Category: Congregations

June 16, 2020

Emergency Grants for PA Families Open Through July 12

Did you lose a job or work hours during the coronavirus crisis? You might be eligible for emergency cash assistance from Pennsylvania. The Emergency Cash Assistance Program will provide one-time cash grants to families who qualify. This could be helpful while you are waiting for your Unemployment Compensation to start. This program will end July...

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June 15, 2020

Churches Eligible for FEMA Assistance

When federal disaster declarations occur, and sometimes in other cases such as for anti-terrorism work, federal grants become available to houses of worship for repairs and mitigation. Please see the information below to register your congregations to be alerted if opportunities arise in your community. Greeting Partners, In the midst of a disaster it can...

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June 3, 2020

Prayers For PRIDE Month

Prayers for your use during PRIDE month in June. God of LOVE, we thank you for the Spirits who were trailblazers, moving and shaking people’s hearts and minds. Stir up in us that same energy of those who helped pave the way for where our LGBTQIA+ siblings are today. May we never stop expanding the...

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May 20, 2020

Letter From Our Partner Bishop In Tanzania

    May 13, 2020 Dear Rev. Patricia Davenport, Warm greetings in the name of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ. “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16) Beloved in Christ, It is...

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May 20, 2020

A Hometown Hero for the Houseless

Welcome Church Pastor Violet Little nominated Project Home homeless outreach worker Sam Santiago as one of 6ABC’s “Hometown Heroes” for his work supporting people without houses in the city. Part of Sam’s duties, with co-worker Kara Cohen, is distributing hygiene kits and peanut butter sandwiches donated by supporters of Welcome Church and Welcome Bread. 

May 20, 2020

Virtual Closing to the Sunday School Year

The last planned day of Sunday school at Redeemer Jamison was to have been the week before Memorial Day Weekend. At 9:30 am on May 17, the normal Sunday school time, they held a Zoom class instead. The teachers told the story of Mary and Martha, then asked each child if they thought of themselves as more...

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May 15, 2020

Continually Updated List of COVID-19 Resources

We have been collecting and sharing resources for navigating COVID-19 from faith and government sources. The most recently added items are listed below. To view the entire collection, click the button below.   VIEW ALL RESOURCES >   Latest Resources VIEW ALL RESOURCES >   Photo by Марьян Блан | @marjanblan on Unsplash

May 15, 2020

What’s Next: How will COVID-19 Shape the Church’s Future?

Generosity logo SEPA What’s on the horizon for congregations and parishes as we transition from the crisis of the moment to the long-term implications of the coronavirus pandemic? The pandemic has fast-forwarded us into our future at warp speed. Normal has changed forever. With the advent of the digital church, not all of our congregation is physically present....

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April 28, 2020

Disaster Update: COVID-19 Response

Be a part of the response: Pray Please pray for people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Give Thanks to generous donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe. Your gifts...

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April 18, 2020

A Message for Congregations in Transition

To the Churches of our synod that are currently in transition: Dear Siblings in Christ, Our churches like the tomb are empty.  And yet we proclaim:  CHRIST IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA. The Pandemic of Covid-19 has brought sudden and drastic changes to our way of life and to the way our congregations...

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April 16, 2020

7 Ways to Keep Donations Flowing During the Covid-19 Crisis

Generosity logo SEPA Stewardship expert Rob Blezard, one of our workshop leaders at our Stewardship Extravaganza in January, outlines steps your church can take to address the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis. Key strategies include staying in communication with donors, including an offering time in online worship, and considering the CARES relief program. Your congregation may have...

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April 6, 2020

Considerations for Remote Council and Congregation Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During this time of social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many congregation leaders are asking how they can take advantage of technology to continue to hold necessary meetings to conduct the business of the congregation. Please bear in mind that some matters may best be postponed until the restrictions on gatherings have been lifted....

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April 6, 2020

NewPaycheck Protection Program FAQ

Updated FAQ from the ELCA Download: FAQ on PPP Loans Are churches eligible? Yes. There is some misinformation out there, and some lenders are confused, but churches are eligible. Where do we apply for Paycheck Protection Act (forgivable) loans? At a Small Business Administration-approved lender, which includes most financial institutions. What does the application entail?...

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April 5, 2020

More Info on CARES Act Programs

Important Info From The ELCA Here are answers to some frequently asked questions: Are churches eligible? Yes. There is some misinformation out there and some lenders are confused, but churches are eligible. What is the application period for the Paycheck Protection Plan loans/grants? It opened April 3. There is no close date we are aware of, but because the...

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April 3, 2020

Bishop Eaton: We Remain United

As we approach Holy Week, Bishop Eaton invites the church to join a diverse group of Christians in witness to our common faith in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

April 2, 2020

Recommendation: Discontinue Gathering To Live Stream

April 2, 2020 Colleagues, With increasing concern about aerosol spread of the COVID-19 virus and news such as this and this, and reports that the government will recommend wearing masks in public, we strongly recommend that you discontinue gathering a group of worship leaders together to record/live stream your worship service. We make this recommendation...

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March 5, 2020

ELCA Issues Congregation Checklist, Worship Guidance for Coronavirus

While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not currently having significant impacts in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the news (and misinformation) about the spread of the virus is creating worry and anxiety in many communities.   On March 3 we received via Lutheran Disaster Response a preparation checklist for congregations and ELCA worship guidance, “Worship in Times of Public Health...

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March 5, 2020

SEPA Synodical Women 2020 Convention

The 2020 convention of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synodical Women of the ELCA will be held on June 6, 2020, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church 400 Lynbrooke Rd, Springfield, PA 19064. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Opening devotions begin at 9:30.   We will be celebrating 50 years of Ordination of Women of the Lutheran Church...

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March 4, 2020

“The Church Is In The Innovation Business”

This season, Bishop Davenport and the synod pastoral staff invite you to join them in reading and discussing Dwight Zscheile’s book “The Agile Church”. In this book Dr. Zscheile, vice president for innovation and professor of mission at Luther Seminary, draws on scripture and history to explore how the early church learned to meet people...

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February 19, 2020

Food From Pickleball

Pastor Chris Franz of Advent, West Chester and Pastor Dan Krewson of Calvary, West Chester, recently presented a check for $901 to the West Chester Food Cupboard. The funds were raised by the Tuesday night Pickleball Fellowship players, who are each asked to donate $1 or more per session to play. This joint ministry of...

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