Edification Days

Click here for more information about our 2021 Edification Days, like what to expect, forums, and the schedule.

2021 Edification Days

Edification Days will be held on May 8th, 2021 and May 22nd, 2021. Registrants for Synod Assembly are welcome to attend either Assembly Edification Day date, as both will have a similar schedule and content. Bishop James Hazelwood of the New England Synod will be the keynote presenter.

Edification Day Tech Support

During either Edification Day (May 8th and May 22nd), if you have any questions or issues regarding your technology, we will have support available via Zoom and by phone from 8:30am-2:00pm. This support will be specifically geared towards help needed to fully participate in Edification Day. If you have questions, concerns, or issues regarding your technology for Synod Assembly, please join us for one of our three Test Your Tech Sessions.

Edification Day Zoom Tech Support

Zoom Link (Only active during each Edification Day)

717) 652-1852

Edification Days Tech Support Phone Number

Vimeo and Zoom will be the two online platforms used for Edification Days. Both offer fully interactive experiences.

While you do not need to set up an account with Vimeo to watch the main presentations, to fully participate and access the chat feature on Vimeo, you will want to set-up a free Vimeo account here.

Once you have established your account with an email and password, you might also consider uploading a profile picture. These extra steps create deeper engagement online together. Synod Assembly is about gathering to experience hallway conversations and coffee breaks through online hospitality. We hope that you will create an account and join in the conversations.

First-time Vimeo user? Access Vimeo Help Center here.

The two forum sessions (10:35 a.m. and 12:50 p.m.) will be offered on Zoom. Link to the forum of your choice. As you log in, you will be placed into a waiting room. When the digital host and forum presenter are ready, participants will be admitted into the forum.

On Zoom, closed captioning and live transcription are available. These services provide subtitles of the spoken in-meeting communications and may be used for participants to more easily follow the conversations.

Zoom Etiquette
During the main presentation and when anyone else is speaking, please mute your microphone. If you have unstable internet, turning off your camera may improve the viewing experience. During the forums on edification days, to ask questions, please use the chat feature on Zoom. Your digital host will monitor the chat and work with the forum leaders to answer questions.

New to Zoom? Check out their online support here.

Test Your Tech

Zoom Link (Only active during each Test Your Tech Session)

717) 652-1852

Test Your Tech Support Phone Number

PLEASE NOTE: Tech Support Team will only be available via this number during the Test Your Tech Sessions.

Test Your Tech Sessions: May 22nd – 3:00pm-4:00pm, June 1st – 6:00pm-7:00pm, June 4th – 2:00pm-3:00pm

We are providing three different opportunities to test your technology setup for Synod Assembly. All voting members are strongly encouraged to participate in at least ONE Test Your Tech Zoom session before the start of the first business session on Friday evening, June 4. During each Test Your Tech session, participants will be able to check computer sound levels, test the online voting application, review the rules of procedure for a digital assembly, learn how to request speaking privileges during the business days of assembly, and ensure everything on the computer system runs smooth. Because each session will be identical, there is no need to participate in more than one session unless you made technology adjustments you would like to troubleshoot.

2021 Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly Materials

This year our Assembly will begin on the evening of June 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM, and continue on June 5, 2021, beginning at 8:00 AM. This year’s Assembly will be held digitally.

Voting members will receive the business days (June 4 & 5) online meeting links and electronic voting credentials (for Vevox, our electronic voting platform) via the email address provided at registration on or around June 1.

2021 Assembly – Bulletin of Reports

ELCA Synod Assembly Materials

Assembly Meetings Access & Other Key Times

Test Your Tech Days:
May 22, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., or
June 1, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., or
June 4, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Edification Days:
May 8 or May 22, 9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Online sessions open at 8:00 a.m.

Business Days:
June 4, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and
June 5, 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Assembly meetings open online one hour before the start of business.

As part of our online assembly digital displays, click here learn how some of our synod’s mission partners are engaged in mission and ministry across the region and around the globe.

