E-News for
October 22, 2019
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Portico Reminder: Annual Enrollment Deadlines

Sponsoring Congregations: Please enter a 2020 ELCA-Primary health benefit option on Employer Link as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, Oct. 25.

Members: Make Your Selections October 29 – November 13.

It will soon be time to enter your benefit selections for 2020. Starting Oct. 29, you’ll be able to consider options for next year and make your 2020 selections. If you’d like to review 2020 benefit information now, we offer the links below. Important: If you anticipate any change in your employment status between now and Jan. 31, 2020, such as retirement or a new call or position, please contact us immediately at 800.352.2876 because the change may affect your 2020 benefits.

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Upcoming Events

October 27-28. Passing the Word: A Conference toward the future of Lutheran-Jewish and Inter-Religious Understanding. On October 27-28 the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College will host a two-day conference that will incorporate the College’s annual Wallenberg Tribute with the observance of 25 years since the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s “Declaration to the Jewish Community” repudiating Martin Luther’s anti-Jewish invective and expressing the church’s desire to “live our faith with love and respect for the Jewish people.” The conference will help to examine cultivation of agile leadership for the future in our multi-religious world. For questions contact Terry Schettini at 484-664-3470 or terryschettini@muhlenberg.edu. More information.

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.

Registration is closed.

November 9-17. ELCA Youth Gathering Information Sessions. The ELCA Youth Gathering is coming! While it is an AMAZING, life-changing event for many youth, it is also a HUGE investment, especially for small congregations who only have a small group of youth. Never fear! YoYoFa is forming a "1-2-3 of a Kind" Group of youth throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod who are from congregations that only have 1, 2, or 3 youth who would be able to attend. Informational sessions for youth, parents and pastors will be held throughout the synod in November. We will talk about cost, fundraising, travel plans, mini-retreats prior and more.

Sat 11/9 9am Christ United Hamilton 419 Bossardsville Rd, Stroudsburg

Sun 11/10 3pm Lutheran Center 2354 Grove Rd, Allentown

Sun 11/10 6pm Reformation 3670 Perkiomen Ave, Reading

Sun 11/17 6pm Holy Trinity 813 Wyoming Ave, Kingston

November 16. Class for Lay Persons. Don’t Be Scared of the Apocalypse: Reading Revelation with the Churches.” Leader: Pastor Mark Rigg. Class meets at the Lutheran Center, 2345 Grove Road, Allentown from 9 am-12 noon. Any member or friend of a NEPS congregation is welcomed to attend. Cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event, but you must register by Monday, November 11 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller (marlane@nepsynod.org).

December 10. Congregational Support Staff Christmas Lunch (for everyone but the pastor) Noon at The Lutheran Center. Invitations will be sent soon.

January 10-11, 2020. Extravagant Generosity: A Stewardship Extravaganza. Sponsored by the Southeastern PA and Northeastern PA Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

January 10 Keynote: Clif Christopher, author of It’s Not Your Father’s Offering Plate, Whose Offering Plate Is It? and The Church Money Manual and More.

January 11 Keynote: Aimee Laramore, author of “Pathways to Generosity: Year-round Giving and Gratitude.” $50/ person $25/ Seminarian ($200 for 5 from the same congregation). Registration includes Saturday lunch. (Scholarships available with preference to Seminarians, and First Call Pastors) View a Flyer at http://nepasynod.org/documents/2020-01-stewardship-extravaganza.pdf. Online registration coming soon!

January 25, 2020. Learning Ministries Day. “Vision 2020.” Union Lutheran Church, Schnecksville. Keynote speaker: The Rev. Dr. Brenda Smith, ELCA Program Director: Faith Practices and Book of Faith. Save the Date!

May 2020. Visit Our Saxony Companion Synod. Have you ever considered visiting Germany? An invitation has been received from our Saxony companion synod inviting a delegation of 15 to visit Germany this coming spring. It is an opportunity to explore our historical roots, reflect upon ministry here and abroad and strengthen our relationship with our German brothers and sisters in Christ. We are looking to travel between May 3 and 15(depending on flights) and participants are responsible for their expenses. If you would like more information or to receive an application, please contact Prs. Wayne and Michele Kaufman (kaufman19@verizon.net).

The Wider Church 
Interfaith Workshop

October 25-26

October 25, 7:45 P.M. During the Friday evening service at Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom (555 Warwick Dr, Wyomissing, PA 19610) Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School will present: “Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently.”

