E-News for
January 9, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Farm Family Appreciation Celebration
Donations Needed

The Annual Farm Family Appreciation Celebration is offered to farm families free of charge as our synod’s way of expressing gratitude for what these families do. This means the synod relies on the generosity of individuals and congregations to underwrite the cost. Please consider making a contribution. You can mail a check payable to NEPS to The Lutheran Center, 2354 Grove Road, Allentown, PA 18109. Write “Farm” in the Memo. Or you can visit the synod website and click on the "Donate" button to make a contribution using your credit card.

Upcoming Events

January 18. Knitting Together the Ministries of Word and Sacrament. Working Ideas into Action. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church, 4004 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, PA 18104. The first brainstorming meeting whirled some productive ideas and insights up and around. At the next meeting, we will follow-up on those ideas, insights, and the thoughts that have presented themselves in the meantime. This meeting is open also to folks who did not attend the first event. Let us know, though, because we’ll send you the brainstorming notes ahead of time. Contact or RSVP either to Linda Zwaski (lzawaski@hotmail.com) or Anja Stuckenberger (astuckenberger@gmail.com).

January 27. Learning Ministries Day 2018. LM Day will be held at Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church in Hamilton Square, Stroudsburg, on Saturday, January 27 starting at 8:30 AM with registration and concluding at 3:00 PM. Visit the synod website for more information and to register.

March 17. 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.) Hoedown and Country music by “The Outlaws,” with line dance music between sets – 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.
The Wider Church 
Bishop Eaton’s Column in Living Lutheran

“Church speak.” In her January column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that people who have no experience with the church don’t speak our language or know our stories. She says we need to find a new language to commend the faith clearly and genuinely. Click here to reader her column.

ELCA World Hunger 40 Days of Giving
Ash Wednesday to Easter

This Lent, we’re lifting up several programs in India, Malawi and the U.S. that urgently need your support. Choose a program and walk alongside our neighbors as they address hunger in their communities. Visit http://ELCA.org/40Days to learn more and to begin planning your congregation’s participation and fundraising. You also will find project-specific bulletin inserts available for download. Online giving will open on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and continue through Easter (April 1). Please help us make sure that we can continue to fund this lifesaving, life-changing work in 2018.

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

Arnold Hansen (retired) is recuperating at home after a brief hospitalization.

► Bill Wightman (retired; williamwightman@rcn.com) is hospitalized for a UTI and an ongoing embolism in his lung.​​​​​​​

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Catherine Brettell, mother of Dan Brettell (St. Paul, Bethlehem; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) is dealing with various health issues.

Elizabeth Darr, wife of Tom Darr (Trinity, Topton; revdrrthms@gmail.com) is recuperating from an additional surgery.

Byard Ebling (retired; bjebln@hotmail.com) is recuperating at a nursing home.

► Dana Heckman-Beil (Good Shepherd, Ashland; PastorDana@ptd.net) is recovering from a broken ankle.

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

Hannah Lisowski, daughter of Lois Sterling (lay pastoral care provider for St. Paul, Port Carbon), was in a serious accident and is in the trauma unit at Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest.

​​ Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) continues
to make improvement with NeuroVision Therapy in Kingston following an auto accident on June 10.

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

Smoky Schelly (former member of the synod executive staff; schellyfam@ptd.net) 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.

► Beth Ann Vaughn (Music Ministry Director; St. John, Emmaus) is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Paul Xander (Chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab) is hospitalized with an infection.
Upcoming Installations
Karen Matthias-Long will be installed as deacon at Trinity, Lansdale, 1000 W Main Street, Lansdale on Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 pm. Worship will be "Dinner Church"; so if you plan to attend, please email Karen at kmatthiaslong@trinitylansdale.com.
David Blitch will be installed as pastor at Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville on Sunday, January 14 at 3:00 pm.
Spencer D. Steele will be ordained on Sunday, January 14, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Dana Point, CA.
Sister Janet Stump will be installed as Deacon at St. Timothy, Allentown on Sunday, January 14, at 10:30 a.m.
Spencer D. Steele will be installed as assistant pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus on Sunday, February 25, at 3:00 pm.
Kathleen Yenser will be installed as deacon at St. John, Reading on Sunday, February 25, at 10:00 a.m.
Positions Available
New Listings:

Repeat Listings (Date listed)

P/T Parish Secretary (12-29)

Zion United, Brodheadsville is seeking a part-time Parish Secretary (16 hours), M-Th. Excellent computer skills required (Microsoft Office and Microsoft Publisher). Duties include data entry, general office skills, scheduling. Must be able to maintain confidentiality. Experience with church management software and Sundays & Seasons a plus. Experience preferred. Please send letter of interest, resume & references to zionulc@ptd.net.

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.

P/T Church Secretary (12-27)

St. John’s, Williams Township seeks a church secretary. Approximately 7-8 hours per week; the annual salary is $1,122. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and possess ability to update website. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

P/T Organist (11-8)

Holy Spirit, Reading is seeking a part time Organist. Responsibilities include 1 Sunday morning worship each week plus usual seasonal services. Instrument is recently restored 36 rank EM Skinner organ. For additional information, please send resume to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 421 Windsor St, Reading PA 19601; or email to holyspiritrdg@gmail.com, or contact the Church office at 610-376-0825.

P/T Church treasurer (10-27)

Zion's, King's Highway S., Old Zionsville. The annual salary is $5,000. Anyone interested in the position should contact Isabel 610-844-1326 or isbarmill@ptd.net or Eleanor, Adm. Asst. at Zion's, 610-966-3834 for further information.

P/T Music Director/Organist (10-18)

St. John, Stroudsburg seeks a P/T Music Director/Organist. Experience preferred. Sundays, holidays, special services, and choir rehearsals. Approximately 12-14 hours per week. Interested individuals should provide a resume and 3 references to St. John Lutheran Church, 9 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, c/o Pr. Moser.

Items Available 

For Sale

Samsung Black Toner Cartridge ML-D3050A, 4,000 page yield, box never opened, valued at $115.99, will take $75 or best offer. Contact Monica at Jordan, Orefield at jordanlutheran@ptd.net.

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