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Southwestern Pennsylvania, June 15-17, California, Pa. “Reformation Theology” was the theme of keynote speaker Edwin Chr. van Driel, a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The synod’s Hunger Task Force launched “Walk to Wittenberg” to raise funds for ELCA World Hunger. Congregations will sponsor a team that will walk 4,203 miles over the next year—the distance from Pittsburgh to Wittenberg. More than $2,500 was raised during the assembly. —Janice Jeletic

Southwestern Washington, June 16-17, Tacoma, Wash. With the theme “Deep Roots, New Life,” two wonderful worship services were held with many diverse participants. Bishop Greg Rickel of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (Wash.) preached. The assembly kicked off a synod campaign, “Deep Roots, New Life”; held 12 workshops; and heard keynotes from Doug Oakman and Marit Trelstad from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma. Resolutions supporting women and immigrants/refugees passed. Wingman brewery created Reformaiden Beer that debuted at the “Beer and Hymns.” —Allison Ramsey

Bahmann, the Rev. Manfred K., 87, Allentown, PA; June 13. Calls: Army chaplain; St. Paul, Grafton, WV; Grace, Hartford, CT; missionary serving in Buenos Aires, Argentina; First & University, Palo Alto, CA; missionary serving in Berlin, Germany; Zion-St. Mark, New York City.

Barnhart, the Rev. Philip H., 88, Ashland, OH; May 25. Calls: St. Peter, Spencerville; Adams, Batesville, both IN; Zion Wakefield, Greenville; Trinity, Jeromesville; St. John, Philo; Faith, Jackson; Loss Creek, Tiro, all OH.

Bartell, the Rev. Benson M., 88, Parker, CO; June 8. Calls: Good Hope, Youngstown; Atonement, Cincinnati; St. John, Celina, all OH; Emmanuel, Vienna, VA.

Berg, the Rev. Dean W., 87, Sammamish, WA; April 25. Calls: Messiah, Calgary, AB; Gloria Dei, North Vancouver, BC, both Canada; Holy Spirit, Kirkland; All Saints, Auburn, both WA; First, Fairfield; First, Des Moines, both IA; Light of Life, Aloha, OR.

Carlson, the Rev. Arne R., 93, Moorhead, MN; May 30. Calls: Little Norway & Squaw Creek, Black River Falls, WI; Zoar, St. Ansgar & Marion, LaMoure; Our Saviour, Pleasant Valley & Golden Valley, Park River, all ND; Fisher & Bygland, Fisher; chaplain, Lutheran Memorial Nursing Homes, Twin Valley & Halstad, all MN.

deHeyman, the Rev. William M., 84, Audubon, PA; May 16. Calls: King of Kings, New Windsor, NY; St. Paul, Allentown; St. John, Phoenixville; Good Shepherd, King of Prussia; Christ, Oreland; Redeemer, Philadelphia, all PA.

Eittreim, the Rev. Kinley O., 84, Huntsville, AL; June 3. Calls: Sarles, Sarles; Immanuel, Hannah; Our Savior, Kloten; Center, Mapes; McVille, McVille, all ND; Trinity, Newman Grove, NE; chaplain, Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, FL; Messiah, Vestavia Hills; Prince of Peace & All Saints, Huntsville; Faith, Birmingham, all AL.

Ellerbusch, the Rev. Stephen R., 68, Baxter, MN; June 5. Calls: Grace, Marshfield; Grace, Winchester, both WI; Hope, Sioux Center; Bethany, Emmetsburg, both IA; Swan Valley, Leader; Maple Hill, Pine River; First, Brainerd, all MN.

Upper Susquehanna, June 16-17, Selinsgrove, Pa. ( Meeting under the theme “Together in Mission: Relating and Reforming,” the assembly connected to the world through song, work and word. ELCA Glocal musicians-educators shared global songs and helped the assembly look at how to connect to current contexts and accompany those doing mission. Two deans and the Camp Mount Luther staff were installed and a new round robin format for several committee reports allowed for more discussion with ministry partners. —Chad Hershberger

Upstate New York, June 8-10, Rochester, N.Y. ( With the theme “Building Bridges,” participants learned how to walk with brothers and sisters around the world. A Global Cafe focused on the refugee experience. ELCA Glocal musician-educators taught the assembly to bridge the culture gap through global music. Stephen Bouman, churchwide representative, and Joy Philip of Waterloo (Ontario) Lutheran Seminary talked about being church in the public arena and about the accompaniment model of ministry. More than $50,000 was received for ELCA World Hunger. —Katie Yahns


Espeland, the Rev. Orlo G., 84, Burnsville, MN; April 21. Calls: Trinity & Hickory Grove, Boscobel; Castle Rock, Fennimore; St. John, Evansville; Halfway Creek & Holmen, Holmen; Immanuel, Watertown; dist. dir., ALC Commitment to Mission, all WI; St. Olaf, Austin, MN; asst. to bishop, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Houston; New Life, Bolingbrook, IL.

Gitlin, the Rev. Emmanuel M., 94, Hickory, NC; June 13. Call: prof. of biblical studies, Lenoir-Rhyne Univ., Hickory.

Janke, the Rev. James E., 78, Gainesville, FL; May 22. Calls: Immanuel, Watertown; Bethel, Madison, both WI; Gloria Dei, Rochester; exec. dir., Good Earth Village, Spring Valley; Lands, Zumbrota; Christ, Preston, all MN; United, Grand Forks, ND.

Neve, the Rev. Herbert T., 86, Centerville, OH; June 12. Calls: campus pastor, Univ. of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND; staff, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, Switzerland; faculty, Hamma School of Theology/Wittenberg Univ., Springfield; State Univ., Dayton, both OH.

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Olsen, the Rev. Floyd O., 89, New London, MN; June 6. Calls: First, Sioux Rapids; Highland Park, Des Moines; Sion, Lake Mills; Bethany, Joice, all IA; St. John, Wausau; First English, Whitewater; Deerfield, Deerfield, all WI.

Peterson, the Rev. Bruce C., 64, New England, ND; June 3. Calls: Concordia, Crosby; Our Redeemer, New England, both ND.

Stene, the Rev. Arthur M., 88, Chaska, MN; May 9. Calls: St. Paul, Manitowoc; Calvary, Beloit; chaplain, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL; chaplain supvr., Lutheran Deaconess Hospital, Minneapolis; chaplain supvr. & dir., Chaplaincy Service, Bethesda Lutheran Medical Center & vice pres., Pastoral Care Dept. and Mission, HealthEast Care System, St. Paul, MN.

West, the Rev. John S., 76, Sterling Heights, MI; May 24. Call: Wainola, St. Paul & First, Mass City, MI.


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