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May 26, 2017

Assembly 2017 Report

Many voices offered perspectives on racism and reconciliation at the 2017 Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly May 5-6. Bishop Claire Burkat encouraged those gathered to be “more open to engage, to explore, to repent, to be humbled, to align ourselves with this incredible and abundant new life in Christ.” She called on congregations and leaders to take...

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May 25, 2017

Lutherans, Catholics To Mark Reformation Anniversary

Lutherans and Catholics will mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with an ecumenical seminar and worship on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 am to 2 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale. The event – 1517-2017, From Conflict to Communion – Together in Hope – features a seminar highlighting the common commemoration between Lutherans...

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May 5, 2017

Openness, Humility Needed to Address Racial Justice

In her address to the 2017 Assembly, Bishop Claire Burkat broke open possibilities to embody racial reconciliation in the work of congregations and the synod at large. Drawing from themes introduced in her sermon, the bishop encouraged those gathered to be “more open to engage, to explore, to repent, to be humbled, to align ourselves...

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May 5, 2017

Bishop: We are Called to Racial Reconciliation

In her sermon opening the 2017 Assembly, Bishop Claire Burkat expressed her confidence that members and congregations of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod are ready for conversation around racism and to do the work of racial reconciliation. Recalling the recent powerful reconciliation work with the Mennonites, inspired by the anticipated 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the...

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April 13, 2017

Easter Message From Bishop Burkat

Dear Friends, As we approach Easter this year, the joy of the Resurrection and the light of the Risen Christ among us is a counterpoint to some disturbing darkness in our world. Some of us face serious illness, while others grieve. Some of us have family members at risk here in the U.S., and others around...

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April 4, 2017

Inspiration for a Brave New Church

Our synod has launched a new website, BraveNewChurch.org, with inspiration and resources to help your congregation be church in our brave new world. The site includes a blog written by innovative thinkers from our synod and beyond, and a podcast with episodes exploring scripture, theology, and the practices of being church today. There is also...

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April 4, 2017

Stewardship Tip: Quarterly Reports

The first quarter of the calendar year is over and in many congregations the Financial Secretary sends out a “quarterly report.”  As you think about your congregation’s practices in this area of stewardship, consider some of the following: If you don’t send quarterly reports to your members, reconsider it. It is NOT a bill It...

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March 30, 2017

It’s Time for A Brave New Church

Greetings friends and colleagues, I am pleased to share some sobering and some exciting news with you during this holy season of Lent. In this time of intentional personal reflection, prayer, and discernment, it is good for us to also reflect on our circumstances as a church. The simple truth is that across America the...

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March 22, 2017

200+ Explore Cross-Generational Ministry

Pastor Brad Burke, assistant to the bishop for youth, young adult and faith formation, shares about the Cross+Gen Ministry event with Rich Melheim and David Lose held in our Synod March 10-11″ What an amazing day at LTSP! About 200 wonderful lay and clergy leaders from across the region all learning from Rich Melheim, David...

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March 22, 2017

Learn About E-giving, Get Discounts

Our Synod Stewardship Team invites you to a FREE workshop on electronic giving on Saturday, April 29. Richard Bauer of Vanco will show you what is possible when you extend your congregation’s giving opportunities beyond Sunday morning worship using electronic giving. “Increase Congregational Offerings” is April 29, 8:30 am to noon, at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411...

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Contact:

For more information about Synod programs and communications, or for help with communications issues in your congregation, contact:
Bob Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Mission Interpretation
267.323.3743
rfisher@sepa.org

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