To the good people of Nebraska: It was so good to be with you good friends and colleagues this week.

Agenda for the assembly.

Meet the candidates.

Bishop Brian, a good friend has served faithfully for ten years.

Dakota Road did a superb job of leading worship.

Bishop Susan Candea (Central States Synod) preached opening worship. “Faith is not about us, it’s about God! …And when we focus on God, we see a God whose word does what it says…who declares to us today: ‘You are the light of the world.’”

It’s fun to mess with the bishop while he’s speaking:

Thank you for the gift of a ukulele and for giving me the opportunity to play the ukulele for the first time before 600 people. 🙂

It was fun to brainstorm with you about welcoming neighbors and newcomers to the church, and drawing a crowd. Ideas like:

Results of ballot 1:

The things you see at a synod assembly.

The friends with whom you connect at a synod assembly.

Carol Flores

Results of ballot 2:

The top seven moved forward to the third ballot, after each one answered a question for the assembly about their leadership style.

Results of the 3rd ballot. The top three go on to ballot 4.

Friday night we held a banquet saying goodbye to Bishop Brian Maas and Debbie.

Brews and Hymns to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Nebraska Synod. What fun! The amazing Dakota Road invited me to play/sing a cameo appearance with my new uke.

Candidate for Bishop, The Rev. Dr. Inba Inbarasu
Immanuel Pathways, Council Bluffs, IA
Candidate for Bishop, The Rev. Miriam Blair, First Lutheran in Omaha.
ELCA Secretary Sue Rothmeyer
Pastor Rudy and Carol Flores


Brian Maas gave his final report as Bishop of the Nebraska Synod.

Results of the 4th ballot. The top two move to the next ballot.

Results of the 5th ballot:

Congratulations Bishop Elect Scott Johnson!

Closing worship

Congratulations Pastor Scott Johnson and his wife Deacon Kristin Mooneyham-Johnson.
Pastor Scott Johnson with the deer in the headlights look. 🙂

Learning to Pray Again.