E-News for
December 22, 2020
 
 
 
 
 

Let the heavens rejoice,

          and let the earth be glad;

                   let the sea thunder and all that is in it;

                            let the field be joyful and all that is therein.

Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy

          at your coming, O LORD….

         (Psalm 96:11; for Christmas Eve ELW)


Bishop Zeiser, Bishop-Elect deForest, and the entire synod staff hope that your joy at the nativity of Emmanuel will overwhelm the clamor of the earth and the sky, the sea and the field.


A Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Synod Office Closed for the Christmas Holiday

December 23 – January 3

Starting tomorrow the synod office will be closed for the Christmas holiday and will reopen again on Monday, Jan. 4.

 
 
 
 
 
Year End Mission Support and Benevolence Payments

Deadline: January 28 at 9:00 a.m.

Benevolence payments from congregations for 2020 must be received by the end of January 2021. Our last processing date this year is Thursday, January 28 and 2020 payments are due by 9:00 am. Be sure to permit extra time if sending via the US Mail. Also, it is important to correctly indicate on the Treasurer’s Remittance Form whether a contribution is intended for 2020 or 2021. After the January 28 9:00 a.m. cutoff, all receipts will be credited as 2021 contributions.

 
 
Treasurer's Remittance Form
 
 
 
Phishing Scams Still Active

Many other synods across the country have reported the same kind of phishing scam that occurred in our synod a week or so ago. A request for help appears to come from the Bishop, asking you to respond via email. A helpful flyer has been created by the Southeastern Iowa Synod and shared with us. Click on the button below to view it.
 
 
View the Flyer
 
 
 
Resolution to Engage the Current Diminishing Numbers
of those Serving as Rostered Leaders

At Online Assembly 2020 in October, we resolved as a synod that it is important for our congregations to play a role in the development of future church leaders through our support of the mission and ministry of the United Lutheran Seminary. This Advent season of preparation is an excellent time to send a gift for the seminary through your congregation’s remittance to the synod as an affirmation of this important undertaking. A monthly gift of $15.00 can help us live into the commitment made by the assembly. Sending $180.00 to cover the full year means that support is immediately made available for student use.


Acknowledging the reality that many of our pastors are coming to retirement age, this is our investment towards our collective future. Let us thank the Lord for this stewardship of blessing others who will create a ministry of care and compassion. You can give online by clicking on the button below or through the “Donate” button on the synod website (“United Lutheran Seminary” is listed under “ELCA Funds” in the middle of the page).

 
 
Give Now
 
 
 
Upcoming Events


Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Being Church: Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders. You are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. View the Zoom invitation. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. You can find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org. We also share each recording with supporting documents, typically by the following week, at https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media


Benevolence payments from congregations for 2020 must be received by the end of January 2021.

Our last processing date this year is Thursday, January 28 and 2020 payments are due by 9:00 am. Be sure to permit extra time if sending via the US Mail. Also, it is important to correctly indicate on the Treasurer’s Remittance Form whether a contribution is intended for 2020 or 2021. After the January 28 9:00 a.m. cutoff, all receipts will be credited as 2021 contributions.


January 23, 2021. Learning Ministries Day 2021 is Going On-Line! Plan to join us Saturday January 23, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Barbara Rossing, author of "The Rapture Exposed." Dr. Rossing will speak on "Journeys Through Revelation,." A number of workshops will be offered as well. To register, and for a list of the workshops and more information, please check the synod website at (http://nepasynod.org/event/learning-ministries-day-2021/). Registration deadline is January 15.

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



​​Continuing in Our Prayers

Donald Beck (retired; serving St. Luke’s Greeley, part-time; revdonbeck@verizon.net) is dealing with significant health issues.

► Karen Blitch, wife of David Blitch (Salem Belleman's, Mohrsville; upsygrad@msn.com), is receiving treatment for cancer and other multiple health issues.

► Dan Brettell (St. Paul III, Easton; pastordanbrettell@ptd.net) and his wife, Patti’s 7 month-old granddaughter, Sabella Brettell, is recovering at home after surgery; and the family is cautiously optimistic about her prognosis.

► Oliver Brown (St. James, Hobbie; bskindeer@aol.com ) is recovering from back surgery.

► Harry Goos (retired; rhgoos@comcast.net) is receiving physical rehabilitation after a fall.

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

► Gail Koerner, mother of pastoral candidate Elizabeth Koerner, is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor.

