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    • Bishop: Churches Should Comply With Governor’s Order March 18, 2020
      Beloved, I’m sure you aware that Governor Wolf ordered that all non-essential business in Pennsylvania need to close, effective March 17, for two weeks. This is part of the ongoing mitigation efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. My colleague, Bishop Michael Rhyne of Allegheny Synod, shares that their synod’s attorney informed them that […]
    • Synod Adjustments Due to Coronavirus March 17, 2020
      Bishop Recommends No In-Person Gatherings Synod Staff Working From Home Through April 1; Assembly Postponed Bishop Patricia A. Davenport announces several changes to operations in the Synod due to the coronavirus pandemic, based on updated guidance from health officials and the churchwide office, and consultation with staff. “As your bishop, I recommend that we suspend […]
    • Pastoral Message: Prepare, Take Care, and Pray March 13, 2020
      Care for our neighbors means we should not make the virus spread worse. March 13, 2020 Dear Beloved, Do not be afraid! The public health situation with coronavirus and COVID-19 in Southeastern Pennsylvania is serious, but not a cause for panic. We are bombarded with anxiety from schools closing, new cases reported, financial worry, and concern […]
    • Bishop Davenport’s Pastoral Letter on COVID-19 March 12, 2020
      March 11, 2020 Greetings, Beloved! From Genesis through Revelation, Holy Scripture echoes a common theme: “Do not be afraid.” The Holy One knows that there are times that trigger our fear and anxiety. The uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 – how it spreads, how we should respond, how to protect ourselves and our neighbors – has ripple […]
    • ELCA presiding bishop addresses concerns about COVID-19 March 7, 2020
      ​In 1527 the plague returned to Wittenberg, Germany. Two hundred years earlier the plague had swept across Europe killing up to 40% of the population. Understandably, people were anxious and wondered what a safe and faithful response might be. In answer to this, Martin Luther wrote “Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague.” In […]
    • ELCA Issues Congregation Checklist, Worship Guidance for Coronavirus March 5, 2020
      While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not currently having significant impacts in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the news (and misinformation) about the spread of the virus is creating worry and anxiety in many communities.   On March 3 we received via Lutheran Disaster Response a preparation checklist for congregations and ELCA worship guidance, “Worship in Times of Public Health […]
    • SEPA Synodical Women 2020 Convention March 5, 2020
      The 2020 convention of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synodical Women of the ELCA will be held on June 6, 2020, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran church 400 Lynbrooke Rd, Springfield, PA 19064. Registration begins at 9:00 am. Opening devotions begin at 9:30.   We will be celebrating 50 years of Ordination of Women of the Lutheran Church […]
    • “The Church Is In The Innovation Business” March 4, 2020
      This season, Bishop Davenport and the synod pastoral staff invite you to join them in reading and discussing Dwight Zscheile’s book “The Agile Church”. In this book Dr. Zscheile, vice president for innovation and professor of mission at Luther Seminary, draws on scripture and history to explore how the early church learned to meet people […]
    • Local Youth Joins ELCA Leadership Team February 19, 2020
      Congratulations to Kendyll Ward who is one of six high school youth across the country to be selected for the ELCA Youth Leadership Team. She is a member of Trinity, Havertown and starts her duties March 5-8 with a team meeting in Chicago. Her service is a two-year commitment. “I am so proud of her […]
    • Food From Pickleball February 19, 2020
      Pastor Chris Franz of Advent, West Chester and Pastor Dan Krewson of Calvary, West Chester, recently presented a check for $901 to the West Chester Food Cupboard. The funds were raised by the Tuesday night Pickleball Fellowship players, who are each asked to donate $1 or more per session to play. This joint ministry of […]