Ministry Link News

September 17, 2019

Bishop Joins Forum On Racial Policies

Bishop Davenport will join Dr. Jim Wallis, Bishop Gregory Ingram, Dr. William Shaw and Rev. Luis Cortes in “The Elders Speak,” a forum on a Christian response to the radicalized public and corporate policies and practices impacting communities of color on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 pm at Teatro Esperanza, 4261 N. Fifth Street, Philadelphia,...

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September 10, 2019

Help With Hurricane Dorian Recovery

God, you still the storms and are a very present help in trouble. We pray for all those suffering the effects of Hurricane Dorian. Bring comfort to the afflicted and strength to those who come to their aid. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.   “About 17% of all Bahamians are suddenly homeless after...

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September 4, 2019

Crafting a Strategic Stewardship Campaign

Generosity logo SEPA Stewardship expert Catherine Malotky shares the success story of a church that approached groups of members who had different giving histories with different invitations to give and enjoyed a 30 percent increase in annual giving.  I don’t know if this would work for you, but sometimes different approaches that borrow ideas from successful fundraisers can...

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September 3, 2019

Camp Noah Helps Children Traumatized by Disaster

Painting, singing, dancing, and more! Children at Camp Noah whose lives have been impacted by disaster and/or trauma enjoyed a week full of hope and fun. Thanks to incredible volunteers and partnerships from local churches and numerous organizations, these children have courage and resilience for their future. With Hurricane Dorian already making its impact, programs like Camp...

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August 28, 2019

ELCA Declaration to African Descent Peoples

Acknowledging “with regret that the ELCA as an institution has and continues to contribute to racial harassment and discrimination against people of African descent through corporate action, policy, and practices,” the 2019 Churchwide Assembly formally adopted a “Declaration…To People of African Descent.” The Assembly “confess(es) and repent(s) of the Lutheran church’s complicity in four hundred...

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August 28, 2019

September is Disaster Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is held in September every year. It is a chance to prepare yourself, your family, and your church for whatever disasters will bring you. An opportunity to look forward and not live in the past. Embrace a changing world and prepare for whatever may come your way.  Use this National Preparedness Month toolkit to educate yourself...

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August 28, 2019

Collaboration Sparks Creative VBS

Vacation Bible School looks a little different, maybe, than it has in years past, especially at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Washington, which was close to closing its doors five years ago when The Rev. Kristie Chandler first arrived. She and the congregation chose to use the God’s abundant gifts to move forward with their...

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August 26, 2019

Young Adult Selected for Global Assignment

Cassandra Singh-Heuter, of Advent Lutheran in Harleysville, is one of 69 ELCA young adults selected for this year’s Young Adults in Global Mission program. Cassandra will be serving alongside Lutheran companions in Argentina and Uruguay. The YAGM volunteers will be sent to serve in 11 countries alongside our companions in Argentina/Uruguay, Australia, Central Europe (Hungary...

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August 26, 2019

Our Global Connection With Tanzania

There’s an African tradition that when someone is physically present, it’s not just their “face” that is present, but life itself. Bishop Davenport, Pastor Bradley Burke, and Ms. Yvonne Curtis visited our companion North Eastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania this summer, sharing not only the life of our Synod but your prayers and gifts. In the previous year,...

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August 26, 2019

Rev. Bradley Burke to Leave Synod Staff

The Rev. Bradley R. Burke, Assistant to the Bishop for Youth, Young Adult and Spiritual Formation, has resigned in order to accept a call as pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Exton, effective September 30. His last day in the Synod office will be September 13. “The past four years serving on the Bishop’s...

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