Bishop Tracie Bartholomew

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January 14, 2020


Dear Pastors and Deacons,


Professional Boundaries

This synod is committed to care for our congregations and its leaders. We are offering training in professional boundaries for you, our rostered leaders. My expectation is that every rostered leader will participate in such training – for your sake and the sake of the people you lead. To that end, we are offering a daylong training (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM) in three locations and on three separate dates. Please choose the date that works for you and register today. On-line registration and payment option is now open. Click here to register. The cost is $25.00 and includes lunch.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – Crane’s Mill

                                                    (459 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell, NJ 07006)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – Resurrection Lutheran Church

                                     (4315 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690)

Thursday, February 13, 2020 – St. John Lutheran Church

                                                     (1002 S. Main St., Williamstown, NJ 08094)


If you serve in a place where regular training in professional boundaries is part of your schedule and you have proof of such training, please send that to my office. This may satisfy the expectation of participating in this training.

I look forward to being with you for these days.


Annual Report to the Bishop

The start of a new year brings with it the work of completing varied reports such as your annual report and parochial reports.


The report specific to your roster status can be found on the ELCA website or click here. Just a reminder - you must download and save the document to your computer or device before completing it.


If you prefer a hard copy of the report, please call (609-586-6800) or email to


After completing, return by email to or USPS mail to LuAnn Barnes, 1930 Highway 33, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690


Whether you choose to complete the report by hand or online, please return your completed report by February 29, 2020.


Parochial Reports

In mid December, you received log in and password information needed to complete the annual parochial report. Call the Synod Office if we can help with the information. Click here for access to begin completing this report!


Blessings this New Year,

Bishop Tracie L. Bartholomew

June 7, 2019 

Bishop Bartholomew was re-elected to a second term.  

Visit the Assembly page for a recap, photos and much more.

1930 State Highway 33

Hamilton Square, NJ 08690


fax: 609-586-1597

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