April 29, 2016

Bishop Welcomes New Refugee Partner

LIRS refugees Pennsylvania Lutherans have an long history of stepping up to help resettle refugees arriving in our area. This life-transforming work will continue despite the decision by Lutheran Children and Family Services in Pennsylvania to bring their resettlement work to a close. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is partnering with Bethany Christian Services to manage...

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April 8, 2016

Synod Video Receives National Honor

RCC-logo Promo for Living Gospel Ministries wins DeRose-Hinkhouse Award for Communications Excellence. Bob Fisher, assistant to the bishop for mission interpretation and communications, has been recognized by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for his work producing an informational video about Living Gospel Ministries. The DeRose-Hinkhouse Award reception was held in New York City on March 31, 2016,...

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April 7, 2016

Assembly 2016: Still Reforming

FWD500-E At the annual Synod Assembly May 6-7, we will learn from The Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna, Professor of Lutheran History and Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, about ways the major reforms of the 16th Century affect our lives together as Lutherans in the 21st Century. We will also hear from The Rev. Martin Seltz, Publisher for Worship,...

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March 30, 2016

LCFS Not To Renew Contracts For Most Programs

LCFSlogo14 Update: A service of celebration for LCFS’ refugee work will be held Monday, April 4, 11 am, at St. Mark’s, Conshohocken. We ask for prayers as the Board of Directors of Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS) has voted to not renew contracts for refugee resettlement, adoption, foster care, and after-school enrichment programs managed by...

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March 23, 2016

Try Some New Things In Stewardship

"Generosity." Photo from William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum, Atlanta, by Carl Black. Flickr http://bit.ly/1CnmqOU under Creative Commons https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ You’re invited to join the Northeast Philadelphia Conference for a stewardship workshop led by Pastor Larry Smoose and Dr. Rich Stewart on Saturday, April 30, 8:30 am to noon, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3101 Tyson Ave., Philadelphia. “Stewardship 101” will offer new ideas for developing a stewardship campaign. This workshop is most effective with a...

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March 22, 2016

‘Be Cross-Bearers, Not Bystanders’

oil of baptism Be cross-bearers, not bystanders, Bishop Claire Burkat encouraged congregation leaders at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Chrism Service today (March 22). At this annual service, held Tuesday in Holy Week, pastors, lay rostered leaders and congregation deacons reaffirm their ministry vows and the bishop blesses oils to be used in baptism, confirmation, and anointing rites over...

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February 16, 2016

How To Really Welcome Guests

Lewis-Feb1-detail In 13 years of worshiping in different congregations every week, AugsburgFortress CEO Beth Lewis has seen “the good, the bad, and the very ugly” of church hospitality. In presentations hosted by the Synod and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Lewis offered a host of suggestions for congregations that want to enhance their hospitality, in...

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January 4, 2016

Lutheran Night at Phillies June 3

phillies-logo1 Help support Synod youth programs and enjoy a Friday night at the ballpark when the Phillies take on the Brewers on June 3, 7:05 pm, for the annual Lutheran Night at the Phillies. The top-selling groups (congregations or groups of congregations) will have opportunity to throw out the first pitch, receive two Diamond Club tickets,...

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April 21, 2016

Wittenberg Gospel Choir Returns to Southeast Pennsylvania

(Harleysville, PA) –     The Gospel Choir from the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany will be on tour in Southeast Pennsylvania in early May.  The choir will begin their second American tour with a concert on Friday May 6 at 7:00pm at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.  Other concert venues will include: Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville (May...

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April 11, 2016

Bishops Exploring ELCA’s Future

ELCAStacked (ELCA) – The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is discerning the denomination’s future directions and priorities in a new process known as “Called Forward Together in Christ.” ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton is leading “Called Forward Together in Christ,” endorsed by the ELCA Church Council and in collaboration with...

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April 11, 2016

Give Now to Support Partners in Flint

lightstock_87191_xsmall_rfisher@sepa.org_rfisher@sepa.org-sepia Update: We’ve raised more than $8,000. Won’t you help us to reach $10,000 by April 30? Flint, Michigan – where 100,000 residents and 9,000 children are being exposed to dangerous levels of lead in their drinking water – is part of our companion Southeast Michigan Synod. Salem Lutheran Church in Flint is distributing bottled water and filtration...

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March 22, 2016

#PrayForTheWorld

candles_blue_big_pray_s God of the nations, comfort and strengthen the people of Brussels. Be with all who are injured and traumatized; comfort all who grieve; and guide all who work for peace. Grant that we may learn to live in peace and mutual respect. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

March 14, 2016

“Do Something You Never Thought You Could”

DavidLose2016 The Church didn’t cause the steady decline in religious participation over the last 50 years, says LTSP President David Lose. Massive changes have shifted the world around the church. But in holding on to what used to work church leaders have missed many of the changes, Lose said at Ministry Resource Day on campus in...

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