E-News for
August 13, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
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Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training

September 21 – Christ, Hellertown, PA
October 5 – Christ, Conyngham 

Eucharistic Visitors are members of the congregation who are selected by their pastor and trained to bring the communion meal from worship to ill and homebound members of their congregation who are unable to attend service. LCS’s training ministry engages learners in the Biblical and theological background of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and teaches potential Eucharistic Visitors about visitation and administration of the sacrament. Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training is a one-day training event. It runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00PM and is held at various locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, please call 267-464-7740 or email info@lutherancongregationalservices.org. Click here to register online and make a payment via credit card.

Journeys through Grief

Tuesdays Sept. 3 – Oct. 8. 6 pm - 7:30 pm. St. John, Kutztown 
Tuesdays, Oct 15 – Nov 19. 7-8:30 pm. Christ, Niantic.
Thursdays, Oct 17 – Nov 21. 7-8:30 pm. St. John UCC, Emmaus.

Grief is a confusing, tangled and painful process of discovering how to live, feel, and heal in the midst of coming to terms with loss. No one should have to face grief alone. Lutheran Congregational Services offers grief counseling in small groups where for six 1½ hour sessions, you will learn about the stages of grief and explore your feelings about the loss you have experienced. Our goal is not to make grief disappear, but to equip the group's participants with the tools needed for lifelong healing and understanding. Under the guidance of a professional Christian counselor or trained facilitator, you will learn how you can live with the grief associated with loss. To register, contact Bereavement Coordinator Sylvia Havlish at 610.395.5045.
 
 
 
 
 
CROP Hunger Walks 2019

Sunday, October 6 - Schuylkill Haven
Sunday, October 13 - Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lehighton, 
                                     Palmerton, and Reading

The CROP Hunger Walk is a great fellowship and service event for families, youth groups, adult groups, and congregations. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised by the CROP Hunger Walk returns to the community in which the walk is held. The remaining 75% is used by Church World Service for disaster relief (e.g., for communities in the United States and around the world devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods) and development assistance (e.g., assisting poor families with clean drinking water, seeds, tools, and irrigation). For more information, to register, or to donate, please contact your congregation or go to www.crophungerwalk.org.

 
 
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Upcoming Events

August 21. Campus Ministry Affinity Meeting. There will be a campus ministry affinity meeting at the synod office on Wednesday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m. This is for anyone who is interested/involved in campus ministry. Examples are Trinity’s ministry with Kutztown and St. Peter’s with Lehigh. Among the things the affinity group does is allocate funds made available through witness and service. Any congregation who is reaching out to a local campus is invited.

August 30. Pocono Mission District, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:00 - 6:00 PM at The 940 Junction, Pocono Pines.


August 31. Hazleton-Lehighton and Schuylkill Mission Districts, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:00 - 6:00 PM at The Freeze, Schuylkill Haven 1111 W. Market St.

7:00 - 9:00 PM at Milkhouse Creamery, West Hazleton 190 Susquehanna Blvd.


September 15. Lehigh, Bethlehem-Easton, & Northern Lehigh Valley Mission Districts, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:00 - 6:00 PM at Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery, Easton 410 Klein Road.

7:00 - 9:00 PM at Crystal Spring Farm, Schnecksville 3550 Bellview Road.


September 21. Youth Fest 2019. “Not Ashamed: Living Out and Standing Up for the Gospel of Faith!” Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville. Come join us for a day of faith, food, and fun. The day will include faith building sessions, yummy food, music, art, cooking workshops, and sports activities. Sponsored by the Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team. View a flyer. Download a brochure and registration form.

September 21. Class for Lay Persons. “The Orderly Account: St Luke’s Gospel.” Pastor David Strobel will lead the class in a brief study of the Third Gospel to discover Luke’s distinctive purpose, message and portrait of Jesus. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, September 16 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).

September 22. Scranton-Wilkes Barre District, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:00 - 6:00 PM at The Lands at Hillside Farms, Shavertown (Luzerne County) 65 Hillside Road.


