E-News for
November 10, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Online Assembly 2020 Video Highlights Now Available

Video recordings of several key events at the Assembly are now available. These include Bishop Zeiser’s sermon during the opening Worship Service, Vice President Kristen Edelman-Weiner’s report, Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Message, the 50/40/10 Celebration, and Bishop Elect Christopher deForest’s remarks. Four Mission Support videos that were show at the Assembly are also available. Click on the button below to visit the “Video Highlights” page of the synod website.
Video Highlights
Synod Office Closed for Thanksgiving

The synod office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Thursday, Nov. 26. It will also be closed for the Christmas holiday beginning Wednesday, Dec. 23, and will reopen again on Monday, Dec. 4.

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Being Church: Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders. You are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. View the Zoom invitation. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. You can find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org. We also share each recording with supporting documents, typically by the following week, at https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media

January 23, 2021. Learning Ministries Day 2021 is Going On-Line! Plan to join us Saturday January 23, 2021 when our keynote speaker will be Dr. Barbara Rossing, author of "The Rapture Exposed." Dr. Rossing will speak on "Journeys Through Revelation," and a number of workshops will be offered as well. More details to follow, so please check the synod website for more information.

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

► Gail Koerner, mother of pastoral candidate Elizabeth Koerner, is having surgery to remove a tumor from her brain.

► Tucker Irwin, wife of Tom Irwin, (??; tirwinjr@comcast.net) is now residing in the Memory Unit of a long term care facility.

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

​​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 from her surgery and doing well so far.

► Oliver Brown (St. James, Hobbie; bskindeer@aol.com ) is recovering from back surgery.

► Carl Filer (Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Leesport; carlwfiler@verizon.net) and his wife, Barbara, are both at home dealing with health issues.

► 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.

► Diane Laine, wife of Larry Laine (Trinity, Bangor; laineparallel@gmail.com) is dealing several health related issues.

► Tom Richards (retired; masterpastor@verizon.net) is recovering from eye surgery.

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

► Luther Routte (retired) is recuperating at home after heart surgery.

► 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.

► Andrew Stauffer (retired; ajstauffer5@comcast.net) is hospitalized with on-going medical concerns.

The Wider Church 
Young Adults in Global Mission Applications Now Open

Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now being accepted, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2021-2022 program year. If you know young adults ages 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline of Jan. 15, 2021. Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career and understanding of God’s work in the world.

More Information
Covers for 2020 Annual Reports Now Available

The new 2020 annual report covers are now available. Both can be found in the Stewardship resources at

https://www.elca.org/Resources/Stewardship#Leadership. You can also click on the buttons below to download the cover in either a “Page” or “Spread” version.

Pages Version
Spread Version
Upcoming Installations

Brian Beissel will be installed as pastor at St. Peter, Pine Grove on Sunday, November 22 at 4:00. Clergy are invited to vest and take part in worship, but social distancing guidelines and mask wearing will be required.

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Christian Education and Youth Director (11-5)

Christ Hamilton United is seeking a Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. The combined role would be to oversee and organize activities for the Church’s Youth Ministry and Christian Education programs. Additionally, the Candidate will be active in developing the lay leadership to strengthen the Church’s ability to deliver its programs to its members and to the Community. The position would work with the Pastor, the Church’s leadership, the Christian Education committee and other committees as appropriate. The Position would be for a 20 to 30 hour weekly schedule. The salary and hours will be commensurate based upon the experience of the successful candidate and the Church’s ability to conduct activity in our current environment. Interested candidates may email a cover letter explaining their reasons for application and include their resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at CHULCpersonnel@gmail.com. Please include three references and contact information. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.christhamilton.org.

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 Parish Administrative Assistant (10-29)

Bern, Bern Twp. seeks a Parish Administrative Assistant. The position is presently 15 h/wk. Responsibilities include office administration, ministry publications, being point of contact for church calendar, publicity and events. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and social media platforms is preferred. Please email interest to bernlutheranchurch@gmail.com. Place on the Subject Line “Attn: Personal Committee; or phone Council President Brenda Reichart 610-914-8077.

P/T Sexton (10-21)

St. Paul, Breinigsville is looking to hire a part-time sexton to clean the church building. Hours: approximately 6 to 8 per week. If interested call the church office at 610-398-7000.

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.

P/T Parish Administrative Assistant (9-18)

Zion (Spies) in Alsace Twp. seeks a Parish Administrative Assistant (PAA). The position is presently 15 hrs. a week, in-person, in the office. There are Covid related building restrictions in place which support the PAA’s health and well-being. Responsibilities include office administration, ministry publications, being point of contact for church calendar, publicity and events. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Church Windows and social media platforms is preferred. Please email interest to ZionSpies@comcast.net Subject “Attn: Council - PAA position

/T Interim Youth Ministry Leader (9-1)

to Emmanuel, Bath, seeks an Interim Youth Ministry Leader. Candidate will coordinate, direct, and facilitate Sunday School and youth group events via internet or in person based on safety of the youth. He/she will be able to assist our youth in growing their faith in Jesus Christ. This includes curriculum design and teacher development to complete these tasks. Candidate will meet bi-weekly with the Pastor to review his/her curriculum and planning ideas. Candidate may. assist Pastor with confirmation events if requested and fits into the weekly allowance of hours. Candidate must communicate with the secretary on the following months' plans by the 20th of the current calendar month. Candidate must have a commitment to Jesus Christ with a clear understanding of the Lutheran perspective of the Christian faith and willingness to adhere to ELCA doctrine and practices. Formal education in theology and/or education is preferred. Candidate should be organized, show excellent communication skills, and be motivating to the youth of our congregation. Background check and appropriate clearances are required. Work hours will be 10-13 hours per week with a monthly stipend of $834 and 2 weeks vacation. Candidate will present a weekly summary of his/her hours to the secretary with a brief description of tasks he/she worked on. Due to the current limitations with COVID-19, candidate should be able to work remotely unless otherwise requested by the Pastor or HR committee. Please submit letter of interest and resume to Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church at emmanuelschurch@qmail.com or 3175 Valley View Dr. Bath PA 18014.

P/T Director of Music Ministries (9-2)

New Hanover, Gilbertsville, seeks a Director of Music Ministry, who is the principal musician of the congregation. He/she is responsible for coordinating the orders of service and liturgical music with the Pastor as well as selecting hymns for all services. This position selects and rehearses choral music for the vocal choirs – (2) children’s and (2) adults – as well as coordinates with the Handbell Choir Director and the GRACE Praise Band leader to develop a welcoming and inclusive God centered atmosphere for all generations. Please see the full job description at http://www.newhanoverlutheran.org/jobopenings.php, noting within the modifications made due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Instrument: II/19 Schantz (1986). Apply or direct questions to: Steven Eisenhart, Worship and Music Chair, at eisensc@aol.com.

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