E-News for
February 27, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Supply Pastors Needed for Easter Sunday!

Laurie Christman at the synod office still has two needs in the Hazleton-Lehighton Mission District and one in Schuylkill, with no pastors left on her supply list. If you can possibly help, please contact her as soon as possible (laurie@nepsynod.org or 610-266-5101).

Key Statistics for the Northeastern PA Synod

At a recent Symposium with Bishop Zeiser and the Synod Staff, Pr. Mike Bennethum presented some revealing statistics dealing both with congregations and rostered ministers in our synod. Click here to download the presentation. It is also available from the synod website under the “Resources” tab.

Upcoming Events

March 17. 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 PM. Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.

March 17. Class for Lay Persons. Dr. Michael Krentz leading a class entitled “The Theology of Luther’s Hymns and the Music of JS Bach.” The class will be offered on Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Lutheran Center. 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, March 14 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.

April 22. Confirmation Day at the Lutheran Center. 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Cost: $3.00 per student. Faith knows no borders! Introduce your confirmands to all our Synod’s global companions. This will be an experiential afternoon full of international food, games, worship, and action rooms. To register, please email Seth Noggle at seth.noggle@gmail.com. Deadline: April 8.

April 24. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Hope, Reading (601 N. Front Street - parking lot across the street from the church building).

May 8. Rostered Minister Anniversary Celebration. The Lutheran Center. Worship at 11:00 a.m. for all who are interested, with a luncheon following for the deans and honorees.

May 22. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders Workshop. Bern, Leesport. For more information and to register, visit: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018.

May 23. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders Workshop. Faith, Whitehall. For more information and to register, visit: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018.

The Wider Church 
Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
First Friday Program

March 2

The Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding will host a First Friday luncheon program on March 2 @ 12:00-1:00pm. Dr. Chrysan Cronin, Director, Public Health Program, Muhlenberg College, will present “The Opiod Crisis as a Public Health Issue.” Seegers Union, Rooms 111 & 112, Muhlenberg College. Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or buy lunch at Seegers Union. Be sure to leave ample time to locate on-street parking as this program begins promptly at Noon. Visit http://www.muhlenberg.edu/cultural/ijcu/firstfriday for information on this and upcoming programs, or call 484-664-3470.

Healing Communities Training
for Clergy and Congregations

March 17

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is sponosroing this event on March 17, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, 1500 Quentin Road, Lebanon, PA 17042. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/event/healing-communities-training-mar-17.

Global Links

“All Christians are Missionaries.” Dr. Steve and Bethany Friberg have been serving as ELCA missionaries in Ketumbeine, a rural community in Tanzania, for over 20 years. In a video, journey with them as they explain what it means to serve alongside the people of Ketumbeine. Read this and other articles in the February edition of Global Links

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

Gary Langensiepen (retired; gary_langensiepen@yahoo.com) will undergo total left knee replacement surgery on February 28.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

The members of St. Paul, Southside Easton and their pastor, Becca Middeke-Conlin (pastorbeccamc@gmail.com), who are struggling to maintain their ministry in the aftermath of fire damage to the church building.

► Tina Argot, wife of Rob Argot (Holy Spirit, Reading; rev-rob@hotmail.com) is recuperating at home after surgery.

 Catherine Brettell, mother of Dan Brettell (St. Paul, Bethlehem; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) is dealing with various health issues.

Arnold Hansen (retired) is recuperating at home after a hospitalization.

► Dana Heckman-Beil (Good Shepherd, Ashland; PastorDana@ptd.net) is recovering from a broken ankle.

► Eric Hill, son of Pastor David and Susan Hill (retired; selhill@aol.com), is receiving chemo therapy treatments in addition to targeted therapy treatments.

Robert Johnson, father of Donna House (Friedens, Oley; dmhouse@dejazzd.com) is hospitalized due to COPD and recurring pneumonia.

 Marion Latshaw, wife of Burl Latshaw (Grace, Reading; ryehillfarms@comcast.net) is recuperating at home following back surgery.

​​ Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) continues
to make improvement with NeuroVision Therapy in Kingston following an auto accident on June 10.

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

Smoky Schelly (former member of the synod executive staff; schellyfam@ptd.net) is dealing with serious health issues.

► Muriel Schmoyer, wife of Carl Schmoyer (retired), is under hospice care.

Lois Seip, wife of Durrell Seip (retired; dseip81@gmail.com) is recovering at home following a hospitalization for ongoing degenerative vertebrae.

John Tomlinson (retired; jd445@verizon.net) is hospitalized at St. Luke’s, Fountain Hill.
Upcoming Installations

Positions Available
New Listings:

PT Bell Choir Director (2-26)

PT Bell Choir Director position available immediately for established church bell choir with 3 octave handbells and 1 octave hand chimes. Candidate must be proficient in at least one keyboard instrument and possess strong musical ability. Seeking enthusiastic, outgoing, energetic individual with excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills to join staff members of a dynamic, thriving church. Submit letter of interest, resume, and completed application (available at www.hopecherryville.org ) to Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, PA 18035. Deadline for applications is March 30.

