January 17, 2019

Forward Together in Faith Grants Awarded

The Synod has awarded $26,000 in grants funded by the Forward Together in Faith Campaign to 11 projects designed to network congregations and communities, start innovative ministries, enhance their communications, or equip leaders for ministry in the 21st Century. “We had many creative proposals and a limited amount of grant funds,” said Bishop Patricia A....

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December 18, 2018

Once he vandalized a church; Now they share a hopeful bond

‘What I did probably saved my life because I got the help I needed.’ By Mark A. Staples Reunions are commonplace during the holidays, but the one that took place between Christopher Rhoads and leaders of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale in early December could not have been imagined three years ago. Early on...

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December 18, 2018

Help Innovative Ministries Thrive

The ministries of our Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod only happen because of your support. Thank you for the many ways you make ministry possible. One important funding stream is the annual “It Takes All the Saints” appeal, created 10 years ago to augment mission support from congregations. Won’t you help with a contribution to this appeal? Individual...

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October 24, 2018

Mission Support: Faith in Action

Did you know that Mission Support — the offerings your congregation shares with the synod and the churchwide organization — helps put faith into action locally, nationally, and globally? Mission Support provides most of the funding to support the work of the Office of the Bishop. Your gifts help us to identify and nurture future...

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January 17, 2019

Leadership in Uncharted Territory

Canoeing The Mountains With Tod Bolsinger Tod Bolsinger, author of “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory,” will be in Philadelphia February 28 to help us reframe our leadership for the sake of the church today. Rather than seeing graphs of decline or propaganda of a hopeful church, we will acknowledge the challenge of our...

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January 6, 2019

Generosity: Yours for the Asking

Generosity logo SEPA Clif Christopher (who will be our Keynote Speaker at the January 10-11, 2020 Stewardship Extravaganza) shares the following story: Recently I talked with a pastor about how to fund a $6,000 need beyond the resources of the church budget. I felt he had an excellent case for the funds. The ministry sounded important. I asked,...

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January 4, 2019

Conversation on Race and Faith Jan. 17

Bishop Patricia A. Davenport will be one of several prominent religious leaders will share stories and engage in a conversation on how race and racism informs their leadership and the communities they lead during a live “Conversation on Race and Faith” on Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at WHYY. Interfaith Philadelphia is sponsoring...

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January 4, 2019

Bishop Highlights SEPA Martin Luther King Day Service

Due to the forecast of inclement weather, the African Descent Lutheran Association’s annual worship service honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scheduled for Sunday, January 20, will not be held. The service will be rescheduled. We will update you with a new date and time when available.   Bishop...

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December 22, 2018

Make a Difference Through “It Takes All the Saints” Appeal

An invitation from Bishop Patricia A. Davenport:  Beloved Saints of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod – Greetings! In my first few months in office I have been overwhelmed by the many ways our congregations and leaders support the ministries of the office of the bishop …. With your energy and creative ideas, your collaborative spirit, your...

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