E-News for
May 5, 2020
More Resources for Congregations During the Pandemic
ELCA Federal Credit Union Approved for PPP Loans

Anticipating government approval for the second round of PPP funding, the FCU and MIF began spreading the word and assisting congregations in preparing their applications. Many others, including the churchwide organization, took to social media, synod newsletters, websites and other channels to also share the news.

Since April 27, the first day that second round applications could be submitted for approval, the FCU has received approval of over 80 loans totaling nearly $4.5 million for our congregations, synods and ELCA-related ministries nationwide. New applications are still coming in, and the FCU and MIF are committed to continuing this collaborative effort to provide critical assistance for as long as funding is available. All ELCA congregations and ministries can apply for PPP loans through the ELCA Federal Credit Union.

Visit the Credit Union Site
PPP Loan Forgiveness

Horizons Stewardship has a free webinar posted online dealing with issues surrounding forgiveness of a PPP loan. Stan Reiff, a Partner at CapinCrouse, the nation’s largest accounting practice focused solely on serving churches and non-profit organizations, answered dozens of frequently asked questions and provided a documentation framework for churches to increase the likelihood of having their loans forgiven.
View the Webinar
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
2021 Youth Gathering Update

April 21st an email went out to everyone on the youth email list with our first 2021 Youth Gathering update from Synod Coordinator, Becky East. At this point, the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering is still on and planning is moving forward. To ensure the correct person receives future updates, we are compiling a list of primary youth leader contacts from each congregation. Please email Sammy (sammy@nepsynod.org) this person's name, email, and phone number. Any additional Youth Gathering questions can be directed to Becky East at rbrookeeast@gmail.com or 484-797-7603. Gathering information sessions will be held either online or offline by June.

Zoom Call Regarding the Pandemic’s Impact on Marginal Families

May 8 

Lutheran Disaster Response - Eastern PA (a ministry of Liberty Lutheran and Lutheran Congregational Services) and Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) are teaming up this Friday May 8, at 3 pm to host a zoom call for people and congregations who are especially concerned about the most vulnerable in our communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact it will have on families that live on the margins even after social distancing is relaxed.

The zoom call will feature

- Presenters from food pantry ministries,

- Ideas for congregations interested in service projects for people who need hygiene     

  supplies and fabric masks

- Ways to advocate for people who are most vulnerable

- Ways to access resources available to helping ministries

- Time to discuss your concerns and problem solve together.

Register for the Zoom Call
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 Participates in #GivingTuesdayNow

May 5

On May 5 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. In this time of uncertainty, a fundamental truth gives us hope — that together, through Christ, we can do extraordinary things. Whether we’re helping a neighbor, sharing a skill, giving to our congregations or supporting the ELCA’s COVID-19 Response Fund, our acts of generosity are a way to share our faith during this pandemic.

When one member of the body of Christ suffers, all suffer together. The needs are great. So are the opportunities. We know that you are receiving a lot of requests for support. #GivingTuesdayNow is just one way that this church continues to love and serve our neighbors.

Read Bishop Eaton's Invitation to Donate
ELCA Global Links

In this time of crisis, we as the body of Christ continue to demonstrate love for our neighbors. The global Lutheran church is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic — hosting virtual services, educating communities, mobilizing prayer and providing aid. See what our companion churches around the world are doing, and may we all continue to love our neighbors from a distance.

Read the April Edition
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

► Bonnie Claycomb, wife of Steve Claycomb (Christ Hamilton United, Hamilton Square; revclay111@comcast.net) is recovering at home with COVID-19.

​​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.

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

► Judy Gifford, wife of Hartland (Herb) Gifford (retired; hhgiff@ptd.net) is now home and recovering from a broken right leg.

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

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

► 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:

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.

P/T Ministry Assistant (2-26)

St. Paul, Fleetwood, seeks a part-time Ministry Assistant. Approximately 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. The Ministry Assistant will work under the direction of the Pastor. This will require at least one meeting each week with the Pastor (and other staff members if needed). The job will be to serve as support staff for Youth & Family Ministries. This will involve interacting with the Adult Youth Leaders, the Christian Education Director and the Catechism Teachers in order to create and plan activities designed to address the needs of Youth and their families. To apply or for more information contact Pr. Tom Lang, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.

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