August 2, 2018

A Welcome Greeting from Bishop Patricia A. Davenport

Hear a word of greeting and encouragement from our new bishop, the Rev. Patricia A. Davenport, as she takes office on August 1, 2018. “Let me say with a grateful heart: I am honored to accept your call to shepherd Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod in her quest to do God’s work through our hands,” Bishop Davenport...

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June 27, 2018

Celebrate Bishop Davenport’s Installation

You are invited to celebrate the installation of Bishop Patricia A. Davenport in a festive worship service on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at 2 pm at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. A reception will follow. ELCA Pastors and Deacons and clergy from other denominations are invited to vest and...

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May 31, 2018

Forward Together in Faith Grants

Our Synod is offering $26,000 in grants to congregations and leaders in 2019 for new initiatives and ministries that support the emphases of the Forward Together in Faith Campaign. For 2019 grants of $500 to $5,000 are available. Applications are due September 30, 2018. These grants, drawn from interest earned by the principal of the campaign, will support new projects...

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July 31, 2018

A Farewell Message from Bishop Burkat

“Always blessed, often exhausting, sometimes heartbreaking, mostly joyful, daily gratifying, and led by the power of God, our ministry as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod has accomplished far more than I could have hoped for or imagined,” retiring Bishop Claire S. Burkat writes in a message to the synod as she completes two terms as bishop....

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July 25, 2018

Lutheran Disaster Response Receives Grant for Hurricane Harvey Response

CHICAGO (July 24, 2018) – Lutheran Disaster Response has been allocated up to $7.3 million from the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) as part of a cooperative agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the implementation of a disaster case-management delivery mechanism for survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas....

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July 19, 2018

St. Paul, Telford: Younger Youth Like to Serve, Too

While older youth had the opportunity to serve at the triennial ELCA Youth Gathering, younger youth like to serve also! Taking an idea from another local Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s in Telford held a 3-day mini youth work camp. Youth in grades 3 through 10 were invited to attend. Held from 9 am – 4pm,...

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July 19, 2018

2019 Changes to ELCA-Medicare Primary Benefits

In response to the ever-changing health care landscape, the ELCA and Portico have worked together to design changes to ELCA Medicare-Primary health benefits that will take effect Jan. 1, 2019. The majority of members with these benefits will be positively affected by enhanced coverage and reduced monthly contributions, or premiums. Continuing a Tradition of Care...

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July 11, 2018

Stewardship Tip: Legacy Gifts

Generosity logo SEPA Yvonne Lembo, a member of our Synod Generosity Team, also works with the ELCA as a regional gift planner.  Our ELCA gift planners are a resource that we under-utilize but can be an extra asset for congregations that want to develop or expand their Endowment Funds.  Here’s  an article that Yvonne wrote for this month’s...

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