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September 19, 2018

Come Holy Spirit, and renew the church

The time is here: Join us Saturday for the historic installation of Bishop Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport, the first African-American woman elected bishop in the ELCA. Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 pm at New Covenant Church, 7500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. Can’t attend? Watch our live video stream Get full information about the installation

September 11, 2018

Get ready for Bishop’s installation at Holy Smoke Night

Join friends from around the synod and across the nation for an evening of prayer, praise, and preaching on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm at Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 E Vernon Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19150. “Holy Smoke Night” is sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the African Descent Lutheran Association. “Holy Smoke” is a...

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September 11, 2018

Generosity Tip: It’s About Time

Generosity logo SEPA As we enter a new program year, families and the church face an important issue – how do we manage (steward) our time? Summer is over, weekend trips to the shore or mountains are memories, school is already in full swing and with school come all of the school and extracurricular activities, and your children...

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August 2, 2018

A Welcome Greeting from Bishop Patricia A. Davenport

Bishop Davenport Hear a word of greeting and encouragement from our new bishop, the Rev. Patricia A. Davenport, as she takes office on August 1, 2018. “Let me say with a grateful heart: I am honored to accept your call to shepherd Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod in her quest to do God’s work through our hands,” Bishop Davenport...

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May 31, 2018

Forward Together in Faith Grants

Our Synod is offering $26,000 in grants to congregations and leaders in 2019 for new initiatives and ministries that support the emphases of the Forward Together in Faith Campaign. For 2019 grants of $500 to $5,000 are available. Applications are due September 30, 2018. These grants, drawn from interest earned by the principal of the campaign, will support new projects...

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September 19, 2018

Learn About Food Insecurity at Hunger 101

Justice at the Table (formerly the synod hunger team) will be hosting Hunger 101, an interactive simulation event which gives participants the opportunity to experience, first hand, what food insecure people have to go through to feed their families. The event will be held on Sunday, October 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 at St. Peter’s...

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September 11, 2018

Learn About Flooding and Long-Term Disaster Recovery

In light of the recent flooding across Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, the Resiliency Retreat programming has been modified to reflect more nuts and bolts disaster response material. However, the purpose of the day remains the same, to build resilience and to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy the beauty of Bear Creek Camp. And...

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September 11, 2018

Celebrate Partnership with Tanzanian Guests

Bishop Stephen and the Rev. Dr. Anneth Munga of our companion synod in Tanzania will be visiting our synod this month as they participate in the installation of Bishop Davenport. Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod has a longstanding and meaningful partnership with the North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Whether our friends in...

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August 29, 2018

JYG Registration Opens Sept. 10

In a world where so many things are constantly competing for our devotion, what does it mean to pray “Thy Kingdom come”? Join us November 3-4 at Tel Hai Camp in Honeybrook for an incredible new JYG experience with more time to pray, play, and get to know each other than ever before – all while...

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August 29, 2018

South Dakota Servant Trip Registration Opens Sept. 17

Be among the 70 youth and young adults heading to Rapid City, South Dakota for a week of service, community-building, and changed lives on July 12-21 2019. Registration for our triennial Servant Trip begins on September 17th, and we want your congregation involved! A pre-registration information session will be held at 1:00 pm onSeptember 16th...

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August 29, 2018

Portico rate increase lowest since 2013

On Aug. 3, Portico Benefit Services’ board of trustees voted to approve, on average, the lowest contribution rate increase in five years. This will include disability and survivor rate reductions, sizable reductions in the cost of ELCA Medicare-Primary health benefits, and a low baseline ELCA-Primary health rate increase. While these changes will impact individuals and...

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August 22, 2018

Receive or provide help with flooding damage

Do you know someone who experienced property damage in recent August flooding? Would you or your congregation be able to assist families affected? Get help: Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA is working with partners across Pennsylvania to share information on how families can report damages and request assistance. While areas along north and central...

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