E-News for
March 9, 2021
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
First Female Lutheran Hymn Writer and Poet
Elizabeth Cruciger, like Katie Luther, was a nun who converted to the Lutheran faith through the writings of Dr. Luther and escaped the convent to live with the Bugenhagens in Wittenberg. She has the distinct privilege of being known as the first female Lutheran hymn writer and poet. In addition to being a close friend of Katie Luther, it is believed that Elizabeth sat at Dr. Luther’s table talks in Wittenberg with her husband Caspar Cruciger, a theologian friend and colleague of Luther’s. Living in Wittenberg, hearing the pure preaching of God’s Word, and sitting at the feet of the Reformation’s foremost theologians, she was inspired to write the text to hymn, “The Only Son from Heaven”
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Hosting a Growing Young Book Club in your congregation?

A few congregations in our synod are organizing their own Growing Young book clubs. We celebrate that and encourage you to continue your work! If you are leading one of these groups and would like to both be available as a resource to other congregations who are starting a Growing Young book club AND receive the contact information of others doing the same, please add your information here. 

While there will be no formal organization of these leaders, contact information will be shared so leaders can connect one-on-one or in groups as the need and desire arises. 

                          Supply Pastors Needed:

As Laurie fills pastoral vacancies with supply pastors, she's still in need for two of our biggest Sunday liturgies: Palm Sunday and Easter. Two pastors are needed for Palm Sunday and 5  are needed for Easter Sunday services at congregations in transition.  If you're willing and able to supply please know that this would in no way obligate you to any future suppling. 

Please contact Laurie directly at laurie@nepsynod.org or the office phone: 610-266-5101 ex. 10.

The ELCA's story is one of action. We act by listening to God's call to serve one another. We act by serving our neighbors around the block and around the globe. We act by sharing Mission Support. Through this sharing of Mission Support we continue to write our story of action together, as three expressions of the church -- Congregations, synods, and churchwide organization -- by sustaining our ministry together. To find out more and access congregational discussion questions follow the link below.
^ This event will take place on ZOOM from 9am-3pm.
**Register by TOMORROW (Wednesday, March 10th)**
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Upcoming Events:
Save These Dates!  
Faith Formation Saturdays: Beginning Sat., March 13, 2021, 9am-11am. Every 2nd Saturday, please register in advance. Each session includes a guest presenter. 

9th Annual Freedom Seder: March 30, 2021, 7pm on Zoom. The PA Council of Churches invites you to attend a Freedom Seder. The Freedom Seder commemorates the Israelites journey from slavery to freedom. This is an interfaith event.

Synod Assembly 2021 will be ONLINE: June 4th and 5th, 2021, We've done it before and we can do it again! We had hoped that we would be able to gather together in flesh and blood for our 2021 Synod Assembly, but in order to keep everyone safe, we'll be meeting online. 

CROP Recruiters’ Pizza Party/Kick-off:  Sun., Aug. 29, 2021, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

(to receive materials, ideas, and inspiration for yourself and your congregation)

at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104

God's Work Our Hands Sunday:  Sun., Sept. 12, 2021, An ELCA-wide initiative to participate in a day of service. For more information: https://www.elca.org/dayofservice

Greater Allentown CROP Hunger Walk:  Sun., Oct. 10, 2021, 1:30 p.m.,

with registration beginning at 1:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, PA 18104 For more information about Church World Service/CROP,

go to https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/page/about-the-walk

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

► Trinity, Robesonia -- We pray for Trinity Lutheran Church in their time of uncertainty and transition after the death of their Pastor.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

Donald Beck (retired; serving St. Luke’s Greeley, part-time; revdonbeck@verizon.net) is dealing with significant health issues.

► Karen Blitch, wife of David Blitch (Salem Belleman's, Mohrsville; upsygrad@msn.com), is receiving treatment for cancer and other multiple health issues.

► Dan Brettell (St. Paul III, Easton; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) and his wife, Patti’s 7 month-old granddaughter, Sabella Brettell, is recovering at home after surgery; and the family is cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

► Oliver Brown (St. James, Hobbie; bskindeer@aol.com ) is recovering from back surgery.

► Martin Everhart (SALM, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District), has been hospitalized for over two months and faces many health challenges. 

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

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

► Gail Koerner, mother of pastoral candidate Elizabeth Koerner, is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

► Diane Laine, wife of Larry Laine (Trinity, Bangor; laineparallel@gmail.com) is dealing several health related issues.

