The Synod Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28.

November 24, 2014

MinistryLink Updates Nov. 24

MLBlueIcon Brief notes from the MinistryLink e-newsletter: Thanksgiving greetings and volunteer opportunity; Generations of Generosity resources available; Stronger together: Mission developer ordained; Advent devotions; King Memorial Worship.   May your Thanksgiving be Filled with Gratitude and Wonder Best wishes as you celebrate God’s blessings in your family and congregation this Thanksgiving. — Bishop Claire Burkat and...

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November 21, 2014

Bishops Address Immigration

ELCAStacked “As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth,” the ELCA Conference of Bishops wrote in a Nov. 20 statement on immigration. “Each day in our congregations and in our service to the community,...

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November 19, 2014

Shine Your Light for Christmas Ingathering

ingathering-2014-logo For 46 years, SEPA congregations have banded together with an “Ingathering” of gifts serving people in need, locally and globally, with a variety of holiday gift donations. Working together, we have the capacity to serve more people in need than we can alone. Every year during the holiday season, the SEPA Synod Ingathering provides over...

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November 13, 2014

Molly Beck Dean Accepts ELCA Position

dean Molly Beck Dean, Assistant to the Bishop and Youth Ministry Specialist, has accepted a position as director of the ELCA Youth Gathering, effective in January. “Molly’s love for our young people, her attention to equipping adult leaders, her creativity, courage and her deep spirituality have touched thousands of young lives during her 12 years as...

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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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November 24, 2014

2015 SEPA Synod Nominations

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Nominating Committee is asking for your help in identifying gifted and qualified persons, both clergy and lay, to serve as nominees for election at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly on May 8-9, 2015.  Each synod in assembly elects both clergy and lay voting members to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s...

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November 21, 2014

Worship Honors Dr. King’s Memory

KingByLOC The African Descent Lutheran Association, Philadelphia Chapter, invites you to celebrate the life and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at a memorial worship service on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at 3 pm at Tabor Lutheran Church. Guest preacher is Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church. Praise and worship...

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November 21, 2014

Bishops Offer Advent Devotions

AdventCandlesELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton and the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and The Episcopal Church have developed a series of devotions for this Advent season. You are welcome and encouraged to use these devotions individually and in your congregation. For the past five years, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran...

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November 21, 2014

We’re Stronger Together…Forming Candidates

Steinly Do you know how we, together, identify and form tomorrow’s church professionals? “We’re blessed that the Synod’s Candidacy process is evaluative, supportive and formative,” says senior Seminarian Kat Steinly. “SEPA really tries to bring candidates together to build relationships,” says Kat, who grew up at Trinity, Perkasie. The Synod is very supportive of the contributions...

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November 19, 2014

LTSP Inaugurates 12th President

LPS_150 Celeb_2C_small The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia will mark the inauguration of it’s 12th president, David J. Lose, with an installation service Sunday, Dec. 7, 4 pm, at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street. A reception will follow after the service at the church. Combined Choirs from LTSP and the Lutheran Church of the...

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