Please take time to read the following attached message from the synod in regards to the upcoming Synod Assembly. We are allowed to send Pastor Nelson and a male and a female as voting members. All costs are covered by Christ our Emmanuel (which is included in our yearly budget). Any questions, please feel free to talk to any Council member and let us know if you are interested in attending. Gary and I attended last year along with Pastor Bob. This year there is an important vote for the election of Bishop.
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Registration is now open for Synod Assembly which will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center!
Join us as we explore how through the waters of baptism our lives are defined by the metaphor of being poured out in love and service to the world. This year’s Assembly will run Sunday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 3.
Online registration is now open through the synod website. Paper registration forms are available on the website or by calling the Synod office at (315) 446-2502.
Registrations postmarked or completed online by April 30th will receive a $10.00 early registration discount on the $95.00 registration fee only (not meals). With changes in the website there is a new system for the online registration. Please PRINT AND CALCULATE the amount owed BEFORE hitting submit at the bottom of the registration page. Please see registration materials for how to handle this on paper registrations. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received. Pre-registration ends on Sunday, May 25, 2014. After that registrations will only be taken at the assembly registration desk.
The Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside will again provide our hotel accommodations. The room rate is $106 per night. Deadline to book at the hotel is May 15th. You must call to book your room reservation and ask for the Synod Assembly rate. HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE DIRECTLY THROUGH THE HOTEL AND ARE NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE. Rochester is always busy in early June, so hotel rooms will be at a premium. After May 15th, the Radisson may not honor our special assembly room rate.
Who should come to assembly? All our welcome! Our synod constitution allows that the voting membership of the Synod Assembly shall be composed of at least 60% lay persons as elected by congregations. Additionally, all ordained members under call on the roster of our synod who are in attendance at Synod Assembly shall be voting members; and all associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers, under call on the official roster of this synod shall have both voice and vote as lay voting members of the Assembly. Per synod continuing resolution SC/R6.04.A01, it is also the goal of our synod that 10% of the membership of synod assemblies be persons of color or persons whose primary language is other than English. Additionally, bylaw SB/L6.04.B01 specifies a goal of at least 10% of the voting members of the Assembly being youth and young adults. Be sure to choose “Is this person in high school?”. This information is critical for us to calculate the number of high school students participating in Lutheran Youth Organization activities at assembly and to determine if we reach the goal of 10% of our voting members being youth and young adults. Visitors, retirees and other guests are always welcome to join us. Child care will be offered.
Attendees will have opportunities: to hear our ELCA Churchwide representative,The Rev. Wm. Chris Boerger; participate in synod business decisions including the bishop’s election and electing our vice president and treasurer; walk together in service; attend workshops on outreach and mission; explore Mission Faire and much more. The Reverends Joanne Stewart and Allie Leitzel will lead us in Bible study.
Music:Synod Assembly Music Director, Thatcher Lyman, invites vocalists and instrumentalists to be in touch with him to participate in music for this year’s assembly. In addition to Monday evening’s Eucharist Worship there will be opportunities throughout assembly for music to enrich our worship and plenary sessions. Please email Thatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest, instrument of choice and/or your interest in joining the choir.
High School aged Youth will be under the direct supervision of Youth @Synod Assembly staff throughout the assembly. They may sit with their congregation or at the youth table as they choose, but they will be required to check in with Youth @Synod Assembly staff at certain times. Youth may participate as pages, sing in the choir, or do any other scheduled activity, as long as we know where they are. Any high school youth who is staying overnight must room with the other high school aged youth, no matter what their age. This is in keeping with our synod’s Safe Church policy. [Remember: DO NOT reserve a room for the youth; we will do that as registrations come in. DO add $26.50 to the cost of registration for each night the youth will stay in the hotel. (Example if your youth is staying Sunday and Monday evening please add $53.00 to your payment)]
Service Project:At our Synod Assembly in June, there will be a designated drop off area by the registration desk for all aluminum can tabs that are collected by congregations. At the conclusion of the Assembly, the can tabs will be taken to a recycler in the Rochester area. The monies realized from the can tabs will be divided equally between Cherish All Children and Disaster Relief for the area in West Seneca that was flooded by Buffalo Creek.
Would you like to volunteer at Assembly? The Synod Assembly Planning Team is looking for some additional volunteers to help out at Synod Assembly, June 1 – 3, 2014 in Rochester. Volunteer opportunities include: pages, IT/AV team, and the registration table. Volunteers will need to register for assembly as a guest and purchase any meals they wish to eat. To learn more please contact either Denise Ballou, Synod Assembly Planning Team Chair, email@example.com, or Patsy Glista, Assistant to the Bishop for Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org.