E-News for
October 16, 2018
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Class for Lay Persons

November 17

This year our Lay Classes will begin with a focus on preaching. We are finding that more and more lay people are filling the gaps during pastors’ vacations and during transitions, when there is not communion during the worship service. As much as we would like to think these messages come naturally, a lot goes into them. Please plan to join us for the Lay Class on November 17, “Preaching the Different Gospels,” taught by Pr. Mark Rigg. It will be held at the Lutheran Center. The cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event; but you must register by Wednesday, November 14 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.

Looking ahead, our class on January 19 will be taught by the Rev. Dr. Allison DeForest on “Preaching from the New Testament.”

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Upcoming Events

October 23 & 24. Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders. Workshops in Dallas & Stroudsburg. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod “Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders” training program is designed to enrich both our opportunity and responsibility as leaders for Christ’s church. More than a “boundaries workshop” this time together will benefit participants in many ways. If you have not taken part in a workshop in the last four years you need to do so in 2018. There will be a maximum of 75 at each workshop so sign up early. Full information is available at: http://nepasynod.org/boundary-workshops-2018. Click here for some frequently asked questions.Read the Full Course Description

November 3. Treasurers Workshop. 9:30 AM‐12:30 PM at The Lutheran Center. Audiences: Treasurers, financial secretaries, pastors, finance committee members. Presenters: Frances L. Ferrari, Joel Long, and Barb Debski. There is no cost to participants, but you need to register ahead of time. Visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/treasurers-workshop/ for more information and to register.

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.Read the Full Course Description

November 9-11. NEPS Senior High Retreat. Kenbrook Bible Camp, 190 Pine Meadow Road Lebanon, PA 17046. We will gather for a retreat full of fun, singing, and playing, to remember that God’s love doesn’t change and reform us only once. God’s love continues to work in and through us each and every day. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/senior-high-retreat.

November 17. Class for Lay Persons. This year our Lay Classes will begin with a focus on preaching. We are finding that more and more lay people are filling the gaps during pastors’ vacations and during transitions, when there is not communion during the worship service. As much as we would like to think these messages come naturally, a lot goes into them. Please plan to join us for the Lay Class on November 17, “Preaching the Different Gospels,” taught by Pr. Mark Rigg. Click here for a full description. It will be held at the Lutheran Center. The cost is $10 and can be paid the morning of the event; but you must register by Wednesday, November 14 by calling Pastor Mary Gade at 610-266-5101.

December 11. Parish Secretaries Christmas Luncheon. A Christmas luncheon will be hosted by the Synod’s Support Staff for all Parish Secretaries on Tuesday, December 11 at noon at The Lutheran Center. An invitation with all the details is posted on the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/documents/2018-12-parish-secretaries-lunch.pdf. Please feel free to pass the invitation on to any retired parish secretaries you might know.

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.

Stewardship Resource Kit
ELCA Global Links

“Earthquake and tsunami devastate Sulawesi, Indonesia.” On September 28 a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Our prayers are with the people of Sulawesi during this time of mourning, rescue and recovery.

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

Phyllis Pellitier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is undergoing medical tests.

Jimmy Lee Werley (retired; werley556@aol.com) is recuperating at home following total knee replacement surgery.

► Phyllis Wolford (St. John, Tamaqua; pphyllis@ptd.net) is recuperating at home after surgery.


​​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 diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer that affects newborns and toddlers. She will need four rounds of 21-day chemotherapy. The plan is to shrink the tumor so that it can then be removed.

Janet Fisher, wife of Fred Fisher (retired; ffisher7@comcast.net), is receiving treatment for a brain tumor.

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

Drew J. Neidig will be ordained on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, Deer Park, New York.

Kristen Glass Perez will be installed as Chaplain at Muhlenberg College, Allentown on Sunday, October 28, at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Please RSVP to the college at http://muhlenberg.edu/chaplainrsvp.

Diana Pelletier will be installed as Deacon at St. John, Sinking Spring on Sunday, November 11, at 4:00 p.m.

Positions Available
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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 Organist Position (10-9)

Friedens (Friedensville), Center Valley seeks someone with great interpersonal skills who can capably lead our 9am worship service (ELW multiple settings) as well as our small Sr. Choir (approx. 6 members). Immediate opening; good salary; would like to have position filled before Advent. Please direct inquiries to friedens@ptd.net.

Director of a Children’s Learning Center (10-9)

Christ, Hellertown is seeking a director for our Children’s Learning Center. We are a Progressive Christian church, which values all faith traditions that seek to love and serve all people. Our Learning Center incorporates both a before/after school program (K-4) together with learning center (6 wks – Pre-K). Our learning center is a vital ministry to our church and community. We are looking for an experienced director who can lead our center with current and creative ideas in curriculum, staffing, and team building. Our director must meet Pa State qualifications. A detailed position description is available upon request at churchoffice@christlutheranhellertown.org. We offer a competitive package based upon experience. This position is available immediately. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Pastor Phil Spohn at pspohn@christlutheranhellertown.org.

P/T Social Media Ministry Director (9-5)

Zion Spies, Reading, is looking for a Social Media Ministry Director for our new Young Ministry initiative. You’d be hired for eight hours a week for up to three years. You’ll be working with church teams, the administrative assistant, the pastor, and you’ll be working inspired by your calling to ministry and fueled by your creativity. Your objective will be to extend, establish, and develop practices for being Christ’s community in the virtual spaces. Up-to-date social media platforms are your tools to reach out to folk of our congregation, develop new networks and ministry practices, and also to organize a few face-to-face events to ground your work in the here and now. We imagine you to be tech and social media savvy, conversant in the basics of Lutheran theology, mission oriented, with a heart for ministry, a team player ready to interlink with other folk’s ministries, and a good and fun communicator with people of all generations. We do not want to simply add content, but we want to use social media tools to create relationships through Christ with the community and beyond. If that’s for you, please apply by October 10 sending your application and your résumé to both Pastor Anja astuckenberger@gmail.com and to David dnawrocki@albright.edu.

P/T Organist/ Choir Director (9-7)

St. Matthew, Scranton, is seeking a part-time (8 hours/week) organist/choir director. Please submit a letter of application and resume with salary requirement to lutherangels@comcast.net. Substitute organists / pianists are also being sought.

P/T Secretary (9-7)

St. John, Whitehall (Fullerton), is looking for a Part-time Secretary for 15 hours per week at $12 per hour. Responsible for administrative operation of the church: typing, telephone and electronic correspondence, maintaining church activity calendar, telephone lists, and similar.Position requires attendance at monthly Church Council meeting (2nd Tuesday of month) to take minutes. Requires Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of Shepherd’s Staff (church software) a plus, but can be trained. Respond with cover letter and resume to Alison Boor at alisonboor@rcn.com.

P/T Sexton (9-10)

Part-time sexton needed by St. Paul, Reading. Approximately 12-15 hours per week. Upstairs nave must be cleaned once a week. Downstairs fellowship hall is heavily used by congregation and community and must be cleaned thoroughly once a week, bathrooms at least twice a week. Child Protection clearances are necessary. St. Paul’s is a non-smoking campus. Call (610-373-3135) or email (stpaullcreading@verizon.net) the Church for an application and a copy of the job description.

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.

P/T Church Treasurer (8-27)

St. John, 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.

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