E-News for
March 10, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
CORVID-19 (coronavirus) Information

Because the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) is rapidly evolving, it is vital for congregational leaders to be aware of the facts and prepared to help their congregations cope with whatever develops. The synod website has some resources for your consideration.
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Please be aware of a scam regarding malicious emails mentioning the Coronavirus: “Criminals are using concerns about the coronavirus epidemic to spread infections of their own. They are forging emails mentioning the outbreak that appear to be from business partners or public institutions in an effort to get users to open the messages, unleashing malware. The number of malicious emails mentioning the coronavirus has increased significantly since the end of January, according to cybersecurity firm Proofpoint Inc., which is monitoring the activity.”

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Assembly 2020 Registration Now Open

Registration for Assembly 2020 is now available. There is a discount of $10 for online registrations if completed by midnight May 10, or you can download the Registration Form and mail it in. The deadline for all registrations is Monday, May 18. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/assembly-2020/.

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Upcoming Events

March 14 & 22. Youth Gathering 2021 Info Meetings. The ELCA Youth Gathering is coming! Join our synod coordinator, Becky East, and our synod's YoYoFa team as we discuss important Gathering dates to know, share fundraising ideas, look at a rough budget plan, and answer as many questions as possible. Info sessions are for youth, group leaders, and pastors. Please submit questions at the link below as Becky will be going to Minneapolis for training this month and would love to get your questions answered while there.

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. Lutheran Center 2354 Grove Rd, Allentown, PA 18109.

Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m. Advent West Lawn 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609.

Click here to sign up for either date, so we know to expect you!

March 21. Class for Lay Persons. “Entrust Your Prayer to Chants.” Pastor Tom Lichner. will introduce the gathering to chanting for personal and corporate prayer, chants that he has composed, chant-friendly websites, how to use portions of familiar ELW hymns as chants, and how chanting is especially suitable for paperless-hands-free singing. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, March 16 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).

March 21. 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.) Hoedown and Country music by "The Outlaws," with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Trucks. Feel free to support your favorite brand of truck! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, please visit: http://nepasynod.org/event/farm-family-appreciation/.

March 28. NEPA WELCA Spring Justice Retreat. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church , 8227 Hamilton Boulevard Breinigsville, PA 18087. Theme: “Diversity – Reaching Across Barriers to Live as God’s People.” The day will focus on our call to action through advocacy and how advocacy is expressed in our daily lives. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jeffrey J. Butz, Pastor at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny and adjunct professor of World Religions at Penn State University, Allentown and Reading campuses. Afternoon Session Leader: Rev. Kristen Glass-Perez Muhlenberg College Chaplain. Download a Flyer (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-flyer-2020.pdf). Download the Registration Form (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-registration-2020.pdf).

March 28. Embracing the Full Household of God: How to know, serve, and love the refugees and immigrants in our communities. Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown. Embracing the Full Household of God is an all-day event designed to help participants reach out in love to immigrants and refugees in their communities. Learn real-life examples of what people who come into this country experience. Explore what scripture says about offering welcome and how the Church has done so throughout history. Understand the unique needs of immigrants and refugees in our communities and hear from others who have successfully developed meaningful relationships and effective programs. The event is free, but registration is required. Lunch is included.

More Information and Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egv464ir4ec16536&llr=4o9pmhtab.

Download a Flyer: https://diobeth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Embracing-the-full-household-of-God.pdf.

Electing Our Next Synod Bishop.

April 25 - Bern Lutheran Church, 820 W. Leesport Rd., Leesport (turn west off 183 for one block on W. Leesport Rd turning at the traffic light at CVS)

May 9 - Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville

May 16 - Christ Lutheran Church, 467 Main St., Conyngham

All meetings will be held from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. These sessions are to follow up on the recent survey meetings. Participants will discuss synod mission priorities and the skills/spiritual gifts needed in the next synod bishop. Preliminary questions will also be developed for Bishop candidates at Synod Assembly. Rostered ministers and lay members of synod congregations are encouraged to attend.

June 4-6. Assembly 2020. To register and for information regarding the event arrangements and hotel reservations, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/assembly-2020/. For information about the Assembly itself, please visit http://nepasynod.org/assembly2020-info/.

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/.

