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, 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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January 29 & 30
Law and Gospel Seminar
Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
103 E. Market St., Jonestown
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Throughout 2015, Zion Lutheran Church will host a handful of Seminars reviewing a core Lutheran insight: Law and Gospel. The purpose of these seminars is to connect clergy and other rostered leaders with professors publishing on this topic.
- Each Seminar will last two hours; the first half will be more lecture and the second half will be more discussion.
- We hope to limit the number of participants to 10-12 to facilitate real engagement with each other and the speaker.
- To make this affordable, the speaker will be speaking via video conference, although the Seminar participants will be on site. The fee will generally be between $25-50/person, although this may vary based on the speaker.
The first Seminar will feature Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson. You can read about her here: http://www.strasbourginstitute.org/en/prof-dr-sarah-hinlicky-wilson-2/. She recently published an article in Lutheran Quarterly on Luther and the Law. Dr Hinlicky Wilson has asked for contributions for her participation to go toward a Luther Research project she is working on. For more details click here to visit the Facebook event page, or contact Pastor Robert Myallis at 717-865-3652.

January 29, 2015
Preaching Perspectives
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg
Dr. Mark Oldenburg and Deacon Marsha Roscoe invite you to think differently about proclaiming the Gospel with youth at the next Preaching Perspectives workshop being from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Register today: wmizenko@Ltsg.edu

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.

February 21, 2015
Equipping Leaders for Transformative Change
St. Peter Lutheran Church, 130 Nittany Drive, Mechanicsburg
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Through asset mapping and spiritual formation, this workshop equips leaders for transformative change as we move beyond theory and reflect on our practices. Congregations are encouraged to bring their Faith Formation / Christian Education ministry teams and leaders together for this hands-on interactive workshop. Leaders have the opportunity to work practically through re-framing, expanding, or re-thinking faith formation in their particular contexts. This workshop is a perfect pre-cursor to the June 5th “Envisioning the Future of Faith Formation” with keynote speaker and faith formation expert John Roberto. Cost is $15 payable at the door. Register by contacting Deacon Roscoe: mroscoe@lss-elca.org or 717-652-1852, extension 103.

February 28, 2015
Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
St. Rose of Lima Convent, 950 W. Market St., York
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Click here for a PDF informational flyer.

March 1-3, 2015
34th Annual Rural Ministry Conference: Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities
Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
The Center for Theology & Land at Wartburg Theological Seminary hosts the annual Rural Ministry Conferences each year, which address issues and themes pertinent to the well-being of rural communities and the ministry of rural churches. The keynote speakers are Dr. Jeanne Hoeft and Dr. L. Shannon Jung. The conference will include worship, speakers, workshops, and Bible study, and offer participants a unique opportunity to network with others who are active in and concerned about rural ministry. Presenters come from a variety of denominations. Click here for more information.

March 11, 2015

Fresh Expressions Vision Day
Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church, Mechanicsburg, PA
Click here to register or learn more about this exciting event!

March 21, 2015
Crucified Love: Life Rooted in the Paschal Mysteries (A Lenten Retreat)
St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA
8:30 a.m. – noon
This Lenten Retreat is presented by Sister Thelma Steiger, HSF, Ph.D. and Sister Jo Ann Knight, HSF, MSN
Please call to reserve your space: 717-261-1213
There is no charge. A free-will offering would be appreciated.

April 23, 2015
Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and their Families: Understanding Depression and Anxiety Disorders
Lutheran Retirement Village at Utz Terrace, Hanover, PA
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Click here for a flyer.

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.