October 26, 10:00 A.M. Dr. Levine will be leading an interfaith workshop entitled: “Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism.” This event will also be held at RCOS.

View a Flyer
Crossroads Course at Moravian Seminary

October 31

Crossroads Late Fall Semester featuring Road Hazards begins Oct 31 and meets twice a week for four weeks. Taught by Jill Peters, this course explores topics involving congregational ethics including Decision Making, Financial Integrity, Confidentiality, Boundaries, etc. Complete info and registration is on our website at www.moravianseminary.edu/crossroads or contact Jill Peters at petersj2@moravian.edu.

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

► Bruce Osterhout (Zion, Shoemakersville; pastorbruce@zionslutheran.org). Condolences at the death of his mother, Renee, on October 17.

► Paul Spohn (retired; pspo4@aol.com) who is ill.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

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

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

► Doug LaFauci, husband of Diane LaFauci (Interim, Christ, Oley; dilafauci@comcast.net) is recovering from reverse shoulder replacement surgery.

► David Newhart (interim, Zion Lehigh, Alburtis; dnewhart44@gmail.com) is recovering at home after knee replacement surgery.

► Peggy Sue Pfeffer (St. John's, Friedensburg; pfefferps128@outlook.com) who continues to deal with health issues.

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

Robert Sauers (retired) is recovering at home after 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.

Upcoming Installations

Franklin Stinner will be installed as pastor at St. Luke, Williams Township on Sunday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Adam Reinhardt will be ordained on Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Scranton.

Adam Reinhardt will be installed as pastor at St. John, Honesdale on Sunday, November 10 (time to be determined).

Carey Miller will be installed as pastor at St. Paul, Breinigsville on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Director of Christian Education (10-17)

St. John, Emmaus is seeking a part-time Director of Christian Education. Requirements: Shall develop and coordinate the Christian Education programs for Cradle Roll, Sunday Church School, Confirmation Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Adult Education and Youth Ministry. Shall receive direction from and be directly responsible to the Pastor; meet with Christian Education Committee for planning. This is a part time position (approximately 15-20 hours per week). Bachelor’s degree in education or related equivalent experience. Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Director of Christian Education Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

PT Music Director (10-17)

PT Music Director (15-20 hrs/wk) needed for a vibrant Lutheran congregation. Responsible for providing music for two Sunday worship services plus seasonal and holiday services. Experience with Lutheran liturgy and hymnals preferred. The ideal candidate will: provide a broad array of music (a blend of traditional and contemporary), be proficient with piano and organ; be able to lead an adult choir, hand bell choir, youth and children’s musical groups, plus Sunday School music and VBS, and work with our praise band. Salary commensurate with experience. Four weeks of vacation included. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Music Director Search Union Lutheran Church 5500 Route 873 Schnecksville PA 18078. Or email to Pastor Gordon Camp at pastor@ulclv.org.

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 Church Secretary (10-7)

St. John, Stroudsburg is seeking an energetic, self-motivated person for a Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 2 pm position. A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is required. Some of the duties include bulletins, monthly newsletters, and general office responsibilities. Experience with Microsoft Office and Outlook are required. A pleasant demeanor, confidentiality, and the ability to enjoy being in a church environment is essential. Send a resume to St. John Lutheran Church, c/o Rev. Eric Moser, 9 North Ninth Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. Job Opening Immediately. Resume to be postmarked no later than October 27, 2019.

P/T Church Secretary (10-7)

Saint Matthew’s United, Scranton is seeking a part time church secretary, for approximately 15 to 25 hours per week. Duties include, but are not limited to, clerical, reception, bookkeeping responsibilities and computer data entry to maintain a record of church membership, contributions, and worship attendance. Competitive salary and PTO time is offered. For more information, contact the Church Office at 570-342-1000.

P/T Sexton (10-7)

Saint Matthew’s United, Scranton is seeking a per diem sexton to primarily to provide custodial services, building and grounds maintenance, and cover some nights on call and be able to respond if Church alarm activates. Must live in Scranton area or near Scranton, to respond to alarms, between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM. On call reimbursement, and competitive payment to cover time and travel to respond to alarms, is included. Must be available on some Sundays from 9:00 AM to approximately 1:00 P.M to open and close the Sanctuary for Worship, receive flowers ordered, and set on altar, and other custodial duties. Please contact the Church office at 570-342-1000 for more information.

