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 19, 2015

2015 SEPA Synod Nominations

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px 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. Updated: Deadline March 31, 2015. Each synod in assembly elects both clergy and lay voting members to the Evangelical...

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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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February 4, 2015

Eaton: Church is Place for Deep Conversation About Race

Let’s talk. In her February column in The Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton admits that it’s difficult to talk about race in this country. But not talking about it won’t make it go away. She’s convinced that “not only is the church the appropriate place for this conversation, it might be the only place where the...

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January 22, 2015

Luther and the Arts Trip in June

LutherlandFeatImg Deadlines are approaching quickly to register for the Reformation 500 Committee’s yearly trip to Sutherland. What better way to prepare for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 than to visit historical sites connected with Martin Luther, the artist Lucas Cranach, and the musician J.S. Bach! The theme is Luther and the arts, and the...

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January 22, 2015

Synod Celebrates Dr. King

KingByLOC Despite icy roadways and heavy rain the Synod’s service celebrating the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held last Sunday (Jan. 18) at Tabor Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dr. Mark Kelly Tyler of Mother Bethel AME Church preached an outstanding sermon, and the Reformation Choir rocked the house. Participants left blessed...

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January 13, 2015

Preaching in a Digital Age

ELCAStacked As we become used to 140-character “tweets” and ephemeral updates and chats, preachers will have to work harder to earn and keep the attention of their listeners, according to “Preaching in a digital age,” a Lutheran article by our own RevWriter Sue Lang. In the article, LTSP President Dr. David Lose explains that people are saturated with...

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January 13, 2015

Mission Support Deadline Nears

MLBlueIcon With the end of the fiscal year approaching, please note than any 2014 Mission Support contributions must be received by the Synod by January 30, 2014. Any Mission Support contributions received after that date will be counted in the 2015 fiscal year. Congregation treasurers can find remittance forms at http://ministrylink.org/treasurer

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