E-News for
November 13, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Class for Lay Persons

November 17

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. This year our Lay Classes will begin with a focus on preaching. We are finding that more and more lay people are filling the gaps during pastors’ vacations and during transitions, when there is not communion during the worship service. As much as we would like to think these messages come naturally, a lot goes into them. Please plan to join us for the Lay Class on November 17, “Preaching the Different Gospels,” taught by Pr. Mark Rigg. It will be held at the Lutheran Center. The cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event; but you must register by Wednesday, November 14 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.

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Upcoming Events

December 11. Parish Secretaries Christmas Luncheon. A Christmas luncheon will be hosted by the Synod’s Support Staff for all Parish Secretaries on Tuesday, December 11 at noon at The Lutheran Center. An invitation with all the details is posted on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/documents/2018-12-parish-secretaries-lunch.pdf. Please feel free to pass the invitation on to any retired parish secretaries you might know.

January 26, 2019. Learning Ministries Day. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. The keynote speaker is Elsayed “Steve” Elmarzouky, spokesperson for the Reading Muslin Community. He speaks about his personal journey of faith as a practicing Muslim in Egypt and the U.S. and how his understanding of Islam reflects principles familiar to all people of faith. Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Participants can choose to learn about new resources, learn a skill, or choose a workshop for their own personal growth. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2019.

The Wider Church 
Lutheran Disaster Response - California Wildfires

Several wildfires are raging across California. Already more than 30 people have died and more than 200 are missing, while hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes under evacuation orders. Through our partners in California, Lutheran Disaster Response has already begun addressing immediate needs, including providing food and other necessities to survivors. We are also preparing to address long-term needs which might include rebuilding of structures and emotional and spiritual care. The need will be great. Stay connected to the latest events and our response to this and other disasters through our Facebook page. Join us in prayer and use this bulletin insert in your congregation to help spread the word.

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Invitation to Advent
New Communication Tools Available

The ELCA offers a place of welcome for all seeking a congregational home. ELCA Resources has a new menu of Advent invitations for congregations to encourage their neighbors to join them for worship (posters, postcards, graphics, etc.).

Download and use these free tools
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

  Nancy Ebling, widow of Byard Ebling, is receiving comfort care at the Mifflin Center in Shillington.

  Richard L. Hinkle (retired; rlhinkle@pa.metrocast.net) Condolences at the death of his wife, Gladys, on Tuesday, November 6. The Hinkles were married 57 years.

Phyllis Pellitier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is scheduled for surgery on November 13 to repair the mitral valve of her heart.

Lars Staaby died on Tuesday, November 6. A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 10, at Zion, Womelsdorf. The death notice sent out last week mistakenly listed his son, Eric, as a survivor. Eric is deceased.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Carl Adams (retired; cajoadams@verizon.net) is receiving rehabilitation after a stroke.

 Leilani, the five-month old daughter of Becky Blitch and Eliot Rodriquez, granddaughter of David (Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville; revblitch@msn.com) and Karen Blitch has been re-diagnosed with rhabdoid tumor and continues with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

Janet Fisher, wife of Fred Fisher (retired; ffisher7@comcast.net), is receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

 Walton Horn (retired; w3okx.wrh@comcast.net ) is recuperating after a serious illness.

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

Lois Seip, wife of Durrell Seip (retired; dseip81@gmail.com) is recovering at home following a hospitalization for ongoing degenerative vertebrae.

 Dody Siegfried (Jordan, Orefield; prdody@gmail.com) is recovering from hysterectomy surgery on November 8 due to Stage 1 uterine cancer.

Jimmy Lee Werley (retired; werley556@aol.com) is recuperating at home following total knee replacement surgery.

► Phyllis Wolford (St. John, Tamaqua; pphyllis@ptd.net) is recuperating at home after surgery.

Upcoming Installations

Drew Neidig will be installed as pastor at Calvary, Laureldale on Sunday, November 18, at 2:00 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 After School Staff Person (11-3)

The Neighborhood Center, 435 N. 7th Street, Allentown, needs staff person for hours 2 to 8 pm, Mondays through Friday to work with after school program for elementary school aged children and teens. Some training (Psych or education degree preferred) and experience with children required. Send e-mail to kberard@theneighborhood-center.org or 484-347-4670.

P/T Social Media Ministry Director (9-5)

Zion Spies, Reading, is looking for a Social Media Ministry Director for our new Young Ministry initiative. You’d be hired for eight hours a week for up to three years. You’ll be working with church teams, the administrative assistant, the pastor, and you’ll be working inspired by your calling to ministry and fueled by your creativity. Your objective will be to extend, establish, and develop practices for being Christ’s community in the virtual spaces. Up-to-date social media platforms are your tools to reach out to folk of our congregation, develop new networks and ministry practices, and also to organize a few face-to-face events to ground your work in the here and now. We imagine you to be tech and social media savvy, conversant in the basics of Lutheran theology, mission oriented, with a heart for ministry, a team player ready to interlink with other folk’s ministries, and a good and fun communicator with people of all generations. We do not want to simply add content, but we want to use social media tools to create relationships through Christ with the community and beyond. If that’s for you, please apply by October 10 sending your application and your résumé to both Pastor Anja astuckenberger@gmail.com and to David dnawrocki@albright.edu.

P/T Organist/ Choir Director (9-7)

St. Matthew, Scranton, is seeking a part-time (8 hours/week) organist/choir director. Please submit a letter of application and resume with salary requirement to lutherangels@comcast.net. Substitute organists / pianists are also being sought.

P/T Secretary (9-7)

St. John, Whitehall (Fullerton), is looking for a Part-time Secretary for 15 hours per week at $12 per hour. Responsible for administrative operation of the church: typing, telephone and electronic correspondence, maintaining church activity calendar, telephone lists, and similar.Position requires attendance at monthly Church Council meeting (2nd Tuesday of month) to take minutes. Requires Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of Shepherd’s Staff (church software) a plus, but can be trained. Respond with cover letter and resume to Alison Boor at alisonboor@rcn.com.

P/T Sexton (9-10)

Part-time sexton needed by St. Paul, Reading. Approximately 12-15 hours per week. Upstairs nave must be cleaned once a week. Downstairs fellowship hall is heavily used by congregation and community and must be cleaned thoroughly once a week, bathrooms at least twice a week. Child Protection clearances are necessary. St. Paul’s is a non-smoking campus. Call (610-373-3135) or email (stpaullcreading@verizon.net) the Church for an application and a copy of the job description.

P/T Organist/Choir Director (8-28)

Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church seeks qualified applicants for the position of part-time time Organist/Choir Director with 12 Sundays off per year. Interested applicants may submit a resume to the church at 820 West Leesport Road, Leesport, PA 19533 Attn: Selection Committee or by email to bernelca@juno.com.

P/T Church Treasurer (8-27)

St. John, 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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