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Bishop’s Report to the Synod Council

February 4, 2022

The following is a summary of the activities of the Bishop and Synod Staff since December 11th. This report uses the list of responsibilities outlined in the Synod’s Constitution to organize the many tasks of the Synod. While the Bishop has oversight over these tasks, the work detailed below is only possible because of the faithful work of the Synod staff, council members, committee members and volunteers. We are grateful for the mission support of congregations throughout the Synod and churchwide. This work would not be possible without their generosity.

Serve as the Synod’s Pastor

Preach, Teach and Administer the Sacraments

· I have visited 76 congregations and mission partners, driving over 15,000 miles since my election.

· Since our last meeting, I have hosted the following livestream conversations:

o COVID 19: Update for Congregations with Dr. Susan Philips

Synod Resource Center

· The Belfry has agreed to house the Synod Resource Center and the process is underway to hire a Synod Resource Center Assistant. Catherine is scheduling the packing and moving of books from Hope Lutheran in Fresno. We extend thanks to the faithful folk at Hope Lutheran for hosting the Resource Center.

Primary Responsibility for the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Synod

· We have begun a Bishop’s Convocation for rostered leaders that will provide 16 hours of free continuing education hours for rostered leaders. Later this year we hope to provide a convocation for lay leaders as well.

o Day 1 - February 2: The often-unknown details of being credentialed in the ELCA w/ Rev. Manda (41 participants joined the training)

o Day 2 - February 9: Caring for victims of misconduct w/ Barbara Keller, Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline w/ Bishop Megan, Being a Mandated Reporter w/ Bishop Megan

o Day 3 - February 16: Legal advice and updates for congregations w/ Mark Watson Esq. (the attorney for the SPS), Clergy tax & Congregational Finance updates w/ Rev. Sharon Amundson (synod treasurer and