Why Always Being Made New?

We share a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. The Always Being Made New Campaign gives us an opportunity to share God’s abundance in new and increased ways. Together, we can do more.

IMG_5141_EditedDHW“Our world hungers for what ELCA Lutherans offer best through our congregations, our Lower Susquehanna Synod, and our Churchwide ministries.

“Together we equip leaders, encourage cooperation, and engage a rapidly changing world in new and radical ways.”

— Bishop James S. Dunlop

What is Always Being Made New and why do we need this campaign?

Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA is a five-year campaign approved by the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. It seeks to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded churchwide ministries above and beyond those supported by your regular weekly offerings. The campaign goal represents a 64 percent increase in designated funding for these critical ministries.

As Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us, “It’s not often that such an opportunity to make a real and lasting difference comes along–to start or renew a congregation, to identify and prepare leaders in our church and among our global companion churches, to feed people and equip them to break out of the cycle of hunger and poverty. That’s what we can do together through this campaign. And we get to do this in Jesus’ name. Thanks be to God!” For more information about the ELCA campaign, click here.

For extended FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about ABMN, click here.
For YTD ABMN Campaign Update (as of June 30, 2017) click here.

Voting members at our 2014 Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly, held June 5-7 at Messiah College, adopted a Synod Council Resolution on the 25th Anniversary Campaign for the ELCA in the Lower Susquehanna Synod. This bold initiative to fund not only critical churchwide ministries but also critical ministries here in our synod aims to raise a total of $5.5 million in five years. Click here to read the text of the resolution adopted at our Assembly (found on pages 2-3). “These times challenge us to go outside our comfort zones and beyond our own walls, giving above and beyond current levels, to reach God’s beloved people here in Central Pennsylvania and beyond,” said Bishop Jim Dunlop.

What’s the difference between Always Being Made New and our regular mission support and congregational offerings?

This comprehensive campaign is designed to address our generous Lower Susquehanna Synod members’ desire to go the extra mile beyond their regular tithes and offerings, to give to the specific ministries and programs that speak to their hearts and desire to make a real and lasting difference. This campaign is also about growing growing faithful stewards for today AND tomorrow.

Watch this short video to learn more about the programs, projects, and new ministries and mission this comprehensive campaign will fund.

Click here for the Synod Council Resolution on the 25th Anniversary Campaign that was recommended to and adopted by voting members at the 27th Annual Assembly of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, June 5-7, 2014.

LSS Giving QR CodeClick here to give now–or use the QR code on this page! (Right click the QR code and add it to your campaign materials or website.)

Need resources to share in your congregation? Click the links below for forms, bulletin inserts, and more. Check back frequently for new additions.


Congregational Guide

Gift Chart Bulletin Insert

Congregational Resource Toolkit

Bulletin Insert 1 – Campaign_For_The_LSS_Insert_front

Bulletin Insert 1 – Campaign_For_The_ELCA_Insert_back

Bulletin Insert 2: Hunger and Malaria Bulletin Insert

Bulletin Insert 3 – Equipping Leaders

Holy Trinity Serving 2Bulletin Insert 4 – Congregations

Bulletin Insert 5 – Global Mission

LSS Campaign Commitment Form (Outside)*
LSS Campaign Commitment Form (Inside)*
*The LSS Campaign Commitment Form is designed to be printed on both sides of 8.5 x 14 inch paper.

(Note: The following videos are available to help you share the good news about our synod’s ministries, as well as what “being synod” really means. We will be adding videos regularly. Visit our synod’s YouTube Channel for more video options.)

Lower Susquehanna Synod Mission Video (corresponds with Bulletin Insert 1, explains what our synod is and what we do together)

Bright Spot Video #1 (corresponds with Bulletin Insert 2 and the theme of “radical hospitality”)

Always Being Made New Introduction Video is a short animated video that explains the campaign and its goals in less than five minutes.

Bright Spot Video #2 (corresponds with the theme of “intentional faith formation” and will augment and support how one congregation in our synod is fostering faith formation and equipping all the baptized for mission)

Bright Spot Video #3 (corresponds with the theme of “extravagant generosity” and can be used to support Bulletin Insert #4 and/or Temple Talk #2)

Bright Spot Video #4 (corresponds with the theme of “congregations” and passionate worship” and can be used in conjunction with Bulletin Insert #4.

Bright Spot Video #5 (corresponds with the theme of “risk-taking mission” and can be used with Bulletin Insert #2 and #4.

