Sup & Study – Fall 2018
Wednesdays, September 26 – October 24
5:20 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 pm – Classes & Child Care
We are LUTHERAN. So what does it look like to Lutherans to serve God and love your neighbor?
Gather with other Lutheran Christians to learn what God is doing in Central Pennsylvania, the U.S., and around the world through the ministry of Lutherans just like you. Discern whether God is calling you to participate in ministry by using time, talent, and treasure which you have been blessed to receive. This fall, we will join together to learn more about the Mission and Ministry of the ELCA. We are excited to welcome several guest speakers from the ELCA and our local Susquehanna Synod.
Each Wednesday evening will begin at 5:20 pm with a meal prepared by our wonderful kitchen staff. After dinner, the program will begin around 6:30 pm. You are welcome to come to dinner or the program or both!
Advance registration is required for the meal and requested for the program. A small per person fee is charged for the dinner, the program is free. Attend any one or all 5 evenings. Registration may be done in person at Trinity Church, online or by phone 717-737-8635.
Schedule of Classes
September 26: Detectives of divinity and Congregational Vitality
God is at work everywhere 24/7. Explore a theology of meeting people with the Good News in the public arena and how Christ meets us when are going about our daily lives and changes us when we least expect it. Also explore ways and tools in preparing God’s people to be “detectives of divinity” and ministers in their communities and social networks, enhancing the vitality of congregations.
Presenter: The Rev. Ruben Duran, Director for Congregational Vitality in the Domestic Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He promotes Synodical mission strategies, local initiatives and innovative models nurturing the life changing relationships in new and existing communities of faith in multiple contexts throughout the country. Ruben is a native of Lima, Peru, South America. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkley, California, Trinity Lutheran College in Seattle, Washington, and the Escuela Nacional de Turismo in Lima, Peru.
Selected scripture: Jeremiah 29:7 Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile and pray to the Lord on its behalf for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Rev. Ruben Duran’s PowerPoint presentation.
CLICK HERE to listen to the presentation by the Rev. Ruben Duran.
October 3: Hungry for God’s Mission
In every synod, God has a mission for Christ’s church. In the Lower Susquehanna Synod, we are feeding others as we have been fed by Christ. As a place where mission is encouraged, supported, and nurtured, Bishop Dunlop will share how communities of Jesus are emerging and vitality is returning to our congregations. Together, we are indeed more and more attentive to God.
Presenter: Bishop James Dunlop. The Rev. James S. Dunlop was elected to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in June 2013. Bishop Dunlop was ordained in 2005, and served as pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, PA.
Selected scripture: 2 Kings Reflecting on God’s abundance.
CLICK HERE to view a copy of Bishop Dunlop’s PowerPoint presentation.
CLICK HERE to listen to the presentation by Bishop James Dunlop.
October 10: Trinity Lutheran – a place bound to share bread
As part of this church, you are also part of the longest running hunger response organization. So how is it going? How are you and your church important in efforts to end hunger? Why is responding to hunger integral to the life and ministry of the church? You may know the stories of the impact that you as part of Trinity Lutheran Church are having locally, but come to hear about the difference we are making together. Plus hear a quick update on a few recent disasters and the church’s response.
Presenter: The Rev. Daniel Rift has served for nine years as Director for ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal. Prior to this he served for 14 years in relief and development work with a focus on international sustainable development and on disaster response. He has also served congregations in Pittsburgh and Dallas.
Selected Scripture: Matthew 5:1-16, The Beatitudes John 21:1-19, Jesus said to Peter, Feed my Lambs…Tend my sheep…Feed my sheep… Acts 6:1-7, Selection of seven men of good standing… Exodus 16:1-22, God’s gift of Manna… 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Giving to the Lord.
CLICK HERE to view the first video in the Rev. Daniel Rift’s presentation.
CLICK HERE to view the second video in the Rev. Daniel Rift’s presentation.
CLICK HERE to listen to the presentation by the Rev. Daniel Rift.
October 17: ELCA Global Mission: The Power of Accompaniment
Come and learn how God is transforming lives and communities through the work of ELCA Global Mission. Through the model of accompaniment, the ELCA creates relationships that last. Walking and working together, we seek to accompany our companions. Accompaniment is defined as walking together in solidarity that practices interdependence and mutuality. The ELCA lives out accompaniment in relationships with global companions, striving to share God’s love and participate in God’s mission together. You will learn more about ELCA missionaries, young adults in global mission (YAGM), international women leaders and global evangelism. There is so much hope and optimism to be gathered from stories of the global church, come and be inspired!
Presenter: Andrew G. Steele has served as the Director for ELCA Global Church Sponsorship since April of 2015. He joined the ELCA in 2013 as the Manager of Donor Relations for Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA after serving as a Senior Major Gifts Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Andrew spent a year volunteering in Bloemfontein, South Africa, a YAGM. He is co-host of the new ELCA podcast, Three Sides.
Selected scripture: Luke 24:13-35 The Road to Emmaus
CLICK HERE to view a copy of Andrew Steele’s PowerPoint presentation.
CLICK HERE to view the first video in Andrew Steele’s presentation.
“All Christians Are Missionaries”
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“Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, the Great Healer”
CLICK HERE to view the third video in Andrew Steele’s presentation.
“Growing the Church in Senegal and The Gambia”
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October 24: Accompanying Migrant Children and Families: A Faithful Calling
After the arrival of thousands of children and families from Central America to the U.S., the ELCA passed a strategy to accompany them as they seek protection, the AMMPARO strategy. Families are facing separation, detention, and many other barriers to seeking protection. Learn more about what is driving children and families to flee their communities with testimony from Lutheran churches in the region, what the ELCA is doing to accompany these children and families, and how churches and individuals can be involved.
Presenter: Alaide Vilchis Ibarra is the Program Director for Migration Policy at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), where she coordinates with international and national experts in affected communities to advocate for fair and compassionate policies. Alaide is a DREAMer who became a United States citizen in 2014. She found her voice as an immigration advocate testifying in the Kansas legislature to protect access to education for immigrants and continued to work as a state level advocate before moving to advocacy at the federal level.
Selected scripture: Romans 15:7 Welcome one another, just as Christ has welcomed you, to the glory of God.