E-News for
September 11, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Flooding and Long Term Recovery:
Construction, Coordination, and Case Management

September 29

The Creation Care Task Force is sponsoring this Workshop on Saturday, September 29, 9AM – 3PM at Bear Creek Camp. There will be opportunity to enjoy the beautiful setting of Bear Creek Camp and to learn about climate adaptation as we experience hotter and wetter weather. Free, but registration is required. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/flooding-workshop/ or contact Julie Menzo at 215-430-1299 or jmenzo@libertylutheran.org.

 
 
 
 
 
CROP Hunger Walk

October 7

The CROP Hunger Walk, held in various locations throughout the synod, is a great fellowship and service event for families, youth groups, adult groups, and congregations. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised by the CROP Hunger Walk returns to the community in which the walk is held. The remaining 75% is used by Church World Service for disaster relief (e.g., for communities in the United States and around the world devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods) and development assistance (e.g., assisting poor families with clean drinking water, seeds, tools, and irrigation). For more information, to register, or to donate, please contact your congregation or go to www.crophungerwalk.org.

 
 
 
 
 
Treasurers Workshop

November 3

9:30 AM‐12:30 PM at The Lutheran Center. Audiences: Treasurers, financial secretaries, pastors, finance committee members. Presenters: Frances L. Ferrari, Joel Long, and Barb Debski. There is no cost to participants, but you need to register ahead of time. Visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/treasurers-workshop/ for more information and to register.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

September 13. Urban Ministry Affinity Group. The group met on Monday, June 11 to discuss issues of concern for those engaged in ministry in the city, and will meet again on Thursday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Christ, Allentown. This group is open to anyone involved with ministry in an urban context.


September 29.

Flooding and Long Term Recovery: Construction, Coordination, and Case Management. The Creation Care Task Force is sponsoring this Workshop on Saturday, September 29, 9AM – 3PM at Bear Creek Camp. There will be opportunity to enjoy the beautiful setting of Bear Creek Camp and to learn about climate adaptation as we experience hotter and wetter weather. Free, but registration is required. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/flooding-workshop/ or contact Julie Menzo at 215-430-1299 or jmenzo@libertylutheran.org.


October 3. Educational Retreat Series. The Lehigh, Northern Lehigh Valley, and Bethlehem/Easton Mission Districts are sponsoring a five-week educational retreat series on addiction within the context of the Christian community. The event will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church in Allentown every Wednesday in October from 6:45 – 9:00 PM: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. All are welcome and encouraged to attend including the afflicted, their loved ones, all members of the community including counselors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, pastors, those in the criminal justice system, first responders, educators, etc. Click here for a flyer. More information, including registration forms will be available in the future.


October 16-17. Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. This is a one and a half day ecumenical, educational, non-profit seminar designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/administrators, and to grow spiritually. Originally started by the Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it has expanded in recent years. As a result, secretaries, administrative assistants and office support personnel from every denomination are welcome. For more information, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/parish-secretaries-seminar.


October 23 & 24. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders. Workshops in Dallas & Stroudsburg. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod “Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders” training program is designed to enrich both our opportunity and responsibility as leaders for Christ’s church. More than a “boundaries workshop” this time together will benefit participants in many ways. If you have not taken part in a workshop in the last four years you need to do so in 2018. There will be a maximum of 75 at each workshop so sign up early. Full information is available at: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018. Click here for some frequently asked questions.


November 3. Treasurers Workshop. 9:30 AM‐12:30 PM at The Lutheran Center. Audiences: Treasurers, financial secretaries, pastors, finance committee members. Presenters: Frances L. Ferrari, Joel Long, and Barb Debski. There is no cost to participants, but you need to register ahead of time. Visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/treasurers-workshop/ for more information and to register.


November 6-8. Bishop’s Conference. Shawnee Inn. Theme: “Exposing the Idols: Reflection and Practice.” The Rev. Dr. Melinda Quivik will help us to face idols both inside and outside of the church. The plenary sessions will address sacramental and theological idols, societal idols, and individual idols (both personal and professional). For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/bishops-conference-2018.


November 9-11. NEPS Senior High Retreat. Kenbrook Bible Camp, 190 Pine Meadow Road Lebanon, PA 17046. We will gather for a retreat full of fun, singing, and playing, to remember that God’s love doesn’t change and reform us only once. God’s love continues to work in and through us each and every day. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/senior-high-retreat.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Bishop Eaton’s Column in Living Lutheran

“Fear not.” For Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Isaiah 43:1-7 is one of the most hopeful and lovely passages in all of Scripture. Find out why in her September column for Living Lutheran, where she says it is possible for us to fear and fear not. Read her column.

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

 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 diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer that affects newborns and toddlers. She will need four rounds of 21-day chemotherapy and will need to stay in the hospital. The plan is to shrink the tumor so that it can then be removed.

► Brinkley C. Goranson, 97, died on September 6. A second career pastor, she served in Ashland and Gordon. She was a member of First Lutheran, Norfolk, VA, where a service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 12. She will be buried beside her husband in the cemetery at the Naval Academy.



​​Continuing in Our Prayers


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

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

► Gail Kees (retired; gailkees@ptd.net) is recovering at home following surgery on her shoulder.

► 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@gmail.com) is dealing with serious health issues.

