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Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Ministries (PALM) was born out of its predecessor, the Lutheran Church Extension Society (LCES), at a delegate meeting of member congregations of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod held on September 9, 1997. PALM challenges LCMS congregations in the Pittsburgh region to forge new partnerships with each other for the purpose of expanding and supporting the mission and ministry work of the church. Each September delegates of member congregations gather to review the work of PALM and elect a PALM Board of Directors to oversee PALM Ministries.

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