E-News for
June 2, 2020
More Resources for Congregations During the Pandemic
Here to Serve: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders

Wednesdays, 1PM Central

You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church and throughout society. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in the time of COVID-19, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation.

Rev. Jeff Thieman, President and CEO of Portico Benefit Services, will join us on June 3 to share a perspective on the current state of emotional well-being of ELCA leaders, a dive into aggregate data, and a look at the implications for holistic wellness. This will include resources available to ELCA Benefit Plan Members, as well as to the general public. Rev. Theimann has a unique lens from which to speak about wellness in this time of pandemic and looks forward to joining us to talk about the holistic resources available through Portico that are designed to strengthen our physical, emotional, and financial well-being.

More Information and Zoom Invite
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Bishop Eaton Sermon for Trinity Sunday

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s national sermon was written and filmed in advance of the current events facing our nation. In light of this, Bishop Eaton will be rerecording her sermon. The churchwide staff is working quickly to produce the new video and will share a link via email as soon as possible in the coming days. Updated worship resources for a Service of the Word are now available in PDF and DOC formats. This includes updates to the Prayers of Intercession and additional resources for lament.

Zoom Conversation with Bishop Zeiser

June 9

Bishop Zeiser invites you to join him for a 90-minute conversation on Tuesday, June 9, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The bishop wants to talk about a few matters in particular, including:

  • an update on Assembly 2020 planning;
  • an update on Churchwide discussions regarding virtual communion, ministry, and theology during the time of pandemic;
  • an update on Bear Creek Camp by Collin Grooms;
  • opportunities for attention to personal wellness by Julia Menzo and others from Lutheran Congregational Services;
  • impact of the death of George Floyd on communities and congregations;
  • re-opening of church buildings.

Instructions for joining the meeting will be provided later this week. Because participation in the meeting is limited to the first 100 persons to join, the conversation will be recorded for later listening/viewing.

Marriage Prep Class
The Marriage Prep class (formerly offered by Lutheran Congregation Services) is still available for couples preparing for marriage and is now taught by Pastor Sandra Brown. The classes for the remainder of 2020 will be taught virtually if necessary, but the full class content will be covered. If you need more information, please contact pelcachurch@yahoo.com.
Upcoming Events

July 11 & 18. 9:00 am – 12:00 PM. Information Gathering Sessions – Follow Up Meetings. Remember the surveys (at the three Info Gathering meetings throughout the Synod in February, and online) that were completed in advance of the next NEPA Synod Bishop election, and the promised follow-up meetings? Well, given COVID-19, we’ve adjusted plans from in-person meetings to summarize survey results and develop preliminary questions for the Bishop candidates to Zoom sessions that you can connect to from home. Please register in advance for this meeting - persons may attend the Zoom meetings even if they were not present at one of the earlier sessions. There are two separate Zoom Registration Requests below - one for a meeting on July 11th, the second for July 18th. We will limit registrations for each meeting to the first 100 to do so. If we become “over-subscribed”, we will consider additional sessions.

[Register for July 11] https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwof-2uqDopEtyFbMwSgHRB42PFV3vfznBA

[Register for July 18] https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudOGqrjgpGdde-u1Wj2YH13s7y5ittsDt

October 17. We Love… Trinity, Reading, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We Love… will be a day of workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. We Love… is open to pastors, deacons, council members, congregation members, church unaffiliated, Sunday School teachers and learners, gay, straight, bi, trans, +, young, old, you and everyone. Come learn why, how and who We Love… For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.

October 22-24. Assembly 2020. Information on the postponed Assembly will be published as available.

The Wider Church 
Conference of Bishops Public Statement
on White Supremacy and Racism

A public statement on white supremacy and racism was developed by the Conference of Bishops. It was written in response to recent occasions of violence against men of African descent.
Read the Statement
ELCA Global Links

The Rev. Terry Kee, bishop of the Lutheran Church in Singapore and president of the National Council of Churches of Singapore, has released a message on the COVID-19 pandemic to the Singapore church. Many of his teachings are applicable to the body of Christ around the world as we face this crisis together. Bishop Kee encourages the church to give thanks, be socially responsible, stay close to God, be united in prayer, respond in love and find hope in Christ.
Read the May Edition
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

► Don Billeck (retired; djbilleck18@yahoo.com) is now recovering at home.

► Ed Cloughen (retired; EWC4PAR@aol.com) is receiving rehabilitation after a fall.

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

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) is recovering at home after surgery and will begin chemotherapy in June.

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

► Grace and Roy Olson (retired; gracecameronolson@gmail.com) were injured in an auto accident last week. Both are recovering at home. Grace sustained bruises. Roy suffered a broken vertebra in his neck and will need physical therapy for 8 weeks.

► Phyllis Pelletier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization from effects of chemotherapy.

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

► 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.

Upcoming Installations

Wes Poole's installation as pastor at Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre has been postponed.

Colleen Cox installation as pastor at Grace, Shillington has been postponed.

Positions Available
New Listings:

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 Organist/Choir Director (5-8)

St John, Auburn is looking for a part-time organist/choir director. We are a congregation who loves our Lord Jesus and we love to sing! Worship service begins at 9:00 AM. Salary is negotiable. Check us out on Facebook and our website at www.stjohnsauburn.com. If interested contact the church office at (570) 754-7722 or Mrs. Betty Renninger email: bettybogosh@hotmail.com 570-573-1143 or Rev Walt Breiner email Breiner@ptd.net or 570-657-7565.

P/T Organist and Choir Director (3-26)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director (approximately 20 hours per week) to 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. 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 Office Administrator (3-4)

St. Paul, Fleetwood seeks a part-time office administrator. 7.5 hours daily Monday through Thursday. Attendance at monthly Council meetings and quarterly Staff meetings. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor and Staff. Maintains church calendar. Recruits and schedules volunteers as needed. Insures timely production, final edit, emailing and mailing of monthly newsletter. Prepares weekly worship service bulletins. Orders and maintains supplies for the operation of the church’s administrative functions. Maintains files both hard copy and electronic. Ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment. Coordinates compilation and submission of parochial reports and annual report booklet. Maintains church member database. Contact person for community groups using the church facility. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Questions: Contact Pastor Tom Lang at 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

Items Available 

Wanted: Carillon system with tapes of hymns (5-11)

Residents and community have been touched for many years with the sound of hymns coming from the steeple of Old Main, but The Lutheran Home at Topton’s carillon system has now aged beyond repair. If your church has a working but unused carillon system with tapes of hymns, won’t you consider donating it to LHT? You can contact: Rev. Dr. Colleen G. Kristula, Chaplain, The Lutheran Home at Topton, One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA 19562. KristulaC@diakon.org or 610-682-1334.

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