September 23, 2016

SEPA Standing with SEKOMU After Attack

ned_sepa_150 The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is standing in prayer and financial support with Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University in Tanzania after armed gunmen attacked the university on September 1. Pastor Brad Burke and other members of our synod were in the North Eastern Diocese at the time and shared pastoral care and the prayers of our synod. The...

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September 23, 2016

Bishop’s Message on Violence at SEKOMU

Bishop Headshot Small Bishop Burkat shares news of an attack by armed men on the property of Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) in Tanzania on September 1. One guard at the university was killed, another wounded, and two hostels housing nearly 40 students and faculty were set afire. Damage to the facility exceeded $100,000 US. The Synod Council...

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September 23, 2016

Social Media Sunday 2016

Online_Presence Social Media Sunday, set for the last Sunday in September, is an opportunity for your members to be digital evangelists — telling our congregation’s story of mission and ministry to their social circles. On social media platforms everyone can participate and publish. Social circles are trust-based. That means that your congregation’s Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest...

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September 6, 2016

Cancelled: Electronic Giving Hands-On Workshop

GivingTree copy We’re sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled. Join Lower Bucks Conference for a FREE stewardship workshop on electronic giving on Sunday, Sept. 25, 3-5:30 pm at St. John’s, Hatboro. This workshop is especially helpful for congregational treasurers, financial secretaries and finance ministry members because it helps them deal with the practical implications of...

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August 22, 2016

Key Actions Of Churchwide Assembly

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx Gathering under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ,” nearly 1,000 voting members — including 18 from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod — met in New Orleans Aug. 8-13 for the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Full days included worship, legislative action, reports from Bishop Eaton and Churchwide officers   and units, updates on ministries, workshops, Bible study, fellowship...

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August 9, 2016

2017 Health Cost Rise Lowest in 4 Years

EmployerLink Email_Summer Comm 1_062916_Revised_FINAL4 Portico is taking its next wellness reformation step — introducing Care Coordinators to help ELCA-Primary health plan members navigate the complicated health care landscape and purchase care with an eye to both quality and cost. This innovation is helping Portico keep the 2017 ELCA-Primary baseline health contribution increase the lowest in four years. Over the...

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July 19, 2016

Money, Mission and Media for 21st Century Ministry

MoneyMissionMedia You can now register for Money, Mission and Media, a collaborative conversation about the challenges and fresh opportunities the 21st Century poses for the church. Hosted by the Synod, the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Sept. 27, 10 am to 3 pm, at the seminary. At the forefront of these changes...

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September 23, 2016

Prayer for SEKOMU

Our hearts are broken, Lord, as we hear on a daily basis about violence across our nation and the world – and especially for this tragic attack on our sisters and brothers in Tanzania. We lift up the students and faculty of Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University and the people of the North Eastern Diocese and...

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September 6, 2016

Uniting PA Seminaries Choose Name, Launch Presidential Search

LTSG-LTSP-300 Pennsylvania’s two ELCA Lutheran seminaries will consolidate in mid-2017 under the name United Lutheran Seminary. The name of the entity that will bring together the seminaries at Gettysburg and Philadelphia was the unanimous choice of the two school’s governing bodies meeting in August. The consolidated seminary is now launching the search for its new president....

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September 6, 2016

October is Lutheran Charities Month

LCLogo2014 Through Lutheran Charities, YOU support dozens of Lutheran ministries and programs across Southeastern Pennsylvania that touch the lives of more than 100,000 of the most vulnerable people among us every single year. That’s roughly 1 out of every 49 people. And WE NEED YOU to make it happen. October is Lutheran Charities Month! You can support Lutheran Charities by going...

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September 6, 2016

Historic St. Michael’s Holds Final Worship Sunday

stmichaelgermantown Your prayers are requested for the congregation of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Germantown, which voted July 31 to close. St. Michael’s has served the Germantown neighborhood since 1728. Your presence is requested for the final worship service on Sunday, September 11 at 3 pm. Bishop Burkat will preside. Clergy are invited to vest and process;...

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August 22, 2016

Respond To Gulf Coast Flooding

ELCA-Disaster-LAflood Historic floodwaters have required tens of thousands of people to be rescued and even more have been evacuated as rain sweeps across southern Louisiana. Floodwaters have affected communication, overwhelmed streets and highways, and damaged or destroyed more than 40,000 homes. This flood comes on the heels of several other floods that have hit the Gulf...

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