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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.

August 2-4, 9-11, and 17-18, 2016

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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).”


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.


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

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Educational Opportunities and meeting space

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Resources to enhance your ministry

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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.”


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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)


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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:

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

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

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


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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.

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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!

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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.)




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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.