E-News for
March 27, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Farewell Event for Pastors
Mary Gade and Carl Shankweiler

April 4

A luncheon reception will be held at the Lutheran Center on Thursday, April 4, from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. You’re invited to come to the reception, enjoy the luncheon, and take the opportunity to offer your personal best wishes directly to Mary and Carl as they conclude their roles on the Synod Staff. You are invited to join the staff for an informal Eucharist at 12:00 noon; or you can arrive and depart at times convenient for you.


Please contact Laurie Christman at the Lutheran Center (laurie@nepsynod.org or 610/266-5101) if you plan to attend. Deadline for reservations is March 28.


All are welcome!

 
 
 
 
 
Assembly Registration Information Now Available

The assembly registration information has been mailed. A packet is being sent to every rostered minister. Packets will not be sent to congregations unless they are without a designated leader. Please be sure to pass the information along to the lay voting members in your congregation(s). More information and on-line registration is on the synod’s website.
 
 
Register Online
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

April 11. Youth Ministry Network Gathering. The Lutheran Center, 12-1.30 p.m. Bring your own Lunch, your questions, ideas and resources. We are here to support each other as we do the zany work of Youth Ministry. Please RSVP to Deaconess Deborah Graf at dgraf@trinityreading.org. (The next weekend meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 am at Advent, West Lawn. We will be trying to meet in various areas of our synod. Please share the invitation and dates with those in your congregations who work with children and youth.)


May 4. Ministry Fair. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Lutheran Center (Lunch will be provided). Visit the Synod’s Resource Center to learn about ministries of the Northeastern PA Synod; share resources offered by synod teams; and attend mini-sessions (like Learning Ministries Day). There will also be an opportunity to share your congregation’s information/ministries at your own sharing table. Sponsored by the Faith Formation Resource Ministry Team. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/ministry-fair.


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.


May 20. Lutheran Day of Advocacy — Set a Welcome Table! Bring Your Faith to the Table. On May 19 and 20, join people of faith from around Pennsylvania for inspiration, education and participation — in worship, service, learning and advocacy. We will focus on setting bigger, more welcoming, tables in our lives, our congregations, our communities and our Commonwealth. Bring a friend — or a team! Keynote speaker Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment will offer a vision of what it could mean to live into the proposed Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment, to be considered at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. For more information and to register visit: https://www.lutheranadvocacypa.org/event/lutheran-advocacy-days-in-the-capital/.


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 
 
 
 
 
Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding
Upcoming Events

April 4: Wrestling Jerusalem followed by Q&A with the writer-actor

(part of 2019 JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Series)

7:00 to 9:30 pm, Muhlenberg College, Seegers Union, Event Space

April 5: Seeking Truth & Building Trust in an Era of Political Polarization (part of 2019 IJCU First Friday series)

April 9: Face Forward: Moments of Youth in the Third Reich

7:00 pm, Muhlenberg College, Paul C. Empie Theatre

 
 
More Information
 
 
 
House of Worship Security Seminar

April 13

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of ASIS International along with Lehigh County Emergency Management Agency has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide a “House of Worship Security Seminar.” Check-in begins at 8am and the workshop will take place from 8:30 am-3pm. To register, please go to https://www.lehighvalleyasis.org/upcoming-events and click on registration in the corresponding box, complete the form and submit by April 8, 2019. Please call Lehigh Valley ASIS at 610-596-2957 with any questions.


This seminar is geared for all faith based leaders, managers, administrators, parishioners, and policy makers as well as school faculty and staff by providing exposure to resources, references, and laws affecting houses of worship and school security. Please limit to 2 representatives from each entity. Morning Coffee/Donuts and Lunch will be provided by our generous sponsors.

 
 
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Lutheran Day of Advocacy — Set a Welcome Table!

May 20

Bring Your Faith to the Table. On May 19 and 20, join people of faith from around Pennsylvania for inspiration, education and participation — in worship, service, learning and advocacy. We will focus on setting bigger, more welcoming, tables in our lives, our congregations, our communities and our Commonwealth. Bring a friend — or a team!


Keynote speaker Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment will offer a vision of what it could mean to live into the proposed Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment, to be considered at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. She will also lead a conversational workshop around the wisdom and work that went into the proposed policy statement. The day includes worship, workshops on a range of policy issues, legislative visits, breakfast, lunch and a celebration of advocates from each synod.

 
 
More Information and to Register
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

Wayne Kaufman (retired, P/T Trinity, Hazelton; kaufman19@verizon.net) is recovering after receiving three stents.



​​Continuing in Our Prayers


 Leilani, the infant daughter of Becky Blitch and Eliot Rodriquez, granddaughter of David (Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville; revblitch@msn.com) and Karen Blitch whose surgery on February 27 was successful, and she continues to recover in the hospital. She is expected to go home in the very near future.

► 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.

 Deb Gifford (UCC Pastor serving Trinity, Gouglersville; gifforddk@aol.com) is recuperating after surgery.

