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.

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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January 12
Stephen Minister Training
Grace Lutheran Church, 1610 Carlisle Rd., Harrisburg
6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in beginning Stephen Ministry in your parish, we would welcome you to send Stephen Ministry candidates to join us. The cost will be $50 for training materials and will continue until the end of March. For more information contact Pr. Evan Houck at 717-737-0439.

January 17

Stephen Minister Training
Beginning Saturday, January 17, and running for 10 consecutive Saturdays, Stephen Minister trainer Linda Beaver (Volunteer Coordinator at Luther Ridge Retirement Community, will lead a class to prepare Stephen Ministers from the Chambersburg, Gettysburg, and York areas. For more information, contact Linda at (717) 264-0737.

January 29
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 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.

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.

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.