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Boundary Training for Rostered Leaders and Professional Ministry Workers Boundary workshops are planned across our synod every year so that rostered leaders and professional ministry workers receive the necessary training and education hours required by many church insurers and by our synod clergy sexual abuse prevention policy. All leaders should complete a basic or advanced boundary 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. The 2017 workshops will include updated curriculum and materials. Plan now to attend the remaining 2017 workshop:
Friday, November 17, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Lititz). Registration closes November 6th.
Registration for all events starts at 8:30 a.m., and we begin our work promptly at 9 a.m. We break for lunch (provided) and will complete our work by 3:30 p.m. The cost is $25. To register drop simply drop a note to Cathy Dietrich (cdeitrich@lss-elca.org) indicating which workshop you plan to attend and whether you will send payment by mail or bring it to the event. Please let us know if you have dietary restrictions.

Covenant Conversation – Exploring covenant in our faith traditions
Luncheon Dates: Thursdays
October 26 – What is the Covenant of our Faiths?
November 2 – How do We Affirm our Covenants?
November 9 – What about those Outside our Faiths?
November 19 – What are our Responsibilities Due to our Covenants?
Please see fliers for more information: Second JC luncheon invitation 2017 covenant  JC Luncheon RSVP card 2017 covenant

September 29 (7:00 – 9:00 PM) & September 30 (8:30 AM – Noon)
Michael Foss Discipleship Ministry Workshop
St. Johns, 44 W. Main Street, Shiremanstown, PA 17011
This event is open to rostered leaders and lay persons in your congregation.  This two-day workshop is meant to help participants gain a greater understanding of shared discipleship in ministry.  Cost is $25 for both days; $10 for Friday session only or $20 for Saturday session only.  Payment can be mailed to St. Johns (clearly marked for the Michael Foss event) with checks made out to St. Johns Lutheran Church.  Online payment will be available shortly.  Participants should register online at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b44a4af2faafc1-pastor by September 22.  Registration is limited to first 100 people.

October 1-2
Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform
The Pennsylvania Council of Churches and the Mennonite Central Committee are jointly hosting “Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform” on October 1-2 in Harrisburg. The October 1 session will be held at Ridgeway Community Church of the Brethren, 525 N. Progress Avenue, Harrisburg. The October 2 advocacy visits will take place at the Capitol—and we are aiming to have as many as possible scheduled in the morning. We will be advocating for the passage of “Clean Slate” legislation that would seal the records of many non-violent offenders after a certain length of time with no further offenses, thus making it easier to find employment, housing, and benefits.

This session will cover:

  • Why this seminar/Why we do advocacy—scriptural/theological basis
  • What we need to know about the US prison system and restorative justice
  • What we need to know about Clean Slate legislation
  • PA governing structure
  • “Nuts and bolts” of advocacy: how we make our case for Clean Slate with elected officials
  • Instructions for advocacy meetings
  • Team preparation for legislative visits

There is a $20 registration fee to cover the cost of materials and refreshments.

Here are the links to important information about the event:

October 13
Addiction: The Response of the Faith Community
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, 4800 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Please click for flyer:  registration form addictions seminar

October 15, 6:00 p.m.
Community Workshop – Information on the Opioid Problem
Location:  Mount Zion, York – 717-757-7626
A frank discussion on the Opioid problems facing our community. Partnering with Your Choice Foundation this community awareness night will enrich us with knowledge about addiction, signs of addiction, and building the community as a whole.
6:00pm Presentation
7:00pm Questions and Answer Time
8:00pm Closing

October 21
HEADWATERS – Rural & Agrarian Ministry Conference
For more information go to:  https://www.thekeepandtill.org/headwaters.

October 22
Holy Spirit Mass
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, D.C.
7:00 p.m.
The National Lutheran Choir presents a premier performance of Holy Spirit Mass by Norwegian composer, Kim Andre Arnesen. Commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, this new work for chorus and strings comes with the spirit of the recent document “From Conflict to Communion” calling upon Roman Catholics and Lutherans, once divided by the Reformation , to seek that which unites rather than divides in order to strengthen what is held in common. Click here for more information.

