E-News for
September 22, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Zoom Meeting with the Bishop
More Information on Assembly 2020

October 1

On Thursday, October 1, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bishop Zeiser will host another Zoom meeting to help synod leaders become more comfortable with the technology we will use at the assembly.

A video recording of the September 15 Zoom meeting about Assembly 2020 and about important changes to Portico plans is available on the synod website.

Zoom Invitation
Synod Website Page
Assembly 2020 Registration is Now Open

The absolute deadline to register for the online synod assembly is Thursday, October 1. It can be done online until midnight that day. If you plan to register by mail, get it in the mail now! It needs to be in the synod office by 4:30 p.m. on October 1. A confirmation letter will be mailed to you after you register with the password and username needed to participate and also step-by-step instructions to login, speak, and vote. Please keep the password and username in a safe place.
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Stories from “God’s Work. Our Hands.“ Sunday

Please share your stories and photos from this year’s events. You can email them to georgiasuranofsky@hotmail.com for publication on the synod website.
Virtual CROP Hunger Walks

October 11

Allentown, Bethlehem, ands Reading. Ending Hunger One Step at a Time, Locally and Around the World.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Being Church: Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders. You are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. View the Zoom invitation. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. You can find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org. We also share each recording with supporting documents, typically by the following week, at https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media

October 1. Zoom Meeting with the Bishop Zeiser. On Thursday, October 1, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bishop Zeiser will host another Zoom meeting to help synod leaders become more comfortable with the technology we will use at the assembly. Click here to download the Zoom invitation.

October 11. Virtual CROP Hunger Walks. Allentown, Bethlehem, ands Reading. Ending Hunger One Step at a Time, Locally and Around the World. For more information, visit https://www.crophungerwalk.org/.

October 16 & 18, 23-24. Assembly 2020: “We Are Church Together.” This year’s Assembly will be held online, including the election of a new bishop. For more information, please visit the Assembly 2020 page on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/assembly-2020/.

October 17. We Love… From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, we will offer workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals & families. The event itself is donation only (recommended between $0 and $20). All donations will be split between Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, LGBT Center of Greater Reading, and Queer NEPA. Click here to register and read more about the presentations, learn about the presenters, and access tons of curated pre-event resources.

November 10 & 11. Growing Young in a Changing World Virtual Summit. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to help our synod be more welcoming and engaging to the youth and young people in our midst. Jake Mulder from the Fuller Youth Institute will lead us through multiple sessions as we engage the Growing Young concepts and create plans forward for our churches and mission districts. ALL synod church staff, rostered ministers and members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The cost is $40 per person. Click here for more information and to register.

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

► Correction: Carl Adams (retired) and his wife, Johanna. Condolences at the unexpected death yesterday of their 19-year-old grandson, Brandon Adams. Condolences can be mailed to: Laurel Center, 125 Holly Road, Hamburg, PA 19526.

► Phyllis Pelletier (retired; pastorpa@ptd.net), is having more tests to determine cancer treatment.

► Grant Wickert (retired; grant.a.wickert@live.com) has regained normal functioning after a stroke and is undergoing physical therapy.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

► Karen Blitch, wife of David Blitch (Salem Belleman's, Mohrsville; upsygrad@msn.com), is receiving treatment for cancer and other multiple health issues.

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

► Gene Handwerk (retired; gehandwerk@gmail.com) is now receiving hospice care as he battles cancer.

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) is undergoing chemotherapy.

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

► Tucker Irwin, wife of Tom Irwin (On leave from call; tirwinjr@comcast.net) is recuperating at home after neck surgery.

► Dee Kistler, wife of David Kistler (retired: davedeek@gmail.com), is recovering from a broken ankle.

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

► Valerie Reinhold (reited; 4revmomm@gmail.com) is recovering at home after a week in the hospital dealing with heart issues.

► Tom Richards (retired; masterpastor@verizon.net) is recovering from eye surgery.

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

► Luther Routte (retired) is recuperating at home after heart 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.

Durrell Seip (retired; durrellseip87@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.

The Wider Church 

We know members love ELCA Good Gifts. And with Christmas right around the corner, they are the perfect option to replace traditional gift-giving with something more meaningful. Each gift in honor of a loved one supports the lifesaving ministries of our church and the people we serve – one goat, water well or school uniform at a time.

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Bishop Eaton and Rick Steves host ELCA World Hunger virtual fundraiser

Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, along with Rick Steves, guidebook author and travel television host, and the Rev. Shelley Bryan Wee, bishop of the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod, will host “Hunger in the Time of COVID-19: Life for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” to benefit ELCA World Hunger. This virtual fundraising event — the first of its kind — is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. Central time.

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Seeds Monthly

“Government and Civic Engagement Social Message.” The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy.” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the election this fall. The social message explores how government is a gift from God that can also be abused and misused. It also delves into how we can view civic engagement as Lutherans.

