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.
Tuesday, May 5 (Deadline to register: April 30) Registrations are closed. Event is full to capacity. We will be offering additional training in the fall.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 20 Franklin St., Biglerville
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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May 4
2015 Commonwealth Interfaith Prayer Service: Prayers for Peace and Justice
Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg
5:30 p.m.
Our Lower Susquehanna Synod is one of the sponsoring organizations for this event. Free parking will be available from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the South Street Garage. Please join your friends and raise a collective voice for a more just and peaceful world. The service will be followed by a reception hosted by Pine Street Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Rev. Sandra Strauss at (717) 545-4761 or s.strauss@pachurches.org, visit http://pachurchesadvocacy.org/weblog/?p=19907 or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1413629245611202/.

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. Click here for information detailing costs and curriculum.

May 17
A Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
Tellus 360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster
The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem since 1988, will visit Lancaster and share his vision of creating Diyar, a consortium of Lutheran-based institutions.

These institutions serve the whole Palestinian community through culture (International Center of Bethlehem), health (Dar al Kalima Health and Wellness Center) and education (Dar al Kalima University College). The conversation will take place at 4:00 p.m., at Tellus360, 24 E. King Street. Parking is available at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Duke Street.

Mitri RahebDr. Raheb was the recipient of the  prestigious international award “Deutscher Medienpreis” in Germany for his tireless work in creating room for hope for his Palestinian people who live under occupation.  He is also recognized for his strong advocacy and stance on Palestinian culture and dialogue for civil society and religion.  His latest book Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes has landed on best selling lists for books on the region. Dr. Raheb holds a PhD in Theology from the Philipps University at Marburg, Germany, is married and has two daughters.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a US 501 (c)(3) , is an organization that promotes and spreads the word about the outreach ministries of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem to build hope and a brighter future for the people of Palestine through the Diyar Consortium described above. These ministries equip local community leaders to assume a proactive role in shaping a brighter future.  To learn more, visit online at www.brightstarsbethlehem.org.

June 9
Bread for the World Lobby Day
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
This year’s Bread for the World Lobby Day will focus on urging Congress to feed our children, which is the theme of Bread’s 2015 Offering of Letters. Specifically, we will be asking Congress to:

  • protect and strengthen child nutrition programs
  • support legislation to help millions of children around the world get nutritious food

Registration is free, but space is limited. The day’s opening and closing activities will be held at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Please register by Friday, May 22 to reserve your spot!

Have questions? Visit the Bread for the World website. Register here. Contact Pastor Tim Seitz-Brown (Paradise Lutheran Church) if you are interested in attending with a group from our synod (timothy.seitzbrown@gmail.com).

July 26
Women’s Active Faith Day at Camp Kirchenwald
Com on out for an energetic afternoon of worship, hiking, dinner, and camp games. Pastor Haley Vay Beaman will be bringing her special style of Fit Church to the day that will also include engaging with campers and seeing camp programs in action. Contact the camping office at 717-677-8211 to register, or visit www.LutheranCamping.org for details.

July 29-31
Rethinking Confirmation: Signs of Life in Times of Change
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Join with concerned ministry leaders to assess the current state of confirmation and imagine fresh possibilities. Special attention will be given to signs of life and inspiring stories of faithful and effective innovation in youth discipleship. The event provides a unique opportunity to discover, engage and interpret early findings from The Confirmation Project, a major research partnership between five denominations. Click here for information and registration.

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.