Repeat Listings (Date listed)

P/T Outdoor Sexton (2-19)

Schwarzwald, Reading seeks an outdoor sexton for snow removal, grass mowing and cleaning the pavilion. Grass cutting paid separately at $75 per cutting. Snow shoveling/clearing sidewalks, etc. --$25 under 3 inches, $50 for 3 inches to 7 inches, and $100 for anything over 7 inches. Cleaning the pavilion paid as needed. Please send your resume to Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, PA 19606.

P/T Organist/Choir Director (2-2)

St. Luke, Allentown seeks an organist/choir director. Position requires keyboard proficiency, ability to rehearse and conduct choirs, and an appreciation for a variety of musical styles. Organ experience preferred, but candidates will be considered who are proficient on piano and have the desire to train on our impressive three-manual pipe organ. Responsibilities include planning hymns, liturgy and anthems for 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. Adult choir rehearses weekly September - May. Potential for building existing handbell choir and developing a youth music program. Reply with resume to stluke@enter.net.

P/T Church Treasurer (2-2)

Church treasurer needed in the Fleetwood area. 10-15 hrs/wk. Experience with QuickBooks and Excel required. Payroll experience preferred. Salary depends on experience. Send resumes to christ@christmertz.org.

P/T Administrative Assistant (2-1)

Good Shepherd, Muhlenberg Township, Reading, is searching for an Administrative Assistant to work 15-20 hours a week. Excellent computer skills required. Duties include communications with church members, vendors and contractors; maintaining church records in an electronic database, scheduling of church facilities, management of office equipment and secretarial support to the Church Council and Pastor. Experience with church management software and Sundays & Seasons a plus. Office experience preferred. Please send letter of interest and resume to gselc4201@gmail.com.

P/T Director of Christian Education (1-29)
Schwarzwald, Jacksonwald (Exeter Township) seeks a Christian with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ who is enthusiastic, energetic and creative. Experience in Christian educational leadership preferred. Must possess a genuine concern for all people, and capacity to relate with all people in a sensitive, respectful way. Able to pass Criminal, State and Federal Background Checks, holds a valid Driver’s License, and the capacity to work successfully as part of a ministry team with other staff members and elected lay ministry leaders. Competent in use of basic Microsoft Office software. If interested, please send your résumé to SLC, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, PA 19606.

F/T Muhlenberg College Chaplain (1-23)

Reporting directly to the President, and serving under a call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the College Chaplain oversees the religious and spiritual life of the College. The Chaplain provides strategic leadership and direction for the diverse religious communities on campus and interfaith engagement initiatives. The Chaplain serves as Pastor to the Protestant community and Chaplain to the full College. In support of Muhlenberg’s mission, the Chaplain advocates for the academic and co-curricular needs of students and other community members. Click here for more information and how to apply.

F/T VP for Administration, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1-18)

The Vice President for Administration is primarily responsible for stewarding the efficient and effective operation of this institution’s financial and physical resources, including those persons employed to serve and support all aspects of its mission. The Vice President attends to this with a significant focus upon preserving the financial soundness of the seminary, while also realizing other missional considerations are relevant. The Vice President serves as strategic advisor to the President and the Board of Directors, recommending the overall administrative goals, policies, programs, and practices that will develop a sustainable economic model for ensuring the long-term viability of the seminary. For a full job description and to apply, please go to: https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

P/T Administrative Assistant/Office Manager (1-10)

Muhlenberg College Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding seeks multi-faceted team partner (30 hrs/wk). Visit http://jobs.muhlenberg.edu for details.

P/T Director for Early Childhood Education Center (1-10)

Nativity, Allentown is looking for a motivated leader for a Director position in our childcare setting. They must have a 4 year degree and a PA teaching certification in PK-4. The candidate must have strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills, and have a good understanding of age appropriate activities for young children. We intentionally staff our school with individuals who are talented and genuinely enthusiastic about child development. We encourage collaboration, cherish open communication, and create an outstanding work-life balance by supporting leaders and staff members every step of the way. Contact: Nativity ECEC, 4004 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18104, director.nlecec@gmail.com.

P/T Parish Secretary (12-29)

Zion United, Brodheadsville is seeking a part-time Parish Secretary (16 hours), M-Th. Excellent computer skills required (Microsoft Office and Microsoft Publisher). Duties include data entry, general office skills, scheduling. Must be able to maintain confidentiality. Experience with church management software and Sundays & Seasons a plus. Experience preferred. Please send letter of interest, resume & references to zionulc@ptd.net.

P/T Church Treasurer (12-27)

St. John’s, Williams Township seeks a church treasurer. The annual salary is $1,122. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and payroll. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

P/T Church Secretary (12-27)

St. John’s, Williams Township seeks a church secretary. Approximately 7-8 hours per week; the annual salary is $3,749. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and possess ability to update website. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

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