September 15, 2014

A Growing Approach to Food Insecurity

LCRGarden-detail1 From the seeds that planted a garden to help a local food pantry, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection (LCR) in Yardley is nurturing an ever-widening circle of ministry to people experiencing food insecurity. “God keeps putting opportunities in front of us to serve the hungry and the homeless,” says Diane Casey, LCR’s coordinator of serving...

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September 2, 2014

Stewardship for Mission-Minded Congregations

"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/ Our Synod Stewardship Resource Team will present free workshops, “Building Stewards for Mission-Minded Congregations.” Monday, October 6; 7-9 p.m.; at St. James, Limerick Sunday, October 12; 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Theological Seminary Tuesday, October 28, 7-9 p.m. at St. Paul’s, Doylestown These workshops are aimed at clergy and lay leaders.  The Rev....

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July 21, 2014

Mutual Ministry: Making it Work

photo credit: Ken Rowland via photopin cc In October 2014, Pastor Sue Lang, of RevWriter Resources, LLC, one of the co-authors of Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work (Augsburg Fortress, 2003), will offer a day-long workshop guiding participants through an exploration of mutual ministry and its exciting ministry possibilities for your congregation. It will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014...

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July 17, 2014

Nurturing Vibrant Congregations

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px Growing the vibrancy of a congregation is not something that can be imparted by a new pastor or a consultant, but is the result of congregations taking ownership of the need for change, understanding any gaps between where they are and where they want to be, and experimenting with ways to make faith useful to...

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September 19, 2014

Dealing with Grief in the Church Community

photo credit: eflon via photopin cc Grief is pervasive in our communities after death, divorce, loss of employment, diagnosis, incarceration of a loved one and other life milestones. Lutheran Congregational Services hosts “Reconciled with Grief: Shining a Light on Silent Suffering in the Church Community” on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Emmaus. This workshop will help faithfully prepare the...

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September 19, 2014

Help for Families Coping With Mental Illness

photo credit: Studio Grafico EPICS via photopin cc Navigating relationships can be a challenge for any of us, for those with a loved one suffering from Bipolar, Major Depression or Borderline Personality Disorder it can feel like a wild rollercoaster ride. The Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA is offering its’ Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster 10 week workshop beginning October 1 and 2 in...

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September 12, 2014

Learn How Mwangaza Makes a Difference

Mwangaza-Detail The educational crisis in Tanzania is dire. The Mwangaza Partnership, a long-time companion of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, trains secondary teachers to make lessons more engaging so more learning happens. You are invited to meet Mwangaza leaders John and Salome and learn more about the ways Mwangaza supports the people of Tanzania at a dinner...

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September 10, 2014

Divine Foolishness

HolyCross14B “I wonder, sometimes, if the church is a little embarrassed by the foolishness of the cross,” ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton writes in her September column in The Lutheran. “The foolishness is not just that the brutal and humiliating crucifixion of Jesus is actually the way God’s love was manifested, but that God’s love...

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September 8, 2014

Thrivent Sponsors Shredding Event

Thrivent160 Thrivent Financial will hold its annual shredding event Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 19119. Suggested limit is two boxes per person. You are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items to benefit the Seminary Food Pantry. For information contact Jon Roth,...

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