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May 20, 2022

Prayer: Remembering Those Affected by Gun Violence

Today we remember those who have died by gun violence, those who have survived gun violence, those who mourn deaths of family and friends by gun violence. Aching with sorrow we grieve this pain and death that surrounds and fills us. Today we remember mass killings in places of prayer and ordinary life, in churches...

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May 20, 2022

Pastoral Message on Buffalo Racially-Motivated Killings

“Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?” —Jeremiah 8:22 Our hearts grieve for those who have been killed and our souls cry out against more lives lost to the hatred birthed by racism. As we mourn those lives lost...

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May 18, 2022

E-News for May 18, 2022

Synod Office Move the Week of May 23 The synod will be moving our offices across campus to Brossman Hall starting May 23. We expect to be fully operational on Monday, June 6.  Staff members will have limited access to phones and email during this transition, and some messages may not be delivered. Please resend...

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April 14, 2022

Bishop: “Lead With the Love of Christ”

Bishop Davenport offered words of inspiration and challenge in her sermon at the 2022 Chrism service yesterday, based on Ephesians 5:1-2: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. “The Apostle Paul encourages us...

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May 19, 2022

Heeding God’s Call Statement on Mass Shootings

Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence is a partner in the work of addressing gun violence in our communities: Philadelphia: Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence (Heeding), the statewide faith-based organization devoted to reducing and preventing gun violence called for prayer for all those taken by gun murder in Buffalo and Geneva, for...

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April 13, 2022

MinistryLink News for April 13

The April 13 newsletter includes: Bishop: “Lead With the Love of Christ” Easter Message from Bishop Eaton Philadelphia Reinstates Mask Mandate Synod Assembly Updates … and more Read online Download PDF with live links: MinistryLink 41322

April 12, 2022

Philadelphia Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

Updated: April 12, 2022 From WPVI: Philadelphia health officials have reinstated the mandate for masks at indoor public places effective April 18. See more:   From WPVI: “Philadelphia health officials are warning people that there could be a new wave of COVID-19 infections. “Even though COVID cases remain low in Philadelphia, health officials are now...

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April 5, 2022

Revised Protocol For Synod Events

The synod has revised its protocol for synod-sponsored or related events. A primary recommendation is common sense: Attendees, organizers and presenters should STAY HOME if they are feeling sick. The guidelines call for following CDC Community Levels for wearing masks, and reserves the right for event organizers to require masks to protect attendees regardless of...

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March 31, 2022

Souper Bowl a Big Deal in Delco

You think the Super Bowl is a big deal?  In Springfield, Delco, the SOUPer Bowl is a big deal! Launched by youth in Columbia, South Carolina in 1990, the movement to ask people to donate a can of food or a cash donation on Super Bowl Sunday has spread across the nation. (See “Souper Bowl...

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March 25, 2022

Renewal of Ministry Vows April 12

Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ministers of Word and Service will gather for the annual Chrism Service on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 12, at 10 am online. This traditional service of Word and Sacrament includes the blessing of oil for anointing, healing prayer, and renewal of ministry vows. Bishop Patricia A. Davenport will...

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February 28, 2022

Pastors Suah-Dennis, Penman Appointed Co-Directors of Evangelical Mission

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Moses Suah-Dennis and the Rev. Bryan Penman as co-directors of evangelical mission. Dr. Suah-Dennis is pastor of Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Lansdown. Rev. Penman is pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Conshohoken. They will continue to serve their congregations...

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February 25, 2022

Covid Questions and Answers, February 2022

Dr. Tim Babinchak, infectious disease specialist, joined congregation leaders for a question and answer session on Feb. 24. Dr. Babinchak, a member of St. Johns, Phoenixville, discussed moving forward post-omicron variant surge and making decisions about congregational life and activities. [Scroll down to watch the video] [Download Transcript: COVID Q&A February 2022] Dr. Babinchak noted...

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February 16, 2022

COVID Update from Bishop Davenport

Dear Beloved, I am grateful that COVID cases and hospitalizations have been declining quickly across southeastern Pennsylvania. I pray that this trend continues. In order to protect the people we serve, I encourage you to keep finding safe ways to gather in person as well as offer complementary online access. Our leaders and congregations have...

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February 7, 2022

The Building Blocks of Congregational Renewal

Generosity logo SEPA “This interview is reprinted by permission from Leading Ideas, a free e-newsletter from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary and available at churchleadership.com.” What does it take to turn a congregation around? Lewis Center Director Doug Powe interviews Ed Brandt, a long-serving pastor who recently retired as chief of chaplains for...

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February 1, 2022

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Canceled

Our synod offers prayers for all who are affected by this decision. From The ELCA Youth Gathering Facebook Page: An update regarding the 2022 Gathering   After much prayer, conversation and tears, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Gathering, MYLE and the tAble due to the ongoing pandemic, the recent COVID-19...

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January 31, 2022

Tuscarora Youth Retreat Moves to One Day

The Tuscarora Youth Retreat Committee has made the decision to change this year’s retreat to a ONE DAY EVENT due to the latest COVID-19 numbers and data. [Note: This is not a synod sponsored event and not subject to the synod’s events policy.] All 6th – 12th grade youth and their leaders are welcome to...

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January 21, 2022

“A Season of Hope”

If you missed the January 16 worship webcast of our Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Worship Service, you can now view it on video. Members of the Southeast Michigan Synod, ELCA, Acts In Common, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, and the African Descent Lutheran Association presented this MLK Worship Event, featuring guest preacher...

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January 21, 2022

Contemplating the New Year

Two years into a global pandemic, the toll on human life and livelihood is undeniable, and the toll on mental, emotional and spiritual health is no less profound. Enormous shifts in the way we work, gather and worship have left many people reeling. How can faith communities be a resource for those struggling?   For...

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January 21, 2022

Celebrate Diverse Ministries for Black History Month

This is our future church: A ten-year-old preacher and professional artist; a grassroots campaign for affordable housing; young and diverse communities. African Descent Ministries of the ELCA is celebrating Black History Month with Talks at the Desk, a new series that will explore diverse expressions of the church. Join us each Wednesday in February at 7:30 pm...

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January 21, 2022

You Can Change the Church

A Pre-Assembly Web Forum with the Reference and Counsel Committee Join us February 3 at 7:00pm on Zoom to learn: How you can create changes in the church through the Synod Assembly What’s the difference between a resolution and a memorial? Ways to write an effective resolution REGISTER NOW   Download printable copy   The...

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