October 22-23
LARC Vespers & Day of Dialogue
Mark your calendars now for our annual Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic (LARC) Vespers, which will be held Sunday, October 22, at 4:00 p.m. at the United Lutheran Seminary Gettysburg Campus Chapel. Our LARC Day of Dialogue will be Monday, October 23, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Cardinal Keeler Center, Harrisburg. These events will take special note of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as well as our progress on the path to Christian unity. The speaker for the Day of Dialogue will be Bishop Emeritus Donald J. McCoid, who had a key role in the creating the document Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist, which summarizes Lutheran-Catholic dialogue since 1965.  Click here for the 2017 LARC Registration form.

October 30, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Bishop’s Convocation
Location:  United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus
Cost:  $65/person which includes lunch in the refectory.
Just as we invite congregations to focus on renewal, it is also clear that we as a synod are called to renew the ministry to which God is calling us.  Synodical health is a function of how we relate to God, one another, and our community.  We believe our greatest assets are the people who make up our synod and the possibilities for transformation we embody.  With the incarnational reality of the cross and God’s mission as our guiding principles for renewal, we hope that you will actively engage in our renewal process.  Lasting change happens when we are united by God’s purpose, vision and values.  If we desire to be the church God wants us to be, trying new things will be important.

To better understand the hopes of our rostered leaders and congregations, we invite you to participate in this year’s bishop’s convocation on October 30, 2017.  We will engage in deep listening through small group processes.  The day will start with Eucharistic worship at 9:00 a.m. in the seminary chapel and move into a large group dialogue model through a small group process in the refectory.  Through a series of twenty minute conversation rounds with questions relating to our synodical mission, feeding others as we have been fed by Christ by equipping leaders, encouraging cooperation and engaging in new mission, your thoughts, reflections and visions shape our renewal process and guide our future direction.

It is our hope that you will participate in this day of listening and visioning.  May we continue to encounter the risen Christ through the spiritual feast of the Kingdom, allowing our hearts and minds to be renewed for the sake of the gospel.

Click here to register online or you may return the registration form found here: 2017 Bishop’s Convocation Flier  Deadline to register is midnight on October 15th.

October 31
“Looking Back and Called Forward”
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE, Washington, D.C.
9:00 a.m.
Join Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton as she co-hosts a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event, which will include speakers and a service, will take place at Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill. Bishop Eaton will be joined by co-hosts Indiana-Kentucky Synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen, ELCA Vice President Bill Horne, and Metropolitan D.C. Synod Bishop Richard Graham. The theme for this event is “Looking Back and Called Forward.” It will be available for viewing via livestream for all to watch. Visit https://www.elca500.org for more information.

November 5
Reformation 500 Lecture
Palm Lutheran Church, 11 W Cherry St, Palmyra, PA 17078
All are invited to Palm’s third annual Luther Rose Lecture, which runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. For this year, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the speaker is the Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, professor of Modern Church History and Global Missions at United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg. She will discuss how Luther made such an impact with his message and how the Reformation spread and became a global movement. Click here for details and registration.

November 17
Boundary Workshop 
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 200 W. Orange Street, Lititz, PA 
Training required every three years for every rostered leaders. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., and we start our work promptly at 9 a.m. We break for lunch (provided) and will complete our work by 3:30 p.m.
The cost is $25. To register drop simply drop a note to Cathy Dietrich (cdeitrich@lss-elca.org). Please indicate if you have dietary restrictions. We break for lunch (provided) and will complete our work by 3:30 p.m.Questions? Rob Blezard (rblezard@lss-elca.org).





West Virginia Flood Clean-Up Trips
Contact Pastor Glenn Beard, Coordinator for the Lower Susquehanna Synod Disaster Response Network, for information about how to plan your trip. Email Pr. Beard at GBeard@luthercare.org or phone 717-626-1171, ext. 1669. Pastor Beard can bring a training presentation to your congregation and is ready to help you meet the enormous need for volunteer help and support.

Holden Village
Holden Village, Chelan, WA, is open to guests and volunteer staff after four years of mine remediation. Visit Holden Village’s website: www.holdenvillage.org to learn more about opportunities or www.holdenvillage.org/volunteer/key-staffing-needs.