The Florida-Bahamas Synod kept to its odd-year "not business as usual" format that focused on elections and workshops. The festival-like atmosphere offered voting members a chance to experience several worship styles as well as participate in a public service event — helping to sort 200 boxes of food for a Lutheran food bank.
Fun was on the agenda at the Southwestern Texas Synod assembly, which alternates yearly between a business meeting and a festival. This year's festival featured gospel musician Paul Todd, who plays seven keyboards at a time. The big news out of the Southeast Michigan Synod was its gathering had no big news. Bishop Bob Rimbo proposed a "Jubilee Year on Resolutions," which kept action items at bay. Instead they heard from ELCA Vice President Addie Butler and the Detroit Lutheran Coalition Choir. The synod also entered into a $2.5 million fund appeal to support new congregations, existing ministries and the formation of new rostered leaders in the church. Servant events at the Pacifica Synod assembly collected 15,000 pounds of food — enough for 30,000 meals — that will be given to needy families. At the assembly of the North/ West Lower Michigan Synod, Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity, said he was not concerned that most people think former President Jimmy Carter founded Habitat. "That's OK, just as long as the ministry continues to grow," he said.