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March 27, 2020

Ongoing COVID-19 Updates

LAMPA will continue to share COVID-19 updates as they are received. LAMPa staff continues to work with partners addressing the needs of all Commonwealth people, especially our most vulnerable residents. We hold all of your communities in prayer as we endeavor to respond faithfully to the presence of COVID-19. We all wrestle with the need...

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March 28, 2020

Message from Bishop Eaton Outlining the ELCA’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear church, The last couple of weeks have been trying ones for everyone across this church. Our synods, congregations and ministries are facing challenges that they’ve never faced before. Being church together means more now than ever before. The churchwide office is launching a comprehensive Covid-19 response across the ELCA beginning today. We have three...

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March 28, 2020

Asian American Hate Crimes Outreach from the PA State Police

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world in ways we could never have imagined. Lives are being lost, schools and businesses are closed, and our way of life has drastically changed. An additional consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic are the increasing volume of hate/bias crimes and incidents targeting members of the Asian American Community. These...

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March 27, 2020

Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Response Bills

Governor Tom Wolf signed four bills today to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania that bolster the health care system, benefit workers and schools, and reschedule the 2020 primary election for June 2. These bills were passed earlier this week by the General Assembly following their first-ever remote voting. House Bill 1232,  provides $50 million...

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March 26, 2020

Gov. Wolf Urges USDA to Waive Food Assistance Eligibility Requirements

Governor Tom Wolf  sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that USDA waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program; reconsider Pennsylvania’s request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at school feeding sites and food banks; and to be flexible and change its interpretation of...

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March 26, 2020

Update on Pennsylvania’s Surprise Balance Billing Protection Act

Pennsylvania’s Surprise Balance Billing Protection Act, HB 1862, bill passed out of committee unanimously, and is now sitting on the House floor, waiting for second consideration. The bill keeps consumers stay out of the middle of this issue in an emergency situation by allowing them to pay the expected in-network rate. In this bill, out...

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March 26, 2020

ELCA Releases First Draft of Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) has shared The First Draft of the Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy. The development of this message on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, was called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This is not...

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March 24, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Extends Invitation to Join in the Lord’s Prayer

March 24, 2020 Dear Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church America, as part of the body of Christ, is united with other Christians in our communities, in our country and around the world. This unity takes many forms, including prayer. I am writing to extend an invitation we have received from Pope Francis, through the Lutheran...

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March 24, 2020

Help To Support Migrants in Detention During COVID-19

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) recently launched “Hope Can’t Be Quarantined: How To Support Migrants In Detention During This Time of Crisis”.  For our friends in immigration detention, the isolation that they experience has only been intensified by the authorities’ decision to indefinitely postpone visits from family, faith leaders and volunteers in an effort...

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March 19, 2020

Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA Partners Seeks Volunteers in Response to COVID-19

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) – Eastern PA partners with agencies across the Commonwealth of PA to serve those most in need during disaster. LDR – Eastern PA anticipates a number of needs arising that local churches can play a role in meeting. One opportunity that has just become available is through their partner disaster organization,...

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