Synod Resource Center
Visit the All-New Resource Center!
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod Resource Center is back in business at our new location, the Lutheran Center in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The center is open during normal office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; summer hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday). In addition, Saturday hours are available by appointment from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Contact Karen Matthias-Long (email@example.com or 610-266-5101) or Debbie Frey (firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-266-5101) to arrange a visit. Need directions to the Resource Center? Click here.
You can visit the virtual Resource Center any time, 24/7. Here is your opportunity to visit the Resource Center in real space and time!
Check these resources and tips:
Check out these resources from Dr. Mark Allan Powell, the keynote speaker at the 2010 Synod Assembly.
You can literally check them out by contacting Debbie Frey at the synod office. Or you can check them out by visiting the center, open weekdays and now open Saturdays by appointment.
You may search for resources in our library using either a quick keyword search or more advanced options.
If you have any questions, please email us or call Debbie Frey at 610-266-5101.
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Need help communicating with God?
in Color This new prayer form can take as little or as
much time as you have or want to commit, from 15 minutes to a weekend
retreat. "A new prayer form gives God an invitation and a new door to
penetrate the locked cells of our hearts and minds," explains Sybil
MacBeth. "For many of us, using only words to pray reduces God by the
limits of our finite words."
For more information and examples of the Praying in Color resources, visit www.prayingincolor.com.
Praying with the Body – Bringing the Psalms to Life A step-by-step guide to discover how to use motion, together with the vibrant words of the Psalms, to reinvigorate your daily prayer life. (Books and DVDs by Paraclete Press.)
New Bible studies are available from Augsburg designed to support the Book of Faith initiative. The series are ideal for Bible study or small group ministries and include leader and learner guides and DVD introductions.
BOOKS OF FAITH SERIES – Study books of the Bible with an eye toward the historical, literary, devotional, and Lutheran theological approaches to the text. Books available to date are Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, John, Romans, and 1 John.
PEOPLE OF FAITH SERIES – These four-session studies focus on four major people in the Old Testament. A Gardener, Two Travelers and a Cheat (Adam, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob) and A Lamenter, a Dreamer and Two Pretty Good Leaders (Rachel, Joseph, Moses, Joshua) are the first in the series.
TOGETHER IN FAITH SERIES – These studies can be used to connect with worship themes that follow the Revised Common Lectionary. God’s Standard or Gold Standard?: Studies in Proverbs is a three-week series that begins September 6. Free downloadable preaching and liturgy supports are available.
Making Sense of Scripture: Big Questions about the Book of Faith is a fresh, conversational, seven-session study dealing with seven big questions about the Bible. It’s a great introductory course for those just getting started with the Book of Faith initiative.
Wrestling with Grace: A Spirituality for the Rough Edges of Daily Life is a how-to manual about loving yourself, others, the world around you, and God – especially on the Thursday afternoons of life, when the going gets rough. Bob Morris offers liberating news to anyone who longs for everyday spiritual practice. He nudges us toward new ways of looking at our own behavior and state of mind, showing us how to let God’s grace into daily life. Our frustrations and fears actually can be a doorway to grace. Ten prayer exercises at the end of the book provide ongoing guidance for searchers.
Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus’ Words Whether you are a devout Christian, an inquiring seeker, or a rank skeptic, if you wish to explore the teaching of Jesus, this book is for you. “The Jesus of the Gospels, in all his modes of encountering people – as prophet, healer, wisdom teacher, mystic, social critic, and nonviolent revolutionary, is a disturber of our immaturities, one who challenges us to find and use our strengths.”
Suffering and the Courage of God: Exploring How Grace and Suffering Meet How we relate to suffering depends on how we choose to respond to the everyday events of life. According to pastor and spiritual director Robert Corin Morris, who faces his own struggles with chronic depression every day, we need a new understanding of God’s role in human suffering. The traditional view – that God is transcendent, “above” human suffering, somehow, “beholding” and sympathizing with it – fails to take into account how God also experiences suffering. In this life-changing book, Morris challenges us- regardless of creed or denomination- to consider a biblical picture of God that is radically different from the traditional view. He reveals God’s gracious and courageous participation in all aspects of our lives, both our sufferings and our joys.
Also new to our book shelves is a copy of Morris’ Prayers to Green the Earth, a booklet of prayers to bless the day and night, prayers in response to the many faces of the divine, and prayers to the universal spirit of Christ.
Evangelism and Prayer Resources by Martha
About the Author: Martha Grace Reese directed a four-year evangelism research project funded by the Lilly Endowment. The study, which included 1200 interviews, focused on highly effective examples of evangelism in mainline churches and the motivations for evangelism. These books arise from this groundbreaking study. Reese has been a lawyer, a congregational pastor, and a middle judicatory minister; she has spent the last decade coaching more than 150 gifted pastors in spiritual leadership for church transformation. She serves as president of GraceNet, Inc., which specializes in church consulting and coaching (www.GraceNet.info).
Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism Pastors Key congregational leaders and evangelism teams will benefit most from using this book as a seven- to ten-week small group study. This book sparkles with practicability. Each chapter concludes with questions, scripture suggestions and group exercises. This resource helps committed leaders deepen and start sharing their own faith, understand our cultural context, and begin to plan for authentic congregational faith-sharing.
Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer and Faith Sharing is a six-week, church-wide, small group Evangelism-event! It’s perfect for a Lenten, summer, or fall study for all established classes and small groups, and new ones formed just for the Evangelism-event. This resource is a six-week version of Unbinding the Gospel, with the addition of 40 days of individual prayer exercises coordinated with each chapter. It will enrich your church’s community life. It will help individuals risk faith-to-Face encounters with God. Your entire congregation will begin to talk about their faith. The E-event creates momentum in your church.
Unbinding Your Church Pastors, teachers and church musicians are busy. This collection of fully integrated resources will help your church work and pray through this series seamlessly. You will spend your time on what matters – praying, teaching, working directly with your people. This resource offers worship resources, step-by-step planning tools, and integrated web sections (free and downloadable!).
Unbinding Your Soul: Your Experiment in Prayer and Community Many people who aren’t connected with a church would love to try a no-obligation experience of substantial spiritual discussion, prayer and community. This resource prepares church members to invite their friends into a 4-week small group experience with short study chapters, an individual prayer journal, prayer partner activities and group exercises. Groups could opt to continue for additional four-week segments. Groups should double. Some may double again.
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Last updated September 22, 2012
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