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Retired Servants Portico Meeting

Portico has changed from the "medigap" program currently in place to a Medicare Advantage program administered by Humana on behalf of Portico.  This change is effective January 1, 2019. We will be holding a meeting with Portico regional representative, Barb Debski, to discuss processes, policies and offerings. 
Tuesday, Nov 27th
1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran
215 North Main Street, Zelienople

Pre-meeting lunch provided by Ladies at St. Paul Lutheran beginning at 12 p.m.
RSVP to Pr. Beverly Banyay at

Mutual Ministry Committee Training and Development

A Mutual Ministry Committee's job is to aid the pastor and staff to make their ministry effective and to be a support system. Your congregation is encouraged to consider a Mutual Ministry Committee for the support of the pastor and his/her family for the strengthening of the ministry of your congregation.  We’ve invited the Rev. Dr. Sandra Jones, Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Development in the NWPA Synod, to facilitate our learning and discussion.
Saturday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Harrold Zion Lutheran Church, Baltzer-Meyer Pike, Greensburg. 
Registration is $12 per person to cover lunch and materials. Register online or contact Sandy DeLorenze at the synod office: 412-367-8222 or

Installation of Rev. Melba T. Dibble

Rev. Melba T. Dibble - Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church
November 18th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
5303 Madison Ave, Bethel Park
[Invitation & RSVP Information Attached]

Portico Annual Enrollment

Between Oct 31 and Nov 14, visit the newly redesigned myPortico, review your benefits, consider what’s changed in your life (think health changes, prescription drugs, salary changes, tuition, retirement, weddings, babies, divorce), and make your 2019 selections. Customer Care Center: 800.352.2876, for assistance.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Greater Pittsburgh – Final Exam Care Packages

The Lutheran Campus Ministry in Greater Pittsburgh is once again inviting groups from across the synod to provide final exam care packages for students at Pitt, CMU, Chatham or Carlow. [See Flyer] Due by Dec 1, contact Pastor Brian Bennett: or 412-682-6886.

Educational Opportunities

Mental Health First Aid Training

This course is being offered as a first step training for volunteers, pastors, lay leaders, board members and anyone interested in serving with the Abiding Ministries mission community. The class is being presented in a way that meets the learning style and skills sets of individuals from our mission community and the surrounding neighborhood. Registration is required. Class size is limited. [See Flyer]

Boundaries and Mandated Reporter Training

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod is offering combined Boundaries Training (mornings) and Mandatory Reporter Training (afternoons) for rostered ministers and congregational staff on 11/29/2018 and 12/4/2018.  The Southwestern PA Synod recommends that all rostered ministers engage in boundaries training at least once every three years. Please contact the synod office for more detail.

Webinars from Practical Resources for Churches

The Resource Center is providing these educational webinars at no cost. See the full list of upcoming webinars here.