2013 Synod Assembly

The 2013 Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod Assembly was held June 13-15, 2013 at California University of Pennsylvania; 250 University Ave., California, PA 15419.  Election results, actions of assembly, and highlights, including photos, are now available.

BISHOP KURT KUSSEROW RE-ELECTED

From the ELCA NEWS:

Kurt F. Kusserow
     Kusserow, bishop of the ELCA Southwestern Pennsylvania, was re-elected to serve a second six-year term on the first ballot during the synod's assembly June 13-15 in California, Pa. Born in Shelby, Ohio, Kusserow is the son of parents who were missionaries in the former Lutheran Church in America. In 1966 the family moved to Malaysia, and they lived in Lenggong and Ipoh. In Singapore they lived in Jurong, where Kusserow's father served as one of two pastors of Jurong Christian Church. Kusserow graduated from Singapore American School in 1981. After returning to the United States, Kusserow attended Thiel College, where he received a bachelor's degree in English in 1985. In 1989 he received a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, one of eight ELCA seminaries. Kusserow was ordained in 1989, and he was pastor of the Westmoreland Unit of Town and Country Lutheran Ministry, serving Faith Lutheran Church, Apollo (Oklahoma Boro), Pa., and Hebron Lutheran Church, Avonmore, Pa., before he became pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1997.

MORE ELECTION RESULTS HERE

ACTIONS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF SYNOD ASSEMBLY AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE

SWPA SYNOD CONSTITUTION, AS AMENDED BY 2013 SYNOD ASSEMBLY, AVAILABLE  HERE

2014 Trip to Madagascar

NOW AVAILABLE ON THIS WEBSITE:
NEW  INFORMATION ABOUT PLANNED 2014 "JOURNEY OF CELEBRATION" TO MADAGASCAR

AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD (BELOW):

1) Cover letter with trip information;
2) Specific information for Ambassadors;
3) Information about people and places in Madagascar;
4) Terms for participating in the 2014 trip;
5) Ambassador Registration form

Also available is a letter regarding fundraising for the trip.

ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:
Marsha Davis, Chairperson of SWPA Synod Global Mission Committee
marshad212@embarqmail.com

Health and Wellness Ministry

Click on the link to the Health and Wellness Ministry section of Lutheran SeniorLife's website to read more!

Contact: Lori Tormey RN, Coordinator
724-312-4875
lorilrn2000@yahoo.com

For information about how a Health Ministry can benefit you and your congregation, click on the attachment below.

Mission Tools for Congregations

A Congregational Mission Planning Resource: Aim at nothing and you will generally hit it! We now have a resource to help congregations discern and plan their missions. It provides a biblical foundation, a process for understanding the neighborhood and community surrounding the church, and steps to develop a plan for the congregation's ministry in the next 2-3 years. Our synod's resource to work on congregational mission planning is now available to download. Click HERE for attachments (scroll to bottom of "Mission Tools" page.)

ON THE ROAD TOGETHER WITH CHRIST JESUS

Faith Formation - Everyday Theology DVDs

NOW AVAILABLE!

EVERYDAY THEOLOGY

Videos produced by pastors from our synod for individual study, Sunday School teachers, adult classes, youth, new member classes, etc.

Faith Formation - Christian Education Workshops

NEW ON THIS WEBSITE:

INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING CHRISTIAN EDUCATION WORKSHOPS:

Children and Prayer; Faith Development; Games for Learning; Asking the Right Questions: An Approach to Bible Study; The Christian's Role in Nurturing Faith; Consultation Training: Reshaping Christian Education; Developing Effective Adult Bible Study; and eleven more!

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