Welcome

In the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we feed the hungry as we have been fed by Christ. In 2016, our synod became a Reconciling in Christ Synod. We welcome with full participation and inclusion all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Jesus Christ.

If you would like a more in-depth overview of our key synod efforts and mission priorities, click the link below.

OUR NEW LOGO

Launched in April 2021, our new logo (called The Diversity Tree) reimagines a tree in the shape of a heart. Its many different leaves — like the diverse members of a community — are fed by a sturdy trunk and the cross of Christ, representative of our understanding of the word of God. This, in turn, is nourished below by the water of our baptism — water which can also be seen as that of the Susquehanna River.

OUR IDENTITY AND CALLING

As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world.

We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Because we are grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities.

As a synod, we live into our calling by equipping leaders, encouraging cooperation, and engaging in new mission.

With 230 congregations and worshiping communities and over 80,000 baptized members, our synod is one of the largest of the 65 synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the fifth largest Protestant denomination in the United States.

It might make the concept of “synod” a little clearer if you think of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as our “country,” with the 65 synods being the “states.” Just as states are divided into counties, so our synod is divided geographically into conferences. Our churches would be the equivalent to a city or town.

Congregations/Worshiping Communities: 228
Baptized Membership: 77,518
Confirmed Members: 64,443
Average Sunday Attendance: 19,177
Ministers of Word and Sacrament: 395 (201 are retired)
Ministers of Word and Service (deacons): 40 (21 are retired)
Bishop: The Rev. James S. Dunlop

Conferences: 13
Counties in Synod: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Franklin, Lebanon, Lancaster, Perry, York
Companion Synod: Konde Diocese, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Partner Synod: Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA
Spiritual Retreat Center: The Wittel Farm-House of Prayer in Elizabethtown
2020 Synodical Budget: $2.5 million

For Lutherans, worship stands at the center of our life of faith. Through God’s word, water, bread and prayer we are nurtured in faith and sent out into the world. As an expression of Christ’s church, we invite you to join us on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. on the synod’s Facebook page. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith.

Weekly Chapel

Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

From Interstate 83 North:
Take Exit 48 (Union Deposit) and turn right. Go to first red light, turn left. Make immediate left onto Old Union Deposit Road. At stop sign turn right onto Avila Road. At bottom of hill, turn left onto Londonderry Road. Turn right onto Arlington Ave. Building
is first one on the left.

From Interstate 83 South:
Take Exit 48 (Union Deposit) and turn left. Go to second light, turn left. Make immediate left onto Old Union Deposit Road. At stop sign, turn right onto Avila Road. At bottom of hill, turn left onto Londonderry Road. Turn right onto Arlington Avenue. Building is first one on the left.