E-News for
January 7, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Deadline for 2019 Mission Support Contributions

January 30

The deadline for 2019 Mission Support contributions is Thursday, 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 31 cutoff date, all receipts will be credited as 2020 contributions.


Mission Support Intentions for 2020


Please file your congregation’s 2020 Mission Support Statement of Intent as soon as your budget is adopted. These figure play a vital role as the Synod Finance Committee monitors the 2020 Spending Plan adopted by the Synod Assembly. Click the link below to download a PDF version of the document.

 
 
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IRS Mileage Rate for 2020

Starting on Jan. 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (along with vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 57.5 cents per mile driven for ministry and business use, down half a cent from the 2019 rate.

 
 
 
 
 
Information Gathering in Preparation
for the Election of a Bishop

To support the election of the next Northeastern PA Synod Bishop of the ELCA, a team will be soliciting input from any interested member of a Synod congregation. The input will be concerning (1) priorities for the next Bishop to address current and future issues, and (2) what spiritual gifts and skills we are looking for in that next candidate for the role.


Three regional meetings are set for early 2020 to gather input, each at 9-12 on a Saturday morning. Each meeting will include light refreshments and there will be a single makeup on 29 February if inclement weather occurs.


February 1:   NEPA Synod South at Bern Lutheran Church, Leesport.

February 8:   NEPA Synod North at Christ Lutheran Church, Conyngham.

February 15: NEPA Synod Central at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville.


After input is collected and collated, a second batch of meetings will be set in May 2020 to provide all kind enough to provide input with a summary of what was heard and what will be taken to Synod Assembly and provided to the candidates for the Bishop’s position.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

January 10-11, 2020. Extravagant Generosity: A Stewardship Extravaganza. Sponsored by the Southeastern PA and Northeastern PA Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

January 10 Keynote: Clif Christopher, author of It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate Is It? and The Church Money Manual and More.

January 11 Keynote: Aimee Laramore, author of “Pathways to Generosity: Year-round Giving and Gratitude.” $50/ person. Registration includes Saturday lunch. (Scholarships available). More information and register at: https://ministrylink.org/extravagant-generosity/.


January 25, 2020. Learning Ministries Day. “Vision 2020.” Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville. Keynote speaker: The Rev. Dr. Brenda Smith, ELCA Program Director: Faith Practices and Book of Faith. The Regstration Form and Workshop Descriptions are now available on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2020/.


January 31, 2020. Deadline for 2019 Mission Support Contributions. The deadline for 2019 Mission Support contributions is January 31, 2020. 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 31 cutoff date, all receipts will be credited as 2020 contributions.


February 1:   NEPA Synod South at Bern Lutheran Church, Leesport.

February 8:   NEPA Synod North at Christ Lutheran Church, Conyngham.

February 15 :NEPA Synod Central at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville.

To support the election of the next Northeastern PA Synod Bishop of the ELCA, a team will be soliciting input from any interested member of a Synod congregation. The input will be concerning (1) priorities for the next Bishop to address current and future issues, and (2) what spiritual gifts and skills we are looking for in that next candidate for the role.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
ELCA Benefit Plan Updates

New in 2020 for the ELCA-Primary Health Plan

If you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, a suite of new online offerings provides convenient access to care at your fingertips, whether on the go, in your office, or and in the privacy of your own home. Find support to strengthen your emotional resilience, learn new skills, and save on costs:


Being is a holistic, faith-based, educational platform offering expert-led videos on a wide range of well-being skills — such as longevity, purpose, resiliency, and more.

Learn to Live is a self-directed online mental health support program designed to help participants manage stress, depression, social anxiety, insomnia, and substance use.

Text-Based Primary Care is available through a convenient app. 98point6 connects you 24/7 with U.S.-based, board-certified doctors. Receive on-demand consultation, diagnosis, and a treatment plan for $5 or less. Doctors can also prescribe medication (except controlled substances) and order lab tests.


Earning Wellness Dollars in 2020. Members with ELCA-Primary health benefits can earn up to $200 wellness dollars to help pay for eligible out-of-pocket expenses. Earn $100 wellness dollars each when you complete a physical health assessment or biometric screening, and when you have a conversation with a Portico Financial Planner. If your spouse is covered by ELCA-Primary benefits they can earn $200 as well.
 
 
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Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

► Paul L. Buehrle died on Monday, January 6. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.


June Bair (Zion, Womelsdorf; junebug462@yahoo.com) whose grandmother, June Breithaupt, died last week; and whose father, Robert Bair, is receiving palliative care at home.



​​Continuing in Our Prayers


► Ed Cloughen (retired; EWC4PAR@aol.com) is receiving rehabilitation after a fall.

► Laura Csellak (Christ's United, Ashland; pastorlaura@rcn.com) is recovering from hip  replacement surgery.

► Harry Goos (retired; rhgoos@comcast.net) is recuperating after a fall.

► Robert Hughes (retired; hughesrobertg@gmail.com) is receiving chemotherapy while battling cancer.

► Dee Kistler, wife of David Kistler (retired; avedeek@gmail.com) is recovering at home after knee replacement surgery.

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

► Tom Lang (St Paul, Fleetwood; pastor@spelcfleetwood.com) will have hernia surgery on January 7.

► 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.

Robert Sauers (retired) is recovering at home after surgery.


► 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.

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Rebecca Knox will be installed as pastor at Zion Spies, Reading on Saturday, January 18, at 2:00 p.m.


Carey Miller will be installed as pastor at St. Paul, Breinigsville on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.


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

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:


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.


Requested: Instruction in Playing Chimes

St. Mark, Birdsboro, has a relatively new chimes choir with 6 or 7 members. They are looking for someone who would be willing to come give a workshop on playing chimes. If interested, please contact Marsha Springel at secretary@stmarkbirdsboro.org or 610-582-8167.

 
 
 
 
 
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 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 Music (11-15)

New Jerusalem, Hellertown, seeks qualified candidates to fill the vacant position of Director of Music. Candidates must exhibit proficiency in playing the piano, and be willing to learn and play the organ, if not already proficient. The successful candidate will exhibit passion, energy, and enthusiasm in performing assigned tasks. Responsibilities include providing musical accompaniment during worship services; rehearsing, leading, and teaching large groups with varying abilities, including choirs and musical ensembles; and collaborating with the Pastor, other worship leaders and committees to complete administrative tasks and develop an appropriate and meaningful worship experience. Weekly 9:00 am Sunday Service, Monthly 6:00pm Saturday Service, 100 AWA, 1 Choir. Continuing Ed. money available. Submit letter of interest, resume, and salary expectations to church office: New Jerusalem Evan. Lutheran Church, 3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (610)838-0731. NEWJERELC@gmail.com.


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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