E-News for
May 29, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Assembly 2018 – Two Reminders for Those Attending

June 8-9


1. Please remember to bring to the synod assembly in Wilkes-Barre on June 8 and 9: (1) Jars of peanut butter and jelly for the Weinberg Food Pantry, and (2) supplies to assemble health kits for Lutheran Disaster Relief – bath towels and wash cloths, bars of soap, combs, toothbrushes, and nail clippers.


2. A new component of Synod Assembly is an opportunity to put our faith into practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects during the plenary breaks on Friday. If you would like to register prior to Friday morning, please send your request to Pr. Michele Kaufman (kaufman19@verizon.net) by Wednesday, June 6th. A list of service projects can be found on the synod website.

 
 
 
 
 
Assembly 2018 – Workshop Update
ELCA Inter-religious Commitments: Review and Response

Friday, June 8, 11 am - 1 pm. The draft statement on inter-religious relations which will be revised for consideration at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly will be presented for discussion and response, led by the IJCU of Muhlenberg College.

 
 
 
 
 
Synod Office Hours – Correction

Beginning this week the synod office will be open Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be closed on Fridays. These are not summer hours but will be in effect year-round. We apologize for any confusion in last week’s E-News post.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

June 7. So(cial) - Spiritual Homecoming: A Pre-Synod Assembly Gathering for Rostered Leaders. Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:00pm - 9:00pm. Meeting Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, Wilkes-Barre. The Rosters Working Together Group cordially invites you to come together for an evening hour of unwinding and awakening into God's Dream. Just like Jacob who came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, we will ... Well, best come, journey and arrive in a guided meditation, and get to know one another. Deacon Janet Stump, Pastor Anja Stuckenberger, Deacon Linda Zawaski, and Pastor Scott Paradise will be your hosts. Please, r.s.v.p. to astuckenberger@gmail.com .


June 8-9. Synod Assembly 2018. Sharing Ministries. Building Relationships. Mohegan Sun Arena  Wilkes-Barre, PA.  For complete information and to register, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/synod-assembly-2018.


June 11. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Monday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. to noon at St. Matthew United, 425 Jefferson Ave, Scranton.


June 16. Speak to One Another of Psalms. The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is sponsoring a workshop for parish musicians, pastors, and others interested in worship and worship planning on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The workshop will take place at Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 Hamilton Street, Allentown; it will explore the Psalms and their use in Christian worship. We will look at how the Psalms shape our worship and form us in faith, and consider ways to enliven the singing of Psalms for congregations and choirs. For more information and to register ($45/$20 for students, including lunch), visit https://alcm.org/event/allentown-pa/?instance_id=56.


August 11. Ministry Fair. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Lutheran Center (Lunch will be provided). Visit the Synod’s Resource Center to learn about ministries of the Northeastern PA Synod; share resources offered by synod teams; and attend mini-sessions (like Learning Ministries Day). There will also be an opportunity to share your congregation’s information/ministries at your own sharing table. A Children’s Corner will be provided. Sponsored by the Faith Formation Resource Ministry Team. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/ministry-fair.


October 16-17. Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. This is a one and a half day ecumenical, educational, non-profit seminar designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/administrators, and to grow spiritually. Originally started by the Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it has expanded in recent years. As a result, secretaries, administrative assistants and office support personnel from every denomination are welcome. For more information, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/parish-secretaries-seminar.


November 6-8. Bishop’s Conference. Shawnee Inn. Theme: “Exposing the Idols: Reflection and Practice.” The Rev. Dr. Melinda Quivik will help us to face idols both inside and outside of the church. The plenary sessions will address sacramental and theological idols, societal idols, and individual idols (both personal and professional). For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/bishops-conference-2018.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Healing Communities Training
for Clergy And Congregations

June 23

9:00 AM—4:00 PM. Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley 424 Center Street, Bethlehem. Cost of Training: $40.00 per person, $105 for 3 from the same congregation; cost includes training materials. The Healing Communities model equips congregations to become a “Station of Hope” by providing training and support in building relationships of healing, redemption, and reconciliation with individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system. Congregations are encouraged to send a group of at least three leaders/active members in order to effectively implement the model in their setting. Click here for more information and to register.

