E-News for
February 20, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
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Mission interpreters have a story to tell: :How the Holy Spirit works through the congregations, institutions and programs to accomplish God’s will!” Mission interpreters across the synod are making Christ known by sharing the excitement of our synod and churchwide mission and ministry with their own and other congregations.
To invite a mission interpreter to your congregation to share, please contact Georgia Suranofsky at georgiasuranofsky@hotmail.com or Brenda Stauffer at brenda@nepsynod.org.
Upcoming Events

March 17. 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.) Hoedown and Country music by “The Outlaws,” with line dance music between sets – 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, visit the synod website.

March 17. Class for Lay Persons. Dr. Michael Krentz leading a class entitled “The Theology of Luther’s Hymns and the Music of JS Bach.” The class will be offered on Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Lutheran Center. Any member or friend of one of our congregations is welcome to attend. The cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event; but you must register by Wednesday, March 14 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.

April 22. Confirmation Day at the Lutheran Center. 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Cost: $3.00 per student. Faith knows no borders! Introduce your confirmands to all our Synod’s global companions. This will be an experiential afternoon full of international food, games, worship, and action rooms. To register, please email Seth Noggle at seth.noggle@gmail.com. Deadline: April 8.

April 24. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Hope, Reading (601 N. Front Street - parking lot across the street from the church building).

May 8. Rostered Minister Anniversary Celebration. The Lutheran Center. Worship at 11:00 a.m. for all who are interested, with a luncheon following for the deans and honorees.

May 22. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders Workshop. Bern, Leesport. For more information and to register, visit: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018.

May 23. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders Workshop. Faith, Whitehall. For more information and to register, visit: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018.

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.

LCS Takes a Leading Role In Helping Evacuees

For the past several months, Lutheran Congregational Services (LCS) has played an integral role in bringing together community organizations across Pennsylvania in an effort to assist hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico. On February 16 LCS' Julia Menzo joined others at a breakfast with Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico, where he spoke about the important role Pennsylvania plays in helping evacuees. Following the breakfast Julia led a meeting to address long term recovery planning and mobilizing to meet the most pressing needs of those recovering from drastic circumstances. If you are interested in learning how you or your congregation can help hurricane evacuees through their journey to recovery, please contact Julia Menzo at 267-464-7740 or jmenzo@libertylutheran.org.

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

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

The members of St. Paul, Southside Easton and their pastor, Becca Middeke-Conlin (pastorbeccamc@gmail.com), who are struggling to maintain their ministry in the aftermath of fire damage to the church building.

► Tina Argot, wife of Rob Argot (Holy Spirit, Reading; rev-rob@hotmail.com) is recuperating at home after surgery.

 Catherine Brettell, mother of Dan Brettell (St. Paul, Bethlehem; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) is dealing with various health issues.

Arnold Hansen (retired) is recuperating at home after a hospitalization.

► Dana Heckman-Beil (Good Shepherd, Ashland; PastorDana@ptd.net) is recovering from a broken ankle.

► Eric Hill, son of Pastor David and Susan Hill (retired; selhill@aol.com), is receiving chemo therapy treatments in addition to targeted therapy treatments.

Robert Johnson, father of Donna House (Friedens, Oley; dmhouse@dejazzd.com) is hospitalized due to COPD and recurring pneumonia.

 Marion Latshaw, wife of Burl Latshaw (Grace, Reading; ryehillfarms@comcast.net) is recuperating at home following back surgery.

​​ Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) continues
to make improvement with NeuroVision Therapy in Kingston following an auto accident on June 10.

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

Smoky Schelly (former member of the synod executive staff; schellyfam@ptd.net) is dealing with serious health issues.

► Muriel Schmoyer, wife of Carl Schmoyer (retired), is under hospice care.

Lois Seip, wife of Durrell Seip (retired; dseip81@gmail.com) is recovering at home following a hospitalization for ongoing degenerative vertebrae.

John Tomlinson (retired; jd445@verizon.net) is hospitalized at St. Luke’s, Fountain Hill.
Upcoming Installations

Spencer D. Steele will be installed as associate pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus on Sunday, February 25, at 3:00 pm.

Kathleen Yenser will be installed as deacon at St. John, Reading on Sunday, February 25, at 10:00 a.m.
Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Outdoor Sexton (2-19)

Schwarzwald, Reading seeks an outdoor sexton for snow removal, grass mowing and cleaning the pavilion. Grass cutting paid separately at $75 per cutting. Snow shoveling/clearing sidewalks, etc. --$25 under 3 inches, $50 for 3 inches to 7 inches, and $100 for anything over 7 inches. Cleaning the pavilion paid as needed. Please send your resume to Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, PA 19606.

