VBS Photo Contest
Congratulations to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis and First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights for winning the two Augsburg Fortress gift certificates in this summer's Vacation Bible School photo contest.
99 photos were submitted by 30 different congregations. The collage above (click to enlarge) shows one photo from each congregation. Thanks to everyone who shared photos and voted!
The Minneapolis Area Synod supports congregations and ministries as together we share God’s love in Jesus Christ. We provide encouragement for leaders, resources for communities of faith, and strategic investment in areas where we are “better together” – such as ministry with and outreach to racially diverse communities and people in their first third of life. We also work to strengthen connections among congregations, justice ministries, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and the global church.
Bishop's Sermon from 2014 Synod Assembly
Three thousand people were added that day. Three thousand baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ. That’s the power of the Spirit – a mighty wind, a mighty word –and three thousand came to faith.
Given that power, I’ve often wanted to suggest some revisions to our prayer for the Holy Spirit during baptisms. “Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon this child – the spirit of wisdom and understanding….Oh, I mean the spirit of feisty boldness...