E-News for
October 9, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders
October 23 & 24
Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 15

If you have not taken part in a workshop in the last four years you need to do so in 2018. These are the last two workshops to be offered. The registration must be at the synod office on Monday, October 15. No exceptions!

Class for Lay Persons

November 17

This year our Lay Classes will begin with a focus on preaching. We are finding that more and more lay people are filling the gaps during pastors’ vacations and during transitions, when there is not communion during the worship service. As much as we would like to think these messages come naturally, a lot goes into them. Please plan to join us for the Lay Class on November 17, “Preaching the Different Gospels,” taught by Pr. Mark Rigg. Click here for a full description. It will be held at the Lutheran Center. The cost is only $10 per person. Call 610-266-5101 to register [this can be taken from former classes].

Looking ahead, our class on January 19 will be taught by the Rev. Dr. Allison DeForest on “Preaching from the New Testament.”

Reminder to congregations:
It’s time to enter your
2019 health benefit option

Choose the ELCA-Primary health benefits option you will offer for 2019 and enter it on EmployerLink before Oct. 26. You must do this even if you want to continue your current option, your plan members waive ELCA-Primary health benefits, or your plan members are eligible for ELCA Medicare-Primary coverage. There’s information to help your organization make its selection on EmployerLink — or call the Customer Care Center, 800.352.2876, for help.

Upcoming Events

October 16-17. Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. This is a one and a half day ecumenical, educational, non-profit seminar designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/administrators, and to grow spiritually. Originally started by the Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it has expanded in recent years. As a result, secretaries, administrative assistants and office support personnel from every denomination are welcome. For more information, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/parish-secretaries-seminar.

October 23 & 24. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders. Workshops in Dallas & Stroudsburg. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod “Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders” training program is designed to enrich both our opportunity and responsibility as leaders for Christ’s church. More than a “boundaries workshop” this time together will benefit participants in many ways. If you have not taken part in a workshop in the last four years you need to do so in 2018. There will be a maximum of 75 at each workshop so sign up early. Full information is available at: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018. Click here for some frequently asked questions.

November 3. Treasurers Workshop. 9:30 AM‐12:30 PM at The Lutheran Center. Audiences: Treasurers, financial secretaries, pastors, finance committee members. Presenters: Frances L. Ferrari, Joel Long, and Barb Debski. There is no cost to participants, but you need to register ahead of time. Visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/treasurers-workshop/ for more information and to register.

November 6-8. Bishop’s Conference. Shawnee Inn. Theme: “Exposing the Idols: Reflection and Practice.” The Rev. Dr. Melinda Quivik will help us to face idols both inside and outside of the church. The plenary sessions will address sacramental and theological idols, societal idols, and individual idols (both personal and professional). For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/bishops-conference-2018.

November 9-11. NEPS Senior High Retreat. Kenbrook Bible Camp, 190 Pine Meadow Road Lebanon, PA 17046. We will gather for a retreat full of fun, singing, and playing, to remember that God’s love doesn’t change and reform us only once. God’s love continues to work in and through us each and every day. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/senior-high-retreat.

November 17. Class for Lay Persons. This year our Lay Classes will begin with a focus on preaching. We are finding that more and more lay people are filling the gaps during pastors’ vacations and during transitions, when there is not communion during the worship service. As much as we would like to think these messages come naturally, a lot goes into them. Please plan to join us for the Lay Class on November 17, “Preaching the Different Gospels,” taught by Pr. Mark Rigg. Click here for a full description. It will be held at the Lutheran Center. The cost is only $10 per person. Call 610-266-5101 to register [this can be taken from former classes].

December 11. Parish Secretaries Christmas Luncheon. A Christmas luncheon will be hosted by the Synod’s Support Staff for all Parish Secretaries on Tuesday, December 11 at noon at The Lutheran Center. An invitation with all the details will be included in the October monthly mailing and posted on www.godslove.org. Please feel free to pass the invitation on to any retired parish secretaries you might know.

The Wider Church 
Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
2018 Wallenberg Tribute Program

October 14

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Muhlenberg College will host the 24th annual Wallenberg Tribute, dedicated to the memory of the heroic Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis at the very end of World War II. The tribute lecture, at 3:30 pm in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall, is free and open to the public. Dr. Reggie Williams of McCormick Seminary in Chicago will speak about “What Harlem’s Humanity Taught Dietrich Bonhoeffer about Hitler’s Antisemitism,” touching on basic human dignity at the intersection of race relations, antisemitism, Nazi ideology, theology, and contemporary American life.

A reception and dinner following the lecture, in Seegers Union, will honor Deacon Liz Miller of Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem, for embodying Wallenberg’s virtue of courageous moral action on behalf of others. Deacon Liz has led Trinity’s soup kitchen for several decades, gathering, inspiring, and leading a community in mutual ministry at the margins of society. The reception and dinner require reservations, beginning at $60/person and supporting the work of the IJCU in building interfaith understanding and combating prejudice. For more information and reservations, please contact the IJCU at 484-664-3470 or ijcu@muhlenberg.edu.

Adoption and Foster care:
Diakon Needs Resource Families

Are you interested in orphan care? Do you feel called to adopt or foster but don’t know where to begin? Mark your calendar for November 11, Orphan Sunday. Covenant Church, 1201 Yerger Blvd, Reading, PA 19608, will be hosting an Adoption & Foster Care 101 event at 6:30 PM. Learn about the 4 ways to care for orphans: Adoption, Foster Care, Orphan Care and Family Support. Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone can do something! Download a flyer. Check out our Facebook page at: http://facebook.com/adoptionfoster101 or email Betsy@miriamsheart.org.

