E-News for
July 31, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Synod Website and Security

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Synod News Available Online

Although the black & white September edition of Synod News will be distributed in the monthly mailing as usual, it is also available online, both in black & white and in color, for downloading. If you found this more convenient when you did it last month, it will continue to be offered as an option. Visit  http://nepasynod.org/publications/synod-news.

Upcoming Events

August 11. 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. A Children’s Corner will be provided. Sponsored by the Faith Formation Resource Ministry Team. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/ministry-fair.

August 13-17. Camp Noah in Reading. A local Camp Noah, hosted at St. Luke, Reading, is designed to be bi-lingual in order to serve people displaced to the Reading area by the 2017 hurricanes which impacted Puerto Rico. For more information, please contact Pr. Rebecca W. Knox at ​RevKnox7@gmail.com or 610-823-8343​.

September 13. Urban Ministry Affinity Group. The group met on Monday, June 11 to discuss issues of concern for those engaged in ministry in the city, and will meet again on Thursday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Christ, Allentown. This group is open to anyone involved with ministry in an urban context.

October 3. Educational Retreat Series. The Lehigh, Northern Lehigh Valley, and Bethlehem/Easton Mission Districts are sponsoring a five-week educational retreat series on addiction within the context of the Christian community. The event will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church in Allentown every Wednesday in October from 6:45 – 9:00 PM: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. All are welcome and encouraged to attend including the afflicted, their loved ones, all members of the community including counselors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, pastors, those in the criminal justice system, first responders, educators, etc. Click here for a flyer. More information, including registration forms will be available in the future.

October 16-17. Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. This is a one and a half day ecumenical, educational, non-profit seminar designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/administrators, and to grow spiritually. Originally started by the Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it has expanded in recent years. As a result, secretaries, administrative assistants and office support personnel from every denomination are welcome. For more information, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/parish-secretaries-seminar.

November 6-8. Bishop’s Conference. Shawnee Inn. Theme: “Exposing the Idols: Reflection and Practice.” The Rev. Dr. Melinda Quivik will help us to face idols both inside and outside of the church. The plenary sessions will address sacramental and theological idols, societal idols, and individual idols (both personal and professional). For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/bishops-conference-2018.

The Wider Church 
ELCA Stewardship Resources

The ELCA website has many resources stewardship available for use by individuals and congregations. On the “Stewardship” page (http://www.elca.org/Resources/Stewardship) you’ll find resources to assist you in your personal and household stewardship and in your congregation’s stewardship ministry. The categories include Call or vocation, Leadership, Spiritual gifts, Caring for creation, Finances, and StewardNet. As an example, click here to view the latest StewardNet newsletter.

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

► Jeremiah Heydt (vicar, Mt. Zion, Krumsville; jtheydt@gmail.com ) and his wife, Tina. Condolences at the death of Jeremiah’s sister, Marie A. Moyer, on July 26. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 1, at 10:00 a.m. in Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 E. Main Street, Kutztown, with calling hours Tuesday evening, July 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, and again on Wednesday morning, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the church.

► David Hill (retired; selhill4626@gmail.com) and his wife, Susan. Condolences at the death of their son, Eric, on July 26. There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, August 4, at the Stephens Funeral Home, Inc. 274 North Krocks Road, Allentown. Friends may call from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. The service will be held at 4:00 P.M.

Carl Schmoyer (retired). Condolences at the death of his wife, Muriel, on July 22. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, at 11:00 a.m., in the auditorium of The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1 S. Home Avenue, Topton.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Carl Adams (retired; cajoadams@verizon.net) is receiving rehabilitation after a stroke.

► Gene Handwerk (retired; gehandwerk@gmail.com) is recuperating at home after successful back surgery.

​​ Nancy Moore (Trinity, Lehighton; nlmoore91157@gmail.com) has been released to do limited driving and increased pastoral duties as NeuroVision Therapy continues.

► 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@gmail.com) is dealing with serious health issues.

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

Gordon A. Camp will be installed as pastor of Union, Schnecksville on Sunday,

August 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Positions Available
New Listings:

Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than eight weeks old, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/publications/job-listings.

