As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
The 2016 Biennial Convention of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Women of the ELCA was held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Silver Springs-Martin Luther School. The theme was “Renewal Through the Holy Spirit.” We began with worship lead by Pastor Linnnea Clark, of St. John’s, Melrose Park. Anissa Canova, a member of the churchwide board, brought greetings, and shared some of the activities of the churchwide organization as well as budget and financial information. Our keynote speakers, Denise Sterns and Sarah DeGeorge, spoke of the services and students at the school. Their goal is to give the students a new beginning. As breakout sessions, we had the opportunity to tour the campus, have a conversation with our Churchwide Executive Director Linda Post Bushkofsky or learn about a drop in center run by the Salvation Army to help women caught in human trafficking. One comment of the speaker, Katrina Wagner, was that Silver Springs was the last stop for these students before they ended up in her facility.
During our business meeting we elected Lisa Brown and Carol Herstine as our voting members to the Churchwide convention in 2017.
We elected new board members and officers, approved the budget for the next two years, and passed a motion to formalize the board policy of sending at least 60% of unit offerings to Churchwide.
All Anew will be the theme of the next Triennial Convention and Gathering when we meet in Minneapolis in 2017. In preparation for this incredible experience, our meetings and events over the next year will be centered on the related themes of Transformation and Renewal. Stay tuned for news and registration information in preparation for our 2016 Synodical Convention in particular. We’re looking for help to plan the day – I’m talking to you, party planners! – which will focus on Renewal through the Holy Spirit as written in Titus 3: 4- 5: “when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit”.
As you receive the grace of our Savior during this season of such tremendous change, I pray you use your gifts to do His will, to help others Transform and Renew, in His name.
SEPA Synodical WELCA Board President
Joy Grace, President (email)
Beatrice Parker, Vice President (email)
Carol Herstine, Secretary (email)
Elaine Keller, Treasurer (email)
Phyllis Boyer, Board (email)
Liz Harmon, Board (email)
Cindy Ryan, Board (email)
Arlette Stansbury, Board (email)