Synod Assembly 2019

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2019 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly Forward Together with Courage and Hope June 14-15, 2019 College Park Marriott and Conference Center 

REGISTRATION (Closed May 10th) Payments for Synod Assembly can be made online or by mailing your payment to the Metro D.C. Synod, P.O. Box 77245, Washington, DC 20013.

2019 Synod Assembly Draft L (updated 6/12/19)

Guidebook App

2019 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly has gone mobile! Get the app on your mobile device now, for free at (no longer active). Visit the URL, tap the “download” button to get the free Guidebook app, open Guidebook and look for the guide: 2019 Metro D.C. Synod Assembly.  NOTE: There are two versions of the Guidebook app. If you downloaded the one with the blue logo you may see the Metro D.C. Synod Assembly information, however it is not updating. The version you need is the ELCA Organizations and Events Guidebook App. It is an app inside of an app. You will know you have the correct version if you see the “Reports” section on the side contents menu. Our June Video Events Digest has a tutorial to help you find the correct version. We will also have people on hand through the conference to help if you have any problems downloading the correct version.


All attendees must register when they arrive at Synod Assembly. Due to the need to provide accurate counts for the bishop election ballots we will have to close and reopen registration throughout the assembly several times. We will close registration approximately 30 minutes before each ballot and reopen after voting. Here are the registration times based on the current schedule which is subject to change due to the flow of the plenary sessions. If you are not registered with a voting device during the registration time you will NOT be allowed to vote in any elections until you are registered during the next opening. You will only need to register once. Friday, June 14th – Registration Open 8:30am – 11:15am        12:30pm – 4:45pm        6pm-7:15pm Saturday, June 15th – Registration Open 7:00am – 1:00pm

Reports (links to pdfs will be posted as they are available)

ROBERTS RULES CHEAT SHEET 2019 Synod Assembly Materials – Bulk with TOC

Worship Booklets


Display Space Requests can be made here

Candidate Information form can be found here

Please complete the full form by May 14, 2019. Form is for all non-bishop related elections. A separate form will be available for bishop candidates. Bishop nomination forms can be found on the Transition Page.

Resolutions and Memorials

Synod Assembly 2019 Key Dates

  • February 1 Early Bird Registration Opens
  • March 15   Display Space Request Deadline
  • March 31   Last day for Early Bird Registration
  • April 1       Regular Registration Opens
  • April 10     MD Conf Pre-Assembly Meeting
  • April 15     Reports Due
  • May 1        Reference and Counsel Deadline
  • May 4        VA Conf Pre-Assembly Meeting
  • May 5        FX Conf Pre-Assembly Meeting
  • May 9        MO Conf Pre-Assembly Meeting
  • May 10      Regular Registration Closes
  • May 11      DC Conf Pre-Assembly Meeting
  • May 14      Candidate Bio Forms for Synod Council, Reports, etc…
  • May 15      Guidebook App Training Zoom
  • May 30      Guidebook App Training Zoom
  • June 2       PO Conf Pre-Assembly Meeting

Pre-Assembly Conference Meetings

In preparation for the assembly we wanted to make sure you knew about the Pre-Assembly Conference meetings. Each conference, by constitution, is obligated to provide a meeting before each Synod Assembly. A synod staff member attends the meeting and this year we will also have a member of the Transition Team in attendance. There are six conferences in the Metro D.C. Synod. If you are unable to attend your conference meeting the deans have agreed to open meetings to anyone who would like to attend to make sure everyone is prepared for this year’s assembly especially what the bishop election process will look like. If you attend a conference meeting that you are not a member of there may be issues that you would not be able to vote on, but you would receive a lot of the same information. All voting members should plan on attending one of the following meetings:
  • Maryland Conference – Wednesday 4/10, 9:30am at Grace – 2503 Belair Dr.,  Bowie, MD 20715(Abiding Presence-Beltsville, All Saints-Bowie, Good Samaritan-Lanham, Good Samaritan-Lexington Park, Grace-Bowie, Grace-Ft. Washington, Hope-Clinton, Hope-College Park, Peace-Waldorf, St. John-Riverdale, St. Michael’s Truth/Our Saviour’s, St. Nicholas, Zion-Takoma Park)
  • Virginia Conference – Saturday 5/4, 9am at Redeemer – 1545 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101(Bethel-Lovettsville, Christ the King-Great Falls, Christ the Servant-Reston, Community- Sterling, Emmanuel-Vienna, Holy Cross-Herndon, Holy Trinity-Leesburg, King of Kings-Fairfax, New Jerusalem-Lovettsville, Redeemer-McLean, St. Andrew-Centreville, Zion-Lovettsville)
  • Fairfax Conference – Sunday 5/5, 2pm at Abiding Presence – 6304 Lee Chapel Rd, Burke, VA 22015(Abiding Presence-Burke, Bethel-Manassas, Bethlehem-Fairfax, Christ-Fairfax, Covenant- Dale City, Epiphany-Dale City, Good Shepherd-Woodbridge, Lord of Life, River of Grace, Shepherd of the Hills, St. Mark-Springfield, St. Matthew-Woodbridge)
  • Montgomery Conference – Thursday 5/9, 7pm at St. Johns – 4629 Aspen Hill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853(Christ-Bethesda, Christ the Servant-Gaithersburg, Emmanuel-Bethesda, Epiphany-Burtonsville, Good Shepherd-Gaithersburg, In Christ Washington Fellowship, La Sagrada Familia, Living Faith-Rockville, Prince of Peace-Gaithersburg, St. John’s-Rockville, St. Luke’s-Derwood, St. Luke-Silver Spring, St. Stephen-Silver Spring, Swahili Lutheran Church, Trinity-North Bethesda)
  • DC Conference – Saturday 5/11, 10am at First Trinity – 501 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20001(Augustana, Christ, First Trinity, Georgetown, Grace, Holy Comforter, Luther Place, Oromo Evangelical Lutheran, Our Redeemer, Peace-Bermuda, Reformation, St. Matthew, St. Paul’s)
  • Potomac Conference – Sunday, 6/2, 1:30pm at Holy Trinity – 3022 Woodlawn Ave, Falls Church, VA 22042(Advent-Arlington, Epiphany-Alexandria, Faith-Arlington, Good Shepherd-Alexandria, Holy Trinity-Falls Church, Hope-Annandale, Messiah-Alexandria, Nativity-Alexandria,  Peace-Alexandria, Resurrection-Arlington)