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September 13, 2023

Are You Ready for the 2024 Youth Gathering?

The ELCA Youth Gathering is back — and we’re going to New Orleans from July 16-20! (MYLE and tAble pre-events will be July 13-16) Priority registrations began Friday, September 15, 2023 at 12pm CST. (1pm EST) We encourage you to read through the registration materials on the ELCA Youth Gathering’s website: https://www.elca.church/gathering/attend/congregations Here are the...

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October 10, 2023

Pastoral Message: War in Israel and Palestine

Dear Beloved, Grace, peace, power, and love in the name of the One who can do all things but fail, Jesus Christ! The eruption of war in Israel and the Gaza Strip opened a heart breaking and a terrifying time for Palestinians, Jews, Christians, and all people around the world.  We join people of all...

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October 10, 2023

“The Fruit of Justice Will Be Peace”

This message from the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb is shared with us by The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. Rev. Dr. Raheb is a Palestinian theologian, former pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, and founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem. Just days before the bombs began...

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September 15, 2023

Kindling Faith Events Update

Kindling Faith—because learning continues. Kindling Faith is for everyone (new events are in *bold)… For Rostered Leaders who want to improve their Pastoral Care Skills (offered on zoom every other month through July 2024!) For Everyone who enjoys the art of “The Naked Pastor” (registration closes Thursday, 9/14/23) For Church Musicians who want Inspiration (postponed...

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September 15, 2023

Urban Ministry Task Force Update, Summer 2023

At the 2022 SEPA Synod Assembly, our synod passed a memorial to study and explore the state of Urban Ministry in our synod. The resolution contained three primary objectives: 1.) assessing the wage disparity for urban pastors, 2.) assess the state of our buildings and 3.) develop a program to develop pastoral leadership in urban...

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August 28, 2023

5 Ways To Slow COVID Spread

Things churches can do to help slow COVID transmission 1. Encourage vaccinations. CIDRAP’s Dr. Michael Osterholm urges everyone eligible to get the updated vaccine when it becomes available, likely in early-mid October. Don’t forget influenza and RSV vaccines: He recommends getting the RSV vaccine now and getting the flu shot once your area starts showing flu...

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August 8, 2023

Widen Your Congregation’s Welcome

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Annual Event, “In God’s Image: Shaping Your Ministry to be Inclusive and Safe for LGBTQIA+ Folk,” will be held on Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church. Registration will open in September. Contact  with any questions.

August 7, 2023

Ideas to Encourage Your Peoples’ Vocations

When laity and pastors meet weekly on the SEPA “Now Normal” Zoom you never know what will be discussed. This week, participants explored ways to support and encourage laity in their daily vocations. [Join each Thursday at 11 am at https://bit.ly/sepacomms] Vocation was an important concept to Martin Luther as he believed that each person...

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August 3, 2023

“You Know…How Deeply We Are Hurting”

After torrential rains caused severe flash flooding that claimed seven lives, including two children, in Washington Crossing on July 15, the community came together to grieve and honor those lost and to support their loved ones and the police and firefighters who responded that day and during many days of searching afterwards. Pastor Mukesh Cheedie...

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August 3, 2023

Transformed to Serve: Cars, Coffee and Christ

It’s a thing! A chance to share stories and share your ride – or just come for the coffee. It’s a form of outreach ministry to bring together people car enthusiasts who love the Lord. St. Luke’s, Obelisk, kicked the idea off last year in Montgomery County (top, middle photos). Since then Immanuel, Norwood and...

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