Did You Know…?

Thinking-clip-artReading & Math Camps are designed for campers who want to sharpen their reading or math skills. In addition to lessons each morning, campers will enjoy traditional camp activities such as swimming, fishing, cookouts, and camp crafts. Financial aid is available. Resident Reading and Math Camps will be combined and parents will have the opportunity to choose EITHER READING OR MATH for their campers during each learning camp week. Day campers will get BOTH, reading and math.

Reading & Math Resident Camps

Designed for campers who are at, above or below their grade level in reading or math. Campers are tested at the beginning and end of each camp week for purposes of class placement and evaluation of progress during the week.
Ages 8 – 15
July 10 – July 15
July 17 – July 22
July 24 – July 29
Cost: $220 per camper

 

Reading & Math Day Camps

Campers arrive at 9:30 a.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.  Call for information about early drop-off and/or late pick-up for these week only. An extra fee willl apply for this service.
Ages 5 – 8
July 4 – July 8
July 11 – July 15
Cost: $100 per camper

 

 

A Little Camp Information !

Camp Agapé is an outdoor ministry of the Lutheran Church, providing summer camping programs and retreat facilities.

Located in southwestern Pennsylvania approximately 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, Camp Agapé has over 250 acres of rolling hills, fields and forest. This beautiful rustic site provides a unique opportunity for Christian growth and living in a simple environment. The natural setting allows you to enjoy the beauty and wonder of God’s creation while experiencing an intentional Christian community.

Our Contact Details !

  • Agapé Ministries
  • Ohio Valley Lutheran Bible Camp Association
  • PO Box 115
  • 72 Agape Road
  • Hickory, PA 15340
  • (724) 356-2308
  • Email: campinfo@campagape.org

Did You Know…?

Thinking-clip-artDid You Know…

 

 

 

 

 

 

pic 5Resource Center

Located at 9625 Perry Highway, the Resource Center is on the ground floor of the Synod Office.  It can be reached through the main Synod phone number, 412-367-8222.  Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Evenings and Saturdays are by appointment.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RESOURCE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED:
August 2-4, 9-11, and 17-18, 2016

Would you like a FREE Luther’s Small Catechism mobile app in both English & Spanish? From @Augsburgfortress!

pic a

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, visit Augsburg Fortress’s website HERE:

THE RESOURCE CENTER CATALOG

The Resource Center CATALOG is available online.  Click HERE to access approximately 2,000 resources entered in the catalog–with new resources added weekly.

For additional ideas see contributions on PINTEREST! Located under “ALRC (Association of Lutheran Resource Centers).”

THE RESOURCE CENTER IS A PLACE FOR MINISTRY

Our ministry is about making connections! We encourage individuals as well as congregations and their leaders to share their gifts and resources.  We invite you to the Resource Center to engage in conversation and learning with others, for consultations to discern theologically sound and culturally relevant curriculum for your congregation’s programs, and to preview and borrow resources to equip the members of your congregation for mission and ministry in your context. We also welcome all members of our congregations to come browse new and classic resources for individual nourishment of their faith journeys.

In addition to visiting the center, resources may be requested by phone or email, or by using the online catalog.

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SYNOD RESOURCE CENTER

The Resource Center is made possible through our synod’s mission support. Monetary donations are always welcome. Due to space restrictions we cannot receive all donations of books and DVDs. Please contact the Resource Center in advance for more information on donations of resources.

We welcome your time and talents. If you would be interested in volunteer service at the center, please contact us for additional information on the current needs.

Your time is important to us! Holiday schedules coincide with those established by the Synod Office. Meetings, consultations, etc. may occasionally close the Resource Center during regular hours. If at all possible, please call in advance to make certain someone is available to assist you.

Thank you for your support of this important ministry!
Elizabeth A. Caywood (AIM), Director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod Resource Center and Coordinator ELCA Resource Centers

beth.caywood@swpasynod.org
pic b

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educational Opportunities and meeting space

pic 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources to enhance your ministry

pic 4

Did you Know..?

Thinking-clip-artDid You Know?

ELCA Teaching

The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.

Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.

Teaching for a life of faith

This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”

pic

Did You Know..?

Thinking-clip-artDid You know?

SW PA SYNOD VISION STATEMENT

We are the baptized children of God – united in the Gospel – which is the good news of God’s salvation in Jesus Christ. We are rooted in God’s Word and Sacraments and united together for the sake of Christ’s mission. We are sent by the Gospel to serve and witness to the world.

