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Upcoming Event Information and Registration Looking specifically for Faith Formation Events? Click here to be redirected to our Center for Faith Formation. Looking for Children, Youth and Family Ministry Events? Click here to be redirected. Click here for the 2016 Continuing Education Brochure.

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 insurance policies and by our synod guidelines. 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 these three workshops:
Monday, May 1, Paradise Lutheran Church (Thomasville)
Thursday, August 24, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Carlisle)
Friday, November 17, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Lititz).
Additional information and registration instructions coming soon.
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March 22
Norma J. Woods Lecture: “Fire, Rape, and Moral Authority: Rape Law and Lutheran Theology”
Gettysburg Seminary Chapel
5:30 p.m.
Mary J. Streufert will present “Fire, Rape, and Moral Authority: Rape Law and Lutheran Theology” preceded by afternoon workshops on “Structural Sexism and Patriarchy” and “Language and Imagery of God.” The lecture and workshops are free and open to the public.

Streufert serves as Director for Justice for Women in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Publications include Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives, ed. (Fortress Press, 2010) and articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries on Lutheran and feminist theology. She contributes to gender-related social policy and teaching development in the ELCA and serves as the North American regional coordinator of the Lutheran World Federation Women in Church and Society program.  From 2010 to 2016, Streufert served on the Schleiermacher Group steering committee of the American Academy of Religion, and from 2010 to 2013, she co-chaired the National Council of Churches Justice for Women Working Group. Streufert earned a doctorate in theology from Claremont Graduate University, an interdisciplinary master’s degree from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University.

March 22-24
Trinity Institute (at Gettysburg Seminary):  Water Justice
Water Justice: Trinity Institute 2017 provides a timely opportunity for people of faith to grow together in understanding the relationship between water justice and climate change. From Flint, Michigan, to Standing Rock, North Dakota, from the waterways of Pennsylvania to rising sea levels in the Marshall Islands, this gathering will help us better understand the relationship between water justice and climate change and how we can respond to our call to care for God’s sacred gift of water. The Lower Susquehanna Synod, LAMPa, Gettysburg Seminary, and the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA are again collaborating to make the Trinity Institute available to a wider audience as a partner site.

“We are working together to model what it means to be the Body of Christ,” said Lower Susquehanna Synod Bishop Jim Dunlop. “We invite you to join us or to register to be partner site in your part of the Commonwealth. Together we are stronger. Together we can do more in the name of Christ to be stewards of God’s good gifts.”

Click here for information. Registration to attend the event at Gettysburg Seminary is coming soon.

March 25
Helping Youth Succeed: A Morning with Marie Randal
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St., York
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Wondering how you and your congregation can help put youth on the road to success? Join Marie Randal, Community Outreach Coordinator from the York Youth Development Center, for a morning of inspiring stories and real-life examples of what works.

An offering will be collected for the work of the York Youth Development Center and our synod’s Criminal Justice System Ministry, which is sponsoring this event as part of the Sadie Pounder Memorial Series. Judging Blinds. Loving Illuminates. Click here for a flyer to share.

March 27-28
LTSP Spring Convocation: Remembrance and Promise
Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
Join us Monday, March 27 – Tuesday, March 28 for a Cookout (families invited) – WorshipLearning Sessions with the Rev.Heidi Neumark and the Rev. Dr. James ForbesEucharist with the Rev. Dr.Gordon LathropDistinguished Alumni AwardsClass ReunionsFaculty ReceptionBanquet. Click here to register.

March 29
Webinar: Writing from Your Life of Faith
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
This webinar, led by author Sally Hicks, is recommended for writers seeking to craft and publish short personal essays. This includes bloggers who want to polish their work for publication; pastors interested in writing in a new format or for a new audience; and Christian leaders seeking guidance in developing a personal voice in writing. The cost is $25, and the Powerpoint slides will be available to you after the session. Click here for more information or to register.

March 30
TED Talk: Cultivating Cheerful Givers 
LSS Synod Office, 900 S. Arlington Ave., Harrisburg
9:30 a.m. – noon
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9:7 that “God loves a cheerful giver,” but why is it that our congregations are full of so many people who give grudgingly or out of duty? Part of it is how our congregational culture talks about our mission and finances. This workshop will explore ways to transform “gloomy givers” into “cheerful givers.” It’s aimed at all congregational leaders who want to help lead their communities into greater generosity, deeper discipleship and more-stable finances. Led by Rob Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop, who may be contacted for more information (rblezard@lss-elca.org).

