Ministry Link News

April 12, 2022

Philadelphia Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

Updated: April 12, 2022 From WPVI: Philadelphia health officials have reinstated the mandate for masks at indoor public places effective April 18. See more:   From WPVI: “Philadelphia health officials are warning people that there could be a new wave of COVID-19 infections. “Even though COVID cases remain low in Philadelphia, health officials are now...

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April 5, 2022

Revised Protocol For Synod Events

The synod has revised its protocol for synod-sponsored or related events. A primary recommendation is common sense: Attendees, organizers and presenters should STAY HOME if they are feeling sick. The guidelines call for following CDC Community Levels for wearing masks, and reserves the right for event organizers to require masks to protect attendees regardless of...

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March 31, 2022

Souper Bowl a Big Deal in Delco

You think the Super Bowl is a big deal?  In Springfield, Delco, the SOUPer Bowl is a big deal! Launched by youth in Columbia, South Carolina in 1990, the movement to ask people to donate a can of food or a cash donation on Super Bowl Sunday has spread across the nation. (See “Souper Bowl...

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March 28, 2022

Seminary Debt Relief Grant Application

Dear Rostered Minister, The Finance Committee of the Southeastern PA Synod is pleased to inform you that, in the spirit of generosity, a limited amount of funding has been included in the Synod’s regular 2022- 23 budget to help those rostered ministers of our synod for whom seminary student loan debt is a significant burden....

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March 25, 2022

Renewal of Ministry Vows April 12

Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ministers of Word and Service will gather for the annual Chrism Service on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 12, at 10 am online. This traditional service of Word and Sacrament includes the blessing of oil for anointing, healing prayer, and renewal of ministry vows. Bishop Patricia A. Davenport will...

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February 28, 2022

Pastors Suah-Dennis, Penman Appointed Co-Directors of Evangelical Mission

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Moses Suah-Dennis and the Rev. Bryan Penman as co-directors of evangelical mission. Dr. Suah-Dennis is pastor of Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Lansdown. Rev. Penman is pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Conshohoken. They will continue to serve their congregations...

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February 25, 2022

Covid Questions and Answers, February 2022

Dr. Tim Babinchak, infectious disease specialist, joined congregation leaders for a question and answer session on Feb. 24. Dr. Babinchak, a member of St. Johns, Phoenixville, discussed moving forward post-omicron variant surge and making decisions about congregational life and activities. [Scroll down to watch the video] [Download Transcript: COVID Q&A February 2022] Dr. Babinchak noted...

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February 16, 2022

COVID Update from Bishop Davenport

Dear Beloved, I am grateful that COVID cases and hospitalizations have been declining quickly across southeastern Pennsylvania. I pray that this trend continues. In order to protect the people we serve, I encourage you to keep finding safe ways to gather in person as well as offer complementary online access. Our leaders and congregations have...

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February 7, 2022

The Building Blocks of Congregational Renewal

Generosity logo SEPA “This interview is reprinted by permission from Leading Ideas, a free e-newsletter from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary and available at” What does it take to turn a congregation around? Lewis Center Director Doug Powe interviews Ed Brandt, a long-serving pastor who recently retired as chief of chaplains for...

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February 1, 2022

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Canceled

Our synod offers prayers for all who are affected by this decision. From The ELCA Youth Gathering Facebook Page: An update regarding the 2022 Gathering   After much prayer, conversation and tears, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Gathering, MYLE and the tAble due to the ongoing pandemic, the recent COVID-19...

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