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Sunday, March 5, 2017

The closing of St Michael’s Lutheran Church - The Philadelphia Sunday Sun

St. Michael's, 288 years old, closed.
All the King's horses and all the King's men,
Couldn't put St. Michael's together again.


The closing of St Michael’s Lutheran Church - The Philadelphia Sunday Sun: "

September 9, 2016 Category: Local Posted by: Philadelphia Sun Staff
After a 288 year long history, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6671 Germantown Ave, will hold its final worship services on September 11, 2016.  The financial weight upon the congregation became too great. It will be a great loss for the community as St Michael’s is known for its public outreach and has often been referred to as “the small church with a big heart.”

During its regular worship time 11 AM, September 11, 2016, members and close associates will gather one last time for an intimate service of the Word, Holy Communion and remembrances of what St Michael’s has meant to them.

At 3 PM, the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA will host a final celebration of St Michael’s Lutheran Church and officiate the closing of the church.  Bishop Claire Schenot Burkat will preside over the service, delivering the sermon and celebrating the Eucharist. The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, retired president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and former member of St Michael’s, will assist.

The Reverend Andrena Ingram, St Michael’s most recent pastor for nearly a decade, along with members of St Michael’s will participate in the tribute to their beloved church.

A community wide flea market will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9 AM to 2 PM, as a way of bringing neighbors and friends together for a day of fun and mutual support.

“Pastor,” as Rev. Ingram is known to many, carried the torch for St Michael’s mission to be “an open and diverse community of believers, grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing that gift in our church, our community and in our world.”

A sign on the gate to the church reads “Come As You Are.”  And those who came were often from the fringe – those with addiction, mental and physical challenges, who identify as LBGTQ, those living with HIV, and those struggling to find their way.  All did “come as they are” and were essential to what made St. Michael’s.

Pastor is openly HIV positive and a recovering addict. She has been an accessible presence in the community and source of spiritual resource to many who had long stopped attending church.

Under Reverend Ingram’s leadership, St Michael’s along with St Peter’s Lafayette Hill and Whole Foods, Inc., provided a weekly home-cooked meal and fellowship to 80-100 guests each Saturday since 2010 through the Community Meal Ministry.

Other outreach efforts included partnering with the Eleanor C Emlen local public school, support to Silver Springs Martin Luther School for children with special needs, anti-violence activities, and HIV prevention.

All are welcome to attend the closing services on September 11th and come by the flea market on Saturday, September 10th to extend their appreciation for St. Michael’s.

The Southeastern Synod will take over responsibility for the buildings and grounds after September 11, 2016.  No plans have been announced regarding how the property will be used."



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https://ltsp.edu/bishop-guy-erwin-to-speak-at-the-final-commencement-of-the-lutheran-theological-seminary-at-philadelphia/

Bishop Guy Erwin to speak at the Final Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia


Bishop Guy ErwinBishop Guy Erwin, of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will be the keynote speaker at the 153rd and final commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. LTSP and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg will combine to become United Lutheran Seminary in July 2017.

Until his election as bishop in 2013, Erwin was the Gerhard and Olga Belgum Professor of Lutheran Confessional Theology at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, at the same time serving as part-time interim pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Canoga Park, California. He has served as the ELCA representative to the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches since 2004.

As well as serving as interim pastor for two ELCA congregations in California, Erwin served as minister for worship and education at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood, California. Prior to moving to California in 2000, he was lecturer in church history and historical theology at Yale Divinity School from 1993 to 1999. He served as parish associate at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1986 to 2000. Bishop Erwin has also served on a variety of boards and committees for ELCA-related institutions and other non-profit agencies.

Bishop Erwin earned a doctorate and two master’s degrees at Yale University and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He engaged in seminary studies at Yale Divinity School and the universities of Tubingen and Leipzig in Germany.

Ordained in May 2011, Erwin is the ELCA’s first synod bishop who is gay and partnered. He lives in Los Angeles and is married to Rob Flynn, a member of the ELCA. The first Native American bishop elected to office in the ELCA, Erwin is part Osage Indian and active in the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.
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