E-News for
March 13, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Nominations Form Available on the Synod Website

The description of positions up for election and the nomination forms are available for download from the synod website (http://nepasynod.org/synod-assembly-2018) either as a Word document as a PDF.

Send Mission Support (Benevolence) Remittance
to the Synod Office

The synod no longer utilizes the Mission Investment Fund (MIF) for handling its finances. Please be sure that your congregation treasurer submits your benevolence dollars directly to the synod office. Download the “Benevolence Remittance Form” here or from the synod website under the “Publications” / “Documents, Forms & Policies” tab.

Urban Ministry Gathering

April 9 – This is a new date!

The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Monday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Hope, Reading (601 N. Front Street - parking lot across the street from the church building).

Thursday Eucharist - New Schedule

The Thursday Eucharist service will be paused from March 15-29. It will be held on April 5 and April 19 at 11:30. This schedule conforms to synod staff meeting dates. All are welcome to this brief mid-week worship opportunity.

Upcoming Events

March 17. Farm Family Appreciation Celebration. Doors open at 6:15 PM, but no earlier. Dinner buffet – 7:00 to 8:00 PM (Tables will be held for families that work late.) Hoedown and Country music by “The Outlaws,” with line dance music between sets – 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.

March 17. Class for Lay Persons. Dr. Michael Krentz leading a class entitled “The Theology of Luther’s Hymns and the Music of JS Bach.” The class will be offered on Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Lutheran Center. Any member or friend of one of our congregations is welcome to attend. The cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event; but you must register by Wednesday, March 14 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.

April 9. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Monday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Hope, Reading (601 N. Front Street - parking lot across the street from the church building).

April 22. Confirmation Day at the Lutheran Center. 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Cost: $3.00 per student. Faith knows no borders! Introduce your confirmands to all our Synod’s global companions. This will be an experiential afternoon full of international food, games, worship, and action rooms. To register, please email Seth Noggle at seth.noggle@gmail.com. Deadline: April 8.

May 8. Rostered Minister Anniversary Celebration. The Lutheran Center. Worship at 11:00 a.m. for all who are interested, with a luncheon following for the deans and honorees.

May 22. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders Workshop. Bern, Leesport. For more information and to register, visit: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018.

May 23. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders Workshop. Faith, Whitehall. For more information and to register, visit: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018.

The Wider Church 
ELCA Conference of Bishops
Issues Statement of Support

The ELCA Conference of Bishops has approved a statement of support for the March for Our Lives on March 24. Click here to read it.

Campfires & Cocktails – Bear Creek Camp Gala

April 28

Greetings from Bear Creek Camp! We are excited to let you know about a brand new fundraising event that we are holding on April 28. The inaugural Bear Creek Camp “Campfires & Cocktails” Gala will take place at the Homewood Suites Hotel in Center Valley, PA. The evening will be filled with great friends, food, fun, dancing, with a live and silent auction. Tickets are $100/person and we’d love to have you join us! All proceeds will go into our Campership Fund to assist families in sending their kids to camp. Click here for more information.

“Roll Down Like Waters”
Lutheran Day at the Capitol 

May 21

Bring your faith to the table, and join Lutherans from around the state for worship, learning, advocacy and action. Lutheran Day at the Capitol will focus on our baptismal call to ministry in the public square and the unique voice of Lutheran Christians addressing hunger and poverty. We will explore how we can be church together in Pennsylvania, so that justice might, in the words of the prophet Amos, “roll down like waters.” The day will include worship, a keynote address, legislative briefing and visit training, workshops, a continental breakfast and lunch. Come to be inspired, prepared and equipped to act as church together, for the sake of the world. Registration deadline is May 14. Click here for more information and to register.

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

 Joy Gerhart (deacon, St. Paul, Douglassville; joygerhart@gmail.com). Condolences at the unexpected death of her husband, James D. Gerhart, on March 8. His service will be Friday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Paul. There is a viewing on Thursday, March 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the church.

► Carey Miller (St. Paul, Breinigsville; cnsjk@rcn.com) and his wife, Nancy. Congratulations at the birth of a granddaughter, Charlton "Charlie" Moira Whitt, born to Kelly and Robert Whitt on February 28.

► Carl Schmoyer (retired; crschmoyer@juno.com). Condolences at the death of his sister, Ruth Havir, on February 28.

Brenda Stauffer (synod support staff; bstauffer75@gmail.com) is recovering at home following surgery last week.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

Redeemer, Allentown requests prayers for faith, strength, and patience as they deal with the aftermath of their boiler breaking down.

The members of St. Paul, Southside Easton and their pastor, Becca Middeke-Conlin (pastorbeccamc@gmail.com), who are struggling to maintain their ministry in the aftermath of fire damage to the church building.

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

 Catherine Brettell, mother of Dan Brettell (St. Paul, Bethlehem; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) is recuperating at home after a hospitalization.

Arnold Hansen (retired) is recuperating at home after a hospitalization.

► Dana Heckman-Beil (Good Shepherd, Ashland; PastorDana@ptd.net) is recovering from a broken ankle.

► Eric Hill, son of Pastor David and Susan Hill (retired; selhill@aol.com), is receiving chemo therapy treatments in addition to targeted therapy treatments.