► Diane Laine, wife of Larry Laine (Trinity, Bangor; laineparallel@gmail.com) is dealing several health related issues.

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

► Susan Ritter, wife of Dennis Ritter (retired; dsritter@ptd.net) is recovering at home after knee replacement surgery last week..

► Luther Routte (retired) is recuperating at home after heart 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.


Durrell Seip (retired; durrellseip87@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.


► Andrew Stauffer (retired; ajstauffer5@comcast.net) is hospitalized with on-going medical concerns.


► Phyllis Wolford (St. John, Tamaqua; pphyllis@ptd.net) is recovering from COVID-19.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
ELCA Global Links

“Advent in Palestine Virtual Pilgrimage.” In the first video of the “Advent in Palestine” series, the Rev. Ashraf Tannous, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala, Palestine, delivers a powerful message on maintaining hope in the middle of turbulence. “Let us keep asking from God to give us this hope so that we stay hopeful people no matter what we are living in this world,” he said.
 
 
Read the December Edition
 
 
 
Seeds Monthly

“Living Lutheran: Living in Mary’s time.” This Christmas won’t be normal for any of us. But it might just be like that first Christmas, and we might find ourselves not at the inn but in the stable, sitting by the manger next to Mary. Waiting for her world, our world, to be changed, even to be reborn. Indeed, it’s time for new. In Living Lutheran’s December issue, we are given the opportunity to ponder with Mary the time, coiled with tension, between “How can this be?” and “Nothing is impossible with God.”
 
 
Read the December Edition
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:

F/T Program Director at Bear Creek Camp (12-18)

A full time Program Director position is available at Bear Creek Camp. Responsible for developing, implementing, and supervising impactful summer camp opportunities and year-round programs and developing and coordinating multifaceted promotional strategies. Must have good positive energy, interact well with youth, families, and guests of all ages, have a heart for Christian ministry, be well organized, be a strong team member, and possess exemplary customer service traits. Must be at least 21 years old with 2 summers experience working with youth and families in a camp setting. Must be flexible in all aspects of job responsibility; with working knowledge of camp operations; and be supportive of the ELCA. Salary depends on experience plus benefits, and on-site housing. Screening for candidates will begin immediately, and the position would ideally begin in early February. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to Collin Grooms, Executive Director at: collin@bearcreekcamp.org . More information and full job description available at http://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities.

 
 
 
 
 
Repeat Listings (Date listed)
Please note: To view listings more than 90 days old, visit the synod website

at http://nepasynod.org/documents/positions-items-available.pdf.


P/T Church Treasurer (11-28)

Immediate opening for Treasurer at Advent Lutheran Church, West Lawn. Will manage and report finances of the church. College degree in Accounting OR prior experience as a Church Treasurer required. Visit our website at https://www.adventonline.net/ for more information. Apply to Advent Church, 16 Telford Ave. (610) 678-2411 or office@adventonline.net.


P/T Church Bookkeeper (11-28)

Immediate opening for Bookkeeper at Advent Lutheran Church, West Lawn.Will write checks and managing outgoing financial resources. Prior background in accounting or finance preferred. Visit our website at https://www.adventonline.net/ for more information. Apply to Advent Church, 16 Telford Ave. (610) 678-2411 or office@adventonline.net.


P/T Parish Administrative Assistant (11-24)

St. Paul’s, Mertztown seeks a Parish Secretary. The position is presently 15 h/wk. Responsibilities include office administration, newsletter and bulletins, basic financial bookkeeping, being point of contact for church calendar, etc. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media platforms is preferred. Click here for more information. Please email interest to stpaullutheranpastor@ptd.net. Additionally you may phone the Council President Doug Butz at the Church number 610-682-6229 and someone will return your call.


P/T Sexton (11-23)

Redeemer, Allentown has an opening for a part-time sexton. This position requires both indoor and outdoor work. Experience as a handyman is preferred but not a necessity for the position. The position pays $13.25/hr. and requires approximately 17 hours of work per week. The job description and application are available on the Redeemer website, www.redeemerallentown.org, or by calling the church office at (610) 434-1291 during the week.


P/T Christian Education and Youth Director (11-5)

Christ Hamilton United is seeking a Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. The combined role would be to oversee and organize activities for the Church’s Youth Ministry and Christian Education programs. Additionally, the Candidate will be active in developing the lay leadership to strengthen the Church’s ability to deliver its programs to its members and to the Community. The position would work with the Pastor, the Church’s leadership, the Christian Education committee and other committees as appropriate. The Position would be for a 20 to 30 hour weekly schedule. The salary and hours will be commensurate based upon the experience of the successful candidate and the Church’s ability to conduct activity in our current environment. Interested candidates may email a cover letter explaining their reasons for application and include their resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at CHULCpersonnel@gmail.com. Please include three references and contact information. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.christhamilton.org.


