E-News for
January 15, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Supply Pastors Needed!

February 3, 10 & 17

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

 
 
 
 
 
It’s Time to Renew Background Checks

At the end of 2014 new laws took effect that required all employees and volunteers working with children to receive background checks. Laws were amended in 2015 that changed the requirement from every three years to every five years AND made some of the background checks free for volunteers. If you began this process in 2014 it is time to think about renewal of these checks.

 
 
Read more on the synod website
 
 
 
NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gatherings

February 5 - 12:00 - 1:30 pm
March 9 - 10-11:30 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. We hope to offer regular gatherings for volunteers and paid staff who work with youth. The goal is to strengthen, empower and support each other in service to Christ. 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. Check out https://www.elcaymnet.org/ for more information about the ELCA Network for children, youth, and family ministry.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

January 19. Class for Lay Persons. 9:00 a.m. until noon. The Rev. Dr. Allison deForest will lead a conversation about the upcoming texts for Lent. We will approach each week using the “Four Pages of a Sermon” framework set forth by Paul Scot Wilson – that is (paraphrased) – Page 1: the trouble in the text, Page 2: the good news in the text, Page 3: the trouble in our world, Page 4: the good news in our world. This will allow us to talk about the biblical and historical context of each text (or selected texts, as time permits) as well as how we hear the Spirit speaking to our own communities through the text. We will also brainstorm possible themes for the 2019 Lenten Season. The class will take place at the Lutheran Center, 2354 Grove Road, Allentown. 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, January 16 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.


January 26, 2019. Learning Ministries Day. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. The keynote speaker is Elsayed “Steve” Elmarzouky, spokesperson for the Reading Muslim Community. He speaks about his personal journey of faith as a practicing Muslim in Egypt and the U.S. and how his understanding of Islam reflects principles familiar to all people of faith. Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon. Participants can choose to learn about new resources, learn a skill, or choose a workshop for their own personal growth. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2019.


February 5. NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gathering. 12:00 - 1:30 pm. 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.


February 14. Urban Ministry Gathering. The Urban Ministry Cohort will be gathering again for conversation and support on Thursday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to noon at Christ, Allentown.


March 9. NEPA Synod Youth Ministry Network Gathering. 12:00 - 1:30 pm. 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 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.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller has announced that February benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be dispersed on January 18, 2019, and will be available for use by January 19, 2019. The early payment follows an announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notifying states that benefits will be fully funded for the month of February, but benefits must be paid early.


“We encourage our ministries with those who are experiencing hunger and poverty to make people aware that this is an early payment, not a bonus, as some will have to make these benefits stretch until the end of March, even if the shutdown ends soon,” writes LAMPa Director Tracey DePasquale. “In light of the shutdown, ministries that offer food and other assistance should brace and prepare to meet increased need in their communities.”

 
 
Read more on the LAMPa website
 
 
 
Portico Winter Updates

January check up!

Congregations, please check your January bill carefully for any changes – and members, look at your first pay stub. Are the defined compensation, tax savings accounts, and retirement pre-tax all correct? The Customer Care Center is here to help: 800.352.2876


Welcome to 2019 Live Well!

2019 Live Well is a web-based tool that invites participants to choose their own path to wellness. It offers a wide variety of activities designed to help create meaningful change. Unlike secular alternatives, the tool recognizes that faith is central to daily life and can enhance overall wellness. That’s why 2019 Live Well focused on the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual dimensions of the Wholeness Wheel. Members and spouses with ELCA-Primary health benefits can each earn up to $400 wellness dollars.

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

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



​​Continuing in Our Prayers


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

 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 has been re-diagnosed with rhabdoid tumor and continues with chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

 Dennis Carroll (retired; drdc820@yahoo.com) is in hospice care at home.


 Walton Horn (retired; w3okx.wrh@comcast.net ) is recuperating after a serious illness.

 John Kuschel (St. Peter [10th], Allentown) is in rehab at the Lehigh Center, 1718 Spring Creek Rd, Macungie; and his wife, Lois, is in LVH-Cedar Crest.

 Phyllis Pellitier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) continues to recover at home after surgery to repair the mitral valve of her heart.

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

Jeffrey S. Carstens will be installed as pastor at St. John, Emmaus on Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:

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.

 
 
 
 
 
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 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 Organist/Choir Director (12-26)

St. John, Ringtown, is seeking a part time organist/choir director to help lead the music program at St. John’s. Anyone interested in this position may contact us at ringtownlutheran@gmail.com and we will be happy to share information, answer questions and provide a job description.


P/T Music Director/Organist/Choir Director (12-22)

St. Paul, Dallas, is seeking a part-time (20 hours) Music Director/Organist/Choir Director. St. Paul’s is an active and welcoming community who highly regards liturgical worship and music, and who appreciates the rich and diverse styles of our Lutheran musical heritage. Please send resume’ to “St. Paul’s Music Director, PO Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612.”


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.


P/T Director of Youth Ministry (12-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton is searching for a dynamic, experienced, professional Director of Youth Ministry (approximately 15 hours per week). Key areas of focus for this position include discipleship, biblical teaching, outreach evangelism, coordinating and communicating with volunteers, and mentoring youth to love and serve the Lord! The Director of Youth Ministry will lead Confirmation, coordinate activities for youth from grade 7 through early adulthood, and actively participate in mission trip planning. Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org\. Please email resumes to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org.


P/T Church Treasurer (11-21)

St. Peter, Pen Argyl (Plainfield Township) is looking for a church treasurer. Should be familiar with payroll, Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access and/or other financial management software. Hours are approximately 360-400/year. Salary is $5100/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, or by calling the church office at 610.863.6859 or emailing www.stpetersplainfield.com.


P/T Organist/Choir Director (8-28)

Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church seeks qualified applicants for the position of part-time time Organist/Choir Director with 12 Sundays off per year. Interested applicants may submit a resume to the church at 820 West Leesport Road, Leesport, PA 19533 Attn: Selection Committee or by email to bernelca@juno.com.
 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Complete choral library giveaway (01-10)

400+ anthems. Saturday, Feb. 2, 10am - 1pm (event coincides with soup/apple dumpling sale hours). Christ Lutheran Church, 325 Covered Bridge Road, Oley PA 19547. Parking beside church or across the road. For more info: Robert Masenheimer, Minister of Music at 610-927-8741 or 484-769-4076.


Used Classroom Chairs (1-10)

The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus, has 96 classroom chairs available. The chairs are adult sized, green plastic, sled legs (slide on floor). We have lovingly used them so the green plastic is well worn and discolored – however all chairs are sound (no seat cracks or leg issues). Any or all are available, at no cost, to whoever may want to give these chairs a new life. We are blessed by a gift to purchase bright new ones for our classrooms. Please contact the church: The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 S. Cedar Crest Blvd, Emmaus, PA 18049. email: carter@holyspirit-emmaus.org Phone: 610-967-2220 x105 (the contact person is Chris Carter).


Used (damaged) Carillon (01-05)

St. Peter, West Penn, has a Schulmerich Carillon, MagnaBell 2, Model # 36-973-0. The carillon runs off a tape that was lodged inside, there are still many working components that could maybe help repair another church’s system, along with about 50 tapes that seem fine. We would be more than happy to offer these components for free to anyone that can use them. They will be available until our spring cleanup in March. Please contact the church: St. Peter’s Church, West Penn, 184 St. Peter’s Rd., Tamaqua Pa. 18252. email: spuc@ptd.net, Phone: 570-386-4388. Or the contact person is Mike Hunsicker, email: mbh65@ymail.com.

 
 
 
 
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