Events, Registration, & Educational Opportunities

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Upcoming Event Information and Registration


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.

Saturday, November 1 (Deadline to register: October 29)
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 20 Franklin St., Biglerville
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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.
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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. The event is filled to capacity, and registration is closed.

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. NOTE: Registration deadline was October 17.

October 27-30 Fall Academy: Reforming! From Conflict to Communion and Reconciliation
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge
Join us for a day or two, or the entire week for a feast of lectures, presentations, workshops, with worship, cultural and spiritually enriching activities for students, lay learners, alumni/ae, inquiring discerning future seminarians and more. Speakers include Susan Wood, Christine Helmer, Eero Huovinen, Elina Vuola, along with Gettysburg Seminary’s Brooks Schramm and Kirsi Stjerna. It includes Luther Colloquy, Preaching Perspectives, Table Talks, blessing of the new bell tower, and more. Early Bird deadline is September 30. Visit www.ltsg.edu/fallacademy for detailed schedule, more information or to download registration.

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 http://www.ltsg.edu/Lifelong-Learners/Preaching-Perspectives or contact Michelle Carlson atmcarlson@LTSG.edu.

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.