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January 26, 2018

Assembly, Bishop Election May 4-5

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod will elect a new bishop at its 2018 Synod Assembly May 4-5 at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford. Congregations are allowed at least one lay male and one lay female voting member. In addition, congregations may have an additional youth/young adult lay member. Registration material will be available shortly. Information about...

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January 24, 2018

Council Officers’ Gathering March 17

All congregation council officers are invited to join Bishop Burkat and Vice President Tracey Beasley, and other synod leaders on Saturday, March 17, 8:30 to 11 am, at United Lutheran Seminary’s Brossman Center. Council officers are invited to hear an update on the upcoming Synod Assembly and Bishop Election, and learn about the latest resources...

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February 7, 2018

ELCA Presiding Bishop to Join Rally to End Racism

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be...

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February 5, 2018

Philly Beats New England in Hunger Challenge

E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES! Yo! Philly fans. Thanks to you not only are the Birds Super Bowl Champions, but #ELCATeamPhilly took home the 2018 ELCA World Hunger Synod Challenge. In total, nearly $36,000 was raised for ELCA World Hunger. Despite a late push by Team New England, Team Philadelphia came out ahead with a total of $18,700...

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January 31, 2018

Revised Compensation Guidelines for Rostered Ministers

A new, completely revised Rostered Ministry Compensation Guidelines has been approved by the Synod’s executive committee, and is now posted on ministrylink.org. This manual is a resource to assist congregations and rostered ministers in conducting an annual review and determining a compensation package; pension and other benefits; agreements relative to time off for continuing education, vacation, holidays,...

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January 31, 2018

Model Self-Giving During Lent

Stewardship logo SEPA Lent is just around the corner and for many congregations it is an opportunity to encourage members to follow practices of self-denial, self-sacrifice and other practices to more fully follow the example of our Lord Jesus. At the same time, I have seen changes of emphases with regards to “giving something up” in Lent.  While...

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January 30, 2018

Lutheran Night at the Phillies June 8

Save the date! Lutheran night is June 8 against Milwaukee at 7:05 pm The proceeds from the sales of tickets through the Lutheran promotion will benefit Youth Ministry of SEPA Synod. Last year we raised more than $5,000 for youth activities. Hopefully this year will be a better year for the Phillies, and also fund-raising for...

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January 17, 2018

What is the Most Important Trait of a Leader?

The Rev. Amy Reumann, ELCA Director of Advocacy, answers this question and “What is the best leadership advice you have received?” In this new video, part of Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative. Reumann was previously executive director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/h2bU-Y-v820 Learn more at http://www.elca.org/leaders

January 4, 2018

Download “Brave New Church” App

It’s a Christmas season gift from the Synod! Now you can carry the resources, videos, podcasts, blog posts and more from our innovative BraveNewChurch.org website in your pocket with the Brave New Church app. The app allows you to quickly access video training, podcasts, book and resource suggestions and more. Pastor Brad Burke introduces the...

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January 4, 2018

Stewardship: Pope Francis and Money

Stewardship logo SEPA When I talk to congregational leaders about stewardship, I like to remind them that money is mission.  I was interested to see that Pope Francis agrees with me.  A recent article by Margaret Marcuson applauds Pope Francis not only for talking about money, but working to align the practices of the Vatican Bank with its...

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