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July 9, 2010

ELCIC Saskatchewan Synod Meets in Convention; Delegates Re-Elect Synod Bishop Cindy Halmarson

The Saskatchewan (SK) Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is meeting in convention July 8-11 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The 2010 SK Synod Convention commenced on Thursday afternoon. Opening Worship was held Thursday evening; ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson presided and Synod Bishop Cindy Halmarson preached.

Friday included a full agenda of business for convention delegates, including Bible study, the election of Synod Bishop, workshops, report of the National Bishop, a presentation of the Synod's strategic plan, and an evening activity where delegates were introduced more fully to the Book of Faith initiative.

Bishop Cindy Halmarson, who has served two four-year terms as Synod Bishop, was re-elected on the third ballot. Addressing delegates following the announcement of her re-election, Bishop Halmarson reflected on the sabbatical she took earlier in the year. The sabbatical I took was in part to reflect on the ministry I have done as Bishop, she said, and the way I have lived out the responsibility you have given me. Bishop Halmarson noted the sabbatical provided her with a sense of renewal and affirmed for her that she felt, called to continue in this ministry.

SK Synod Convention delegates will continue to meet for the full day on Saturday, July 10. The 2010 SK Synod Convention will conclude with Closing Worship on Sunday, July 11.

Further information about the ELCIC's Saskatchewan Synod is available online: http://www.sasksynod.elcic.ca/

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