Foreward Together

dateJanuary 13, 2017

God is Calling Us To Do a New Thing!

God is calling us to do a new thing here in Southeastern Pennsylvania! It’s not easy being the church today. That’s why Forward Together in Faith is raising $2.5 million to help equip your congregation for the future of ministry. It’s an investment in our Synod’s leaders and congregations. (Click the image above to hear Pastor Bryan Penman...

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dateNovember 7, 2016

From Bible to Barstool

Bible to Barstool Atonement Lutheran, Fishtown, and First Presbyterian, Kensington, are teaming up to host Pub Theology: Fishtown once a month at Front Street Cafe. The gathering offers “an op­por­tun­ity to have hon­est con­ver­sa­tions about what’s go­ing on, that’s not on the church’s turf,” said Rev. Noah Hepler, pas­tor at Atonement. “This is a gath­er­ing where people can con­nect...

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dateNovember 7, 2016

Help The Well Shelter Vulnerable Women

The Well offers women living on the street a unique option — a small group setting where the women find rest, comfort, and community during the coldest parts of the winter. Last winter’s three-month pilot was a success and this year the shelter plans to be open for six months, from November through April. You...

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dateNovember 1, 2016

Grant Helps DeafCAN! Serve Refugees and Immigrants

Christ the King Deaf Church, West Chester is a small congregation that has a large impact on its community. Its Deaf Community Action Network – DeafCAN! – provides classes and support for more than 200 hearing-impaired persons across eight counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. “DeafCAN! gets the concept that Deaf people can do anything,” says Pastor...

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dateSeptember 29, 2016

Money, Mission and Media links Stewardship and Message

“We are in a (new) Pentecost moment,” the Rev. Ruth Santana Grace, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, told more than 200 church leaders gathered at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for Money Mission Media, a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for 21st Century digital ministry. In changing times, the church must collaborate. “This...

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dateSeptember 13, 2016

Campaign Helps Living Gospel Find A Home

Living Gospel’s LIFE ministry with men and women with criminal convictions in their past will expand when it moves to new quarters at Trinity Lutheran in Germantown starting September 13. The move to the historic Sauer House – where Christopher Sauer printed the first Lutheran bible’s in the US – is made possible by a $10,000...

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dateMay 13, 2016

Faith Grows Its Communications

At Faith Lutheran in Northeast Philadelphia, the congregation were admittedly “amateurs” at using social media when they won a communications audit from Forward Together in Faith at the 2015 Synod Assembly. “The consultant from Kairos was very affirming to us in that at least we were trying,” says Pastor Owen Griffiths. “We were stabbing in...

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dateMay 13, 2016

Living Gospel Offers a Firm Foundation

Pastor Linda Manson and Living Gospel Ministries, our newest faith community, are giving people newly returned from incarceration a sense of self-worth and help re-integrating with society. “It’s important to me that the people who come to be in ministry with us feel loved and cared for,” Pastor Manson says. Building up self-worth undergirds the work Living...

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dateMay 11, 2016

MAP “Changed How We Do Church”

The Mission Assessment Profile (MAP) offered through the Synod’s Forward Together in Faith campaign “changed the way we do church here at University Lutheran,” says Pastor Fritz Fowler. Scroll down to watch video University Lutheran, the campus ministry serving Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, was asked to participate shortly after Fowler was called...

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dateFebruary 18, 2016

How To Really Welcome The Stranger

As a visitor to a different congregation almost every Sunday since September 2002, Beth Lewis, President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress, the ministry of publishing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has developed a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t in terms of how congregations reach out to visitors and prospective members. In...

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