E-News for
March 17, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Assembly 2020 Postponed
to October 22-24

Because of concerns regarding COVID-19, Assembly 2020 is postponed. The next available date at Kalahari was October 22-24. Bishop Zeiser will continue to serve until a new bishop is elected. More information will be published when available.
 
 
 
 
 
Cancelations:

Class for Lay Persons
Farm Family Appreciation Dinner
NEPA WELCA Spring Justice Retreat
Embracing the Full Household of God 

In light of the current concerns regarding COVID-19, both the Lay School and the Farm Family Appreciation Dinner scheduled for this Saturday are canceled, as well as the NEPA WELCA Spring Justice Retreat and Embracing the Full Household of God scheduled for Saturday, March 28.
 
 
 
 
 
Pennsylvania Sales Tax Certificates

Some congregation leaders are asking about the status of the Pennsylvania Sales Tax Certificates that are expiring at the end of this month. The synod submitted the necessary renewal paperwork to PA Department of Revenue, Bureau of Registration & Taxpayer Management, in October and on January 13 forwarded to them a “Parent Church” spreadsheet listing all of our ministries. The Bureau of Registration & Taxpayer Management is working to get new certificates issued before the current ones expire. The synod has not heard whether or how the current COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting their ability to do so.

 
 
 
 
 
Boundary Training in 2020

All rostered ministers are required to take part in a workshop every four years. If you missed our synod’s workshops offered in 2018, boundary training will be offered in 2020 by the Lehigh Presbytery. See the information below.


May 21 from 9.00 am.—3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St, Bethlehem PA 18017. Registration Deadline May 7.


October 14 from 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Rd. Reading, PA 19606. Registration Deadline September 30.


For questions or more information please contact: Rev. Rhonda K. Kruse, Lehigh Presbytery at rkruse.lehighpby@gmail.com or 610-391-9020.

 
 
 
 
 
Marriage Preparedness Series

Although Lutheran Congregational Services is no longer sponsoring the Marriage Prep Series, the instructor, Pastor Sandra Brown is still offering the classes. The class is a full day, designed to cover some of the basic topics of pre-marital counseling, such as communication, finances, and self-care. The schedule for 2020 is as follows:


April 25, Trinity, Lansdale

June 6, NEPA Synod office, Allentown

July 25, Grace, Royersford

September 5, NEPA Synod office

October 17, Trinity, Lansdale


For more information, contact Peace Lutheran Church, pelcachurch@yahoo.com, or call 215/638-3063.

 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events


Electing Our Next Synod Bishop.

Please note: These will be rescheduled.

April 25 - Bern Lutheran Church, 820 W. Leesport Rd., Leesport (turn west off 183 for one block on W. Leesport Rd turning at the traffic light at CVS)

May 9 - Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville

May 16 - Christ Lutheran Church, 467 Main St., Conyngham

All meetings will be held from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. These sessions are to follow up on the recent survey meetings. Participants will discuss synod mission priorities and the skills/spiritual gifts needed in the next synod bishop. Preliminary questions will also be developed for Bishop candidates at Synod Assembly. Rostered ministers and lay members of synod congregations are encouraged to attend.


October 17. We Love… Trinity, Reading, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We Love… will be a day of workshops for congregational leaders to learn how to help their congregations be more welcoming to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families. We Love… is open to pastors, deacons, council members, congregation members, church unaffiliated, Sunday School teachers and learners, gay, straight, bi, trans, +, young, old, you and everyone. Come learn why, how and who We Love… For more information, please visit http://nepasynod.org/event/we-love/.


October 22-24. Assembly 2020. Information on the postponed Assembly will be published as available.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
One License Offers Gratis Licenses
to Help Cope with Covid-19 Challenges

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, ONE LICENSE—together with hundreds of our Member Publishers—is honored to assist worshipping communities worldwide during this extraordinary time. We are able to provide two different gratis license options valid through April 15, 2020.


A ONE LICENSE Reprint License grants churches, schools, religious communities, retreat centers, and other worshiping bodies permission to reprint or project music for their congregations from any of our Member Publishers. A ONE LICENSE Podcast / Streaming License grants permission to podcast or stream religious services that contain music from our Member Publishers. For new customers or for existing customers who do not already have a Podcast / Streaming License, ONE LICENSE is able to offer a one-month gratis license, valid through April 15, 2020.

 
 
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VANCO Webinar: Three Mobile eGiving Tools for Easter Success 
March 17 at 1:00 p.m.

After more than 20 years of preparing churches for the Easter donation push, we know this is typically when attendance is at its spring peak. With the latest news on COVID-19, make sure you're prepared to help your members and guests support your mission regardless of whether they're in the church or attending virtually. We’re spilling our Easter eGiving secrets in our upcoming webinar, Three Mobile eGiving Tools for Easter Success. Register now, and you’ll see how introducing eGiving through text, mobile app and a mobile card reader will maximize donations and simplify payments at every Easter event.


When you have the right tools in place, encouraging generosity during the Easter season is easy. Join our Easter eGiving experts on Tuesday, March 17 at 10 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. MT / 12 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. ET to see how it’s done.


