Category: Faith in action

February 19, 2020

What Are We Taking On For Lent?

Lenten Message from Bishop Davenport Reflection on Isaiah 58:6-9 Watch video message Download print vision         February, 2020 Greetings, beloved. So what are we taking on for Lent? Jesus’ journey to the cross was a path through sacrifice and discipline. Our Lord took on the weight of the whole world. He poured...

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January 21, 2020

God, Improv, and the Art of Living

The Presbytery of Philadelphia, our synod, and United Lutheran Seminary are sponsoring an ecumenical equipping event with Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Rev. McKibben Dana (author of “God, Improv, and the Art of Living”) will lead a day of thoughtful and playful interactions with improv, personal formation, and building capacity for adaptive...

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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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January 21, 2020

Extravaganza of Generosity

“You can’t love Jesus and not give,” pastor and author Clif Christopher said in his keynote at the 2020 Extravagant Generosity program Jan. 10. “It’s just impossible.” Yet some churches lose the battle with money because “there are more people who think money can save them than think Jesus can save them,” said Christopher, author...

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January 21, 2020

Cultivate a Heart of Love

Generosity logo SEPA Dear friends, If you missed our Stewardship Extravaganza in January, you missed a great event with excellent keynote addresses, an outstanding sermon and wonderful workshops.  But, here is a chance to benefit from that experience.  One of the workshop leaders, Rob Blezard, has a monthly “Toolkit” that provides helpful bulletin inserts, thoughtful newsletter articles and...

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January 7, 2020

Christian Minimalism Focuses on What Really Matters

Jesus’ simple life, focus on what was most important, and trust in God to provide testify to his minimalist lifestyle. The minimalism movement offers that attending to what matters and eliminating things and ideas that distract can provide “meaning” to our lives. Pastor Becca Ehrlich of Philadelphia, author of the Christian Minimalism blog, writes in...

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December 18, 2019

Anti-Racism Education Feb. 8

The SEPA Anti-Racism Team will host the third in a four-part series of educational events for rostered and lay leaders on Feb. 8, 2020, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Brossman Center on the ULS Philadelphia campus. This part, Connection, examines how our (mis)perceptions of others can be due to a lack of connectiveness....

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December 10, 2019

Synod Council and Committees seeking Nominations for 2020

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 1-2, 2020 Every year the Synod Assembly elects members of the Synod Council, which serves as “the board of directors...

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December 4, 2019

Called To Serve Our Neighbors

Through baptism, we are called to serve our neighbors and steward God’s good creation. As Lutherans, our attention turns to the policies that make a broader difference in our lives and the lives of our vulnerable neighbors. It is important that we add our voice into the process. In this video presented by Lutheran Advocacy...

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November 27, 2019

Support Jane Addams Place On Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday This year, #GivingTuesday donations through the synod will benefit Lutheran Settlement House’s Jane Addams Place emergency shelter. Lutheran Settlement House’s Jane Addams Place is an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Whether due to domestic violence, a house fire, or losing a job, residents at Jane Addams Place arrive during times of crisis. Jane Addams Place...

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November 27, 2019

Congregations Learn About Enhancing Vitality

Lay and rostered leaders from congregations across the synod gathered Nov. 9 to explore ways of making their churches more vital communities of faith. Vital congregations nurture individual and community relationship with God, build relationships, and develop a strong presence in community. The day included experienced practitioners and group brainstorming and networking. Resources from the...

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October 28, 2019

2021 Gathering: Boundless

The ELCA Youth Gathering team announces the theme of the 2021 Minneapolis Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure,” based on Ephesians 3:19 CEV. “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” What are the stories of...

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October 15, 2019

Inspire Extravagant Generosity

Save January 10-11 for a weekend of informative and useful presentations designed to inspire Extravagant Generosity in your church! This event is hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446.   This stewardship extravaganza features keynote speakers J. Clif Christopher (author of: It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate...

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October 2, 2019

Bishop Eaton: Bold Actions at Churchwide Assembly

By Elizabeth A. Eaton This church had a meeting in August. We gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. We were filled with anticipation and excitement—what would unfold during the assembly? How would we be inspired by worship and Bible study? How would we be challenged? What new insight into the work of the...

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September 30, 2019

Volunteer with Liberty Hospice

Part of the Liberty Lutheran family of services, Liberty Hospice offers compassionate care to Philadelphia-area patients facing a life-limiting illness. Our hospice care team, which includes a medical director, social workers, chaplains, skilled nursing professionals, hospice aides, and volunteers, provides comprehensive support while helping patients and their families make the most of every moment. Volunteers are a vital...

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September 25, 2019

In God’s Image: Inclusive Ministry October 12, 2019

Interested in learning how to expand your ministries to be more intentionally welcoming for LGBTQIA+ persons? Is your congregation already Reconciling in Christ but you want to know what more you can do? Do you feel like you just don’t know how to be the best ally you can be? Well, then do we have...

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September 25, 2019

Vitality Awareness Day

Join members of the Vitality Team on Saturday November 9th at the Philadelphia Campus of United Lutheran Seminary for a day of Vitality Awareness. During the day we will help raise awareness for ministries efforts that matter in helping to transform your congregation into a vital ministry in your community. This day is for both...

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September 25, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity: Feast Incarnate

One in four Philadelphians are food insecure. Help Feast Incarnate, a ministry of University Lutheran Church, feed people by becoming a meal provider or host. Feast Incarnate feeds people every Tuesday night, and they are looking for church groups able to help prepare and/or serve meals. For more information call Nell McCaslin at 203.520.2553. Download...

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September 10, 2019

Help With Hurricane Dorian Recovery

God, you still the storms and are a very present help in trouble. We pray for all those suffering the effects of Hurricane Dorian. Bring comfort to the afflicted and strength to those who come to their aid. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.   “About 17% of all Bahamians are suddenly homeless after...

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September 3, 2019

Camp Noah Helps Children Traumatized by Disaster

Painting, singing, dancing, and more! Children at Camp Noah whose lives have been impacted by disaster and/or trauma enjoyed a week full of hope and fun. Thanks to incredible volunteers and partnerships from local churches and numerous organizations, these children have courage and resilience for their future. With Hurricane Dorian already making its impact, programs like Camp...

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