E-News for
June 30, 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.

For July 1, we will hear from Rev. Paul Andrew Johnson about serving a Native American congregation as a white, gay, cisgender male pastor. He is, first and foremost, a child of God humbled by God's loving grace and forgiveness. He is honored to serve as pastor to the Lutheran Church of the Wilderness in the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohicans community in Bowler, Wisconsin. In addition to being a pastor, Paul also enjoys being an uncle, gardener, avid reader, and occasional crafter. He dreams of one day owning a tiny house with a huge garden for him and his German Shepherd, Bucky. Paul Andrew Johnson graduated from Wartburg in 2015 and waited 2 years for a call. As an openly gay man, it was difficult to find a congregation that would be open. The Lutheran Church of the Wilderness had been waiting for years for a pastor. The Spirit intervened and connected this unlikely pairing. It has been an interesting journey of lifting one another up and working through issues of unique forms of shame surrounding identity.

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ELCA COVID-19 Survey Form Available

The ELCA Churchwide Office is making available to congregations a resource for surveying members regarding concerns both during the pandemic and about returning to in-person worship. You are free to customize the form for your local situation and to use it in any way you choose, i.e., mail, social media, website, etc.

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Synod News and Upcoming Events 
ELCA Racial Justice Pledge

The ELCA website has a variety of free downloadable resources available on the subject of Racial Justice. In addition, there is a Anti-Racism Pledge which you can “sign” online. We encouraged you to take advantage of these materials and, if you agree, to sign the Pledge.

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Cancel your Room Reservation at Kalahari

If you made a room reservation at Kalahari for Synod Assembly 2020, don’t forget to call and cancel (877-525-2427). You can (1) retain your full deposit as a Kalahari credit (which you can use for Assembly 2021 on June 3-5), or (2) request a cash refund from which a $30 fee will be deducted.

Upcoming Events

October 17. We Love… Trinity, Reading, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We Love… will be a day of workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. We Love… is open to pastors, deacons, council members, congregation members, church unaffiliated, Sunday School teachers and learners, gay, straight, bi, trans, +, young, old, you and everyone. Come learn why, how and who We Love… For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.

The Wider Church 
June 29 marks 50 years!

Fifty years ago, on June 29, 1970, the Lutheran Church in America voted to change the word “man” to “person” in its bylaws and opened the door for the ordination of women. The American Lutheran Church achieved the same thing by resolution a few months later. The church was led by the Spirit to change. At the time it was scary for some. Fifty years later, it is now part of our heritage.

This year we celebrate the anniversary as a whole church. The influence of those decisions 50 years ago is not merely the impact on women. This is a celebration for the whole church, because the whole church has been strengthened by the gifts of ordained women in its leadership. We celebrate how these pastors have shared the Word, including with words of compassion, conviction, and curiosity. We also give thanks for the moments when there are no words, but they have offered their presence.

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Season of Creation Devotions

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and leaders from the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4. The season, which begins with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, is a time to join with the global Christian community in renewing, repairing and restoring commitments to God, to one another and to all of creation. For the four churches, it is also a time for strengthening relationships with one another. Through Scripture, hymns, advocacy and action, the weekly devotions, which begin Sept. 6, invite people to live out their vocation as stewards of creation.

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

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

► Tom Yenser (deacon, Atonement, Wyomissing; tomyenser@comcast.net). Condolences at the death of his mother, Loretta, on June 23.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

► Don Billeck (retired; djbilleck18@yahoo.com) is now recovering at home.

► 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.

► Roy Olson (retired; gracecameronolson@gmail.com) suffered a broken vertebra in his neck in an auto accident and is undergoing physical therapy.

► 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.

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:

P/T Organist and Choir Director (6-23)

Redeemer, Allentown, seeks an Organist and Choir Director (approximately 15 hours per week) to oversee the traditional music ministries of the church. The music leader will play hymns, liturgy, rehearse and accompany the choir for weekly Sunday services and other seasonal services. The Organist and Choir Director will also work with the pastor and Sunday School leaders. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information about the position please email resume to redeemer1@rcn.com.

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 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.

P/T Organist and Choir Director (3-26)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director (approximately 20 hours per week) to oversee the traditional music ministries of the church in cooperation with the pastor. The music leader will organize adult choir, bell choirs, and special music as needed and warranted to engage and inspire Christian faith beliefs through music. We are looking for someone to partner with us in this role. The Organist and Choir Director with also work with our Praise Team leader and other staff members to support the congregation. 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 Office Administrator (3-4)

St. Paul, Fleetwood seeks a part-time office administrator. 7.5 hours daily Monday through Thursday. Attendance at monthly Council meetings and quarterly Staff meetings. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor and Staff. Maintains church calendar. Recruits and schedules volunteers as needed. Insures timely production, final edit, emailing and mailing of monthly newsletter. Prepares weekly worship service bulletins. Orders and maintains supplies for the operation of the church’s administrative functions. Maintains files both hard copy and electronic. Ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment. Coordinates compilation and submission of parochial reports and annual report booklet. Maintains church member database. Contact person for community groups using the church facility. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Questions: Contact Pastor Tom Lang at 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

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