Click here for ELCA Always Being Made New Campaign Update Jan 2017

Click here for ELCA Always Being Made New Campaign Resources

Click here for “What Does the ELCA Mean to Me?” Video

Click here for the “Campaign for the ELCA – Thanks for an Incredible First Year” Video

Contact Information:

Deacon Marsha Roscoe,
Director for Mission Interpretation & Campaign Director

Denise Ferguson, Campaign Assistant

Always Being Made New
Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA
900 S. Arlington Ave., Suite 220B
Harrisburg, PA 17109
717-652-1852, ext. 114
717-652-2504 (fax)


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” -Matthew 7:7-8

Click here to be redirected to the ELCA Prayer Ventures Page. Here you’ll find daily prayer petitions in PDF or Word documents for your personal use or for use in your congregation.

Click here for weekly prayers grounded in current world events. World in Prayer is a ministry of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Lodi, CA.

Lower Susquehanna Synod Prayer List

Weekly Prayers for our Congregations, Ministers, and Ministry Partners (November 13 – November 26, 2017)

We invite your prayers for these congregations of our synod: Zion (Enola), Zion (Etters), Zion (Glen Rock), Zion (Hershey), Zion (Hummelstown) and Zion (Jonestown).

We invite your prayers for these synod rostered ministers: The Rev. Terrence McCarthy (disability), Sister Deborah A. S. McClellan (on leave), The Rev. Brian A. McClinton (Mt. Zion, York), The Rev. Larry A. McConnell (retired),  Deacon G. Phyllis McCullough (retired), The Rev. Foster R. McCurley (retired), The Rev. Robert S. McEllroy, III (retired), The Rev. Judith A. McKee (retired), The Rev. Thomas E. McKee (Assistant to the Bishop & Secretary of Synod), The Rev. Tricia A. McMackin (SpiriTrust, York), The Rev. Ronald F. Mease (retired), The Rev. Ivan R. Mechtly, Jr. (retired), The Rev. L. Guy Mehl (retired), and The Rev. Fredrica K. Meitzen (retired).

We invite your prayers for our ministry partner the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, D.D., J.C.L., bishop and the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ, The Rev. Dr. Monica Dawkins-Smith, conference minister.

We invite your prayers for our seminarian Carla Christopher and Jessica Davis.

…prayers for the family and friends of Charles Compton (father of The Rev. Jeffrey Compton, retired) and Richard Miller (father of The Rev. Sherry Miller, SpiriTrust Chaplain)

…continued prayers for Seth Kurtz and his wife, the Rev. Caitlin Kurtz.  Seth is currently deployed with the US Navy until the end of February.

…continued prayers for the family and friends of Alyce Cleeremans (grandmother of The Rev. James Polanzke), Ruth Polanzky (mother of The Rev. James Polanzke and mother-in-law of The Rev. Liz Polanzke), Lea Kassekert (sister of The Rev. Tasha Genck-Morton), The Rev. George R. Knarr (retired). Fae Appleby (former synod vice president. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until memorial services at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 25th at Messiah, Lebanon.), Margaret Keyser (spouse of Pastor Ed Keyser, retired), Richard W. Eckert (father of Pastor J. Richard Eckert – St. Peter, Middletown), John Kelly (father of Pastor Sharon Kelly – Trinity, Chambersburg), The Rev. Frederick L. Shilling (retired), Louise L. Reynolds (mother of Megan McClinton and mother-in-law of the Rev. Brian McClinton), The Rev. Robert W. Jenson (retired), The Rev. Jay B. Eickhoff, Glenn Snyder (spouse of The Rev. Patricia Snyder), Dorothy Peterman, mother of Connie Dunlop, mother-in-law of Bishop Jim Dunlop, and former secretary of our synod, Olivia Geib, spouse of The Rev. Andrew Geib (St. James, Gettysburg), and daughter-in-law of The Rev. Richard B. and The Rev. Catharine Senft Geib (Tree of Life, Harrisburg).

…prayers for peace, healing and hope for Elspeth Allsopp (daughter of Pastors Rob & Sharron Blezard), Ernestine Ierien, mother of Pastor Robert Ierien, Pastor Charles Kampmeyer (retired), Pastor William Knotts and his wife, Nancy (retired), Pastor Elwood Leister (retired), Pastor Miriam Nicholson (Messiah, Elliottsburg), Natalie Rimmer, wife of Pastor Chad Rimmer (Lutheran World Federation), Denny Lubold, husband of former synod staff member Linda LuboldPastor Carl Bentz (retired) and his wife, Fair BentzPastor Richard Starr (retired, serving Starview), Pastor Charles Aurand (retired, WV-WMd Synod), Pastor Terry McCarthy (St. Paul, Broadway, Hanover), Pastor Susan McCarthy (Benders and St. Paul, Biglerville), Pastor David DeLong (Mt. Carmel), Janice Ambrose, wife of Pastor Al Ambrose (retired), Janice Cromer (wife of Pastor Douglas Cromer, retired), Pastor Don Gallion (retired), Pastor Jay Bohn, (retired) and his wife, Mary Bohn, Pastor George Buechner (retired), Richard Weaver (formerly a pastor in our synod).

