E-News for
December 26 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Synod Office Closed This Week

A reminder that the synod office is closed all this week and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2. During this holiday period E-news is being published on Wednesdays (December 26 and January 2).

Upcoming Events

January 26, 2019. Learning Ministries Day. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. The keynote speaker is Elsayed “Steve” Elmarzouky, spokesperson for the Reading Muslin Community. He speaks about his personal journey of faith as a practicing Muslim in Egypt and the U.S. and how his understanding of Islam reflects principles familiar to all people of faith. Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Participants can choose to learn about new resources, learn a skill, or choose a workshop for their own personal growth. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2019.

March 16. 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.) Square Dance, Classic and Modern Country Music by “The Majestics,” with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Sports. Feel free to support your favorite team by wearing their colors! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.

The Wider Church 
Global Links

“Call to the ministry of word, sacrament and welcome in Jerusalem.” The Rev. Carrie Ballenger Smith is an ELCA missionary serving as the pastor of the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. In this video she talks about her journey as a pastor and her role as a woman and leader in her community. Smith is one of 230 missionaries currently serving alongside our global companions in more than 40 countries. She serves not only Redeemer, but also is the assistant to the bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and welcomes ELCA members and groups during their visits to the Holy Land.
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Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

 James Kenneth Echols, who served as the fifth president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago from 1997 - 2011, died December 22 in his hometown of Philadelphia at the age of 67. He was the first African Descent president of a North American Lutheran seminary. His vision for theological education opened new directions LSTC. A celebration of his life will be held at United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia on December 29. He is survived by his wife, Donna Skinner Echols, and their daughters Jennifer and Courtney.

​​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 re-diagnosed with rhabdoid tumor and continues with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

 Dennis Carroll (retired; drdc820@yahoo.com) is in hospice care at home.

 Nancy Ebling, widow of Byard Ebling, is receiving comfort care at the Mifflin Center in Shillington.

 Sandy Fairchild, wife of Chip Fairchild (retired; chipfair@ptd.net) is at home recovering from back surgery.​​​​​​​

 Walton Horn (retired; w3okx.wrh@comcast.net ) is recuperating after a serious illness.

 John Kuschel (St. Peter [10th], Allentown) is in rehab at the Lehigh Center, 1718 Spring Creek Rd, Macungie; and his wife, Lois, is in LVH-Cedar Crest.

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

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Music Director/Organist/Choir Director (12-22)

St. Paul, Dallas, is seeking a part-time (20 hours) Music Director/Organist/Choir Director. St. Paul’s is an active and welcoming community who highly regards liturgical worship and music, and who appreciates the rich and diverse styles of our Lutheran musical heritage. Please send resume’ to “St. Paul’s Music Director, PO Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612.”

Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than eight weeks old, visit the synod website

at http://nepasynod.org/documents/positions-items-available.pdf.

P/T Custodian (12-13)

Part-time Church Custodian needed by Nativity, Reading. This is a salaried position. Child protection clearances are necessary. Nativity is a non-smoking campus. Parish Custodian will not be a member of Nativity Lutheran Church. Please call our church office at 610-374-3230 or e-mail the church at natsec@comcast.net for an application and a copy of the job description. Position available January 1, 2019.​​​​​​​

P/T Director of Youth Ministry (12-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton is searching for a dynamic, experienced, professional Director of Youth Ministry (approximately 15 hours per week). Key areas of focus for this position include discipleship, biblical teaching, outreach evangelism, coordinating and communicating with volunteers, and mentoring youth to love and serve the Lord! The Director of Youth Ministry will lead Confirmation, coordinate activities for youth from grade 7 through early adulthood, and actively participate in mission trip planning. 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 Church Treasurer (11-21)

St. Peter, Pen Argyl (Plainfield Township) is looking for a church treasurer. Should be familiar with payroll, Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access and/or other financial management software. Hours are approximately 360-400/year. Salary is $5100/year. Successful clearance via Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check Form (SP4-164) is required. Applicants should call Joe Barabas, at 610.662.9506 or email at joeran@epix.net for more information. Applications are available at church office, 1422 Church Road, Pen Argyl 18072, or by calling the church office at 610.863.6859 or emailing www.stpetersplainfield.com.

P/T Director of Music (11-15)

St. Peter's (Hanover) Allentown, PA seeks qualified applicants for position of Director of Music. Responsibilities include worship services and directing vocal and bell choirs. A detailed job description is available upon request. Submit resume to church at: 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown, PA 18109 or by email: pastor@stpetersallentown.com.

P/T After School Staff Person (11-3)

The Neighborhood Center, 435 N. 7th Street, Allentown, needs staff person for hours 2 to 8 pm, Mondays through Friday to work with after school program for elementary school aged children and teens. Some training (Psych or education degree preferred) and experience with children required. Send e-mail to kberard@theneighborhood-center.org or 484-347-4670.

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.
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