E-News for
September 3, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Eric Gombert Joins the Synod Staff

Eric Gombert joins the team at the Synod Office this week as Finance Administrator/Bookeeper having spent many years processing payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable while working for companies, churches, and even for his Homeowner’s Association.


Eric was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, graduated from Whitehall High School and attended St. John’s Lutheran in Whitehall. He is currently also the Cantor (music director) at St. John’s Lutheran in Allentown, and a member of the board and the finance committee of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Eric and his husband, Matthew, enjoy spending time with their Great Dane, organic gardening, and roasting their own coffee.

 
 
 
 
 
Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District
Ice Cream Tour

September 15 – New location!

7:00 - 9:00 PM at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville

5500 PA-873.

 
 
 
 
 
2019 Bishop’s Conference
Letting Go of Certainty in Order to Survive

November 5-6

Dr. Peter Enns will help us create a safe space where we can discuss, share, think, and reflect on the uncertainties we face as church leaders. Debbie Frey has three of Dr. Enns’ books available to borrow for a two-week period. They are: The Bible Tells Me So…, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. If you are interested, contact her at debbie@nepsynod.org or 610-266-5101, ext. 21.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

September 15. Lehigh, Bethlehem-Easton, & Northern Lehigh Valley Mission Districts, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:00 - 6:00 PM at Klein Farms Dairy and Creamery, Easton 410 Klein Road.

7:00 - 9:00 PM at Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville 5500 PA-873.


September 21. Youth Fest 2019. “Not Ashamed: Living Out and Standing Up for the Gospel of Faith!” Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville. Come join us for a day of faith, food, and fun. The day will include faith building sessions, yummy food, music, art, cooking workshops, and sports activities. Sponsored by the Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team. View a flyer. Download a brochure and registration form.

September 21. Class for Lay Persons. “The Orderly Account: St Luke’s Gospel.” Pastor David Strobel will lead the class in a brief study of the Third Gospel to discover Luke’s distinctive purpose, message and portrait of Jesus. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, September 16 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).

September 22. Scranton-Wilkes Barre District, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:00 - 6:00 PM at The Lands at Hillside Farms, Shavertown (Luzerne County) 65 Hillside Road.


October 5. We Love: Building Safer & More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ+ Youth and Families. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter, Bethlehem. A day to learn more about how to make your congregation safer and more welcoming for people whom the church often excludes. Workshops by Reconciling Works, Bradbury Sulivan, and more. Keynote speaker: Jamie Bruesehoff from the ELCA Youth Gathering. Registration is $15.00 (includes lunch). Scholarships are available. To download a flyer and/or the registration form, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.


October 6. East Berks & West Best Berks Mission Districts, Synod (End of) Summer Road Trip: The Eastern Ice Cream Tour!

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM at The Nesting Box Market and Creamery, Kempton 230 Snyder Road.

7:00 - 9:00 PM at Way-Har Farms, Bernville 7701 Bernville Road.


October 6. CROP Hunger Walk in Schuylkill Haven. For more information, to register, or to donate, please contact your congregation or go to www.crophungerwalk.org.


October 13. CROP Hunger Walk in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lehighton, Palmerton, and Reading. For more information, to register, or to donate, please contact your congregation or go to www.crophungerwalk.org.

November 5-6. Bishop’s Conference 2019 – Save the Date!  “Letting Go of Certainty in Order to Survive.” Presenter: Dr. Peter Enns. Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Visit the synod website for full information and top register.


November 16. Class for Lay Persons. Don’t Be Scared of the Apocalypse: Reading Revelation with the Churches.” Leader: Pastor Mark Rigg. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, September 16 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).


December 10. Congregational Support Staff Christmas Lunch (for everyone but the pastor) Noon at The Lutheran Center. Invitations will be sent soon.


January 10-11, 2020. Extravagant Generosity: A Stewardship Extravaganza. Sponsored by the Southeastern PA and Northeastern PA Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

January 10 Keynote: Clif Christopher, author of It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate Is It? and The Church Money Manual and More.

January 11 Keynote: Aimee Laramore, author of “Pathways to Generosity: Year-round Giving and Gratitude.” $50/ person $25/ Seminarian ($200 for 5 from the same congregation). Registration includes Saturday lunch. (Scholarships available with preference to Seminarians, and First Call Pastors) View a Flyer at http://nepasynod.org/documents/2020-01-stewardship-extravaganza.pdf.