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

► Lisa K. Borrell (Friedens, Center Valley; mizlkb@aol.com) and Christopher S. Geist. Congratulations at their upcoming marriage on Sunday, October 14, at Friedens.

► Phyllis Wolford (St. John, Tamaqua; pphyllis@ptd.net) is scheduled for surgery at LV Cedar Crest on Tuesday, October 9.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Carl Adams (retired; cajoadams@verizon.net) is receiving rehabilitation after a stroke.

 Leilani, the five-month old daughter of Becky Blitch and Eliot Rodriquez, granddaughter of David (Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville; revblitch@msn.com) and Karen Blitch has been diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer that affects newborns and toddlers. She will need four rounds of 21-day chemotherapy. The plan is to shrink the tumor so that it can then be removed.

Janet Fisher, wife of Fred Fisher (retired; ffisher7@comcast.net), is receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

► Gail Kees (retired; gailkees@ptd.net) is recovering at home following surgery on her shoulder.

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

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

Drew J. Neidig will be ordained on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, Deer Park, New York.

Kristen Glass Perez will be installed as Chaplain at Muhlenberg College, Allentown on Sunday, October 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

Diana Pelletier will be installed as Deacon at St. John, Sinking Spring on Sunday, November 11, at 4:00 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Organist Position (10-9)

Friedens (Friedensville), Center Valley seeks someone with great interpersonal skills who can capably lead our 9am worship service (ELW multiple settings) as well as our small Sr. Choir (approx. 6 members). Immediate opening; good salary; would like to have position filled before Advent. Please direct inquiries to Worship & Music Chair, Cindy Kerr at kerr1230@gmail.com.

Director of a Children’s Learning Center (10-9)

Christ, Hellertown is seeking a director for our Children’s Learning Center. We are a Progressive Christian church, which values all faith traditions that seek to love and serve all people. Our Learning Center incorporates both a before/after school program (K-4) together with learning center (6 wks – Pre-K). Our learning center is a vital ministry to our church and community. We are looking for an experienced director who can lead our center with current and creative ideas in curriculum, staffing, and team building. Our director must meet Pa State qualifications. A detailed position description is available upon request at churchoffice@christlutheranhellertown.org. We offer a competitive package based upon experience. This position is available immediately. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Pastor Phil Spohn at pspohn@christlutheranhellertown.org.

Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than eight weeks old, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/publications/job-listings.

P/T Secretary (9-5)

St, Mark’s Community, Reeders, is seeking a part-time Secretary for 4-6 hours per week. Duties will include preparing bulletins, newsletters, maintaining directory information, and helping with general correspondence. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Other qualifications include: being personable and courteous, good communication and organizational skills, ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality. Previous office experience required. Respond with cover letter and resume to Michelle Allison at stmarkscommluth@gmail.com.

P/T Social Media Ministry Director (9-5)

Zion Spies, Reading, is looking for a Social Media Ministry Director for our new Young Ministry initiative. You’d be hired for eight hours a week for up to three years. You’ll be working with church teams, the administrative assistant, the pastor, and you’ll be working inspired by your calling to ministry and fueled by your creativity. Your objective will be to extend, establish, and develop practices for being Christ’s community in the virtual spaces. Up-to-date social media platforms are your tools to reach out to folk of our congregation, develop new networks and ministry practices, and also to organize a few face-to-face events to ground your work in the here and now. We imagine you to be tech and social media savvy, conversant in the basics of Lutheran theology, mission oriented, with a heart for ministry, a team player ready to interlink with other folk’s ministries, and a good and fun communicator with people of all generations. We do not want to simply add content, but we want to use social media tools to create relationships through Christ with the community and beyond. If that’s for you, please apply by October 10 sending your application and your résumé to both Pastor Anja astuckenberger@gmail.com and to David dnawrocki@albright.edu.

P/T Organist/ Choir Director (9-7)

St. Matthew, Scranton, is seeking a part-time (8 hours/week) organist/choir director. Please submit a letter of application and resume with salary requirement to lutherangels@comcast.net. Substitute organists / pianists are also being sought.

P/T Secretary (9-7)

St. John, Whitehall (Fullerton), is looking for a Part-time Secretary for 15 hours per week at $12 per hour. Responsible for administrative operation of the church: typing, telephone and electronic correspondence, maintaining church activity calendar, telephone lists, and similar.Position requires attendance at monthly Church Council meeting (2nd Tuesday of month) to take minutes. Requires Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of Shepherd’s Staff (church software) a plus, but can be trained. Respond with cover letter and resume to Alison Boor at alisonboor@rcn.com.

P/T Sexton (9-10)

Part-time sexton needed by St. Paul, Reading. Approximately 12-15 hours per week. Upstairs nave must be cleaned once a week. Downstairs fellowship hall is heavily used by congregation and community and must be cleaned thoroughly once a week, bathrooms at least twice a week. Child Protection clearances are necessary. St. Paul’s is a non-smoking campus. Call (610-373-3135) or email (stpaullcreading@verizon.net) the Church for an application and a copy of the job description.

P/T Organist/Choir Director (8-28)

Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church seeks qualified applicants for the position of part-time time Organist/Choir Director with 12 Sundays off per year. Interested applicants may submit a resume to the church at 820 West Leesport Road, Leesport, PA 19533 Attn: Selection Committee or by email to bernelca@juno.com.

P/T Church Treasurer (8-27)

St. John, 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.

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