Friday, March 25, 2011

LTSP Alums being installed in NEPa Synod this spring

Two LTSP alums serving in the ELCA's Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod will be installed in the coming months:

The Rev. Jennifer Kingstorf, MDiv '07, will be installed as associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Robesonia, PA, at 3:00 pm on May 22, 2011.

The Rev. June Bair, MDiv '06, will be installed as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Womelsdorf, PA at 4:00 pm on June 12, 2011.

Prof. Jon Pahl: The Fountain Tour

Dr. Jon Pahl
In late March and early April, LTSP Professor of History of Christianity in North America; and Director, MA Programs Dr. Jon Pahl is traveling to Tirana, Albania; Singapore; Australia (Melbourne and Sydney); Jakarata, Indonesia; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to participate in inter-religious dialogues sponsored by The Fountain Magazine. You can follow his observations and reflections in the LTSP blogs:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Holy Trinity in Maple Shade welcomes new pastor

From the March 11 Maple Shade (NJ) Progress online, LTSP alum the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook, MDiv 07,  begins a new call:

It has been more than a year and a half since Holy Trinity Lutheran Church had a resident pastor. That has changed with a vote from congregants that brought Annemarie Cook to their fold.
Cook and her husband of four years, Tim, have recently moved into the pastor’s residence. The home had been completely renovated by several church members including Kevin Lannon and Josh Van Kirk, who were honored at a recent service.
“There is a sense of community that you can’t find any place else,” Cook said. “My husband and I were hoping that in the course of our life in this vocation we would end up in this location.”

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Immanuel Lutheran welcomes young minister: Aging membership seeks to embrace a new generation

The March 11, 2011 Amherst (MA) Bulletin reports on LTSP alum the Rev. Steven Wilco, MDiv 10, and his first worship at his first-call congregation:
At the end of his first worship service as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst on Sunday, the Rev. Steven Wilco asked if there were any announcements.
A member of the congregation got up and said how happy the church is about Wilco's arrival, and then everyone burst into prolonged applause.
Wilco drew laughs after the applause died down when he said, with perfect timing, "Any more announcements?"
The church, which will mark its 50th anniversary next year, has had a declining and graying membership, like most Protestant congregations. In choosing 26-year-old Wilco as pastor, members are hoping that his poise and strong Lutheran credentials will outweigh his inexperience.
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