January 25, 2020. Learning Ministries Day. “Vision 2020.” Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville. Keynote speaker: The Rev. Dr. Brenda Smith from the ELCA. Save the Date!

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern PA
Hurricane Dorian Update

Lutheran Disaster Disaster Response-Eastern PA, a ministry of Lutheran Congregation Services (LCS), a service of Liberty Lutheran, is taking these actions to keep up to date on the events related to Hurricane Dorian:
(1) Keeping up to date on information provided by LDR Churchwide, FEMA, and NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).

(2) Reaching out to partner agencies and synods in Virginia. Along with Pennsylvania and other Mid-Atlantic and New England States, Virginia is part of the eastern region of LDR, which LCS convenes.

(3) Keeping up to date on efforts of partner agencies here in Pennsylvania (especially early responders).


To keep up to date on the latest efforts of Lutheran Congregational Services/Liberty Lutheran’s efforts on behalf of Lutheran Disaster Response-Eastern PA, please find and follow us on facebook at “Lutheran Congregational Services.”

 
 
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Diakon is Seeking Help from Caring Families

Each year more than 23,000 young adults age out of the foster care system. Diakon Adoption and Foster Care is looking for loving families to foster these young adults who have aged out of the system. Information sessions will be offered this fall for individuals who are interested in becoming a foster family and helping these young people. These information sessions can help you make a decision whether you are comfortable taking the next steps to become a licensed Diakon foster family. The sessions are without obligation. All sessions are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


October 30 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 474 Vine Street, Bethlehem;

September 12, October 10, and November 14 at the Topton office, One South Home Avenue.


Register by contacting the Diakon York office, (717) 795-0320 or emailing JacksonC@diakon.org or CroneH@diakon.org.

 
 
More Informaiton
 
 
 
ELCA Global Links

At the ELCA Churchwide Assembly this month, Panti Filibus Musa — archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria and president of the Lutheran World Federation — issued a call for the ELCA to embrace its local and global witness, especially in times of fragmentation. “Continue singing the powerful melody of God’s liberating presence in this world, which sets us free to serve, love, reconcile and do so much more,” Musa said.

 
 
Read August Global Links
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

Robert Sauers (retired) is in rehab following surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.


​​Continuing in Our Prayers


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

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

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

► Peggy Sue Pfeffer (St. John's, Friedensburg; pfefferps128@outlook.com) who continues to deal with health issues.

Johanna Ray, wife of Julie Recher (Associate, Atonement, Wyomissing; jrecher@atonementwyo.org), is recovering at home after a hospitalization.


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


Don Simmons (retired; opaps@hotmail.com) is recovering at home from knee surgery.

► Karen vonFrisch, wife of Robert von Frisch (retired; revvon@hotmail.com) is dealing with several serious health issues and will be receiving ongoing medical treatment and scheduled surgery.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Lauren Blatt will be installed as pastor at St. John, Mahoning on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m.


Terrence Walsh will be installed as pastor at St. John, Bath on Sunday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m.


Scott Hall will be installed as pastor at St. John, Nazareth on September 15 at 4:00 p.m.


Steven Claycomb will be installed as pastor at Christ Hamilton United, Hamilton Square on Sunday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.


Franklin Stinner will be installed as pastor at St. Luke, Williams Township on November 3 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:


 
 
 
 
 
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 Organist/Director of Music (8-19)

St. John, Ringtown is seeking a part time organist and/or director of music. If interested, please contact the church office at 570-889-3993.


P/T Minister of Music (8-12)

St. Luke (Old Williams) in Hellertown is looking for PT Minister of Music for one Sunday morning service and to direct one choir and soloists. (Choir rehearsals are on Sunday morning prior to worship.) Salary is negotiable. Contact Pastor Frank Stinner at fstinner@gmail.com or by phone at Office: 610-838-0897 or Cell: 484-542-3100.


P/T Youth Director (8-8)

Christ, Hellertown is looking for an energized Christian college student(s) that want to make an impact in the lives of our youth. One or two students to lead high school discussion groups Sunday mornings, Sept. 8-May 17. This important ministry can grow to include evening activities and service projects. This position can also grow into a paid $4000 College internship, Summer of 2020. We are interested in engaging hearts and minds in thinking about life, our world, and God’s calling on our lives. Discussions on contemporary issues and how they relate to faith are essential. Please check out our faith statement (https://www.christlutheranhellertown.org/what-we-believe/) to make sure you understand who we are! Please contact Pastor Phil, pspohn@christlutheranhellertown.org for more information.