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

Mark Swanson will be installed as pastor of the Hegins-Pitman Parish at St. James, Pitman on Sunday, September 30 at 4:00 p.m.


Laura Csellak will be installed as pastor at Christ’s United, Ashland on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m.


Drew J. Neidig will be ordained on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, Deer Park, New York.


Kristen Glass Perez will be installed as Chaplain at Muhlenberg College, Allentown on Sunday, October 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:

P/T Secretary (9-5)

St, Mark’s Community, Reeders, is seeking a part-time Secretary for 4-6 hours per week. Duties will include preparing bulletins, newsletters, maintaining directory information, and helping with general correspondence. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required. Other qualifications include: being personable and courteous, good communication and organizational skills, ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality. Previous office experience required. Respond with cover letter and resume to Michelle Allison at stmarkscommluth@gmail.com.


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

Zion, Spies 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 Office Administrator (9-5)

Zion's, Old Zionsville, is seeking an office administrator. 15-20 hours a week; Monday- Friday. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite needed; Publisher/Desktop Publishing helpful. Responsible for church communication including bulletins, newsletters, annual reports, church correspondence, and general office duties. Job description upon request. Cover letter, resume, references, and clearances required. Please send to zions@pdt.net or Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 200, Old Zionsville, PA 18068.

No calls please. Serious inquiries before October 1.


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

Lutheran church in Scranton PA 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.

 
 
 
 
 
Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than eight weeks old, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/publications/job-listings.

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.


F/T ELCA Foundation Director of Gift Planning (8-13)

The ELCA Foundation is searching for a Director of Gift Planning. Click here for a copy of the Position Profile. There are two key responsibilities for this leadership position: (1) Through the direct supervision of a national staff of about 20 regional gift planners (coaching and managing), lead and manage a robust fund-raising program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors of current and planned gifts; and (2) Manage the business relationships with ministry partner organizations through on-site visits.


This position is located in Chicago and reports to the Executive Vice President of the Foundation. It requires about 30% travel, visiting regional gift planners, donors, and ministry partnerships. Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board. Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search.


F/T ELCA Executive Director for Domestic Mission (8-13)

The ELCA is searching for an Executive Director for Domestic Mission. Click here for a copy of the Position Profile. This senior leadership position brings decisive and visionary leadership to this unit charged with wide-ranging work and relationships with churchwide units, synods, congregations, and other partners. The work involves equipping synods and congregations; developing new ministries, seeking to renew strategic ministries; and working with synods and congregations in programs and strategies for evangelical outreach.


Reporting to the presiding bishop, this position requires about 25% travel. It is located in Chicago.  Application, resume and cover letter should be submitted through the ELCA job board. Inquiries about the position may be directed, in confidence, to Gaye Lindfors of Significant Solutions, Inc., the consultant assisting with this search.


P/T Organist/ Keyboardist (7-18)

Faith, Blakeslee is looking for an organist/keyboardist and some choir work to serve two services (liturgy and hymns) each Sunday and select special services. Send letters of interest to Mr. Phil Newlander, President at faithlut@epix.net or mail to P. O. Box 228, Blakeslee, PA. Phone inquiries can be made to (570) 646-0309. Salary is competitive for the area. Those interested can check us out on Facebook or our website at www.FaithLutheranBlakeslee.org.


F/T Chaplain (7-18)

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital located in Allentown, PA is seeking a compassionate and caring Chaplain to help connect clients, patients, and long-term care residents with their chosen source(s) of spiritual nurture and to provide individual pastoral care and ecumenical worship services. The Chaplain will provide spiritual support at Good Shepherd’s 2 Long Term Care Facilities and 1 Specialty Unit. We are looking for a Chaplain who is (E.L.C.A.) ordained and Board Certified by A.P.C. This rewarding role is a full-time staff position. Interested candidates can apply online or send resumes to jdonaldson@gsrh.org.


P/T Business Secretary (7-5)

St. John, Easton is looking for a part-time Business Secretary for 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. Monthly bill-paying and semi-monthly staff payroll are the major duties. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are required, and knowledge of sound banking practices are needed. You will be trained on the use of Shepherd's Staff, the church's software program. Respond with cover letter and resume to C. Moyer at jobstjohnseaston@gmail.com."


P/T Preschool Teacher (6-20)

Light of Christ, Bethlehem is seeking a PT Preschool Teacher for three-year old children for our Christian Preschool. Responsibilities include planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum which covers a child’s cognitive, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development. Minimum requirement is an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Also desired are early childhood experience, a life filled with Christian love, patience, care, and understanding of young children. Start date: August 28, 2018. Contact Lynn Terry 610-861-0645 or lynnjt680@verizon.net for an application. For more information about our preschool go to http://www.lightofchristlutheran.org/child-center/.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Set of Bells Wanted

St. Mark, Allentown, is starting a bell choir and is looking to purchase a set of bells from a congregation that may no longer need them. If you can help, please contact John Harkins at dubbadad@aol.com.


Free Duplicator Supplies (9-4)

Christ, Allentown has replaced their duplicator and offers the following free to anyone who wants them: One A3 master roll. Ink cartridges of type VI box inks. There are: 4 – blue, 1 – green, 1 – maroon, and 2 – brown. If interested, please contact Lisa at 610-433-4271 or LisaS@christ.atown.org.

 
 
 
 
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