E-News for
January 29, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Men’s Ministry Meeting

March 12

Improving Men’s Group Congregational Activities. If you are interested in starting or improving a vibrant men’s ministry in your congregation, please consider attending an interactive light dinner and meeting sponsored by the Synod’s Men in Mission group. The focus will be on sharing successful practices and listening to what’s working well for Men’s Groups at congregations of various sizes. Some resources will be provided, and together we hope to jointly develop some congregational action plans based on the experience in the room. The Synod’s Men in Mission group hopes to offer this program at various locations around our territory. The first such offering will take place on Tuesday evening, March 12, at Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609. The event will begin with a catered light dinner at 6:00 p.m., with the program following at 7:00 and concluding by 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 5 with your name, congregation, and number of attendees to Office@advluth.comcastbiz.net or 610-678-2411.

 
 
 
 
 
Marriage Preparedness Series Is Still Available

Although Lutheran Congregational Services is no longer sponsoring the Marriage Prep Series, the instructor, Pastor Sandra Brown is still offering the classes. The class is a full day, designed to cover some of the basic topics of pre-marital counseling, such as communication, finances, and self-care. The schedule for 2019 is as follows:


March 9, NEPA Synod office, Allentown

April 27, Trinity, Lansdale

June 1, NEPA Synod office

July 27, Grace, Royersford

September 7, NEPA Synod office

November 2, Trinity, Lansdale


For more information, contact Peace Lutheran Church, pelcachurch@yahoo.com or call 21-/638-3063.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

February 5. NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gathering. The Lutheran Center, 12:00 - 1:30 pm. Do you work with children, youth, and families in your ministry? Do you wish you had a place to gather with like-minded people to share joys, frustrations, and steal, er... borrow, fabulous ideas from others? Consider meeting with the NEPA Youth Ministry Network, sponsored by your Youth, Youth Adult, and Family Ministry Team. If you are able to come (or if you cannot attend and are interested in gathering with us in the future) please RSVP to Deaconess Deborah Graf at dgraf@trinityreading.org.


February 14. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Thursday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Christ, Allentown.


March 9. NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gathering. The Lutheran Center, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Do you work with children, youth, and families in your ministry? Do you wish you had a place to gather with like-minded people to share joys, frustrations, and steal, er... borrow, fabulous ideas from others? Consider meeting with the NEPA Youth Ministry Network, sponsored by your Youth, Youth Adult, and Family Ministry Team. If you are able to come (or if you cannot attend and are interested in gathering with us in the future) please RSVP to Deaconess Deborah Graf at dgraf@trinityreading.org.


March 12. Men’s Ministry Meeting. Improving Men’s Group Congregational Activities. If you are interested in starting or improving a vibrant men’s ministry in your congregation, please consider attending an interactive light dinner and meeting sponsored by the Synod’s Men in Mission group. The Synod’s Men in Mission group hopes to offer this program at various locations around our territory. The first such offering will take place on Tuesday evening, March 12, at Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609. The event will begin with a catered light dinner at 6:00 p.m., with the program following at 7:00 and concluding by 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 5 with your name, congregation, and number of attendees to Office@advluth.comcastbiz.net or 610-678-2411.


March 16. 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.) Square Dance, Classic and Modern Country Music by “The Majestics,” with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Sports. Feel free to support your favorite team by wearing their colors! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.


May 5. May Play Day. Join others from around the synod for the annual May Play Day! What can you expect? Games for all ages. Adventures: rock-climbing wall, boating, hiking, high ropes course and more. Dinner and singing. For senior high youth and their advisors/parents – an info meeting on the 2018 youth gathering and the synod’s Lutheran Youth Fellowship organization. The cost is $4 for children who are 12 years and younger. For everyone else the cost is $8. Explore the camp – rain or shine – and enjoy a fun day outdoors. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/may-play-day.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
First Friday Program
February 1

The Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding will host a First Friday luncheon program on February 1 @ 12:00-1:00pm. Dr. Robert Gordon from the Institute for Advanced Psychological Training will present: “Truth, Trust, and Tribalism.” Moyer Hall, Miller's Forum (Note the location change), 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.

