E-News for
February 23, 2021
Synod News and Upcoming Events 

People from across the NEPA Synod territory participated in creating a daily Lenten Devotion Resource. You can access this resource for daily prayers and time away with God on our website, Facebook, or by clicking the link below. 
Lenten Devotion 2021
The Mother of Black Lutheranism

     In the first decades of the 20th century, African Americans faced grinding poverty and harsh racial restrictions. Many African American leaders fought against these evils and worked to bring justice to their communities. One such leader was Rosa Young of Alabama, whose drive and determination enabled her to spearhead the development of Black Lutheranism in the South...
Full Article Here
Thank you for your Mission Support!
Congregations in the synod continued to be generous by giving to mission support. In a year with much uncertainty, member remained faithful to commitments made and more. The mission interpretation ministry has prepared a “thank you” note that can be used with your members.  It is created as a bulletin insert, but can easily be copied to fit any form of communication you are using.  You can customize it with the amount of mission support that your congregation gave in 2020. 

Please contact georgiasuranofsky@hotmail.com if you have any questions.
Mission Support Documents


This past Friday, February 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued this updated guidance for communities of faith. It makes a strong recommendation to continue with Covid-19 precautions, and to avoid in-person gatherings if possible. It also encourages congregational councils and leaders to “offer options for [pastoral and office] staff at higher risk for severe illness that limit their exposure risk.” Click here to go to these guidelines, or copy this address into your browser: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/faith-based.html


The Faith Formation Resource Ministry Team is working on two opportunities for education based on the evaluations received from Learning Ministries Day 2021:

  1. First will be "Faith Formation Saturdays" (FFS) via Zoom. These virtual sessions will be held from 9 – 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The cost is $5 and the first one will be held Saturday, March 13th at 9 a.m. All are welcome to attend, but please register by Wednesday, March 10th. You will receive the Zoom login information two days prior to event.

    The first session is about “How Lutherans Read the Bible” presented by Deacon Joy Gerhart. Please see this flyer for more information about the topic and presenter. A sneak preview of the next topic will be given at this session.

    Register here: https://www.cvent.com/d/fjq1wn

  2. Second, as we continue to "weed & feed" the Resource Center located in the Lutheran Center (Synod office), resource lists related to the FFS topic will be curated. The curated lists will be shared along with future "Faith Formation Saturdays" information. The resources will be available for preview in the resource center to help leaders plan Faith Formation activities in their congregations.
Upcoming Events:
Save These Dates!  
Synod Assembly 2021 will be ONLINE: June 4th and 5th, 2021, We've done it before and we can do it again! We had hoped that we would be able to gather together in flesh and blood for our 2021 Synod Assembly, but in order to keep everyone safe, we'll be meeting online. 

CROP Recruiters’ Pizza Party/Kick-off:  Sun., Aug. 29, 2021, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

(to receive materials, ideas, and inspiration for yourself and your congregation)

at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104

Greater Allentown CROP Hunger Walk:  Sun., Oct. 10, 2021, 1:30 p.m.,

with registration beginning at 1:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104

For more information about Church World Service/CROP,

go to https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/page/about-the-walk

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

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

Donald Beck (retired; serving St. Luke’s Greeley, part-time; revdonbeck@verizon.net) is dealing with significant health issues.

► Karen Blitch, wife of David Blitch (Salem Belleman's, Mohrsville; upsygrad@msn.com), is receiving treatment for cancer and other multiple health issues.

► Dan Brettell (St. Paul III, Easton; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) and his wife, Patti’s 7 month-old granddaughter, Sabella Brettell, is recovering at home after surgery; and the family is cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

► Oliver Brown (St. James, Hobbie; bskindeer@aol.com ) is recovering from back surgery.

► Martin Everhart (SALM, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District), has been hospitalized for over two months and faces many health challenges. 

► Harry Goos (retired; rhgoos@comcast.net) is receiving physical rehabilitation after a fall.

► Robert Hughes (retired; hughesrobertg@gmail.com) is receiving chemotherapy while battling cancer.

► Gail Koerner, mother of pastoral candidate Elizabeth Koerner, is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

 Tom Lang (St. Paul's, Fleetwood; pastor@spelcfleetwood.com), he suffered 2nd degree burns from a propane heater used to keep him warm for outside worship

► Diane Laine, wife of Larry Laine (Trinity, Bangor; laineparallel@gmail.com) is dealing several health related issues.

Debra North (Faith, Blakeslee; revdeb527@gmail.com), is in the recovering after surgery.

