E-News for
February 26, 2019
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Supply Pastors Needed!
April 7 & Easter Sunday

Laurie Christman needs supply pastors for April 7 and is in desperate need of supply pastors for Easter Sunday. If you are able to help, please contact her at laurie@nepsynod.org or 610-266-5101.

Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
First Friday Program

March 1

The Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding will host a First Friday luncheon program on March 1 @ 12:00-1:00pm. David Sommers, Artist, Teacher, & Theologian at Moravian Academy Upper School will present: “The Craft of Seeing & Showing.” Seegers Union, Rooms 111 & 112, Muhlenberg College. Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch or buy lunch at Seegers Union. Be sure to leave ample time to locate on-street parking as this program begins promptly at Noon.

Upcoming Events

March 9. NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gathering. The Lutheran Center, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Do you work with children, youth, and families in your ministry? Do you wish you had a place to gather with like-minded people to share joys, frustrations, and steal, er... borrow, fabulous ideas from others? Consider meeting with the NEPA Youth Ministry Network, sponsored by your Youth, Youth Adult, and Family Ministry Team. If you are able to come (or if you cannot attend and are interested in gathering with us in the future) please RSVP to Deaconess Deborah Graf at dgraf@trinityreading.org.

March 12. Men’s Ministry Meeting. Improving Men’s Group Congregational Activities. If you are interested in starting or improving a vibrant men’s ministry in your congregation, please consider attending an interactive light dinner and meeting sponsored by the Synod’s Men in Mission group. The Synod’s Men in Mission group hopes to offer this program at various locations around our territory. The first such offering will take place on Tuesday evening, March 12, at Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Avenue, West Lawn, PA 19609. The event will begin with a catered light dinner at 6:00 p.m., with the program following at 7:00 and concluding by 8:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 5 with your name, congregation, and number of attendees to office@adventonline.net or 610-678-2411.

March 16. 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.) Square Dance, Classic and Modern Country Music by “The Majestics,” with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Sports. Feel free to support your favorite team by wearing their colors! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.

April 4. Youth Ministry Network Gathering. 12:00 noon at the Lutheran Center (bring your own lunch).

May 5. May Play Day. Join others from around the synod for the annual May Play Day! What can you expect? Games for all ages. Adventures: rock-climbing wall, boating, hiking, high ropes course and more. Dinner and singing. For senior high youth and their advisors/parents – an info meeting on the 2018 youth gathering and the synod’s Lutheran Youth Fellowship organization. The cost is $4 for children who are 12 years and younger. For everyone else the cost is $8. Explore the camp – rain or shine – and enjoy a fun day outdoors. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/may-play-day.

June 1. Synod Assembly. “Freed in Christ for a New Day.” Genetti Inn and Suites in Hazleton. This is a one-day event. Registration cost for voting members will be only $100, while visitors this year will pay $20 (which covers the cost of the full luncheon). Any and all are encouraged to attend. More information will be placed on the synod website as it becomes available.

November 5-6. Bishop’s Conference 2019 – Save the Date!  “Letting Go of Certainty in Order to Survive.” Presenter: Dr. Peter Enns. Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Download a poster.

The Wider Church 
LAMPa Webinar: “Heeding the Call:
Your Nonprofit’s Right to Advocate and Lobby”

March 5

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania and United Methodist Advocacy are co-sponsoring a webinar on March 5 to help congregations and faith-based non-profits in Pennsylvania understand their right to engage in advocacy. The webinar includes a presentation from noon-1 p.m., and will continue till 1:30 for questions. It is free to participants, but registration is required. Registrants will receive follow-up materials, including slides to reference. Join us as we explore options to make you more confident in your advocacy.

In this webinar, prepared and presented by attorneys at Alliance for Justice, we’ll discuss:

The ways in which congregations and faith-based organizations can maximize their advocacy work

  • Examples of faith-based lobbying, including ballot measure work
  • Non-lobbying advocacy, including coalition-building
  • Election-year activities for 501(c)(3) organizations.
Lehigh Conference of Churches
Robert K. Campbell Memorial Lecture on Christian Unity

April 11

Begins Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Author Diana Butler Bass will be speaking on the theme, "Christian Unity in a Post Christian Age." followed by a book signing. On Friday, breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. followed by a 90-minute lecture. Within academic and faith communities it has become apparent that the convergence of tribal conflicts in our nation, the impact of the cultural and theological dissonance and a growing fragmentation tends to alienate young people while challenging the prospects for Christian unity. Discussing these critical issues, in relation to the quest for Christian unity, is a role that The Lehigh Conference of Churches welcomes. We are certain that Diana Butler Bass will create a conducive atmosphere for this critical conversation. Please contact the Conference for follow up or any additional information that you may need in relation to the lecture at lpickens@lehighchurches.org or by phone at 610-433-6421, ext. 6119.

