Initial bishop election meeting Sat., Feb. 4

Bishop Margaret Payne

Members of Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield and all Western Massachusetts ELCA churches are invited to attend the special New England Synod conference meeting to discuss the election of a new bishop. Bishop Margaret Payne will retire Aug. 31, 2012, after serving 12 years as bishop of the New England Synod.

The meeting will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Springfield, starting at 9:00 a.m.  This is one of several regional meetings taking place in January and February as the second step in the process of electing of a new bishop for the New England Synod. The agenda for these meetings is available at, which also includes a video posted earlier that describes the election process. It is recommended that churches select their voting members for the upcoming 2012 New England Synod Assembly so that these representatives can attend this and future election-related meetings this spring.

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