E-News for
January 26, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 

Bishop Christopher deForest is pleased to announce Pastor Samantha Drennan as the new Associate of the Bishop for the Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District. Pastor Drennan will serve part-time alongside her full-time call as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Macungie, as do most of the other bishop’s associates serving mission districts across our synod. Her joining the new staff means that all open positions have been filled. Bishop deForest says: “As a staff we are excited to get to work serving God with you, in ways that bring strong experience together with fresh ideas.”  He invites prayers for all our synod staff, and he offers an open invitation to join in the good work of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 
 
 
 
 
Synod-wide Lent Devotion:
A Call to Participate

Last year, in celebration of 50-40-10, the Synod Connections Team intentionally compiled and offered a Lenten Devotional written by those who identify as women clergy and lay leaders in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. This year, we are doing the same, and opening the field to all leaders in the NEPA Synod. ALL ARE WELCOME to contribute, and since we have a very early Lent this year (Ash Wednesday is February 17), the sooner the better. This is especially important because we will be producing a PDF (uploaded on the synod website) that can be printed by churches for people who do not have or wish to use Facebook.

Here's what to do:
1. Sign up for a slot at the following link:
Leave your name and email address; you will automatically get an email reminder of the date and verse you selected.

2. Write your devotion & send it to Rev. Samantha Drennan: sldrennan1@gmail.com by February 14, 2021!

3. There is no third thing. However... wouldn't it be great if in addition to seeing these devotions on Facebook, we could also see them on the Synod YouTube channel? If you would be willing to record a video of your devotion in addition to the written version, please let Samantha know. Thank you!
 
 
 
 
 
Bear Creek Camp Summer 2021 - Registration is Open!
Please visit Bear Creek Camp's website to register. Each session has limited space so, if you have a preference, it is suggested you take the time to register before the spots are taken!
 
 
 
 
 
February - Independent Confirmation Project
There are many wonderful ways out there to re-imagine confirmation education... How can we bring all of these great ideas together to share with other leaders in our synod?

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th at 12 p.m. or Saturday, February 27th at 10 a.m. as we pull our many brains together and share our ideas in a blessed brain dump we will call the "Independent Confirmation Project." There will be no expectation that the group gathering in February actually categorizes the ideas for future use... However, we hope a team of a few passionate folks will rise up from this time together to put the ideas together for future use in future months! Sign up here.
 
 
 
 
February -
Independent Confirmation Project
There are many wonderful ways out there to re-imagine confirmation education... How can we bring all of these great ideas together to share with other leaders in our synod?

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th at 12 p.m. or Saturday, February 27th at 10 a.m. as we pull our many brains together and share our ideas in a blessed brain dump we will call the "Independent Confirmation Project." There will be no expectation that the group gathering in February actually categorizes the ideas for future use... However, we hope a team of a few passionate folks will rise up from this time together to put the ideas together for future use in future months! Sign up here.
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

 

Save These Dates!  


Greater Allentown CROP Hunger Walk:  Sun., Oct. 10, 2021, 1:30 p.m.,

with registration beginning at 1:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104


CROP Recruiters’ Pizza Party/Kick-off:  Sun., Aug. 29, 2021, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

(to receive materials, ideas, and inspiration for yourself and your congregation)

at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104


For more information about Church World Service/CROP,

go to https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/page/about-the-walk

 
 
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates
Debra North (Faith, Blakeslee; revdeb527@gmail.com), is in the ICU after having three surgeries last week on her abdomen.

► William Zimmermann (retired; wzimmermann@comcast.net), received a cancer diagnosis and will be having surgery at an undetermined time.


​​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.

► Dan Brettell (St. Paul III, Easton; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) and his wife, Patti’s 7 month-old granddaughter, Sabella Brettell, is recovering at home after surgery; and the family is cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

► Oliver Brown (St. James, Hobbie; bskindeer@aol.com ) is recovering from back surgery.

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

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

► Gail Koerner, mother of pastoral candidate Elizabeth Koerner, is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

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

► Diane LaFauci (Zion, Shoemakersville; dilafauci@comcast.net) is recovering from surgery.

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

► Susan Ritter, wife of Dennis Ritter (retired; dsritter@ptd.net) is recovering at home after knee replacement surgery last week..

► Luther Routte (retired) is hospitalized for treatment of a blood clot.

► 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 
 
 
 
 
Future Church Webinar

On January 19, 2021 the ELCA Churchwide leadership met with Rostered Ministers to discuss their plan for "Future Church." In this webinar for ELCA rostered ministers, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton — along with the Rev. Philip Hirsch, executive director of Domestic Mission, and Mikka McCracken, executive for Innovation ― explains: What is Future Church? What specific hopes do we have for our ministries? What are our next steps?

After viewing the webinar, please address any questions or comments to Future@ELCA.org.
 
 
View Webinar
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:

P/T Parish Administrator
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fleetwood seeks a candidate who is well-organized, has proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and other similar applications), and has cheerful disposition. This person will be the hub of all parish communications and will need to work well under pressure. Position is salaried, the hours are generally 30-35 per week with one day in addition to Saturday and Sunday with paid vacation. If interested please send letter of introduction and resume to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA or email it to pastor@spelcfleetwood.com .
 
