Events, Registration, & Educational Opportunities

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August 20
The Wrath of God x 3: The Wrath of God in the Hebrew Scriptures
St. Michael Lutheran Church, 118 State Street, Harrisburg
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
What are your questions about the wrath of God? What does the Bible say about the Wrath of God? Is the God of the Hebrew Scriptures and the God of the New Testament even the same God? What about all that violence in the Hebrew Scriptures? Does the wrath of God afflict people with sickness or bad fortune when they sin? Come discuss, converse, and learn.

After a light summer supper and our time of study and conversation we will conclude the evening with worship round the table. For more information call (717) 234-0092 or visit the St. Michael website at

August 25-29, 2014
Mediation Skills Training Institute
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, PA
The Upper Susquehanna Synod Reconciliation Team will host an intensive continuing education event for church leaders led by Staff of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (Lombard, IL). The institute is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.

The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory. The institute includes lectures, discussion, and guided practice in role-plays. Active and practical in focus, the sessions emphasize hands-on skills training and real-life role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts faced by participants.

Tuition is $695 when paid by July 25, 2014, and $770 if received after that date. Enrollment is limited. For registration information, call the Rev. James Bricker at 717-512-1026, or e-mail

September 11, 2014
Preaching Perspectives: Keeping it Biblical and Keeping it Real: Proclaiming God’s Promises through Pentecost
Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Rev. Dr. Derrick Fallon, Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Randolph, Nebraska
The Rev. Dr. Richard P. Carlson, Glatfelter Professor of Biblical Studies, Gettysburg Seminary
See detailed schedules, times and registration information at or contact Michelle Carlson

September 12-13, 2014
“New Visions” Seminar with Peter Steinke
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 201 S. Main St., Spring Grove, PA
New Visions is a training program for congregational leaders. Its primary purpose is to prepare these leaders in establishing a mission school within the congregation, with the intent of raising awareness about mission vitality and action among church members. Using Dr. Steinke’s book,

A Door Set Open, study guides, a training manual, three DVDs and about 12 hours of training, the program will prepare leaders for mission. The desired outcomes include turning congregations suffering “mission drift” to a mission direction and to influence the mission of the congregation by exercising faith active in love and proclaiming the Gospel.For more information and to register, go to the New Visions website

September 13, 2014
Boundaries Workshop for Rostered Leaders
Location: TBA
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This is the first in a series of updated training events for all rostered leaders in our synod.

September 20, 2014
“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, 2014
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.

October 30, 2014
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, 2014
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.

Upcoming Educational and Continuing Education Events

And it may seem like a long way off, but preachers here’s an opportunity for you…
Preparing to Preach Lent at Sea with the Rev. Dr. Craig Satterlee
Leave January 25, 2015 from New Orleans to cruise the Caribbean aboard the Carnival Dream. Click here for a brochure providing more details.