► Elizabeth C. Langensiepen (retired), underwent total left knee replacement surgery on Wednesday, February 24 and is recovering.

Debra North (Faith, Blakeslee; revdeb527@gmail.com), is in the recovering after surgery.

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

► Luther Routte (retired) is recuperating at home after treatment for blood clots.

► 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.

► William Zimmermann (retired; wzimmermann@comcast.net), received a cancer diagnosis and will be having surgery at an undetermined time.

The Wider Church 
God's Work Our Hands Sunday!
Save the Date: September 12, 2021

Congregations of the ELCA will come together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Our church continues to live through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work. As we gather together in service to our neighbors, we are reminded of one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: All of life in Jesus Christ — every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life — flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.
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Upcoming Installations
Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Director of Music Ministry
Belleman's Church in Mohrsville, Pa is looking to fill the position of Director of Music Ministry.  Please check the church website for the job description and application at http://www.bellemanschurch.org.  Please send applications and resumes to the church by April 8, 2021 at salembellemans@frontiernet.net.  Interviews to begin  May 1, 2021.

P/T Administrative Assistant
Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown seeks well organized candidates, proficient with English grammar and spelling, excellent computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and other similar applications) and a positive disposition and team player. This person will be the hub of all parish communications and will need to work well under pressure. The position is a non-exempt hourly position for 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday. A job description is available upon request. Interested individuals need to send a letter of introduction and resume to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main Street, Kutztown, PA or email it to Pastor Dennis Ritter at dsritter@ptd.net.
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 Youth, Family & Community Coordinator (2/23)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fleetwood is searching for an energetic and talented person to engage the children, youth and families in our congregation and community in all aspects of our worship, learning and community outreach.  The ideal candidate should have some theological background, a college degree and the ability and passion to work well in intergenerational ministries.  25 hours per week.  Inquiries and resumes should be sent to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522 or by email at pastor@spelcfleetwood.com

P/T Music Director/Organist/Choir Director (2/9)
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (ELCA), Dallas, PA, is seeking a part-time (20 hours) Music Director/Organist/Choir Director. St. Paul’s is an active and welcoming community who highly regards liturgical worship and music, and who appreciates the rich and diverse styles of our Lutheran musical heritage. Please send resume' to St. Paul's Music Director, PO Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612 or cafett54@gmail.com. Please submit application by March 13 for preferential consideration.

P/T Parish Administrator (1/25)
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Fleetwood seeks a candidate who is well-organized, has proficient computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and other similar applications), and has cheerful disposition. This person will be the hub of all parish communications and will need to work well under pressure. Position is salaried, the hours are generally 30-35 per week with one day in addition to Saturday and Sunday with paid vacation. If interested please send letter of introduction and resume to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA or email it to pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

P/T Sexton Position (1/12)

St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA 19512 is seeking a part-time sexton. The position is for 20-hours per week consisting of 5 days per week. Please note that the church provides an outreach ministry providing a day-care/ pre-school, thus the work hours are in the late afternoon/evening. Duties include cleaning the sanctuary, offices, bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, and other various cleaning functions. Experience preferred. Salary starts at $12.50 per hour. If you wish to apply, send a resume to the church address or e-mail the church at secretary@stjosephshill.com.

P/T Youth Leader (1/12)

St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA. 19512 is seeking a gifted and motivated individual to work with our youth. The individual would be involved in program planning, community building, growing the youth’s faith journey, and various congregational activities, including Sunday mornings. The position is approximately 25 hours per month. The salary is $13.55  per hour. If you wish to apply, send a resume to the church address or email the church at secretary@stjosephshill.com​​​​​​​

P/T Director of Christian Education (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education who will play a unique role in the lives of children and adults at Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church. Working alongside a team led by the Lead Pastor, the Director’s primary role is to oversee and organize Faith Formation activities for all ages. Candidates need to have a strong, well-developed faith in Christ along with exceptional interpersonal, teaching, and leadership skills. Ideal candidates will also bring a servant’s heart to those AELC is called to serve. The position requires more than three years of experience in a church setting. Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org. Interested candidates may email cover letter/resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org. Please include three references and contact information.

P/T Organist, Director of Vocal and Bell Choirs (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director who will 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. This is a part-time position (approximately 15-20 hours per week). 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.

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St. Paul’s, Mountaintop has a metal table and chair rack available. If you're interested, please contact Pr. Kaufman at Kaufman19@verizon.net.
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