E-News for
April 9, 2019
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Portico to Answer Medicare Advantage Questions

April 25

On Thursday, April 25, at 1;00 p.m., representatives of Portico and Humana will be at Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Boulevard, Wyomissing. They will make a presentation and answer questions in regard to the Medicare Advantage program that provides insurance coverage for many of our retired pastors.
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Upcoming Events

April 11. Youth Ministry Network Gathering. The Lutheran Center, 12-1.30 p.m. Bring your own Lunch, your questions, ideas and resources. We are here to support each other as we do the zany work of Youth Ministry. Please RSVP to Deaconess Deborah Graf at dgraf@trinityreading.org. (The next weekend meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 am at Advent, West Lawn. We will be trying to meet in various areas of our synod. Please share the invitation and dates with those in your congregations who work with children and youth.)

May 4. 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. Sponsored by the Faith Formation Resource Ministry Team. For more information, visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/ministry-fair.

May 5. May Play Day. Join others from around the synod for the annual May Play Day! What can you expect? Games for all ages. Adventures: rock-climbing wall, boating, hiking, high ropes course and more. Dinner and singing. For senior high youth and their advisors/parents – an info meeting on the 2018 youth gathering and the synod’s Lutheran Youth Fellowship organization. The cost is $4 for children who are 12 years and younger. For everyone else the cost is $8. Explore the camp – rain or shine – and enjoy a fun day outdoors. For more information and to register, please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/may-play-day.

May 18. Class for Lay Persons. Pastor Greg Frey (St. Paul, Douglassville) will be leading our next class on May 18, 9;00 am to noon. The topic will be "From Papyrus to iPad," a study which traces the transmission or Holy Scripture from ancient times to today. 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, May 15 by contacting Deacon Marlane Druckenmiller at marlane@nepsynod.org.

May 20. Lutheran Day of Advocacy — Set a Welcome Table! Bring Your Faith to the Table. On May 19 and 20, join people of faith from around Pennsylvania for inspiration, education and participation — in worship, service, learning and advocacy. We will focus on setting bigger, more welcoming, tables in our lives, our congregations, our communities and our Commonwealth. Bring a friend — or a team! Keynote speaker Kathryn Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment will offer a vision of what it could mean to live into the proposed Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment, to be considered at the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. For more information and to register visit: https://www.lutheranadvocacypa.org/event/lutheran-advocacy-days-in-the-capital/.

June 1. Synod Assembly. “Freed in Christ for a New Day.” Genetti Inn and Suites in Hazleton. This is a one-day event. Registration cost for voting members will be only $100, while visitors this year will pay $20 (which covers the cost of the full luncheon). Any and all are encouraged to attend. Please visit the synod website at http://nepasynod.org/event/assembly-2019 for more information and to register.

November 5-6. Bishop’s Conference 2019 – Save the Date!  “Letting Go of Certainty in Order to Survive.” Presenter: Dr. Peter Enns. Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Download a poster.

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Always Being Made New: Campaign for the ELCA

Since the launch of the campaign, ELCA members, including those in our Northeastern PA Synod, have contributed $181 million in current gifts, as well as an additional $45 million in planned gifts, to support campaign ministries. You are making a difference in this church and around the world — thank you! With just three months to go, please prayerfully discern whether you can make another “first fruits” gift to the campaign. We have accomplished so much through The Campaign for the ELCA, and we couldn’t have done it without your partnership. Let’s finish strong as church together!

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

 Herbert Michel (retired; hmichel60@gmail.com) is recuperating at home from two foot operations.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

 Leilani, the infant daughter of Becky Blitch and Eliot Rodriquez, granddaughter of David (Salem Belleman’s, Mohrsville; revblitch@msn.com) and Karen Blitch whose surgery on February 27 was successful, and she is now at home again.

► Mike Bodnyk (Faith, Whitehall; mbodn@aol.com) continues to receive chemo therapy treatment for cancer.

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

 Deb Gifford (UCC Pastor serving Trinity, Gouglersville; gifforddk@aol.com) continues her recovery from surgery and is anticipating additional treatment.

Elizabeth Haines (On Leave from Call; ehaines@rcn.com) is recovering at home after surgery.

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

Positions Available
New Listings:

P/T Music Director (4-9)

Trinity, Bangor is seeking a part-time Music Director. Position pays based on experience and education. For more information, please contact Pr. Larry Laine at telcbangor@gmail.com or 757-613-712 (cell phone) or 610-522-2023 (church phone).

F/T Office Manager (4-5)

Christ, Hellertown is seeking an Office Manager to manage the church office. Full time position, 40 hrs/week. Church administrative experience necessary. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Outlook, and Publisher needed. Shepherd Staff is helpful. Christ Lutheran Church has a staff of 20 employees. We are an active church requiring attention to details and organization skills. Salary based upon experience. Please send a letter of interest and a resume to: Pastor Phil, churchoffice@christlutheranhellertown.org. Please type “Office Manager” in the subject line. Position available now. Detailed position description is available upon request.

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.

Director of Christian Education (4-1)

Grace, Shillington seek a part-time Director of Christian Education, 25 hours per week; specific days and hours are negotiable. The Director of Christian Education will oversee, coordinate, and administer the Christian education of Grace children and youth, and participate in community outreach to support the growth of the congregation. Bachelor’s Degree in education, ideally with an emphasis on religion. Teaching experience is preferred. Clearances and background checks are required. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate with children according to their age level and ability to understand, and possess good organizational, planning, and leadership skills. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is preferred. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education. Qualified candidates are to submit their resume electronically to council@graceshillington.org. Deadline for applications is April 19.

