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Sunday, February 20, 2011


1. Zion Lutheran Church (Obetz) Columbus, OH passed second vote 53-11. (Choice of church body uncertain at this time.)

2. Looney Valley Lutheran Church, Houston, MN passed second vote 53-4.

3. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC passed second vote 161-19, with 4 abstentions. Already voted to join NALC.

4. St. John Lutheran Church, Westboro, MO passed first vote 95-3.

5. Due to winter vacations, possible bad weather, second vote by Zion Lutheran Church, LaMoille, IL is being rescheduled for some time in March or April of this year.

6. Christ Lutheran Church, (Elderton) Shelocta, PA passed second vote 85%.

7. Mount Union Lutheran Church, (Elderton) Shelocta, PA passed second vote 93%.
(Two members of this congregation recently gave the NALC $1 million. See article below).

8. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Ackley, IA passed first vote 23-5.

9. Reformation Lutheran Church, Westminster, CA passed first vote 97-0.


  1. There is word that Bethel in NE was released by the ELCA.

    Also, a church in Alma NE held a leadership conference on congregations wanting information or help on leaving the ELCA or starting new congregations.

  2. The 3rd Leadership Open House for congregations in transition out of ELCA was held Sunday, Feb. 20 at Alma NE, with more than 140 persons from southern Nebraska and northern KS present. Thanks to Peace-Alma (LCMC) for a fabulous job of hosting a crowd that exceeded the planning team's expectations. The series of open houses started 6 months ago at Hope-Smithfield NE (LCMC). It's a collaborative effort of congregations helping congregations through the discernment and decision-making process that so many are going through. We're very intentional about presenting information about both LCMC and NALC. It looks like we'll need to make the next open house plural - as in multiple sites - given the number of congregations in the process and the geographic territory involved. Watch for more details as planning proceeds. We'll send info to Rev. Barnhart's site. Meanwhile, a brief paper describing the "Open House" approach is being prepared. To be placed on an e-mail list for this document, e-mail and write "Open House Paper" in the subject line.