E-News for
July 21, 2020
More Resources for Congregations During the Pandemic
Here to Serve: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders

Wednesdays, 1PM Central

You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church and throughout society. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in the time of COVID-19, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation.

On July 22, we welcome Heidi Kleine, ACC*, ELCA Coach with specialty training in Discipleship and Mission Development/Congregational Vitality, currently serving as the Director of Faith Formation at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, NC, and Emilee O'Brien, recent graduate of Georgetown University, M.A. Educational Transformation, who previously served as the Post Baccalaureate Fellow for Social Justice and Community-Engaged Learning at Furman University, where she developed an intergroup dialogue program.

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Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Assembly 2020 Will Be Held Online

Friday evening, October 16
Sunday afternoon, October 18
Friday evening, October 23 
Saturday morning and afternoon, October 24

At its meeting on July 14 the Synod Council voted 19-1 to hold Assembly 2020 online. For more information, please visit the Assembly 2020 page on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/assembly-2020/.

Office Furnishings and Other Church Items are Available

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 26 S. 10th St., Allentown, is closed and up for sale. The office furnishings and other church items are available free to any congregation that can use them, including the organ. Carl Shankweiler (570-682-9834) will be at the church on Sunday, July 26, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. so you can come and look for items your congregation might be able to use. Call him with questions.
Special Vanco Promotion

Through the first six months of 2020, more than 500 ELCA congregations have added online giving. We estimate more than half of ELCA congregations offer some form of online giving. However, there are still many congregations who remain uncertain about the cost. Recognizing this concern, Vanco is offering a special promotion below the exclusive ELCA congregational rate of 2.35% for debit/credit transactions. For congregations that start online giving between July 15 and August 30, the special rate will be 1.75% for all debit/credit transactions. This rate will apply on all debit/credit transactions through September 30. The rate for debit/credit card transactions will be 2.35% starting on October 1. Remember there is no setup cost and no monthly fee with Vanco. To learn more contact Vanco directly at 800-675-7430.

Upcoming Events

October 16 & 18, 23-24. Assembly 2020: “We Are Church Together.” This year’s Assembly will be held online, including the election of a new bishop. For more information, please visit the Assembly 2020 page on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/assembly-2020/.

October 17. We Love… This will be a digital gathering. Watch for updated information as it becomes available at http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.

November 10 & 11. Growing Young in a Changing World Virtual Summit. The Bishop's conference for this year has been cancelled, but keep the dates clear for NEPA Growing Young in a Changing World Virtual Summit! We will be walking through the 6 Core Commitments with Jake Mulder from the Fuller Youth Institute and make plans for how to help your congregation Grow Young in the midst of our quickly changing society. $40 per person, open to all NEPA Synod Rostered Ministers and lay leaders. Registration information to come.

The Wider Church 
Diakon Responds to the Health Crisis

To say the last few months have been interesting is certainly an understatement. At Diakon, we have been extremely busy, focused on protecting the health and lives of our residents, clients and dedicated staff members in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our detailed responses to the health crisis can be found on special pages on our website, but we want to highlight a few points in particular (click the button below).

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

► Gene Handwerk (retired; gehandwerk@gmail.com) is receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer.

► Valeria Reinhold (reited; 4revmomm@gmail.com) is recovering at home after a week in the hospital dealing with heart issues.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

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

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

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) is undergoing chemotherapy.

► Robert Hughes (retired; hughesrobertg@gmail.com) is receiving chemotherapy while battling cancer.

► Diane Laine, wife of Larry Laine (Trinity, Bangor; laineparallel@gmail.com) is dealing several health related issues.

► Roy Olson (retired; gracecameronolson@gmail.com) suffered a broken vertebra in his neck in an auto accident and is undergoing physical therapy.

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

► James Schlegel (Shepherd of the Hills, Whitehall; pastotschlegel@icloud.com) and his wife, Cynthia, whose granddaughter, Taylor Moyer, is hospitalized following a terrible automobile accident.

► 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.

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:

P/T Church Office Administrator (7-14)

Trinity, Topton seeks a part-time church office administrator, 20 hours a week. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor, Staff and Council and is normally the first point of contact for church matters. Maintains church calendars. recruits and schedules volunteers. Coordinates community groups use of church facilities.Ensures timely production, final edit and distribution of weekly worship service bulletin and monthly newsletter. Orders and maintains supplies and ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment for the operation of church’s administrative functions. Maintains both hard copy and electronic copies of church documents. Maintenance of the church website and FaceBook page is optional. Financial duties include staff payroll, payment of invoices, congregation’s checkbook register and recording offerings and maintaining congregational giving records. Maintains church’s on-line giving site. Maintains church member database and prepares congregational reports. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 121 S. Home Ave., Topton, Pa 19562. Questions: Contact Dennis Evans 484-648-1506 or dennyevans66@gmail.com.

P/T Accountant (7-14)

Christ, Hellertown seeks a financial administrator for 20 hours weekly in a fast-paced church environment. Responsible for Church and The Learning Center (daycare) financial accounting and reporting/analysis, payroll and all payment and deposit processing. Accounting, Business and Human Resources background desirable. Strong leadership; initiative to implement new systems and systems upgrades. Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive financial information and work well with and within multiple teams. Proficient in accounting software, QuickBooks, Excel and ProCare. Send resume and cover letter to Christ Lutheran Hellertown at churchoffice@clcht.org.

P/T Organist/Pianist (7-14)

Holy Trinity Slovak in Northampton. Sunday services only. Please contact Bill Dimmich at 610-360-0946.

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 Teacher and Teacher’s Aide (7-10)

Holy Spirit Christian Nursery School (at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, PA) is seeking two preschool teachers and one teacher’s aide for the 2020-2021 school year. The positions are part-time. Teacher candidates need a degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education and must be someone who loves working with young children along with strong collaboration skills. Requirements for the teacher aide are a love of young children and their learning, experience volunteering and/or working with your children, and strong collaboration skills. Deadline to apply is Monday, July 20, 2020. Candidates must submit a letter of interest and resume to Karin Kahler at kahler@holyspirit-emmaus.org.

P/T Director of Christian Education (6-18)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education whose primary role is to oversee and organize Faith Formation activities for all ages. Candidates need to have a strong, well-developed faith in Christ along with exceptional interpersonal, teaching, and leadership skills. The position requires more than three years of experience in a church setting. Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org. Interested candidates may email cover letter/resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org. Please include three references and contact information.

Items Available 

Wanted: 20 copies of ELW Hymnal (7-14)

Needed for Holy Trinity Slovak in Northampton. Please contact Bill Dimmich at 610-360-0946.

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