 
 
 
 
 
Camp Noah Volunteer Opportunity

August 6-10 in Aransas, TX

Volunteer requirements: (1) All Camp Noah volunteers must: be 16 or older, submit an application, pass a background check, and complete online training. (2) All volunteers are responsible for cost of transportation to and from camp plus evening meals. (3) The normal $225 per volunteer fee is being generously funded by Rebuild Texas. (The transportation cost may be partially subsidized by disaster funds from Texas. Other sources of partial aid for volunteers may be available based on financial need). (4) All volunteers must be available for a week beginning August 4th to allow time for travel, camp set-up and camp tear-down.


If you have any questions or wish to sign up, please contact Stephanie Roth at ifonly1963@yahoo.com or Jeannine Folger at jeanninefolger@gmail.com. Additional information about volunteering for Camp Noah can be found at Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota website - www.lssmn.org/campnoah/volunteer.

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

 Carl Adams (retired; cajoadams@verizon.net) is recovering from a mild stroke.

► Rick Chaveas (retired; chaveas1@verizon.net) is hospitalized and recovering from several medical issues.



​​Continuing in Our Prayers


Karen Althouse (SALM, Friedens, Bernville; Kunstlerisch@comcast.net) is dealing with an atypical respiratory infection.

Ray Hand (Weisenberg, Weisenberg Township; rghand@ptd.net) is recuperating from surgery for prostate cancer on April 23.

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

► John Houck (retired; revhouck@juno.com) had a cardiac episode which required two stents. He is now at home resting and feeling much better.

​​ Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) has been released to do limited driving and increased pastoral duties as NeuroVision Therapy continues.

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

► Dave Rowe (Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven; pastorrowe@jerusalemlutheran.com) and his wife, Mary. Their grandson, Nathan, is being treated for infantile seizures.

Smoky Schelly (former member of the synod executive staff; schellyfam@gmail.com) 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.

​​​​​​​ Carl Wenzel (chaplain at Lutheran Community, Telford; cwenzel@lctelford.org) is having knee surgery on May 22.
 
 
 
 
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Positions Available
 
 
 
 
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Repeat Listings (Date listed)

P/T Church Secretary (5-22)

St. John, Stroudsburg is seeking an energetic, self-motivated person for a Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 2 pm position. A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Some of the duties include bulletins, monthly newsletters, and general office responsibilities. Experience with Microsoft Office and Outlook are required. A pleasant demeanor, confidentiality, and the ability to enjoy being in a church environment is essential. Send a resume to St. John Lutheran Church, c/o Rev. Eric Moser, 9 North Ninth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Job Opening Immediately.


P /T Director of Youth Ministry (5-17)

Reformation, Reading is seeking candidates for the Director of Youth Ministry position. This position will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of activities for youth groups K-4 and 5 and up. The annual salary is $5,000. Please contact the church office for more information about this opportunity, to submit a resume or to receive a detailed job description at mail@reformationlutheran.org.


P/T Director of Christian Education Ministry (5-17)

Reformation, Reading is seeking candidates for the Director of Christian Education position. This position will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of activities for the education program. The annual salary is $5,000. Please contact the church office for more information about this opportunity, to submit a resume or to receive a detailed job description at mail@reformationlutheran.org.


P/T Church Office Administrator (5-9)

Christ Hamilton United, Hamilton Square, seeks an Office Administrator who will be responsible for providing administrative support to the Sr. Pastor, Council Correspondence and Minutes, daily oversight of the church office and preparation and distribution of a variety of church communications and member recordkeeping, synod reporting, annual reporting and congregational meeting, church calendaring and building usage calendaring and pastoral care recordkeeping. The position is budgeted at 30 hours per week 20 of which are in office, 10 are divided among committee/council meeting time and remote work. For more information and to send a resume, please contact Laura Von Zup at Chulcadmnasst@gmail.com.


F/T College Chaplain (5-9)

Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time chaplain and director of campus ministries. This is an 11-month position reporting to the chaplain of the college. Review of applications will begin on May 14, 2018. For Full information and to apply, visit their website at https://gustavus.edu/employment/job/1523.


P/T Ministry Assistant (4-26)

Huff's Union Church (ELCA/UCC) seeks a P/T Ministry Assistant to work on membership records oversight including background checks, developing an office procedural manual, writing newsletters, proofreading, maintaining office files, and placing content on Facebook. Experience with Word Publishing and Excel important. Must be well organized, detail oriented, and maintain confidentiality. Apply via e-mail (pamij6@gmail.com ) or mail to Personnel Committee, Huff’s Union Church, 540 Conrad Road, Alburtis, PA 18011.


