E-News for
May 19, 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.

Our weekly gathering on May 20 will focus on children and youth. What is it they have been absorbing, and what is it they can teach us? How do we as leaders support their care-givers and prepare for re-entry into a world that has changed around them? Each of our speakers will share reflections from their perspectives and experiences. The conversation will be facilitated by Linda Staats, founder of HomeGrown Faith and ELCA Coordinator for The Generosity Project. Across the miles, Linda cares for her 101- year-old mother and extended family members of the Millennial and Alpha generation in Kenya.

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Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Lehigh Mission District - Ascension of Our Lord

May 21

The Lehigh Mission District is holding a worship service via Zoom on Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Samuel Zeiser will be preaching, and leaders from the service come from four Lehigh Mission District Congregations. Everyone in the synod is invited to attend. Click the button below for information on logging into Zoom for the service.

Zoom Information
Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding

In an ongoing effort to help everyone stay healthy & safe, the Spring 2020 First Friday sessions will be posted online rather than held in front of a live audience. See below for information on upcoming programs as well as

links to videos of previous programs.

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Upcoming Events

Cancelled- September 19. Youth Fest 2020. The Youth Fest planning team has decided to cancel our one-day youth event for Saturday, September 19th. They eagerly look forward to 2021 and the activities and events we hope to share in at a safer time.

October 17. We Love… Trinity, Reading, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We Love… will be a day of workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. We Love… is open to pastors, deacons, council members, congregation members, church unaffiliated, Sunday School teachers and learners, gay, straight, bi, trans, +, young, old, you and everyone. Come learn why, how and who We Love… For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.

October 22-24. Assembly 2020. Information on the postponed Assembly will be published as available.

The Wider Church 
Bishop Eaton Video: A Thriving Church – Assembly 2020
Bishop Eaton Issues a Pastoral Message
on COVID-19, Racism, and White Supremacy
Read the Message
Coming: A Video Sermon from Presiding Bishop Eaton
For Trinity Sunday, June 7
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is preparing a sermon to be distributed to ELCA congregations for use on Sunday, June 7th (The Holy Trinity). Congregational worship planners are welcome to insert the taped sermon into their digital worship service for that Sunday. The sermon will use the texts for The Holy Trinity, Year A, with a focus on 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 and Matthew 28:16-20. There will be Spanish subtitles and printed text in English and Spanish. Copies of the sermon will be made available during the week preceding June 7. Watch for more details.
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

► Sandra Houck, wife of John Houck, retired; revhouck@juno.com). Condolences at the death of her mother, Marlys Jones, on May 18.

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) is recovering at home after surgery and will begin chemotherapy in June.

​​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 hospitalized at LVHN Pocono Medical Center.

► Bonnie Claycomb, wife of Steve Claycomb (Christ Hamilton United, Hamilton Square; revclay@ptd.net) is recovering at home with COVID-19.

► Ed Cloughen (retired; EWC4PAR@aol.com) is receiving rehabilitation after a fall.

► Harry Goos (retired; rhgoos@comcast.net) is recuperating after a fall.

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

► Phyllis Pelletier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization from effects of chemotherapy.

► 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/Choir Director (5-8)

St John, Auburn is looking for a part-time organist/choir director. We are a congregation who loves our Lord Jesus and we love to sing! Worship service begins at 9:00 AM. Salary is negotiable. Check us out on Facebook and our website at www.stjohnsauburn.com. If interested contact the church office at (570) 754-7722 or Mrs. Betty Renninger email: bettybogosh@hotmail.com 570-573-1143 or Rev Walt Breiner email Breiner@ptd.net or 570-657-7565.

P/T Organist and Choir Director (3-26)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director (approximately 20 hours per week) to oversee the traditional music ministries of the church in cooperation with the pastor. The music leader will organize adult choir, bell choirs, and special music as needed and warranted to engage and inspire Christian faith beliefs through music. We are looking for someone to partner with us in this role. The Organist and Choir Director with also work with our Praise Team leader and other staff members to support the congregation. Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org. Please email resumes to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org.

P/T Office Administrator (3-4)

St. Paul, Fleetwood seeks a part-time office administrator. 7.5 hours daily Monday through Thursday. Attendance at monthly Council meetings and quarterly Staff meetings. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor and Staff. Maintains church calendar. Recruits and schedules volunteers as needed. Insures timely production, final edit, emailing and mailing of monthly newsletter. Prepares weekly worship service bulletins. Orders and maintains supplies for the operation of the church’s administrative functions. Maintains files both hard copy and electronic. Ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment. Coordinates compilation and submission of parochial reports and annual report booklet. Maintains church member database. Contact person for community groups using the church facility. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Questions: Contact Pastor Tom Lang at 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

Items Available 

Wanted: Carillon system with tapes of hymns (5-11)

Residents and community have been touched for many years with the sound of hymns coming from the steeple of Old Main, but The Lutheran Home at Topton’s carillon system has now aged beyond repair. If your church has a working but unused carillon system with tapes of hymns, won’t you consider donating it to LHT? You can contact: Rev. Dr. Colleen G. Kristula, Chaplain, The Lutheran Home at Topton, One South Home Avenue, Topton, PA 19562. KristulaC@diakon.org or 610-682-1334.

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