Ministry Link News

June 1, 2020

Called to Racial Reconciliation and Healing

For Such a Time as This logo Three years ago our Synod Assembly focused on racial justice. As part of the Assembly’s opening worship there was an order of Anti-Racism Confession and Reconciliation, which was also shared for use in congregations. Today our city, region, and nation are rocked by the ongoing tensions painfully exposed in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna...

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May 23, 2020

Bishop Davenport on Opening Churches

Dear Beloved, I am so proud of you for the ways you are keeping the congregations of our Synod open through the pandemic and stay-at-home orders. The church in Southeastern Pennsylvania has truly never “closed,” moving worship and education online and continuing to safely serve people in great need. You, church, are proving to be...

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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 30, 2020

ELCA presiding bishop calls on church to observe national day of mourning

CHICAGO (May 29, 2020) — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has called on the church to join with faith communities across the United States in lament and remembrance, and on our elected leaders to observe Monday, June 1, as a day of mourning to honor...

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May 30, 2020

ELCA Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Racism and White Supremacy

May 29, 2020 What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).   The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor,...

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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 19, 2020

Offerings of Hope in the Pandemic

From Trinity Lutheran, Fairview Village: Even in a pandemic, Christ’s love shines! The people of Trinity, Fairview Village faithfully serve every month at Cecil and Grace Bean’s Soup Kitchen in Norristown. Even in a time of social distancing, the soup kitchen is still serving bagged meals to the hungry. We prepared the bagged meals and handed...

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May 19, 2020

Updated List of Coronavirus-related Messages

Since the implications of the coronavirus outbreak became clear in early March – before there were any cases identified in Pennsylvania – Synod Communications has been keeping you inspired by messages from the Bishop and staff and informed about the disease, closings and stay-at-home orders, online/digital worship, and financial and legal resources. This page collects...

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