Category: Health Care

September 1, 2020

Gov. Wolf Urges Legislature to Protect Homeowners and Renters from Eviction

As his moratorium on evictions and foreclosures expired, Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Director and CEO Robin L. Wiessmann, Sen. Jay Costa, Rep. Maureen Madden and advocates to urge the legislature to quickly pass legislation to protect Pennsylvanians from eviction from their homes and fix a state program...

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August 31, 2020

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through Year-end & Allows Summer Meals to Continue

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced they will extend free meals for kids through Dec. 31, and will continue to allow summer meal program operators to serve free meals to all children into the fall months. This will help ensure that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19...

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August 31, 2020

Voting Updates: Mail-in and Absentee Ballots; Become a Poll Worker; and Election Security

As you prepare to vote in the Nov. 3 elections, here are some important updates. Stay tuned for additional updates as we monitor pending legislation in the PA House and Senate regarding voting in Pennsylvania. The deadline to register for the November general election is October 19, 2020. Keep in mind that you must submit...

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August 31, 2020

LAMPa Welcomes Seminarian Margaret Folkemer-Leonard

We welcome Margaret Folkemer-Leonard, who will be serving with LAMPa and St. Matthew Lutheran Church in York as part of her education at United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). “I am excited to grow in my call to word and service ministry, learning how to better bridge the gap between church and world through community engagement and...

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August 25, 2020

Save the Date for Lutheran Day 2021 – October 28

As we continue to move through the pandemic, we look forward and invite you to mark your calendar for next year’s Lutheran Day at the Capitol as we plan to gather in Harrisburg on Thursday, October 28, 2021. We have moved this annual event from the spring into the fall in prayerful anticipation that we...

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August 24, 2020

LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member from SWPA

The Rev. Jim Engel, pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Uniontown, joins the LAMPa Policy Council representing the ELCA Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod (SWPA). “I am excited to have the opportunity to return to working with a state government to advocate for those who have been marginalized by power, economics, politics, and systems as a...

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August 21, 2020

ELCA Church Council Adopts New Social Message

The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy.” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the national election this fall. The social message defines government as...

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August 17, 2020

Home Utility Assistance is Available in Pennsylvania: Apply by August 31

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller reminds Pennsylvanians of the availability of assistance in paying certain utility bills through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis program ahead of the program’s end on August 31. “We know that the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent economic insecurity have led...

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August 6, 2020

ELCA Commemorates 500th Anniversary of Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s treatise The Freedom of a Christian. To observe this milestone, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invites the church to read, study and reflect on this Lutheran witness of the Christian faith. In his work, Luther spoke...

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August 4, 2020

ELCA and Lutheran World Relief Partner to Fight COVID-19 Around the World

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has worked with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to repurpose $160,000 in project funding for emergency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America, Africa and Asia. In Latin America, the funding will be used for food assistance in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which have been hard-hit by...

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