 
 
 
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 Bookkeeper Position (1/19)
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA seeks a part-time (20 hrs/week) Bookkeeper/Financial Secretary to record financial transactions, and provide financial reporting to Congregation council and the Congregation annual meeting. Requirements in addition to PA child abuse, criminal and FBI screenings would include one to two years of experience with accounting software and MS office, knowledge of payroll preparation and have good organization and management skills.  Inquiries may be made to Redeemer Lutheran at Redeemer1@rcn.com or by phone at 610-434-1291.


P/T Sexton Position (1/12)

St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA 19512 is seeking a part-time sexton. The position is for 20-hours per week consisting of 5 days per week. Please note that the church provides an outreach ministry providing a day-care/ pre-school, thus the work hours are in the late afternoon/evening. Duties include cleaning the sanctuary, offices, bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, and other various cleaning functions. Experience preferred. Salary starts at $12.50 per hour. If you wish to apply, send a resume to the church address or e-mail the church at secretary@stjosephshill.com.


P/T Youth Leader (1/12)

St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA. 19512 is seeking a gifted and motivated individual to work with our youth. The individual would be involved in program planning, community building, growing the youth’s faith journey, and various congregational activities, including Sunday mornings. The position is approximately 25 hours per month. The salary is $13.55  per hour. If you wish to apply, send a resume to the church address or email the church at secretary@stjosephshill.com


F/T Program Director at Bear Creek Camp (12-18)

A full time Program Director position is available at Bear Creek Camp. Responsible for developing, implementing, and supervising impactful summer camp opportunities and year-round programs and developing and coordinating multifaceted promotional strategies. Must have good positive energy, interact well with youth, families, and guests of all ages, have a heart for Christian ministry, be well organized, be a strong team member, and possess exemplary customer service traits. Must be at least 21 years old with 2 summers experience working with youth and families in a camp setting. Must be flexible in all aspects of job responsibility; with working knowledge of camp operations; and be supportive of the ELCA. Salary depends on experience plus benefits, and on-site housing. Screening for candidates will begin immediately, and the position would ideally begin in early February. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Collin Grooms, Executive Director at: collin@bearcreekcamp.org . More information and full job description available at http://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities


P/T Parish Administrative Assistant (11-24)

St. Paul’s, Mertztown seeks a Parish Secretary. The position is presently 15 h/wk. Responsibilities include office administration, newsletter and bulletins, basic financial bookkeeping, being point of contact for church calendar, etc. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media platforms is preferred. Click here for more information. Please email interest to stpaullutheranpastor@ptd.net. Additionally you may phone the Council President Doug Butz at the Church number 610-682-6229 and someone will return your call.


P/T Christian Education and Youth Director (11-5)

Christ Hamilton United is seeking a Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. The combined role would be to oversee and organize activities for the Church’s Youth Ministry and Christian Education programs. Additionally, the Candidate will be active in developing the lay leadership to strengthen the Church’s ability to deliver its programs to its members and to the Community. The position would work with the Pastor, the Church’s leadership, the Christian Education committee and other committees as appropriate. The Position would be for a 20 to 30 hour weekly schedule. The salary and hours will be commensurate based upon the experience of the successful candidate and the Church’s ability to conduct activity in our current environment. Interested candidates may email a cover letter explaining their reasons for application and include their resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at CHULCpersonnel@gmail.com. Please include three references and contact information. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.christhamilton.org.


P/T Director of Christian Education (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education who will play a unique role in the lives of children and adults at Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church. Working alongside a team led by the Lead Pastor, the Director’s primary role is to oversee and organize Faith Formation activities for all ages. Candidates need to have a strong, well-developed faith in Christ along with exceptional interpersonal, teaching, and leadership skills. Ideal candidates will also bring a servant’s heart to those AELC is called to serve. The position requires more than three years of experience in a church setting. Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org. Interested candidates may email cover letter/resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org. Please include three references and contact information.


P/T Organist, Director of Vocal and Bell Choirs (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director who will oversee the traditional music ministries of the church in cooperation with the pastor. The music leader will organize adult choir, bell choirs, and special music as needed and warranted to engage and inspire Christian faith beliefs through music. We are looking for someone to partner with us in this role. The Organist and Choir Director with also work with our Praise Team leader and other staff members to support the congregation. This is a part-time position (approximately 15-20 hours per week). 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.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 
Worship Chairs Available - The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit (Emmaus) has 341 sanctuary chairs available for anyone interested in giving these chairs a good home.  We are embarking on renovations of our worship space and as such the existing chairs are available.  Dimensions: 18" wide, 32" high, 18" deep, 16" seat height.  Oak wood, seats are upholstered, and book racks under each seat.  Available NOW.  For information, please contact Chris Carter, LCHS Property Manager, carter@holyspirit-emmaus.org, 610-392-4965.
 
 
 
 
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