E-News for
December 29, 2020
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Synod Office Closed for the Christmas Holiday

December 23 – January 3

The synod office is closed for the Christmas holiday and will reopen again on Monday, Jan. 4.

New Email Address for the Bishop

Effective December 31 at 4:00 p.m., the bishop of the Northeastern PA Synod can no longer be contacted by email at bishop@nepsynod.org. The new email address for bishop deForest is bishopd@nepsynod.org.
IRS Standard Mileage Rate for 2021

Beginning January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rate as established by the Internal Revenue Service is 56.0 cents per mile for business miles driven. This is a decrease of 1.5 cents from the 2020 rate.
Lessons and Carols for the Feast of the Epiphany

January 6

Christ Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches, both of Allentown, are holding a “Lessons and Carols” service on Zoom for the Feast of the Epiphany. The service is on Wednesday, January 6 and begins at 7:30 pm; pre-service music will begin at 7:20. Music in the service will be both live and recorded – the recordings are from 2020 performances of Christ Lutheran’s 12th Night Festival. This ecumenical celebration is for everyone!

Zoom Information
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

► William Horn (retired; melchior@ptd.net) is currently in the Health Care Center at Luther Crest due to Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia.

​​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 
Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Ministry of Public Advocacy Request

This has been a year unlike any other. While many of us have remained safe and comfortable in our homes, not worried about our next meal or whether we can keep the heat on as temperatures plummet, nearly a quarter million Pennsylvania families are at imminent risk of eviction despite multiple eviction moratoriums.

Evictions would be devastating for these families at any time. However, in the middle of a pandemic with shelters and emergency housing severely reduced and subfreezing temperatures, the implications move from devastating to potentially deadly as evicted families experience not just exposure to the elements, but greater exposure to a virus that has already killed over 330,000 Americans.

Our leaders in Pennsylvania have the ability to do more to prevent this crisis, but so far have failed to act, despite having federal funding available that could have been used to help these families--our most vulnerable neighbors--when it is needed most. We are people of faith. We are the moral voices, and the time is now to demand compassion and justice for our vulnerable neighbors.

Please join us in signing an open letter to Governor Wolf and our General Assembly. We want to send this letter to them before the end of the year, and we would like to have as many signatures as possible by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 30.

Sign the Letter
Upcoming Installations

Positions Available
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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

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 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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