Ministry Link News

January 31, 2023

You Can Change the Institutional Church

Each year the Synod Assembly considers actions to set policy directions and to present issues for consideration by the Churchwide Assembly. Join the Committee on Reference and Counsel on Thursday, February 2, at 7 p.m. on Zoom to learn how you can create changes in the church through the Synod Assembly, the difference between a...

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January 30, 2023

Summer Youth Service Project

Registration for the SEPA Youth Summer Servant Trip is now open! July 1-8, 2023 https://community.ministrylink.org/2023asp We invite SEPA Youth, Young Adults and Adult Leader/Drivers to join us for a week of service, making homes warmer, safer and drier. ASP is a Christian Ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home...

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January 26, 2023

Synod Assembly Returns to In-Person

May 5-6, 2023 at Franconia Mennonite Church A significant number of responses to our Assembly survey indicated that people want to return to the fellowship and relationship-building of in-person meetings. We have listened to your voices and have scheduled the 2023 Synod Assembly for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at our familiar site...

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January 18, 2023

How to Talk to Strangers and Why It’s Good for You

By Rev. Bryan Penman Co-Director for Evangelical Mission Last month a few of the Synod staff were out for a visit to a potential location for Synod Assembly. As we made our way down the corridors of the hotel, I suddenly heard the voice of Bishop Davenport, “Good morning, how are you all doing?” As...

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February 1, 2023

Urban Ministry Task Force Formed

The 2022 SEPA Synod Assembly adopted “Fortifying Ministries in Underserved Urban Areas – A Resolution to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.” A similar memorial was also sent to the 2022 ELCA churchwide assembly and approved there. The full text of the resolutions can be found at https://ministrylink.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/3-resolution.pdf Briefly, the resolution points out that many of SEPA’s...

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January 31, 2023

Nominations for Commission for a New Lutheran Church

Last summer the Churchwide Assembly voted to establish a commission to recommend potential changes in the ELCA’s constitution and governance to reflect what Lutheran witness might look like in the 21st Century. Nominations are now open for appointment to this body, which will include three persons from each region of the church (35 members total). Potential...

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January 31, 2023

Investing in Ministry: New Faith Communities

“What is exciting for me is that I get to discern with the people God has called to be His people [and] journey with them to yield the Holy Spirit call on how to be followers of Jesus…However, they may express what it means to be a church in this time and age,” says Pastor...

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January 30, 2023

Rev. Little Recognized By PA Housing Alliance

The Rev. Violet Little, pastor of The Welcome Church in Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, was recognized with the Frontline Leader Award at the state’s Homes Within Reach Conference. More than 800 attended the conference, hosted by the Housing Alliance of PA, of which LAMPa is a member. The award recognizes those whose work inspires and uplifts...

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January 30, 2023

Hunger Leaders’ Legislative Lunch and Learn

From Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania: Dear Pennsylvania Hunger Leader, Thank you for the work you do to feed the hungry in body and spirit, as we have been fed by Christ. We know that although the sense of urgency created by the pandemic has passed, the hunger crisis is not over. In fact, with...

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January 23, 2023

Seminary Debt Relief Grant Application

Dear Rostered Minister, The Finance Committee of the Southeastern PA Synod is pleased to inform you that, in the spirit of generosity, a limited amount of funding has been included in the Synod’s regular 2023-24 budget to help those rostered ministers of our synod for whom seminary student loan debt is a significant burden.  Although...

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January 18, 2023

New Congregational Vitality Survey

ELCA Is your congregation ready to take a step in the vitality direction but not sure where to start? Well here is the place to start. A new tool has come out from the ELCA called the Congregational Vitality Survey! This FREE Resource is available to all congregation and is simple to implement across congregations of...

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