E-News for
March 12, 2019
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Class for Lay Persons

March 16

The Rev. Mark Rigg will lead a class on “We Read Romans. Romans Reads Us.” New Testament scholar N.T. Wright calls Romans “the greatest letter ever written.” It is that and much more. It is Paul’s declaration of faith. It is a treasure vault of gifts to the church and to the individual believer. In our time together we will look at a handful of passages from Romans that occur on a regular basis in Lutheran worship. While we are reading Romans, it will “read” us by telling us hard truths about ourselves and glorious promises from God revealed in Jesus Christ. Homework: please read or listen to Romans at least once in advance of our time together. Then, time permitting, see if you can summarize the letter in your own words in just a paragraph or two.

The class will be offered on Saturday, March 16, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Lutheran Center, 2354 Grove Road, Allentown. 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 13 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.

Farm Family Appreciation Celebration

March 16

If you have not already but would like to help, your contributions to the Farm Family Appreciation Celebration would be greatly appreciated. This coming Saturday between 800 and 900 hard working farmers and their supporters will gather at the Hamburg Field House for a delicious meal and a great time for dancing, fellowship and fun. This event is offered free of charge to farm families as a way to say thank you for all you do to provide for the needs of community and world. Your generous donations, no matter how big or small, all help make it happen. If you have contributed before, would you consider doing so again. If you never have, how about starting this year. Make check out to Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod or just NEPS and send them to 2354 Grove Road, Allentown, PA 18109 attention: Pastor Mary Gade. Thanks for your support.

Farewell Event for Pastors
Mary Gade and Carl Shankweiler

April 4

A luncheon reception will be held at the Lutheran Center on Thursday, April 4, from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. You’re invited to come to the reception, enjoy the luncheon, and take the opportunity to offer your personal best wishes directly to Mary and Carl as they conclude their roles on the Synod Staff. You are invited to join the staff for an informal Eucharist at 12:00 noon; or you can arrive and depart at times convenient for you.

Please contact Laurie Christman at the Lutheran Center (laurie@nepsynod.org or 610/266-5101) if you plan to attend. Deadline for reservations is March 28.

All are welcome!

Upcoming Events

March 9. NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gathering. The Lutheran Center, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Do you work with children, youth, and families in your ministry? Do you wish you had a place to gather with like-minded people to share joys, frustrations, and steal, er... borrow, fabulous ideas from others? Consider meeting with the NEPA Youth Ministry Network, sponsored by your Youth, Youth Adult, and Family Ministry Team. If you are able to come (or if you cannot attend and are interested in gathering with us in the future) please RSVP to Deaconess Deborah Graf at dgraf@trinityreading.org.

March 12. Men’s Ministry Meeting. Improving Men’s Group Congregational Activities. If you are interested in starting or improving a vibrant men’s ministry in your congregation, please consider attending an interactive light dinner and meeting sponsored by the Synod’s Men in Mission group. The Synod’s Men in Mission group hopes to offer this program at various locations around our territory. The first such offering will take place on Tuesday evening, March 12, at Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609. The event will begin with a catered light dinner at 6:00 p.m., with the program following at 7:00 and concluding by 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 5 with your name, congregation, and number of attendees to office@adventonline.net or 610-678-2411.

March 16. 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.) Square Dance, Classic and Modern Country Music by “The Majestics,” with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Sports. Feel free to support your favorite team by wearing their colors! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.

April 4. Youth Ministry Network Gathering. 12:00 noon at the Lutheran Center (bring your own lunch).

May 4. Ministry Fair. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Lutheran Center (Lunch will be provided). Visit the Synod’s Resource Center to learn about ministries of the Northeastern PA Synod; share resources offered by synod teams; and attend mini-sessions (like Learning Ministries Day). There will also be an opportunity to share your congregation’s information/ministries at your own sharing table. Sponsored by the Faith Formation Resource Ministry Team. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/ministry-fair.

May 5. May Play Day. Join others from around the synod for the annual May Play Day! What can you expect? Games for all ages. Adventures: rock-climbing wall, boating, hiking, high ropes course and more. Dinner and singing. For senior high youth and their advisors/parents – an info meeting on the 2018 youth gathering and the synod’s Lutheran Youth Fellowship organization. The cost is $4 for children who are 12 years and younger. For everyone else the cost is $8. Explore the camp – rain or shine – and enjoy a fun day outdoors. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/may-play-day.

June 1. Synod Assembly. “Freed in Christ for a New Day.” Genetti Inn and Suites in Hazleton. This is a one-day event. Registration cost for voting members will be only $100, while visitors this year will pay $20 (which covers the cost of the full luncheon). Any and all are encouraged to attend. More information will be placed on the synod website as it becomes available.

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. Download a poster.

The Wider Church 
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 Resources
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

Christian Eichorn (Trinity, Hecktown; pceichorn@gmail.com) and his wife, Pamela. Condolences at the death of Pamela’s father, Herbert, on February 20.

 Deb Gifford (UCC Pastor serving Trinity, Gouglersville; gifforddk@aol.com) is recuperating after surgery.

Jeremiah Sassaman (St. Paul/Mertztown; revjr3@ptd.net), whose father, Richard, is back in the hospital with an infection following open heart surgery.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Leilani, the infant daughter of Becky Blitch and Eliot Rodriquez, granddaughter of David (Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville; revblitch@msn.com) and Karen Blitch whose surgery on February 27 was successful, and she continues to recover in the hospital. She is expected to go home in the very near future.

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

► Kelly Brooks (chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab Network; kel4u@earthlink.net) is recovering at home following a heart attack.

 Chris deForest (Trinity, Kutztown; cdeforest@mac.com) is easing back into his responsibilities at Trinity as he continues to recover from a mild heart attack.