Two Events
February 6

The annual Pre-Lent Workshop (9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). “Reflections on Three Ties that Bind.” Clergy seeking new material for the Lenten season will want to join Dr. Sharon Putt who has untangled the violence from God's grace and, in so doing, offers a means by which to knit together Jews and Christians and all the human community more closely and more kindly.


The first meeting of our four-session Mini-Course (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.). “Authentic to Self and to Religious Tradition.” Clergy and laypersons will want to join Kripalu Yoga teacher, spiritual director, and Roman Catholic Lisa Bryan, MA, on an experiential journey into some simple, relevant practices to expand your repertoire of ways to know the Holy.


For further information, see attached brochures or contact the IJCU office: ijcu@muhlenberg.edu or 484.664.3470.

 
 
Pre-Lent Workshop Flyer
Mini_Course Flyer
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

► Mike Bodnyk (Faith, Whitehall; mbodn@aol.com ) continues to receive chemo therapy treatment for cancer.


► Emma Weaver (SALM, Grace, Lehighton; churchlady74@yahoo.com) was in the hospital but is now home following a bout with vertigo.



​​Continuing in Our Prayers


 Carl Adams (retired; cajoadams@verizon.net) is receiving rehabilitation after a stroke.

 Leilani, the five-month old daughter of Becky Blitch and Eliot Rodriquez, granddaughter of David (Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville; revblitch@msn.com) and Karen Blitch has been re-diagnosed with rhabdoid tumor and continues with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

► Kelly Brooks (chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab Network; kel4u@earthlink.net) is recovering at home following a heart attack.

 Dennis Carroll (retired; drdc820@yahoo.com) is in hospice care at home.


 Walton Horn (retired; w3okx.wrh@comcast.net) is recuperating after a serious illness.

 John Kuschel (St. Peter [10th], Allentown) is in rehab at the Lehigh Center, 1718 Spring Creek Rd, Macungie; and his wife, Lois, is in LVH-Cedar Crest.​​​​​​​

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

► Dennis Ritter (retired; dsritter@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a successful knee replacement surgery.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Jeffrey S. Carstens will be installed as pastor at St. John, Emmaus on Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.


Chris deForest will be installed as pastor at Trinity, Kutztown on Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:

P/T Confirmation Coordinator 1-24)

Hope, Cherryville seeks a part-time Confirmation Coordinator. This is a paid position available immediately for up to 10 hours per week. Candidate must have ability to work with children in grade 7 and grade 8, as well as provide primary oversight for all aspects of the two-year confirmation program in conjunction with grade 7 and grade 8 Sunday school teachers and mentor coordinators. Responsibilities include: planning, coordinating and attending all scheduled confirmation activities and retreats; communicating with confirmands, parents, volunteers and mentors; recording of student attendance; and working Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. during the Sunday School year. Associate or bachelor’s degree in education or a related field and/or equivalent experience with youth is preferred. Detailed job description is available upon request. Submit letter of interest, resume, and completed application (available at www.hopecherryville.org) to Pastor Jami Possinger, Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, PA 18035. Deadline for applications is February 11.


P/T Youth Ministry Coordinator (1-24)

Hope, Cherryville seeks a part-time Youth Ministry Coordinator. This is a paid position available immediately for up to 10 hours per week. Candidate must have ability to work with children in grade 6 through grade 12, as well as provide primary oversight for youth ministry program in conjunction with youth leaders and other church staff. Responsibilities include: planning, coordinating and attending all scheduled youth activities; communicating with youth, parents, volunteers and other youth leaders; organizing and planning all logistical aspects of the ELCA Youth Gathering that occurs every three years. Associate or bachelor’s degree in education or a related field and/or equivalent experience with youth is preferred. Detailed job description is available upon request. Submit letter of interest, resume, and completed application (available at www.hopecherryville.org) to Pastor Jami Possinger, Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, PA 18035. Deadline for applications is February 11.


