E-News for
May 21, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 

Download the 2019 Synod Assembly App to have access to assembly documents, resources, announcements, photos and more. Anyone is encouraged to download the app and stay informed; however, voting members and rostered ministers should download this app before Assembly.


Download using the button below (or you may visit the app store for your device and download the ELCA Organizations & Events app there). Once you have installed the app, tap Find Guides in the lower right of the screen and search for 2019 Northeastern PA Synod Assembly, and download the guide.


If you prefer to view the guide on a computer or laptop, you may view it at https://guidebook.com/guide/156839.


Much of the same information is also available on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/assembly-2019/.

 
 
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Offerings to be Collected at Assembly 2019
Contribute Now!

Two offerings will be taken during the Assembly.


  • An offering for ELCA World Hunger will be taken during the festival worship service.
  • And an offering for "Always Being Made New: Campaign for the ELCA" will be taken immediately after the presentation by Pr. Ron Glusenkamp (Director for the Campaign).

Even if you don’t plan to attend Assembly 2019, you may contribute to either or both of these offerings using a credit card by clicking on the button below or by using the QR Code displayed at the right.


Food Offering

Please bring boxes of instant macaroni and cheese to be donated to food pantries throughout Luzerne and Carbon Counties. The macaroni and cheese can be dropped off at the truck in Genetti’s parking lot.

 
 
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Assembly 2019
First Report of the Committee of Reference and Counsel

The First Report of the Committee of Reference and Counsel, containing the sole resolution that the committee received as of May 16, has been posted on the assembly web site and on the Guidebook App (see the article above for information on how to download the app).

 
 
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Synod Office – Fax Machine Inoperative

It has become apparent that the synod’s fax machine has not been working correctly for some time, and that it cannot be repaired in a cost-effective way. A new telephone and fax system will be installed in June. In the meantime, please send all correspondence to the synod office via email (info@nepsynod.org) or regular mail.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

June 1. Synod Assembly. “Freed in Christ for a New Day.” Genetti Inn and Suites in Hazleton.

Download the 2019 Synod Assembly App to have access to assembly documents, resources, announcements, photos and more. Anyone is encouraged to download the app and stay informed; however, voting members and rostered ministers should download this app before Assembly.


Download at https://guidebook.com/g/nepa-assembly-2019/ (or you may visit the app store for your device and download the ELCA Organizations & Events app there). Once you have installed the app, tap Find Guides in the lower right of the screen and search for 2019 Northeastern PA Synod Assembly 2019, and download the guide. If you prefer to view the guide on a computer or laptop, you may view it at https://guidebook.com/guide/156839 . Much of the same information is also available on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/assembly-2019.


June 11. Men’s Ministry Meeting: Improving Men’s Group Congregational Activities. Union Evangelical Lutheran Church. 5500 Route 873 Schnecksville,PA 18078. If you are interested in starting or improving a vibrant men’s ministry in your congregation, please consider attending an interactive light dinner and meeting sponsored by the Synod’s Men in Mission group. The focus will be on sharing successful practices and listening to what’s working well for Men’s Groups at congregations of various sizes. The event will begin with a catered light dinner at 6:00 p.m., with the program following at 7:00 and concluding by 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by June 4 with your name, contact information, congregation, and number of attendees to the following e-mail address or phone number (info@nepsynod.org, (610) 266-5101).


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.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
 
Trustworthy Servants of the People of God

The ELCA describes the standards and aspirations it has for rostered ministers in a document called “Vision and Expectations.” Over the years this policy has been occasionally updated, and recently the Conference of Bishops, having determined that the document had been used and sometimes misused in ways that caused harm, asked that it be redeveloped.


A new document, “Trustworthy Servants of the People of God,” was drafted and sent to the ELCA Church Council in April 2019. The council asked that this document be redeveloped to include wider input and to address the “faithful and just use of a policy document as a guide for this church.” To that end, the Domestic Mission unit has established a web page to keep rostered people up-to-date on what’s happening and ways to provide input. The new draft is to be ready by fall 2020 for Church Council action.

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

► Elizabeth Haines (On Leave from Call; ehaines@rcn.com) is recovering at home after surgery.


​​Continuing in Our Prayers


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

 Deb Gifford (UCC Pastor serving Trinity, Gouglersville; gifforddk@aol.com) continues her recovery from surgery and is receiving additional treatment.


 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.

