Items of business
Bishop Graham reported that the offering collected at last night’s worship totaled $1782.00, which will be divided evenly for disaster relief in Japan and the ELCA’s HIV/AIDS initiative.
Report of the Vice President of the Synod Council
Dr. John White referred to his written report (submitted earlier) and offered some verbal remarks. He spoke about the congregations that have recently left the ELCA and noted the pain that must be present in these deliberations and decisions to leave. He noted that no congregations in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod have left and said this is due to an early commitment to get along and learning to trust each other. He acknowledged the work of the current and previous two bishops to keep us together and asked the audience to applaud them to show their appreciation.