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+ November 1, 2022
Holy Closure: Bethany, Roxborough on Nov. 20
Bethany Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Central Philadelphia Conference, will hold their final worship service on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 3 p.m. with Bishop Davenport presiding. Bethany Lutheran Church is located at: 401 Martin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

Rostered ministers and members of the SEPA Synod are welcome to attend the final service at Bethany as we celebrate the life, witness and service of this congregation to the Roxborough-Manayunk community since 1845.  Rostered ministers not participating in worship leadership are invited to sit in the congregation.
Since 1846
Anoint the Vote
Join the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Forum Philly, POWER, our Synod and other partners for “When the Righteous Pray: Anoint the Vote 2022”. Log on to the pre-election prayers by the faithful at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7 online at
Save the Dates: Anti-Racism Education for Rostered Ministers
The SEPA Anti-Racism Team’s next educational event for rostered ministers is coming soon. It begins with a 90-minute Zoom meeting to introduce the curriculum on Saturday, January 12, 2023, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The series will complete with an in-person day-long final session covering Connections and Conversations on March 9, 2023, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at ULS/Philadelphia. In between, participants will compete historical context modules at their own convenience.

Please register through the Anti-Racism Team email, The registration deadline is January 5, 2023. This educational program, required by a Synod Assembly resolution, is free to all participants
How Should We Respond to Christian Nationalism?
The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields will host a Zoom presentation and dialogue TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 1 at 7 pm with Dr. Philip Gorski, a sociologist at Yale University, and co-author of the new book “The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy.” Please join in-person or on Zoom for this timely conversation, just one week in advance of the November 8 elections. Join in-person at St. Martin’s, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
Ordinations and Installations
Mr. Ethan Doan will be ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament and installed as pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Montgomeryville, on Saturday, November 19, at 11 am at the church (615 Cowpath Road, Montgomeryville, PA 18936). All clergy are invited to vest and participate in the procession.

There will be a reception after worship. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to so adequate food can be prepared.
The service will also be broadcast on Zoom:

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Volunteers Needed:
Eastwick Flood Relief
On Saturday, Nov. 12, you can volunteer to help families who still need home repairs after Tropical Storm Isaias brought devastating flooding to the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia in August 2020. Lutheran Disaster Response and partners are seeking volunteers, skilled in general construction/carpentry, as well as those willing to learn. We also are looking for licensed and insured contractors. Full funding is available for all materials and contractor labor.
  • Volunteer on Saturday November 12, 2022! 
  • Indicate your interest in volunteering on other days that become available. 
  • Insured and Licensed Contractors: Please contact us for opportunities related to general construction. 
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Sgriccia

In Case You Missed It...
Central American Cultural Festival at Emmanuel, Souderton
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Souderton invites you to a Central American Food and Cultural Festival on Saturday, November 12, 5-8 p.m. at the church, 69 W. Broad St., Souderton PA, 18964. This event benefits the rebuilding of 1,000 student desks destroyed by hurricanes in Santa Barbara Honduras in 2020.

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The Rev. Bob Fisher, assistant to the bishop for mission interpretation/communications / 267.323.3743

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