E-News for
August 28, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Comments and Questions
About the Synod Assembly

As a result of the evaluations received at this year’s Assembly, answers to some of the frequently asked questions were compiled. Go to http://nepasynod.org/documents/assembly-2018/comments-and-questions.pdf and please pass this on to your congregations’ lay voting members.
Upcoming Events

September 13. Urban Ministry Affinity Group. The group met on Monday, June 11 to discuss issues of concern for those engaged in ministry in the city, and will meet again on Thursday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Christ, Allentown. This group is open to anyone involved with ministry in an urban context.

September 29. Resiliency Retreat. The Creation Care Task Force is sponsoring this Retreat on Saturday, September 29, 10AM – 4PM at Bear Creek Camp. There will be hiking, learning about local wildlife, disaster preparedness training, and other activities. Cost: $20 ($10 for children under 16). For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/resiliency-retreat or contact Julie Menzo at 215-430-1299 or jmenzo@libertylutheran.org.

October 3. Educational Retreat Series. The Lehigh, Northern Lehigh Valley, and Bethlehem/Easton Mission Districts are sponsoring a five-week educational retreat series on addiction within the context of the Christian community. The event will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church in Allentown every Wednesday in October from 6:45 – 9:00 PM: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. All are welcome and encouraged to attend including the afflicted, their loved ones, all members of the community including counselors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, pastors, those in the criminal justice system, first responders, educators, etc. Click here for a flyer. More information, including registration forms will be available in the future.

October 16-17. Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. This is a one and a half day ecumenical, educational, non-profit seminar designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/administrators, and to grow spiritually. Originally started by the Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it has expanded in recent years. As a result, secretaries, administrative assistants and office support personnel from every denomination are welcome. For more information, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/parish-secretaries-seminar.

October 23 & 24. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders. Workshops in Dallas & Stroudsburg. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod “Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders” training program is designed to enrich both our opportunity and responsibility as leaders for Christ’s church. More than a “boundaries workshop” this time together will benefit participants in many ways. If you have not taken part in a workshop in the last four years you need to do so in 2018. There will be a maximum of 75 at each workshop so sign up early. Full information is available at: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018. Click here for some frequently asked questions.

November 6-8. Bishop’s Conference. Shawnee Inn. Theme: “Exposing the Idols: Reflection and Practice.” The Rev. Dr. Melinda Quivik will help us to face idols both inside and outside of the church. The plenary sessions will address sacramental and theological idols, societal idols, and individual idols (both personal and professional). For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/bishops-conference-2018.

The Wider Church 
Campaign for the ELCA

Since the launch of the campaign, ELCA members have contributed $154 million in current gifts, as well as an additional $32 million in planned gifts, to support campaign ministries. This generosity has helped, among other things:

- new ELCA congregations ready to open their doors and their hearts to serve their communities and share the good news;

- ELCA World Hunger, present in more than 60 countries addressing the root causes of hunger: income, agriculture, education, peace, human rights and more;

- ministries to people living with disabilities, youth, young adults and others longing to experience the love of God and participate in a community of faith; and

- future leaders of the Lutheran church – in the ELCA and around the world – ready to respond to God’s call to ministry but struggling with the rising costs of seminary and college tuition.

Read more about the Campaign in their Summer Newsletter.

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

Janet Fisher, wife of Fred Fisher (retired; ffisher7@comcast.net), is receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

► John Lamb (St. Luke, Allentown; johnericlamb@entermail.net) was hospitalized for heart pain. He should be discharged soon.

Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) is officially released from Medical Disability and NeuroVision Therapy and will return to regular pastoral duties on September 1.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Carl Adams (retired; cajoadams@verizon.net) is receiving rehabilitation after a stroke.

► Gene Handwerk (retired; gehandwerk@gmail.com) is recuperating at home after successful back surgery.

► Gail Kees (retired; gailkees@ptd.net) is recovering at home following surgery on her shoulder.

Fred Opalinski (retired; fsopal@gmail.com) is recovering from Lyme disease and meningitis.

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

Smoky Schelly (former member of the synod executive staff; schellyfam@gmail.com) is dealing with serious health issues.

Lois Seip, wife of Durrell Seip (retired; dseip81@gmail.com) is recovering at home following a hospitalization for ongoing degenerative vertebrae.
Upcoming Installations

Mark Swanson will be installed as pastor of the Hegins-Pitman Parish at St. James, Pitman on Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.

