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2018 Synod Assembly

Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, 3303 N 3rd St
Temple, TX 76501 United States
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Planned and hosted by the Heart of Texas Conference.

Theme: Under Construction: Transforming in Christ

Scripture: Romans 12:2

Bible Study Leader: The Rev. Mandy Brobst-Renaud (St. Peter, Malone)

ELCA Churchwide Representative: Kathryn Lohre (Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, Executive for Inter-Religious & Ecumenical Relations)

Location: Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center, Temple, TX

Tentative Agenda (for planning purposes):

Thursday, April 26
Synod Council Meeting

Friday, April 27
Morning: Display Set up and Synod Council Meeting
1pm: New Member Orientation
1:30pm: Order for Opening of Assembly
1:45pm: Business Session/Bible Study and First Ballot (including Churchwide Assembly Voting Members)
5:30pm: Adjourn
7pm: Banquet and Anniversary Recognition

Saturday, April 28
8:15am: Morning Prayer
8:30am: Business Session/Bible Study
10:45am: Festival Worship, Installation of Conference Deans, Recognition of Word and Service Roster
Noon: Lunch and Affinity Group Conversations
1:45pm: Business Session/Bible Study
5pm: Closing of Assembly
6pm: Backyard BBQ and Entertainment at Location TBD (food prepared by Salem, Rosebud)

Sunday, April 29
For those wishing to stay, options will be noted for worship in local ELCA congregations

Housing: Reservations must be made by April 4, 2018.

Headquarters Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Temple1749 Scott Blvd, Temple, TX 76504. Our room block is available for nights ranging from April 25 to April 29. Our special pricing is $99 per night plus taxes and fees (excluding breakfast). You may reserve one of two ways:

  1. Call 254-773-0200. Provide our group code ELC425. Book your room with a local hotel representative and get your confirmation number from them.
  2. Reserve online: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/gi/reservation/book.htm?ctyhocn=TPLGIGI&groupCode= ELC425. (Copy and paste this address into your web browser.) Insert travel dates, select room type, and insert personal and payment information. Upon completing the reservation, you will receive your confirmation number.

Other Hotel Options: *Ask for the Lutheran Assembly Rate

Fairfield Inn ($89 per night plus taxes and fees) – 800-228-2800 or 254-771-3030
1402 SW HK Dodgen Loop, Temple, TX 76504

Candlewood ($85 per night plus taxes and fees) – 254-773-8342
850 Scott Blvd, Temple TX 76504

Holiday Inn Express ($99 per night plus taxes and fees) – 254-773-5500
2609 South 39th St, Temple, TX 76504


Registration Fees

Online Early Bird Rates (by March 15 – 11:59 p.m.)
Voting Members – $220
Retired Rostered – $105
Visitors – $50

Online Rates (closes April 16 – 11:59 p.m.)
Voting Members – $250
Retired Rostered – $110
Visitors – $60

Hard Copy Rates (submitted by mail and received by April 16)
Voting Members – $265
Retired Rostered – $115
Visitors – $75

On Site Rates
Voting Members – $315
Retired Rostered – $160
Visitors – $100

Hard Copy of the Book of Reports – $25

Displayers (NT-NL / ELCA Ministries) – $50

Vendors – $100

Non-Participant Food Package (includes 2 meals – Friday banquet, Saturday lunch) – $55

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Elections at the Assembly
Synod Treasurer (4 year term)

Synod Council Positions (nominees come from the related conference – 4 year term)
Heart of Texas Conference – Lay Male and Lay Female (one 35 or under, and one 36 or over)
Conference Out West – Lay Male and Lay Female (one 35 or under, and one 36 or over)
Eastern Conference – Ordained
Latin@/Hispanic – Ordained

ELCA Churchwide Voting Members
Rostered Minister of Word and Sacrament – Female
Rostered Minister of Word and Sacrament – Male
Lay Female (35 or younger)
Lay Female (36 or older)
Lay Male (35 or younger)
Lay Male (36 or older)

To be considered for the slate of nominees for the ELCA Churchwide Assembly by the Synod’s Nominating Committee, please submit your vita ASAP. The Nominating Committee will be building a slate that will hopefully represent all areas, ethnicities, and genders of the Synod. If you do not make the slate, you have the right to have your name submitted by a registered voting member of the assembly to the assembly floor, and a vita and photo will be needed at that time.

The next ELCA Churchwide Assembly will be August 5-10, 2019, in Milwaukee, WI.

ELCA Church Council Members (nominees to be then voted on at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly)
TWO Rostered Ministers of Word and Sacrament

The NT-NL Synod is paired with the Arkansas Oklahoma (AOK) Synod in continuing resolution 19.02.C05. for the purpose of nominating two persons to the ELCA Church Council to be elected by the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. The nominating committee has assigned the category of Minister of Word and Sacrament to our synod for nomination.

We are looking for people who would bring a commitment to the work of this church in all of its expressions. It is important that those nominated can work with the other members of the Church Council in assuming the governance role that has been assigned to the council.

This means that our 2018 Synod Assembly will select two persons who fit this category. These persons will then be nominated to the Churchwide Assembly, which will elect one to a six-year term on the Church Council, beginning upon the conclusion of the 2019 Assembly.

The process that our synod uses to identify and nominate these people is not described in the constitution. What is required is that the Synod Assembly nominates them. That means there will need to be a vote of the assembly to place these two people in nomination. Once these names are presented to the assembly in Milwaukee, there is not provision for nominations from the floor for this position. The two people we nominate from our 2018 Synod Assembly will be the only two on the ballot for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly.

Affinity Groups
We have four meeting spaces available during Assembly. We will be hosting the following Affinity Groups and encourage everyone to attend one:

Leadership Formation (with Bishop Erik Gronberg)

ELCA Churchwide (with Kathryn Lohre, ELCA Churchwide Representative)

Youth (facilitator being confirmed)

Latin@/Ethnic-specific Ministry (with DEM Irma Bañales)

More details will be shared as they are confirmed.


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April 27
April 28


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Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center
3303 N 3rd St
Temple, TX 76501 United States
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