Robert Johnson, father of Donna House (Friedens, Oley; dmhouse@dejazzd.com) is hospitalized due to COPD and recurring pneumonia.

Gary Langensiepen (retired; gary_langensiepen@yahoo.com) is recuperating after total left knee replacement surgery on February 28.

 Marion Latshaw, wife of Burl Latshaw (Grace, Reading; ryehillfarms@comcast.net) is recuperating at home following back surgery.

​​ Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) continues
to make improvement with NeuroVision Therapy in Kingston following an auto accident on June 10.

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

Smoky Schelly (former member of the synod executive staff; schellyfam@ptd.net) is dealing with serious health issues.

► Muriel Schmoyer, wife of Carl Schmoyer (retired), is under hospice care.

Lois Seip, wife of Durrell Seip (retired; dseip81@gmail.com) is recovering at home following a hospitalization for ongoing degenerative vertebrae.
Upcoming Installations

Positions Available
New Listings:

Repeat Listings (Date listed)

PT Bell Choir Director (2-26)

PT Bell Choir Director position available immediately for established church bell choir with 3 octave handbells and 1 octave hand chimes. Candidate must be proficient in at least one keyboard instrument and possess strong musical ability. Seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, energetic individual with excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills to join staff members of a dynamic, thriving church. Submit letter of interest, resume, and completed application (available at www.hopecherryville.org ) to Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, PA 18035. Deadline for applications is March 30.

P/T Outdoor Sexton (2-19)

Schwarzwald, Reading seeks an outdoor sexton for snow removal, grass mowing and cleaning the pavilion. Grass cutting paid separately at $75 per cutting. Snow shoveling/clearing sidewalks, etc. --$25 under 3 inches, $50 for 3 inches to 7 inches, and $100 for anything over 7 inches. Cleaning the pavilion paid as needed. Please send your resume to Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, PA 19606.

P/T Organist/Choir Director (2-2)

St. Luke, Allentown seeks an organist/choir director. Position requires keyboard proficiency, ability to rehearse and conduct choirs, and an appreciation for a variety of musical styles. Organ experience preferred, but candidates will be considered who are proficient on piano and have the desire to train on our impressive three-manual pipe organ. Responsibilities include planning hymns, liturgy and anthems for 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. Adult choir rehearses weekly September - May. Potential for building existing handbell choir and developing a youth music program. Reply with resume to stluke@enter.net.

P/T Church Treasurer (2-2)

Church treasurer needed in the Fleetwood area. 10-15 hrs/wk. Experience with QuickBooks and Excel required. Payroll experience preferred. Salary depends on experience. Send resumes to christ@christmertz.org.

P/T Administrative Assistant (2-1)

Good Shepherd, Muhlenberg Township, Reading, is searching for an Administrative Assistant to work 15-20 hours a week. Excellent computer skills required. Duties include communications with church members, vendors and contractors; maintaining church records in an electronic database, scheduling of church facilities, management of office equipment and secretarial support to the Church Council and Pastor. Experience with church management software and Sundays & Seasons a plus. Office experience preferred. Please send letter of interest and resume to gselc4201@gmail.com.

P/T Director of Christian Education (1-29)
Schwarzwald, Jacksonwald (Exeter Township) seeks a Christian with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ who is enthusiastic, energetic and creative. Experience in Christian educational leadership preferred. Must possess a genuine concern for all people, and capacity to relate with all people in a sensitive, respectful way. Able to pass Criminal, State and Federal Background Checks, holds a valid Driver’s License, and the capacity to work successfully as part of a ministry team with other staff members and elected lay ministry leaders. Competent in use of basic Microsoft Office software. If interested, please send your résumé to SLC, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, PA 19606.

F/T Muhlenberg College Chaplain (1-23)

Reporting directly to the President, and serving under a call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the College Chaplain oversees the religious and spiritual life of the College. The Chaplain provides strategic leadership and direction for the diverse religious communities on campus and interfaith engagement initiatives. The Chaplain serves as Pastor to the Protestant community and Chaplain to the full College. In support of Muhlenberg’s mission, the Chaplain advocates for the academic and co-curricular needs of students and other community members. Click here for more information and how to apply.

F/T VP for Administration, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1-18)

The Vice President for Administration is primarily responsible for stewarding the efficient and effective operation of this institution’s financial and physical resources, including those persons employed to serve and support all aspects of its mission. The Vice President attends to this with a significant focus upon preserving the financial soundness of the seminary, while also realizing other missional considerations are relevant. The Vice President serves as strategic advisor to the President and the Board of Directors, recommending the overall administrative goals, policies, programs, and practices that will develop a sustainable economic model for ensuring the long-term viability of the seminary. For a full job description and to apply, please go to: https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

P/T Administrative Assistant/Office Manager (1-10)

Muhlenberg College Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding seeks multi-faceted team partner (30 hrs/wk). Visit http://jobs.muhlenberg.edu for details.

P/T Church Treasurer (12-27)

St. John’s, Williams Township seeks a church treasurer. The annual salary is $1,122. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and payroll. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

P/T Church Secretary (12-27)

St. John’s, Williams Township seeks a church secretary. Approximately 7-8 hours per week; the annual salary is $3,749. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and possess ability to update website. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

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