E-News for
April 28, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
More Resources for Congregations During the Pandemic
 
 
 
 

Synod Loans for Payroll Assistance

Shortly after Easter a letter was sent to all synod congregations, encouraging them to apply for a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loan. Those congregations that do not receive such a loan and do not have other financial reserves were invited to apply for a zero percent interest loan from the Synod Loan Fund.

 
 
Read the Letter
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
A Word of Thanks from Bishop Zeiser

Congregations continue to be generous in their mission support offerings during the coronavirus pandemic. In the face of drastically different weekly circumstances, they demonstrate commitment to gospel witness throughout the ELCA: in their communities, across the synod, and into the far reaches of this church’s mission – including globally.


I heard a powerful ministry witness this past weekend as Muhlenberg College Chaplain Kristen Glass Perez reported to the Board of Trustees…

 
 
Read Bishop Zeiser's Note
 
 
 
STAY May Play Day

May 17

May Play Day may have been canceled, but a "STAY May Play Day" is in the works. The Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team is working closely with Bear Creek Camp to develop this day of camp fun and synod engagement. Prepare for an online experience throughout the afternoon of Sunday, May 17. Follow Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA, NEPS - Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team, and Bear Creek Camp on Facebook at these links for additional updates and to participate in activities with others when the day arrives.

 
 
 
 
 
Celebrating our 2020 Graduates

If you have 2020 graduates in your youth group or church community and would like to lift them up for their accomplishment, please do two things. First, fill out this form so we can send them a congratulatory letter directly. Second, if they are willing to share, please ask them to record a video answering the following questions as we coordinate an online Baccalaureate service for early June:


  • What is your name, church, and high school?
  • Who has been most influential to your faith journey and why?
  • What is your favorite Bible story or Bible verse?
  • What was your favorite youth group/church trip/activity and why?

Submissions will be compiled and shared online. Videos can be as short as necessary, but please try not to exceed 3 minutes per student. Submit to sammy@nepsynod.org before Friday, May 15th.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events


May 17. STAY May Play Day. May Play Day may have been canceled, but a "STAY May Play Day" is in the works. The Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team is working closely with Bear Creek Camp to develop this day of camp fun and synod engagement. Prepare for an online experience throughout the afternoon of Sunday, May 17. Follow Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA, NEPS - Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team, and Bear Creek Camp on Facebook at these links for additional updates and to participate in activities with others when the day arrives.


September 19. Youth Fest 2020. Youth Fest is back this Fall at Union Lutheran in Schnecksville on Saturday, September 19. Our theme for the year will be Accepted: God’s, the acceptance that matters. The planning team for this event is hoping to offer even more wonderful breakout sessions than last year. For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/youth-fest-2020/.


October 17. We Love… Trinity, Reading, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We Love… will be a day of workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. We Love… is open to pastors, deacons, council members, congregation members, church unaffiliated, Sunday School teachers and learners, gay, straight, bi, trans, +, young, old, you and everyone. Come learn why, how and who We Love… For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.


October 22-24. Assembly 2020. Information on the postponed Assembly will be published as available.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Seeds Monthly

“Meeting an unprecedented moment.” As the world has grappled with COVID-19, the ELCA has sought new ways to meet this unique cultural moment, engaging members in worship and faith formation through innovative means. Congregations have adapted their services with new programs such as drive-in worship, Zoom call worship gatherings, family Bible-study sessions on Facebook live and so many more. More than ever, people need to hear that perfect love, which is God, casts out fear. Read more about the extraordinary ways ELCA congregations are staying connected during this time.

 
 
Read the April Edition
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

► Bunny Claycomb, wife of Steve Claycomb (Christ Hamilton United, Hamilton Square; revclay111@comcast.net) is hospitalized with COVID-19.

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and will have surgery and treatments soon.

► Phyllis Pelletier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization from effects of chemotherapy.


​​Continuing in Our Prayers


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

► Kelly Brooks (chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab Network; kbrooks@gsrh.org) is recovering from gallbladder surgery.

► Ed Cloughen (retired; EWC4PAR@aol.com) is receiving rehabilitation after a fall.

► Judy Gifford, wife of Hartland (Herb) Gifford (retired; hhgiff@ptd.net) is now home and recovering from a broken right leg.

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

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

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


► 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.


► Sherrie Sneed (Director of Pastoral Care, East Stroudsburg; sedaka17@gmail.com) is recovering from complications of hip surgery.

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Wes Poole will be installed as pastor at Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.


Colleen Cox will be installed as pastor at Grace, Shillington on Sunday, June 14. Time TBD.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:


 
 
 
 
 
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 Organist and Choir Director (3-26)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director (approximately 20 hours per week) to 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. 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.


P/T Office Administrator (3-4)

St. Paul, Fleetwood seeks a part-time office administrator. 7.5 hours daily Monday through Thursday. Attendance at monthly Council meetings and quarterly Staff meetings. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor and Staff. Maintains church calendar. Recruits and schedules volunteers as needed. Insures timely production, final edit, emailing and mailing of monthly newsletter. Prepares weekly worship service bulletins. Orders and maintains supplies for the operation of the church’s administrative functions. Maintains files both hard copy and electronic. Ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment. Coordinates compilation and submission of parochial reports and annual report booklet. Maintains church member database. Contact person for community groups using the church facility. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Questions: Contact Pastor Tom Lang at 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.


P/T Ministry Assistant (2-26)

St. Paul, Fleetwood, seeks a part-time Ministry Assistant. Approximately 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. The Ministry Assistant will work under the direction of the Pastor. This will require at least one meeting each week with the Pastor (and other staff members if needed). The job will be to serve as support staff for Youth & Family Ministries. This will involve interacting with the Adult Youth Leaders, the Christian Education Director and the Catechism Teachers in order to create and plan activities designed to address the needs of Youth and their families. To apply or for more information contact Pr. Tom Lang, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.


P/T Director of Music (1-24)

Trinity, Topton is seeking a Music Director. Trinity holds one service each Sunday at 9:00. Our Music Director supports our services by playing organ, piano and leading our choir. Trinity has a fantastic 22 rank organ that was installed 5 years ago. Please send resume to trinitytop@aol.com.


P/T Parish Secretary (1-24)

St. John, Mohnton is looking for a Parish Secretary. 20 hours/week. Needs proficiency in MS Office. The Parish Secretary provides administrative services within St. John’s for worship services and ministries, records financial contributions, and oversees day-to-day operations. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a resume to pastor@stjohnsmohnton.org.

 
 
 
 
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