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Synod School sets participation record

686 take part in weeklong ministry of Synod of Lakes and Prairies

September 21, 2017

STORM LAKE, Iowa – Synod School,  a ministry of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies,  recently drew a record 686 participants to the Buena Vista University campus.

Synod School takes place every summer, as the only remaining synod school of its type within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The theme this year was “Let Justice Flow.”

With the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), serving as convocation speaker, and Cláudio Carvalhaes, a well-known worship leader and professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, leading evening worship, Synod School attendees had no shortage of inspirational activities.

This year’s event marked the first time a stated clerk of the General Assembly had served as convocation speaker. Carvalhaes was the convocation speaker several years ago.

Participants chose from more than 70 classes. The classes ranged from the serious to the more lighthearted — from “Praying and Living the Psalms”  to “From Gutenberg to Google” and “Sheldon Cooper and the 10 Commandments.”

Synod School 2018 is scheduled for July 22–27.

Duane Sweep, Director of Communications, Synod of Lakes and Prairies.

Today’s Focus:  Synod School 2017

Let us join in prayer for:

Synod of Lakes and Prairies Staff

Elona Street-Stewart, synod executive
Deb DeMeester, director of leadership development
Alex De Veyra, director of financial services
Duane Sweep, director of communications
Pam Prouty, stated clerk
Jim Koon, treasurer
Mary Kes, administrator
Jackie Palmer, business manager

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Karen Oliver, PMA
Elizabeth Olker, PMA

Let us pray:

Our Father, you have given us so much, including your own Son. Please look with favor on our efforts to grow spiritually. Amen.

Daily Readings

Morning Psalms 36; 147:12-20
First Reading 1 Kings 22:29-45
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15
Gospel Reading Matthew 5:1-10
Evening Psalms 80; 27