E-News for
December 19, 2017
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
2018 Congregation Officers Form

The new form is now available for download from the synod website (http://nepasynod.org/publications/documents-policies). Congregations are requested to fill it out as soon as the information is available and email it to Debbie Frey (debbie@nepsyond.org) or mail it to her attention at the synod office (The Lutheran Center, 2354 Grove Road, Allentown, PA 18109).
Annual Report Cover Available

The ELCA Annual Report Cover for 2017 is now available. You can download a PDF version from the synod website (http://nepasynod.org/documents/2017-annual-report-cover.pdf) or you can order hard copies in quantity by calling 800-638-3522.

Upcoming Events

January 18. Knitting Together the Ministries of Word and Sacrament. Working Ideas into Action. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church, 4004 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, PA 18104. The first brainstorming meeting whirled some productive ideas and insights up and around. At the next meeting, we will follow-up on those ideas, insights, and the thoughts that have presented themselves in the meantime. This meeting is open also to folks who did not attend the first event. Let us know, though, because we’ll send you the brainstorming notes ahead of time. Contact or RSVP either to Linda Zwaski (lzawaski@hotmail.com) or Anja Stuckenberger (astuckenberger@gmail.com).

January 27. Learning Ministries Day 2018. LM Day will be held at Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in Hamilton Square, Stroudsburg, on Saturday, January 27 starting at 8:30 AM with registration and concluding at 3:00 PM. Visit the synod website for more information and to register.

March 17. Farm Family Appreciation Celebration. Doors open at 6:15 PM, but no earlier. Dinner buffet – 7:00 to 8:00 PM (Tables will be held for families that work late.) Hoedown and Country music by “The Outlaws,” with line dance music between sets – 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.
The Wider Church 
A Christmas Message from Bishop Eaton

“Just this. Just now.” View or download the video or a PDF version.

ELCA Global Links

Reconciliation and healing in South Sudan500. Nov. 16 was a day many have been anticipating – the dedication and inauguration of the Reconciliation Lutheran Church Community Center and Clinic in Juba, South Sudan. Over 5,000 people from the community came to the celebration! Read this and other articles in the December edition of ELCA Global Links.

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

Hannah Lisowski, daughter of Lois Sterling (lay pastoral care provider for St. Paul, Port Carbon), was in a serious accident and is in the trauma unit at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Catherine Brettell, mother of Dan Brettell (St. Paul, Bethlehem; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) is dealing with various health issues.

Elizabeth Darr, wife of Tom Darr (Trinity, Topton; revdrrthms@gmail.com) is recuperating from an additional surgery.

Byard Ebling (retired; bjebln@hotmail.com) is recuperating at a nursing home.

► Dana Heckman-Beil (Good Shepherd, Ashland; PastorDana@ptd.net) is recovering from a broken ankle.

► Eric Hill, son of Pastor David and Susan Hill (retired; selhill@aol.com), is receiving targeted therapy treatments.

​​ Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) continues
to make improvement with NeuroVision Therapy in Kingston following an auto accident on June 10.

► 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@ptd.net) is dealing with serious health issues.

► Muriel Schmoyer, wife of Carl Schmoyer (retired), is under hospice care.

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

► Beth Ann Vaughn (Music Ministry Director; St. John, Emmaus) is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

► William Wightman (retired; wights1@verizon.net) is at home again..

Paul Xander (Chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab) is hospitalized with an infection.
Upcoming Installations
Karen Matthias-Long will be installed as deacon at Trinity, Lansdale, 1000 W Main Street, Lansdale on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 pm. Worship will be "Dinner Church"; so if you plan to attend, please email Karen at kmatthiaslong@trinitylansdale.com.
David Blitch will be installed as pastor at Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville on Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 pm.
Spencer D. Steele will be ordained on Sunday, January 14, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Dana Point, CA.
Sister Janet Stump will be installed as Deacon at St. Timothy, Allentown on Sunday, January 14, at 10:30 a.m.
Spencer D. Steele will be installed as assistant pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus on Sunday, February 25, at 3:00 pm.
Kathleen Yenser will be installed as deacon at St. John, Reading on Sunday, February 25, at 10:00 a.m.
Positions Available
New Listings:

Repeat Listings (Date listed)

P/T Organist (11-8)

Holy Spirit, Reading is seeking a part time Organist. Responsibilities include 1 Sunday morning worship each week plus usual seasonal services. Instrument is recently restored 36 rank EM Skinner organ. For additional information, please send resume to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 421 Windsor St, Reading PA 19601; or email to holyspiritrdg@gmail.com, or contact the Church office at 610-376-0825.

P/T Church treasurer (10-27)

Zion's, King's Highway S., Old Zionsville. The annual salary is $5,000. Anyone interested in the position should contact Isabel 610-844-1326 or isbarmill@ptd.net or Eleanor, Adm. Asst. at Zion's, 610-966-3834 for further information.

P/T Music Director/Organist (10-18)

St. John, Stroudsburg seeks a P/T Music Director/Organist. Experience preferred. Sundays, holidays, special services, and choir rehearsals. Approximately 12-14 hours per week. Interested individuals should provide a resume and 3 references to St. John Lutheran Church, 9 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, c/o Pr. Moser.

Items Available 

Wanted: 4-inch aluminum letters for traditional church sign

White letters on black background. Bent top lip. Need 3 or 4 V's. Just V's. Zion Lutheran Church, Tamaqua. Contact George Taylor at gtay200@verizon.net.

Refrigerator Freezer

Large, movable industrial size refrigerator freezer for sale. Approximately 4 feet wide by 7 feet high. It sold new for $3200. Selling now for $1000. Buyer needs to move it as soon as possible. Call Dawn Richie at home (570-427-4429) to negotiate or for more information.

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