30th Annual Synod Assembly
Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA
June 2-3, 2017
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Pocono Manor, PA
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the assembly will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 2. Click here to register online. Congregations may register all rostered ministers and voting members at one time; this option is available for online registration only. The cost for online registration is $100 per person until midnight, May 12, and $110 per person from May 13 through May 19. The deadline for all registrations is May 19.
You may register by mail by completing a separate registration form for each voting member. The cost to register by mail is $110 per person if postmarked on or before May 12, 2017, and $120 from May 13 through May 19.
The site of this year’s Assembly will be the Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. For more information, visit their website at http://www.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania. Housing arrangements need to be made by congregations. The Kalahari has set aside a block of rooms for the assembly. To take advantage of the reduced rate of $199 for Friday night, reservations must be made by May 2. Rates do not include taxes and are per room, per night, and for up to four guests. To make a reservation call 888-742-9099 and identify yourself as attending the Northeastern PA Synod Assembly. Luggage can be stored with the resort until 4:00 p.m. check-in time. For full information of all of the features available to you at the resort, click on “Registration Directions” in the sidebar.
The keynote speaker will be The Rev. Dr. Kathryn Kleinhans, Professor of Religion at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Dr. Kleinhans’ teaching responsibilities are primarily in Christian theology and church history, with an emphasis on Martin Luther and the theology and history of the Reformation. She writes and speaks frequently on the relevance of Luther and the Reformation today – especially in light of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation in 2017. Dr. Kleinhans will speak on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend the assembly and will be seated in a special visitors section. There is no registration fee for visitors but they are encouraged to complete a registration form before May 19 and check in at the assembly. Visitors can attend any time and for any length of time and can sit in on plenary sessions, join in worship, enjoy God’s Playground, share in meals, or play and relax in the resort. Festival worship with eucharist will be held on Friday afternoon. Bishop Zeiser will be preaching and Mark Mummert will be the musician.