August 9, 2016

2017 Health Cost Rise Lowest in 4 Years

Portico is taking its next wellness reformation step — introducing Care Coordinators to help ELCA-Primary health plan members navigate the complicated health care landscape and purchase care with an eye to both quality and cost. This innovation is helping Portico keep the 2017 ELCA-Primary baseline health contribution increase the lowest in four years. Over the...

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August 1, 2016

Prepare For Portico Annual Enrollment

It will soon be time for rostered leaders and other benefits-eligible church employees to make important benefits decisions during Portico Benefit Services’ Annual Enrollment this fall. Affordability is a concern for many congregations. That is why Portico has called the ELCA to a wellness reformation, inviting leaders to adopt healthier lifestyles and become more careful...

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February 23, 2016

Time to Take Wellness Seriously

It’s that time of year again! Portico Benefit Services and the Mayo Clinic want everyone in the Synod who gets their healthcare through the ELCA-Primary Benefit plan to assess their health, and there’s a reward of $150 in wellness dollars if you do. BUT, there’s a new twist this year. “This year, Portico invites you...

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November 12, 2014

2014 Bishop’s Convocation – Generations of Generosity

For the first time in history, six generations are living and worshipping in our congregations simultaneously. To thrive congregations must find ways to relate to all of these cohorts, even though they respond to very different approaches to faith formation and institutional support. Join us at the 2014 Bishop’s Convocation as we explore the connection...

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August 25, 2014

Mediation Skills for Church Leaders

August 25-29 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, PA Sponsored by the Upper Susquehanna Synod Conflict is normal and inevitable – whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace. Leaders in all walks of life often have a responsibility to help others work through their conflicts. The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard...

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June 11, 2014

Convocation Explores Generosity, Generations

For the first time in history, six generations are living and worshipping in our congregations simultaneously. To thrive congregations must find ways to relate to all of these cohorts, even though they respond to very different approaches to faith formation and institutional support. Join us at the 2014 Bishop’s Convocation as we explore the connection...

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June 11, 2014

Family Systems Training for Clergy

“Family Systems Training for Clergy, Religious Leaders, and Pastoral Counselors” begins it’s third year this Fall on the SEPA territory in Bucks County.  Originally developed with clergy in the Upper Bucks Conference, this training affords leaders an in-depth continuing education opportunity to learn Bowen Family Systems Theory and it’s application to personal and professional life in...

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May 14, 2014

Congregations Earn Health Discount

For the first time, our Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod has earned a 2% discount on Portico health premiums for every participating congregation. Thanks to the 150 rostered personnel, church employees and spouses who completed the assessment to take us over the top. Not only did we exceed the goal, we went far above, eclipsing the 62%...

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November 11, 2013

Little Receives 2013 Purpose Prize

Welcome Church Pastor Violet Little honored with prize for people over 60 solving tough social problems.   The Rev. Violet Little, pastor of Philadelphia’s Welcome Church ministering to people experiencing homelessness, is one of seven winners of the 2013 Purpose Prize, which honors people over 60 who are using their “second acts” to make a...

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September 15, 2013

Installation. The Rev. Bryan Penman

On September 15th, Pastor Bryan Penman will be installed as pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Conshohocken. Installation service begins at 4pm and following the service potluck dinner will be hosted by the church.

September 8, 2013

Ordination. Mr. Timothy Ness

Ordination of Timothy Ness, as Pastor, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Clifton Heights  will take place September 8, 2013 at 5pm Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 837 Charles St., Torrington, CT.  

August 17, 2013

Convocation 2013: The Art & Awe of Sharing the Gospel

Re-ignite your passion for the Gospel and explore ways to light a fire in your congregation at the 2013 Bishop’s Convocation, Nov. 13-15. The Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie will help preachers cultivate the imagination to notice God at work in the world and proclaim that good news to skeptics by “making a scene” in the...

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Contact:

For more information about Synod programs and communications, or for help with communications issues in your congregation, contact:
Bob Fisher
Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Mission Interpretation
267.323.3743
rfisher@sepa.org

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