October 5. We Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ+ Youth and Families. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Bethlehem. A day to learn more about how to make your congregation safer and more welcoming for people whom the church often excludes. Workshops by Reconciling Works, Bradbury Sulivan, and more. Keynote speaker: Jamie Bruesehoff from the ELCA Youth Gathering. Registration is $15.00 (includes lunch). Scholarships are available. To download a flyer and/or the registration form, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.


October 6. East Berks & West Best Berks Mission Districts, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM at The Nesting Box Market and Creamery, Kempton 230 Snyder Road.

7:00 - 9:00 PM at Way-Har Farms, Bernville 7701 Bernville Road.


October 6. CROP Hunger Walk in Schuylkill Haven. For more information, to register, or to donate, please contact your congregation or go to www.crophungerwalk.org.


October 8-9. Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. “Other Duties as Assigned.” This year we are presenting a session on Media Management entitled "Can I Use This?", a session on Transitions within Leadership and where we fit as administrators entitled "How Do You Role?", and a session to support us in our own spirituality as we help others entitled most appropriately "God, Help?" Sounds great, right? For full information and to register, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/parish-secretaries-seminar.

October 13. CROP Hunger Walk in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lehighton, Palmerton, and Reading. For more information, to register, or to donate, please contact your congregation or go to www.crophungerwalk.org.

November 5-6. Bishop’s Conference 2019 – Save the Date!  “Letting Go of Certainty in Order to Survive.” Presenter: Dr. Peter Enns. Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Visit the synod website for full information and top register.


November 16. Class for Lay Persons. Don’t Be Scared of the Apocalypse: Reading Revelation with the Churches.” Leader: Pastor Mark Rigg. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, September 16 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).


January 10-11, 2020. Extravagant Generosity: A Stewardship Extravaganza. Sponsored by the Southeastern PA and Northeastern PA Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

January 10 Keynote: Clif Christopher, author of It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate Is It? and The Church Money Manual and More.

January 11 Keynote: Aimee Laramore, author of “Pathways to Generosity: Year-round Giving and Gratitude.” $50/ person $25/ Seminarian ($200 for 5 from the same congregation). Registration includes Saturday lunch. (Scholarships available with preference to Seminarians, and First Call Pastors) View a Flyer at http://nepasynod.org/documents/2020-01-stewardship-extravaganza.pdf.


January 25, 2020. Learning Ministries Day. “Vision 2020.” Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville. Keynote speaker: The Rev. Dr. Brenda Smith from the ELCA. Save the Date!

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
We Crave: Reflective Education on Addiction

The Lehigh Conference of Churches is sponsoring a comprehensive educational and inspirational series on the topic of opioid (and other) addictions. The series presents information in a reflective setting that includes videos, images and music to provide both an educational and transformational experience. The series is free and open to all, including those who are suffering from addiction, their loved ones, any anyone who would like to learn more. We Crave will be offered monthly through September, beginning in June.

 
 
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Monthly Stewardship Resource Kit

Every month, Pastor Rob Blezzard offers a monthly Stewardship Resource Kit that has brief RCL-based bulletin inserts relating to stewardship for every Sunday, plus a newsletter article folks can cut-and-paste into their congregational publications. There are also links to online resources to teach, do, lead, preach about and think about stewardship.

 
 
Download the Kit
 
 
 
Crossroads Lay Leadership Program
Fall Classes

Traditions - A look at Protestant denominations, world religions and some uniquely American cults. Join us to explore our traditions and what other people believe. This course is taught by the Rev. Dr. Bill Falla, Moravian College adjunct and UCC pastor. Bill creates a great classroom environment through discussions and questions. Traditions is offered eight Mondays from 6-9 pm from September 9 until October 28.


Compass - We encourage Crossroads participants to take this course as early as possible because it creates foundations for all other courses. Compass has a duel purpose. First, building skills like writing, presenting, and research. Second, helping participants to explore and hone their sense of call through texts, classroom projects, small group experiences and discussions. Co-taught by Linda Wisser, Crossroads grad and current MDiv student and Dr. Jill Peters, who directs Crossroads. Compass will be offered Thursdays, 6-9 pm for eight nights from September 5 until October 24.

 
 
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Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

Johanna Ray, wife of Julie Recher (Associate, Atonement, Wyomissing; jrecher@atonementwyo.org), is hospitalized after suffering seizures.