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

Jeremiah Sassaman (St. Paul/Mertztown; revjr3@ptd.net), whose father, Richard, is back in the hospital with an infection following open heart surgery.
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:

P/T Church Custodian/Sexton (3-23)

St Mark, Bethlehem Township offers a part-time (10-12 hrs/wk) position maintaining our church. Responsibilities include weekly cleaning and maintenance of the church, unlock church for Sunday service and special services. Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent; subject to background check; good organizational and communication skills; ability to work independently; ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds; possess working knowledge of the methods, techniques, and materials used in custodial work. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.


F/T Chaplain (3-21)

Luther Crest, Allentown is seeking a full-time chaplain. General Responsibilities: Responsible for providing spiritual leadership and spiritual services to residents, families, and staff. Visits all nursing care and personal care/assisted living residents upon admission/ move-in and at least quarterly. Maintain notes for each visit on the chart of each resident in the nursing care center and personal care/assisted living. Provides and/or coordinates worship opportunities for residents, e.g., weekly and special worship services, Bible studies, communion (group or private), bedside prayer. For a full description, please visit https://pm.healthcaresource.com/cs/diakon#/job/2916.


P/T Music Director (3-19)

St. Paul's ("Smoke") Church, Hamburg, is seeking a keyboard church musician to be part-time music director. Responsibilities include playing organ or piano(organ preferred) for 9:00 a.m. Sunday services and occasional other worship services, along with directing the adult choir and coordinating instrumental volunteers for special worship services. Salary commensurate with experience. Phone or email Ron Cruz (610) 393-2929 (ron584c@aol.com) for an interview appointment.


P.T Treasurer (3-17)

St. Peter’s, Pen Argyl (Plainfield Township) has an opening for a church treasurer. The candidate should be familiar with payroll, Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access and/or other financial management software. Hours average approximately 7 hours/week. Salary is $5,100/year. Successful clearance via Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check Form (SP4-164) is required. Applicants should call Joe Barabas, at 610.662.9506 or email at joeran@epix.net for more information. Applications are available at church office, 1422 Church Road, Pen Argyl 18072, by calling the church office at 610.863.6859 or emailing stpetersplainfield@ptd.net.


P/T Youth Director (3-12)

Are you an enthusiastic Christian who can articulate your faith in creative and joyful ways? Do you see children and youth as being more than just “the future of the church?” Have you had experience creating opportunities for people to make connections and develop relationships? Can you create a plan and follow it through to the end? Can you be flexible and roll with the punches when the plan doesn’t work? Do you play well with others?

Most importantly, are you convinced that God loves us even though we don’t deserve it and can’t do a thing to earn God’s love? If these questions intrigue you, please send your letter and resume to office@kellerschurch.org for more information about how you might become a part time member of our staff at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

 
 
 
 
 
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.


PT Minister of Music (3-11)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and/or piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information. Pastor’s email is ryehillfarms@comcast.net or office@readinggrace.org.


P/T Parish Administrator (3-11)

Grace, Shillington has an opening for a part-time Parish Administrator. 16 hours per week; specific days and hours are negotiable. Candidates must have excellent communication and organizational skills and should be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Outlook) with at least some knowledge of PowerChurch Plus and QuickBooks preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. Qualified candidates are to submit their resume electronically to council@graceshillington.org. Deadline for applications is March 22, 2019.


F/T Executive Director (3-6)

Bear Creek Camp is looking to fill the position of Executive Director. With a firm commitment to Christ and the Church, the Executive Director serves the mission and vision of Bear Creek Camp through directing its ministries, developing financial resources, developing strategic relationships with individuals and organizations, and ensuring that all programs are consistent with the mission, vision, and philosophy of Bear Creek Camp. The full job description can be found here: https://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities. Please send all resumes and inquiries to: jobs@bearcreekcamp.org.


P/T Minister of Music (2-28)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church, 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information.


P/T Choir Director and/or Keyboardist (2-28)

St. Paul, Tannersville seeks a part-time (10-15 hours per week) individual(s) to fill the choir director and accompanist roles. Versatility in playing the organ, piano, and electric keyboard is desired. Two choirs (adult vocal and bells) provide musical leadership for one Sunday liturgical service (9:00 am) as well as evening Lenten services and weddings/funerals. First Sunday of the month is contemporary worship with praise band. Salary is commensurate with experience and level of musicianship. Please send resume and requests for full job descriptions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, attn. Personnel Committee, P. O. Box 196, Tannersville, PA 18372, or by e-mail: parishcoordinator@stpaultannersvillepa.org.


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 (01-05)

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.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Wanted: Large Print LBW (3-26)

Contact Bill Dimmich 610-360-0946.


Three bowl sink with drainboards (3-26)

71” x 69” commercial, stainless steel, three bowl sink with drainboards. Faucets available also. Free will offering appreciated. Available at St. John’s ELC, Boyertown. Contact Donnie at 610.367.6693 if interested.


Church Sign and pew Cushions (3-26)

Sign and letters (view picture) and pew cushions (view picture) available for the asking. St. Paul, Mountaintop. If interested, call 570-474-6616.

 
 
 
 
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