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November 17, 2020

Bishop’s Letter Regarding Latest COVID Spike

Nov 17 2020    Greetings, Beloved,   “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.”   Romans 12:12   Right now, new cases of COVID-19, positive test rates, and hospitalizations are spiking across Southeastern Pennsylvania. Public health officials are issuing new mitigation orders in our area. In order to protect our most vulnerable members, our pastors...

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September 21, 2020

A Word of Encouragement from Bishop Davenport

Greetings beloved. If I could sing, I would sing I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus, which I did. However, I also had you on my mind, and I just wanted to pause today just to say, God bless you. And I am so grateful for each and every one of...

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August 26, 2020

Singing in Church?

A recent online conversation with pastors and communicators discussed the steps congregations are taking to return to worship. This is a complicated subject. In Pennsylvania, religious organizations are specifically exempted from the governor’s July 15 mitigation order.    Answering questions about singing is harder since the CDC removed language from their website that asked houses...

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November 13, 2020

2020 Annual Report Cover Available

The new 2020 annual report covers are now available. Both can be found in the Stewardship resources here: https://www.elca.org/Resources/Stewardship#Leadership Direct links are here: Pages version: https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/2020_Annu al_Report_cover.pdf Spreads version: https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/2020_Annu al_Report_cover_spread.pdf

November 13, 2020

Apply Now For Young Adults in Global Mission

Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now being accepted, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2021-2022 program year. If you know young adults ages 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline...

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November 13, 2020

Tuscarora Youth Retreat 2021 Is On!

SEPA YOUTH LOGO APRIL 9 – 11, 2021 GRADES 6 – 12 Registration Fee: TBD Pending the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the retreat will be either inperson or virtual. Date to determine in-person vs. virtual is February 1, 2021 Download a poster Check our website for up to date information https://tuscaroralutheranretreat.weebly.com/

November 13, 2020

Season of Hope Advent Resources from LWR

Join with Lutheran World Relief as we remember our neighbors from around the world. During each week of Advent, we will lift up the experience of our neighbors in each of the regions your love reaches: Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Discover our suite of resources to engage your congregation digitally or inperson in a variety of ways each...

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November 13, 2020

For Your Prayers and Support

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING BRUNCH…On Wednesday, Nov. 25 a collaboration of non-profits are offering “THANKSGIVING BRUNCH” (hot breakfast & dinner) to over 700 families experiencing food insecurity in Kensington. The meals will be prepared in St Michael’s “safe food certified” kitchen, and delivered to McPhearson Park & Last Stop Recovery Center in Kensington. We will also be...

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November 13, 2020

Mortgage and Rental Assistance Now Available

Lutheran advocacy helped secure $175 million of funding for rental and mortgage assistance that is now available. The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million...

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November 12, 2020

Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse

How many of us have ever prayed, ‘Lord make me an instrument of your peace,’ then found ourselves in complex and polarized situations that made peace seem impossible? This course is for you. Designed by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and its Department of Faith Formation, Make Me an Instrument is a free,...

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October 6, 2020

Stewardship Tip: What’s Your Narrative?

The Lake Institute for Faith and Giving had a survey of congregational leaders from across the country, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving in a July 2020 survey of 555 congregations found that congregational giving declined by 4.4 percent on average from February through June 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. A plurality...

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October 2, 2020

Housing Insecurity Resources for Churches

Lutheran Congregational Services, with their partners in disaster, have put together resources for congregations and other community organizations who may get questions from people who are facing housing insecurity or homelessness, some of whom may never have faced this before. The resources are linked below and include contact information for mostly state agencies and state...

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