P/T Director of Digital Communications (4-20)

Advent, West Lawn, seeks a part-time Director of Digital Communications (unordained, 15-20 hours). Must be a strong communicator with a desire to serve in a church setting. Both creative and at home with all things digital. Eager to lead and work with volunteers. Bachelor’s degree and at least three years' experience in a communications field strongly preferred. Competitive salary. For a complete job description, please contact the Church Office: office@adventonline.net or 610-678-2411.


P/T Organist (4-20)

Faith, of Blakeslee, is looking for an organist and choir director to serve two services (liturgy and hymns) each Sunday and special services. Send letters of interest to Mr. Phil Newlander, President at faithlut@epix.net or mail to P. O. Box 228, Blakeslee, PA. Phone inquiries can be made to (570) 646-0309. Salary is negotiable dependent on experience.


P/T Communications Specialist (4-20)

Hope, Cherryville is accepting applications for a Part-time Communications Specialist to oversee all aspects of media and standard communication for the church. The primary responsibilities include creating the church’s communications (written and electronic) including, but not limited to newsletters, brochures, fliers, web postings, and mass emails. The successful candidate will work with the church’s paid staff as well as volunteers to gather the information needed to perform the position. Qualifications: An Associate’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience is preferred. Experience in a variety of software packages related to publishing is expected and the ability to work independently with members of the congregation and within the policies of the church. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, transcript (if available) and 3 references. For full consideration, please submit these materials along with the Hope Church application form by May 14, 2018 to Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, PO Box 1030, Cherryville, PA 18035 or to office@hopecherryville.org . Application is available at www.hopecherryville.org under Church Forms. Full job description is available upon request. For additional information please contact the church via email or at 610-767-7203.


P/T Sexton (4-23)

Hope, Cherryville is accepting applications for a Part-time Sexton to oversee all aspects for housekeeping and minor maintenance functions for the church. The primary responsibilities include performing regular cleaning including vacuuming, mopping, dusting, cleaning and sanitizing of bathrooms and minor maintenance tasks, lifting objects up to 50 lbs, opening and closing of building as scheduled, setting up and taking down tables for events, and routine inspections of the facilities. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and completed application. Please submit these materials by May 14, 2018 to Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, PO Box 1030, Cherryville, PA 18035 or to office@hopecherryville.org . Application is available at www.hopecherryville.org under Church Forms. Full job description is available upon request. For additional information please contact the church via email or at 610-767-7203.


P/T Director of Music (4-3)

New Jerusalem, Hellertown seeks qualified candidates to fill the vacant position of Director of Music. Requested weekly hours are 16-20. Candidates must exhibit proficiency in playing the piano, and be willing to learn and play the organ, if not already proficient. The successful candidate will exhibit passion, energy, and enthusiasm in performing assigned tasks. Responsibilities include providing musical accompaniment during worship services; rehearsing, leading, and teaching large groups with varying abilities, including choirs and musical ensembles; and collaborating with the Pastor, other worship leaders and committees to complete administrative tasks and develop an appropriate and meaningful worship experience. Weekly 9:00 am Sunday Service, Monthly 6:00pm Saturday Service, 100 AWA, 1 Choir. Continuing Ed. money available. Submit letter of interest, resume, and salary expectations to church office. New Jerusalem Evan. Lutheran Church, 3233 Apples Church Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015. 610-838-0731.


P/T Preschool Aide (3-27)

Trinity, Wernersville Preschool seeks an aide for their faith-based preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years of age. This position combines academic and custodial responsibilities. Sessions are 5 mornings a week plus Wednesday afternoons. Academic responsibilities, with supervision by the teacher, include preparing art activities, assisting children at learning centers, replenishing centers, and modeling proper classroom behaviors. Custodial responsibilities include daily vacuuming and sanitizing toys, dusting as needed, wiping tables and bathroom surfaces, replenishing consumable products (towels, napkins, cups, milk), assisting children in the bathroom, and simple first aid. Clearances are required. Other qualifications desired are early childhood experience, and an attitude of Christian love, patience, care, and understanding for children. Preferred start April 2018. Contact Trinity Wernersville 610-678-1782 for an application and more information.


T 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.


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 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.

 
 
 
 
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