E-News for
September 15, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Meeting with the Bishop – Update on Assembly 2020
Today at 10:00 AM

This morning at 10:00 AM, Bishop Zeiser will host a second Zoom meeting to provide an update about how Assembly 2020 will be held online. In addition, there will be a presentation by Barb Debski, Portico representative for Region 7, who will describe important plan changes for 2021. Barb’s information will be timely as congregations prepare 2021 budgets. here will also be an announcement about the installation service for the next bishop. A variety of ministry developments will be shared as well. Click on the button below to download the Zoom invitation.
 
 
Zoom Invitation
 
 
 
Assembly 2020 Registration is Now Open

The absolute deadline to register for the online synod assembly is Thursday, October 1. It can be done online until midnight that day. If you plan to register by mail, get it in the mail now! It needs to be in the synod office by 4:30 p.m. on October 1. Please make sure every person is registered with their home address and personal email.
 
 
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Connections Building Ministry Team Survey

In this unusual time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many congregations are faced with technological challenges they never expected. The Connection Building Ministry Team wants to help. Please respond to this one question survey to help us determine how best to address the technological needs of our synod’s congregations.
 
 
Take the Survey
 
 
 
Pennsylvania Sales Tax Exemption Renewal Update

Yesterday we received an update from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regarding the renewal of the Sales Tax Exemption Certificates for congregations and ministries of the synod. Although hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the four-person Bureau of Registration and Taxpayer Management has been working hard to issue new certificates to replace those that expired on March 31, just as the pandemic was beginning. To date, 213 of our ministries have already received or will receive soon new certificates with an expiration date of March 15, 2025.


For those ministries that have not yet received a new certificate, with apologies for the delay, the Tax Examiner Supervisor has provided us with another extension letter that can be used with the expired certificate until the new one is received. Please DO NOT contact the state Department of Revenue regarding this matter. Doing so will only delay further the process of generating new certificates for our remaining congregations. Please direct any questions to info@nepsynod.org.

 
 
Download the Extension Letter
 
 
 
Note on the Monthly Mailing

The October edition of Synod News has been revised. If you downloaded it prior to 1:00 on Monday, Sept. 14, please download it again before reprinting or posting online.
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events


Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Being Church: Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders. You are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. View the Zoom invitation. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. You can find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org. We also share each recording with supporting documents, typically by the following week, at https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media


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… From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, we will offer workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals & families. The event itself is donation only (recommended between $0 and $20). All donations will be split between Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, LGBT Center of Greater Reading, and Queer NEPA. Click here to register and read more about the presentations, learn about the presenters, and access tons of curated pre-event resources.


November 10 & 11. Growing Young in a Changing World Virtual Summit. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to help our synod be more welcoming and engaging to the youth and young people in our midst. Jake Mulder from the Fuller Youth Institute will lead us through multiple sessions as we engage the Growing Young concepts and create plans forward for our churches and mission districts. ALL synod church staff, rostered ministers and members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The cost is $40 per person. Click here for more information and to register.

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

► Carl Adams (retired) and his wife, Johanna. Condolences at the unexpected death of their 19-year-old grandson, Jared Adams. Condolences can be mailed to: Laurel Center, 125 Holly Road, Hamburg, PA 19526.

► Grant Wickert (retired; grant.a.wickert@live.com) is hospitalized with a stroke.


​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

► Karen Blitch, wife of David Blitch (Salem Belleman's, Mohrsville; upsygrad@msn.com), is receiving treatment for cancer and other multiple 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.

► Gene Handwerk (retired; gehandwerk@gmail.com) is now receiving hospice care as he battles cancer.

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

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

► Tucker Irwin, wife of Tom Irwin (On leave from call; tirwinjr@comcast.net) is recuperating at home after neck surgery.

► Dee Kistler, wife of David Kistler (retired: davedeek@gmail.com), is recovering from a broken ankle.

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

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

► Tom Richards (retired; masterpastor@verizon.net) is recovering from eye surgery.

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

► Luther Routte (retired) is recuperating at home after heart surgery.

► 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.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
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.

 
 
Download the Resource Kit
 
 
 
Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized. Even as we face multiple crises, together we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.

 
 
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Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Vicar Thomas Busteed will be ordained and installed at Faith, Whitehall on Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:


 
 
 
 
 
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 Interim Youth Ministry Leader (9-1)

to Emmanuel, Bath, seeks an Interim Youth Ministry Leader. Candidate will coordinate, direct, and facilitate Sunday School and youth group events via internet or in person based on safety of the youth. He/she will be able to assist our youth in growing their faith in Jesus Christ. This includes curriculum design and teacher development to complete these tasks. Candidate will meet bi-weekly with the Pastor to review his/her curriculum and planning ideas. Candidate may. assist Pastor with confirmation events if requested and fits into the weekly allowance of hours. Candidate must communicate with the secretary on the following months' plans by the 20th of the current calendar month. Candidate must have a commitment to Jesus Christ with a clear understanding of the Lutheran perspective of the Christian faith and willingness to adhere to ELCA doctrine and practices. Formal education in theology and/or education is preferred. Candidate should be organized, show excellent communication skills, and be motivating to the youth of our congregation. Background check and appropriate clearances are required. Work hours will be 10-13 hours per week with a monthly stipend of $834 and 2 weeks vacation. Candidate will present a weekly summary of his/her hours to the secretary with a brief description of tasks he/she worked on. Due to the current limitations with COVID-19, candidate should be able to work remotely unless otherwise requested by the Pastor or HR committee. Please submit letter of interest and resume to Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church at emmanuelschurch@qmail.com or 3175 Valley View Dr. Bath PA 18014.


P/T Director of Music Ministries (9-2)

New Hanover, Gilbertsville, seeks a Director of Music Ministry, who is the principal musician of the congregation. He/she is responsible for coordinating the orders of service and liturgical music with the Pastor as well as selecting hymns for all services. This position selects and rehearses choral music for the vocal choirs – (2) children’s and (2) adults – as well as coordinates with the Handbell Choir Director and the GRACE Praise Band leader to develop a welcoming and inclusive God centered atmosphere for all generations. Please see the full job description at http://www.newhanoverlutheran.org/jobopenings.php, noting within the modifications made due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Instrument: II/19 Schantz (1986). Apply or direct questions to: Steven Eisenhart, Worship and Music Chair, at eisensc@aol.com.


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.


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.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Available for free (9-14)

Redeemer, Allentown has moved their administrative offices from 822 N. 19th St. to 802 N. 19th St., Allentown, and would love to give following items to anyone who can use them:

1 large safe

3 substantial metal desks

4 bookcases—some wood, some metal

1 2-drawer wooden cabinet

1 office chair on wheels

If interested in seeing/obtaining these items, please call 610-434-1291 to make arrangements. The “new owner” is responsible for moving the items they desire. The final date to request furniture is Oct. 15.


Face Masks Available

The synod office has a large supply of facemasks available to any congregation that may need them. Please contact Debbie Frey at debbie@nepsynod.org.

 
 
 
 
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