December 16, 2014

Pastoral Message on Montgomery County Shootings

MLBlueIcon In the wake of an horrific murder spree across Montgomery County that left six people dead and police conducting a wide search for a suspect, Bishop Claire Burkat calls the Synod to prayer and acts of compassion for those affected and for communities traumatized by the events. “Many will ask, ‘Where was God?'” the bishop writes....

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December 11, 2014

Christmas Message: A Life Worth Living

Bishop Headshot Small In her 2014 Advent/Christmas message, Bishop Claire S. Burkat reflects on Mary’s visit with Elizabeth, a Spirit-filled encounter that may have allowed the realization of God’s great promise and fulfillment that was visited upon Mary begin to really sink in. “God did not promise Mary an easy life, a trouble free heart, an unburdened mind…but God promised her a...

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November 30, 2014

Keeping Watch After Ferguson

Bishop Headshot There are no easy solutions to the inequalities that fueled the rage and despair that erupted in Ferguson, Mo. last week, Bishop Claire Burkat writes in a pastoral message to the Synod. Christians are called to find a third way between our cultural impulses to fan the flames of discord or trivialize others experience. “We...

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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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December 10, 2014

MinistryLink Updates Dec. 11

MLBlueIcon Thanks To You Thousands Have Christmas Thank you! About 65 congregations collected donations for vulnerable people in the SEPA Synod 2014 Christmas Ingathering. Items valued at more than $95,000 will benefit children through Lutheran Children and Family Service, women and children at risk through Lutheran Settlement House, seafarers, and people throughout the world. Read more...

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December 10, 2014

Thanks to You Thousands Have Christmas

ingathering-2014-logo For this year’s Christmas Ingathering, about 65 congregations collected donations for vulnerable people. On Dec. 7, about 50 volunteers (mostly from Gloria Dei Church, Huntingdon Valley) unpacked trucks, sorted donations and repacked them for delivery. The items, valued at about $95,000, will serve people locally and internationally. Some highlights of the Ingathering included: Congregations gave...

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December 3, 2014

MinistryLink Updates Dec. 3

MLBlueIcon Updates: Youth Tell Why Turning Point is Important; Nominations Sought for Synod Council, Secretary; 2015 Luther Trip; Understanding the “Dones”; Bishop Eaton’s December Column; ELCA and Episcopal Church Address World AIDS Day.     We’re Stronger Together: Serving Youth Ever wonder why it’s important that we, together, help ministries like Rhawnhurst Turning Point? Check out...

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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 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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