March 18, 2015

Chrism Service March 31

image001 As part of a deep and meaningful Lenten journey, Bishop Burkat invites you to our Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Chrism Service. On Tuesday of Holy Week, it is our tradition to gather for a service of Word and Sacrament, for blessing of oil, for healing prayer, and renewal of ministry vows. We will gather at St. Peter,...

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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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March 18, 2015

NE Church Helps Evacuated Neighbors

MLBlueIcon When a four-alarm fire broke out on Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia Tuesday, evacuated residents were taken in for a time by St. David’s Lutheran Church. Kudos to St. David’s for being ambassadors for Christ in the neighborhood! Does your church have a plan for how to serve your community in case of a disaster...

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March 17, 2015

Religious Leaders Oppose Anti-Muslim Ads

800825-1419025474-wide Join the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia (RLC) in supporting our Muslim neighbors and opposing a hate campaign scheduled to appear in the SEPTA transit system this spring. The RLC affirms free speech while vigorously rejecting hate-filled messages like these that have appeared in several other cities in a campaign by the American Freedom...

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March 16, 2015

Living Gospel Begins Worship

MLBlueIcon Our Synod’s newest faith community, Living Gospel Ministries, recently began worshipping. “I am excited about the fact that we are actually becoming a worshipping community,” says Pastor Linda Manson. “I believe that adding this aspect will only increase the ways in which we are able to serve our community.” Living Gospel’s main focus is to...

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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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