The Wider Church 
IJCU First Friday Program (Second Friday this month)

Friday, March 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Seegers Union Rooms 111-112. Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or purchase it at one of Muhlenberg's tasty dining venues. The Rt. Rev. Blair Couch, retired: “Understanding Religious Diversity: Moravian Church.” Want more? Join us in the Seegers Union GQ Annex on the Tuesday after each First Friday session for a “Talkback Tuesday” facilitated discussion reflecting on that month's topic.
First Friday Spring Schedule
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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Summer Chaplains Needed

The Campground Ministry Program of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches is seeking dedicated individuals to serve as chaplains in State Parks and Campgrounds across the Commonwealth, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend. Part-time and full-time positions are available and some sites can provide housing. Currently, chaplains are needed at the following locations for 2020: Codorus State Park (York County), Colonel Denning State Park and Dogwood Acres Campground (Cumberland County), Cook Forest and Clear Creek State Parks (Jefferson County), Cowans Gap State Park and Grist Mill Campground (Fulton County​​​​​​​), Ohiopyle State Park (Fayette County), Lake Raystown Resort and Seven Points Marina (Huntingdon County), Shawnee State Park/Hillegass Campground/Choice Campground (Bedford County). This ministry is ideal for retired pastors, seminary students and lay leaders. For more information campgroundministry@pachurches.org or click the button below.

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

► Paul S. Fisher died on February 28. A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 7. Condolences may be sent to Mary R. Fisher-Warrick - marybillkateelle@gmail.com, 223 N. Guadalupe St, #242, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

► Dan Clayborne (Emmanuel’s, Emanuelsville; tdclayborne@gmail.com) has been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy.

► 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.

► Linda Maule (deacon, Light of Christ; maule@ptd.net) and her husband, Gordon. Linda is recuperating at home after hip replacement surgery, and Gordon is dealing with a number of health issues.

► 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; dseip81@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.

Kerry Smart, husband of Jane Kropa (retired; gawain2324@gmail.com) is scheduled for rotator cuff surgery on March 4.

► Stan Trout (retired; srtrout@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization.

Upcoming Installations

Lauren Applegate will be installed as pastor at New Life, New Tripoli on March 15, at 4:00 p.m.

Tom Neel will be installed as pastor at St. Andrew, Easton on Sunday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.

Wes Poole will be installed as pastor at Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Colleen Cox will be installed as pastor at Grace, Shillington on Sunday, June 14. Time TBD.

Positions Available
New Listings:

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.

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 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.

P/T Director of Music (1-24)

Trinity, Topton is seeking a Music Director. Trinity holds one service each Sunday at 9:00. Our Music Director supports our services by playing organ, piano and leading our choir. Trinity has a fantastic 22 rank organ that was installed 5 years ago. Please send resume to trinitytop@aol.com.

P/T Parish Secretary (1-24)

St. John, Mohnton is looking for a Parish Secretary. 20 hours/week. Needs proficiency in MS Office. The Parish Secretary provides administrative services within St. John’s for worship services and ministries, records financial contributions, and oversees day-to-day operations. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a resume to pastor@stjohnsmohnton.org.

P/T Cleaning and Maintenance (12-24)

Huffs Union Church, Alburtis, is looking for a person to clean campus buildings, perform light maintenance and maintain supplies. We offer competitive hourly rates and flexible hours. Background checks are required. Send a resume and references to James Meitzler Sr., Personnel Committee Chair to C/O Huffs Union Church 540 Conrad Rd., Alburtis, Pa 18011.

P/T Volunteer Coordinator (12-10)

St. Josephs Hill, Boyertown is hiring a part-time volunteer coordinator. The purpose of this position is to provide all members an opportunity to serve as volunteers in the congregation; and to coordinate the ways in which members are identified, recruited, trained, and supported in volunteer ministries. This position will also contribute to the church’s mission and the members’ spiritual growth through volunteer services. A maximum of 15 hours a week, including a bi-weekly staff meeting is required to fulfill these duties. The hours will fluctuate depending on the season, and the hours are flexible. If you would welcome an opportunity to plan and organize our volunteers, please contact Jill at 610-369-0990 for a complete job description.

P/T Choir Director (12-9)

St Daniel, Robesonia, is seeking a Choir Director to join the congregation’s music ministry team. This is a part-time position be serving weekly from September 1 through the Day of Pentecost with one rehearsal plus Sunday off each month while leading a 12 to 15 voice choir. An additional responsibility is working with the Reading Pops Orchestra to present the extremely popular Annual Christmas Vesper Service. Questions or resumes should be labeled “Confidential, Choir Director Applicant” and can be sent to the church at 480 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551 or by e-mail to stdanch@comcast.com.

Items Available 

Kyocera TK-477/479 Compatible Toner Cartridges

Friedens, New Ringgold has seven brand-new Kyocera TK-477/479 compatible toner cartridges that are free to anyone who will pick them up. If interested, please contact Pr. Ken Melber at pastorken86@gmail.com.

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