​​Continuing in Our Prayers


► Tina Argot, wife of Rob Argot (Holy Spirit, Reading; rev-rob@hotmail.com), is recovering at home after surgery.

► Mike Bodnyk (retired; mbodn@aol.com) continues to receive chemo therapy treatment for cancer.

► Tucker Irwin, wife of Tom Irwin (Faith, Mt. Penn, and Stony Creek Mills, Bethany; PastorIrwin@comcast.net), is recovering at home from a hospital stay.

 Herbert Michel (retired; hmichel60@gmail.com) is recuperating at home from two foot operations.


​​​​​​​► Sandy Richards, wife of Tom Richards (retired; masterpastor@verizon.net), is dealing with a variety of health issues.


Don Simmons (retired; opaps@hotmail.com) is recovering at home from knee surgery.

Janet Stump (deacon, St. Timothy, Allentown; sjspax@gmail.com) is recovering at home following surgery.

► Karen vonFrisch, wife of Robert von Frisch (retired; revvon@hotmail.com) is dealing with several serious health issues and will be receiving ongoing medical treatment and scheduled surgery.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Lauren Blatt will be installed as pastor at St. John, Mahoning on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m.


Terrence Walsh will be installed as pastor at St. John, Bath on Sunday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m.


Scott Hall will be installed as pastor at St. John, Nazareth on September 15 at 4:00 p.m.


Franklin Stinner will be installed as pastor at St. Luke, Williams Township on November 3 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:

PT Minister of Music (8-12)

St. Luke (Old Williams) in Hellertown is looking for PT Minister of Music for one Sunday morning service and to direct one choir and soloists. (Choir rehearsals are on Sunday morning prior to worship.) Salary is negotiable. Contact Pastor Frank Stinner at fstinner@gmail.com or by phone at Office: 610-838-0897 or Cell: 484-542-3100.


P/T Youth Director (8-8)

Christ, Hellertown is looking for an energized Christian college student(s) that want to make an impact in the lives of our youth. One or two students to lead high school discussion groups Sunday mornings, Sept. 8-May 17. This important ministry can grow to include evening activities and service projects. This position can also grow into a paid $4000 College internship, Summer of 2020. We are interested in engaging hearts and minds in thinking about life, our world, and God’s calling on our lives. Discussions on contemporary issues and how they relate to faith are essential. Please check out our faith statement (https://www.christlutheranhellertown.org/what-we-believe/) to make sure you understand who we are! Please contact Pastor Phil, pspohn@christlutheranhellertown.org for more information.

 
 
 
 
 
Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than eight weeks old, visit the synod website

at http://nepasynod.org/documents/positions-items-available.pdf.


P/T Organist/ Choir Director (6-28)

PT Organist/ Choir Director is needed for vibrant Lutheran Congregation known for its music ministry. Organist/ Choir Director is responsible to provide music for All Sunday worship services including special holidays. Experience with Lutheran Liturgy and hymnals (incl ELW) preferred. Person will work cooperatively with other church musician directors (handbells and children’s choirs). Salary commensurate with experience and includes two-week vacation. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Organist/Choir Director Search, % Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Rd., Orefield PA 18069 or email to Monica at jordanlutheran@ptd.net.


P/T Bell Choir Director (6-28)

Bell Choir Director is needed for vibrant Lutheran Congregation known for its music ministry. Bell Choir Director will be responsible for directing and recruiting for the adult and junior handbell choirs weekly, Labor Day through June. Ability to work with other music directors and staff is required. Salary commensurate with experience. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Bell Choir Director Search, % Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Rd., Orefield PA 18069 or email to Monica at jordanlutheran@ptd.net.


P/T Organist and/or Director of Music (5-10)

Organist and/or Director of Music is needed at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, Exeter Township, PA. Two positions or may be combined into one position. Organist responsibilities include all church services (normally one Sunday morning service plus special services/holidays) and accompanying choir(s) one evening per week. Part-time position estimated to average 10 hours per week. Director of Music is responsible for 3+ choirs, hand bell choir, directing summer youth music and drama camp (one week), coordinating, overseeing, maintaining and growing musical aspects of the church. Part-time position estimated to average 15 hours per week. Salary(s) commensurate with experience; all candidates will be considered regardless of their education status, experience and current salary. 4 weeks vacation; annual raise. Send letters of interest and resumes to church, 250 Church Lane Rd. Reading, PA 19606 or administrator@schwarzwaldlutheran.org.