► Linda Zeiser, wife of Bishop Zeiser (bishop@nepsynod.org ) is recovering at home after shoulder replacement surgery because of a broken arm caused by a fall.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Michael T. Petresky will be installed as pastor at St. Paul, Orwigsburg on Sunday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m.


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

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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. Application deadline is May 24.


P/T Accountant (5-8)

St. Luke, Freeland seeks a part-time accountant, 8-10 hours a month, to do payroll, taxes and monthly reports. Knowledge of Quick Books is required. Contact St. Luke, Freeland by mail or phone, 627 Main Street, Freeland 18224, 570-636-1241.


P/T Sexton (4-27)

Saint Matthew’s United, Scranton, is seeking an experienced part-time Sexton for approximately 20 to 25 hours per week. Some on call coverage is required. Salary is competitive, and hours are flexible. Candidates must have a high school diploma, or the equivalent, a valid driver’s license, and access to a reliable vehicle, current registration, and insurance, provide references and pass a comprehensive back ground check. Duties include, but are not limited to cleaning and maintenance of the building and grounds, including maintaining the heating and air conditioning systems, maintaining supplies, and setting up and clearing rooms, for events, gardening and lawn care. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to work on Sunday mornings, from 9 AM to 1 PM. Must be available to unlock and lock the Church for Sunday Services and Special Services. Must be able to lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs, and be knowledgeable of the tools, methods, techniques, and materials used in custodial work. Please email your interest in this position to Reverend Mary Owens at lutherangels@comcast.net, or call the Church Office at 570-342-1000.


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 Treasurer (3-17)

St. Peter’s, Pen Argyl (Plainfield Township) has an opening for a church treasurer. The candidate should be familiar with payroll, Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access and/or other financial management software. Hours average approximately 7 hours/week. Salary is $5,100/year. Successful clearance via Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check Form (SP4-164) is required. Applicants should call Joe Barabas, at 610.662.9506 or email at joeran@epix.net for more information. Applications are available at church office, 1422 Church Road, Pen Argyl 18072, by calling the church office at 610.863.6859 or emailing stpetersplainfield@ptd.net.


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.


F/T Executive Director (3-6)

Bear Creek Camp is looking to fill the position of Executive Director. With a firm commitment to Christ and the Church, the Executive Director serves the mission and vision of Bear Creek Camp through directing its ministries, developing financial resources, developing strategic relationships with individuals and organizations, and ensuring that all programs are consistent with the mission, vision, and philosophy of Bear Creek Camp. The full job description can be found here: https://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities. Please send all resumes and inquiries to: jobs@bearcreekcamp.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.


P/T Music Ministry Director (1-23)

Provides choral and instrumental music leadership for 2 services each Sunday morning as well as for special services. Duties include playing organ and piano to lead liturgy and hymns; selecting appropriate music for each service; rehearsing and directing choirs and instrumentalists; meeting with pastor and Worship & Music Committee for planning. This is a part-time position (approximately 20 hours per week). Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Music Ministry Director Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Stage Setup (5-20)

Christ Yocom's, Grill, has a stage that they no longer use. It does have a small amount of mold on the one corner that will need to be cleaned. There are multiple 4x8 sections, and it stands about a foot off the ground. Free for the taking, but you will need to come and pick it up. If interested, please contact Susie Whary at Susie.whary@gmail.com or 484-577-1854.


Sermon Magazines (5-10)

Sermon subscription magazines dating back to the 1970's to the Present. They include "In Season", "Weaving", "Clergy Journal" and "Dynamic Preaching". There are approximately 4 cardboard boxes-full. First come... first serve. I ask only that all be taken. If interested, contact Pr. Art Hahn at nanart15@aol.com or 610-682-2060.


Black and color toner for Toshiba e-Studio2040c copier (5-8)

Free. Contact Union Lutheran Church (5500 RT 873 Schnecksville PA 18078) 610-767-6884 office@ulclv.org to arrange pick up time.


Handmade "Tomb" (5-1)

Prince Of Peace, Johnsonville has a handmade "tomb" made from wood and papier-mache. We have used this tomb as part of our Holy Week and Easter decorations for several years, and we no longer have a place to store it in the "off season." Click here for photos. We would like to give it to another congregation who might find it useful. The tomb is about 4' x 4' x 4'. It comes with a removable "stone" for the front, and three wooden crosses that fit in on top. (The crosses, if used, bring the height to about 7 feet.) The item is in good shape, but could use a little TLC. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Michael Scholtes at 610-588-2355 or pastorMJS@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 
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