A WORD ABOUT THE REGISTRATION FEES
Dear Friends in Christ,
In many places throughout our synod, church and family budgets are strained, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The MNYS Assembly Planning Committee (APC) and the Synod Council are aware of these financial realities. We take seriously the responsibility of planning Synod Assemblies that are within an appropriate financial level. The APC carefully gathers multiple quotes from vendors and weighs the options available for contracted services. We also take seriously the evaluations and feedback we receive from voting members, visitors and guests at previous assemblies, striving to make continual improvements. This year, the registration fees (which are lower when compared with other synods' digital assembly registration fees) from voting members will cover less than 40 percent of the total cost, reducing the remaining costs that will be absorbed by the synod.
These fees are a symbol of our partnership in the Gospel TOGETHER, and will allow us to:
All of this work could not be done without the passion and devotion of our volunteers. In 2019, over 75 volunteers were involved in planning, staging and assisting onsite with assembly. Partner organizations contributed to the sense of community by providing coffee and refreshments during breaks. While our digital assembly will look a bit different this year, we appreciate the work of all those who made past assemblies possible and recognize all those behind the scenes making this year's assembly equally successful.
We are grateful for the support in making our assembly encompass more than an annual business meeting. We value our time together as Church at Synod Assembly, and we are expecting to create the same sense of community in our newly digital world.
We want to ensure that our congregations and leaders are not restricted from participating due to financial limitations. If a voting member from your congregation is in need of financial assistance to cover registration fees, please contact Kaitlin Kowalec ([email protected]) about available funding.