March 31 – April 1
State of Appalachia Conference
Pipestem State Park, near Princeton, WV
This conference will focus on the health, economy, ecology, and spirituality of Appalachia. Please check out the website to learn more about the conference, and consider registering. Limited scholarships are available. Rooted in our faith, with a commitment to the spiritual, economic, and ecological restoration of our home, we gather to problem-solve, and to organize. The event is co-sponsored by Creation Justice Ministries and the West Virginia Council of Churches. Click here for more information and to register.

April 22
Lutheran Youth Day at Susquehanna University
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the event ends at 5:30 p.m.
Attention Youth Leaders and Youth! Last year, middle school and high school youth, pastors, and advisors joined 40 SU students, faculty and staff for a wonderful day. We hope you and your youth will be part of this year’s events scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017. We are especially pleased that Dave Scherer from AGAPE* will be with us throughout the day providing music at the large group sessions and the concluding concert. Click here for the invitation, here for a poster, and here for a registration form.

April 24
TED Talk –  Encouraging Generosity
LSS Synod Office, 900 S. Arlington Ave., Harrisburg
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
So your congregation has never had an annual stewardship drive — or it’s been quite a while? This workshop will talk about how to plan and execute a stewardship initiating using the principles outlined in resource ‘Embracing Stewardship” by Chick Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy (check it out here: embracingstewardship.com). It’s really a great resource, and at $15 plus shipping, it’s very affordable. Of course, you can adapt the principles to whatever program you use (and we will discuss some of them). Led by Rob Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop, who may be contacted for more information (rblezard@lss-elca.org).

April 24-27
Gettysburg Seminary Spring Academy
Save the date for a week of learning, fellowship, and discussion around the theme of “Reformation is Local.” Speakers will include Dr. Barbara Rossing of LSTC and Rev. Jen Crist ’16. Wednesday evening will feature a special worship service commemorating the legacy of LTSG. More information will follow!

April 25-27
Generosity NOW
Washington, D.C.
Generosity NOW, formerly the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy, has been a premiere Ecumenical Stewardship Center event for decades. Laypersons, pastors, and judicatory and denominational staff who attend Generosity NOW increase their knowledge about spiritual principles and best practices relating to faithful stewardship and generous giving through plenary sessions, workshops, and worship. Click here for more details.

May 22
LAMPa Lutheran Day
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2300 Chestnut St., Camp Hill
The rancor of this campaign season has uncovered divisions that will not disappear by swearing-in day.  It is critical that our voice, as the people of God, be heard.  At a time of such great need, how do we model mutual respect and attend to the issues confronting us and our neighbors near and far? Marking the 500thanniversary of the Reformation, we consider how the Holy Spirit is re-forming us as the Word of God continues to change and renew the world.  How can we be Church Together, for the sake of the world, in Pennsylvania?

Bring a friend – or a team – and join Lutheran advocates from across the Commonwealth for a day of worship, learning and inspiration to ground and deepen your call to faith-rooted advocacy. Registration will open in early 2017. For more information visit the LAMPa website here.

July 10-13
57th Summer Institute for Church Leaders: Renewal in our Congregations through Spiritually Grounded Change to be Re-Rooted in our Communities
United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus
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. Come learn with Dave Daubert, a leader in the fields of church renewal, leadership , strategy and stewardship. Click here for more information, to access a brochure, and to register.

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. Click here for more information about the event and the registration link (opens 3/1). Like the Facebook page for up-to-date information and registration news.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

LEWIS FELLOWS
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 JOE R. ENGLE INSTITUTE OF PREACHING

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 2017 dates are June 11-16.

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. Applications are due December 1, 2016. Click here for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA PROGRAMS FOR CLERGY DEVELOPMENT
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.

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

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.

STUDY TRIPS

European Reformation Tour
May 9-20, 2017
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Middletown, is hosting a European Reformation Tour, May 9-20, 2017. The cost of the trip is $4,299.00 per person, based on double occupancy, includes travel from Harrisburg to Newark to Germany and return, hotel accommodations, seventeen meals, all hotel, service and air taxes. The trip begins in Berlin and ends in Munich.  For  more information, please call Travel Professionals, Inc. 717-233-5641.

Reformation Tour to Germany
June 16-26, 2017
If your congregation is interested in traveling to Germany in 2017, you are invited to join Pastor Sandy Gideon (St. Paul, Adamstown). The trip includes 2 meals a day, airfare, tips, 9 nights lodging and more. If you can share with your congregation newsletters or anyone you think might be interested.  Visit http://www.pilgrimtours.com/groups/gideonreformation.htm for more information, or contact Pastor Gideon at 717-484-1172.

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.