Assembly 2020 Information

Synod Assembly 2020! Our annual gathering of congregations and ministries, members and ministers, all of us who call the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod our home.

It’s a special time when we get together and get to meet, see and hear from leaders and guests from across our synod, and beyond – ELCA Churchwide representatives, as well as other denominations and faith communities.

It’s also a great opportunity to learn, to share, to work, and to celebrate and challenge ourselves around our theme:  WE ARE CHURCH TOGETHER.

ELCA Guidebook Information

In an attempt to save costs and paper, while keeping everyone up to date, we will use a customized “ELCA Guidebook App” for Assembly 2020. With just a simple, secure download to your smart phone or tablet, you’ll have instant access to all the documents and information needed, as well as vital and helpful announcements and guidance. The App is free and available to anyone, whether or not you can attend the Assembly.

Download Instructions

You can also access the guidebook on the web at

Pre-Assembly Information


Synod Council 
(1) Lay Female [3 years]
(1) Youth Female [2 years]
(1) Youth Male [1 year] 
(1) Female Person of Color or 1st Language other than English (lay or clergy) [3 years]
(1) Male Person of Color or 1st Language other than English (lay or clergy) [1 year]
Job Description and Nomination Form 

Discipline Committee
(3) Lay Females
(1) Clergy (male or female)
Job Description and Nomination Form

Worship Celebrations

There will be two major worship celebrations at Assembly 2020. On Friday morning at 8:30 is a Festival Eucharist Affirming Ministers of Word and Service and All the Baptized with Bishop Zeiser preaching and presiding. On Saturday morning at 11:00 is a second Festival Eucharist Celebrating and Giving Thanks for the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women, the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women of color, and the10th anniversary of the ordination of LGBTQIA++ people. The Rev. Dr. Catherine Ziel will preach, and the Rev. Donna Deal will preside. 

Download a bulletin insert to encourage members of your congregation to attend these exciting worship experiences! 


 The Committee of Reference and Counsel will review resolutions submitted to it before the assembly and requests that resolutions be submitted as soon as possible, so that voting members can consider them before the assembly. Please note: a resolution adopted by the 2005 Synod Assembly requires that resolutions submitted less than 2 weeks before the assembly (by Thursday, October 8, 2020) will be considered only if the assembly votes to receive them.
Download the Resolution Submittal Form

Ministry Display Request Form

Deadline for requests:  September 18, 2020.  Ministry Displays will be set up on the concourse level of the Mohegan Sun Arena.  We will try to accommodate everyone’s request for space.  Requests received after the deadline will be considered on a space available basis.
Download the Form

Agenda Overview

The full agenda must be approved by Synod Council. 
Download a preliminary overview.