E-News for
May 11, 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.

The guest speakers on May 13 will be Bishop Paul Egensteiner with the Metropolitan New York Synod, Bishop Kristen Kuempel with the Northwestern Intermountain Synod, and Bishop Yehiel Curry with the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. Each will share the unique experience of COVID-19 in their contexts and how they see their people navigating the journey of grief and hope therein.

More Information and Zoom Invite
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Information Gathering Meetings Re-scheduled

Saturday, 11 July 9 AM to Noon

Saturday, 18 July 9 AM to Noon.

Remember the surveys (at the three Info Gathering meetings throughout the Synod in February, and online) that were completed in advance of the next NEPA Synod Bishop election? Well, given COVID-19, we’ve adjusted plans from in-person meetings to summarize survey results and develop preliminary questions for the Bishop candidates to Zoom sessions that you can connect to from home. The sessions will be identical. Registration for these Zoom meetings will be communicated shortly.

Muhlenberg College Responds to COVID-19 Challenges

Kristen Glass Perez, Muhlenberg College Chaplain, tells how the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Muhlenberg College is responding to the needs of students during the shutdown caused by the pandemic. She highlights the case of Kate Ekanem, a Nigerian student, who is one of those forced to remain on campus.

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Upcoming Events

May 17. STAY May Play Day. May Play Day may have been canceled, but a "STAY May Play Day" is in the works. The Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team is working closely with Bear Creek Camp to develop this day of camp fun and synod engagement. Prepare for an online experience throughout the afternoon of Sunday, May 17. Follow Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA, NEPS - Youth, Young Adult, and Family Ministry Team, and Bear Creek Camp on Facebook at these links for additional updates and to participate in activities with others when the day arrives.

September 19. Youth Fest 2020. Youth Fest is back this Fall at Union Lutheran in Schnecksville on Saturday, September 19. Our theme for the year will be Accepted: God’s, the acceptance that matters. The planning team for this event is hoping to offer even more wonderful breakout sessions than last year. For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/youth-fest-2020/.

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 
ELCA StewardTalk

May 14

“Reflections on Faith & Finances in Times Such as This:

A Conversation with Rev. Charles Lane.”

Thursday, May 14, at 3:00 PM CDT.

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Learn about a special promotion for stewardship in congregations.

Monthly Stewardship Resource Kit

Every month, Pastor Rob Blezzard offers a monthly Stewardship Resource Kit that has brief RCL-based bulletin inserts relating to stewardship for every Sunday, plus a newsletter article folks can cut-and-paste into their congregational publications. There are also links to online resources to teach, do, lead, preach about and think about stewardship.

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

► Don Billeck (retired; djbilleck18@yahoo.com) is hospitalized at LVHN Pocono Medical Center.

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and will have surgery this Thursday.

► Diana Hill (deacon, retired; hillsideacres7@gmail.com). Condolences at the death of her husband, Bruce, on May 1 at Luther Acres in Lititz. A private graveside service was held on Thursday May 7 at the Heidelberg Cemetery with his nephew, the Rev, Jeffrey Kistler presiding.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

► Kelly Brooks (chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab Network; kbrooks@gsrh.org) is recovering from gallbladder surgery.

► Bonnie Claycomb, wife of Steve Claycomb (Christ Hamilton United, Hamilton Square; revclay111@comcast.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.

► Sherrie Sneed (Director of Pastoral Care, East Stroudsburg; sedaka17@gmail.com) is recovering from complications of hip surgery.

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:

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.

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 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.

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