Category: SOFIA

December 12, 2018

RedeemerFest: Faith in Action

Redeemer, Jamison holds Redeemerfest on the first Saturday of October.  It is a beautiful example of faith in action.  All proceeds from Redeemerfest support a local charity.  In 2017 it was the Food Pantry at St Johns, Hatboro.  In 2018 it was the Code Blue Project of the Bucks County Coalition to Support and Shelter...

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October 31, 2018

Launching A Journey of Faithful Innovation

A cohort of leaders of Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey Synod congregations participated in a retreat to kick off a multi-year Leadership for Faithful Innovation program. The effort is part of a $1 million grant Luther Seminary received from the Lilly Endowment to help pastors and congregations move from “performative” ministry — a model in...

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October 31, 2018

Interfaith Leaders Stand with Jewish Community

Hundreds packed Temple Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia Sunday night as people of many faiths and political leaders gathered to stand in support of the Jewish community after 11 worshippers were murdered during prayers at a Pittsburgh synagogue Oct. 27. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported: The tone was largely spiritual. The Rev. Mark Tyler of Mother Bethel...

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October 22, 2018

How to Teach Congregations about Mission Support

Generosity logo SEPA I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to Congregation Councils and congregational members who do not understand what the synod and ELCA do with the dollars contributed by our congregations. And often our rostered leaders aren’t sure how to teach the compelling stories that arise from the use of these funds in our...

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October 18, 2018

Cross+Gen Movement Building Across SEPA

More than two years ago, about 20 congregational leaders turned up to discuss the challenges of the traditional, age-oriented approach to Sunday School and faith formation. On the other end of the Skype connection was author and consultant Rich Melheim. The energy and frustration released on that rainy spring day blossomed into the first synod-level...

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October 10, 2018

Photo Challenge: How is Your Church Building God’s Kingdom?

We’re assembling an album of images showing SEPA congregations at work and play, in worship and service. We invite you to send images that represent the worship life, community service, faith formation, and other aspects of your congregation. These images may be used in worship or presentations at Synod events and/or on our website and...

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October 9, 2018

Camp Noah Offers Hope, Builds Resiliency

More than 40 children who were displaced by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and relocated to Eastern Pennsylvania were treated to a week-long Camp Noah program at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Reading in August. Lutheran Congregational Services, an affiliate of Liberty Lutheran Services, helped coordinate the program, which included volunteers from many non-profit and faith-based...

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October 9, 2018

ARTolerance Comes to Media

On Sunday, October 28 @ 3 p.m. ARTolerance brings its message of multicultural and interfaith understanding to Beth Israel Congregation in collaboration with Reformation Lutheran Church. Founded by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, ARTolerance uses music, poetry and story-telling to overcome divisiveness and give audiences tools to enrich their community. Featuring Bar-David on cello, global...

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October 9, 2018

Bless the Lord for SEKOMU’s 10th Anniversary

A message from the Rev. Dr. Anneth Munga on 10 years of Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University and its partnership with our Synod:  “Bless the LORD Oh My Soul!” These words are painted on the front wall of one of the lecture halls at Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University  (SEKOMU). The university is located in Magamba village,...

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October 3, 2018

Generosity Tip: Telling the Story

Generosity logo SEPA People, especially millennials, support those causes  that have compelling stories that show how money is spent and what outcomes been realized. This is true for our congregations as well as the Synod and the ELCA.  Telling your story at the congregational level is the easiest (though not all congregation’s do this intentionally).  But what about at...

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August 22, 2018

A ton of help for the hungry

Two congregations in Upper Bucks established a Community Vegetable Garden that provides fresh organic produce to two local food pantries. Jerusalem Lutheran in Almont and St. Michael’s Lutheran in Sellersville teamed up 3 years ago to tend the “Garden of Eat’n.” Donations are now approaching the 1 ton of produce milestone! The Garden is a...

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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 4, 2018

African Descent Ministries: Color-brave, not Color-blind

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America As president of the ELCA’s African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA), Lamont Anthony Wells is on a mission to help build not “a color-blind” church but “a color-brave one,” he said. “It’s important for us to be brave enough to have discussions and solve some of the biases that are real in our church.” Read the...

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June 26, 2018

Reclaiming Dignity Through Job Training

When Danny Peters was released from the State Correctional Institution at Graterford in the spring of 2016, he was one of the fortunate ones—he had a strong support system and determination. But after 35 years in prison, he knew he would need job training and someone to give him a second chance to prove he...

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May 16, 2018

Historic Bishop Elections: ‘There is Room at the Table’

“I came into the church during an era of ‘You’re welcome to come, but leave your baggage and all of your gifts, all the things you bring, at the door,’ ” Bishop-elect Patricia A. Davenport tells Living Lutheran magazine for a profile of the ELCA’s first two African-American woman bishops. “So this (election) says to...

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