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

Chris deForest will be installed as pastor at Trinity, Kutztown on Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

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 Parish Administrator (3-11)

Grace, Shillington has an opening for a part-time Parish Administrator. 16 hours per week; specific days and hours are negotiable. Candidates must have excellent communication and organizational skills and should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook) with at least some knowledge of PowerChurch Plus and QuickBooks preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. Qualified candidates are to submit their resume electronically to council@graceshillington.org. Deadline for applications is March 22, 2019.

F/T Executive Director (3-6)

Bear Creek Camp is looking to fill the position of Executive Director. With a firm commitment to Christ and the Church, the Executive Director serves the mission and vision of Bear Creek Camp through directing its ministries, developing financial resources, developing strategic relationships with individuals and organizations, and ensuring that all programs are consistent with the mission, vision, and philosophy of Bear Creek Camp. The full job description can be found here: https://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities. Please send all resumes and inquiries to: jobs@bearcreekcamp.org.

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 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.

P/T Choir Director and/or Keyboardist (2-28)

St. Paul, Tannersville seeks a part-time (10-15 hours per week) individual(s) to fill the choir director and accompanist roles. Versatility in playing the organ, piano, and electric keyboard is desired. Two choirs (adult vocal and bells) provide musical leadership for one Sunday liturgical service (9:00 am) as well as evening Lenten services and weddings/funerals. First Sunday of the month is contemporary worship with praise band. Salary is commensurate with experience and level of musicianship. Please send resume and requests for full job descriptions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, attn. Personnel Committee, P. O. Box 196, Tannersville, PA 18372, or by e-mail: parishcoordinator@stpaultannersvillepa.org.

F/T Church Administrative Assistant

Full time position, 40 hrs/week. Christ Lutheran Church, Hellertown is seeking a Church Administrative Assistant to manage the church office. Church secretary/ Administrative Assistant experience necessary. Knowledge of Shepherd Staff, Microsoft Office, including Excel, Outlook, and Publisher necessary. Social media savy is helpful. Christ Lutheran Church has a staff of 20 employees. We are an active church requiring attention to details and organization skills. Salary based upon experience. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to: Pastor Phil, churchoffice@christlutheranhellertown.org. Please type “Admin Asst” in the subject line. Position available in Mid-March. Detailed position description is available upon request.

F/T Day Care Center Director (2-9)

St. John, Kutztown, has a well-established day care center and is looking for an energetic and hardworking director to head our program. Our ideal candidate should have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, the ability to balance a variety of tasks, and a love for children. This is a permanent full-time position serving children age 3 - grade 8. The director is responsible for the general management of the facility including administering finances, personnel, maintenance, program objectives, and activities. Applicants for this position will need a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, elementary education or the human services field, and at least one year of experience with children. Current clearances are required. To apply please pick up an application at St. John's Lutheran Church, 201 E. Main St. Kutztown, PA. For further information call (610) 683-5402, and ask for Kayla Conrad.

P/T Day Care Center Group Supervisor (2-9)

St. John, Kutztown, is now hiring a part-time Group Supervisor M-F, 30 hours per week. Minimum job requirements: an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the human service field and 2 years experience with children. Qualified candidates must obtain current clearances and must have references. A flexible schedule is a must. Starting salary is based on experience. Call (610) 683-5402 weekdays 9 am - 5 pm for application information; ask for Kayla Conrad.

P/T Music Ministry Director (1-23)

Provides choral and instrumental music leadership for 2 services each Sunday morning as well as for special services. Duties include playing organ and piano to lead liturgy and hymns; selecting appropriate music for each service; rehearsing and directing choirs and instrumentalists; meeting with pastor and Worship & Music Committee for planning. This is a part-time position (approximately 20 hours per week). Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Music Ministry Director Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

P/T Music Director (01-08)

St. Mark, Bethlehem is seeking a Music Director. This is a part-time position with the following requirements: Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent experience including choir direction. Candidate should know choral techniques, have experience in church worship with both organ and piano, have a working familiarity with church music and liturgical practices related to Lutheran worship. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.

P/T Music Director (01-05)

Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven seeks a part-time music director. Play liturgy (two services most Sundays, Evening Prayer in Lent, etc.), direct twenty-member adult choir, oversee and work with praise team, foster music with children – all with the purpose of leading the assembly in giving glory of God. Instruments include twenty-five year-old, three manual, 32 rank Schantz organ, and Boston grand piano in setting with superb acoustics. 15 hours/week, salary based on musicianship and experience. For complete job description, follow the Music Director Position link at www.jerusalemlutheran.com. Send resume with salary requirements to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

P/T Custodian (12-13)

Part-time Church Custodian needed by Nativity, Reading. This is a salaried position. Child protection clearances are necessary. Nativity is a non-smoking campus. Parish Custodian will not be a member of Nativity Lutheran Church. Please call our church office at 610-374-3230 or e-mail the church at natsec@comcast.net for an application and a copy of the job description. Position available January 1, 2019.

Items Available 

Available from the Synod Office

The synod office has an office desk, one large computer desk, a small computer desk, and a small metal table on wheels for anyone who can come and get them. Contact Debbie Frey (debbie@nepsynod.org) if you are interested or want a picture.

Schober Theatre Organ (3-1)

The Schober Theatre Organ (click here for a full description) is not merely a routine electronic organ dressed up to suggest the cinema instrument. It was designed from the ground up to provide that marvelous palette of tone colors and pitch registers that makes even the simplest effort result in musical satisfaction that warms the heart. Indeed, few but the largest theatre organs of yesteryear could provide the variety of effects, the gamut of emotional expression which is now available to you in the Schober Theatre Organ. The owner (in west Allentown) would like very much to find a good home for it in any church or home. For more information contact Nancy Fennell at nanfenn@aol.com.

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