103 West State Street Phone: 815-964-9934
Rockford IL 61101-1105 Fax: 815-964-2295
May 6, 2010
Ms. K__ M____, Church Council Secretary
Faith Lutheran Church
1611 41’st Street
Moline, IL 61265-3499
Dear Ms. M______ and Members of Faith Lutheran Church Council:
Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am in receipt of your correspondence dated April 23, 2010 indicating your vote to leave the ELCA.
The constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America states that congregations of which the predecessor body was the Lutheran Church in America (ELCA Constitution 9.62g) must receive permission from the synod to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Because Faith Lutheran Church is a congregation formerly of the Lutheran Church in America, the Northern Illinois Synod must take action on Faith’s desire to leave the ELCA.
Therefore, we invite you, and any others whom you wish to accompany you, to attend the Northern Illinois Synod Council meeting on Saturday, May 15, 2010, 10:30-11:00 a.m. at the synod office in Rockford. The purpose of your visit would be to present your request and rationale for Faith’s desire to separate itself from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A presentation up to 15 minutes and then time for questions would be helpful for the synod council as they act upon your desire to disassociate with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Please contact my secretary, Ms Julie Lewis, by way of letter or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) of your willingness to attend this meeting and sharing your rationale of Faith’s desire to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Bishop Gary M. Wollersheim