…prayers for our bishopsElizabeth, Jim, and Israel-Peter and Bishop Elect of Konde Diocese, The Rev. Dr. Edward Johnson Mwaikali– and all who serve the church.

…prayers for the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Truscott, serving in Singapore, Pastor Stephen Deal, serving in Central America, for Young Adults in Global Mission, Dr. Joe and Pastor Deborah Troester, serving in Tanzania, Deacon April Trout serving the St. Paul Area Synod and for all other missionaries serving around the world.

…prayers for all elected officials and for all government employees — that they serve with wisdom, vision, seek peace and justice, and work for the good of all citizens.

…prayers for those who are hungry and homeless in our midst. We pray for the many ministries across our Lower Susquehanna Synod and give thanks for the difference being made.

…prayers for all those affected by natural disasters, especially our neighbors in Texas, Louisiana and Florida dealing with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

…prayers for peace, justice, and reconciliation for the whole human family around the world that encounters violence, racism, prejudice, and injustice.

…prayers for immigrants and refugees who in their desperation to move to a new country put their lives in danger; that all be led safely in God’s care.

…prayers for all victims of violence and terror around our world, both at home and abroad. We pray for cooler heads, respect for one another, and saner solutions. We pray for the courage to love all God’s children. We pray that black lives will matter to all. We pray that law enforcement officials will be safe in their work, and that God’s house in all places will safe space and sanctuary for all who enter.

…prayers for those in the criminal justice system, especially this month we pray for the administration, staff, corrections officers, inmates, families of inmates of following facilities: Forest County Jail, Franklin County Jail, Fulton County Jail, Greene County Prison, Huntingdon County Prison, SCI Retreat at Humlock Creek, SCI Rockview at Bellefonte, and SCI Somerset.

…prayers for all who commit violence against others, that they recognize the violence they have committed, that their hearts would be changed, and that they receive forgiveness, mercy, and grace when it is offered and in doing so be changed.

Have a prayer request to share with others in our synod? Please contact Cathy Deitrich at cdeitrich@lss-elca.org. Please also notify her when you wish to be removed from the list.



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PA Lutheran Bishops Endorse Proposed Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Harrisburg, PA (June 19, 2015) — Today, the seven Pennsylvania bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released a letter in support of publicly in support of legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Public Relations Act to prohibit discrimination in areas of employment, housing and public accommodation on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

“At this moment there is an opportunity for us to add our voices in support of a piece of legislation that could provide continuing legal protection for one particularly vulnerable group of our people,” the bishops state in the letter “Fairness for All Pennsylvanians.”

The letter anticipates introduction of legislation to update the 1955 Human Relations Act to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” to the list of groups of people who are provided legal protection from discrimination. Several ELCA synods in Pennsylvania, meeting in assembly, took action to add increased capacity to the voices of those who support this legislation.

The letter points to the imagery of the “peaceable kingdom,” described in Isaiah 11:6, in which “the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.”

The words anticipate a renewal of all creation in which the identity of each creature remains but none experiences any harm from the others.

“It is the fulfillment of this vision for which people of faith yearn, and toward which they call their neighbors,” the bishops say in the letter. “The work of public advocacy, at its best, replaces the timid silence of resignation to what is, with a bold voice giving expression to what could be.”

Conceding that not all of the thousands of members of ELCA congregations in Pennsylvania agree on how the church should regard sexual minorities, the faith leaders state that the differences in conviction to not keep the church body from yearning for that peaceable kingdom.

“Members of our congregations who have experienced discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity have told their stories of being particularly vulnerable to harm in public settings. They are not alone, of course. Many of our people have experienced bullying because of physical attributes that make them targets. Many have suffered indignity and humiliation because their way of living stands out as different. Many know the spiritual pain of rejection and scorn because of their religious convictions. There seems to be no lack of occasion for people of faith to speak a bold word of comfort and protective welcome to those who suffer harm.”

Click here to download a PDF copy of the Bishops’ Letter.

(Nota Bene: Voting members of the 28th Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly passed a resolution supporting proposed Pennsylvania legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public services on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. The resolution urges our synodical bishop and other church leaders to speak publically in support of this legislation.)

For more information contact Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania
Web: lutheranadvocacypa.org
Facebook: LAMPaAdvocacy
Twitter: @LAMPaAdvocacy

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

(June 10, 2015, Harrisburg, PA) Today Governor Tom Wolf announced that effective July 26, volunteers giving their time and talent to children (e.g., Girl/Boy Scout Leaders, Little League coaches, advocates in a rape crisis or domestic violence shelter, Big Brothers/Sisters, SCS and Bible School teachers) will be exempt from paying for background checks conducted by the PA State Police ($10) and child abuse history clearance obtained through the PA Department of Human Services ($10). That is an automatic savings of $20 for those volunteering with PA children.

