Why Always Being Made New?

We share a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. The Always Being Made New Campaign gives us an opportunity to share God’s abundance in new and increased ways. Together, we can do more.

IMG_5141_EditedDHW“Our world hungers for what ELCA Lutherans offer best through our congregations, our Lower Susquehanna Synod, and our Churchwide ministries.

“Together we equip leaders, encourage cooperation, and engage a rapidly changing world in new and radical ways.”

— Bishop James S. Dunlop

What is Always Being Made New and why do we need this campaign?

Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA is a five-year campaign approved by the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. It seeks to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded churchwide ministries above and beyond those supported by your regular weekly offerings. The campaign goal represents a 64 percent increase in designated funding for these critical ministries.

As Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us, “It’s not often that such an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference comes along–to start or renew a congregation, to identify and prepare leaders in our church and among our global companion churches, to feed people and equip them to break out of the cycle of hunger and poverty. That’s what we can do together through this campaign. And we get to do this in Jesus’ name. Thanks be to God!” For more information about the ELCA campaign, click here.

For extended FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about ABMN, click here.
For YTD ABMN Campaign Update (as of June 30, 2017) click here.

Voting members at our 2014 Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly, held June 5-7 at Messiah College, adopted a Synod Council Resolution on the 25th Anniversary Campaign for the ELCA in the Lower Susquehanna Synod. This bold initiative to fund not only critical churchwide ministries but also critical ministries here in our synod aims to raise a total of $5.5 million in five years. Click here to read the text of the resolution adopted at our Assembly (found on pages 2-3). “These times challenge us to go outside our comfort zones and beyond our own walls, giving above and beyond current levels, to reach God’s beloved people here in Central Pennsylvania and beyond,” said Bishop Jim Dunlop.

What’s the difference between Always Being Made New and our regular mission support and congregational offerings?

This comprehensive campaign is designed to address our generous Lower Susquehanna Synod members’ desire to go the extra mile beyond their regular tithes and offerings, to give to the specific ministries and programs that speak to their hearts and desire to make a real and lasting difference. This campaign is also about growing growing faithful stewards for today AND tomorrow.

Watch this short video to learn more about the programs, projects, and new ministries and mission this comprehensive campaign will fund.

Click here for the Synod Council Resolution on the 25th Anniversary Campaign that was recommended to and adopted by voting members at the 27th Annual Assembly of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, June 5-7, 2014.

LSS Giving QR CodeClick here to give now–or use the QR code on this page! (Right click the QR code and add it to your campaign materials or website.)

Need resources to share in your congregation? Click the links below for forms, bulletin inserts, and more. Check back frequently for new additions.

FAQ

Congregational Guide

Gift Chart Bulletin Insert

Congregational Resource Toolkit

Bulletin Insert 1 – Campaign_For_The_LSS_Insert_front

Bulletin Insert 1 – Campaign_For_The_ELCA_Insert_back

Bulletin Insert 2: Hunger and Malaria Bulletin Insert

Bulletin Insert 3 – Equipping Leaders

Holy Trinity Serving 2Bulletin Insert 4 – Congregations

Bulletin Insert 5 – Global Mission

LSS Campaign Commitment Form (Outside)*
LSS Campaign Commitment Form (Inside)*
*The LSS Campaign Commitment Form is designed to be printed on both sides of 8.5 x 14 inch paper.

VIDEOS
(Note: The following videos are available to help you share the good news about our synod’s ministries, as well as what “being synod” really means. We will be adding videos regularly. Visit our synod’s YouTube Channel for more video options.)

Lower Susquehanna Synod Mission Video (corresponds with Bulletin Insert 1, explains what our synod is and what we do together)

Bright Spot Video #1 (corresponds with Bulletin Insert 2 and the theme of “radical hospitality”)

Always Being Made New Introduction Video is a short animated video that explains the campaign and its goals in less than five minutes.

Bright Spot Video #2 (corresponds with the theme of “intentional faith formation” and will augment and support how one congregation in our synod is fostering faith formation and equipping all the baptized for mission)

Bright Spot Video #3 (corresponds with the theme of “extravagant generosity” and can be used to support Bulletin Insert #4 and/or Temple Talk #2)

Bright Spot Video #4 (corresponds with the theme of “congregations” and passionate worship” and can be used in conjunction with Bulletin Insert #4.

Bright Spot Video #5 (corresponds with the theme of “risk-taking mission” and can be used with Bulletin Insert #2 and #4.

Click here for ELCA Always Being Made New Campaign Update Jan 2017

Click here for ELCA Always Being Made New Campaign Resources

Click here for “What Does the ELCA Mean to Me?” Video

Click here for the “Campaign for the ELCA – Thanks for an Incredible First Year” Video

Contact Information:

Deacon Marsha Roscoe,
Director for Mission Interpretation & Campaign Director

mroscoe@lss-elca.org
Denise Ferguson, Campaign Assistant
dferguson@lss-elca.org

Always Being Made New
Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA
900 S. Arlington Ave., Suite 220B
Harrisburg, PA 17109
717-652-1852, ext. 114
717-652-2504 (fax)

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