E-News for
March 24, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Electing Our Next Synod Bishop – Follow Up Meetings Postponed

Consistent with the postponement of Assembly 2020, the three meetings scheduled to follow up on the survey about electing our next bishop have also been postponed. They will likely be rescheduled within the June-July-August 2020 time frame.
Webinar About Worship in Holy Week

Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest Episcopalian seminary in the USA. They recently hosted a two part webinar to provide hope, comfort, and helps for worship planners and leaders in the days of the Triduum. The synod Worship Team offers it to you for viewing.
View Part One
View Part Two
Electronic Meetings
In this time of social distancing, many groups are using Zoom, Skype, Facetime, or some other form of electronic meeting. Pennsylvania law allows for non-profits to conduct an official board meeting using electronic means unless prohibited by the organizations own bylaws. The ELCA model constitution expressly permits electronic meetings for congregation councils (C12.13), and congregation meetings (C10.08). The provision for congregation meetings specifically requires simultaneous aural communication. Note, however, that these provisions are not mandatory provisions, so each entity must check its own constitution and bylaws.
Upcoming Events

October 17. We Love… Trinity, Reading, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We Love… will be a day of workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. We Love… is open to pastors, deacons, council members, congregation members, church unaffiliated, Sunday School teachers and learners, gay, straight, bi, trans, +, young, old, you and everyone. Come learn why, how and who We Love… For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.

October 22-24. Assembly 2020. Information on the postponed Assembly will be published as available.

The Wider Church 
Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA
Help to Meet Gaps Related to COVID-19 and Hunger

Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA partners with agencies across the Commonwealth of PA to serve those most in need during disaster. We anticipate a number of needs arising that local churches can play a role in meeting. One opportunity that has just become available is through our partner disaster organization, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR). SBDR is taking the lead in helping to meet gaps related to COVID-19 and hunger. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has asked Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to fill the gaps in crucial wraparound services for senior citizens and others in need at this time. These services include grocery and prescription delivery, food preparation, and chaplaincy services. Your church can become involved in the front lines of this effort.

If you are interested in being kept up to date with opportunities related to this effort,

please complete this google form.

More Information
Virtual Offerings Hosted Weekly by ELCA Coaching Ministry - “Being Church in the Time of COVID-19”

The ELCA Coaching Ministry offers weekly meetings for faith leaders across the country to gather online. The template includes a time of welcome and centering in scripture, a short presentation on a specific topic related to being church in this unique time, an opportunity to join small group conversation in breakout rooms, followed by a gathering back into the large group for a short debrief and closing prayer.

Wednesday, March 25 2:00 PM: “Sharing Our Grief and Our Hope with One Another As Leaders”

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 2:00 PM: “Sharing Our Grief and Our Hope with Those We Serve”

Same login information for both dates:

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/180439412 Meeting ID: 180 439 412

One tap mobile: +16468769923,,180439412# US (New York)

Dial by your location: 646-876- 9923 Meeting ID: 180 439 412

VANCO Webinar:
Three Mobile eGiving Tools for Easter Success 

If you missed the webinar, you can still view it and also download the handouts that were provided:
Watch the Webinar
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

► Judy Gifford, wife of Hartland (Herb) Gifford (retired; hhgiff@ptd.net) is in rehab after she fell and broke her right leg.

► Sherrie Sneed (Director of Pastoral Care, East Stroudsburg; sedaka17@gmail.com) is recovering from complications of hip surgery.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

Donald Beck (retired; serving St. Luke’s Greeley, part-time; revdonbeck@verizon.net) is dealing with significant health issues.

► Oliver Brown (St. James, Wapwallopen; bskindeer@aol.com) will have back surgery at the end of April.

► Ed Cloughen (retired; EWC4PAR@aol.com) is receiving rehabilitation after a fall.

► Harry Goos (retired; rhgoos@comcast.net) is recuperating after a fall.

► Robert Hughes (retired; hughesrobertg@gmail.com) is receiving chemotherapy while battling cancer.

