Save the Date: 2018 Synod Assembly
Eradicating Hunger One Relationship at a Time.
The 31st Annual Lower Susquehanna Synod Assembly
May 31 – June 2, 2018
Parmer Hall in the High Center for Worship & Performing Arts at Messiah College in Grantham, PA
Our 2018 Churchwide Representative:
MIKKA McCRACKEN lives in Chicago and serves with ELCA World Hunger as Director for Planning and Engagement. A South Korean adoptee, she grew up in northern Minnesota and is a life-long Lutheran. Mikka graduated in political science and peace studies from Gustavus Adolphus College and completed her certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Continuing Studies. She believes it is possible to end poverty and hunger and that the church has an important role to play so that all are fed.
In her eight years at the ELCA churchwide offices, Mikka has also worked with the ELCA Justice for Women program and ELCA Washington Office on gender justice advocacy and ELCA Global Mission on “glocal” learning events. From 2010-2017, she served on the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) international council as one of five members from the North American region and currently serves on the Vorstand (board) of the ELCA Wittenberg Center in Germany.
Mikka enjoys recreational running, original movie music scores, the great outdoors and good vegetarian food.
ELIZABETH McKINLEY is a Regional Representative and Donor Advisor for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). She works with donors, congregations, and friends of LWR to help them see their impact and support the mission of LWR, primarily through charitable giving.
Beth received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shepherd College and started her fundraising career at the Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central PA, where she served as the development director. She has also served as the director of development and communications at Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Prior to joining the staff at LWR, Beth was a major gifts officer at the Shippensburg University Foundation.
Beth is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and an active member of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). She is also an active in her congregation, Second Presbyterian in Carlisle, where she currently serves as an Elder of Session, a member of the Funding committee, Co-chair of the Serve sub-committee, and Elder Liaison to the Global Mission Team.
Thursday, May 31
The three major priorities of the assembly, worship, edification, and legislative business of this synod with the greatest possible involvement of those entitled to participate, have been proposed in such a way that the business of our synod will be conducted Thursday morning, afternoon, and evening.
A choice of conversations will be held from 3:15 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and are available on a first come basis. To see a list of conversation choices, please click here.
Friday, June 1
Register Here for Day of Edification
*Please note: If you are registering for Synod Assembly, registration for day of edification is not necessary.
Edification sessions, including a keynote presentation that enables us to grow deeper in our understanding of local and global feeding ministries modeling relational expressions of God’s church from Elizabeth McKinley, Lutheran World Relief Regional Representative. A choice of forums will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and are available on a first come basis. To see a list of forum choices, please click here. The day concludes with a Service of Word and Sacrament with Rites of Ordination and Consecration.
Saturday, June 2
Our synod-wide Day of Feeding including several different opportunities to participate in hunger-related mission and service.
- In partnership with Messiah College, Kids Against Hunger and Orphan Grain Train, our hands-on food packing event will be held on site at Messiah College (register here).
- For congregations or individuals desiring to collect much-needed canned fruits and vegetables for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, donations will be accepted on site at assembly.
- For anyone (regardless of assembly registration) interested in experiencing existing relational hunger ministries on the territory of our synod, various other service opportunities are being arranged. See list of service opportunities below:
- The Growing Project at Wittel Farm: register here
- Central Pennsylvania Food Bank: register here
- St. Mark’s Lutheran, Harrisburg – Community Breakfast: register here
- Laundry Love: register here
Links to additional service opportunities will be posted as information is received.
Our Day of Feeding strives to eradicate hunger one relationship at a time.
2018 Synod Assembly Hunger Donations
Action taken at our 2017 Synod Assembly included a 2018 food packing event of up to $75,000 in meals. To support the 2018 LSS Hunger Initiatives and to help us plan for the number of meals to pack, we invite your congregation to share 2018 LSS Hunger Initiatives gifts by April 2, 2018 with “2018 LSS Hunger Initiatives” notated in the memo. Together, we are feeding others as we have been fed by Christ.