Congregation Connections

There’s always something going on in our synod’s congregations! Here’s a sampling of concerts, fund-raisers for mission, events, and activities coming up soon. Have an event to post or items to give to other ministries and congregations? Contact Sharron Blezard at with details.

Use the information in LSS Connect in your newsletters, weekly bulletins, and electronic communications. Help us stay connected across our synod by sharing the news. Just copy and paste to suit your needs! If you need copy in MS Word, please contact Sharron Blezard.

LSS CONNECT JULY 2017 (MS Word File)

Please share LSS Connections, our synod’s monthly bulletin insert in your congregation. Need a copy that you can edit or reformat? Contact Sharron Blezard at the email above.

R3 Menu (provides an overview of resources for congregational and individual renewal)

LSS Connections July 2017 (R3 overview & ELCA Peterman Stewardship Award Recipient)

Lutheran Magazine Insert featuring Pastor Stan Reep

June 30
LTSP Closing Service and Reception
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
3:00 p.m.
Join the LTSP Community as we remember and commemorate 153 years of educating and forming public leaders for engagement in the world. Reception immediately following in Benbow Hall. There is no charge for the reception, but please RSVP here or call 215-248-6324.
LTSG Wake Awake
9:00 p.m. – midnight
You are invited to celebrate 191 years of Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary this Friday and enjoy visits from historical seminary figures, food, conversations round the campfire, and prayer (feel free to bring a comfortable lawn-chair). At midnight, we will give thanks for all that has been and say yes to the future God will give us! Limited housing is available by request. You can help offset expenses for this special time by donating here.

July 9
Rejoicing Spirits Worship (a disABILITIES Ministry)
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 30 W. Main St., New Kingstown 17072
4:00 p.m. (pre-service singing begins at 3:45 p.m.)
The Rejoicing Spirits ministry reaches out to enrich the spiritual lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities along with their families, friends and other supportive community members. God’s message of love is shared through a meaningful and adapted Christian worship service and fellowship time. Individuals are free to be themselves while actively participating as contributing members in an inclusive faith community. The ministry shares the Rejoicing Spirits mode of spiritual inclusion with disability and faith-based organizations. For more information, contact Rose Hlavac at or 717.258.5666.

July 23
Community Ice Cream Social
Christ Lutheran Church, 66 S. Main St., Manchester
6:30 p.m.
Come join us for a fun and relaxing evening of free ice cream, music, and fun! A chance to meet neighbors and have fun together! Bring your friends and family!……Bring a lawn chair if you’d like.…… Bring your appetites for ice cream!

September 15-17
Lutheran Marriage Encounter
Spruce Lake Retreat Center, Canadensis, PA
Click here for more information and to register.

October 6-8
Lutheran Marriage Encounter
Black Swan Inn, Lee, Massachusetts
Click here for more information and to register.



Have something your congregation needs? Place notice here and see if others have and are willing to share with you.

To Share:

William and Jean Patterson are looking for a good home, free of charge for their 1986 Baldwin Marquee Fun Machine Spinet Organ. A bench is included. Please call 717-626-5865 if interested. 

St. John Lutheran Church, Boiling Springs, has a set of white paraments to share. Altar parament measurements are 60″ wide, 13″ front drape, and 32 and 1/4″ from front to back. Pulpit and lectern paraments measure 37×20″. Please call the church office (717-258-3559) or email if interested.

St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, is in the midst of a building/renovation project. The main focus of the construction project is the expansion of the nave. We are looking for a home for 45 padded (seat and back) pews in good condition.  Please contact the St. Luke office as soon as possible at if you would like information.

Messiah Lutheran Church has the following items available for those who need them: 12 adult blue choir robes, Lutheran Books of Worship, Lutheran Book of Worship missal, communion trays, all color of paraments, and small  acolyte lighter. If interested, contact Pastor Thomas McKee at the synod office.