Events, Registration, & Educational Opportunities

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Upcoming Event Information and Registration

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Boundary Training for Rostered Leaders and Professional Ministry Workers
Boundary workshops are planned across our synod ever 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 a basic or advanced boundary 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.
October 5: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carlisle
November 6: Location TBA, Harrisburg area

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September 5
Survey of the Lands of the Bible–Free Online Course
If you are interested in biblical geography or history or simply enjoy maps, you are invited to participate in a free online course, “Survey of the Lands of the Bible.” It is taught by Mark Vitalis Hoffman, Professor of Biblical Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. You can do as much or little as you want in the course which starts in September and finishes before Christmas. More information about the course and enrolling is at: www.gettysburgseminary.org/mhoffman/BibleLands/

David LoseSeptember 10
Bishop’s Convocation: Participatory Proclamation & Faith Formation with David Lose
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, York
All are invited–rostered leaders, lay leaders, those interested in faith formation and proclamation–to this day of worship, education, and fellowship. Our presenter is the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He will focus on participatory proclamation and faith formation for our time and contexts. The day includes worship, time with Bishop Dunlop, two interactive sessions with Rev. Lose, light breakfast, and lunch. Click here for more information, a flyer, and to register.

September 23
A Day with Tim Wright (presented by Lutheran Men in Mission)
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill
9:00 a.m. – noon and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Why do boys drop out of church life after confirmation? What can we do to keep them? ELCA pastor and author Tim Wright (Searching for Tom Sawyer), will offer two sessions exploring these questions and providing guidance to help congregations and families keep boys active in faith and growing into godly men.

The morning session, “Building a Church that Builds Boys into Men” is designed for ministry professionals and will offer tools for developing a church culture that helps boys grow into spiritually mature young men. The evening session, “Raising Boys in a Kryptonite World” is designed for parents, families and church leaders, to address challenges boys face in the 21st Century and the three gifts we can give our sons to call them into manhood.

There is no charge to attend either session, but to facilitate planning please email Bill Schirmer at wschirmer614@embarqmail.com with your name and contact information, your congregation, the number who will be attending, and what sessions. Click here for an informational flyer.

September 25-27
The Weekend
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg
The Weekend is a chance for you to spend intentional time wondering how God can use you to serve the church and the world. Click here for more information.

The registration fee for The Weekend is $35. Once you arrive at Gettysburg Seminary, you don’t have to worry about housing or meals — we’ve got it covered. We offer a shuttle from BWI and Harrisburg airports- please indicate on your registration if you’ll be needing the shuttle service. For participants who are bringing children to The Weekend (awesome!) please indicate whether or not you will need childcare. If the cost of the registration fee or traveling to campus is a challenge, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Admissions Office regarding available financial support.

September 26
Seminary for a Day
Union Presbyterian Seminary–Richmond Campus, 3401 Brook Rd., Richmond
Click here for an informational flyer. Cost is $25 and includes refreshments and a box lunch on campus – Register by September 18 in order to ensure you will receive a lunch. Continuing Education Units available (0.5 units). This event is for church leaders and members, clergy, and those interested in learning more about their faith For more information and to register go to http://www.upsem.edu/sfaday.

October 5-7
Celebration of Biblical Preaching: The Courage to Preach
Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN
Speakers for this event include, Michael Brown (Senior Ministry, Marble Collegiate Church, NYC), Caroline Lewis (Alvin N. Rogness Associate Professor of Homiletics, Luther Seminary), Barbara Lundblad (Joe R. Engle Professor Emeritus of Preaching, Union Theological Seminary), Otis Moss III (Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago), Luke Powery (Dean of Duke Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School). Visit www.luthersem.edu/celebration for more information and to register.

October 13-14
Parish Secretaries’ Seminar: “Checks & Balances”
Bird-in-Hand Family Inn, Bird-in-Hand, PA
Workshops will be interspersed with devotions, meals, and free time. Our workshops this year include Clearing Up The Confusion, which explores the recent changes of the law concerning background checks. Can You Afford It, which explores copyright laws as they apply to the church, and It’s A Fine Line, which explores communication and boundaries between the parish secretary and pastor(s).  Our Spiritual Leader this year will be the Pastor Cindy Camp.

The cost of the Seminar is $250.00 which includes five meals, presenter fees, workshop materials, and one-night’s lodging, double occupancy. Congregations and agencies of the Church are encouraged to provide this event as continuing education for their support staff. The Seminar is designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/ administrators, and to grow spiritually. Secretaries/administrators are encouraged to bring multiple copies of job descriptions, newsletters, bulletins, guidelines, office manuals, etc. to share with others who will attend.

To register, go to www.LutheranCongregationalServices.org and click the link for Parish Secretaries under the Congregations column. Registrations are due no later than August 24. This seminar is open to all Parish Secretaries and Administrators from any denomination.

PA Churches Mass Incarceration LogoOctober 23-26
“Lord, Let Our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration,” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Red Lion Hotel, Harrisburg. Visit http://pachurches.org/ for more information.

November 1
Luther Rose Lectures “Martin Luther: Then & Now” with the Rev. Dr. Richard Carlson
Palm Lutheran Church, 11 W. Cherry St., Palmyra
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Click here for details and to register.

January 31 – February 2
LSS Rostered Leaders’ Wellness Retreat
Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Rd., Hershey, PA (Save the date!)
Click here for more information and to register this fall.

April 14-17, 2016
White Privilege Conference: Understanding, Respecting, & Connecting
Philadelphia, PA
Click here for updates and details as they become available.

April 15-17
The Weekend
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg
The Weekend is a chance for you to spend intentional time wondering how God can use you to serve the church and the world. Click here for more information.

The registration fee for The Weekend is $35. Once you arrive at Gettysburg Seminary, you don’t have to worry about housing or meals — we’ve got it covered. We offer a shuttle from BWI and Harrisburg airports- please indicate on your registration if you’ll be needing the shuttle service. For participants who are bringing children to The Weekend (awesome!) please indicate whether or not you will need childcare. If the cost of the registration fee or traveling to campus is a challenge, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Admissions Office regarding available financial support.