LAMPA Seeks Program Director

LAMPa is seeking applications for a full-time program director in its Harrisburg-area office. The program director is responsible for the coordination and communication of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) statewide action network, working with the seven synods and Lutheran ministries throughout Pennsylvania, as well as ELCA Churchwide partners, particularly World Hunger. The primary objective […]

Seminary Job Posting

United Lutheran Seminary is hiring for an Associate Director of Admissions on the Gettysburg Campus.  Click here for a job description.   Salary is low 50’s plus full benefits packet.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Meighan at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg at or 717-338-3001.  

Where Do Our Offerings Go?

Many people may wonder where their “mission support” or “benevolence” money goes when they put their envelope in the offering plate.  As congregation councils prepare budgets, the question of why support is needed for the larger church often becomes a point of discussion.  Well, your mission support dollars help us work together to do ministry […]

Institute of Liturgical Studies Appoints Co-Directors

The Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University has named Jennifer Baker-Trinity and Brian Johnson as co-directors of the Institute, accepting two-year appointments effective April 2017.  In their roles as co-directors, Baker-Trinity and Johnson will lead, supervise and direct the Institute of Liturgical Studies. They will be responsible for strategic and tactical planning, oversee day-to-day […]

Up and Down the Valleys: March 2017

The synod received a thank you note from Christopher Roehrer, Development Director of Seafarers International House, for the synod’s participation in the Christmas-at-Sea gift sack program.  Forty-one congregations and individuals filled 551 gift bags.  The six congregations contributing the six largest number were St. John, Unityville (48), Mountain Grove (41), St. Luke, Williamsport (32), Siloa, […]

Summary of March 2017 Synod Council Meeting

Here are highlights from the Upper Susquehanna Synod Council Meeting on March 16, 2017: Synod Council extended a call to Pastor Sarah Hershberger to serve as an intentional interim pastor at Grace, Shamokin and St. Paul’s, Gowen City. Changes to the Synod Constitution will be recommended to Synod Assembly for approval. Council Members were given […]

Up and Down the Valleys: February 2017

Members of synod groups, Mission Interpreters, Stewardship Committee, Mission Table, Transformational Ministry Team, and Small Church Mission Committee met in January to talk about future directions.  Assistant to the Bishop Craig Miller convened the group as they looked at ways to function in the coming months and years, including “tables” to gather around for mission […]

FREE VBS Curriculum for ELCA Congregations

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM) produces the curriculum each year that is used in camp and retreat settings and for Vacation Bible Schools and day camps.  This year, LOM is offering their 2016 VBS Bundle of “The Jesus Way” free to ELCA congregations. To repeat:  Special for this year only, the VBS Bundle of the 2016 […]

Evergreen Center Debt Paid Off Nearly Two and A Half Years Early!

The Camp Mount Luther Corporation Board of Directors received good news at their January retreat when Chad Hershberger, executive director of the camp, announced to the board that the debt on the camp’s dining hall and activities building, the Evergreen Center, has been retired.  Through the support of some generous alumni staff donors at the […]

Synod Youth Retreat to Learn More About Faith Practices

  This year’s synod youth retreat, GROW in the Snow, was held on February 10-11, 2017, at Mount Luther.  Nearly 85 youth and their adult leaders attended, looking at “Our Way of Life.”  The theme was based on Matthew 5: 13-16, and explored faith practices and living a Christian life. Those in attendance participated in […]

Up and Down the Valleys: January 2017

Clergy Notes:  Rev. Matt Schuster is now the interim pastor for Christ (Brick) and Christ (White), Middleburg. Rev. Vicky Schaffner has resigned her call at St. John, Leck Kill, and Rev. Peter Bergstresser is interim.  Rev. Timothy Bingman has retired as pastor of the Freeburg Parish (Zion/Grubbs/St. Peters).  United in Christ Lutheran Parish voted on […]

LAMPA Welcomes Terry Brown to Policy Council

Terry Brown, a member of St. John’s, Potts Grove (Pastor Tom Glasoe), has been appointed to represent Upper Susquehanna Synod on the Policy Council of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania.  Recently retired from a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical manufacturer, where he served as Chief of Emergency Services, Terry has served his local communities since the age […]

2016 Synod Year in Review

Here is the USS Ark’s look back at the past year’s highlights: COLLINS ELECTED BISHOP:  The Rev. Barbara Jeanne Collins was elected as the third bishop of the synod for a six-year term beginning September 1, 2016.  She succeeded Bishop Robert L. Driesen, who retired on August 31, 2016, after nine years in office.  Collins […]

Report Describes “Halo Effect” of Sacred Places

America’s older churches and synagogues bring major economic value to their communities, making an significant contribution to local employment, education, children and families, the performing arts, and overall neighborhood health. A new scholarly study of the “halo effect” of older sacred places – conducted by Partners for Sacred Places in partnership with the University of […]

Up and Down the Valleys: December 2016

By action of the Upper Susquehanna Synod Council, the synod office will be closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. weekdays.  The change took effect on December 1. Zion, Turbotville (Pastor Erwin Roux), began a new worship service this fall.  They now have a Saturday 6:00 p.m. liturgy. First, Watsontown (Pastor James Fladland), celebrated their 150th […]

As Winter Begins, Think Camp!

Ask yourself this:  When was the last time you played in the woods at night or slept outside and stared at the stars?  As the cold winds of winter blow, isn’t it nice to think about lying in a field, staring at the starlit night, as a warm summer breeze blows over your body? Now […]

Seafarers Collection

Members in 42 synod congregations and two individuals filled a total of 551 Christmas At Sea gift bags for the ministry of Seafarers’ International House.  Pictured above is Brenda Krouse, synod office manager, with the bags.  The bags are given to merchant seamen who come into port to off-load their cargoes during the Advent/Christmas season.  […]