E-News for
February 5, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Communion Service at The Lutheran Center

February 7

There will be a service of Holy Communion this Thursday at the Lutheran Center at 11:30 a.m.. This will be a brief service (30 minutes), and a chance to worship together with anyone who would welcome this opportunity outside of Sunday morning. Also, any ordained pastor in the synod is invited to sign up to lead the service. Just call the synod office (610-266-5101) if you would like to lead. The bishop’s staff will provide a brief order of worship, we will use the lessons from the previous Sunday, and the elements will be available. If you have an alternative service, please feel free to use that. Just fit into the 30-minute time frame and include communion. For more information, call Peggy Wuertele, Associate of the Bishop at peggy@nepsynod.org.

 
 
 
 
 
Candles for the Homeless

For many churches, the leftover stubs of candles are a minor matter to store or dispose. For the homeless trying to survive a cold winter, those stubs can be life and death. By experience and ingenuity, many hard sleepers are able to get several hours of warmth from a single stub. Contact your local homeless service agency to see if they will accept the candles. What is useless to one may be life to another. [Understandably, some may question the safety of providing an open flame in a flammable situation. The stark choice for too many people is to risk freezing or burning. In speaking with homeless care professionals, they themselves provide candles to guard against the cold.]

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

February 14. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Thursday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Christ, Allentown.


March 9. NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gathering. The Lutheran Center, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Do you work with children, youth, and families in your ministry? Do you wish you had a place to gather with like-minded people to share joys, frustrations, and steal, er... borrow, fabulous ideas from others? Consider meeting with the NEPA Youth Ministry Network, sponsored by your Youth, Youth Adult, and Family Ministry Team. If you are able to come (or if you cannot attend and are interested in gathering with us in the future) please RSVP to Deaconess Deborah Graf at dgraf@trinityreading.org.


March 12. Men’s Ministry Meeting. Improving Men’s Group Congregational Activities. If you are interested in starting or improving a vibrant men’s ministry in your congregation, please consider attending an interactive light dinner and meeting sponsored by the Synod’s Men in Mission group. The Synod’s Men in Mission group hopes to offer this program at various locations around our territory. The first such offering will take place on Tuesday evening, March 12, at Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609. The event will begin with a catered light dinner at 6:00 p.m., with the program following at 7:00 and concluding by 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 5 with your name, congregation, and number of attendees to Office@advluth.comcastbiz.net or 610-678-2411.


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.


May 5. May Play Day. Join others from around the synod for the annual May Play Day! What can you expect? Games for all ages. Adventures: rock-climbing wall, boating, hiking, high ropes course and more. Dinner and singing. For senior high youth and their advisors/parents – an info meeting on the 2018 youth gathering and the synod’s Lutheran Youth Fellowship organization. The cost is $4 for children who are 12 years and younger. For everyone else the cost is $8. Explore the camp – rain or shine – and enjoy a fun day outdoors. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/may-play-day.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Crossroads Lay Leadership Info Session

February 9

Crossroads Lay Leadership will be holding an Info Session about our program on Saturday, Feb 9 at 10 am. Those interested in learning more about our courses can either come to Moravian Seminary, Bethlehem PA or attend this session online through Zoom from anywhere. To participate through Zoom, please contact Jill Peters (petersj2@moravian.edu) at least 24 hours before to get the Zoom log on info. You will need a computer/laptop or smartphone, mike, camera and a quiet place. Log on time is 9:50 am. Hope to see you in person or onscreen!


Beginning March 7

“Traveling Mercies” with the Rev. Maggie Wellert. This is a congregational care course with Maggie and several other speakers who address issues of communication skills, addictions, teens, spirituality and caring for those at the end of life. Great course for church teams. For exact dates, details and registration go to http://www.moravianseminary.edu/crossroads or contact Jill Peters at petersj2@moravian.edu.


Beginning March 11


Unpacking the Scriptures: A preaching course with the Rev. Dr. Sue Pizor Yoder for eight weeks starting March 11. Learn about constructing a sermon, how to speak to different generations, and polish your public speaking skills. Sue is a gifted pastor, preacher and teacher. For exact dates, details and registration go to http://www.moravianseminary.edu/crossroads or contact Jill Peters at petersj2@moravian.edu.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Programs - Lutheran Congregational Services

Journeys Through Grief: counseling in small groups where for six 1½ hour sessions you will learn about the stages of grief and explore your feelings about the loss you have experienced. The goal is not to make grief disappear, but to equip the group's participants with the tools needed for lifelong healing and understanding. Under the guidance of a professional Christian counselor or trained facilitator, you will learn how you can live with the grief associated with loss. To register, contact Bereavement Coordinator Sylvia Havlish at 610.395.5045. Also check out the private LCS grief Facebook group, "Journeys Through Grief." Click the link and request to join our community of caring individuals.
March 7 - April 11: Christ Lutheran Church, Niantic (Bally) Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm.
March 5 - April 9: Emmaus Moravian Church, Emmaus Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm.

Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training: Eucharistic Visitors are members of the congregation who are selected by their pastor and trained to bring the communion meal from worship to ill and homebound members of their congregation who are unable to attend service. LCS’s training ministry engages learners in the Biblical and theological background of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and teaches potential Eucharistic Visitors about visitation and administration of the sacrament. Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training is a one-day training event. It runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00PM and is held at various locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania. The cost is $25 per person.
March 16: Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4201 Stoudts Ferry Bridge Rd, Reading, PA 19605
May 18: St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 25 East Church St, Sellersville, PA 18960
 
 
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Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

Phyllis Pellitier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is again hospitalized to address heart issues.


► Julie Recher (Associate, Atonement, Wyomissing; jrecher@atonementwyo.org) whose mother, Joan Recher, is hospitalized in Virginia.


► Cindy White (Zion, Tamaqua; loupastor4@gmail.com) Condolences at the death of her husband, Richard Henry Krieg, Jr., on January 29.



​​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.

► Mike Bodnyk (Faith, Whitehall; mbodn@aol.com ) continues to receive chemo therapy treatment for cancer.

► Kelly Brooks (chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab Network; kel4u@earthlink.net) is recovering at home following a heart attack.

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


 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.

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

► Dennis Ritter (retired; dsritter@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a successful knee replacement surgery.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Jeffrey S. Carstens will be installed as pastor at St. John, Emmaus on Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m.


Chris deForest will be installed as pastor at Trinity, Kutztown on Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:


 
 
 
 
 
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 Confirmation Coordinator 1-24)

Hope, Cherryville seeks a part-time Confirmation Coordinator. This is a paid position available immediately for up to 10 hours per week. Candidate must have ability to work with children in grade 7 and grade 8, as well as provide primary oversight for all aspects of the two-year confirmation program in conjunction with grade 7 and grade 8 Sunday school teachers and mentor coordinators. Responsibilities include: planning, coordinating and attending all scheduled confirmation activities and retreats; communicating with confirmands, parents, volunteers and mentors; recording of student attendance; and working Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. during the Sunday School year. Associate or bachelor’s degree in education or a related field and/or equivalent experience with youth is preferred. Detailed job description is available upon request. Submit letter of interest, resume, and completed application (available at www.hopecherryville.org) to Pastor Jami Possinger, Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, PA 18035. Deadline for applications is February 11.


P/T Youth Ministry Coordinator (1-24)

Hope, Cherryville seeks a part-time Youth Ministry Coordinator. This is a paid position available immediately for up to 10 hours per week. Candidate must have ability to work with children in grade 6 through grade 12, as well as provide primary oversight for youth ministry program in conjunction with youth leaders and other church staff. Responsibilities include: planning, coordinating and attending all scheduled youth activities; communicating with youth, parents, volunteers and other youth leaders; organizing and planning all logistical aspects of the ELCA Youth Gathering that occurs every three years. Associate or bachelor’s degree in education or a related field and/or equivalent experience with youth is preferred. Detailed job description is available upon request. Submit letter of interest, resume, and completed application (available at www.hopecherryville.org) to Pastor Jami Possinger, Hope Lutheran Church, 4131 Lehigh Drive, Cherryville, PA 18035. Deadline for applications is February 11.


P/T Music Ministry Director (1-23)

Provides choral and instrumental music leadership for 2 services each Sunday morning as well as for special services. Duties include playing organ and piano to lead liturgy and hymns; selecting appropriate music for each service; rehearsing and directing choirs and instrumentalists; meeting with pastor and Worship & Music Committee for planning. This is a part-time position (approximately 20 hours per week). Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Music Ministry Director Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.


P/T Music Director (01-08)

St. Mark, Bethlehem is seeking a Music Director. This is a part-time position with the following requirements: Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent experience including choir direction. Candidate should know choral techniques, have experience in church worship with both organ and piano, have a working familiarity with church music and liturgical practices related to Lutheran worship. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.


P/T Music Director (01-05)

Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven seeks a part-time music director. Play liturgy (two services most Sundays, Evening Prayer in Lent, etc.), direct twenty-member adult choir, oversee and work with praise team, foster music with children – all with the purpose of leading the assembly in giving glory of God. Instruments include twenty-five year-old, three manual, 32 rank Schantz organ, and Boston grand piano in setting with superb acoustics. 15 hours/week, salary based on musicianship and experience. For complete job description, follow the Music Director Position link at www.jerusalemlutheran.com. Send resume with salary requirements to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.


P/T Music Director/Organist/Choir Director (12-22)

St. Paul, Dallas, 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.”


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.


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 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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