E-News for
January 28, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Communion Service at The Lutheran Center

January 30

There will be a service of Holy Communion this Thursday at the Lutheran Center at 11:30 a.m. This will be a brief service (30 minutes), and a chance to worship together with anyone who would welcome this opportunity outside of Sunday morning.

Lutheran Congregational Services
“Journeys Through Grief” Series

February 27 – April 2

Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville. Thursday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. LCS offers "Journeys Through Grief" counseling in small groups where for six 1½ hour sessions, you will learn about the stages of grief and explore your feelings about the loss you have experienced. Our goal is not to make grief disappear, but to equip the group's participants with the tools needed for lifelong healing and understanding. Under the guidance of a professional Christian counselor or trained facilitator, you will learn how you can live with the grief associated with loss. To register, or for more information, please contact Bereavement Coordinator Sylvia Havlish at 610.395.5045.

NEPA WELCA Spring Justice Retreat

March 28

8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church , 8227 Hamilton Boulevard Breinigsville, PA 18087. Theme: “Diversity – Reaching Across Barriers to Live as God’s People.” The day will focus on our call to action through advocacy and how advocacy is expressed in our daily lives. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jeffrey J. Butz, Pastor at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny and adjunct professor of World Religions at Penn State University, Allentown and Reading campuses. Afternoon Session Leader: Rev. Kristen Glass-Perez Muhlenberg College Chaplain.

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Upcoming Events

January 30, 2020. Deadline for 2019 Mission Support Contributions. The deadline for 2019 Mission Support contributions is January 30. Checks must be in the office (not postmarked) by that date. Also, it is important that the Remittance Form is marked correctly to indicate whether a contribution is intended for the year 2019 or 2020. After the January 30 cutoff date, all receipts will be credited as 2020 contributions.

February 1, 8 & 15. Electing Our Next Bishop. You are invited to attend one of the following meetings, all of which are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 1: Bern Lutheran Church, 820 W. Leesport Rd., Leesport (north of Reading on Route 183).

February 8: Christ Lutheran Church, 467 Main St., Conyngham.

February 15 : Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville.

Participants will discuss synod mission priorities and the skills/spiritual gifts needed in the next synod shop.

Information gathered at the three meetings will be collated and reported back at three meetings to be held in May (dates to be announced). Rostered ministers and members of synod congregations are encouraged to attend.

March 21. 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 p.m. Theme: Trucks. Feel free to support your favorite brand of truck! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, please visit: http://nepasynod.org/event/farm-family-appreciation/.

March 28. NEPA WELCA Spring Justice Retreat. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church , 8227 Hamilton Boulevard Breinigsville, PA 18087. Theme: “Diversity – Reaching Across Barriers to Live as God’s People.” The day will focus on our call to action through advocacy and how advocacy is expressed in our daily lives. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jeffrey J. Butz, Pastor at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny and adjunct professor of World Religions at Penn State University, Allentown and Reading campuses. Afternoon Session Leader: Rev. Kristen Glass-Perez Muhlenberg College Chaplain. Download a Flyer (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-flyer-2020.pdf). Download the Registration Form (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-registration-2020.pdf).

The Wider Church 
Seeds Monthly

“Presiding Bishop Eaton issues letter on the United Methodist Church.” On Jan. 9, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton issued a pastoral letter on the news surrounding the United Methodist Church (UMC), one of the ELCA’s full-communion partners. “Last week, in a flurry of misleading headlines, many of us read that the United Methodist Church had split. This is not, in fact, what happened.” Eaton goes on to explain that a proposed agreement received unanimous support and that, if adopted, the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation” would result in a separation of factions inside the UMC.

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IJCU First Friday Program

February 7

New start time: 12:30 p.m. Friday, February 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Seegers Union Rooms 111-112. Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or purchase it at one of Muhlenberg's tasty dining venues. William "Chip" Gruen, PhD, IJCU Director; Chair, Religion Studies: “Ways of Understanding Religion(s).” Religious diversity is all around us. When we encounter it, how do we understand it? In this session, Dr. Gruen will set the stage for this semester's First Friday series by introducing a religious studies perspective on encountering difference. Want more? Join us in the Seegers Union GQ Annex on the Tuesday after each First Friday session for a “Talkback Tuesday” facilitated discussion reflecting on that month's topic.

