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+ June 3, 2022

We invite you to take time to honor the memories of those taken by gun violence in Philadelphia at “From Sanctuary to Street; From Lament to Action” on Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 1723 Race Street, Philadelphia 19103.

Join the Religious Leaders Council of Philadelphia, Heeding God’s Call, and local faith institutions to honor the memory of those taken by gun murders and work to end the sin of gun violence. Events include an interfaith service honoring those taken by gun violence in 2021, consecration at a gun murder site, a Witness Walk in center city, and display of the Memorial to the Lost t-shirt display.

As part of being an RIC (Reconciling in Christ) Synod, you are invited to the SEPA Synod 2022 Pride Event on June 16th at 6 p.m. eastern! This year’s event will include a panel made up of LGBTQIA+ rostered ministers addressing the questions similar to, “Why is welcoming LGBTQ+ people important?” After the panel, around 7 p.m., there will be a Service of the Word using pieces from past RIC Sunday worship resources.

Questions? Email Pastor Marie at

From Pastor Violet Little of Welcome Church: We need 36 more folks to make the bus from United Lutheran Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.) a go for the June 18 Poor Peoples Campaign and Mass Rally. A generous grant from ULS and SEPA Synod of the ELCA can help cover your travel cost. Please go to and under the event register for the United Lutheran Seminary Bus to join. Contact me for financial travel assistance while funds are still available. Philly buses also leave from West Philly, the Northeast, and Upper Darby as well.
  • What: Poor Peoples and Low Wage Workers Assembly and Moral March in Washington and to the Polls
  • When: Saturday, June 18, leave 5:43 am
  • Where: from United Lutheran Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave (also stops in West Phila and Northeast)
  • Cost: $45 per person, with assistance available from a grant provided by SEPA and ULS
  • Register: (when you get to location page click United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia)
  • For more info: Violet C Little, 215.370.1204

In May, the Church of God in Christ honored Mrs. Yvonne Curtis, our synod’s director of operations, for her years of excellence serving as executive assistant to four former and current bishops of our synod. Congratulations!

One of those bishops, the Rev. Roy Almquist, compared the work of an executive assistant to the role Aaron played helping Moses overcome his self-doubt and shortcomings so he could fulfill the ministry God gave him. 
“Yvonne was a great support to me, as I left parish ministry to be the leader for the S.E. Pennsylvania Synod. She perfectly reflects the Aaron Factor in her service,” Pastor Almquist writes.

“Like Aaron, who helped Moses hold his arms in the air while the Reed Sea was opened to support the escape of the children of Israel, so has Yvonne helped all the [b]ishops she has served be more effective in their leadership. I would like to add my appreciation for Yvonne and all those people who give their lives to leverage the effectiveness of the individuals they serve. Hats off to all the “Aarons” and “Yvonnes” out there!”

Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA is helping survivors recover here in Pennsylvania from both Tropical Storm Isaias (2020) and Hurricane Ida (2021).

Volunteers are needed for rebuilding in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia for Isaias response, and we are hiring contractors to support recovery from Hurricane Ida for disaster case managers and for program development. For more information, contact Julia Menzo at

There is a continuing need for work groups for our work in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia. Dates are available throughout the summer and early fall. Housing is available at Salt and Light Church. Tools and supervision are also available. For more information and to sign up, contact Sharon Sgriccia, Eastwick Volunteer Coordinator, at 484-363-7625,

Support synod youth programs by purchasing tickets to Lutheran Night at the Phillies on Saturday, June 11, at 4:05 p.m. vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ordering your tickets is simple:
2.   Use password: LUTHERAN
3.   Select available tickets
Please contact Jen Dornbusch in the Phillies Sales Office at 215.218.5112 with any questions

Sanctuary Village, a non-profit providing the means for people to transition out of chronic homelessness through a community of tiny houses, is offering a Yoga Retreat Fundraiser on Saturday, June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hatfield. Enjoy a peaceful day of yoga and the opportunity to experience the joy of movement through 4 different yoga practices. Suitable for all levels!

Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern Pennsylvania seeks a Disaster Case Manager to provide a full range of disaster casework/management services including but not limited to identifying survivors’ needs, making connections to resources, and working within the protocols of the local long-term recovery committees. Training provided. Learn more.

Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern Pennsylvania seeks an Administrative Support person to coordinate and communicate with Lutheran congregations and other stakeholders about Ida recovery efforts, including volunteer recruitment and God’s Work Our Hands Opportunities, Manage calendar invitations, Create zoom invitations, record meeting notes, help with meeting planning and record keeping. Assist with program development if interested!

Good Shepherd Preschool in King of Prussia is looking for candidates for both teaching and teaching assistant positions that have a love for the Lord, and a desire to teach, communicate, and demonstrate God’s love and word to His children. We are a school year morning (Mon. – Thurs.) program, that has been sharing God’s love with children for over 30 years. Please contact Diane Smith at 610-265-0733 or for more information.

Feast of Justice, a charitable, faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is addressing hunger, meeting needs, and inspiring hope as we work toward abundant justice in Northeast Philadelphia and beyond, seeks a Volunteer Engagement Manager. Learn more.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania, part of the ELCA
Service and Justice Unit, is seeking applications for the role of Advocacy Engagement Manager. Learn more.


Meagan Esterby will be ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Saturday, June 11 at 11am at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion (2110 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19103). She has been called to serve University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation. A light reception will follow.

Vicar Brandi Hebert will be ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Lutheran Church of God's Love (791 Newtown Yardley Road, Newtown PA 18940), where she is being called as associate pastor. A light reception will follow in the fellowship hall.


The Rev. Sarah Jean Aasheim will be installed as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church Wyndmoor, on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 4 p.m. The Rev. Chris McKinstry, Dean of the Upper Montgomery Conference, will preside. The sermon will be delivered by The Rev. Bryan Penman, Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Conshohocken, PA and Co-Director for Evangelical Mission, Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Synod.
         Masks are required inside the church building. If you plan to attend the Installation Ceremony and Reception, please call the church office 215.836.2366 or email:

The Rev. Gary E. Costa will be installed as pastor of Peace-Tohickon Lutheran Church (100 Old Bethlehem Road, Perkasie PA 18944) on Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m. The Rev. Matt Thiringer will preach and The Rev. Erika Wesch, Dean of Upper Bucks Conference, will preside. Rostered ministers are invited to process. The color of the day is white/gold. A dinner reception will take place after worship. Please contact Peace Tohickon's church office for further information and to RSVP: or 215.257.3294.

The Rev. Kathleen Harkness will be installed as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pleasant Valley (2170 PA-212, Coopersburg, PA 18036) on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m.. Bishop Davenport will preside. 
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