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)

West Shore Churches Tackle Hunger with Souper Bowl 2015

Responding to the call to be a church where the hungry are fed, seven West Shore ELCA churches engaged in a friendly yet spirited Souper Bowl competition. Trinity, Mechanicsburg, started the annual competition over 10 years ago, pitting Team Tomato against Team Chicken Noodle. While Souper Bowl officially kicks off the first Sunday of the New Year, Trinity members have been known to stockpile soup for months before the annual campaign begins. In 2014, Trinity invited other churches to join the campaign hoping to grow the amount of soup collected. That first year St. Mars, St. Peter, Trindle Spring, Trinity, Lemoyne, and Trinity, Mechanicsburg, joined forces to fight hunger.

The Mechanicsburg ELCA congregations kicked off the 2015 campaign last October with a hunger awareness gathering. Recognizing the need to engage resources beyond any individual congregation, the meeting featured local food ministry staff and the Lower Susquehanna Synod World Hunger Committee chair, Cheryl Burns. Attendees created the plan for the Souper Bowl 2015 and discussed local hunger statistics and the needs of people living in poverty.

Souper Bowl 2015 saw the addition of two more churches, Grace, Camp Hill, and St. John, Shiremanstown. Together the seven churches collected more than 11,000 cans of soup and almost $500. According to Michelle Knight, Trinity, Mechanicsburg’s, Social Ministry Chair, the cash option gives New Hope more flexibility to purchase other types of food based on current needs. It is also a more convenient way for friends, family and the community to join in. New Hope Ministries provided a truck to pick up the soup at all four Mechanicsburg churches after worship on February 1.

New Hope Ministries is also a recipient of a 2014 LSS World Hunger Legacy Fund Grant. The $5,000 grant supports strategies designed to teach the organization’s clients how to stretch their food dollars and purchases through the use of sales flyers, coupons, seasonal shopping lists and basic cooking skills featuring food items clients can choose from New Hope’s Food Pantry ministry. New Hope has centers in Dillsburg, Dover, Hanover and Mechanicsburg, which serve parts of York County and the West Shore. Other community based food ministries that received some of the soup collected include the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary student food bank, the Ecumenical Food Pantry, Family Promise and Helping Hands.

Want to join the fun in 2016? Contact Michelle Knight at knightmichelle1961@gmail.com. (Note: Thanks to Michelle Knight for writing this article and to Pastor Randy Marburger for the photo!)

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

A few Sundays ago, Pastor Scott Davis of Brickerville United Lutheran Church (BULC) was handed an envelope addressed to “Rosie.” The donor instructed Pastor Davis to make sure that Rosie and others like her got the gift. [Read more…]

Tree 4 Hope Changes Lives in Guatemala

Tree 4 Hope is a young non-profit organization that formed within Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Harrisburg. Focusing on education, health, and wellness, Tree 4 Hope provides volunteer support and humanitarian aid to two orphanages, an elder center, and three inner-city schools in Guatemala.

The guiding principle of Tree 4 Hope’s work is its emphasis on relationships. Through team trips and donation campaigns, the organization works hard to provide tangible improvements Tree 4 Hope boysin these communities’ lives. For example, at the orphanages Hogar Miguel Magone and Hogar Maria Auxiliadora, Tree 4 Hope vaccinates children, supplies fresh fruits and vegetables, funds psychological counseling, subsidizes a music program, and provides other, miscellaneous services as needed.

Moreover, going beyond tangible acts of service, creating community across national lines is an integral part of Tree 4 Hope’s impact. According to director Charley Allegar, they seek to be with their partners, in times of both joy and suffering, in pursuit of these communities’ physical, economic, and emotional well-being. By bringing Americans and Guatemalans together on team trips, God has enabled both groups to give and receive hope, caring, and new perspective.

Tree 4 Hope gabiIt is through this lens that Allegar and Tree 4 Hope founders Jennifer and George Crist dream of establishing a school to educate the girls at Hogar Maria Auxiliadora. Their vision is to educate, house, and care for these girls through sixth grade, merging Latin American and Western teaching methods and emphasizing mental health and female empowerment in the curriculum. They are excited for the road ahead.

If you are interested in participating in a Tree 4 Hope team trip or becoming a partner in the girls’ school vision, they welcome your emails at info@tree4hope.org. Visit the website, www.tree4hope.org, and find Tree 4 Hope on Facebook to learn more.

Interested in Global Missions?
Wondering how you can make a difference right here in our Lower Susquehanna Synod? Join our Global Missions Committee and help tell the stories and share the good news about the work God is doing through our hands and those of missionaries like the Zimmermans, the Rimmers, Kate Warn, and many more. E-mail Pastor Sharron Blezard at sblezard@lss-elca.org or any member of the committee for more information.

Article by Global Missions Committee and Synod Council member Stephanie Strauss. Photo courtesy Tree 4 Hope.

“Sundae Sunday” Says Thank You!

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Lancaster held a “Sundae Sunday” on September 7, 2014. Sponsored by the Tanzania Mission Committee (TMC), free ice cream sundaes complete with hot fudge, syrups, peanuts, sprinkles and whipped cream, were served after Sunday School and every Worship Service that day. Holding bowls of their favorite ice cream flavor and toppings, congregants enjoying ice cream could be seen happily milling about the narthex.

Why serve free ice cream?? TMC just wanted to say “THANK YOU”!! Over the past seven years the members of St. Peter’s and Word of Life Lutheran Church have supported Busoka Lutheran Church, the orphans and Busoka Village through prayers, monetary donations, quilts, sweaters, items for our yard sale, cookie baking for the annual cookie walk and other fund raisers. Monies sent to Busoka have provided the orphans with uniforms, school supplies, testing fees, tuition for more advanced studies and special dinners. In addition members of Busoka Lutheran Church received a power tiller and equipment, diesel fuel, trailer and banana and cacao plants. What better way to say “THANK YOU” to our congregation for all their caring and support than with ice cream?!!

Is your congregation interested in partnering with one of the congregations in the Konde Diocese, our Companion Synod? Click here to find out more and look for updated information coming soon! This is a great way to learn, share, and grow together.

God’s work. Our hands. Our voices. Are You Ready?

Sunday, September 7 will be the second “God’s work. Our hands.” churchwide service and outreach event. Across our synod, congregations are planning, cooperating, collaborating, and coming up with creative ways to serve in their local communities. “When one congregation or a group of congregations gather for service in their local communities, they are the church in that place, taking care of that part of God’s vineyard. But this is all work that we do together. When one congregation works to feed people who are hungry, that is also the entire church coming together,” says ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Need some ideas or a “ready-made” activity/event for your congregation? Consider joining Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pa (LAMPa) for God’s Work. Our Hands. Our Voices.–a

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