E-News for
July 7, 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.

Join us on July 8 to hear from Indigenous theologian, Vance Blackfox, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation who has been committed to teaching ELCA leaders and members the importance of learning about Indigenous people and how to be in better relationship with "the oppressed of the oppressed." We will get to hear some of Vance's journey in the Church and what inspires and convicts him to work with non-Native people, white people in particular, to help us heal and to ready us to join the journey of Truth and Healing for the sake of Indigenous people on Turtle Island (what many of us call the United States).

More Information and Zoom Invite
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Information Gathering Team Survey Results Now Available

Although not ideal, but still practical in a time of COVID-19, the Information Gathering Team supporting the election of the next NEPA Synod Bishop has recorded a presentation explaining the results of the in-person and online survey completed in February 2020. The team wanted to make results available. 

Two key links are available (see the two buttons below).

  • The YouTube recording of the presentation, which lasts 54 1/2 minutes.
  • The presentation slides, which include clickable links to “deliverables” and “supporting materials” the team has prepared for viewers.

You are welcome to direct questions or suggestions to any member of the team; the chair of the team, George Freestone, is readily available at freestga@me.com to help address any requested follow up. The team will also consider options for future “interactive” sessions to further review and discuss these results and use them to develop preliminary questions for candidates for the role of Bishop for the NEPA Synod.

YouTube Recording
Presentation Slides
Upcoming Events

October 17. We Love… This will be a digital gathering. Watch for updated information as it becomes available at http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.

The Wider Church 
ELCA Global Links

St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo recently held a service in honor of Juneteenth (June 19), commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, and World Refugee Day (June 20), an international day to honor refugees. “[This] service is brought in great part through the efforts of our partner congregation pastors who are refugees themselves and leaders at St. Andrew’s,” the bulletin insert reads. The prayer of remembrance includes a reading of names of people who have lost their lives to “oppression, racism, violence and marginalization.”

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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 undergoing chemotherapy.

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

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

► Roy Olson (retired; gracecameronolson@gmail.com) suffered a broken vertebra in his neck in an auto accident and is undergoing physical therapy.

► 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 and Choir Director (6-23)

Redeemer, Allentown, seeks an Organist and Choir Director (approximately 15 hours per week) to oversee the traditional music ministries of the church. The music leader will play hymns, liturgy, rehearse and accompany the choir for weekly Sunday services and other seasonal services. The Organist and Choir Director will also work with the pastor and Sunday School leaders. Salary is commensurate with experience. For more information about the position please email resume to redeemer1@rcn.com.

P/T Director of Christian Education (6-18)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education whose 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. 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.

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