Events, Registration, & Educational Opportunities

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Upcoming Event Information and Registration

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September 18, 25, and October 2

Biblical Approach to Managing Your Finances: Three Part Series

Quickel Church, 60 Canal Rd., Ext., York

7:00 p.m.

Presenters: Andrew Sedora and A. Wesley Carr, Jr. ChFC, Financial Advisors with U Financial Group; Jeff Bellomo, Esquire, CELA*

1. Sept 18: Basic Financial Management for beginners

2. Sept 25: Financial Management for those beginning to think about retirement

3. Oct 2: Estate Planning for those in retirement

Everything we have belongs to God. Come and learn effective and responsible ways to manage your financial resources that help you provide for your family and gives glory to God. Open to the community

* Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation under authorization of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

September 20

“Leading the Church’s Song”

Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Market St., Selinsgrove, PA

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you have a role in leading your assembly’s song in worship, you will want to attend this workshop on congregational singing, underwritten by a Worship Grant from the ELCA. Singing together, discussion, and opportunities to explore different playing techniques will engage presenters and participants alike. Anyone who leads assembly song will gain practical tips for what you do Sunday after Sunday. Workshop leaders Jennifer Baker-Trinity and Valerie Lefever Hughes will share presentations, lunch and fellowship, and break-out sessions on music planning and leading assembly song with children. Cost is $26, and includes lunch and materials. Register by September 1. For more information and registration, visit:

September 23-25

Faith in our Music: Many Voices, Diverse Chords, Common Hopes

Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA

This ecumenical and diverse event features John Bell from the Iona Community in Scotland, and other fine musicians helping us to learn about new forms of congregational music for folks of all denominations, abilities, and ages. Early bird registration ends July 31. Click here for more information.

September 27

Healing Communities Training

New Hope BIC Church, Harrisburg, PA

Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to increase local church capacity for “transitional congregation” and worship outreach for residents in County Work Release facilities, their families and others making the transition under the auspices of Christian Churches United. Any congregation interested should contact Pastor Rochelle Lewis at St. Paul, Carlisle (717-243-2319 or 717-579-5209). Teams of 3-5 individuals per congregation are recommended. Click here for additional information.

October 3-4

Youth Ministry in Small Churches

Carmel Presbyterian Church, 100 Edge Hill Rd, Glenside PA

This is a two-day event for volunteers and church leaders to engage in the joys and challenges of youth ministry in small churches. This event is $50 (meals included). The event is presented in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry and the Presbytery of Philadelphia. Click here for more information and to register.

October 4

“TRADITION OR CONTEXT? German Lutheran Congregations Confront the Melting Pot”

Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic Fall Program

Paul’s Run Liberty Lutheran Campus, 9896 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Friederike Baer, Assistant Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University, Abington will present on “The Trial of Frederick Eberly: Language, Patriotism, and Citizenship in Philadelphia’s German Community, 1790-1830.” Dr. John Frantz, Professor of History, Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University will make a presentation on “The Ecumenical Henry Melchior Muhlenberg.” The Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Library Director and Professor of History of Christianity, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia will address the program theme with a paper entitled “What Goes Around Comes Around: The Language Wars at Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary, 1885-1895.” The day will conclude with a tour of the Lutheran Archives Center on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7901 Germantown Pike, Philadelphia. The cost is $40 and includes lunch.

Visit the society’s webpage for a registration form and mail a check payable to LHSMA to: Lee Knepp, PO Box 76, McClure, PA 17841.

Making Mutual Ministry Work Seminar

Hanover Lutheran Church, 2941 Lutheran Rd., Gilbertsville, PA 19525

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Pastor Sue Lang, of RevWriter Resources, LLC, one of the co-authors of Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work (Augsburg Fortress, 2003), will offer a day-long workshop guiding participants through an exploration of mutual ministry and its exciting ministry possibilities for your congregation. The cost of the event is $25 per person. A free will offering will be

taken for the meal. Pastor and People will be available for purchase at

the event for those who don’t already have a copy. Click here to visit the SEPA website to download a brochure or register

October 10 – 11

Lebanon Countywide Men’s Overnight Retreat

7:00 p.m. Friday – lunch on Saturday

The Lebanon Conference is organizing a Men’s Retreat from Friday, October 10, to Saturday, October 11. We will spend a great night at Camp Kirchenwald on Friday, and then on Saturday head to Lebanon to work on a local Thrivent-sponsored Habitat for Humanity house. Men of all ages (including youth!) are welcome. Contact Pastor Rob Myallis (Zion’s Jonestown),, or 865-3652. Cost: $25/person. If this cost limits your interest, let us know.

October 25

Renewing the Church from the Inside Out: A Day with Dave Daubert

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York

9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This event is for rostered leaders and congregational lay leaders and will be held Saturday, October 25, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in York. The cost of attendance is $30 and includes materials and lunch. Click here to register. Space is limited to the first 50 who reserve a place, so do not delay and miss this opportunity. Registration closes October 7 at midnight.

October 27

LARC Day of Dialogue

Cardinal Keeler Center, Harrisburg

The speaker for this event will be Massimo Faggioli, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theology University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis/St. Paul MN. The topic will be the 50th Anniversary of the Vatican II Decree on Ecumenism. The morning will focus on a brief historical overview of the Council. The afternoon talk will cover the document. Click here for registration information.

October 30

Preaching Perspectives: From Cow Stall to Cosmos: Christ, Light for the World

Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. & Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care & Counseling, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, and

The Rev. Michael Cooper-White, President, Gettysburg Seminary

See detailed schedules, times and registration information at or contact Michelle Carlson

November 10

Witness in Common: An Exploration of Full Communion Agreements

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill, PA

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This event will explore our Full Communion Agreements and how they are impacting our common witness as the missional Church. The plenary speaker is the Very Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson, former ecumenical officer, the Episcopal Church. Bishop James S. Dunlop, Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA, will preside at worship, and Bishop Peggy Johnson, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, United Methodist Church, will preach. Click here for a save-the-date card/bulletin insert.

November 13-15

The Abundant Life: Empowering Youth as Agents of Change

Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ

Young people deepen their faith through living it, and The Abundant Life is about how youth ministers can empower their youth as agents of change. Participants will engage leading philanthropists who want to help Christian youth make the world a better place. Three-day conference for only $90, meals included. Lodging available for $55 per night. Click here for more information and to register.