Congregation News 6/27
The Weekly Prayer from Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State: O God, You see the struggles in our world. You hear when we cry out in distress. You know our trials and sorrows. You see the struggles in my life. You hear when I cry out in distress. You know my trials and sorrows. Come close and bring healing and wholeness. Transform grief and misery into hope. Help me to rest in your compassion. Amen
CHRISTMAS AT SEA PROJECT
Below is a photo of a postcard for the Christmas At Sea project through Seafarer’s International. Now is the time to begin working on the project. If your congregation is interested, please see the postcard for more information on how you can be involved.
KINDLING FAITH OPPORTUNITIES FROM United Lutheran seminary
The Lutheran Settlement House is leading our Summer Ministry Institute on the Gettysburg Campus, July 16-21. This program is entitled “Creating Sanctuary—Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence.” Learn more about the program here: https://www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/calendar/kindling-faith-summer-ministry-institute-creating-sanctuary-supporting-survivors-of-domestic-violence
Theological Education for Adults is being held on the Gettysburg campus July 23-28. Dr. Emlyn Ott from Healthy Congregations will be working with participants under the theme of “The Challenges of Ministry in Such a Time as This.” This is an excellent opportunity for both lay and rostered leaders: https://www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/calendar/kindling-faith-theological-education-with-adults-the-challenges-of-ministry-in-such-a-time-as-this-gettysburg-campus
Kindling Faith is partnering with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA to offer required Anti-Racism and Boundary trainings on the Gettysburg Campus or via zoom in late August and late November. Check with your synod office to see if this would fulfill the requirement for you. Registration is available by clicking on this link: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/mlxbqsm04b7mdy/
Other September offerings:Partners for Sacred Places is offering a special seminar from September 28-30 on the Philadelphia campus for those church leaders who are shepherding their congregations through transitions of every sort: https://www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/calendar/kindling-faith-sacred-places-transitions-seminar
The Association for Lutheran Church Musicians will be holding special events on September 9th in Philadelphia and September 23 in Gettysburg for all church musicians! Registration information will be forthcoming.
Woman Wholly and Holy Made, an event for women in ministry will take place on the Gettysburg campus from the evening of September 10th – Lunch on September 12th. Program and registration information is here: https://www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/calendar/kindling-faith-reclaiming-the-narrative .
Pastoral Care Zoom Workshops will begin with “Assessing and Engaging Religious and Spiritual Struggles” offered via zoom on September 11th at noon and September 14 at 7 pm. This is one of six online seminars being offered by the Rev. Beth Toler, MDiv, ThD, LMFT throughout the coming academic year. Register here: https://www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/calendar/kindling-faith-pastoral-care-zoom-workshops .
Fall Convocation will be here before you know it! We hope to see you on September 20th in Philadelphia. Rev. Dr. Teresa Smallwood will give the morning lecture on “The Preacher and Prophetic Witness” and in the afternoon, the Rev. David Hayward, aka “The Naked Pastor” will share anecdotes on his work as a prophetic artist. Books and artwork will be available! Register here: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/m1f4k5t21hbu4tu/ .
DISCERNING GOD’S LEADING FROM DIALOG WORKS A continuing education event from Dialog Works. More information can be found here: Discerning God's Leading - Summer '23 (dialogworks.org)
ADULT LUTHERANS ORGANIZED FOR ACTION NEWSLETTER
You can find the latest edition of the Adult Lutherans Organized for Action Newsletter here: Wake up, Church! (mailchi.mp)
ELCA WORSHIP NEWS
You can find the June edition of the ELCA Worship News here: Worship News: June 2023 (engagingnetworks.app)
ELCA DISABILITY NEWSLETTER
You can find the latest ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter here: community.elca.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=e613bc00-7ce5-4be3-949e-67b09b2e720a&trid=e613bc00-7ce5-4be3-949e-67b09b2e720a
NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING MATERIALS AVAILABLE
National Youth Gathering material is available here: The Getting Ready Materials are HERE! 👀 (engagingnetworks.app)
ELCA SEEDS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
The digital version of ELCA Seeds Monthly can be found here: community.elca.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=9ae49acf-37ad-4d23-976d-cd3913d7b789&trid=9ae49acf-37ad-4d23-976d-cd3913d7b789