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

► Luther Routte (retired) is recuperating at home after treatment for blood clots.

► Nancy (“Gidget”) Schwartz (wife of Don Schwartz, St. Andrew, Summit Lawn; dj1743schwartz19@yahoo.com) is now home from the hospital and is receiving out-patient treatments for cancer.

Durrell Seip (retired; durrellseip87@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.

► William Zimmermann (retired; wzimmermann@comcast.net), received a cancer diagnosis and will be having surgery at an undetermined time.

The Wider Church 
As the world has reeled from the effects of a deadly pandemic, we have seen the number of hungry people around the world rise, watched as food pantries and soup kitchens expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and longed together for the time when we “will hunger no more, and thirst no more ... and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes”(Revelation 7:16-17). This very yearning is at the heart of who we are as church together. Yet our longing has never led to inertia or despair, despite the discouraging forecasts. We are an Easter people, ever journeying toward the cross but trusting in faith that God’s story does not end on that hill.
Find out More
Upcoming Installations
Positions Available
New Listings:
Youth, Family & Community Coordinator.  St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fleetwood is searching for an energetic and talented person to engage the children, youth and families in our congregation and community in all aspects of our worship, learning and community outreach.  The ideal candidate should have some theological background, a college degree and the ability and passion to work well in intergenerational ministries.  25 hours per week.  Inquiries and resumes should be sent to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522 or by email at pastor@spelcfleetwood.com
Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than 90 days old, visit the synod website

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

P/T Music Director/Organist/Choir Director (2/9)
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (ELCA), Dallas, PA, is seeking a part-time (20 hours) Music Director/Organist/Choir Director. St. Paul’s is an active and welcoming community who highly regards liturgical worship and music, and who appreciates the rich and diverse styles of our Lutheran musical heritage. Please send resume' to St. Paul's Music Director, PO Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612 or cafett54@gmail.com. Please submit application by March 13 for preferential consideration.

P/T Parish Administrator (1/25)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fleetwood seeks a candidate who is well-organized, has proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and other similar applications), and has cheerful disposition. This person will be the hub of all parish communications and will need to work well under pressure. Position is salaried, the hours are generally 30-35 per week with one day in addition to Saturday and Sunday with paid vacation. If interested please send letter of introduction and resume to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA or email it to pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

P/T Sexton Position (1/12)

St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA 19512 is seeking a part-time sexton. The position is for 20-hours per week consisting of 5 days per week. Please note that the church provides an outreach ministry providing a day-care/ pre-school, thus the work hours are in the late afternoon/evening. Duties include cleaning the sanctuary, offices, bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, and other various cleaning functions. Experience preferred. Salary starts at $12.50 per hour. If you wish to apply, send a resume to the church address or e-mail the church at secretary@stjosephshill.com.

P/T Youth Leader (1/12)

St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA. 19512 is seeking a gifted and motivated individual to work with our youth. The individual would be involved in program planning, community building, growing the youth’s faith journey, and various congregational activities, including Sunday mornings. The position is approximately 25 hours per month. The salary is $13.55  per hour. If you wish to apply, send a resume to the church address or email the church at secretary@stjosephshill.com

P/T Parish Administrative Assistant (11-24)

St. Paul’s, Mertztown seeks a Parish Secretary. The position is presently 15 h/wk. Responsibilities include office administration, newsletter and bulletins, basic financial bookkeeping, being point of contact for church calendar, etc. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media platforms is preferred. Click here for more information. Please email interest to stpaullutheranpastor@ptd.net. Additionally you may phone the Council President Doug Butz at the Church number 610-682-6229 and someone will return your call.

P/T Director of Christian Education (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education who will play a unique role in the lives of children and adults at Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church. Working alongside a team led by the Lead Pastor, the Director’s primary role is to oversee and organize Faith Formation activities for all ages. Candidates need to have a strong, well-developed faith in Christ along with exceptional interpersonal, teaching, and leadership skills. Ideal candidates will also bring a servant’s heart to those AELC is called to serve. The position requires more than three years of experience in a church setting. Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org. Interested candidates may email cover letter/resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org. Please include three references and contact information.

P/T Organist, Director of Vocal and Bell Choirs (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director who will oversee the traditional music ministries of the church in cooperation with the pastor. The music leader will organize adult choir, bell choirs, and special music as needed and warranted to engage and inspire Christian faith beliefs through music. We are looking for someone to partner with us in this role. The Organist and Choir Director with also work with our Praise Team leader and other staff members to support the congregation. This is a part-time position (approximately 15-20 hours per week). Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org. Please email resumes to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org.

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