P/T Organist/ Choir Director (6-28)

PT Organist/ Choir Director is needed for vibrant Lutheran Congregation known for its music ministry. Organist/ Choir Director is responsible to provide music for All Sunday worship services including special holidays. Experience with Lutheran Liturgy and hymnals (incl ELW) preferred. Person will work cooperatively with other church musician directors (handbells and children’s choirs). Salary commensurate with experience and includes two-week vacation. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Organist/Choir Director Search, % Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Rd., Orefield PA 18069 or email to Monica at jordanlutheran@ptd.net.


P/T Bell Choir Director (6-28)

Bell Choir Director is needed for vibrant Lutheran Congregation known for its music ministry. Bell Choir Director will be responsible for directing and recruiting for the adult and junior handbell choirs weekly, Labor Day through June. Ability to work with other music directors and staff is required. Salary commensurate with experience. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Bell Choir Director Search, % Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Rd., Orefield PA 18069 or email to Monica at jordanlutheran@ptd.net.


P/T Organist and/or Director of Music (5-10)

Organist and/or Director of Music is needed at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, Exeter Township, PA. Two positions or may be combined into one position. Organist responsibilities include all church services (normally one Sunday morning service plus special services/holidays) and accompanying choir(s) one evening per week. Part-time position estimated to average 10 hours per week. Director of Music is responsible for 3+ choirs, hand bell choir, directing summer youth music and drama camp (one week), coordinating, overseeing, maintaining and growing musical aspects of the church. Part-time position estimated to average 15 hours per week. Salary(s) commensurate with experience; all candidates will be considered regardless of their education status, experience and current salary. 4 weeks vacation; annual raise. Send letters of interest and resumes to church, 250 Church Lane Rd. Reading, PA 19606 or administrator@schwarzwaldlutheran.org.


Director of Christian Education (4-1)

Grace, Shillington seek a part-time Director of Christian Education, 25 hours per week; specific days and hours are negotiable. The Director of Christian Education will oversee, coordinate, and administer the Christian education of Grace children and youth, and participate in community outreach to support the growth of the congregation. Bachelor’s Degree in education, ideally with an emphasis on religion. Teaching experience is preferred. Clearances and background checks are required. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate with children according to their age level and ability to understand, and possess good organizational, planning, and leadership skills. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. Qualified candidates are to submit their resume electronically to council@graceshillington.org. Deadline for applications is April 19.


P/T Sexton (4-1)

Huff’s Union Church, Alburtis seeks a trustworthy employee who will be responsible for keeping buildings secure. Duties include light maintenance and cleaning of buildings on our campus. Experience with room set-up and maintaining supplies. Must be good with verbal communication and be able to work unsupervised. Also needs to maintain knowledge of schedules and events for buildings. We offer a competitive salary and flexible hours. Background checks required. No phone calls please. Qualified applicants please send letter of interest to: James Meitzler Sr., Committee Chair, C/O Huffs Church, 540 Conrad Rd, Alburtis PA 18011 or e-mail James at pamij6@gmail.com.


P/T Church Custodian/Sexton (3-23)

St Mark, Bethlehem Township offers a part-time (10-12 hrs/wk) position maintaining our church. Responsibilities include weekly cleaning and maintenance of the church, unlock church for Sunday service and special services. Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent; subject to background check; good organizational and communication skills; ability to work independently; ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds; possess working knowledge of the methods, techniques, and materials used in custodial work. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.


PT Minister of Music (3-11)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and/or piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information. Pastor’s email is ryehillfarms@comcast.net or office@readinggrace.org.


P/T Minister of Music (2-28)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church, 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

LBW and WOV hymnals (8-28)

Schwarzwald, Jacksonwald has LBW green and WOV blue hymnals available, free. If interested, please contact Diane Hafer at administrator@schwarzwaldlutheran.org or 610-779-3480.


Church Items Available (8-14)

Zion, Nesquehoning (2 E. Catawissa Street) will close on September 1. The church will be open on Saturday, September 21 from 9 am to noon. All remaining items are available to any church that would have a use for them. Also available is a CF Durner Tracker Action pipe organ dating back to 1885. For inquiries prior to September 21, please contact Dave Hawk at 484-629-5724.

 
 
 
 
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