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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Prayer Requests
We continue to pray for those who are affected by the violence in Boston.  Prayer and worship resources are available now on the ELCA website.
We offer prayers for comfort and healing for...  
  • The Rev. William Karns (retired), a patient in York Hospital.
  • The Rev. John Fehringer (retired),  a patient in intensive care at York Hospital.
  • The Rev. Scott Davis (St. Paul, Penryn) as he recovers from sinus surgery.


We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort to the family of Juanita Ruths.  Juanita, wife of the Rev. Arthur Ruths (retired) and mother of Joel Ruths (synod office Information Technology consultant), died early this morning.  Please remember the Ruths family in your prayers that God may comfort them with the good news of the Resurrection.


Best Practices in Children, Youth and Family Ministry

Practical models for faith formation in the congregation



Saturday, May 4
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Zion Lutheran Church, York
This half-day event is sponsored by our synod Learning Ministries Team and will include practical ideas you can add to your ministry programming, presented in a "Ted-talks" style.  In seven-to-ten minute presentations you will hear insights into proven practices and new practices that others are using effectively in their ministry contexts.  Read more and download a registration flyer...
Coach Training
Welcome to Coaching
April 26-27, 2013
St. Matthew, York

A key to a healthy and growing ministry is the ability to encourage and equip others to serve more faithfully,  In "Welcome to Coaching" you will be offered opportunity to grow in your ability to work with others creatively and to help others to grow in their gifts for ministry.  According to CoachNet, "Coaching is at the core of all we do in ministry: it's the vehicle for growing disciples, learning ministry competencies, developing leaders, and passing along the legacy we've been entrusted with to others."


"Welcome to Coaching" is a two-day event.  The registration cost is $125 which includes all training materials, lunch both days, snacks and other refreshments.  Scholarships may be available.  For more information about scholarships, please contact Pastor Richard Jorgensen, our synod Director for Evangelical Mission, at [email protected]Download a brochure and register online.


Installation Services Scheduled

all are invited


The Rev. Beth J. Costlow will be installed as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Columbia, on Sunday, April 21, at 4:00 p.m. Clergy are invited to vest and the color for the day is white. A dinner will follow in the Fellowship Hall. For dinner, please RSVP to 717.684.2763. St. John Church is located at the corner of 6th and Locust Streets, Columbia.


You are invited to attend a service of Holy Communion with the Rite of Installation of the Rev. Clifton D. Eshbach as pastor of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave., Lancaster.  The service will be held on Sunday, April 28, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Rostered leaders are invited to vest and process.  The color of the day is white.  A reception will follow the service in the congregation's fellowship hall.


You are invited to attend a service of Holy Communion with the Rite of Installation for the Rev. Haley Vay Poynter as Pastor for Children, Youth and Family Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, York.  The service will be held on Sunday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m.  Rostered leaders are invited to vest and process.  The color of the day is white.  A dinner will follow in the Fellowship Hall.  For dinner, please RSVP to 717.767.4673.  The church is located at 2215 Brandywine Lane, York.


capitolLutheran Leaders Climb Capitol Hill to Advocate for Humane Immigration Reform

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service


Living our God's call to welcome the stranger, Tracy DePasquale (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania) yesterday visited lawmakers on Capitol Hill with the message that economic security and personal responsibility start with strong families and citizenship.  Read more... 

Resource Exchange


Daycare Furnishings Urgently Needed 

In August 2010, lightning struck the steeple of Christ Lutheran (Filey's) Church.  The building burned to the ground.  On Easter Sunday 2013, the Dillsburg congregation celebrated their move into a new building.  Now the congregation daycare program needs your help.  Specifically, the congregation needs:

  • Tables - three to six feet in length that can be adjusted to appropriate heights for young children
  • Fifty melamine (non-breakable) plates and cups

For more information contact Pastor Debbie Mahady at [email protected].




The Tech4Tanzania container leaves on June 4. 

Can you help? 


 Specifically, St. Paul (Enola) needs:

  • sewing machine repair people; hobbyist or professional
  •  database developer/manager/teacher for tech4tanzania partners in USA and Tanzania
  • videographer to develop a cadre of videographers, editors, etc., for educational promotional videos
  • college textbooks and reference works
  • science lab equipment
  • nursing school practicum lab equipment and supplies

For more information please contact Pastor Anne-Rose Reeves at [email protected] or 717.697.9675.  St. Paul Church is located at 6839 Wertzville Road, Enola.


