E-News for
September 4, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
A Reminder: Lutheran Center office hours will continue
to be Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The hours were changed after Memorial Day so that they no longer include hours on Friday. Budgetary restraints in 2018 required reductions in the bishop’s staff and compensation reductions for office support personnel. As congregation ministry and program schedules increase with the coming of September, please be mindful of these changes at the Lutheran Center.

Comments and Questions
About the Synod Assembly

As a result of the evaluations received at this year’s Assembly, answers to some of the frequently asked questions were compiled. Go to http://nepasynod.org/documents/assembly-2018/comments-and-questions.pdf and please pass this on to your congregations’ lay voting members.
Synod News Available Online

Although the black & white October edition of Synod News will be distributed in the monthly mailing as usual, it is also available online, both in black & white and in color, for downloading at http://nepasynod.org/publications/synod-news.
NEPS Senior High Retreat

November 9-11

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.

Upcoming Events

September 13. Urban Ministry Affinity Group. The group met on Monday, June 11 to discuss issues of concern for those engaged in ministry in the city, and will meet again on Thursday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Christ, Allentown. This group is open to anyone involved with ministry in an urban context.

September 29. Resiliency Retreat. The Creation Care Task Force is sponsoring this Retreat on Saturday, September 29, 10AM – 4PM at Bear Creek Camp. There will be hiking, learning about local wildlife, disaster preparedness training, and other activities. Cost: $20 ($10 for children under 16). For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/resiliency-retreat or contact Julie Menzo at 215-430-1299 or jmenzo@libertylutheran.org.

October 3. Educational Retreat Series. The Lehigh, Northern Lehigh Valley, and Bethlehem/Easton Mission Districts are sponsoring a five-week educational retreat series on addiction within the context of the Christian community. The event will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church in Allentown every Wednesday in October from 6:45 – 9:00 PM: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. All are welcome and encouraged to attend including the afflicted, their loved ones, all members of the community including counselors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, pastors, those in the criminal justice system, first responders, educators, etc. Click here for a flyer. More information, including registration forms will be available in the future.

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 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.

The Wider Church 
ELCA Global Links

‘Thad’s Story’ – discerning vocation through YAGM. Meet Thad, a young leader who dedicated a year of his life to service with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary through ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). With 80 participants beginning their YAGM service this month, there are many opportunities to support a transformative experience like Thad’s for the young adults of our church. Click here to read the latest newsletter.

Journeys Through Grief

Healing from the loss of a loved one takes time. Lutheran Congregational Services offers encouragement, support and community to help. LCS' Journeys Through Grief support groups, led by Sylvia Havlish, allows those who are grieving the opportunity to explore their grief in a small group setting. Fall sessions are listed below, and there is no cost to attend. Simply register in advance by emailing Sylvia at or calling 610-395-5045.

September 13 - October 18. Thursdays 7pm - 8:30pm at St. John's Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA.

October 1 - November 12. Mondays from 7pm - 8:30pm at Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 102 Apple St., Leesport, PA.

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

► John Lamb (St. Luke, Allentown; johnericlamb@entermail.net) has returned home from the hospital.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

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.

Smoky Schelly (former member of the synod executive staff; schellyfam@gmail.com) is dealing with serious 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

Mark Swanson will be installed as pastor of the Hegins-Pitman Parish at St. James, Pitman on Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.

Laura Csellak will be installed as pastor at Christ’s United, Ashland on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.

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

Positions Available
New Listings:

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 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.

F/T ELCA Foundation Director of Gift Planning (8-13)

The ELCA Foundation is searching for a Director of Gift Planning. Click here for a copy of the Position Profile. There are two key responsibilities for this leadership position: (1) Through the direct supervision of a national staff of about 20 regional gift planners (coaching and managing), lead and manage a robust fund-raising program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors of current and planned gifts; and (2) Manage the business relationships with ministry partner organizations through on-site visits.

This position is located in Chicago and reports to the Executive Vice President of the Foundation. It requires about 30% travel, visiting regional gift planners, donors, and ministry partnerships. Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board. Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search.

F/T ELCA Executive Director for Domestic Mission (8-13)

The ELCA is searching for an Executive Director for Domestic Mission. Click here for a copy of the Position Profile. This senior leadership position brings decisive and visionary leadership to this unit charged with wide-ranging work and relationships with churchwide units, synods, congregations, and other partners. The work involves equipping synods and congregations; developing new ministries, seeking to renew strategic ministries; and working with synods and congregations in programs and strategies for evangelical outreach.

Reporting to the presiding bishop, this position requires about 25% travel. It is located in Chicago.  Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board. Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search.

P/T Organist/ Keyboardist (7-18)

Faith, Blakeslee is looking for an organist/keyboardist and some choir work to serve two services (liturgy and hymns) each Sunday and select special services. Send letters of interest to Mr. Phil Newlander, President at faithlut@epix.net or mail to P. O. Box 228, Blakeslee, PA. Phone inquiries can be made to (570) 646-0309. Salary is competitive for the area. Those interested can check us out on Facebook or our website at www.FaithLutheranBlakeslee.org.

F/T Chaplain (7-18)

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital located in Allentown, PA is seeking a compassionate and caring Chaplain to help connect clients, patients, and long-term care residents with their chosen source(s) of spiritual nurture and to provide individual pastoral care and ecumenical worship services. The Chaplain will provide spiritual support at Good Shepherd’s 2 Long Term Care Facilities and 1 Specialty Unit. We are looking for a Chaplain who is (E.L.C.A.) ordained and Board Certified by A.P.C. This rewarding role is a full-time staff position. Interested candidates can apply online or send resumes to jdonaldson@gsrh.org.

P/T Business Secretary (7-5)

St. John, Easton is looking for a part-time Business Secretary for 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. Monthly bill-paying and semi-monthly staff payroll are the major duties. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are required, and knowledge of sound banking practices are needed. You will be trained on the use of Shepherd's Staff, the church's software program. Respond with cover letter and resume to C. Moyer at jobstjohnseaston@gmail.com."

P/T Preschool Teacher (6-20)

Light of Christ, Bethlehem is seeking a PT Preschool Teacher for three-year old children for our Christian Preschool. Responsibilities include planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum which covers a child’s cognitive, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development. Minimum requirement is an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Also desired are early childhood experience, a life filled with Christian love, patience, care, and understanding of young children. Start date: August 28, 2018. Contact Lynn Terry 610-861-0645 or lynnjt680@verizon.net for an application. For more information about our preschool go to http://www.lightofchristlutheran.org/child-center/.

Items Available 

Free Duplicator Supplies (9-4)

Christ, Allentown has replaced their duplicator and offers the following free to anyone who wants them: One A3 master roll. Ink cartridges of type VI box inks. There are: 4 – blue, 1 – green, 1 – maroon, and 2 – brown. If interested, please contact Lisa at 610-433-4271 or LisaS@christ.atown.org.

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