E-News for
February 11, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
PA Sales Tax Exemption Certificates

Many of our congregations have PA Sales Tax Exemption Certificates that are expiring at the end of March. On January 13, the synod submitted to Harrisburg all the information needed for their renewal. Congregations should receive their new certificates in due course.

Nominations Needed for Synod Council
and Synod Discipline Committee

There has been a great deal of talk surrounding the election of our new bishop the first weekend in June. At the annual synod assembly, we will also vote to elect other people (lay/clergy) to positions of leadership within our synod. It is the hope of the nominating committee that we will be able to fill the ballot with names of individuals willing to serve as leaders in this synod, so that we can have a range of age, ethnicity, experience, and sexual orientation.

The open positions are as follows:

Synod Council

(1) Lay Female [3 years]

(1) Youth Female [2 years]

(1) Youth Male [1 year]

(1) Female Person of Color or 1st Language other than English (lay or clergy) [3 years]

(1) Male Person of Color or 1st Language other than English (lay or clergy) [1 year]

Discipline Committee

(3) Lay Females

(1) Clergy (male or female).

Synod Council Nomination Form
Discipline Committee Nomination Form
Class for Lay Persons

March 21

“Entrust Your Prayer to Chants.” Pastor Tom Lichner. will introduce the gathering to chanting for personal and corporate prayer, chants that he has composed, chant-friendly websites, how to use portions of familiar ELW hymns as chants, and how chanting is especially suitable for paperless-hands-free singing. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, March 16 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).

Upcoming Events

February 15. Electing Our Next Bishop. You are invited to attend the final meeting scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville. Participants will discuss synod mission priorities and the skills/spiritual gifts needed in the next synod bishop. Information gathered at the three meetings will be collated and reported back at three meetings to be held in May (dates to be announced). Rostered ministers and all members of synod congregations are encouraged to attend.

March 21. Class for Lay Persons. “Entrust Your Prayer to Chants.” Pastor Tom Lichner. will introduce the gathering to chanting for personal and corporate prayer, chants that he has composed, chant-friendly websites, how to use portions of familiar ELW hymns as chants, and how chanting is especially suitable for paperless-hands-free singing. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, March 16 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).

March 21. 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.) Hoedown and Country music by "The Outlaws," with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Trucks. Feel free to support your favorite brand of truck! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, please visit: http://nepasynod.org/event/farm-family-appreciation/.

March 28. NEPA WELCA Spring Justice Retreat. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church , 8227 Hamilton Boulevard Breinigsville, PA 18087. Theme: “Diversity – Reaching Across Barriers to Live as God’s People.” The day will focus on our call to action through advocacy and how advocacy is expressed in our daily lives. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jeffrey J. Butz, Pastor at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny and adjunct professor of World Religions at Penn State University, Allentown and Reading campuses. Afternoon Session Leader: Rev. Kristen Glass-Perez Muhlenberg College Chaplain. Download a Flyer (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-flyer-2020.pdf). Download the Registration Form (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-registration-2020.pdf).

March 28. Embracing the Full Household of God: How to know, serve, and love the refugees and immigrants in our communities. Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown. Embracing the Full Household of God is an all-day event designed to help participants reach out in love to immigrants and refugees in their communities. Learn real-life examples of what people who come into this country experience. Explore what scripture says about offering welcome and how the Church has done so throughout history. Understand the unique needs of immigrants and refugees in our communities and hear from others who have successfully developed meaningful relationships and effective programs. The event is free, but registration is required. Lunch is included.

More Information and Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egv464ir4ec16536&llr=4o9pmhtab.

Download a Flyer: https://diobeth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Embracing-the-full-household-of-God.pdf.

May 17. Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District Retirement Luncheon for Bishop Samuel & Linda Zeiser. The Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District is planning a retirement luncheon for Bishop Zeiser, and they anticipate there may be extra tickets available. If you are interested, RSVP by February 28 to Jane Ringer with the number of tickets requested to janeer57@gmail.com or call 610-262-3000. Download a form to provide the name of your church, contact person, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail. They must confirm that the number of tickets you request are available prior to your sending the check by March 31. View the Invitation.

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Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network

LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young adults (age 21-30) for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2020 to the end of July 2021, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health coverage, spiritual direction, and a $535/month living stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program.

The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, outdoor ministry, and our campus ministry at UC Davis. These service sites address issues of homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, children and youth ministries, and other important social justice issues facing our communities.

We gather each week for evening prayer, dinner, and formation. The corps members live in intentional community in an apartment attached to our campus ministry center in Davis, CA. We're an ecumenical program in the Episcopal Service Corps network; applicants needn't be either Lutheran or Episcopal to apply—interest in Christian spirituality is the only expectation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2020. Contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530-756-1550 or pastor@thebelfry.org for more information!

More Information
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.

Download the Resource Kit
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

► Arthur L Hahn, Jr (retired; nanart15@aol.com) and his wife Nancy. Condolences at the death of Art's brother James R. Hahn on Saturday, February 4. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. in Grace Lutheran Church on the campus of the Lutheran Home at Topton. Visitation with family is 12:30-1:45 pm.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

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

► Kristen Edelman-Weiner (synod vice president; edelmanweiner@yahoo.com) is recovering after surgery.

► Robin Henry (retired; robinlouise5@comcast.net) is receiving rehabilitation after an infection in her foot.

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

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

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

Kerry Kropa, husband of Jane Kropa (Huffs, Alburtis; pastor@huffschurch.com) recovering from rotator cuff surgery.

► Phyllis Pelletier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is beginning treatment for early diagnosis of colon cancer.

► 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; dseip81@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.

► Stan Trout (retired; srtrout@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization.

Upcoming Installations

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

Tom Neel will be installed as pastor at St. Andrew, Easton on Sunday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Office Manager/Administrative Assistant (2-6)

Christ, Hazleton seeks a talented, compassionate and reliable individual for a part time position of office manager/administrative assistant. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 1:00 (20 hours per week). The candidate should have good communication and organizational skills, as well as proficiency with Windows 10, Microsoft Office and familiarity with Publisher. Background checks are required. Paid training will be provided from early to mid -April and until the person assumes full responsibility at the end of May. Please send resumes to wlupole@ptd.net or by mail, Christ Lutheran Church, 210 West Green Street, Hazleton, Pa. 18201.

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 Music (1-24)

Trinity, Topton is seeking a Music Director. Trinity holds one service each Sunday at 9:00. Our Music Director supports our services by playing organ, piano and leading our choir. Trinity has a fantastic 22 rank organ that was installed 5 years ago. Please send resume to trinitytop@aol.com.

P/T Parish Secretary (1-24)

St. John, Mohnton is looking for a Parish Secretary. 20 hours/week. Needs proficiency in MS Office. The Parish Secretary provides administrative services within St. John’s for worship services and ministries, records financial contributions, and oversees day-to-day operations. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a resume to pastor@stjohnsmohnton.org.

P/T Asst. Office Administrator (1-15)

Union, Schnecksville is seeking a talented individual to serve as Asst. Office Administrator. This person will assist with administrative services to the Pastor, Church Council, and committees in order to facilitate the Christian mission of the congregation. The position is part-time, 32 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Must possess general administrative office skills, the ability to effectively multi-task, strong organizational skills, and be proficient in Microsoft Office software. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Appropriate background checks and clearances expected. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville, PA 18078, or via email to office@ulclv.org.

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.

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.

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