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2018 Bishop’s Convocation

November 14, 2018 - November 15, 2018

BEING BELOVED COMMUNITY

SEPA BISHOP’S CONVOCATION

NOVEMBER 14-15, 2018


For Rostered Ministers of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod


Join us November 14 and 15 for our first Convocation with

BISHOP PATRICIA DAVENPORT

The theme is “Being Beloved Community,” and we will focus on building and enhancing relationships among colleagues and with the synod and ministry partners.

NEW: 2 DAYS, LOWER COST!

Convocation opens with registration at 10 am Wednesday and concludes after Eucharist after lunch on Thursday. In between there will be conversation, scripture, and worship time.

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE

Registration before October 1 is just $65 ($145 last year).
Registration plus a single room and meals before October 1 is just $315 ($552 last year).

Register online now!

Brochure and scholarship information [link]


Convocation will again be held at

BEAR CREEK MOUNTAIN RESORT

and Conference Center, 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, PA 18062; (610) 682-7100 or http://www.bcmountainresort.com


WELCOME FROM BISHOP DAVENPORT

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47.

For so to help a man that he does not need to become a beggar is just as much of a good work and virtue as to give alms to a man who has already become a beggar. Martin Luther

Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Greetings, Beloved!

Words to learn from, live by, or be about?

My partners in ministry, we live and serve in a long tradition of forming “beloved community,” from the first disciples to our present realities.

For the community of Acts it was breaking bread and holding all things in common. “Luther’s call that people care for one another in response to God’s grace created … essentially the first social services agency in Europe— the Common Chest,” Lutheran Services in America reminds us. The goal for Dr. King was “a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth” which rejected all forms of poverty, hunger, racism, and discrimination, according to the peacemaking center that bears his name.

“We’re stronger together”; “We can do more together than we can alone”; “God’s work, our hands.” It is all true, thank you! The rostered ministers, communities of faith and our ministry partners are doing a great job together! Yes, the three expressions of our church play an important role in building up the Kingdom of God. In Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, our words speak volumes about our faith trajectory. I am reminded that just because something is working doesn’t mean we can’t make it better.

Join me, your colleagues, friends, and ministry partners, as we seek God individually, communally, and synodical to create the beloved community of God. Let us boldly invoke the Holy Spirit, that our five-county area will be different because of each of us, the Lutheran tribe, that dwell within her borders.

I am excited and look forward to welcoming each of you into this life-changing journey.

Peace and blessings,

Bishop Patricia A. Davenport


2018 SEPA BISHOP’S CONVOCATION SCHEDULE

Hotel check in time at 3 pm on Wednesday

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

10:00 a.m. Registration
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Introduction and Statement of Purpose – Bishop Davenport
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Getting to Know You – Staff and Deans
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Short Break
3:45 – 5:45 p.m. Engaging Scripture through Story
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Dancing and social time

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Getting to Know You – Ministry Partners
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Dialog with Bishop Davenport
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eucharist

COSTS

 

By 10/1 By 10/15
Registration, only or $65 $140
Registration, meals and shared room $295 $370
Registration, meals and single room $315 $390
For my non-rostered spouse (registration paid by SEPA Synod):Meals and shared room $230 $230

Early Bird Registration must be completed online by October 1. You must register and mail payment by October 15.

To register please go to: https://community.ministrylink.org/2018convocationregistration

Please note: Registration is online ONLY; payment can be made by check or credit card (additional fees apply for credit card transactions). In order to complete your registration please fill in your name, congregation and your registration selection and if you are paying by check mail this form with your check payable to SEPA Synod to: Finance Office, Wiedemann Center, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, 7241 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

*If planning to join convocation meals while commuting, contact Cynta Outterbridge (coutterbridge@sepa.org) for cost. Deadline for scholarship request is October 1.

The registration fee is non-refundable. Hotel fee refund is based on hotel policy and cancellation notice.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

2018 Convocation Brochure

Bishop’s Convocation Scholarship Application

Details

Start:
November 14, 2018
End:
November 15, 2018

Organizer

Rev. Sue Lang
Website:
http://www.revwriter.com

Venue

Bear Creek Mountain Resort
101 Doe Mountain Lane
Macungie, PA 18062
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Website:
http://www.bcmountainresort.com