E-News for
July 30, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Cultivating a habit of regular physical activity is about more than just your physical health. Through this 4-week challenge, we invite you to track your daily activity — whether manually or by syncing a device — and take the time to invest in your spiritual and emotional well-being along the way. Plus, if you are an ELCA primary health plan member, you can earn wellness dollars toward your HSA or personal wellness account. Everyone can participate! Click below to view the Guide. Deacon Deborah Graf has set up a team: Northeastern Pennsylvania and Beyond. The Invitation Code is: NEPA2019.
 
 
View the Guide
 
 
 
Class for Lay Persons

September 21

“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).


Mark your calendar for future classes:

November 16, Don’t Be Scared of the Apocalypse: Reading Revelations with the Churches.” Leader: Pastor Mark Rigg.

March 21, 2020, “Entrust Your Prayer to Chants.” Leader: Pastor Tom Lichner.

May 16, 2020, Topic to be determined. Leader: Pastor Laura Csellak.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

August 10. Workshop for Church Musicians, Pastors, and Others.The Synod Worship Team and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) are co-sponsoring a workshop for church musicians, pastors, and others on Saturday, August 10, at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA. The event is titled "Doing Common Things Uncommonly Well: Assembly Song." It is one of a series of events that ALCM is doing this year under the name "Hearts.Hands.Voices." For more information, including workshop leaders and specific topics, and to register, go to https://alcm.org/event/allentown-pa/.

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).

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 8-9. Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. “Other Duties as Assigned.” This year we are presenting a session on Media Management entitled "Can I Use This?", a session on Transitions within Leadership and where we fit as administrators entitled "How Do You Role?", and a session to support us in our own spirituality as we help others entitled most appropriately "God, Help?" Sounds great, right? For full information and to register, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/parish-secretaries-seminar.


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. Download a poster.


November 16. Class for Lay Persons. Don’t Be Scared of the Apocalypse: Reading Revelations 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).


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 
 
 
 
 
Seeds Monthly

“It’s almost here: 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.” Voting members will convene Aug. 5-10 for the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. This will be the 15th gathering of the assembly, the primary decision-making body of the ELCA. This year’s theme is “We Are Church,” and voting members will spend the week participating in plenaries, discussions, Bible studies and worship while deliberating the work of the church. Read this and other articles in the July Edition.

 
 
Read the July Edition
 
 
 
AMMPARO Prayer Vigil
at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly
August 7

Participants in the upcoming ELCA Churchwide Assembly will gather on Wednesday, August 7, at noon central time for an AMMPARO Prayer Vigil on behalf of separated families, asylum seekers encountering unsafe conditions on both sides of the border, and those who are denied access to justice. AMMPARO stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. Congregations and faith communities are invited to organize their own companion prayer vigil events. If you are interested in learning more about the AMMPARO prayer vigil or are looking for prayer vigil resources please look on the AMMPARO Facebook page.

 
 
AMMPARO Facebook Page
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

Lucy Lundin, the widow of Richard Lundin (former pastor of Atonement, Wyomissing and St. John, Easton), died on July 21. Funeral services were private.


Janet Stump (deacon, St. Timothy, Allentown; sjspax@gmail.com) is recovering at home following surgery.


​​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.

► Tucker Irwin, wife of Tom Irwin (Faith, Mt. Penn, and Stony Creek Mills, Bethany; PastorIrwin@comcast.net), is recovering at home from a hospital stay.

 Herbert Michel (retired; hmichel60@gmail.com) is recuperating at home from two foot operations.


► Peggy Sue Pfeffer (St. John's, Friedensburg; pfefferps128@outlook.com) is now recovering at home after being in the hospital.


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

Virginia Heimer (UCC) will be installed as pastor at St. Peter, Mantzville on Sunday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m.


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.

 
 
 
 
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/ 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.


P/T Music Director (4-9)

Trinity, Bangor is seeking a part-time Music Director. Position pays based on experience and education. For more information, please contact Pr. Larry Laine at telcbangor@gmail.com or 757-613-712 (cell phone) or 610-522-2023 (church phone).


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.


F/T Chaplain (3-21)

Luther Crest, Allentown is seeking a full-time chaplain. General Responsibilities: Responsible for providing spiritual leadership and spiritual services to residents, families, and staff. Visits all nursing care and personal care/assisted living residents upon admission/ move-in and at least quarterly. Maintain notes for each visit on the chart of each resident in the nursing care center and personal care/assisted living. Provides and/or coordinates worship opportunities for residents, e.g., weekly and special worship services, Bible studies, communion (group or private), bedside prayer. For a full description, please visit https://pm.healthcaresource.com/cs/diakon#/job/2916.


P/T Youth Director (3-12)

Are you an enthusiastic Christian who can articulate your faith in creative and joyful ways? Do you see children and youth as being more than just “the future of the church?” Have you had experience creating opportunities for people to make connections and develop relationships? Can you create a plan and follow it through to the end? Can you be flexible and roll with the punches when the plan doesn’t work? Do you play well with others?

Most importantly, are you convinced that God loves us even though we don’t deserve it and can’t do a thing to earn God’s love? If these questions intrigue you, please send your letter and resume to office@kellerschurch.org for more information about how you might become a part time member of our staff at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.


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 
 
 
 
 

ROAR VBS Materials (7-29)

Bern, Leesport is finished with the ROAR VBS series, and our large props and decor are available to anyone who could use them! The props include: 3 cardboard huts; 1 rock wall; 1 waterfall,; cut out animals: a rhino, water buffalo, lion, 2 giraffes; 6 ft long banner with savannah scene; 3 vines with monkeys, flowers, birds, and fruit on them. Pick up may occur any Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday between 8:30am and 1:00pm; or call Donna Marks (610-223-8771) to coordinate another day/time.


“By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism” (7-18)

Jordan Lutheran, Orefield has seven (7) student study books available for $12 each. Must pick up. Contact Monica at 610-395-5912 or jordanlutheran@ptd.net.


Wanted: WOV Hymnals (7-12)

St John Union Church, Auburn is seeking WOV hymnals. Please contact Pr. Walt Breiner (breiner@ptd.net).


Wanted: Albs for Youth (7-12)

Saint Matthew, Scranton is looking for donations of youth-sized albs in all sizes. Please contact Pr. Mary Owen (prmowens@hotmail.com).

 
 
 
 
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