Wolf further stated that employees required to get the PSP and DHS background checks will see the fee for both reduced by $2 each. Employees then would pay $16 for both checks, as compared to the current $20 in total fees.

The Governor has no authority to waive the fees for the FBI checks that are still required of certain volunteers (those who have not resided in PA consecutively for the last 10 years).  The fate of FBI checks for volunteers is likely to be in the mix when House Bill 1276, which is currently before the legislature, advances.

This list of those who need the checks and the 36-month time period for redoing checks remains unchanged. Click here to read the complete news release.

Salem Lutheran Church, Ephrata, Dedicates New Chapel

On the fourth Sunday of Easter, April 26, 2015,  Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1331 West Main Street, Ephrata, dedicated its new chapel. The chapel had been a dream for the congregation for several years.

The Rev. Jeffrey Goodman, pastor of the congregation, said, “We wanted a space specifically set aside for smaller mid week worship services and other events. This new chapel will be used primarily for our Thursday Divine Service as well as mid week services of prayer. It can also be used for first communion instruction, confirmation classes, small weddings, small memorial services, as well as a quiet place to pray during the week.”

The chapel was a gift to the church from an anonymous benefactor who wanted a chapel dedicated to bringing the Christian Faith to others as well as sustaining the faith of Christians. The seating capacity of the chapel is a little over twenty and can be expanded to seat about 35. One of the highlights of the chapel is the restoration and use of old stained glass windows that had been in the church’s attic for nearly fifty years. Another highlight is a replica portrait of the altar piece from the Lutheran Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Weimer, Germany. Kneelers were built and installed as part of an Eagle Scout project.

Presiding Bishop Eaton to Preach at Trindle Spring Lutheran Church

On Sunday May 24, 2015 the members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church, 14 State Road, Mechanicsburg, will be honored to welcome Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bishop Eaton will be joining the congregation to conclude a year-long celebration of the congregation’s 250th anniversary. She will preach at the 10:30 am worship service which will feature the Trindle Spring 1congregation’s brass ensemble, bell choir, chancel choir and chorister youth singers. The worship service is open to the public and all are invited.

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was elected as the ELCA’s fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. Bishop Eaton served as pastor for congregations in Ohio and as bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod from 2006 until her election as ELCA presiding bishop.Her experience in local ministry and issues of global concern reflect the ELCA’s commitment to working as a partner and influence across denominations, faiths and organizations as a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

TSLCchurch1924Trindle Spring Lutheran Church traces its roots to a land grant from William Trindle, a Scots-Irish tailor, Indian trader and leader of a fledgling community of European settlers. Trindle deeded land, near the headwaters of a spring named in his honor, to German Lutheran and German Reformed Calvinists for a burial ground in 1765. It was on this ground that a log building was erected for use as a school and a church, which is now known as Trindle Spring Evangelical Lutheran Church.The original log building was replaced with a brick structure in 1823, which is still in existence and is used by the congregation. The congregation’s current modern, handicapped accessible sanctuary was erected in 1993.

Camperships & Curveballs

Come out to the ballgame on Friday, May 8, with fellow Lutherans and friends to watch the Harrisburg Senators take on the Altoona Curve. Part of the ticket sales for this game will provide camperships for youth at our Lutheran camps. [Read more…]

Nepal Area Earthquake Response

We have seen the devastating images and stories coming out of Nepal. Sections of Kathmandu, the nation’s capital, and surrounding areas lie in rubble. More than 4,000 people have lost their lives, and the number continues to rise as officials make their way through rural communities. Historic buildings and houses have been leveled; roads are destroyed. The injured and their families line the streets in front of hospitals and caregivers. The need for food, water, medical care, blankets and shelter is great.

Lutheran Disaster Response is actively networking with partners such as The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Lutheran World Relief and the ACT Alliance who are already on the ground. LWF’s office in Kathmandu escaped the worst of the impact of the quake and has already launched a large-scale emergency response.

Our church is committed to walking with the people of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh as they navigate every part of this disaster relief and recovery process – even long after the dust settles and media attention fades.

Your gifts are needed now. Every gift designated to the “Nepal Area Earthquake” through Lutheran Disaster Response will be used entirely – 100 percent – to help those impacted by the quake rebuild their lives and livelihoods. You can help provide comfort, healing and hope in the midst of destruction.

Thank you for your gifts, your prayers and your partnership. Click here to help with a gift now.

In service to Christ,

Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

P.S. Please give generously and continue to pray for those who have been affected by the earthquake. Use this bulletin insert to share this information with your congregation.
Merciful God,
Hear our cry for mercy in the wake of the earthquake. Reveal your presence in the midst of our suffering. Help us to trust in your promises of hope and life so that desperation and grief will not overtake us. Come quickly to our aid that we may know peace and joy again. Strengthen us in this time of trial with the assurance of hope we know in the death and resurrection of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Photo: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar