E-News for
January 21, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Last Call for 2019 Mission Support Contributions

January 30

The deadline for 2019 Mission Support contributions is January 30. Checks must be in the office (not postmarked) by that date. Also, it is important that the Remittance Form is marked correctly to indicate whether a contribution is intended for the year 2019 or 2020. After the January 30 cutoff date, all receipts will be credited as 2020 contributions.

Ushers and Vote Counters Needed for Assembly 2020

As we begin to prepare for the 2020 Synod Assembly, volunteers are needed to usher and to count votes (especially for the election of a new bishop). We prefer these volunteers be non-voting members who are willing to attend the Assembly and perform these duties so necessary to the orderly functioning of the event. Spouses of rostered ministers who plan to attend are strongly urged to consider this request. If you can volunteer for one, two, or all three days of the Assembly, please contact Pr. Michele Kaufman (kaufman19@verizon.net) or Pr. Colleen Cox (acre100@aol.com).

Help! Supply Pastors Needed for February 2

Laurie Christman is in desperate need of supply pastors for Feb. 2: six in the Hazleton/Lehighton Mission District, one in the Pocono Mission District, and one in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Mission District. If you can help, please contact her at laurie@nepsynod.org or 610-266-5101).

2020 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. A yearly update of this form is very helpful and important to us at the synod office. Thank you.

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Upcoming Events

January 25, 2020. Learning Ministries Day. “Vision 2020.” Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville. Keynote speaker: The Rev. Dr. Brenda Smith, ELCA Program Director: Faith Practices and Book of Faith. The Regstration Form and Workshop Descriptions are now available on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2020/.

January 30, 2020. Deadline for 2019 Mission Support Contributions. The deadline for 2019 Mission Support contributions is January 30. Checks must be in the office (not postmarked) by that date. Also, it is important that the Remittance Form is marked correctly to indicate whether a contribution is intended for the year 2019 or 2020. After the January 30 cutoff date, all receipts will be credited as 2020 contributions.

February 1, 8 & 15. Electing Our Next Bishop. You are invited to attend one of the following meetings, all of which are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 1: Bern Lutheran Church, 820 W. Leesport Rd., Leesport (north of Reading on Route 183).

February 8: Christ Lutheran Church, 467 Main St., Conyngham.

February 15 : Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville.

Participants will discuss synod mission priorities and the skills/spiritual gifts needed in the next synod shop.

Information gathered at the three meetings will be collated and reported back at three meetings to be held in May (dates to be announced). Rostered ministers and members of synod congregations are encouraged to attend.

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/.

The Wider Church 
Rostered Ministers Gathering

July 20-23

Theme: "Rekindle the gift within you" (2 Timothy 1:6). Mark your calendars! Registration opens Feb. 20 for the 2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering, July 20-23 in Phoenix!

Gathering highlights:

  • 100 workshops offered over four workshop blocks
  • 85,000-square-foot interaction center with over 30 exhibits
  • Beer and hymns
  • Banquet celebrating women’s ordination

Featured guests and speakers, including:

  • The Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church
  • Krish Vignarajah, CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • The Rev. Karoline Lewis, chair in biblical preaching at Luther Seminary

Early registration (Feb. 20-May 20) is $245. Booking a hotel is your responsibility. Once you register, you will be provided with links to the three gathering hotels, each with a room rate of $139/night plus tax. 

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

► Herbert W. Chilstrom, the first presiding bishop of the ELCA, died Sunday at his home in Sahuarita, AZ. He was 88. Bishop Chilstrom was elected first presiding bishop of the ELCA when three Lutheran denominations merged in 1988. Presiding Bishop Eaton writes: “I can’t imagine the chaos and uncertainty of those first months, but I know we were all filled with hope for this new church the Spirit brought into being. And I know that Herb served out of the conviction that it was God’s will to raise up an ELCA witness to the gospel, and with God, all things are possible.”

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

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

► 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.

► Beverly Eiche Kriner (deacon, retired; supermom_6@hotmail.com) is recovering from hip surgery.

► Herb Michael (retired; hmichel60@gmail.com) is recovering at home after a hospitalization.

► 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.

Upcoming Installations

Tami Reichley will be ordained and installed as associate pastor at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus on Sunday, February 16 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.

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Asst. Office Administrator (1-15)

Union, Schnecksville is seeking a talented individual to serve as Asst. Office Administrator. This person will assist with administrative services to the Pastor, Church Council, and committees in order to facilitate the Christian mission of the congregation. The position is part-time, 32 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Must possess general administrative office skills, the ability to effectively multi-task, strong organizational skills, and be proficient in Microsoft Office software. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Appropriate background checks and clearances expected. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville, PA 18078, or via email to office@ulclv.org.

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 Director of Music (1-6)

Reformation, Reading, is seeking a creative director of music to lead our congregational song using organ and piano, and a choir of 15 people for two Sunday services each week. We have an Allen organ, and a 7-foot Yamaha grand piano. Send resume to pastor@reformationlutheran.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.

F/T Office Manager (11-26)

Bear Creek Camp and Conference Center (3601 Bear Creek Blvd, Wilkes Barre PA 18702) is looking for an Office Manager to provide support for the staff, volunteer leadership, and the overall ministry of the camp. Year-round, full-time, hourly-paid with responsibilities for: summer camp and 2nd season programing - primarily in registration management; clerical - receptionist, file management, mailing coordination, and schedule oversight; financial – record keeping, bill paying, salaries, and financial reporting; database management. A full job description and application are available on the camp website: http://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities/. Direct any other questions through the camp email: bccamp@bearcreekcamp.org.

P/T Music Director (11-22)

St. John, Sinking Spring, is seeking an energetic, qualified professional to fill the position of Music Director. The prospective candidate will be proficient on organ (Casavant Opus 3893 pipe organ) and piano and have the ability to provide a blend of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary. Ideally, the candidate will also lead the senior choir. We have two services on Sunday and the choir sings at the later service. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes 4 weeks of paid vacation time. Full job description available upon request: 610-678-1088 or pastor@saintjohnss.com. Please send resume to: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608.

P/T Director of Christian Education (10-17)

St. John, Emmaus is seeking a part-time Director of Christian Education. Requirements: Shall develop and coordinate the Christian Education programs for Cradle Roll, Sunday Church School, Confirmation Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Adult Education and Youth Ministry. Shall receive direction from and be directly responsible to the Pastor; meet with Christian Education Committee for planning. This is a part time position (approximately 15-20 hours per week). Bachelor’s degree in education or related equivalent experience. Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Director of Christian Education Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

PT Music Director (10-17)

PT Music Director (15-20 hrs/wk) needed for a vibrant Lutheran congregation. Responsible for providing music for two Sunday worship services plus seasonal and holiday services. Experience with Lutheran liturgy and hymnals preferred. The ideal candidate will: provide a broad array of music (a blend of traditional and contemporary), be proficient with piano and organ; be able to lead an adult choir, hand bell choir, youth and children’s musical groups, plus Sunday School music and VBS, and work with our praise band. Salary commensurate with experience. Four weeks of vacation included. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Music Director Search Union Lutheran Church 5500 Route 873 Schnecksville PA 18078. Or email to Pastor Gordon Camp at pastor@ulclv.org.

P/T Organist/Director of Music (8-19)

St. John, Ringtown is seeking a part time organist and/or director of music. If interested, please contact the church office at 570-889-3993.

P/T Minister of Music (8-12)

St. Luke (Old Williams) in Hellertown is looking for PT Minister of Music for one Sunday morning service and to direct one choir and soloists. (Choir rehearsals are on Sunday morning prior to worship.) Salary is negotiable. Contact Pastor Frank Stinner at fstinner@gmail.com or by phone at Office: 610-838-0897 or Cell: 484-542-3100.

Items Available 

150 weekly bulletin covers size 8.5x11 for March1 thru May 31 (1-15)

Friedens, Oley has 150 weekly bulletin covers size 8.5x11 (Photo series) for the 2nd quarter of the church year (Mar 1 thru May 31). We received the wrong size and the company does not want them back. Please contact Brook Green at 610-987-6021 or bgreen@friedenslutheran.org if you can use them.

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