God has a plan… We’re it!

2009 SEPA Synod Assembly

Spirited worship starts Assembly


During worship several rostered leaders who are called to special synodical service were installed.

  • Sister Ramona Cecille Daily (Liberty Lutheran)
  • Sister Jane Roper (Manatawny Manor DIAKON)
  • Mr. Richard Frederick, AIM (Bear Creek Camp)
  • The Rev Susan Lang (Synodical Ecumenical Service)
  • The Rev Leslie Richard (Synodical Extraordinary Servce)

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8 May 2009 at 12:15 - Comments

Bishop: God’s plan not a quick fix


“God is using us to build God’s kingdom in this world in a new and energizing way,” and that divine plan can’t be derailed even by financial crisis, Bishop Claire Burkat said in her sermon opening the 2009 Synod Assembly.   (more..)

8 May 2009 at 08:07 - Comments

Financial, statistical reports

Financial and statistical reports to the Assembly are now available.


5 May 2009 at 14:49 - Comments

Assembly to consider 5 resolutions

The Committee on Reference and Counsel has passed on five resolutions to be brought before the Synod Assembly meeting May 8-9.  Update: The resolutions are now posted with the committee’s recommendations. The resolutions deal with becoming a “Book of Faith Synod,” “Ushering in Fullness of Leadership in the ELCA for All People,” requesting appropriate funding and vision for Lutheran Disaster Relief, and requiring a two-thirds majority for ELCA actions changing standards for rostering leaders. (more..)

4 May 2009 at 13:08 - Comments

Addendum to Secretary’s Report

An addendum to the Secretary’s Report listing changes to the roster from April 2008 to April 2009 is now available. (more..)

4 May 2009 at 13:04 - Comments

Communications volunteers sought

Our Communications team is seeking volunteers with digital video/filmmaking and reporting experience to assist at the Assembly May 8 and 9.

  • Do you have a passion for digital video/filmmaking? The Synod Communications team is seeking video volunteers for the Synod Assembly on May 8-9. Requires access to a decent quality camera and the ability to conduct some “person on the street” interviews.
  • Writer/reporter. Requires ability to write quickly and accurately under deadline pressure and in an active environment.

Learn more on our website.  If you can help contact Bob Fisher at 267.323.3743 or via email.  Please forward this to people you know who might be able to use their gifts at the Assembly.

17 April 2009 at 10:03 - Comments

Assembly reports now available online

The Bulletin of Reports sent to Assembly members this week are available online. Use the link below to download the Bulletin of Reports as a .zip archive, containing 16 Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents. (more..)

16 April 2009 at 15:44 - Comments

Registration deadline: April 3

The registration deadline for the Assembly is April 3.  Please download registration materials and submit as soon as possible.

17 March 2009 at 16:27 - Comments

Registration forms online

Need a registration form, reference and counsel form, or hotel information? Download the electronic version of the Assembly mailing sent to all congregations and rostered leaders. This information is available in two formats:

For registration questions contact Registrar Ginny Bailey at 267.323.3749 or via email.

11 March 2009 at 04:01 - Comments

Register now for Assembly

Registration is open through April 3 for the 22nd annual Assembly of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.

All non-retired pastors, associates in ministry, deaconesses and diaconal ministers under call are voting members and are expected to attend the assembly.  If you cannot attend, it is your responsibility to communicate with the bishop and provide an excused absence reason.

In addition, each congregation is entitled to send at least two lay voting members, one male and one female. Voting member allocations are listed here.

This year, “in addition to the voting members to Synod Assemblies established by the constitutional provisions, each congregation may send as one additional voting member a confirmed youth/young adult up to the age of 25 who is a voting member of their congregation.”  (from a resolution passed by the 2008 Synod Assembly)

Download registration materials here:

All registrants must sign at the bottom of the registration form. In addition the pastor must sign (bottom left of the form) for all lay voting members.  All information must be completed, including signatures as indicated, and forms should be mailed (not faxed).  Forms received without signatures and/or check will be returned for completion.

10 March 2009 at 15:20 - Comments