Synod Assembly

32nd Annual Synod Assembly
“We are Church Together: Working in God’s Vineyard”
Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
Lodi, CA
Saturday May 11, 2019
10 AM – 4:30 PM


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Two Lay Voting Members per each called minister of Word and Sacrament serving a congregation shall be elected by each congregation related to this synod, normally one of whom shall be male and one of whom shall be female, to be voting members.

Online Registration is Closed. You can register in person at Assembly.

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 Keynote Speaker: Rozella Haydée White

Rozella Haydée White is a coach, creator, and consultant accompanying individuals, organizations and communities live meaningful lives by embracing the fullness of who they are.

Rozella currently serves as the Houston City Director for Mission Year, an organization committed to walking with young adults as they fall in love with Jesus and the city, come alive in their gifts and purpose, build beloved community across dividing lines and become advocates for God’s justice in our neighborhoods and world. She previously served as the Director for Young Adult Ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), one of the largest protestant denominations in the United States.

As a writer, teacher, preacher and public theologian, Rozella is a known presence on social media boldly engaging issues of faith, justice, mental illness and the radical and transformative love of Jesus. Rozella is desperately seeking justice, mercy, humility and love. She believes that everyone is gifted and has the power to transform themselves, their communities and the world when they tap into their most authentic self.

Bible Study Leader: Rev. Tracie Bartholomew

New Jersey Synod, ELCA

Bishop Bartholomew is a native New Jerseyan having been born and raised in Somers Point. She was baptized and con rmed atGrace Lutheran, Somers Point. Bishop Bartholomew was grad-uated from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) with aB.S. in political science and received her M. Div. from the Luther- an Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC).

Ordained in September 1989, she has served in three congrega- tions – St. Mark, Roanoke and Good Shepherd, Lexington (both inVirginia) and Abiding Presence, Ewing, NJ. These congregationsrepresent an inner city ministry, a “town and gown” congrega- tion/campus ministry, and a suburban experience. In 1998 shewas called to serve as an Assistant to the Bishop in the NJ Synod and served in that call until being elected Bishop in June 2013.

Bishop Bartholomew is married to The Rev. B. Daniel Whitener, Jr. They have two young adult children. Herhobbies include reading, and traveling.

ELCA Churchwide Representative: Dana Dutcher

Manager of Companion Synod Relationships for the Asia Pacific region, Madagascar, Rwanda, West and Central Africa region Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Global Mission

Dana Dutcher is the Manager of Companion Synod Relationships for the Asia Pacific region, as well as the Madagascar, Rwanda, West and Central Africa region of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Global Mission. Dana endeavors to care for the shared connections and ministries with and among our companions, synods and church partners in these two diverse and significant regions of the world.

Dana’s portfolio of work supports 30 companion synod relationships, integrates companion participation in various events and programs, and helps Synods and congregations discern how they can engage with their companions in meaningful ministries. Dana is in her fth year of service in Glob- al Mission and is excited to work with Synod and congregation members who are passionate about global ministry.

Dana received a Bachelors of Science from Valparaiso University in International Business, with minors in Chinese language and Urban Studies. During her college tenure Dana studied in China and developed a deep passion and sense of calling for international and cross-cultural ministry. Encouraged by her studiesin China, after graduation, Dana served through ELCA Global Mission in Tokyo, Japan for three years as anESL teacher. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Public Service at DePaul University.

Dana is a member at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL.

In Kind Gifts

In-Kind offerings are designated to meet the current needs at Saint John’s Program for Real Change

  • Women’s Underwear (sizes 7, 8, 9)
  • Kids underwear (boys and girls)
  • Washcloths
  • Tampons
  • Twin Sheet sets

St John’s Program for Real Change,
Sacramento, CA

Financial Gifts

Monetary offerings will be divided equally among the following:

  • Sierra Pacific Synod Candidacy Committee Scholarship Fund
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
  • Saint John’s Program for Real Change


2018 Assembly Offerings Bulletin Insert

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