World Malaria Day
April 25
NetStStephenHelp swat out malaria!  The Lower Susquehanna synod Malaria Campaign Task Force encourages synod congregations to lift up the ELCA Malaria Campaign at worship services and faith formation events on Sunday, April 28.  Go to for project ideas, children's sermons, skits songs and other ideas tried and tested by our sister congregations. 
As of April 1, our synod has raised $126,102.93 toward our goal of $500,000.  Remember: for every $10 we raise, we save the lives of a family of four.  $10 is the cost to provide a family of four with a treated mosquito net that can cover four persons.  $500,000 can save 200,000 lives!

Lutherans Restoring Creation

Training Event


Saturday, May 18 

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Camp Kirchenwald Lodge 
Join us to explore how to add creation care into the worship life, educational programs, church property managment, member lifestyles, and public ministry of your congregation.
Call 717.274.0814 for more information and to register.  Download a print-friendly flyer...
Spring EQ-HR Five day Workshops
5 Day Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Workshops
June 3-7, 2013
Clagett Conference Center
Buckeystown, MD
welcomeJune 24-28, 2013
Stony Point Center
Stony Point, NY
This core EQ-HR Center workshop is an intensive 5-day session designed to enable participants to learn about, build, and practice emotional intelligence skills in a small group setting.  Skilled facilitators provide tools and feedback to enable participants to learn about themselves and to immediately practice emergin skills.  As group life unfolds, participants give and receive feedback regarding the impact they have on others in the group.  Read more...



PureHope Coffeehouse

April 27

St. Peter, Highspire


Dinner Theater

"To the Castle"

April 27 and April 28

Paradise, Thomasville


Hershey Handbell Ensemble Concert

April 28

Tree of LIfe, Harrisburg


Ascension Day Worship

Blessing of Seed and Soil

May 9

St. John, Berrysburg



Concert saxophonist

May 19

Trinity, Camp Hill



Read more on the Congregation Connections page of the synod Website.


Have an event, activity or idea to share?  Post your links, photos, events and thoughts on the synod Facebook page and spread the word about your congregation's ministries and outreach to the community! 

summerfest sunA Summer of Sun and Service
The Lower Susquehanna Synod Office for Children, Youth and Family Ministry, the Office of the Director of for Evangelical Mission and LutheranHANDS are working in partnership to present a series of four summer events for older youth and young adults. 
AND, these ministry partners are hosting the first ever SUMMERFEST!, a day-long event for all ages that includes live music by Agape, a picnic meal, outdoor worship, games and crafts.

Commonwealth Interfaith Service

Prayers for Justice and Peace


May 6

5:30 p.m.


Pine Street Presybterian Church

310 N. 3rd Street

Harrisburg (across from the Capitol)


Celebrate the rich diversity of the many faith traditions in Pennsylvania!  Join us for our fifth year in raising a collective voice for a more just and peaceful world.  Come early for a concert of spirituals featuring Pine Street singers.   Stay after for a reception featuring foods from many traditions and to share a time of fellowship with your brothers and sisters in faith.  Sponsored by The Religion and Society Center and Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania.


For more information contact Sandy Strauss at 717.545.4761 or [email protected]



Job Corner 


Employment listings are provided to synod congregations and related agencies free of charge.  This service is made possible by your Mission Support of the Lower Susquehanna Synod and ELCA.  Please provide a brief position description and contact information (as below) and a link to a complete position description on your Website (if desired).  Send information to Pam Drenner at [email protected].  Complete listings are posted on the Employment Opportunities page of the synod Website. Positions are posted for 60 days unless extended.


Congregation:  St. Paul Lutheran Church, Spring Grove

Position: Director of Music

Posted: 4/4/13

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Spring Grove, is seeking a Director of Music.  Responsibilities include playing the organ/piano and leading the chancel choir.  For more information, contact Pastor Dan Biles at [email protected].   


Congregation:  St. Luke Lutheran Church, Chambersburg

Position:  Adult Choir Director

Posted:  4/17/13

St. Luke Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, is seeking an Adult Choir Director.  Approximately 8 hours per week.  Music degree preferred.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Mail or e-mail resume by May 10, 2013, to [email protected].  The church is located at 2695 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA  17202.


Carings and Sharings is the e-newsletter of the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Its purpose is the sharing of news and events which raise up the mission and ministry of the synod and ELCA in our congregations, our synod, and the broader church. It is not intended to be an endorsement of every activity. Comments about this newsletter may be sent to Pam Drenner, editor, [email protected].

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