E-News for
February 16, 2021
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Historically Significant Black Lives that Matter:
A Lutheran Legacy

         Care for and by children of God in Black skin has a long history in the Lutheran church, despite the impression one might have of the ELCA as currently a predominantly “white” denomination. 
         Historical records show that the first Lutheran baptism of an American of African descent occurred on Palm Sunday in 1669, when a man named Emmanuel was baptized at Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew in New Amsterdam (now New York City)...
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Join us on...
​​​​​​​Wednesday, February 24th at 12 p.m. or
Saturday, February 27th at 10 a.m
. as we pull our many brains together and share our ideas in a blessed brain dump we will call the
"Independent Confirmation Project."
We hope a team of a few passionate folks will rise up from this time together to put the ideas together for future use in future months! Sign up here.

Marriage Preparedness Series 
Although Lutheran Congregational Services is no longer sponsoring the Marriage Prep Series, the instructor, Pastor Sandra Brown is still offering the classes. The class is a full day, designed to cover some of the basic topics of pre-marital counseling, such as communication, finances, and self-care.

The schedule for 2021 is as follows:
► March 13, Virtual
► April 10, Virtual

The following classes may be virtual, depending on Covid restrictions

► June 5, Grace, Royersford

► July 24, NEPA Synod office, Allentown

► September 11, Trinity, Lansdale

► October 23, NEPA Synod Office, Allentown

​​​​​​​*For more information, contact Pastor Sandra Brown, 215 680 3972, brownsj@msn.com 


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.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2021 NEPA Synod Lenten Devotion. Look for the daily posts on the Synod Facebook page beginning tomorrow (Ash Wednesday).  The full collection will be posted to the Synod website soon.  
Upcoming Events


Save These Dates!  

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

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

► Last week, we received word from our companion church in Argentina (IELU) that Pr. Fabian Kreischer died Sunday, February 7. Pastor Kreischer was very active as IELU's primary leader for our companion church relationship and communications. We pray for the people he served and all who love him in their time of grief.

​​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.

► 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.

► Susan Ritter, wife of Dennis Ritter (retired; dsritter@ptd.net) is recovering at home after knee replacement surgery.

► 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 
   Theological Education en Espanol

Affirming diversity in our ecclesial landscape does not mean substituting or eliminating anything. It means adding and expanding. Our theological education system will only grow and strengthen as new eyes and new voices read and comment on our confessional tradition and find connections, relationships, nuances and language that help us better grasp and articulate our faith. This is true of all ethnic-specific communities and all accents present in our denomination...
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Upcoming Installations
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 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.

Items Available 
Dr. Barbara Rossing Study Book Available in Resource Center

The study book written by our keynote speaker for Learning Ministries Day 2021 is now available in the Synod Resource Center in both Spanish and English. If you are interested in borrowing "Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today" to preview before ordering more for your congregation, please contact Debbie Frey in the Synod office at 610-266-5101.
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