Supported by the Holy Spirit, we offer care for one another – and our cooperation with one another – as we work together in order to fulfill the calling that we have been given – to be the Church in mission. This we do with joy and thanksgiving as we share our lives and our gifts for the sake of Christ and His Church.
Synod Priorities

The Synod’s priorities for 2013-2020 are outlined in the following document.

2013-2020 Synod Priorities (27 KB)

 

Did You Know…?

Did You Know?

Thinking-clip-art

West Virginia Flooding

The situation:
West Virginia is experiencing the worst flooding in more than a century. At least 23 people have been confirmed dead, hundreds of homes are severely damaged or destroyed, and thousands of people are without power. Flash flooding caused little time to prepare or escape the rising waters. With the threat of heavy rain still in the forecast, additional flooding and damage may occur.

Our response:
Through congregations, synods and disaster-affiliate organizations, Lutheran Disaster Response is working to assist those who have been affected by the flooding. Lutheran Disaster Response’s network, including our coordinators in West Virginia and neighboring Ohio, have come together to address the needs of survivors. We know this will be a long road to recovery, and we will be there to accompany those impacted through every phase of this disaster. Your gifts are needed to launch effective recovery efforts.

What you can do:

Pray
Continue to pray for the people affected by flooding. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.

Give
Gifts to West Virginia Flooding will be used to assist those directly impacted by the flooding until the response is complete.

Connect:
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:

  • Share this bulletin insert with your congregation.
  • Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.
  • Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog.
  • Like Lutheran Disaster Response on Facebook and follow @ELCALDR on Twitter

A955BAC375F54229980E54199FF676A0

Did you Know..?

Did You Know..Thinking-clip-art?

Glade Run Lutheran Services Founded in 1854 by Reverend Dr. William Passavant and Pastor Gottlieb Bassler, Glade Run Lutheran Services provides educational, mental health, autism and cultural services to children and families throughout western Pennsylvania, including residential treatment, educational offerings, camps and community-based services.

It began as an orphanage located at the present day UPMC Passavant Hospital location. Today it has many locations, offering many services to troubled families throughout Southwestern PA. Whether it be a special facility for severe autism, Sanctuary from traumatic home experiences, special education for children in special needs families, or family-based mental health care/counseling/treatment, Glade Run Lutheran Services is here to help families with disruptive situations to heal.

To learn more, visit the Glade Run Site at Gladerun.org.

Did You Know..?

Thinking-clip-artDid You Know..?

The Lutheran Service Society (LSS), a ministry partner of the Southwestern PA Synod of the ELCA, runs the programs at three senior centers in Westmoreland County:

McKenna Center in Greensburg

The JeannetteSeniorCenter

The Herminie Senior Center

This is your benevolence gifts working in your own communities. Last year, when the budget crisis crippled the senior centers, many closed their doors or at least curtailed services, hours or personnel. LSS would not allow this to happen in the centers it services. All three centers continued to operate normally. That’s what benevolence means. And our dollars come back home to do good works for those in need in Greensburg, Jeannette and Herminie!

Did You Know..?

Did You Know?Thinking-clip-art

 HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY

Our synod partners with Lutheran SeniorLife to develop and support ministries that help the people of our congregations improve all aspects of their wellness: spiritual, physical, mental/emotional, financial, vocational, social/relational, and environmental. (Photo: “Having Fun, Staying Young” exercise group at St. John’s of Highland Lutheran Church.)

 

 

pic

Did You Know..?

Thinking-clip-art“Did You Know?”

That We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work.
One billion people— that’s one in seven people in our world today — live in poverty. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. Working through Lutheran connections in the United States and around the world, we start by listening to the needs of our neighbors and getting their ideas to help break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Then we partner with them to make their dreams and hopes a reality. From health clinics (Our own congregation helped make it possible to open a full service Free Care Clinic, right here, in Greensburg) to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry (Don’t forget about Lenten Loos), food pantries to soup kitchens (Our congregation does both), we work together to support innovative solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty (For a few years, our congregation was home to a local “Circles” initiative).
The ELCA has a long history of being present in communities, working to help and serve where the needs are greatest. Participating in this work that God calls us to in the world compels us to be attentive to complex and changing situations, as well as to the importance of both immediate relief and ongoing, long-term assistance for our sisters and brothers and the communities in which they live.