P/T Music Director (4-9)

Trinity, Bangor is seeking a part-time Music Director. Position pays based on experience and education. For more information, please contact Pr. Larry Laine at telcbangor@gmail.com or 757-613-712 (cell phone) or 610-522-2023 (church phone).


Director of Christian Education (4-1)

Grace, Shillington seek a part-time Director of Christian Education, 25 hours per week; specific days and hours are negotiable. The Director of Christian Education will oversee, coordinate, and administer the Christian education of Grace children and youth, and participate in community outreach to support the growth of the congregation. Bachelor’s Degree in education, ideally with an emphasis on religion. Teaching experience is preferred. Clearances and background checks are required. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate with children according to their age level and ability to understand, and possess good organizational, planning, and leadership skills. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. Qualified candidates are to submit their resume electronically to council@graceshillington.org. Deadline for applications is April 19.


P/T Sexton (4-1)

Huff’s Union Church, Alburtis seeks a trustworthy employee who will be responsible for keeping buildings secure. Duties include light maintenance and cleaning of buildings on our campus. Experience with room set-up and maintaining supplies. Must be good with verbal communication and be able to work unsupervised. Also needs to maintain knowledge of schedules and events for buildings. We offer a competitive salary and flexible hours. Background checks required. No phone calls please. Qualified applicants please send letter of interest to: James Meitzler Sr., Committee Chair, C/O Huffs Church, 540 Conrad Rd, Alburtis PA 18011 or e-mail James at pamij6@gmail.com.


P/T Church Custodian/Sexton (3-23)

St Mark, Bethlehem Township offers a part-time (10-12 hrs/wk) position maintaining our church. Responsibilities include weekly cleaning and maintenance of the church, unlock church for Sunday service and special services. Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent; subject to background check; good organizational and communication skills; ability to work independently; ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds; possess working knowledge of the methods, techniques, and materials used in custodial work. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.


F/T Chaplain (3-21)

Luther Crest, Allentown is seeking a full-time chaplain. General Responsibilities: Responsible for providing spiritual leadership and spiritual services to residents, families, and staff. Visits all nursing care and personal care/assisted living residents upon admission/ move-in and at least quarterly. Maintain notes for each visit on the chart of each resident in the nursing care center and personal care/assisted living. Provides and/or coordinates worship opportunities for residents, e.g., weekly and special worship services, Bible studies, communion (group or private), bedside prayer. For a full description, please visit https://pm.healthcaresource.com/cs/diakon#/job/2916.


P/T Youth Director (3-12)

Are you an enthusiastic Christian who can articulate your faith in creative and joyful ways? Do you see children and youth as being more than just “the future of the church?” Have you had experience creating opportunities for people to make connections and develop relationships? Can you create a plan and follow it through to the end? Can you be flexible and roll with the punches when the plan doesn’t work? Do you play well with others?

Most importantly, are you convinced that God loves us even though we don’t deserve it and can’t do a thing to earn God’s love? If these questions intrigue you, please send your letter and resume to office@kellerschurch.org for more information about how you might become a part time member of our staff at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.


PT Minister of Music (3-11)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and/or piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information. Pastor’s email is ryehillfarms@comcast.net or office@readinggrace.org.


P/T Minister of Music (2-28)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church, 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

ROAR VBS Materials (7-29)

Bern, Leesport is finished with the ROAR VBS series, and our large props and decor are available to anyone who could use them! The props include: 3 cardboard huts; 1 rock wall; 1 waterfall,; cut out animals: a rhino, water buffalo, lion, 2 giraffes; 6 ft long banner with savannah scene; 3 vines with monkeys, flowers, birds, and fruit on them. Pick up may occur any Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday between 8:30am and 1:00pm; or call Donna Marks (610-223-8771) to coordinate another day/time.

 
 
 
 
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