Business Days Zoom Etiquette

  1. Each Voting Member will receive an email with the links needed to join the assembly sessions through Zoom on or before June 1. Please do not share these links with anyone.
  2. Upon entering the meetings, please mute your sound and always turn off your video. This minimizes the video bandwidth and helps everyone have a higher quality experience.
  3. The chat feature will be utilized for official assembly business only – requesting speaking privileges, asking clarifying questions, making motions, etc.

Please review the proposed Rules of Procedure for a Digital Assembly. These rules describe how business will be conducted during our digital assembly. The information is important as some of these rules are unique to a digital assembly.

Synod Assembly Business Days Tech Support

During Synod Assembly Business Days (June 4-5), if you have any questions or issues regarding your technology, we will have support available via Zoom and by phone. This support will be specifically geared towards help needed to fully participate in Business Day. If you have questions, concerns, or issues regarding your technology prior to Synod Assembly, please join us for one of our three Test Your Tech Sessions.

Business Days Tech Support Phone Number: (717) 652-1852

Synod Assembly Tech Support

Zoom Link (Only active during each Synod Assembly Business Days)

Nominations

Gathering under the theme, “Encountering Jesus,” our 34th annual Synod Assembly will celebrate the presence of God in and through our congregations, our conferences, and our synod.  Due to the pandemic’s continued uncertainty and for the safety of all, our 2021 Synod Assembly will be held totally online. 

The business of the assembly will begin the evening of June 4 and conclude at the end of the day on June 5. The business agenda includes worship, adoption of the 2022 budget, and essential elections for Synod Vice President, Synod Treasurer, Synod Council, committees, and 2022 Churchwide Assembly.

We would like to share how we arrived at the cost structure for our 2021 Synod Assembly. High quality online events providing the best experience possible require a variety of intangible expenses. When we gather in-person, we enjoy coffee and meals together, as well as secure on-site housing. The tangible expenses of displays, tables, and forums help us see where money is expended.
  • While we do not have to pay for meals and housing when we gather online, there are other new financial considerations. Assembly registration fees now help to cover the costs of advanced video, livestreaming and production technology. Moving to an online assembly requires different equipment, upgrading internet and network capacities, and contracting with others who provide much-needed skills beyond our current staff.
  • New fees for online voting member registration and management, production studio costs, upgrading and purchasing webinar and/or video conferencing platforms, online voting applications and broadened remote connections ensure your online assembly experience is engaging and effective. Until we cross the finish line of our first, all-digital, multiple-day assembly, we cannot be sure what the final cost will be to run and manage an event of this magnitude.
Because Synod Assembly is already a budgeted expense for congregations and to allow a margin for unexpected expenses, we maintained the 2020 Synod Assembly rates. While registration costs remain the same, congregations will save in mileage and housing. As always, we will base future assembly rates on what we learn from prior year’s actual assembly costs. We appreciate your grace and understanding as we continue to live into God’s preferred future.

Online Assembly Technology Requirements & Tips

  • Each voting member will need a reliable internet connection. This requires use of a desktop or laptop computer.

  • Your computer must have a microphone, speakers, and camera. To minimize background noise, you may find it helpful to use headphones or earphones.

  • For the best possible viewing experience, consider using a device with the largest screen available to you (i.e., a desktop, or a device that connects to a larger monitor). Using a smartphone or tablet is also an option. As you engage in the workshops and general session chat, we find that full size keyboards and monitors improve your online event experience and engagement.

  • Each voting member will need a second internet-connected device (smartphone or tablet) to vote.

  • Voting members may want to create a free Zoom account at www.zoom.us.

  • The Zoom meeting platform works with the following web browsers:

  • Test Your Tech sessions will be offered in May and June. Dates and session connectivity information are provided above and through WE News, our digital newsletter.

  • Once registered for assembly, you will begin to receive regular communications via email. If voting members do not currently receive our bi-weekly digital newsletter, it is critical to sign up here: https://www.lss-elca.org/we-news-signup/
  • Registration and credentialing will take place one hour before each meeting and voting members are urged to log on early.
  • Assembly participants may wish to gather in family or congregation small groups at a large screen, enabling visitors to also view the proceedings.