► Linda Maule (deacon, Light of Christ; maule@ptd.net) and her husband, Gordon. Linda is recuperating at home after hip replacement surgery, and Gordon is dealing with a number of health issues.

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

► 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; dseip81@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.

Kerry Smart, husband of Jane Kropa (retired; gawain2324@gmail.com) is recovering at home after surgery.

Upcoming Installations

Wes Poole will be installed as pastor at Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Colleen Cox will be installed as pastor at Grace, Shillington on Sunday, June 14. Time TBD.

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 Office Administrator (3-4)

St. Paul, Fleetwood seeks a part-time office administrator. 7.5 hours daily Monday through Thursday. Attendance at monthly Council meetings and quarterly Staff meetings. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor and Staff. Maintains church calendar. Recruits and schedules volunteers as needed. Insures timely production, final edit, emailing and mailing of monthly newsletter. Prepares weekly worship service bulletins. Orders and maintains supplies for the operation of the church’s administrative functions. Maintains files both hard copy and electronic. Ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment. Coordinates compilation and submission of parochial reports and annual report booklet. Maintains church member database. Contact person for community groups using the church facility. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Questions: Contact Pastor Tom Lang at 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

P/T Ministry Assistant (2-26)

St. Paul, Fleetwood, seeks a part-time Ministry Assistant. Approximately 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. The Ministry Assistant will work under the direction of the Pastor. This will require at least one meeting each week with the Pastor (and other staff members if needed). The job will be to serve as support staff for Youth & Family Ministries. This will involve interacting with the Adult Youth Leaders, the Christian Education Director and the Catechism Teachers in order to create and plan activities designed to address the needs of Youth and their families. To apply or for more information contact Pr. Tom Lang, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

P/T Director of Music (1-24)

Trinity, Topton is seeking a Music Director. Trinity holds one service each Sunday at 9:00. Our Music Director supports our services by playing organ, piano and leading our choir. Trinity has a fantastic 22 rank organ that was installed 5 years ago. Please send resume to trinitytop@aol.com.

P/T Parish Secretary (1-24)

St. John, Mohnton is looking for a Parish Secretary. 20 hours/week. Needs proficiency in MS Office. The Parish Secretary provides administrative services within St. John’s for worship services and ministries, records financial contributions, and oversees day-to-day operations. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a resume to pastor@stjohnsmohnton.org.

P/T Cleaning and Maintenance (12-24)

Huffs Union Church, Alburtis, is looking for a person to clean campus buildings, perform light maintenance and maintain supplies. We offer competitive hourly rates and flexible hours. Background checks are required. Send a resume and references to James Meitzler Sr., Personnel Committee Chair to C/O Huffs Union Church 540 Conrad Rd., Alburtis, Pa 18011.

P/T Volunteer Coordinator (12-10)

St. Josephs Hill, Boyertown is hiring a part-time volunteer coordinator. The purpose of this position is to provide all members an opportunity to serve as volunteers in the congregation; and to coordinate the ways in which members are identified, recruited, trained, and supported in volunteer ministries. This position will also contribute to the church’s mission and the members’ spiritual growth through volunteer services. A maximum of 15 hours a week, including a bi-weekly staff meeting is required to fulfill these duties. The hours will fluctuate depending on the season, and the hours are flexible. If you would welcome an opportunity to plan and organize our volunteers, please contact Jill at 610-369-0990 for a complete job description.

P/T Choir Director (12-9)

St Daniel, Robesonia, is seeking a Choir Director to join the congregation’s music ministry team. This is a part-time position be serving weekly from September 1 through the Day of Pentecost with one rehearsal plus Sunday off each month while leading a 12 to 15 voice choir. An additional responsibility is working with the Reading Pops Orchestra to present the extremely popular Annual Christmas Vesper Service. Questions or resumes should be labeled “Confidential, Choir Director Applicant” and can be sent to the church at 480 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551 or by e-mail to stdanch@comcast.com.

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