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Yours, Mine, & Christ’s: The Stories We Tell with Dave Daubert

Saturday, May 11, 2019 
9 AM – 3 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland
311 Cumberland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Stories matter. They help us make sense of the world and ourselves; they connect us through common language and images. Learn to highlight the connections between God’s story, your story, and your congregation’s story. Dave Daubert is the author of The Invitational Christian, managing partner for Day 8 Strategies, and an  ELCA pastor.
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Single-Use Plastic Challenge for Lent

Now - April 21
This Lent, the SWPA Church in Society Committee invites you and your congregation to give up a different kind of single-use-plastic each week during Lent. [Learn More]
  • Week 1: Shopping bags [Week 1 Handout]
  • Week 2: Drinking straws [Week 2 Handout]
  • Week 3: Water bottles
  • Week 4: Styrofoam
  • Week 5: Food Wrappers
  • Week 6: Next Steps

Living in Abundance: A Project of Generosity  **RSVP Now Open**

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
4503 Old William Penn Hwy, Monroeville, PA 15146

The SWPA Synod Stewardship Committee hosts a day of learning, engaging, wondering and worship with The Generosity Project—an interactive, intergenerational stewardship experience for the whole congregation. Keynote Speaker: Karen Kretschmann, Associate for Generosity, Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA.
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Future Church Symposium

Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Northminster Presbyterian Church, Newcastle, PA
Is your church ready for the future?  Come spend a day with author, teacher, and futurist Leonard Sweet as we consider where the culture is going and what the church of the future needs to look like Use the code "iloveluther" for $10 off registration:


April 26-28 at Camp Lutherlyn
YouthFest is the SWPA & NWPA Synods’ Junior High and Senior High Youth Retreat! It is a great weekend away at Lutherlyn to play, worship, learn, grow, and “get away from it all” with other youth and adult leaders.

2019 Synod Assembly

Save the Date: Thursday, June 13 - Saturday, June 15
California University of Pennsylvania

Bishop Election: Please be aware that we cannot accept nominations for the position of bishop in advance of assembly. The first ballot for bishop will be the nominating ballot, and it will be held during the first Plenary session. If you wish to nominate someone for the position of Synod Bishop, you must do so during the first (written) ballot for bishop. When you receive your registration materials, they will indicate the expected time of the first ballot for bishop.

Social Ministry Organizations

Glade Run Spring Events

Camp Agapé Maple Syrup Festival

Saturday, March 23: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
72 Agape Rd, Hickory, PA 15340

Pancakes & sausage all day with Agape Syrup. Make maple syrup snow candy, learn how to make maple syrup, and have your professional picture taken. [See Flyer]

Bethesda Lutheran Services' 5th Annual Scholarship Gala

Saturday, March 23
Hotel Conneaut, Conneaut Lake

The Bethesda Foundation for Children Gala is a terrific way to enjoy a fun-filled evening while supporting excellence in education in northwestern Pennsylvania. Proceeds from the evening’s event are used to offset some of the financial burdens of books and technology that is very much needed by students who wish to obtain a higher education. It started in 2013 by providing one scholarship;  last year they provided eight. This year the goal is to see that number doubled. It can't happen without your help, Visit for tickets!

Lutherlyn is Hiring Summer Staff

Lutherlyn is looking for faithful young adults who love to work with kids/youth, who feel called to make a positive impact on the lives of others, and want to have loads of FUN! Apply today for a life-changing summer!

Positions include: Residential Counselors, Day Camp Counselors, Day Camp Directors, Lifeguards, Craft Cabin Staff, Kitchen Staff, Grounds Crew, a Store Manager, a Media Director, Unit Leaders, and adventure Staff. Employment information and an on-line application are available at or by contacting Deb at 724-865-2161.

LAMPa: Lutheran Day in the Capitol

May 19 and 20
Join people of faith from around Pennsylvania for inspiration, education and participation — in worship, service, learning and advocacy. We will focus on setting bigger, more welcoming, tables in our lives, our congregations, our communities and our Commonwealth. Learn more and register here.

Educational Opportunities

Webinars From the Resource Center

Lay School of Theology

June 28, 29, and 30, 2019
Thiel College

"GPS: God's Positioning System; Reading the Bible through a Geographical Lens" will be taught by Rev. Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman. When we read the Bible, we usually focus on the words and the persons involved, but the events occurred in a particular place that is important for full understanding. By studying the land and the archaeological record, the whole biblical story comes into clearer focus. [More Information + Registration Form]

Congregation News

  • Nativity Lutheran Church is interested in splitting the cost of VBS Program. Their Vacation Bible School program on July 21-25 (evenings) and will be using the 2019 Cokesbury theme, To Mars and Beyond.  Is your church using the same theme?  Would you like to tag along with us and split the costs and decorations with us?  If this is something you are interested in, please give me a call Merlinda, Christian Education Director (412) 999-6201 (cell) or
  • Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dormont will be having their annual free fish fries on Friday 3/15, 3/22 and 3/29. There is no cost for the meal. Free will donations are accepted. All monies collected from the fish fries go to community families in need. [See Flyer]
  • Mt Zion Lutheran Church in Donegal is looking for a copy of the Lutheran Book of Worship 1979 edition alter minister copy. Contact Pat Hastings at
  • Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Mutual Collaboration at Zion Lutheran Church, Penn Hills on Monday, March 25. [See Flyer]
  • The Palliative Medicine division of the Allegheny Health Network is currently recruiting volunteers to provide spiritual/pastoral care to our inpatients. Read more from Rev. Kimberly Rapczak, Spiritual Care Coordinator at AHN.

“On the Move”

Updates to the roster lists in the Bulletin of Reports, as well as an up-to-date roster list, updated bi-monthly.
Go to "On the Move" on Our Website


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