Congregation News week of February 7
SYNOD ASSEMBLY INFORMATION
The 35th Assembly of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be held in person Saturday, June 17, 2023, 8:30am to 5pm at the Blair County Convention Center. The theme is Christ Unites Us.
We ask that you please thoroughly read the attached Synod Assembly Information and Registration material prior to using the online registration link below. The packet contains important instructions for the online registration process and payment as well as other important deadlines and details regarding the Assembly. The attached documents may also be found on the Synod’s web page by clicking here. If you have any questions, please contact the office 814-942-1042.
Please share the nomination form with your members.
REGISTRATION LINK (ONLY VOTING MEMBERS NEED TO REGISTER):
SYNOD ASSEMBLY DEADLINES
Deadlines for Synod Assembly material are as follows:
Reports for the Bulletin of Reports are due no later than March 27. Resolutions or Memorials are due no later than March 27. Nominations for Synod Council and Synod Committees are due no later than April 24. The nomination form can be found on the Allegheny Synod website in the Synod Assembly tab. Event, meal and childcare registration are due no later than May 17. If you wish to provide information for the information table, 75 copies of the information should be brought to the Allegheny Synod office no later than May 17.
SPRING CONFERENCE MEETINGS
We will gather on the following dates for our annual Spring Conference Meetings. Please strongly encourage voting members to attend. The conference meeting is open to anyone in the conference. If your conference is conducting a Dean’s election, please encourage attendance. Synod Assembly information will be presented—including an amendment to the budget.
Bedford Conference: April 25, St. Peter’s, Osterburg
Blair-Huntingdon Conference: May 3, Location TBD
Clearfield Conference: April 26, St. John, Clearfield
Johnstown Conference: TBD
Laurel Highlands Conference: April 24, Friedens, Friedens
Nittany Conference: May 2, Location TBD
Retired Synodically Authorized Minister Richard Steuernagle died on Friday, February 3. He had served as Synod Vice President, Assistant to the Bishop, and Synodically Authorized Minister in our Synod. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, February 9 at 11:00 am at Baronick Funeral Home in DuBois. Please keep his family in your prayers.
ELCA GLOBAL LINKS
The ELCA Global Links newsletter can be found here: https://community.elca.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=c82925a4-231c-41a5-a311-10e20043280b&trid=c82925a4-231c-41a5-a311-10e20043280b
EDUCATIONAL EVENT FROM LSTC The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is hosting an upcoming faith-based learning series called Why we should care about Luther – Martin Luther on the Holy Spirit and the Christian Life. We would very much like you to join us; this is a free spiritual enrichment opportunity you don't want to miss. This series is directed by esteemed Luther scholar and LSTC faculty member Dr. Candace Kohli. Together via Zoom, parishioners from Lutheran churches nationwide will deeply investigate what it means to call ourselves Lutherans and find out more about how Luther’s ideas changed the world. This dynamic course will be held over 4 Sundays, beginning February 26, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm or you can join a facilitated session using Sunday’s recording on Wednesdays, beginning March 1 on from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. We hope you will take this opportunity to explore Luther’s ideas as they translate to our contemporary world and maybe even meet some like-minded people! While participation in these events is of no cost to participants, there is an opportunity to become a subscriber to LSTC's Learning Communities. For more information about the LSTC Learning Community, subscriptions, and our formation programs, please click here.
JESUS AND JUSTICE IN PUBLIC
A study guide from the Wisconsin Council of Churches: Jesus & Justice in Public – Wisconsin Council of Churches (wichurches.org)