February 28, 2015

Register for 2015 Assembly

Forward Together in Faith Registration is open for the 2015 Synod Assembly, which will be held May 8-9, 2015 at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford. The theme is “Forward Together in Faith.” Early Bird Registration Deadline is March 20, 2015  – Cost $145.00.    Registration after March 20, 2015 is $160.00.  Final Registration Deadline is April 10, 2015.  * 2015...

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February 19, 2015

Thank You! For Mission Support

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px Thanks to the generosity of many of our congregations, there was an increase in 2014 in Mission Support for Synod and Churchwide ministry after years of declining or flat support. Mission Support from congregations totaled $2,148,000 — $48,000 over budget and $10,000 more than 2013, but still well below the $2.7 million received in 2006....

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February 10, 2015

Churches Affected by Child Protection Laws

MLBlueIcon Pennsylvania recently passed new legislation regarding protection of children that affect all churches. Under state law clergy, paid staff and volunteers who work with children and youth in any capacity are now “mandated reporters” who must report suspected child abuse directly to authorities. The law also now requires all employees and volunteers who work with...

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January 22, 2015

Lutherans Night at the Phillies May 29

phillies-logo1 It’s time to get your group together and order tickets for Lutheran Night at the Phillies on Friday, May 29 at 7:05 pm against the Colorado Rockies. Lutheran Night, one of the oldest church collaborations in professional sports, raises funds from each ticket sold to benefit Synod youth ministry programs. Deadline for ordering is April...

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April 13, 2015

49 Needed to Take Health Assessment

49 We need you! We’re 49 people away from earning a 2% discount on Poritco health insurance premiums for all of our congregations in 2015. By taking the Mayo Clinic health assessment at https://PorticoBenefits.org/healthyliving, you might put us over the top!  Participation in the health assessment is down across the ELCA. Don’t be complacent. Just because...

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April 1, 2015

Transforming a Container into a Clinic

A large, red shipping container sits in the parking lot of the Lutheran Church of God’s Love in Newtown waiting for Saturday mornings. That’s when team members open it up and continue work on its transformation into a medical clinic that will serve a community on the outskirts of Kisumu, Kenya, Africa. The idea first...

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April 1, 2015

Choosing Love…A Parent’s Story

The Rev. Frank Schaefer The Rev. Frank Schaefer will share his compelling story about choosing to love his child at the risk of losing his friends, his community and his career at a one-day conference on Saturday, May 2, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley. He made headline news when the Methodist church disciplined him for officiating at his...

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April 1, 2015

Tanzania Month Begins April 19

NED Logo It’s the 125th birthday of the North-Eastern Diocese (NED) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania! SEPA Synod has long enjoyed a rich companionship with NED and its missions. In honor of the Jubilee, SEPA Synod’s Tanzania Companionship Team is asking our congregations to join in contributing to a very special mission from April 19 to...

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April 1, 2015

Eaton: We Need to Talk About Race

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px Citing recent high-profile events in Ferguson, Mo., Staten Island, Charlottesville and across the U.S., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, notes that “we are not living in a post-racial society.” In a March 25 letter and video message to the 3.8 million-member church, Eaton expressed the need for conversation – not only...

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