Ministry Link News

April 19, 2014

‘The Best Gifts of Easter are Unseen’

flickr_cherryblossoms_JeffKubina_CCRemixed1 copy3 After this incredibly dreary, cold and snowy winter, I found myself craving spring more than I can remember for a long time.  I yearned for longer light, warm sun, buds, blossoms, and birds singing again. Thankfully we are seeing all the signals of spring now, signs of the abundance to come. But the miracle of...

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April 11, 2014

Engaging With “Nones”

LPS_150 Celeb_2C_small Last night (April 10) the Philadelphia Seminary’s “Exploring Series” hosted a program with New England Synod Bishop Jim Hazelwood conversing with four “Nones” with no church affiliation. Some quick observations about what “Nones” had to say: Welcoming people as they are and where they are on their faith journey is important. “Nones” can “smell” insincerity when they...

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April 7, 2014

Help Us Save $55K in Health Costs

HA_TakeItNow_orange Rostered leaders/church employees and spouses: We need YOU to help our Synod and congregations save $55,000! We need just 36 more participants  in the Portico health plans to take the FREE, CONFIDENTIAL Mayo Clinic Health Assessment by April 30. If we meet this goal, every congregation employer will get a 2% discount on health insurance...

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April 2, 2014

Share Your Mission Story

Assem14Pro Share Your Congregation’s Story in Video! God’s work. Our hands. SEPA congregations live into this vision of the ELCA week after week, year after year. “God’s work. Our hands.” is the theme of this year’s Synod Assembly. We’d like to feature some of your stories of bringing this vision to life through community service, faith formation,...

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April 2, 2014

Immigration Reform on Bishop’s DC Agenda

Bishop Headshot As a person of faith, Bishop Claire Burkat of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA), recognizes that she is called to welcome the sojourner and walk alongside migrants and refugees as they rebuild their lives in America. Bishop Burkat took that message of welcome to Capitol Hill today and visited...

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March 18, 2014

Living Gospel Ministry Grows

LivingGospelProfile Living Gospel Ministries serves people who have been incarcerated and their families with life skills, employment search assistance, and help tapping into government benefits they are eligible to receive. Living Gospel is currently offering services at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion at 2111 Sansom Street, Mondays and Thursdays 10 am-1 pm. For info...

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March 18, 2014

Join in Day of Service Sept. 7

ELCAStacked “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday celebrates who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, ELCA congregations will gather once again for a day dedicated to serving the communities in which we live. Every day you do...

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March 18, 2014

LAMPa Celebrates 35 Years of Advocacy

Lampa The annual Lutheran Day at the Capitol and a special celebration of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania’s 35th Anniversary will be held Tuesday, May 6. The theme of the celebration is “Undivided Hearts: Sustaining Hope in a Broken World.” The annual Lobby Day and workshops will be keynoted by the State Rep. Dave Reed, chair of...

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March 18, 2014

Help Your Congregation Save on Health Insurance

HA_TakeItNow_orange Portico Benefits is offering our congregations the chance to save 2 percent on health insurance costs if 65% of our synod’s plan members complete the free, confidential Mayo Clinic Health Assessment by April 30. That amounts to more than $37,000 that will stay here for ministry rather than going to pay health benefits. If your...

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March 18, 2014

Recommendations for Upgrading Windows

stockvault-woman-using-computer115011_400 After we posted information about the end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003, we received a number of questions asking for recommendations about upgrading – and about what to do if upgrading isn’t possible right now. The bottom line is – if at all possible, upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, and a...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Helping Hands Day

    April 26
  2. 2014 Synod Assembly

    May 2 @ 8:00 am - May 3 @ 4:00 pm
  3. SEPA Synod Staff Meeting

    May 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Communicators Network Gathering

    May 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. SEPA Synod Council Meeting

    June 5 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm