Suggestion For Congregational Newsletters as It Relates to Bishop Mary’s Next Call

(from Your Synod Communicator, Deacon Vicki Hanrahan)

The ELCA Churchwide office issued a press release that erroneously noted that Bishop Mary is retiring.  I’ve noticed that many of our congregations have reprinted this press release.  That in general, is fantastic; however, we do want to be accurate that Bishop Mary is NOT retiring.  She will, indeed, end her call as our synod bishop on June 30; however, she has accepted a new call as Senior Pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, allowing her to continue to serve in this church that she loves, but also to live in the same place as her family.  If you intend to keep the reprint on your website/and/or newsletters, please make this edit and please keep Bishop Mary in your prayers during this time of transition for her and her husband, John, and their family.  Thank you!