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.

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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.
LSS Connections March 2017 (PDF b/w)
NOTE: This edition of LSS Connections invites congregations to “Come and See” Congregations in renewal.

March 25
Christ Lutheran Church, 66 S. Main St., Manchester
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Come celebrate all things rabbit! Proceeds benefit the SPCA of York County Small Animal Fund. Click here for an informational flyer.

March 26
“Women of Faith” Forum
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 221 S. Second St., Steelton
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
You are invited to attend an educational forum and conversation to explore the lives of historical female figures common to the Islamic and Christian faiths.
Representatives from the Muslim and Christian communities will also share their experiences of living in a multicultural and pluralistic society. A roundtable Q/A session will follow, and light refreshments will be served. The event is open to all and it is FREE. While it is planned and organized by women, and the topic is women of our faiths, ALL are welcome to attend!

March 26
Fundraiser Soiree for Seminary Student Scholarships
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (Camp Hill) invites all Lower Susquehanna Synod congregations and friends to be a part of a very special event for a wonderful cause–seminary scholarships at our Lutheran seminary in Gettysburg.

Join us for the Seminary Soiree on Sunday, March 26, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Festivities will include dinner at the “Saints ‘n Sinners Smorgasbord,” entertainment by Dearest Home/Cormorant’s Fancy (Folkemer family), and a silent auction.

Congregations can sponsor a table and/or advance gifts for tuition hours. The Silent Auction will have a special section for Pastors/Seminarians with stoles, books and other “gift” items on which to bid. Individual tickets are only $15 ($5 ages 6-12, free for kids under 6). Click here to register.
Click here for a schedule.
Click here for a printable registration and support form.

April 2
Mozart Requiem 
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill
4:00 p.m.
Tim Koch, conductor, and the Trinity Concert Choir, orchestra and soloists present this timeless work at a free admission concert. The mysterious circumstances of the Requiem’s commission, and the fact that it was left incomplete by a dying Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, have ensured a continuing fascination with this – his last composition. The work was finished by Franz Sussmayr, who wrote the last three movements and completed the instrumentation. It is a masterpiece of vocal composition and one of the most recorded and performed standards of repertoire. Visit for more information about the concert and the music and arts programs at Trinity.

April 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.

April 11
Liturgy of Holy Eucharist with Renewal of Ordination and Consecration Vows
Chapel of the Abiding Presence, Gettysburg Seminary
9:30 a.m.
This year’s worship will also include the “Welcome to Ministry of  Word & Service Roster” rite. At 9:30 a.m. we will gather for the liturgy in the Church of the Abiding Presence on the campus of Gettysburg Seminary. You do  not need to register to participate in this service. We hope that you will attend, and we encourage you to invite members of your congregation to attend with you and visit the seminary campus and museum. Clergy are invited to vest in  cassock and surplice or alb and red stole. Deacons are invited to vest according to their parish custom. Lunch will be offered in the seminary refectory following worship for $10. Click here for a flyer.

April 26
uPlan College Planning Strategies Workshop
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church
175 E. Main St., New Freedom
Light refreshments at 6:00; program begins at 6:30 p.m.
You’re invited to attend this complimentary, 90-minute college planning overview to learn how academics, admissions, and financial strategies can work together to save you money on college. James Romig, Thrivent Financial, is host and presenter. Both parents and college-bound students are encouraged to attend. RSVP to Jim Romig at 717-764-0877 or by email at Click here for a flyer.


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

To Share:

Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church has 9 silvertone aluminum communion trays with inserts. If interested, please contact Rose Gallagher in our office: or 717-285-4626.

Mannsville Lutheran Church has a large number of With One Voice hymnals to share. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Robert Swartz at

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.

Zion Lutheran Church, Marietta, has 18 albs of various sizes available to a good home.  Albs have been cleaned and washed, and can be mailed, delivered, or picked up. For more information, please call Pr. Traci Glover at (717) 979-8521.

Large handcrafted solid oak parament chest available. Contact Pastor Rochelle Lewis at or (717) 579-5209.