E-News for
September 1, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
More Resources for Congregations During the Pandemic
 
 
 
 
Here to Serve: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders

Wednesdays, 1PM Central

You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church and throughout society. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in the time of COVID-19, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. The Gatherings are recorded and posted at https://www.elcacoaching.org/.


On September 2. The Sacred Work of Grief, Part 1: Rituals of Renewal. Drawing on her experiences of simple and powerful ritual in her own life's apprenticeship with sorrow, Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodin will begin a six-month series on the sacred work of grief (the first Wednesday of each month, September through February). This Wednesday, she will invite us to consider the importance of intentionally making space and time to ritualize life's bidden or unbidden transitions, some key elements of rituals in general and grief rituals in particular, and possibilities for transforming grief into beauty and loss into life.

 
 
More Information and Zoom Invite
 
 
 
 
Face Masks Available

The synod office has a large supply of face masks available to any congregation that may need them. Please contact Debbie Frey at debbie@nepsynod.org.
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Assembly 2020
Registration is Now Open

There is one month left to register for the online synod assembly. You can do it either online through the synod’s website or by mail. A $10 discount is available if you register online. The absolute deadline to register is October 1. Please make sure every person is registered with their home address and personal email.
 
 
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We Love…

October 17

Registration is finally open for our online We Love... event, and we hope you will join us! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, we will offer workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals & families. The event itself is donation only (recommended between $0 and $20). All donations will be split between Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, LGBT Center of Greater Reading, and Queer NEPA. Click below to register and read more about the presentations, learn about the presenters, and access tons of curated pre-event resources.email.
 
 
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Growing Young in a Changing World Virtual Summit

November 10 & 11

Have you watched again and again as youth leave your church after they have affirmed their baptism? Or maybe you have youth who only attend youth group and are not part of the larger congregation? Does your congregation have a large age gap missing of people in their 20s and even 30s? If you see any of the above as problems that the church needs to address, then this is the event for you!


NEPA Synod is Growing Young! Registration is officially open for this incredible opportunity to help our synod be more welcoming and engaging to the youth and young people in our midst. Jake Mulder from the Fuller Youth Institute will lead us through multiple sessions as we engage the Growing Young concepts and create plans forward for our churches and mission districts. ALL synod church staff, rostered ministers and members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The cost is $40 per person. Click below for more information and to register.

 
 
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Compensation Guidelines for Online Supply

From the Committee of Deans: "If the rostered minister is a colleague already preparing to lead worship at his or her congregation and preaches the same sermon for the online worship of another congregation, this is considered collegial support and no compensation is expected. If the rostered minister prepares a sermon specifically for an online worship service at a congregation at which he or she is asked to supply, then the rostered minister should be compensated at the single service ($150) rate."

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events


September 15. Meeting with the Bishop – Update on Assembly 2020. Download the Zoom invitation.


October 16 & 18, 23-24. Assembly 2020: “We Are Church Together.” This year’s Assembly will be held online, including the election of a new bishop. For more information, please visit the Assembly 2020 page on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/assembly-2020/.


October 17. We Love… From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, we will offer workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals & families. The event itself is donation only (recommended between $0 and $20). All donations will be split between Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, LGBT Center of Greater Reading, and Queer NEPA. Click here to register and read more about the presentations, learn about the presenters, and access tons of curated pre-event resources.


November 10 & 11. Growing Young in a Changing World Virtual Summit. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to help our synod be more welcoming and engaging to the youth and young people in our midst. Jake Mulder from the Fuller Youth Institute will lead us through multiple sessions as we engage the Growing Young concepts and create plans forward for our churches and mission districts. ALL synod church staff, rostered ministers and members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The cost is $40 per person. Click here for more information and to register.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).


Hurricane Laura, a powerful Category 4 storm, has hit Louisiana and parts of Texas with devastating force, causing at least three deaths, major damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. With extremely dangerous storm surge and winds of at least 150 mph, it’s one of the most powerful storms to hit the area in a century, and it left widespread destruction in its wake. Given the complexities caused by COVID-19, sheltering those impacted will be a challenge.


Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (Upbring) and the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast and Southwestern Texas synods, which are assessing the immediate needs and initiating a response. While the extent of the damage is not yet known, we will accompany devastated communities from immediate relief through long-term recovery. This is an important part of Christ’s call to our church.

 
 
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ELCA Global Links

“International Women Leaders Grads: Where They Are Now.” Graduates from the International Women Leaders (IWL) program have gone on to use their gifts around the world — from creating a hand-casting business in Suriname to working in migration ministry in Mexico to teaching for a nonprofit in Malaysia. The IWL program will welcome five new students to ELCA colleges and universities this coming academic year. The 2020 scholarship awards have been offered to excellent applicants from companion churches in Brazil, Nicaragua, Poland, The Gambia and Zambia. These incoming scholars will join 21 continuing IWL students, as well as 115 other ELCA scholars studying around the world.
 
 
Read the August Edition
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

► Karen Blitch, wife of David Blitch (Salem Belleman's, Mohrsville; upsygrad@msn.com), is receiving treatment for cancer and other multiple health issues.

​​​​​​​► Gene Handwerk (retired; gehandwerk@gmail.com) is now receiving hospice care as he battles cancer.


​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

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

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

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) is undergoing chemotherapy.

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

► Tucker Irwin, wife of Tom Irwin (On leave from call; tirwinjr@comcast.net) is recuperating at home after neck surgery.

► Jane Kropa (retired, UCC last served Huff's, Alburtis; gawain2324@gmail.com) is suffering from an infection of the salivary gland and cellulitis.

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

► Valerie Reinhold (reited; 4revmomm@gmail.com) is recovering at home after a week in the hospital dealing with heart issues.

► 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.

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Wes Poole's installation as pastor at Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre has been postponed.


Colleen Cox installation as pastor at Grace, Shillington has been postponed.

 
 
 
 
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 Church Office Administrator (7-14)

Trinity, Topton seeks a part-time church office administrator, 20 hours a week. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor, Staff and Council and is normally the first point of contact for church matters. Maintains church calendars. recruits and schedules volunteers. Coordinates community groups use of church facilities.Ensures timely production, final edit and distribution of weekly worship service bulletin and monthly newsletter. Orders and maintains supplies and ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment for the operation of church’s administrative functions. Maintains both hard copy and electronic copies of church documents. Maintenance of the church website and FaceBook page is optional. Financial duties include staff payroll, payment of invoices, congregation’s checkbook register and recording offerings and maintaining congregational giving records. Maintains church’s on-line giving site. Maintains church member database and prepares congregational reports. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 121 S. Home Ave., Topton, Pa 19562. Questions: Contact Dennis Evans 484-648-1506 or dennyevans66@gmail.com.


P/T Accountant (7-14)

Christ, Hellertown seeks a financial administrator for 20 hours weekly in a fast-paced church environment. Responsible for Church and The Learning Center (daycare) financial accounting and reporting/analysis, payroll and all payment and deposit processing. Accounting, Business and Human Resources background desirable. Strong leadership; initiative to implement new systems and systems upgrades. Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive financial information and work well with and within multiple teams. Proficient in accounting software, QuickBooks, Excel and ProCare. Send resume and cover letter to Christ Lutheran Hellertown at churchoffice@clcht.org.


P/T Organist/Pianist (7-14)

Holy Trinity Slovak in Northampton. Sunday services only. Please contact Bill Dimmich at 610-360-0946.


P/T Teacher and Teacher’s Aide (7-10)

Holy Spirit Christian Nursery School (at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, PA) is seeking two preschool teachers and one teacher’s aide for the 2020-2021 school year. The positions are part-time. Teacher candidates need a degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education and must be someone who loves working with young children along with strong collaboration skills. Requirements for the teacher aide are a love of young children and their learning, experience volunteering and/or working with your children, and strong collaboration skills. Deadline to apply is Monday, July 20, 2020. Candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to Karin Kahler at kahler@holyspirit-emmaus.org.


P/T Director of Christian Education (6-18)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education whose 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. 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.



 
 
 
 
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