First Friday Spring Schedule
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

► Tina Argot, wife of Rob Argot (Holy Spirit, Reading; rev-rob@hotmail.com). Condolences at the death of her sister, Cheryl Butchko, on January 24 from cardiac arrest at the age of 51.

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

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

► 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.

► Beverly Eiche Kriner (deacon, retired; supermom_6@hotmail.com) is recovering from hip surgery.

► Herb Michael (retired; hmichel60@gmail.com) is recovering at home after a hospitalization.

► 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.

►  Stan Trout (retired; srtrout@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization.

Upcoming Installations

Tami Reichley will be ordained and installed as associate pastor at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus on Sunday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m

Tom Neel will be installed as pastor at St. Andrew, Easton on Sunday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

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.

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 Asst. Office Administrator (1-15)

Union, Schnecksville is seeking a talented individual to serve as Asst. Office Administrator. This person will assist with administrative services to the Pastor, Church Council, and committees in order to facilitate the Christian mission of the congregation. The position is part-time, 32 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Must possess general administrative office skills, the ability to effectively multi-task, strong organizational skills, and be proficient in Microsoft Office software. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Appropriate background checks and clearances expected. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville, PA 18078, or via email to office@ulclv.org.

P/T Director of Music (1-6)

Reformation, Reading, is seeking a creative director of music to lead our congregational song using organ and piano, and a choir of 15 people for two Sunday services each week. We have an Allen organ, and a 7-foot Yamaha grand piano. Send resume to pastor@reformationlutheran.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.

F/T Office Manager (11-26)

Bear Creek Camp and Conference Center (3601 Bear Creek Blvd, Wilkes Barre PA 18702) is looking for an Office Manager to provide support for the staff, volunteer leadership, and the overall ministry of the camp. Year-round, full-time, hourly-paid with responsibilities for: summer camp and 2nd season programing - primarily in registration management; clerical - receptionist, file management, mailing coordination, and schedule oversight; financial – record keeping, bill paying, salaries, and financial reporting; database management. A full job description and application are available on the camp website: http://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities/. Direct any other questions through the camp email: bccamp@bearcreekcamp.org.

P/T Music Director (11-22)

St. John, Sinking Spring, is seeking an energetic, qualified professional to fill the position of Music Director. The prospective candidate will be proficient on organ (Casavant Opus 3893 pipe organ) and piano and have the ability to provide a blend of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary. Ideally, the candidate will also lead the senior choir. We have two services on Sunday and the choir sings at the later service. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes 4 weeks of paid vacation time. Full job description available upon request: 610-678-1088 or pastor@saintjohnss.com. Please send resume to: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608.

P/T Director of Christian Education (10-17)

St. John, Emmaus is seeking a part-time Director of Christian Education. Requirements: Shall develop and coordinate the Christian Education programs for Cradle Roll, Sunday Church School, Confirmation Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Adult Education and Youth Ministry. Shall receive direction from and be directly responsible to the Pastor; meet with Christian Education Committee for planning. This is a part time position (approximately 15-20 hours per week). Bachelor’s degree in education or related equivalent experience. Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Director of Christian Education Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

PT Music Director (10-17)

PT Music Director (15-20 hrs/wk) needed for a vibrant Lutheran congregation. Responsible for providing music for two Sunday worship services plus seasonal and holiday services. Experience with Lutheran liturgy and hymnals preferred. The ideal candidate will: provide a broad array of music (a blend of traditional and contemporary), be proficient with piano and organ; be able to lead an adult choir, hand bell choir, youth and children’s musical groups, plus Sunday School music and VBS, and work with our praise band. Salary commensurate with experience. Four weeks of vacation included. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Music Director Search Union Lutheran Church 5500 Route 873 Schnecksville PA 18078. Or email to Pastor Gordon Camp at pastor@ulclv.org.

P/T Organist/Director of Music (8-19)

St. John, Ringtown is seeking a part time organist and/or director of music. If interested, please contact the church office at 570-889-3993.

P/T Minister of Music (8-12)

St. Luke (Old Williams) in Hellertown is looking for PT Minister of Music for one Sunday morning service and to direct one choir and soloists. (Choir rehearsals are on Sunday morning prior to worship.) Salary is negotiable. Contact Pastor Frank Stinner at fstinner@gmail.com or by phone at Office: 610-838-0897 or Cell: 484-542-3100.

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