E-News for
September 18, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Parish Secretaries Christmas Luncheon

December 11 - Save The Date!

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.

God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday

Send us your Story! If you participated in or are planning to participate in God's Work. Our Hands. community outreach project, will you please send a short story with a photo or two to georgiasuranofsky@hotmail.com. We are planning to post the stories on the synod website and Facebook page to share how we are making a difference in the world. Your story may just be what it takes to have another congregation try what you did, or you may like a story you have seen and want to try it for yourself.

Upcoming Events

September 29.

Flooding and Long Term Recovery: Construction, Coordination, and Case Management. The Creation Care Task Force is sponsoring this Workshop on Saturday, September 29, 9AM – 3PM at Bear Creek Camp. There will be opportunity to enjoy the beautiful setting of Bear Creek Camp and to learn about climate adaptation as we experience hotter and wetter weather. Free, but registration is required. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/flooding-workshop/ 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 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.

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 
Monthly Stewardship Resource Kit

Every month, Pastor Rob Blezzard offers a monthly Stewardship Resource Kit that has brief RCL-based bulletin inserts relating to stewardship for every Sunday, plus a newsletter article folks can cut-and-paste into their congregational publications. There are also links to online resources to teach, do, lead, preach about and think about stewardship.

Luther Crest Program

October 6

Chris Berlin, M.Div., son of the late Rev. Dr. Manfred K. Bahmann and an instructor at the Harvard Divinity School, will present a talk on October 6 at 2:30 p.m. in Crest Hall at Luther Crest Retirement Community (800 Hausman Road, Allentown). Open to the public, the topic will be: "Speaking of Change...: Buddhism, Impermanence and Spiritual Practice." Join Chris as he discusses the Buddhist view of living with the reality of impermanence and how to apply mindfulness to life change.

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


​​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.

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.

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:

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 Office Administrator (9-5)

Zion's, Old Zionsville, is seeking an office administrator. 15-20 hours a week; Monday- Friday. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite needed; Publisher/Desktop Publishing helpful. Responsible for church communication including bulletins, newsletters, annual reports, church correspondence, and general office duties. Job description upon request. Cover letter, resume, references, and clearances required. Please send to zions@pdt.net or Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 200, Old Zionsville, PA 18068.

No calls please. Serious inquiries before October 1.

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

Lutheran church in Scranton PA 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.

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."

Items Available 

Set of Bells Wanted

St. Mark, Allentown, is starting a bell choir and is looking to purchase a set of bells from a congregation that may no longer need them. If you can help, please contact John Harkins at dubbadad@aol.com.

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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