P/T Organist/ Keyboardist (7-18)

Faith, Blakeslee is looking for an organist/keyboardist and some choir work to serve two services (liturgy and hymns) each Sunday and select special services. Send letters of interest to Mr. Phil Newlander, President at faithlut@epix.net or mail to P. O. Box 228, Blakeslee, PA. Phone inquiries can be made to (570) 646-0309. Salary is competitive for the area. Those interested can check us out on Facebook or our website at www.FaithLutheranBlakeslee.org.

F/T Chaplain (7-18)

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital located in Allentown, PA is seeking a compassionate and caring Chaplain to help connect clients, patients, and long-term care residents with their chosen source(s) of spiritual nurture and to provide individual pastoral care and ecumenical worship services. The Chaplain will provide spiritual support at Good Shepherd’s 2 Long Term Care Facilities and 1 Specialty Unit. We are looking for a Chaplain who is (E.L.C.A.) ordained and Board Certified by A.P.C. This rewarding role is a full-time staff position. Interested candidates can apply online or send resumes to jdonaldson@gsrh.org.

P/T Business Secretary (7-5)

St. John, Easton is looking for a part-time Business Secretary for 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. Monthly bill-paying and semi-monthly staff payroll are the major duties. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are required, and knowledge of sound banking practices are needed. You will be trained on the use of Shepherd's Staff, the church's software program. Respond with cover letter and resume to C. Moyer at jobstjohnseaston@gmail.com."

P/T Preschool Teacher (6-20)

Light of Christ, Bethlehem is seeking a PT Preschool Teacher for three-year old children for our Christian Preschool. Responsibilities include planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum which covers a child’s cognitive, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development. Minimum requirement is an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Also desired are early childhood experience, a life filled with Christian love, patience, care, and understanding of young children. Start date: August 28, 2018. Contact Lynn Terry 610-861-0645 or lynnjt680@verizon.net for an application. For more information about our preschool go to http://www.lightofchristlutheran.org/child-center/.

P/T Organist/Music Leader (6-16)

Prince of Peace, Johnsonville, is seeking an Organist/Music Leader to lead a music program which invites all worshipers to participate joyfully and fully. This person will lead music on our refurbished Tracker pipe organ and Young Chang concert grand piano, at one service each Sunday morning. In addition, lead music at scheduled special services and provide for special musical offerings. Biweekly salary. See our website at www.popbangor.org for full job description and application. Please submit application/resume to Rev. Michael J. Scholtes at pastorMJS@gmail.com or 2445 Lake Minsi Dr., Bangor, PA 18013 or call 610-588-2355.

P/T Handbell Choir Director (6-9)

Jordan, Orefield seeks a handbell choir director, Sept-June, 2-3 hrs/wk, depending on performances, Wed. eve. rehearsal 5:30-7. Experience in conducting and teaching adult & children’s handbell choirs; excellent communication skills, ability to work with other members of music dept, Act 33 Child Clearance required, willingness to complete other background checks as requested, knowledge of relationship between worship, church year, & music a plus, membership in Handbell Musicians of America a plus. Send resume to Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Rd, Orefield 18069 or jordanlutheran@ptd.net.

P/T Sexton (5-30)

Zion’s Union Church in Maxatawny is seeking a part-time sexton (10-12 hours per week). If interested, please contact Sherie Mohn at smohn@ptd.net or 610-683-8391.

Items Available 

Splash Canyon VBS Materials (7-18)

St. Paul, Breinigsville has decorations, props, and scenery for Splash Canyon VBS available. Contact Anita at 484-221-0445

Bear Creek Camp Needs a 4 Wheel Drive Pickup (7-16)

Bear Creek Camp needs a new (or gently used) 4 Wheel Drive pickup for their maintenance department. The ideal truck would be a Ford F250 or F350 (or any brand of truck of similar size), standard cab with an 8ft bed and lots of life left in it. A donation of a truck, or cash donations to help purchase one, would be greatly appreciated. Contact Dan at the camp office at: 570-472-3741 if you can help.

Communion ware (7-12)

Free: Communion ware, including silver plate trays to hold small glasses, the small glasses, and the wooden trays for holding used glasses. Also available: four long candle lighter/snuffers, several offering plates (both wooden and metal), two altar candle sticks (brass), and numerous small glass candlesticks. If interested, please contact Pastor Samantha Drennan, Grace Lutheran Church, at 610-966-3325 or email sldrennan1@gmail.com.

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