Most synods begin with joy. Pastors and elders from across the country gather to advance the work and ministry of the denomination as a whole. This begins with informal greetings, handshakes, and hugs. The first official business we do is gathering for worship. This year’s opening worship service was conducted by Pastor Jeff Munive (from Lancaster, CA) and Pastor Joe Vusich (from Rock Springs, WY) preached the sermon.
This year’s synod was hosted by Grace Reformed Church in Bakersfield, CA. Since they last hosted synod they completed a beautiful renovation of their worship hall and facility. They provided abundantly for all of our needs. The meals they provided were excellent and dozens of their members kindly served those who attended and provided for all their needs.