P/T Director of Christian Education (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education who will play a unique role in the lives of children and adults at Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church. Working alongside a team led by the Lead Pastor, the Director’s primary role is to oversee and organize Faith Formation activities for all ages. Candidates need to have a strong, well-developed faith in Christ along with exceptional interpersonal, teaching, and leadership skills. Ideal candidates will also bring a servant’s heart to those AELC is called to serve. The position requires more than three years of experience in a church setting. Compensation will be based upon experience. For more information about the position and our congregation please see our website at www.aelc.org. Interested candidates may email cover letter/resume to the attention of our Personnel Team at office@aelc.org. Please include three references and contact information.


P/T Organist, Director of Vocal and Bell Choirs (10-1)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director who will oversee the traditional music ministries of the church in cooperation with the pastor. The music leader will organize adult choir, bell choirs, and special music as needed and warranted to engage and inspire Christian faith beliefs through music. We are looking for someone to partner with us in this role. The Organist and Choir Director with also work with our Praise Team leader and other staff members to support the congregation. This is a part-time position (approximately 15-20 hours per week). 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 Parish Administrative Assistant (9-18)

Zion (Spies) in Alsace Twp. seeks a Parish Administrative Assistant (PAA). The position is presently 15 hrs. a week, in-person, in the office. There are Covid related building restrictions in place which support the PAA’s health and well-being. Responsibilities include office administration, ministry publications, being point of contact for church calendar, publicity and events. Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Church Windows and social media platforms is preferred. Please email interest to ZionSpies@comcast.net Subject “Attn: Council - PAA position


P/T Interim Youth Ministry Leader (9-1)

to Emmanuel, Bath, seeks an Interim Youth Ministry Leader. Candidate will coordinate, direct, and facilitate Sunday School and youth group events via internet or in person based on safety of the youth. He/she will be able to assist our youth in growing their faith in Jesus Christ. This includes curriculum design and teacher development to complete these tasks. Candidate will meet bi-weekly with the Pastor to review his/her curriculum and planning ideas. Candidate may. assist Pastor with confirmation events if requested and fits into the weekly allowance of hours. Candidate must communicate with the secretary on the following months' plans by the 20th of the current calendar month. Candidate must have a commitment to Jesus Christ with a clear understanding of the Lutheran perspective of the Christian faith and willingness to adhere to ELCA doctrine and practices. Formal education in theology and/or education is preferred. Candidate should be organized, show excellent communication skills, and be motivating to the youth of our congregation. Background check and appropriate clearances are required. Work hours will be 10-13 hours per week with a monthly stipend of $834 and 2 weeks vacation. Candidate will present a weekly summary of his/her hours to the secretary with a brief description of tasks he/she worked on. Due to the current limitations with COVID-19, candidate should be able to work remotely unless otherwise requested by the Pastor or HR committee. Please submit letter of interest and resume to Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church at emmanuelschurch@qmail.com or 3175 Valley View Dr. Bath PA 18014.


P/T Director of Music Ministries (9-2)

New Hanover, Gilbertsville, seeks a Director of Music Ministry, who is the principal musician of the congregation. He/she is responsible for coordinating the orders of service and liturgical music with the Pastor as well as selecting hymns for all services. This position selects and rehearses choral music for the vocal choirs – (2) children’s and (2) adults – as well as coordinates with the Handbell Choir Director and the GRACE Praise Band leader to develop a welcoming and inclusive God centered atmosphere for all generations. Please see the full job description at http://www.newhanoverlutheran.org/jobopenings.php, noting within the modifications made due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Instrument: II/19 Schantz (1986). Apply or direct questions to: Steven Eisenhart, Worship and Music Chair, at eisensc@aol.com.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Two print book sets and two clergy shirts (12-13)

Moving: free for pickup two print book sets and two clergy shirts. One nearly new set of Kittle’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament. Nearly complete set of Luther’s Works. New Friar Tuck clergy shirts in packaging, blue and brown colors, 15 inch tab neck and 34 inch sleeves. Contact Carl at 610-223-6555 by 1/1/21 if interested.

 
 
 
 
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