May 20, 2016

Still Reforming Assembly Highlights

FWD500-E   “GOD IS STILL REFORMING!…” …Bishop Burkat declared to the 2016 Synod Assembly. More than 500 Lutherans gathered from across Southeastern Pennsylvania to worship, pray, and discern in community explored how we can go outside our doors and listen to our neighbors in ways that are faithful to our 500-year Reformation heritage. Read on for...

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May 20, 2016

$22K Raised For Flint Water Crisis…So Far

lightstock_87191_xsmall_rfisher@sepa.org_rfisher@sepa.org-sepia The offering at the 2016 Synod Assembly Communion Service of more than $5,400 was directed to the work of our domestic partner synod in Southeast Michigan in response to the Flint water crisis. This brings the total raised so far from our Synod to $22,655. Bishop Donald Kreiss called the gift “a true indicator of...

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May 16, 2016

Balanced 2017 Budget Approved

FTIF_Concepts2a The Assembly approved a balanced budget for fiscal 2017 that reflects the continuing decrease in Mission Support contributions from churches. In 2015 Mission Support totaled $1.97 million, a decrease of $180,000 from 2014, reported Treasurer Janet Neff, CPA. The Synod has been responsible managing with diminishing resources, she said. Since 2010, Mission Support has declined...

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May 13, 2016

Reformation 500: ‘Explore, Empower and Be Energized’

FTIF_Concepts2a The upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation is a gift to the church. It’s an opportunity to explore, empower, and be energized. It’s a chance to reconnect to our deepest tradition of freedom and to reform stale and stagnant observations of a tradition that began with Luther’s fresh reading of the scriptures and the new...

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May 13, 2016

‘A New Dawn for Christ’s Church’

FTIF_Concepts2a When Martin Luther seized the changes made possible by the printing press, he couldn’t have begun to imagine the exponential changes of our Internet age, Bishop Claire Burkat said in her address to the 2016 Synod Assembly. Despite the stresses posed by constant connectivity, racing schedules and financial pressure, “the Holy Spirit is bringing a...

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May 13, 2016

Forward Together in Faith: A Doable Goal

FTIF_Concepts2a From Bishop Burkat’s presentation to the 2016 Assembly: For a year now, we have used some start up money to begin piloting initiatives for the Forward Together in Faith Campaign. We are confident that together we will equip our clergy and lay leaders with the tools, insights, resources and navigation needed for future Lutheran witness....

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May 7, 2016

Forward Together In Faith: New Ways of Being Church

FTIF_Concepts2a In our 21st Century, post-9/11, globalized world full of “nones” and “dones,” what draws people to church? “This is a Kairos moment,” says the Rev. Bryan Penman, when God’s grace leads us to new ways of being the Church. The Forward Together in Faith campaign focuses on supporting congregations as they reform and become networkers,...

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May 7, 2016

In the Midst of Fear, Love Prevails

FTIF_Concepts2a What shapes our lives and ministry? How do we respond to the formidable forces that threaten to pull us into the whirlpool of fear that has formed around us, reflected in public debate and in how people are treating each other? In her sermon at the assembly’s opening worship, Bishop Claire Burkat pulls together threads...

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April 15, 2016

2016 Assembly Goes Paperless

AppCap The 2016 Assembly offers an easy way to manage event documents and information through our app for Android and iOS devices and any web browser. Assembly information is available through the ELCA Organizations and Events Guidebook app, available FREE on the Google and Apple app stores. For information, visit ministrylink.org/app. You can view the app...

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April 7, 2016

Assembly 2016: Still Reforming

FWD500-E At the annual Synod Assembly May 6-7, we will learn from The Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna, Professor of Lutheran History and Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, about ways the major reforms of the 16th Century affect our lives together as Lutherans in the 21st Century. We will also hear from The Rev. Martin Seltz, Publisher for Worship,...

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January 14, 2016

Council Nominations Open

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 6-7, 2016. Every year the Synod Assembly elects members of the Synod Council, which serves as “the board of directors...

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June 4, 2015

2015 Assembly Highlights

15highlightpro At the 2015 Assembly, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod articulated a new vision for what it means for the Synod, congregations and leaders to move Forward Together in Faith and launched a three-year capital appeal to allow us to live into that vision. The Assembly also heard that congregations’ mission support increased for the second year...

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May 12, 2015

Bishop: Embrace Our Shifting Culture

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 1.22.25 PM Bishop Claire Burkat is excited about the sense of excitement and renewal she is hearing all around the synod. She is excited about what we are building together and the response to the Forward Together in Faith campaign. She feels refreshed that we are becoming less attached to bricks and mortar and more to building...

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May 12, 2015

Outgoing Secretary Miller Honored

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 1.22.25 PM Bishop Burkat and Vice President Tracey Beasley honored outgoing Secretary the Rev. Raymond Miller for his 16 years of service to the Synod including as many assemblies and 80 Synod Council and executive committee meetings. “He may look quiet and unassuming sitting on the podium at Synod Assembly or taking notes at Synod Council, but he...

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May 12, 2015

Joanne Carlson Honored at Last Assembly

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 1.22.25 PM The Assembly gave a long, standing ovation to Joanne Carlson, assistant to the bishop for global vision and events, who is retiring in July after coordinating 25 Synod assemblies. “Joanne has a truly missionary heart,” the bishop said of her service representing SEPA to companion synods in Tanzania and the Czech Republic. The extended Carlson...

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For more information about Synod programs and communications, or for help with communications issues in your congregation, contact:
Bob Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Mission Interpretation
267.323.3743
rfisher@sepa.org

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