August 22, 2016

Respond To Gulf Coast Flooding

ELCA-Disaster-LAflood Historic floodwaters have required tens of thousands of people to be rescued and even more have been evacuated as rain sweeps across southern Louisiana. Floodwaters have affected communication, overwhelmed streets and highways, and damaged or destroyed more than 40,000 homes. This flood comes on the heels of several other floods that have hit the Gulf...

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August 22, 2016

Key Actions Of Churchwide Assembly

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx Gathering under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ,” nearly 1,000 voting members — including 18 from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod — met in New Orleans Aug. 8-13 for the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Full days included worship, legislative action, reports from Bishop Eaton and Churchwide officers   and units, updates on ministries, workshops, Bible study, fellowship...

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August 9, 2016

2017 Health Cost Rise Lowest in 4 Years

EmployerLink Email_Summer Comm 1_062916_Revised_FINAL4 Portico is taking its next wellness reformation step — introducing Care Coordinators to help ELCA-Primary health plan members navigate the complicated health care landscape and purchase care with an eye to both quality and cost. This innovation is helping Portico keep the 2017 ELCA-Primary baseline health contribution increase the lowest in four years. Over the...

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August 2, 2016

Proclaiming God’s Love in Tanzania

Church in Tanzania ELCA Did you know that Tanzania, home to our companion North Eastern Diocese, has many more Lutherans than the ELCA has members. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania has 6.5 million members compared to the ELCA’s 3.7 million. As the ELCA looks to its future, what can it learn from the global Lutheran church? Read more...

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August 2, 2016

Bishop Eaton: A Proclivity For Paradox

Bishop Elizabeth A Eaton Select 10 Wow, Lutherans love paradox! Law and gospel. Saint and sinner. Free and bound. David Swartling, former ELCA secretary, often noted that we are a “both and church” in an “either or world.” This proclivity for paradox, or at least the recognition that this is part of the Lutheran tradition, was often cited as a strength...

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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 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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August 16, 2016

ELCA elects vice president

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx William B. Horne II of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., was elected vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Horne was elected on the fourth ballot with 565 votes to 175 votes for Cheryl G. Stuart of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Tallahassee, Fla., and 161...

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August 16, 2016

ELCA approves Word and Service roster

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly, by a vote of 811 to 55, approved adoption of the roster of Ministry of Word and Service. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, associates in ministry, deaconesses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and diaconal ministers will be a single, unified roster of Ministry of...

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August 16, 2016

ELCA presiding bishop reflects on work of the church and looks to future priorities

In her report to the 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reflected on the ELCA’s work over the past three years and lifted up future priorities for the church. Eaton said much of her focus the past three years has been on the “how and why...

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August 11, 2016

ELCA Approves Lutheran-Catholic Ecumenical Document

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly took several significant steps Wednesday moving forward the mission of this church as a church for the sake of the world. By a vote of 931 to 9, the assembly overwhelmingly accepted the “Declaration on the Way,” a unique ecumenical document that marks a path toward...

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August 10, 2016

ELCA Assembly On Ecumenism, Refugees, Budget

gg-freed-and-renewed.ashx Recognizing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as a Book of Faith church, ELCA Vice President Carlos Peña reflected on the 10th chapter of Luke as he opened his Aug. 9 final report to the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few,” Peña said. “I think sometimes that’s because there is so...

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