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

 Chris deForest (Trinity, Kutztown; cdeforest@mac.com) is easing back into his responsibilities at Trinity as he continues to recover from a mild heart attack.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 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 is scheduled for surgery on February 27. The surgery will include removal of about 60% of her liver.

► Mike Bodnyk (Faith, Whitehall; mbodn@aol.com ) continues to receive chemo therapy treatment for cancer.

► Kelly Brooks (chaplain, Good Shepherd Rehab Network; kel4u@earthlink.net) is recovering at home following a heart attack.

 John Kuschel (St. Peter [10th], Allentown) is in rehab at the Willow, 6488 Alburtis Rd, Macungie; and his wife, Lois, is at Topton.

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

► Tina Scornavacchi, wife of Tom Scornavacchi (Common Ground Ministry, Wyomissing; pastortom@cgrcommunity.org) is recovering at home from surgery.
Upcoming Installations

Chris deForest will be installed as pastor at Trinity, Kutztown on Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

F/T Church Administrative Assistant

Full time position, 40 hrs/week. Christ Lutheran Church, Hellertown is seeking a Church Administrative Assistant to manage the church office. Church secretary/ Administrative Assistant experience necessary. Knowledge of Shepherd Staff, Microsoft Office, including Excel, Outlook, and Publisher necessary. Social media savy is helpful. Christ Lutheran Church has a staff of 20 employees. We are an active church requiring attention to details and organization skills. Salary based upon experience. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to: Pastor Phil, churchoffice@christlutheranhellertown.org. Please type “Admin Asst” in the subject line. Position available in Mid-March. Detailed position description is available upon request.

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.

F/T Day Care Center Director (2-9)

St. John, Kutztown, has a well-established day care center and is looking for an energetic and hardworking director to head our program. Our ideal candidate should have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, the ability to balance a variety of tasks, and a love for children. This is a permanent full-time position serving children age 3 - grade 8. The director is responsible for the general management of the facility including administering finances, personnel, maintenance, program objectives, and activities. Applicants for this position will need a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, elementary education or the human services field, and at least one year of experience with children. Current clearances are required. To apply please pick up an application at St. John's Lutheran Church, 201 E. Main St. Kutztown, PA. For further information call (610) 683-5402, and ask for Kayla Conrad.

P/T Day Care Center Group Supervisor (2-9)

St. John, Kutztown, is now hiring a part-time Group Supervisor M-F, 30 hours per week. Minimum job requirements: an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or the human service field and 2 years experience with children. Qualified candidates must obtain current clearances and must have references. A flexible schedule is a must. Starting salary is based on experience. Call (610) 683-5402 weekdays 9 am - 5 pm for application information; ask for Kayla Conrad.

P/T Music Ministry Director (1-23)

Provides choral and instrumental music leadership for 2 services each Sunday morning as well as for special services. Duties include playing organ and piano to lead liturgy and hymns; selecting appropriate music for each service; rehearsing and directing choirs and instrumentalists; meeting with pastor and Worship & Music Committee for planning. This is a part-time position (approximately 20 hours per week). Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Music Ministry Director Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

P/T Music Director (01-08)

St. Mark, Bethlehem is seeking a Music Director. This is a part-time position with the following requirements: Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent experience including choir direction. Candidate should know choral techniques, have experience in church worship with both organ and piano, have a working familiarity with church music and liturgical practices related to Lutheran worship. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.

P/T Music Director (01-05)

Jerusalem, Schuylkill Haven seeks a part-time 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, follow the Music Director Position link at www.jerusalemlutheran.com. Send resume with salary requirements to Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972.

P/T Custodian (12-13)

Part-time Church Custodian needed by Nativity, Reading. This is a salaried position. Child protection clearances are necessary. Nativity is a non-smoking campus. Parish Custodian will not be a member of Nativity Lutheran Church. Please call our church office at 610-374-3230 or e-mail the church at natsec@comcast.net for an application and a copy of the job description. Position available January 1, 2019.

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