Category: Congregations

January 21, 2020

God, Improv, and the Art of Living

The Presbytery of Philadelphia, our synod, and United Lutheran Seminary are sponsoring an ecumenical equipping event with Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Rev. McKibben Dana (author of “God, Improv, and the Art of Living”) will lead a day of thoughtful and playful interactions with improv, personal formation, and building capacity for adaptive...

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January 7, 2020

Learn More About Church Vitality

Join the Upper Bucks Conference for a Church Vitality learning day Saturday, January 25, 8:30 am-3:15 pm, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 107 W. Lincoln Ave., Telford, PA 18969. (Inclement weather date Feb. 1) How vital is your congregation? If your church were to close, who would miss you? The SEPA Vitality Team will lead...

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January 21, 2020

Extravaganza of Generosity

“You can’t love Jesus and not give,” pastor and author Clif Christopher said in his keynote at the 2020 Extravagant Generosity program Jan. 10. “It’s just impossible.” Yet some churches lose the battle with money because “there are more people who think money can save them than think Jesus can save them,” said Christopher, author...

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January 21, 2020

Cultivate a Heart of Love

Generosity logo SEPA Dear friends, If you missed our Stewardship Extravaganza in January, you missed a great event with excellent keynote addresses, an outstanding sermon and wonderful workshops.  But, here is a chance to benefit from that experience.  One of the workshop leaders, Rob Blezard, has a monthly “Toolkit” that provides helpful bulletin inserts, thoughtful newsletter articles and...

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December 18, 2019

Anti-Racism Education Feb. 8

The SEPA Anti-Racism Team will host the third in a four-part series of educational events for rostered and lay leaders on Feb. 8, 2020, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Brossman Center on the ULS Philadelphia campus. This part, Connection, examines how our (mis)perceptions of others can be due to a lack of connectiveness....

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December 4, 2019

Called To Serve Our Neighbors

Through baptism, we are called to serve our neighbors and steward God’s good creation. As Lutherans, our attention turns to the policies that make a broader difference in our lives and the lives of our vulnerable neighbors. It is important that we add our voice into the process. In this video presented by Lutheran Advocacy...

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December 3, 2019

Giving Tuesday… And Wednesday…

Generosity logo SEPA Yes, after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday,  society has finally gotten to Giving Tuesday.  And, if your mailboxes, email boxes and social media sites are like mine, they have already been inundated with multiple requests from every organization you ever donated to (including church related sites) and many more to whom some...

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October 28, 2019

‘Renaissance Christmas’ Benefits KenCrest

Christ’s Lutheran Church of Oreland will present a Renaissance Christmas Concert featuring the Bloom Consort on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 pm. A free-will offering will benefit KenCrest staff emergencies through the Rod Hibbard Fund. All are welcome! A reception will follow. Venue: 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland, PA 19075. Visit: christs-oreland.org. For information contact...

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October 28, 2019

2021 Gathering: Boundless

The ELCA Youth Gathering team announces the theme of the 2021 Minneapolis Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure,” based on Ephesians 3:19 CEV. “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” What are the stories of...

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October 15, 2019

Inspire Extravagant Generosity

Save January 10-11 for a weekend of informative and useful presentations designed to inspire Extravagant Generosity in your church! This event is hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446.   This stewardship extravaganza features keynote speakers J. Clif Christopher (author of: It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate...

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September 30, 2019

Volunteer with Liberty Hospice

Part of the Liberty Lutheran family of services, Liberty Hospice offers compassionate care to Philadelphia-area patients facing a life-limiting illness. Our hospice care team, which includes a medical director, social workers, chaplains, skilled nursing professionals, hospice aides, and volunteers, provides comprehensive support while helping patients and their families make the most of every moment. Volunteers are a vital...

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September 25, 2019

In God’s Image: Inclusive Ministry October 12, 2019

Interested in learning how to expand your ministries to be more intentionally welcoming for LGBTQIA+ persons? Is your congregation already Reconciling in Christ but you want to know what more you can do? Do you feel like you just don’t know how to be the best ally you can be? Well, then do we have...

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September 25, 2019

Vitality Awareness Day

Join members of the Vitality Team on Saturday November 9th at the Philadelphia Campus of United Lutheran Seminary for a day of Vitality Awareness. During the day we will help raise awareness for ministries efforts that matter in helping to transform your congregation into a vital ministry in your community. This day is for both...

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September 25, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity: Feast Incarnate

One in four Philadelphians are food insecure. Help Feast Incarnate, a ministry of University Lutheran Church, feed people by becoming a meal provider or host. Feast Incarnate feeds people every Tuesday night, and they are looking for church groups able to help prepare and/or serve meals. For more information call Nell McCaslin at 203.520.2553. Download...

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September 10, 2019

Help With Hurricane Dorian Recovery

God, you still the storms and are a very present help in trouble. We pray for all those suffering the effects of Hurricane Dorian. Bring comfort to the afflicted and strength to those who come to their aid. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.   “About 17% of all Bahamians are suddenly homeless after...

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September 4, 2019

Crafting a Strategic Stewardship Campaign

Generosity logo SEPA Stewardship expert Catherine Malotky shares the success story of a church that approached groups of members who had different giving histories with different invitations to give and enjoyed a 30 percent increase in annual giving.  I don’t know if this would work for you, but sometimes different approaches that borrow ideas from successful fundraisers can...

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September 3, 2019

Camp Noah Helps Children Traumatized by Disaster

Painting, singing, dancing, and more! Children at Camp Noah whose lives have been impacted by disaster and/or trauma enjoyed a week full of hope and fun. Thanks to incredible volunteers and partnerships from local churches and numerous organizations, these children have courage and resilience for their future. With Hurricane Dorian already making its impact, programs like Camp...

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August 28, 2019

Collaboration Sparks Creative VBS

Vacation Bible School looks a little different, maybe, than it has in years past, especially at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Washington, which was close to closing its doors five years ago when The Rev. Kristie Chandler first arrived. She and the congregation chose to use the God’s abundant gifts to move forward with their...

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August 26, 2019

Our Global Connection With Tanzania

There’s an African tradition that when someone is physically present, it’s not just their “face” that is present, but life itself. Bishop Davenport, Pastor Bradley Burke, and Ms. Yvonne Curtis visited our companion North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania this summer, sharing not only the life of our Synod but your prayers and gifts. In the previous year,...

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August 19, 2019

Quarterly Anti-Racism Training Events

“Having Helpful Conversations about Race in the Church” — Anti-Racism Training for Rostered and Lay Leaders” (Part 1 – Context). The first of a series of anti-racism training events for lay and rostered leaders will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9am to 5pm, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 203 N Valley Forge Rd, Devon, PA 19333 Register by...

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