P/T Music Ministry Director (1-23)

Provides choral and instrumental music leadership for 2 services each Sunday morning as well as for special services. Duties include playing organ and piano to lead liturgy and hymns; selecting appropriate music for each service; rehearsing and directing choirs and instrumentalists; meeting with pastor and Worship & Music Committee for planning. This is a part-time position (approximately 20 hours per week). Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Music Ministry Director Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

 
 
 
 
 
Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than eight weeks old, visit the synod website

at http://nepasynod.org/documents/positions-items-available.pdf.


P/T Music Director (01-08)

St. Mark, Bethlehem is seeking a Music Director. This is a part-time position with the following requirements: Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent experience including choir direction. Candidate should know choral techniques, have experience in church worship with both organ and piano, have a working familiarity with church music and liturgical practices related to Lutheran worship. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.


P/T Music Director (01-05)

Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven seeks a part-time music director. Play liturgy (two services most Sundays, Evening Prayer in Lent, etc.), direct twenty-member adult choir, oversee and work with praise team, foster music with children – all with the purpose of leading the assembly in giving glory of God. Instruments include twenty-five year-old, three manual, 32 rank Schantz organ, and Boston grand piano in setting with superb acoustics. 15 hours/week, salary based on musicianship and experience. For complete job description, follow the Music Director Position link at www.jerusalemlutheran.com. Send resume with salary requirements to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


P/T Organist/Choir Director (12-26)

St. John, Ringtown, is seeking a part time organist/choir director to help lead the music program at St. John’s. Anyone interested in this position may contact us at ringtownlutheran@gmail.com and we will be happy to share information, answer questions and provide a job description.


P/T Music Director/Organist/Choir Director (12-22)

St. Paul, Dallas, is seeking a part-time (20 hours) Music Director/Organist/Choir Director. St. Paul’s is an active and welcoming community who highly regards liturgical worship and music, and who appreciates the rich and diverse styles of our Lutheran musical heritage. Please send resume’ to “St. Paul’s Music Director, PO Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612.”


P/T Custodian (12-13)

Part-time Church Custodian needed by Nativity, Reading. This is a salaried position. Child protection clearances are necessary. Nativity is a non-smoking campus. Parish Custodian will not be a member of Nativity Lutheran Church. Please call our church office at 610-374-3230 or e-mail the church at natsec@comcast.net for an application and a copy of the job description. Position available January 1, 2019.


P/T Director of Youth Ministry (12-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton is searching for a dynamic, experienced, professional Director of Youth Ministry (approximately 15 hours per week). Key areas of focus for this position include discipleship, biblical teaching, outreach evangelism, coordinating and communicating with volunteers, and mentoring youth to love and serve the Lord! The Director of Youth Ministry will lead Confirmation, coordinate activities for youth from grade 7 through early adulthood, and actively participate in mission trip planning. 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 Organist/Choir Director (8-28)

Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church seeks qualified applicants for the position of part-time time Organist/Choir Director with 12 Sundays off per year. Interested applicants may submit a resume to the church at 820 West Leesport Road, Leesport, PA 19533 Attn: Selection Committee or by email to bernelca@juno.com.
 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Complete choral library giveaway (01-10)

400+ anthems. Saturday, Feb. 2, 10am - 1pm (event coincides with soup/apple dumpling sale hours). Christ Lutheran Church, 325 Covered Bridge Road, Oley PA 19547. Parking beside church or across the road. For more info: Robert Masenheimer, Minister of Music at 610-927-8741 or 484-769-4076.


Used Classroom Chairs (1-10)

The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus, has 96 classroom chairs available. The chairs are adult sized, green plastic, sled legs (slide on floor). We have lovingly used them so the green plastic is well worn and discolored – however all chairs are sound (no seat cracks or leg issues). Any or all are available, at no cost, to whoever may want to give these chairs a new life. We are blessed by a gift to purchase bright new ones for our classrooms. Please contact the church: The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Blvd, Emmaus, PA 18049. email: carter@holyspirit-emmaus.org Phone: 610-967-2220 x105 (the contact person is Chris Carter).

 
 
 
 
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