P/T Sexton (4-1)

Huff’s Union Church, Alburtis seeks a trustworthy employee who will be responsible for keeping buildings secure. Duties include light maintenance and cleaning of buildings on our campus. Experience with room set-up and maintaining supplies. Must be good with verbal communication and be able to work unsupervised. Also needs to maintain knowledge of schedules and events for buildings. We offer a competitive salary and flexible hours. Background checks required. No phone calls please. Qualified applicants please send letter of interest to: James Meitzler Sr., Committee Chair, C/O Huffs Church, 540 Conrad Rd, Alburtis PA 18011 or e-mail James at pamij6@gmail.com.

P/T Church Custodian/Sexton (3-23)

St Mark, Bethlehem Township offers a part-time (10-12 hrs/wk) position maintaining our church. Responsibilities include weekly cleaning and maintenance of the church, unlock church for Sunday service and special services. Requirements: High School Diploma or equivalent; subject to background check; good organizational and communication skills; ability to work independently; ability to lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds; possess working knowledge of the methods, techniques, and materials used in custodial work. Please send resume along with references to St.Marks_lutheran@yahoo.com.

F/T Chaplain (3-21)

Luther Crest, Allentown is seeking a full-time chaplain. General Responsibilities: Responsible for providing spiritual leadership and spiritual services to residents, families, and staff. Visits all nursing care and personal care/assisted living residents upon admission/ move-in and at least quarterly. Maintain notes for each visit on the chart of each resident in the nursing care center and personal care/assisted living. Provides and/or coordinates worship opportunities for residents, e.g., weekly and special worship services, Bible studies, communion (group or private), bedside prayer. For a full description, please visit https://pm.healthcaresource.com/cs/diakon#/job/2916.

P.T Treasurer (3-17)

St. Peter’s, Pen Argyl (Plainfield Township) has an opening for a church treasurer. The candidate should be familiar with payroll, Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, Access and/or other financial management software. Hours average approximately 7 hours/week. Salary is $5,100/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, by calling the church office at 610.863.6859 or emailing stpetersplainfield@ptd.net.

P/T Youth Director (3-12)

Are you an enthusiastic Christian who can articulate your faith in creative and joyful ways? Do you see children and youth as being more than just “the future of the church?” Have you had experience creating opportunities for people to make connections and develop relationships? Can you create a plan and follow it through to the end? Can you be flexible and roll with the punches when the plan doesn’t work? Do you play well with others?

Most importantly, are you convinced that God loves us even though we don’t deserve it and can’t do a thing to earn God’s love? If these questions intrigue you, please send your letter and resume to office@kellerschurch.org for more information about how you might become a part time member of our staff at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

PT Minister of Music (3-11)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and/or piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information. Pastor’s email is ryehillfarms@comcast.net or office@readinggrace.org.

F/T Executive Director (3-6)

Bear Creek Camp is looking to fill the position of Executive Director. With a firm commitment to Christ and the Church, the Executive Director serves the mission and vision of Bear Creek Camp through directing its ministries, developing financial resources, developing strategic relationships with individuals and organizations, and ensuring that all programs are consistent with the mission, vision, and philosophy of Bear Creek Camp. The full job description can be found here: https://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities. Please send all resumes and inquiries to: jobs@bearcreekcamp.org.

P/T Minister of Music (2-28)

Grace, Reading is seeking a PT Minister of Music to direct one adult choir and play for one Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 AM. The candidate should be familiar with the Lutheran liturgy found in the ELW Hymnal and have proficiency in playing a pipe organ and piano. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send references and resume to Grace Lutheran Church, 33 South 11th St., Reading, Pa. 19602 or call Pastor Burl Latshaw at 484-366-4193 for additional information.

P/T Choir Director and/or Keyboardist (2-28)

St. Paul, Tannersville seeks a part-time (10-15 hours per week) individual(s) to fill the choir director and accompanist roles. Versatility in playing the organ, piano, and electric keyboard is desired. Two choirs (adult vocal and bells) provide musical leadership for one Sunday liturgical service (9:00 am) as well as evening Lenten services and weddings/funerals. First Sunday of the month is contemporary worship with praise band. Salary is commensurate with experience and level of musicianship. Please send resume and requests for full job descriptions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, attn. Personnel Committee, P. O. Box 196, Tannersville, PA 18372, or by e-mail: parishcoordinator@stpaultannersvillepa.org.

P/T Music Ministry Director (1-23)

Provides choral and instrumental music leadership for 2 services each Sunday morning as well as for special services. Duties include playing organ and piano to lead liturgy and hymns; selecting appropriate music for each service; rehearsing and directing choirs and instrumentalists; meeting with pastor and Worship & Music Committee for planning. This is a part-time position (approximately 20 hours per week). Salary commensurate with training and experience. Send resume to: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Attn: Music Ministry Director Search Committee, 501 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, PA 18049 or info@stjohnsemmaus.org.

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.

Items Available 

Wanted: Large Print LBW (3-26)

Contact Bill Dimmich 610-360-0946.

Three bowl sink with drainboards (3-26)

71” x 69” commercial, stainless steel, three bowl sink with drainboards. Faucets available also. Free will offering appreciated. Available at St. John’s ELC, Boyertown. Contact Donnie at 610.367.6693 if interested.​​​​​​​

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