In the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA we feed the hungry as we have been fed by Christ. 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.
What does the ELCA mean to you?
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: 230
Baptized Membership: 80,121
Confirmed Members: 66,514
Average Sunday Attendance: 19,842
Ministers of Word and Sacrament: 397 (197 are retired)
Ministers of Word and Service (deacons): 39 (21 are retired)
Bishop: The Rev. James S. Dunlop
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. in the synod office chapel where we gather around the means of grace. Connected with and central to everything we do, worship unites us in celebration, engages us in thoughtful dialogue and helps us grow in faith.
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.