E-News for
December 18, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Monthly Mailing Information

As explained previously, monthly materials will be distributed digitally beginning in January. In order to reach the widest audience, synod staff decided to send the materials to everyone subscribed to E-News as well as to congregations and rostered ministers (who previously received the “monthly mailing” via the post office). If you subscribe to E-News and don’t wish to receive the monthly materials, here is how you can opt out:

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2019 Congregation Officers Form

The new form is now available for download from the synod website under the “Publications” “Documents, Forms & Policies” tab. Please return this form to Laurie Christman at the synod office (2354 Grove Road, Allentown, PA 18109 or laurie@nepsynod.org) A.S.A.P. or after your upcoming election of officers. A yearly update of this form is very helpful and important to us at the synod office. Thank you.

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Boundary Training Workshops in 2019

All rostered ministers are required to take part in a workshop every four years. If you missed our synod’s workshops offered in 2018, boundary training will be offered in 2019 by the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.

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Upcoming Events

January 26, 2019. Learning Ministries Day. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. The keynote speaker is Elsayed “Steve” Elmarzouky, spokesperson for the Reading Muslin Community. He speaks about his personal journey of faith as a practicing Muslim in Egypt and the U.S. and how his understanding of Islam reflects principles familiar to all people of faith. Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Participants can choose to learn about new resources, learn a skill, or choose a workshop for their own personal growth. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2019.

March 16. Farm Family Appreciation Celebration. Doors open at 6:15 PM, but no earlier. Dinner buffet – 7:00 to 8:00 PM (Tables will be held for families that work late.) Square Dance, Classic and Modern Country Music by “The Majestics,” with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Sports. Feel free to support your favorite team by wearing their colors! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.

The Wider Church 

Bishop Eaton’s Christmas Message
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Flood Recovery Volunteer Opportunity

in Schuylkill County

In July and August 2018, severe rains and winds inundated many parts of Schuylkill County, PA. Even though we are months after the storms, many people still need recovery assistance. The Schuylkill County Long Term Recovery Coalition, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran Disaster Response and the Schuylkill Association United Church of Christ Disaster Fund, along with many other partners, have been coordinating the recovery efforts. Many homes have been restored but there are still homes that need to be rebuilt. Funds raised and grants from partners are helping to get this work completed. However, volunteers are needed. The work involves installing insulation and drywall/wood paneling; installing base board radiators; installing kitchen cabinets and sinks and bathroom shower/bath, toilets, and sinks; installing a sump pump. One home needs cleaning and disinfecting and some light carpentry work, including installing a new basement door.

Accommodations: The parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, Tower City, is available to house volunteers. There are 2 1/2 baths, including 2 showers and a full kitchen in the house. Arrangements can be made for either week-long or week-end trips. Cost: There is no cost. However, your group will have to decide how you are going to handle meal/grocery costs and preparation. Minimum age is 16 years with Parental Consent Form. Group size is 12 maximum. Adult to Youth Ratio: Each group must include a minimum ratio of at least 1 adult to every 4 youth of each gender. If you are interested, please contact Linda Frey at lwfrey@epix.net or call 610-657-4730 for more information.

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

 MaryAnn Hamm (St. John, Kutztown; mahamm@ptd.net). Condolences at the sudden death of her brother, Gary Geiger, on Sunday, December 9.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

 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 re-diagnosed with rhabdoid tumor and continues with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

 Dennis Carroll (retired; drdc820@yahoo.com) is in hospice care at home.

 Nancy Ebling, widow of Byard Ebling, is receiving comfort care at the Mifflin Center in Shillington.

 Sandy Fairchild, wife of Chip Fairchild (retired; chipfair@ptd.net) is at home recovering from back surgery.​​​​​​​

 Walton Horn (retired; w3okx.wrh@comcast.net ) is recuperating after a serious illness.

 John Kuschel (St. Peter [10th], Allentown) is in rehab at the Lehigh Center, 1718 Spring Creek Rd, Macungie; and his wife, Lois, is in LVH-Cedar Crest.

Gary Langensiepen (retired; gary_langensiepen@yahoo.com) is recovering from surgery this past Friday to repair a torn rotator cuff and bicep.

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

 Dody Siegfried (Jordan, Orefield; prdody@gmail.com) is back to work and gives praise to God that no further treatment is needed.
Upcoming Installations

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Custodian (12-13)

Part-time Church Custodian needed by Nativity, Reading. This is a salaried position. Child protection clearances are necessary. Nativity is a non-smoking campus. Parish Custodian will not be a member of Nativity Lutheran Church. Please call our church office at 610-374-3230 or e-mail the church at natsec@comcast.net for an application and a copy of the job description. Position available January 1, 2019.​​​​​​​

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.

P/T Director of Youth Ministry (12-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton is searching for a dynamic, experienced, professional Director of Youth Ministry (approximately 15 hours per week). Key areas of focus for this position include discipleship, biblical teaching, outreach evangelism, coordinating and communicating with volunteers, and mentoring youth to love and serve the Lord! The Director of Youth Ministry will lead Confirmation, coordinate activities for youth from grade 7 through early adulthood, and actively participate in mission trip planning. 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 Church Treasurer (11-21)

St. Peter, Pen Argyl (Plainfield Township) is looking for a church treasurer. Should be familiar with payroll, Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access and/or other financial management software. Hours are approximately 360-400/year. Salary is $5100/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, or by calling the church office at 610.863.6859 or emailing www.stpetersplainfield.com.

P/T Director of Music (11-15)

St. Peter's (Hanover) Allentown, PA seeks qualified applicants for position of Director of Music. Responsibilities include worship services and directing vocal and bell choirs. A detailed job description is available upon request. Submit resume to church at: 1933 Hanover Ave., Allentown, PA 18109 or by email: pastor@stpetersallentown.com.

P/T After School Staff Person (11-3)

The Neighborhood Center, 435 N. 7th Street, Allentown, needs staff person for hours 2 to 8 pm, Mondays through Friday to work with after school program for elementary school aged children and teens. Some training (Psych or education degree preferred) and experience with children required. Send e-mail to kberard@theneighborhood-center.org or 484-347-4670.

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.
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Available at the synod office. If anyone can use it, it is free for the taking.

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