P.S. Can’t make that day/time? We’ll be recording this webinar session and will send a copy to all registrants - even if you can’t join us.

 
 
Register for the Webinar
 
 
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
 
 
 
 
 
​​New and Updates

► Oliver Brown (St. James, Wapwallopen; bskindeer@aol.com) will have back surgery at the end of April.


​​Continuing in Our Prayers


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

► Ed Cloughen (retired; EWC4PAR@aol.com) is receiving rehabilitation after a fall.

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

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

► Linda Maule (deacon, Light of Christ; maule@ptd.net) and her husband, Gordon. Linda is recuperating at home after hip replacement surgery, and Gordon is dealing with a number of health issues.

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


► 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; dseip81@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.


Kerry Smart, husband of Jane Kropa (retired; gawain2324@gmail.com) is recovering at home after surgery.


► Stan Trout (retired; srtrout@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization.

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Wes Poole will be installed as pastor at Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m.


Colleen Cox will be installed as pastor at Grace, Shillington on Sunday, June 14. Time TBD.

 
 
 
 
Positions Available
 
 
 
 
New Listings:


 
 
 
 
 
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 Office Administrator (3-4)

St. Paul, Fleetwood seeks a part-time office administrator. 7.5 hours daily Monday through Thursday. Attendance at monthly Council meetings and quarterly Staff meetings. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the congregation and facility. Supports the Pastor and Staff. Maintains church calendar. Recruits and schedules volunteers as needed. Insures timely production, final edit, emailing and mailing of monthly newsletter. Prepares weekly worship service bulletins. Orders and maintains supplies for the operation of the church’s administrative functions. Maintains files both hard copy and electronic. Ensures proper maintenance of all office equipment. Coordinates compilation and submission of parochial reports and annual report booklet. Maintains church member database. Contact person for community groups using the church facility. If interested please send a cover letter and resume to: St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Questions: Contact Pastor Tom Lang at 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.


P/T Ministry Assistant (2-26)

St. Paul, Fleetwood, seeks a part-time Ministry Assistant. Approximately 10 hours per week at $15 per hour. The Ministry Assistant will work under the direction of the Pastor. This will require at least one meeting each week with the Pastor (and other staff members if needed). The job will be to serve as support staff for Youth & Family Ministries. This will involve interacting with the Adult Youth Leaders, the Christian Education Director and the Catechism Teachers in order to create and plan activities designed to address the needs of Youth and their families. To apply or for more information contact Pr. Tom Lang, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 East Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522. 610-944-8388 or pastor@spelcfleetwood.com.


P/T Director of Music (1-24)

Trinity, Topton is seeking a Music Director. Trinity holds one service each Sunday at 9:00. Our Music Director supports our services by playing organ, piano and leading our choir. Trinity has a fantastic 22 rank organ that was installed 5 years ago. Please send resume to trinitytop@aol.com.


P/T Parish Secretary (1-24)

St. John, Mohnton is looking for a Parish Secretary. 20 hours/week. Needs proficiency in MS Office. The Parish Secretary provides administrative services within St. John’s for worship services and ministries, records financial contributions, and oversees day-to-day operations. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a resume to pastor@stjohnsmohnton.org.


P/T Cleaning and Maintenance (12-24)

Huffs Union Church, Alburtis, is looking for a person to clean campus buildings, perform light maintenance and maintain supplies. We offer competitive hourly rates and flexible hours. Background checks are required. Send a resume and references to James Meitzler Sr., Personnel Committee Chair to C/O Huffs Union Church 540 Conrad Rd., Alburtis, Pa 18011.


P/T Volunteer Coordinator (12-10)

St. Josephs Hill, Boyertown is hiring a part-time volunteer coordinator. The purpose of this position is to provide all members an opportunity to serve as volunteers in the congregation; and to coordinate the ways in which members are identified, recruited, trained, and supported in volunteer ministries. This position will also contribute to the church’s mission and the members’ spiritual growth through volunteer services. A maximum of 15 hours a week, including a bi-weekly staff meeting is required to fulfill these duties. The hours will fluctuate depending on the season, and the hours are flexible. If you would welcome an opportunity to plan and organize our volunteers, please contact Jill at 610-369-0990 for a complete job description.


P/T Choir Director (12-9)

St Daniel, Robesonia, is seeking a Choir Director to join the congregation’s music ministry team. This is a part-time position be serving weekly from September 1 through the Day of Pentecost with one rehearsal plus Sunday off each month while leading a 12 to 15 voice choir. An additional responsibility is working with the Reading Pops Orchestra to present the extremely popular Annual Christmas Vesper Service. Questions or resumes should be labeled “Confidential, Choir Director Applicant” and can be sent to the church at 480 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551 or by e-mail to stdanch@comcast.com.

 
 
 
 
Items Available 
 
 
 
 

Kyocera TK-477/479 Compatible Toner Cartridges

Friedens, New Ringgold has seven brand-new Kyocera TK-477/479 compatible toner cartridges that are free to anyone who will pick them up. If interested, please contact Pr. Ken Melber at pastorken86@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 
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