Category: Communications

April 10, 2019

Pastor Karen Sease Joins Office of the Bishop

The Rev. Karen M. Sease has been appointed Assistant to the Bishop for Vocations and Leadership/Mission Advancement by Bishop Patricia Davenport. Pastor Sease currently serves as Major Gift Officer and Director of Alumni Relations at United Lutheran Seminary. She brings over ten years of experience in fundraising, stewardship, and vocational discernment to her new role....

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January 23, 2019

Lutheran Night at the Phillies in Honor of Dick Reimet

Our late, beloved former Synod treasurer, Dick Reimet, started Lutheran Night at the Phillies decades ago, one of the – if not the – first such partnership between a religious organization and professional baseball. In Dick’s memory, we’re dedicating this year’s event in thanksgiving for his long-time stewardship of this ministry and support of our...

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March 20, 2019

Lutherans Respond to Midwest Floods

Heavy rainfall last week caused rapid snow meant that has resulted in major flooding in parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois. At least three people have died thus far, and hundreds of homes, businesses, and farms have been affected. Estimated farm losses could top $1 billion. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations are in place,...

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March 5, 2019

Lenten Message from Bishop Patricia Davenport

Greetings, Beloved. As I ponder my Lenten journey, I was thinking it’s not as much about giving up as it is an invitation to give ourselves over to the love of God; to be aware of our blessings, and our call to share those blessings. In that sense it is a call to action, to recommit to...

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February 25, 2019

Lutheran Day in the Capitol May 19-20

Bring Your Faith to the Table — On May 19 and 20, join people of faith from around Pennsylvania for inspiration, education and participation — in worship, service, learning and advocacy. We will focus on setting bigger, more welcoming, tables in our lives, our congregations, our communities and our Commonwealth. Come for our traditional Lutheran Day...

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February 25, 2019

Women of the ELCA Gathering: Water of Life

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Women of the ELCA 2019 gathering will be held Saturday June 1, 2019 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lansdale. Registration will begin at 8:45. Bishop Patricia Davenport is the keynote speaker. Our theme is Water of Life. We will give thanks for God’s gift of water and learn ways to care for...

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February 15, 2019

Lutheran Settlement House Gets Boost from Fishtown’s Boom

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: A century ago, immigrants who arrived in Fishtown from Eastern Europe found themselves at the doors of the Lutheran Settlement House on Frankford Avenue, an urban ministry that helped families acclimate to their new lives. The nonprofit agency, which has never moved from the stately building where it was founded in 1902,...

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January 23, 2019

Lutheran Marriage Prep Sessions

Marriage Preparedness Series is still around! Although Lutheran Congregational Services is no longer sponsoring the Marriage Prep Series, the instructor, Pastor Sandra Brown, is still offering the classes. The class is a full day, designed to cover some of the basic topics of pre-marital counseling, such as communicaton, finances, and self-care. The schedule for 2019...

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January 23, 2019

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Devotions Available

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions for the annual ecumenical celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed this year...

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January 3, 2019

Nominations for 2019 Synod Council Elections

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Nominating Committee is asking for your help in identifying gifted and qualified persons, both clergy and lay, to serve as nominees for election at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly on May 3-4, 2019 The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 15. Every year the Synod Assembly elects members of the Synod...

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January 3, 2019

Remembering in prayer the saints at St. John’s, Quakertown

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Quakertown, a congregation in the Upper Bucks Conference, will hold their final worship service on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm with Bishop Davenport presiding. Rostered leaders and congregational members of the SEPA Synod are welcome to attend a service of thanksgiving for the life and witness...

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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 15, 2018

Officials Celebrate Our “Inspiring” Bishop

Bishop Patricia A. Davenport was honored with citations from Mayor Jim Kenney and the state House of Representatives at a reception at City Hall on Dec. 13. State Rep. Joanna McClinton, a Democrat who represents the 191st District covering parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, read part of a proclamation by the legislature congratulating the...

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November 7, 2018

2019 Compensation Guidelines Published

New compensation guidelines for rostered ministers are now available online. These Rostered Ministry Compensation Guidelines are written to assist the members of your congregation in determining fair compensation for pastors and deacons. A compensation package includes, but is not limited to, salary, housing allowance, medical and other benefits, social security offsets and pension contributions. These...

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November 5, 2018

Immanuel, Burholme Holds Final Service Nov. 11

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Burholme section of Philadelphia will hold its final worship service on Sunday, November 11 at 3 PM. Rostered leaders and congregational members of the SEPA Synod are welcome to participant in a service of thanksgiving for the life and witness by this congregation for more an a century in...

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September 12, 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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August 20, 2018

Beware fake Ministrylink solicitations

Several times over the last few months, some of our readers have received emails, purporting to be from the synod, asking support for a crowdfunding site to benefit a sick child. In each case, the message does not follow our branding or format and links to an unconfirmed crowdfunding page. The “from” email is info@ministrylink.org,...

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July 25, 2018

2018 Ingathering

We thank everyone who contributed to the Ingathering at our Convention in June. We assembled 33 personal care kits at the convention and received the following donations from churches in our synod: 374 Mission Quilts 29 Fleece Tied Blankets More than 83 Personal Care Kits 98 School Kits 42 Baby Care Kits Since we received...

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June 25, 2018

2018 Women of the ELCA Gathering Info

On June 2, 2018 the Southeast Pa. Women of the ELCA met at Messiah Lutheran Church, Downingtown. Our theme was the story of Mary and Martha. Our speakers were David Fuerst from Lutheran World Relief and Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby from Infaith Women Give. Both speakers also gave workshops on their organizations. We also had a workshop...

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January 17, 2018

What is the Most Important Trait of a Leader?

The Rev. Amy Reumann, ELCA Director of Advocacy, answers this question and “What is the best leadership advice you have received?” In this new video, part of Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative. Reumann was previously executive director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/h2bU-Y-v820 Learn more at http://www.elca.org/leaders