Events, Registration, & Educational Opportunities

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Boundary Training for Rostered Leaders and Professional Ministry Workers
Three workshops are planned across our synod this year so that rostered leaders and professional ministry workers receive the necessary training and education hours required by many church insurance policies and by our synod guidelines. All leaders should complete this workshop at least once every three years. All rostered leaders are expected to attend one of these events. Compensated youth workers and musicians are encouraged to attend. To register, call Cathy Deitrich at 717-652-1852, ext. 104 or e-mail her at cdeitrich@lss-elca.org. There is no charge for the training. A free-will offering will be collected to defray lunch costs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop scheduled for this Saturday, November 1, has been cancelled so that colleagues and friends of the Rev. Sadie Pounder may attend her funeral at the Chapel of the Abiding Presence, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, at 1:00 p.m. (The workshop is rescheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Details below)

Thursday, January 15 (Deadline to register: January 12)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3700 Rutherford St., Harrisburg
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 (Deadline to register: March 11)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 750 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 5 (Deadline to register: April 30)
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 20 Franklin St., Biglerville
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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November 7
An Evening with Chris Smith (co-author of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus)
Living Word Community Church, 2530 Cape Horn Rd., Red Lion, PA
7:00 p.m.
Hearts & Minds, an independent bookstore in Dallastown, is hosting an author appearance and discussion with a rising leader in the newer conversations about the nature of the Christian church in our time. Hearts & Minds owner Byron Borger will interview Smith after a reading selections from the book at this free event.

Slow Church draws on the “slow food” movement which encourages long meals, created well with local ingredients in which beauty and quality matter. Unlike “fast food”, “slow food” is relational, patient, and resists the hectic pace and crass consumerism of our modern culture. Smith and his book ask the big question of what it would be like if churches took a cue from this movement of foodies and localists, resisting the popular religious fascination with numbers, growth, efficiency, cookie-cutter programs, and up-beat messages, and thought of ways to do “slow church” grounded in a real sense of place and authentic spiritual formation.

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 registration information and bulletin inserts.

November 13
Brown Bag Leadership Lunch: Talking About Same-Sex Marriage
This year Pennsylvania became another state where same-gender couples may tie the knot. For many of our congregations this has stirred old controversies and raised new questions. The November Brown Bag Leadership Lunch will explore raising and handling the issue within a congregation. In our discussion we’ll review the Guidelines on Same-Gender Marriage adopted by our Synod Council, as well as our denomination’s 2009 Statement on Human Sexuality. Led by Assistant to the Bishop Rob Blezard.
The Brown-Bag Leadership Lunch is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Lunchroom of our Synod Offices. Bring lunch and we’ll have discussion and a meal together. Registration unnecessary. (To get to the lunchroom from the lobby of the Synod Office’s main entrance, follow the corridor that goes off to the left. Just before the end, take the stairway at the left. On the ground floor, the lunchroom will be on your left.)

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.

November 15
Risk Assessment and Insurance Seminar (Part 2)

Tree of Life Lutheran Church
1492 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg 
Attendance at Part 1 is not necessary. Join us for this opportunity for information and conversation regarding your church’s coverage. This seminar is open to Treasurers, Rostered Leaders, or anyone interested in this subject. James Bower, Jr. of James O. Bower Insurance Company will be the presenter for this discussion on church liability. There will be time for questions and discussion. To register contact Cathy Paul at 717-652-1852 ext. 107, cpaul@lss-elca.org or Linda Lubold at ext. 108, llubold@lss-elca.org.

November 17-19
Clergy coaching for change and resilient leadership:
A Pastoral Excellence Network training for new & experienced clergy coaches
The Retreat Center at Bon Secours, Marriottsville, MD
Led by Mary Wayne Bush and Larry Peers
In times of exponential change within religious organizations and the larger world, clergy leaders can hone their capacities to be spiritual and resilient leaders of purposeful change. Clergy coaching is a trans-disciplinary approach to helping clergy leaders prepare, excel, learn, and lead in this time of opportunity and challenge for congregations and religious organizations.
This training is for both new and experienced clergy coaches who seek a grounding in the fundamental perspectives and practices of coaching and also want to develop their capacities to help clergy in the processes of change and resilience. The training program utilizes a praxis approach in which perspectives and practices of coaching inform one another. Participants can expect to gain new understandings of coaching for change and resilient leadership. There will be opportunities to practice these understandings during the training. This event will launch clergy coach communities of practice for those interested in on-going learning with other clergy coaches. For complete details and to register, please visit: clergy coaching.

January 31 – February 1, 2015
Grace in Wellness Women’s Retreat
Winter and wholeness meet at the Hotel Hershey for a Grace in Wellness women’s retreat Saturday, January 31, 2015 and Sunday, February 1, 2015. Women are invited to explore the intersection of God’s grace with our wellness — hearts, minds, souls, relationships and life circumstances. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial, cost is $195 which includes a double-occupancy room with full access to hotel amenities, lunch on 1/31 and breakfast on 2/1. Dinner options provided for the evening of 1/31 at the expense of retreat participants. The retreat concludes after worship on Sunday, February 1 around noon. Retreat leaders: Deacon Marsha Roscoe, Director of Resource Ministries for the Lower Susquehanna Synod and Pastor Nicole Wachter of Zion Lutheran Church in Dauphin. Registration is limited to the first 50 participants, so please register today: https://service.thrivent.com/forms/events/find.php?st=39#events.

Check out the many education offerings at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. Events and conferences are sponsored by the Leadership Institute. Click here to visit their website for a complete listing.