E-News for
January 8, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Monthly Resource Materials Available Online

The resource materials formerly included in the “monthly mailing” will be sent via email on Wednesday morning, January 9. They are also available on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/monthly-mailing. If you have any difficulty downloading the materials to print and use for local distribution, please contact Pr. Paul Braden at nepsinfo1988@gmail.com.
 
 
Monthly Resource Materials
 
 
 
Class for Lay Persons

January 19

9:00 a.m. until noon. The Rev. Dr. Allison deForest will lead a conversation about the upcoming texts for Lent. We will approach each week using the “Four Pages of a Sermon” framework set forth by Paul Scot Wilson – that is (paraphrased) – Page 1: the trouble in the text, Page 2: the good news in the text, Page 3: the trouble in our world, Page 4: the good news in our world. This will allow us to talk about the biblical and historical context of each text (or selected texts, as time permits) as well as how we hear the Spirit speaking to our own communities through the text. We will also brainstorm possible themes for the 2019 Lenten Season.


The class will take place at the Lutheran Center, 2354 Grove Road, Allentown. Any member or friend of one of our congregations is welcome to attend. The cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event; but you must register by Wednesday, January 16 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.


The Rev. Dr. Allison deForest recently completed her doctorate in Scriptural Theology at the former Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, now part of United Lutheran Seminary. She now serves as full time staff and adjunct faculty in New Testament there.

 
 
 
 
 
Towards Understanding American Culture and Religion:
Jews, Christians & Muslims Fitting In & Standing Out

A 7 session course. Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm. January 24 – March 7. Cost: $75. All sessions will be at Respect Graduate School, 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, PA, 18017. 610-419-1751 for information and registration.

 
 
Program Flyer
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

January 19. Class for Lay Persons. 9:00 a.m. until noon. The Rev. Dr. Allison deForest will lead a conversation about the upcoming texts for Lent. We will approach each week using the “Four Pages of a Sermon” framework set forth by Paul Scot Wilson – that is (paraphrased) – Page 1: the trouble in the text, Page 2: the good news in the text, Page 3: the trouble in our world, Page 4: the good news in our world. This will allow us to talk about the biblical and historical context of each text (or selected texts, as time permits) as well as how we hear the Spirit speaking to our own communities through the text. We will also brainstorm possible themes for the 2019 Lenten Season. The class will take place at the Lutheran Center, 2354 Grove Road, Allentown. Any member or friend of one of our congregations is welcome to attend. The cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event; but you must register by Wednesday, January 16 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.


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 Muslim 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.


February 14. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Thursday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Christ, Allentown.


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 
 
 
 
 
Bishop Eaton’s Column in Living Lutheran

“Happy New Year!” In this reprint of her January 2017 column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the new year: “Here is where the gift of grace ... helps us make sense of our lives and resolves the stress of New Year’s resolutions—it acknowledges that we are broken and does away with the false hope or the intolerable burden of our being able to make ourselves right.”

 
 
Read the column
 
 
 
Monthly Stewardship Resource Kit

Every month, Pastor Rob Blezzard offers a monthly Stewardship Resource Kit that has brief RCL-based bulletin inserts relating to stewardship for every Sunday, plus a newsletter article folks can cut-and-paste into their congregational publications. There are also links to online resources to teach, do, lead, preach about and think about stewardship.

 
 
Visit the Resource Page
 
 
 
United Lutheran Seminary Lifelong Learning Opportunities

“Preaching Perspectives”

January 16, Gettysburg Campus.

January 17, Philadelphia Campus


“Mental Health First Aid Training”

February 7, Gettysburg Campus.

February 26, Philadelphia Campus

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

► Nancy Ebling, widow of Byard Ebling, died on January 4. The funeral will be Saturday, January 12, 2:00 p.m., at Kuhn Funeral Home in West Reading. Calling hour - 1:00 to 2:00.



​​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.


 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.

 Phyllis Pellitier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) continues to recover at home after surgery to repair the mitral valve of her heart.

► 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 (01-05)

Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven seeks a part-time music director. Play liturgy (two services most Sundays, Evening Prayer in Lent, etc.), direct twenty-member adult choir, oversee and work with praise team, foster music with children – all with the purpose of leading the assembly in giving glory of God. Instruments include twenty-five year-old, three manual, 32 rank Schantz organ, and Boston grand piano in setting with superb acoustics. 15 hours/week, salary based on musicianship and experience. For complete job description, follow the Music Director Position link at www.jerusalemlutheran.com. Send resume with salary requirements to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

 
 
 
 
 
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 Organist/Choir Director (12-26)

St. John, Ringtown, is seeking a part time organist/choir director to help lead the music program at St. John’s. Anyone interested in this position may contact us at ringtownlutheran@gmail.com and we will be happy to share information, answer questions and provide a job description.


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.”


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 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.
 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Used (damaged) Carillon (01-05)

St. Peter, West Penn, has a Schulmerich Carillon, MagnaBell 2, Model # 36-973-0. The carillon runs off a tape that was lodged inside, there are still many working components that could maybe help repair another church’s system, along with about 50 tapes that seem fine. We would be more than happy to offer these components for free to anyone that can use them. They will be available until our spring cleanup in March. Please contact the church: St. Peter’s Church, West Penn, 184 St. Peter’s Rd., Tamaqua Pa. 18252. email: spuc@ptd.net, Phone: 570-386-4388. Or the contact person is Mike Hunsicker, email: mbh65@ymail.com.

 
 
 
 
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