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April 20, 2021

NWPA Congregations Innovate in Hunger Ministry to Care for Creation

Just as congregations innovated with worship, learning and service in response to COVID, Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod’s Green Team is encouraging innovation in creation care as we emerge transformed from the pandemic. The Good Hope/Zion Lutheran congregations of Oil City are leading by example. A Thrivent Action Team grant allowed them to try eco-friendly green ware...

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April 19, 2021

A Statement from Bishop Eaton on Racial Injustice

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).  The last 16 days have been a microcosm of the original sins of racism and white supremacy in the United States. This has included the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd; the extrajudicial killings of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and...

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April 14, 2021

Bishop Eaton Issues Statement for Earth Day

Earth Day statement from Bishop Eaton 4/13/2021 1:05:00 PM ​O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. —Psalm 104:24 Throughout Scripture, God promises to restore God’s people to health and wholeness, a promise that includes the renewal of all creation. This promise is depicted dramatically in the final pages of...

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April 1, 2021

Settlement Means Another $712M for PA’s Poorest SNAP Recipients

Settlement in a case between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and food stamp recipients in Pennsylvania regarding COVID relief will mean $712 million in back payments of additional nutrition benefits for more than 650,000 of the lowest-income Pennsylvania households.  Community Legal Services won an injunction in September on the behalf of Latoya Gilliam and Kayle...

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March 31, 2021

New Data Reveals Extent of Students Experiencing Homelessness

More and more of Pennsylvania’s school-age children were experiencing homelessness even before the pandemic, according to a newly released report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The study accumulates the locally reported totals of homeless children under five and those enrolled in pre-K through twelfth grade across eight regions of the commonwealth. The total for...

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March 29, 2021

LIHEAP Closes on April 30th

The 2020-2021 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is open. The season has been extended and is now set to close on April 30th. “The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being...

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March 23, 2021

New Applications are LIVE for Lutheran Volunteer Corps

The Application is LIVE for Volunteering: Next Round, April 15! The first group of Lutheran Volunteer Corps applicants jumped into the Placement interviewing process this month. Sign up, or forward the application to prospective Volunteers you know. And remember, service is not just for college grads, and you need not have had college at all. Over...

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March 22, 2021

Bishop Eaton Issues Message Addressing Anti-Asian Racism

My enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:2-4). As a nation, we continue to witness and...

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March 20, 2021

PA Opens New Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Pennsylvania has begun accepting applications for approximately $569 million in federal dollars it received to administer assistance to renters, landlords, and utility providers who have been affected by the pandemic and economic insecurity. Pennsylvania’s new emergency rental assistance program administration has been moved to the state Department of Human Services for the 49 counties that...

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March 15, 2021

LAMPa Welcomes New Policy Council Member

LAMPa’s policy council welcomes Bruce McCullough as a representative from Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.   A lifelong Lutheran, Bruce is a member of University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation (“UniLu“), a town/gown congregation that he joined when he first arrived in Philadelphia to attend college and then law school.  Bruce is an attorney practicing in Delaware and...

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