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Upcoming Installations

Vicar Thomas Busteed will be ordained and installed at Faith, Whitehall on Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Parish Administrative Assistant (9-18)

Zion (Spies) in Alsace Twp. seeks a Parish Administrative Assistant (PAA). The position is presently 15 hrs. a week, in-person, in the office. There are Covid related building restrictions in place which support the PAA’s health and well-being. Responsibilities include office administration, ministry publications, being point of contact for church calendar, publicity and events. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Church Windows and social media platforms is preferred. Please email interest to ZionSpies@comcast.net Subject “Attn: Council - PAA position

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 Interim Youth Ministry Leader (9-1)

to Emmanuel, Bath, seeks an Interim Youth Ministry Leader. Candidate will coordinate, direct, and facilitate Sunday School and youth group events via internet or in person based on safety of the youth. He/she will be able to assist our youth in growing their faith in Jesus Christ. This includes curriculum design and teacher development to complete these tasks. Candidate will meet bi-weekly with the Pastor to review his/her curriculum and planning ideas. Candidate may. assist Pastor with confirmation events if requested and fits into the weekly allowance of hours. Candidate must communicate with the secretary on the following months' plans by the 20th of the current calendar month. Candidate must have a commitment to Jesus Christ with a clear understanding of the Lutheran perspective of the Christian faith and willingness to adhere to ELCA doctrine and practices. Formal education in theology and/or education is preferred. Candidate should be organized, show excellent communication skills, and be motivating to the youth of our congregation. Background check and appropriate clearances are required. Work hours will be 10-13 hours per week with a monthly stipend of $834 and 2 weeks vacation. Candidate will present a weekly summary of his/her hours to the secretary with a brief description of tasks he/she worked on. Due to the current limitations with COVID-19, candidate should be able to work remotely unless otherwise requested by the Pastor or HR committee. Please submit letter of interest and resume to Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church at emmanuelschurch@qmail.com or 3175 Valley View Dr. Bath PA 18014.

P/T Director of Music Ministries (9-2)

New Hanover, Gilbertsville, seeks a Director of Music Ministry, who is the principal musician of the congregation. He/she is responsible for coordinating the orders of service and liturgical music with the Pastor as well as selecting hymns for all services. This position selects and rehearses choral music for the vocal choirs – (2) children’s and (2) adults – as well as coordinates with the Handbell Choir Director and the GRACE Praise Band leader to develop a welcoming and inclusive God centered atmosphere for all generations. Please see the full job description at http://www.newhanoverlutheran.org/jobopenings.php, noting within the modifications made due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Instrument: II/19 Schantz (1986). Apply or direct questions to: Steven Eisenhart, Worship and Music Chair, at eisensc@aol.com.

P/T Church Office Administrator (7-14)

Trinity, Topton seeks a part-time church office administrator, 20 hours a week. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor, Staff and Council and is normally the first point of contact for church matters. Maintains church calendars. recruits and schedules volunteers. Coordinates community groups use of church facilities.Ensures timely production, final edit and distribution of weekly worship service bulletin and monthly newsletter. Orders and maintains supplies and ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment for the operation of church’s administrative functions. Maintains both hard copy and electronic copies of church documents. Maintenance of the church website and FaceBook page is optional. Financial duties include staff payroll, payment of invoices, congregation’s checkbook register and recording offerings and maintaining congregational giving records. Maintains church’s on-line giving site. Maintains church member database and prepares congregational reports. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 121 S. Home Ave., Topton, Pa 19562. Questions: Contact Dennis Evans 484-648-1506 or dennyevans66@gmail.com.

P/T Accountant (7-14)

Christ, Hellertown seeks a financial administrator for 20 hours weekly in a fast-paced church environment. Responsible for Church and The Learning Center (daycare) financial accounting and reporting/analysis, payroll and all payment and deposit processing. Accounting, Business and Human Resources background desirable. Strong leadership; initiative to implement new systems and systems upgrades. Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive financial information and work well with and within multiple teams. Proficient in accounting software, QuickBooks, Excel and ProCare. Send resume and cover letter to Christ Lutheran Hellertown at churchoffice@clcht.org.

P/T Organist/Pianist (7-14)

Holy Trinity Slovak in Northampton. Sunday services only. Please contact Bill Dimmich at 610-360-0946.

P/T Teacher and Teacher’s Aide (7-10)

Holy Spirit Christian Nursery School (at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, PA) is seeking two preschool teachers and one teacher’s aide for the 2020-2021 school year. The positions are part-time. Teacher candidates need a degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education and must be someone who loves working with young children along with strong collaboration skills. Requirements for the teacher aide are a love of young children and their learning, experience volunteering and/or working with your children, and strong collaboration skills. Deadline to apply is Monday, July 20, 2020. Candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to Karin Kahler at kahler@holyspirit-emmaus.org.

Items Available 

Available for free (9-14)

Redeemer, Allentown has moved their administrative offices from 822 N. 19th St. to 802 N. 19th St., Allentown, and would love to give following items to anyone who can use them:

1 large safe

3 substantial metal desks

4 bookcases—some wood, some metal

1 2-drawer wooden cabinet

1 office chair on wheels

If interested in seeing/obtaining these items, please call 610-434-1291 to make arrangements. The “new owner” is responsible for moving the items they desire. The final date to request furniture is Oct. 15.

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