Repeat Listings (Date listed)

P/T Organist/Choir Director (2-2)

St. Luke, Allentown seeks an organist/choir director. Position requires keyboard proficiency, ability to rehearse and conduct choirs, and an appreciation for a variety of musical styles. Organ experience preferred, but candidates will be considered who are proficient on piano and have the desire to train on our impressive three-manual pipe organ. Responsibilities include planning hymns, liturgy and anthems for 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. Adult choir rehearses weekly September - May. Potential for building existing handbell choir and developing a youth music program. Reply with resume to stluke@enter.net.

P/T Church Treasurer (2-2)

Church treasurer needed in the Fleetwood area. 10-15 hrs/wk. Experience with QuickBooks and Excel required. Payroll experience preferred. Salary depends on experience. Send resumes to christ@christmertz.org.

P/T Administrative Assistant (2-1)

Good Shepherd, Muhlenberg Township, Reading, is searching for an Administrative Assistant to work 15-20 hours a week. Excellent computer skills required. Duties include communications with church members, vendors and contractors; maintaining church records in an electronic database, scheduling of church facilities, management of office equipment and secretarial support to the Church Council and Pastor. Experience with church management software and Sundays & Seasons a plus. Office experience preferred. Please send letter of interest and resume to gselc4201@gmail.com.

P/T Director of Christian Education (1-29)
Schwarzwald, Jacksonwald (Exeter Township) seeks a Christian with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ who is enthusiastic, energetic and creative. Experience in Christian educational leadership preferred. Must possess a genuine concern for all people, and capacity to relate with all people in a sensitive, respectful way. Able to pass Criminal, State and Federal Background Checks, holds a valid Driver’s License, and the capacity to work successfully as part of a ministry team with other staff members and elected lay ministry leaders. Competent in use of basic Microsoft Office software. If interested, please send your résumé to SLC, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, PA 19606.

F/T Muhlenberg College Chaplain (1-23)

Reporting directly to the President, and serving under a call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the College Chaplain oversees the religious and spiritual life of the College. The Chaplain provides strategic leadership and direction for the diverse religious communities on campus and interfaith engagement initiatives. The Chaplain serves as Pastor to the Protestant community and Chaplain to the full College. In support of Muhlenberg’s mission, the Chaplain advocates for the academic and co-curricular needs of students and other community members. Click here for more information and how to apply.

F/T VP for Administration, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1-18)

The Vice President for Administration is primarily responsible for stewarding the efficient and effective operation of this institution’s financial and physical resources, including those persons employed to serve and support all aspects of its mission. The Vice President attends to this with a significant focus upon preserving the financial soundness of the seminary, while also realizing other missional considerations are relevant. The Vice President serves as strategic advisor to the President and the Board of Directors, recommending the overall administrative goals, policies, programs, and practices that will develop a sustainable economic model for ensuring the long-term viability of the seminary. For a full job description and to apply, please go to: https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment.

​​​​​​​P/T Administrative Assistant/Office Manager (1-10)

Muhlenberg College Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding seeks multi-faceted team partner (30 hrs/wk). Visit http://jobs.muhlenberg.edu for details.

P/T Director for Early Childhood Education Center (1-10)

Nativity, Allentown is looking for a motivated leader for a Director position in our childcare setting. They must have a 4 year degree and a PA teaching certification in PK-4. The candidate must have strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills, and have a good understanding of age appropriate activities for young children. We intentionally staff our school with individuals who are talented and genuinely enthusiastic about child development. We encourage collaboration, cherish open communication, and create an outstanding work-life balance by supporting leaders and staff members every step of the way. Contact: Nativity ECEC, 4004 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18104, director.nlecec@gmail.com.

P/T Parish Secretary (12-29)

Zion United, Brodheadsville is seeking a part-time Parish Secretary (16 hours), M-Th. Excellent computer skills required (Microsoft Office and Microsoft Publisher). Duties include data entry, general office skills, scheduling. Must be able to maintain confidentiality. Experience with church management software and Sundays & Seasons a plus. Experience preferred. Please send letter of interest, resume & references to zionulc@ptd.net.

P/T Church Treasurer (12-27)

St. John’s, Williams Township seeks a church treasurer. The annual salary is $1,122. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and payroll. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.

P/T Church Secretary (12-27)

St. John’s, Williams Township seeks a church secretary. Approximately 7-8 hours per week; the annual salary is $3,749. Should be familiar with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and possess ability to update website. Anyone interested in the position is invited to contact Jack Helm, 610-258-5779 or papjak42@aol.com for further information.​​​​​​​

Items Available 

Free Chairs & Tables Available

100 Folding Chairs (Metal frame with wooden seat) are available free of charge to a congregation - first come, first served for all or a portion of them; 13 collapsible social hall tables (metal frame and legs, plywood tops) are also available free (11 are 30”x 8’; 3 are 30’x6’). Contact St. Timothy, Allentown at office@sttimothylc.org or 610-435-6512, Ext. 200 to arrange for pick up.

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