Saturday, October 30, 2010

LTSP Alumnus and seminarian join staff at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, King of Prussia, PA

In September, LTSP alum The Rev. Julie DeWerth ('91) was welcomed as pastor and LTSP junior Jonathan Steiner along with music director Steve McBride were sited in an article from the King of Prussia Courier posted online, including a video with Pr. DeWerth. View the article and video (photo of Pr. DeWerth from Main Line Media News)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Rev. William E. Dennis '50 has died

from the Pocono Record:

Rev. William E. Dennis, 83, of Stroudsburg, died on Saturday, Oct. 9, at home. He was the husband of Selina (Sheridan) Dennis at home. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, S. Evelyn (Moll) Dennis, who died in 2001.

Dennis graduated from Stroudsburg High School in 1945 and Muhlenberg College in Allentown, the class of 1947 with an AB degree. From there he attended the Philadelphia Theological Seminary, graduating in 1950 with his theological degree. Later he earned his Master of Sacred Theology from the seminary's graduate school. He continued his education in the field of creative behavior by attending summer courses.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, from the Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N. Fifth St., Stroudsburg, with the Rev. Gail Kees officiating. Burial will take place in Stroudsburg Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Read the complete obituary online from the Pocono Record:

The Rev. Donald W. Wert '59 has died

from the Allentown Morning Call:

The Rev. Donald W. Wert, 77, of Lehighton, died Thursday, October 7, 2010 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Janice Ruth (Reichard) Wert. The couple celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last July 31. Born in Catasauqua, May 29, 1933, Donald was the son of the late Raymond E. and Mildred G. (Kidd) Wert. He graduated from Catasauqua High School, Moravian College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 1959. He was ordained on May 23, 1959 by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, fulfilling his long-time aspirations of becoming a pastor.

A memorial service will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Union Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville. Family and friends may pay their respects from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the church.

Read the complete obituary online from the Allentown Morning Call:

Monday, October 4, 2010

"Music is Prayer:" Reconsidering Secular Music

"Music is Prayer:" Reconsidering Secular Music, an article written by LTSP Professor Jon Paul, was published in the October issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. The article addresses the work of "The Groove Daemons," a band made up of LTSP alums, students, faculty and friends, and their exploration of the theological, spiritual, and ethical implications of six secular tunes. The Groove Daemons add to seminary and community life by contributing to worship, workshops, fund raising, and community events.

Read the article online: The Journal of Lutheran Ethics, October 2010

A photo slide show of the Groove Daemons performing for a fund raising event, February 2010:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

West Long Branch church welcomes new pastor Matthew Cimorelli

from the Asbury Park Press/, 10/3/10:

For the first time in more than two years, a permanent pastor on Sunday presided over services at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation which lost its former leader, the popular Rev. Dr. Alfred C. Acer when he died unexpectedly in June 2008.

The Rev. Matthew Cimorelli (MDiv 2003), 46, will be formally installed at ceremonies Nov. 7 but was introduced Sunday to the congregation after he said he accepted the call of Bishop Roy Riley who believed Cimorelli would be a good match for the activist congregation.

read the story online:

Friday, October 1, 2010

Thomas F. Irwin Jr. installed at Calvary Lutheran Church, Laureldale

from the Reading Eagle online 9/25/10

The Rev. Thomas F. Irwin Jr. will be installed Sunday at 3 p.m. as the new pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, Laureldale. Presiding at the installation will be the Rev. Carol Kehler, dean of the East Berks Mission District, and deaconness Deborah Matern Graf, associate of the bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (photo from Reading Eagle online)

Irwin previously was pastor of Zion Spies Lutheran Church, Alsace Township. He graduated from Widener University and has a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

He and his wife, Suzanne, have two adult daughters, Jane and Kathryn.