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"From Conflict to Communion: Hope for the Future"

For more information about the joint Lutheran-Catholic event being held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. Vincent College, click below to download a flyer:

Lutheran Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation event Lutheran Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation event (366 KB)

Butler Area Flooding

The SWPA Synod encourages you to include this announcement this Sunday in your congregations. If you have any initial questions, contact Pastor Melissa Stoller, at 412-367-8222 or

Butler Area Flooding Relief Appeal

As many of you have heard, about 150 families were affected by severe flooding in Butler this past Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Thankfully, no lives were lost in this natural disaster, but many homes have been affected: particularly basements that have been filled with mud and debris which in turn affects utilities and appliances that we all rely on.

Our Lutheran congregations were some of the first to respond to this crisis. First English in Butler is currently hosting the Red Cross Emergency Shelter; and with the wonderful network of community based meal programs, basic needs are being met. They are now looking to the long road of clean up and renewal and are asking for our help.

If you are able to help financially, donations can be directed to BERI, the Butler County Emergency Relief Initiative. Much of the need will be helping families replace furnaces, hot water tanks, washers and driers. For more information, see

If you would prefer to give to one of our sister congregations, Pastor Tara Lynn, pastor at Grace@Calvary, will direct any funds to those in the congregations and community who need assistance in the effort. Pastor Lynn can best be reached either by email or on her mobile phone (listed below).

Finally, help is requested in the form of volunteers. If you are able to give a few hours of your time to help clean out flooded basements and first floors, the affected families in Butler would greatly appreciate it. The biggest challenge at the moment is cleaning so utilities can be accessed, repaired or replaced.

For more information please contact:

Pastor Tara Lynn, mobile: 412-398-4444,
Pastor Joel Benson, church: 724-287-1977,


Bulletin Insert regarding Butler Area flooding Bulletin Insert regarding Butler Area flooding (16 KB)