FT Chaplain at Luther Crest (10-1)

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. Maintains 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. Education/Training: Rostered within the ELCA or denomination with whom ELCA has full communion partnership. Certified by Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) preferred. Certification by APC obtained within three years of employment required. Experience: A minimum of three (3) years’ pastoral experience normally required. ADA: Ability to bend, stoop, sit, reach, and lift items weighing up to 25 lbs.; visual and auditory skills. For more information visit https://pm.healthcaresource.com/cs/diakon#/job/3690.

P/T Director of Christian Education (9-6)

Robeson, Mohnton, is a Reconciled In Christ congregation seeking a part-time Director of Christian Education, 20 hours per week; days and office hours are negotiable. We are looking for someone passionate about sharing the gospel through educational programs and various community and congregational activities. A bachelor’s degree in education and experience in teaching are preferred. Candidates should possess solid leadership skills, be biblically knowledgeable, and be familiar with communicating through social media. Compensation is negotiable based on experience and education. For more information, please contact Debbie Demarco in the church office by email (ddemarco@dejazzd.com) or phone (610-856-7242) for a copy of the job description/contract.

P/T Organist/Director of Music (8-19)

St. John, Ringtown is seeking a part time organist and/or director of music. If interested, please contact the church office at 570-889-3993.

P/T Minister of Music (8-12)

St. Luke (Old Williams) in Hellertown is looking for PT Minister of Music for one Sunday morning service and to direct one choir and soloists. (Choir rehearsals are on Sunday morning prior to worship.) Salary is negotiable. Contact Pastor Frank Stinner at fstinner@gmail.com or by phone at Office: 610-838-0897 or Cell: 484-542-3100.

​​​​​​​P/T Bell Choir Director (6-28)

Bell Choir Director is needed for vibrant Lutheran Congregation known for its music ministry. Bell Choir Director will be responsible for directing and recruiting for the adult and junior handbell choirs weekly, Labor Day through June. Ability to work with other music directors and staff is required. Salary commensurate with experience. Appropriate background checks/clearances expected. Please send resumes to Bell Choir Director Search, % Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Rd., Orefield PA 18069 or email to Monica at jordanlutheran@ptd.net.

P/T Organist and/or Director of Music (5-10) 

Organist and/or Director of Music is needed at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, Exeter Township, PA. Two positions or may be combined into one position. Organist responsibilities include all church services (normally one Sunday morning service plus special services/holidays) and accompanying choir(s) one evening per week. Part-time position estimated to average 10 hours per week. Director of Music is responsible for 3+ choirs, hand bell choir, directing summer youth music and drama camp (one week), coordinating, overseeing, maintaining and growing musical aspects of the church. Part-time position estimated to average 15 hours per week. Salary(s) commensurate with experience; all candidates will be considered regardless of their education status, experience and current salary. 4 weeks vacation; annual raise. Send letters of interest and resumes to church, 250 Church Lane Rd. Reading, PA 19606 or administrator@schwarzwaldlutheran.org.

Director of Christian Education (4-1)

Grace, Shillington seek a part-time Director of Christian Education, 25 hours per week; specific days and hours are negotiable. The Director of Christian Education will oversee, coordinate, and administer the Christian education of Grace children and youth, and participate in community outreach to support the growth of the congregation. Bachelor’s Degree in education, ideally with an emphasis on religion. Teaching experience is preferred. Clearances and background checks are required. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate with children according to their age level and ability to understand, and possess good organizational, planning, and leadership skills. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. Qualified candidates are to submit their resume electronically to council@graceshillington.org.

P/T Sexton (4-1)

Huff’s Union Church, Alburtis seeks a trustworthy employee who will be responsible for keeping buildings secure. Duties include light maintenance and cleaning of buildings on our campus. Experience with room set-up and maintaining supplies. Must be good with verbal communication and be able to work unsupervised. Also needs to maintain knowledge of schedules and events for buildings. We offer a competitive salary and flexible hours. Background checks required. No phone calls please. Qualified applicants please send letter of interest to: James Meitzler Sr., Committee Chair, C/O Huffs Church, 540 Conrad Rd, Alburtis PA 18011 or e-mail James at pamij6@gmail.com 

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.

P/T Minister of Music (3-11) (still open, 8-21)

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.

Items Available 

Choir Robes (10-14)

Grace, Belfast, has 12 choir robes available to another congregation. Beige with cinctures. Call James Shook, 610-759-6893, if interested.

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