Half a Century In and Excited for What Lies Ahead

In the coming year, we look forward to looking back on those 50 years. We will dig into the roots of Lutheran Chaplaincy Services of Lehigh Valley (1973), later renamed Lutheran Services of Lehigh Valley (1976).

We’ll explore the ELCA’s founding of Lutheran Disaster Response in Allentown (1988), with LS/LV becoming the appointed agency for disasters in the Northeastern PA Synod in 1998, thus, prompting a name change to Lutheran Congregational Services in 1999. In 2010, LCS joined Liberty Lutheran and expanded its ministry to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod.

As we reflect on our history with congregational and community partners, we invite you to join us in helping to shape the second half of the century. Stay tuned for a report on one-on-one and focus group conversations we collected in the last year, as we will be looking for feedback on our conclusions.

We also invite anyone who is aware of sources of information on the history of Lutheran social ministry in eastern Pennsylvania/Lutheran Congregational Services to alert us to those resources! Pictures, documents, anecdotes, are all welcome!

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