September 18, 2015

Trinity Models Conversation About Race

CanWeTalk2   Asks “Can we talk?” about Black Lives Matter  After a post of “Black Lives Matter” on the church sign sparked community controversy, Trinity Lutheran Church seized the opportunity to bring members and Lansdale neighbors together to talk about issues of race in the community. “Even though this was not what we were looking for...

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August 27, 2015

Emergency Contact Systems For Your Church

Phone_old_pixabay_200 By Bob Fisher Assistant to the Bishop for Mission Interpretation/Communication   The school/program year is fast approaching – which means that winter isn’t far behind. Remember last year’s sudden Sunday morning icing event? Does your church have a plan for notifying members in case of foul weather schedule changes or other emergencies? The tried-and-true phone...

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May 12, 2015

VP: Congregations Doing “A Great Job”

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 1.22.25 PM “Despite fewer people who may be engaging in our churches, less money to work with, and closing of some of our congregations, we are still reaching out to change the lives of people and make a difference in our communities,” said Vice President Tracey Beasley. She raised up ministries that contribute to the work of...

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May 12, 2015

Pastoral Transition Process Reviewed

Official Documents The conversation on the floor of the 2015 Synod Assembly around the Report of the Resolution Task Force on Transitional Ministry was at times both encouraging and tense. A forum, attended by about 60 people later in the afternoon, offered the opportunity for people to discuss the transition process in more detail. While acknowledging that...

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March 18, 2015

NE Church Helps Evacuated Neighbors

Official Documents 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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January 13, 2015

Preaching in a Digital Age

ELCAStacked As we become used to 140-character “tweets” and ephemeral updates and chats, preachers will have to work harder to earn and keep the attention of their listeners, according to “Preaching in a digital age,” a Lutheran article by our own RevWriter Sue Lang. In the article, LTSP President Dr. David Lose explains that people are saturated with...

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September 29, 2014

Introducing a New MinistryLink

Official Documents This fall we are introducing a series of bulletin inserts that share stories of mission and ministry across the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and keep you in touch with key Synod ministries. Download this issue as a PDF that you can print or email at http://ministrylink.org/oct14.       In this inaugural issue, you can read...

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September 16, 2014

“Facing Congregational Finances” Presentation

The Upper and Lower Montgomery Conferences will co-sponsor a forum on “Facing Congregational Finances: Why Marketing and Management are not Four-letter Words” on Tuesday, September 16. The session is open to all conferences of the Synod. Dr. Jon Pahl, Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Christianity at LTSP, will be the presenter. The forum runs...

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August 27, 2014

A New Season For Lutheran Charities

LCLogo2014 For the past year, a vision has emerged to expand Lutheran Charities into a robust partner for you and your congregation in ministry, mission and outreach. Lutheran Charities is a partnership of nine life-giving ministries that serve 80,000 people in our area each year. A new executive director, the Rev. Bradley R. Burke, will lead...

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August 25, 2014

LCS Offers Marriage Preparedness

Lutheran Congregational Services offers a 6 hour Marriage Preparedness Series for engaged couples. This skills-based series centers on communication, conflict, values, finances, intimacy and spirituality. Cost per couple is $60 ($80 for full day series which includes lunch.) Register at www.lutherancongregationalservices.org, under the “education” tab. Questions, contact Pr. Jennifer Ollikainen at jollikainen@libertylutheran.org or 610.425.2981. Programs are held:...

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July 21, 2014

Mutual Ministry: Making it Work

photo credit: Ken Rowland via photopin cc In October 2014, Pastor Sue Lang, of RevWriter Resources, LLC, one of the co-authors of Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work (Augsburg Fortress, 2003), will offer a day-long workshop guiding participants through an exploration of mutual ministry and its exciting ministry possibilities for your congregation. It will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014...

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July 21, 2014

Faithful Readiness Workshop

photo credit: *Amanda Richards via photopin cc Does your house of worship have a solid emergency operations plan? Learn how to begin developing a plan and respond to emergency scenarios and connect with partners ready to help support your church and community prepare for emergencies at the “Faithful Readiness” workshop Monday, Aug. 11, 9 am to 4 pm at FEMA’s regional headquarters...

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July 17, 2014

Nurturing Vibrant Congregations

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px Growing the vibrancy of a congregation is not something that can be imparted by a new pastor or a consultant, but is the result of congregations taking ownership of the need for change, understanding any gaps between where they are and where they want to be, and experimenting with ways to make faith useful to...

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July 3, 2014

Parish Secretaries Seminar 2014

PSSlogo Join us on October 7 & 8 for our annual Parish Secretaries’ Seminar “Welcome To My World” at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster, PA. This seminar is open to all Parish Secretaries and Administrators from any denomination. Workshops will be interspersed with devotions, meals, and free time. Our workshops this year include Who Takes...

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May 3, 2014

Nurturing Vibrant Congregations

2014AssemblyLogo3 color For about fifteen minutes every week, most of us listen to a sermon, absorb its message and go home to our daily lives. Perhaps we think about it once or twice, or it may flutter around the edges of our minds, but chances are good that by the next week’s sermon, we’ve forgotten all about...

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Contact:

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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