Laura Csellak will be installed as pastor at Christ’s United, Ashland on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.

Drew J. Neidig will be ordained on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, Deer Park, New York.

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Organist/Choir Director (8-28)

Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church seeks qualified applicants for the position of 3/4 time Organist/Choir Director. 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.

P/T Church Treasurer (8-27)

St. John, Williams Township seeks a church treasurer. The annual salary is $1,122. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and payroll. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than eight weeks old, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/publications/job-listings.

F/T ELCA Foundation Director of Gift Planning (8-13)

The ELCA Foundation is searching for a Director of Gift Planning. Click here for a copy of the Position Profile. There are two key responsibilities for this leadership position: (1) Through the direct supervision of a national staff of about 20 regional gift planners (coaching and managing), lead and manage a robust fund-raising program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors of current and planned gifts; and (2) Manage the business relationships with ministry partner organizations through on-site visits.

This position is located in Chicago and reports to the Executive Vice President of the Foundation. It requires about 30% travel, visiting regional gift planners, donors, and ministry partnerships. Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board. Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search.

F/T ELCA Executive Director for Domestic Mission (8-13)

The ELCA is searching for an Executive Director for Domestic Mission. Click here for a copy of the Position Profile. This senior leadership position brings decisive and visionary leadership to this unit charged with wide-ranging work and relationships with churchwide units, synods, congregations, and other partners. The work involves equipping synods and congregations; developing new ministries, seeking to renew strategic ministries; and working with synods and congregations in programs and strategies for evangelical outreach.

Reporting to the presiding bishop, this position requires about 25% travel. It is located in Chicago.  Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board. Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search.

P/T Organist/ Keyboardist (7-18)

Faith, Blakeslee is looking for an organist/keyboardist and some choir work to serve two services (liturgy and hymns) each Sunday and select special services. Send letters of interest to Mr. Phil Newlander, President at faithlut@epix.net or mail to P. O. Box 228, Blakeslee, PA. Phone inquiries can be made to (570) 646-0309. Salary is competitive for the area. Those interested can check us out on Facebook or our website at www.FaithLutheranBlakeslee.org.

F/T Chaplain (7-18)

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital located in Allentown, PA is seeking a compassionate and caring Chaplain to help connect clients, patients, and long-term care residents with their chosen source(s) of spiritual nurture and to provide individual pastoral care and ecumenical worship services. The Chaplain will provide spiritual support at Good Shepherd’s 2 Long Term Care Facilities and 1 Specialty Unit. We are looking for a Chaplain who is (E.L.C.A.) ordained and Board Certified by A.P.C. This rewarding role is a full-time staff position. Interested candidates can apply online or send resumes to jdonaldson@gsrh.org.

P/T Business Secretary (7-5)

St. John, Easton is looking for a part-time Business Secretary for 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. Monthly bill-paying and semi-monthly staff payroll are the major duties. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are required, and knowledge of sound banking practices are needed. You will be trained on the use of Shepherd's Staff, the church's software program. Respond with cover letter and resume to C. Moyer at jobstjohnseaston@gmail.com."

P/T Preschool Teacher (6-20)

Light of Christ, Bethlehem is seeking a PT Preschool Teacher for three-year old children for our Christian Preschool. Responsibilities include planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum which covers a child’s cognitive, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development. Minimum requirement is an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Also desired are early childhood experience, a life filled with Christian love, patience, care, and understanding of young children. Start date: August 28, 2018. Contact Lynn Terry 610-861-0645 or lynnjt680@verizon.net for an application. For more information about our preschool go to http://www.lightofchristlutheran.org/child-center/.

Items Available 

Wanted: Two straight church pews (8-8)

The Lutheran Center at Kutztown University would like 2 straight church pews for their Into the Light Outreach Ministry room. An 8 ft. and a 6 ft. pew would fit in the space. Please contact Seth Noggle (seth.noggle@gmail.com) if you are willing to donate to this cause.

Available (8-13)

Prop Boards for presentation "The Body" including the script based on 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:1-6, Romans 12:1-8. Great for Youth Sunday or Drama Group presentation. If interested contact Marlane Druckenmiller teaconn@gmail.com.

Free Banners & Green Hymnals (8-8)

Reformation, Reiffton is offering two banners (click to see pictures) to anyone who could use them as well as 25 Lutheran Books of Worship (Green Hymnal). The hymnals have Reformation Lutheran Church listed on the front. Please call the church office if interested at 610-779-0534.

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