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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July 19, 2016

Invitation To Prayer For Law Enforcement

Bishop Burkat invites you to join her in prayer for law enforcement officers after the horrific killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge. In your personal devotions and congregational prayer, please remember the officers who were killed and wounded, their families and colleagues; the officers working to protect the conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia;...

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July 13, 2016

An Outpouring of Generosity

Two cupped hands feel the water spashing into them gently. The 49-year tradition of generosity through our Christmas Ingathering is transforming into the SEPA Outpouring. Due to changes at Lutheran Children and Family Service and decreased funding for transport and publicity, we will no longer collect donations en masse on the first Sunday of December. Instead, we will be offering opportunities to give throughout the...

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July 6, 2016

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday

GWOHShirt “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. The suggested date for the 2016 dedicated day of service is Sunday, Sept. 11. Mark your calendars today! If your congregation cannot participate on...

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July 6, 2016

Convert Church Facebook Profiles to Pages

facebook Updated July 9 with link to convert profile to page.  If your congregation has a Facebook presence set up as a profile (person with “friends”) rather than a page (with “likes”) or a group (with “members”), take note: We have recently heard from a couple of congregations whose accounts have been locked and asked to provide a...

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June 9, 2016

I’m a Lutheran: Lenny Duncan

LL-square “I found my faith in the forgotten places, where hope seems like an intruder—homeless, mired in alcoholism and seemingly alone. The truth is it found me at the end of my rope,” says Lenny Duncan, a candidate for ordained ministry and member of Temple, Havertown, in Living Lutheran magazine. “I’m a Lutheran because my life...

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May 26, 2016

Living Gospel: A Firm Foundation

FTIF_Concepts2a Pastor Linda Manson and Living Gospel Ministries, our newest faith community, are giving people newly returned from incarceration a sense of self-worth and help re-integrating with society. “It’s important to me that the people who come to be in ministry with us feel loved and cared for,” Pastor Manson says. Building up self-worth undergirds the work Living...

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July 21, 2016

‘Being Stewards’ Workshop Aug. 31

BeingStewardsFeature You’re invited to a FREE stewardship workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6-8:30 pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran, Coatesville. The two-part workshop sponsored by Chester Conference includes Creating a Culture of Generosity and Embracing Electronic Giving. Presenters are The Rev. Larry V. Smoose and Mr. Carl Reitz. Get full details in this flyer: Chester Stewardship Workshop Spaghetti dinner...

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July 20, 2016

Bishop Eaton Issues Statement On Police Shootings

ELCAStacked CHICAGO (July 20, 2016) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has released a statement in response to the shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas that killed eight police officers. Eaton’s statement follows: My soul is bereft of peace: I have forgotten what happiness is. (Lamentations 3:17) Too...

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July 20, 2016

Coming Up At Churchwide Assembly

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx Fifty percent of the delegation of clergy, lay people, young adults and youth representing our Synod at the Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans next month will be persons of color. The Assembly meets August 8-13 under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action.” You can follow the Assembly with live video...

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July 8, 2016

Bishop Eaton Responds To Shootings

EatonBePresent CHICAGO (ELCA) – In a July 7 video message responding to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minn., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), urged members to “be present in our communities.” “We are killing...

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July 6, 2016

Servants: “We Are All Related”

SD2016Logo “Mitakuye Oyas’in” — We Are All Related.   Our SEPA Servants at the Rosebud Lakota Reservation are now at work. After an orientation to Native American culture and language, the crews spent Tuesday (July 5) doing demolition, landscape clean-up, and sorting thrift store donations at the Tree of Life warehouse. The day camp had 15...

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