Our synod concluded it's 21st annual assembly on June 29th. In addition to conducting essential business, this year's alternate year assembly featured multiple worship and workshop opportunities, and the election of a bishop. Workshops were held on such topics as the Book of Faith initiative, Making A difference in Central Europe, Sharing the faith through Creative Crafts, Church Growth, Living Abundantly in Times of Scarcity, A Gathering of Passionate Stewards, and Growing up Generous. A hearing was also held on the ELCA Draft Social Statement on Sexuality. A plenary enrichment session was held by the Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, ELCA Stewardship Specialist, and Assistant to the Bishop, New Jersey Synod. More info on his work is available on the SZSO Stewardship page. Among those present, was a Board of Pensions representative, as well as an Augsburg Fortress store on site. The election for Bishop was held at the 2008 assembly. The election closed with the Rev. Wilma S. Kucharek re-elected with 86% of the votes cast. Gatherings were led by the Rev. David L. Jones, and the Rev. Michael Jones. For more information, email the Synod Offices.