donations to the NE MN Synod, and also by attending and volunteering at a Hog Roast and Concert Vespers Benefit this summer. This Benefit, called Freed from Debt for Vocation, will take place on Wednesday, July 19, held at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron, from 5:00 – 7:30p.m. This event is sponsored by the churches of our Laurentian Conference of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). It will bring people from many congregations and communities together for a memorable mid-summer evening of sharing food, live music, and worship.
The goal of the benefit is to support one of the projects of our synod’s Renewing the Promise appeal, which is to offset the tremendous debt that many of our first call clergy accrue while pursuing ordained ministry within the ELCA. This debt can limit the effectiveness and availability of many first call clergy, particularly in underserved areas of the church. by supporting this cause we assist our clergy to be Freed from Debt for Vocation, many who are faithfully serving in our Laurentian Conference and other places in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, as well as future pastors yet to come.
From 5 to 6:15 p.m. a delicious Hog Roast – with complementing sides – will be served (a suggested donation of $15 is asked). Local church bands will be providing music for our entertainment.
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. a Concert Vesper Worship Service will be held, featuring a mass choir and special music (offering from the Worship Service designated towards “Seminarian DebtRelief.”)
A “Laurentian Conference Choir” will be singing the anthem“God Has Work For Us To Do” by Mark Miller as a part of the Vesper Service. If you would like to participate in the choir please come early for a rehearsal beginning at 4:30 p.m. Patti Stoddard, from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing, will be directing the choir. Please contact OSLC Choir Director, Mark Ongalo, if you are interested in singing in the choir. We are also seeking musicians from various congregations who would offer special music. For special music, contact Pastor Kristin Foster,firstname.lastname@example.org, (741-7057). Volunteers are also needed to assist with the meal. Please contact Gloria Gagnon if you can share your gifts and time in this way.