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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March 11, 2015

Fresh Expressions Vision Day
Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church, Mechanicsburg, PA
Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world. Begun in England 10 years ago, it has resulted in the birth of over 2,500 new communities in the UK alone.

Fresh Expressions has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and is also taking shape in the US. At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society.

Vision Day is a great way to discover more about Fresh Expressions. In an interactive format, you will have the chance to:
– Hear how Fresh Expressions is renewing the church
– Talk about the development of Fresh Expressions US
– Learn more about the Mission-Shaped Church
– Discover tools to start Fresh Expressions in your area
Click here to register or learn more about this exciting event! Click here for a flyer.

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.

March 24-26, 2015
Staying Fresh in a Long Small Church Pastorate
Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA
This event is geared for pastors of smaller congregations who are in, or envision being in, a long-term pastorate. Chris Stewart, who served the same two churches in Ohio since 1978, will share his experience and will offer suggestions for creating healthy boundaries and for keeping your message and ministry relevant and interesting. This workshop, March 24-26, is offered at a special low cost due to the generous grant from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Cost: $130 ($95 if you register by February 16). Click here for more information.

April 12-13, 2015
Rostered Leaders Retreat: Centered in Christ
SchreiberHaus, Camp Kirchenwald, Lebanon
5:00 p.m. Sunday to 3:00 p.m. Monday
This is a post-Easter getaway for where we can all relax, refresh and renew. This year we will hold it in the newly expanded (and really nice!) ShreiberHause at Camp Kirchenwald. Synod Resource Director Marsha Roscoe will guide us in the retreat theme, “Centered in Christ – Spiritual Journeying.” The retreat explores various spiritual disciplines to strengthen Christ-consciousness (themes such as Mindfulness, Awareness & Gratitude). Cost: $65, includes lodging, breakfast, lunch and materials. Click here to register!

April 13-16, 2015
Called to be Stewards: Embracing our Leadership Roles
Leadership Institute at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA
Everyone called to be a leader in the church is a model for others, personally and corporately, in the area of financial discipleship. “Called to be Stewards: Embracing our Leadership Roles” uses the theological concepts of abundance, generosity, and hospitality to help leaders in living and sharing the message of responsible stewardship. Meets April 13-16 with leaders Diana Barber, Associate Synod Executive for Leadership Development, and David Crittenden, PCUSA teaching elder and director of stewardship for the Presbyterian Mission Program. Cost: $250 ($195 if you register by March 2). Click here for more information.

April 18
An Evening with Rachel Held Evans
Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Rd., Lancaster
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
This event is sponsored by the Parish Resource Center. Tickets (non-refundable) are $25 for non-subscribers and $19 for subscribers and includes a copy of her new book, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Held Evans. a New York Times best-selling author and blogger, will address why so many millennials are leaving the church. Click here to register. Visit the Parish Resource Center website for other educational workshops and events.

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. – 3:00 p.m.
This workshop will provide useful tools and resources for rostered leaders, chaplains, social workers, and lay leaders in the parish. Registration is $55 and includes all materials, lunch, and four CEUs. Click here for a flyer with more details and registration information. 

April 24-26, 2015
Faith Forming Faith Weekend Immersion Training
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main Street, New Freedom, PA
Based on 20 years of solid experience of bringing men, women, and children to the waters of baptism and beyond through a yearlong discipleship process, this event will take participants through the entire church year in a single weekend. Placed in small groups for Bible study and walking the actual path of a disciple-in-formation, those who participate will not only have a rich and satisfying time of spiritual renewal for themselves, they will return to their congregations prepared to initiate a process of welcome and discipleship in their own communities. This training is led by Pastor Paul E. Hoffman and Donna Linn, and is designed to assist congregations in re-tooling their ministries to welcome persons into a community of faith and prepare them for a life-long journey of discipleship beginning with baptism. It’s modeled after the ancient catechumenal process and twenty years of spiritual renewal at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle. Click here for detailed information and registration.

May 11-15
Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI)
Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, Pittsburgh, PA
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center offers this five-day institute of hands-on training, providing mediation training for clergy and church leaders. It is ideal for training members of a judicatory mediation team and other leaders who work with committees, candidates for ministry, and churches. MSTI 2015 Brochure (J) for a brochure detailing costs and curriculum.