Author Archive

March 11, 2021

Live Stream Ideas

Recorded from our March 11, 2021 SEPA Comms Chat with our guest Kyle Barger of Temple Lutheran Church, Havertown, and United Lutheran Seminary.

February 26, 2021

Thanks for your generosity!

Individual giving to causes including the COVID-19 fund, donations toward medical expenses for former Bishop Munga in Tanzania, and our annual All Saints appeal tripled in 2020 — in a pandemic year. Thank you so much for your support. We thank God for you always.

February 16, 2021

An Awakening

I have participated in numerous anti-racism training events over the years, sponsored by either the synod or the churchwide organization. (For those events, I express a profound feeling of gratitude.) But I did not fully comprehend the reality of “white privilege” until I had an unexpected conversation with a fellow pastoral care resident at the...

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February 10, 2021

Your congregation can sponsor a missionary

Dear friends: Bethany Friberg works as an ELCA missionary in Ketumbeine, Tanzania, but her definition of missionary service is much more expansive. She believes all Christians are missionaries. “I’m always struck by how wonderful it is when people have committed their life to the Lord and are praying, ‘Lord Jesus, show me how to live...

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February 10, 2021

Historically significant Black lives that matter: A Lutheran legacy

Care for and by children of God in Black skin has a long history in the Lutheran church, despite the impression one might have of the ELCA as currently a predominantly “white” denomination. The Rev. Richard Stewart, associate professor emeritus of communications and parish administration at ULS, gives a glimpse of significant early Black Lutheran...

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February 5, 2021

No White Guilt

On a local community website, I read a post that said signs have been popping up in my community that say “No White Guilt”.  A lively discussion followed in replies to the post.  My mostly white neighbors had varied reactions, and some of them were apparently too much for the moderator of the site, because...

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February 3, 2021

Tuscarora Lutheran Youth Virtual Retreat

SEPA YOUTH LOGO The Tuscarora Lutheran Youth Retreat planning committee is pleased to announce our first ever Virtual Retreat for youth in grades 6-12 and their leaders, on Saturday, April 10, starting at 10 am on Zoom. Registration fee is $20 per person. Deadline to register is March 7, 2021! Download a flyer for more information: 2021 Tuscaro...

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February 3, 2021

Lent Ideas With Keith Anderson

An excerpt from our interview with Pastor Keith Anderson focusing on digital ministry in the upcoming Lenten season.

February 1, 2021

SEPA Communicators — Lent/Holy Week Ideas

Pastors, musicians, and tech teams from SEPA Synod share ideas for online Lenten and Holy Week worship, followed with discussion about re-opening in-person worship.

January 29, 2021

The Response to Violence and Hate is “Beloved Community”

A message from Rev. Secretary Karl M. Richard in response to the Capitol riots and the transition of administrations.

January 27, 2021

Online Communications for the Digital/Hybrid Church

Pastor Bob Fisher interviews Pastor Keith Anderson of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, a digital content expert and author of “The Digital Cathedral” and co-author of “Click 2 Save: The Social Media Bible”. Topics covered: 00:00 Introduction 00:53 Starting with digital ministry 03:46 From Zoom to live streaming 06:26 Why stream from the sanctuary? 07:04 Interactive...

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January 14, 2021

Synod bids farewell to Mercedes Lee

We’re both delighted and sad to announce that Ms. Mercedes Lee, coordinator for congregational vitality, will be leaving the staff on January 15 for a position with the University of Pennsylvania’s newly formed office of social equity and community. We’ll miss Mercedes as an integral part of the synod team and for her enthusiastic and...

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December 20, 2020

Lesson and Carols for Christmas 2020

A gift to our congregations and leaders from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. December 2020.

November 16, 2020

What You Need to Know About Copyright in Church

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod webinar with Michael Moore, copyright and permissions guru with 0:00 – Introductions 2:48 – What is copyright? 11:27 — How does copyright affect churches? 26:22 – What licensing do you need? 31:19 – Searching Sundays & Seasons and other topics 48:22 – Q&A

November 13, 2020

2020 Annual Report Cover Available

The new 2020 annual report covers are now available. Both can be found in the Stewardship resources here: Direct links are here: Pages version: al_Report_cover.pdf Spreads version: al_Report_cover_spread.pdf

November 13, 2020

Apply Now For Young Adults in Global Mission

ELCA Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now being accepted, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2021-2022 program year. If you know young adults ages 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline...

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November 13, 2020

Tuscarora Youth Retreat 2021 Is On!

SEPA YOUTH LOGO APRIL 9 – 11, 2021 GRADES 6 – 12 Registration Fee: TBD Pending the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the retreat will be either inperson or virtual. Date to determine in-person vs. virtual is February 1, 2021 Download a poster Check our website for up to date information

November 13, 2020

Season of Hope Advent Resources from LWR

Join with Lutheran World Relief as we remember our neighbors from around the world. During each week of Advent, we will lift up the experience of our neighbors in each of the regions your love reaches: Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Discover our suite of resources to engage your congregation digitally or inperson in a variety of ways each...

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November 13, 2020

For Your Prayers and Support

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING BRUNCH…On Wednesday, Nov. 25 a collaboration of non-profits are offering “THANKSGIVING BRUNCH” (hot breakfast & dinner) to over 700 families experiencing food insecurity in Kensington. The meals will be prepared in St Michael’s “safe food certified” kitchen, and delivered to McPhearson Park & Last Stop Recovery Center in Kensington. We will also be...

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November 13, 2020

Mortgage and Rental Assistance Now Available

Lutheran advocacy helped secure $175 million of funding for rental and mortgage assistance that is now available. The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million...

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