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Boundary Training for Rostered Leaders and Professional Ministry Workers Boundary workshops are planned across our synod ever 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 one of the two remaining 2017 workshops:
Thursday, August 24, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Carlisle)
Friday, November 17, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Lititz).
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.

July 21-23
Lutheran Men in Mission Bold Gathering
Minneapolis, MN
This is a weekend for men to come together to learn, to worship, to network, and be equipped to BOLDY live out their faith! Click here for more information.

July 23-29
Congregational Renewal for Lay People
Lay School of Theology at Gettysburg Seminary
The heart of congregational renewal is about nurturing deepening relationships with God, with one another, and with the community in which a congregation is called to serve. Congregational renewal is not a “one size fits all” process, because each congregation is unique and is called to offer a faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its community. Congregational renewal is first, foremost and always a spiritual process and begins with people who are open to growing in faith and are willing to recommit themselves to loving God and neighbor. This year’s Lay School will focus on how lay leaders can help shape and guide renewal in their own congregations. The presenter is Deacon Marsha Roscoe, Lower Susquehanna Synod Center for Faith Formation and Resource Ministries Director. Click here for more information and to download a brochure and application. Limited scholarships are available.

Aug. 7-10, 2017
Rostered Ministers Gathering
Atlanta, GA
This is a unique opportunity to gather for the first ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering under the theme “On the Way – Together,” using the road to Emmaus story (Luke 24:13-25). Plan to join us in Atlanta, August 7-10, to be nourished in worship, song, Bible study, workshops, service-learning opportunities and keynote speakers. It is a time be refreshed and renewed as you serve in this church. Limited scholarship support is available. Click here for an application. Like the Facebook page for up-to-date information and registration news. NOTE: Registration is closed.

August 24
Boundary Workshop
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle 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).

September 7
10th Annual York County Suicide Prevention Conference
Heritage Hills Golf Resort, 2700 Mt. Rose Avenue, York
8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Attendees at this introductory level program will1. Increase their understanding of suicidality and the factors that contribute to the choice to die by suicide, specifically related to Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior.

2. Learn about current efforts in Pennsylvania to develop and implement suicide prevention education, policies, and procedures into schools and colleges.

3. Increase their awareness of local effects of suicide and learn about current county-wide suicide awareness, prevention, and intervention efforts.

4. Participate in a moderated discussion in order to increase understanding of suicide and its impact from multiple perspectives.

Click here for a flyer with detailed information, including registration. The cost is $65. Certificates of Continuing Education are available for full participation.

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.

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.


The Lewis Fellows program is a post-graduate, post-ordination leadership development opportunity for young clergy offered by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary, supported in part by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Lewis Fellows program brings together outstanding young clergy persons (generally those under the age of 35) for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Interested in applying to be part of a future cohort? Click here for information.


The Engle Institute of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary is a weeklong continuing education event that was envisioned and made possible by the dream and generosity of Joe R. Engle, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City. The institute is designed to nurture and strengthen the craft of those who preach, ideally weekly, whether in city, suburb, small town, rural community, or other specialized ministries in years two to eight of ministry. The 2018 dates will be announced later this year.

Engle Fellows and faculty gather for the week to participate together in the hospitality of the seminar room, the dinner table, and the chapel pew. Through hands-on workshops, seminars, tutorials, and conversations, Engle Fellows are supported and challenged to seek excellence in their preaching vocations. Because of the generosity of Joe R. Engle, the fee for the Engle Institute is $150, inclusive of lodging and meals. Note: Applications for 2017 are closed. Click here for more information about next year’s event.

Chautauqua’s Programs for Clergy Development are designed to help sustain and enrich clergy leadership for congregational life. The two programs that give expression to this mission, the Interfaith New Clergy Program and the Chautauqua Leadership Program, are independently funded and are geared to two different groups of fellows based on their years of experience in ministry and the specific goals of each program. Click here to visit the website.


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.


Germany: In the Footsteps of Martin Luther
September 4 – 16
In October 1517 in Wittenberg, Germany, a religious and cultural revolution was begun by a Monk we all know well, Martin Luther! This September, 2017, 500 years later, Pastor Holger Roggelin of Messiah Lutheran Church in Harrisburg and Linda Roberts, former Cedar Cliff German teacher, have organized a tour: “Germany: In the Footsteps of Martin Luther”. Departing from Dulles Airport, DC, on September 4th (returning September 16th), we will have 12 days in Germany starting in Munich (4 nights with excursions into the Bavarian countryside), 4 nights in the Luther area, 3 nights in Berlin, the capital of Germany and home of 20th century pastor protesters, Bonhoeffer and Niemöller.

Trip price: $3499 per person in 3-4 star hotels, double-room, private bath, includes airfare, porterage, breakfasts, sightseeing, full time tour director, entrance fees, etc.

Please contact Linda Roberts at 717 737-9997 or labrooke@mac.com for trip brochures and answers to your questions. An informational meeting/gathering is scheduled for Sunday, February 12th at 3 PM at Messiah Lutheran Church (home of the Ecumenical Food Pantry) at the corner of Forster and 6th Streets, Harrisburg. Park in the rear and come in the back door! Click here to see the itinerary.