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Synod assembly plans service work

The 23rd annual Eastern North Dakota Synod Assembly is this weekend at the Jamestown Civic Center, during which the assembly members are planning on doing many acts of community service in and around Jamestown.

The Rev. Terry Brandt, associate with the bishop of the syndod, said 481 voting members were registered to attend and 49 guests were also expected.

The assembly will begin Saturday with opening worship, following by a meeting on the synod's business.

Saturday afternoon, the assembly will spread out from the Civic Center for a Mission Blitz around the Jamestown area where members will do service projects at many different sites.

Brandt said the sites in Jamestown include Ave Maria Village, HiAcres Manor, Rock of Ages, Head Start, Salvation Army, Jamestown Parks and Recreation, Frontier Village church, Anne Carlsen Center, Safe Shelter, Gardenette Apartments, North Dakota State Hospital, Renaissance Recycling and James River Humane Society. There will also be projects at the Civic Center for members with limited mobility. Other members will go around Jamestown cleaning up litter.

Sites outside Jamestown include the Sheyenne Care Center, Valley City, N.D., and Gackle Care Center, Gackle, N.D., as well as a carpentry project in Gackle.

Sunday will feature a breakfast followed by worship with Holy Communion. An offering will be taken to be split between the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, the Lutheran Disaster Relief and Sudanese Worship Community.