E-News for
November 20, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Updated Guidelines for Using Supply Pastors

Synod staff has published updated guidelines for compensating supply pastors. It is available on the synod website under the “Documents” tab.

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Needed: Supply Pastors for Christmas Eve!

Laurie Christman at the synod office is in desperate need of supply pastors for Christmas Eve. If you are able to help, please email her (laurie@nepsynod.org) or call her at 610- 266-5101. There are available services at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. in Bethlehem/Easton, Hazleton/Lehighton, and Northern Lehigh Valley Mission Districts.

Upcoming Events

December 11. Parish Secretaries Christmas Luncheon. A Christmas luncheon will be hosted by the Synod’s Support Staff for all Parish Secretaries on Tuesday, December 11 at noon at The Lutheran Center. An invitation with all the details is posted on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/documents/2018-12-parish-secretaries-lunch.pdf. Please feel free to pass the invitation on to any retired parish secretaries you might know.

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.

The Wider Church 
Lutheran Congregation Services Holiday Match Challenge

For the last year, LCS has been engaged in work in response to Hurricane Maria evacuees in Pennsylvania, as well as in response to flooding throughout Delaware and Schuylkill Counties. To help support the partner agencies working directly with affected survivors from both disasters, we designed a holiday campaign whereby LCS will donate $1000 (up to $10,000) for each of the 100 gifts that are given from the list of needs. For more information visit http://www.libertylutheran.org/disaster.

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

 John Kuschel (St. Peter [10th], Allentown) is in rehab, and his wife Lois, is in LVH-Cedar Crest.

Phyllis Pellitier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is recovering from surgery to repair the mitral valve of her heart.

​​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.

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

Janet Fisher, wife of Fred Fisher (retired; ffisher7@comcast.net), is receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

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

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

Lois Seip, wife of Durrell Seip (retired; dseip81@gmail.com) is recovering at home following a hospitalization for ongoing degenerative vertebrae.

 Dody Siegfried (Jordan, Orefield; prdody@gmail.com) is recovering from hysterectomy surgery on November 8 due to Stage 1 uterine cancer.

Jimmy Lee Werley (retired; werley556@aol.com) is recuperating at home following total knee replacement surgery.

Upcoming Installations

Dan Brettell will be installed as pastor at St. Paul Third, Easton on Sunday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

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 Music Director (11-15)

Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven seeks a 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, visit our website at https://www.jerusalemlutheran.com/job-opening. Send resume with salary requirements by November 30 to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

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 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 Social Media Ministry Director (9-5)

Zion Spies, Reading, is looking for a Social Media Ministry Director for our new Young Ministry initiative. You’d be hired for eight hours a week for up to three years. You’ll be working with church teams, the administrative assistant, the pastor, and you’ll be working inspired by your calling to ministry and fueled by your creativity. Your objective will be to extend, establish, and develop practices for being Christ’s community in the virtual spaces. Up-to-date social media platforms are your tools to reach out to folk of our congregation, develop new networks and ministry practices, and also to organize a few face-to-face events to ground your work in the here and now. We imagine you to be tech and social media savvy, conversant in the basics of Lutheran theology, mission oriented, with a heart for ministry, a team player ready to interlink with other folk’s ministries, and a good and fun communicator with people of all generations. We do not want to simply add content, but we want to use social media tools to create relationships through Christ with the community and beyond. If that’s for you, please apply by October 10 sending your application and your résumé to both Pastor Anja astuckenberger@gmail.com and to David dnawrocki@albright.edu.

P/T Organist/ Choir Director (9-7)

St. Matthew, Scranton, is seeking a part-time (8 hours/week) organist/choir director. Please submit a letter of application and resume with salary requirement to lutherangels@comcast.net. Substitute organists / pianists are also being sought.

P/T Secretary (9-7)

St. John, Whitehall (Fullerton), is looking for a Part-time Secretary for 15 hours per week at $12 per hour. Responsible for administrative operation of the church: typing, telephone and electronic correspondence, maintaining church activity calendar, telephone lists, and similar.Position requires attendance at monthly Church Council meeting (2nd Tuesday of month) to take minutes. Requires Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of Shepherd’s Staff (church software) a plus, but can be trained. Respond with cover letter and resume to Alison Boor at alisonboor@rcn.com.

P/T Sexton (9-10)

Part-time sexton needed by St. Paul, Reading. Approximately 12-15 hours per week. Upstairs nave must be cleaned once a week. Downstairs fellowship hall is heavily used by congregation and community and must be cleaned thoroughly once a week, bathrooms at least twice a week. Child Protection clearances are necessary. St. Paul’s is a non-smoking campus. Call (610-373-3135) or email (stpaullcreading@verizon.net) the Church for an application and a copy of the job description.

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.

P/T Church Treasurer (8-27)

St. John, Williams Township seeks a church treasurer. The annual salary is $1,122. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and payroll. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

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