E-News for
June 9, 2020
More Resources for Congregations During the Pandemic
Here to Serve: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders

Wednesdays, 1PM Central

You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church and throughout society. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in the time of COVID-19, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation.

More Information and Zoom Invite
Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic

A new in-depth resource of safe practices for worship during the pandemic has been created by an ecumenical consultation. In addition to representatives from several denominations in the United States, the consultation team included scientists and medical professionals.

Download the Resource
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
Baccalaureate Worship Service Video

The Youth, Young Adult & Family Ministry Team Baccalaureate worship service is posted on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA Facebook page. It will be available until the end of this week and features multiple high school and college graduates in our synod, a sermon from one of our YoYoFa co-conveners, and greetings and blessings from Bishop Zeiser. Please make every effort to share this upcoming worship celebration with your graduates.

Upcoming Events

July 11 & 18. 9:00 am – 12:00 PM. Information Gathering Sessions – Follow Up Meetings. Remember the surveys (at the three Info Gathering meetings throughout the Synod in February, and online) that were completed in advance of the next NEPA Synod Bishop election, and the promised follow-up meetings? Well, given COVID-19, we’ve adjusted plans from in-person meetings to summarize survey results and develop preliminary questions for the Bishop candidates to Zoom sessions that you can connect to from home. Please register in advance for this meeting - persons may attend the Zoom meetings even if they were not present at one of the earlier sessions. There are two separate Zoom Registration Requests below - one for a meeting on July 11th, the second for July 18th. We will limit registrations for each meeting to the first 100 to do so. If we become “over-subscribed”, we will consider additional sessions.

[Register for July 11] https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwof-2uqDopEtyFbMwSgHRB42PFV3vfznBA

[Register for July 18] https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudOGqrjgpGdde-u1Wj2YH13s7y5ittsDt

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 
Department of Health COVID-19 Testing Initiative

The PA Department of Health is looking to form strategic partnerships with churches across the state to take on some tasks:

  1. Highlighting programs across the state, that are addressing the needs of vulnerable populations during the pandemic,
  2. Identifying where gaps in service still exist, and
  3. Putting forward recommendations for programs/ initiatives that will best serve individuals in these more vulnerable communities during this time.

These recommendations will be communicated to the Lieutenant Governor’s COVID19 Health Equity Task Force that was recently formed. At this time, the Health Equity Response Team is looking to develop strategic partnerships across the state with religious organizations, churches and leaders around a specific initiative that would expand access to COVID-19 testing in low income and communities of color. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Tirzah McClinton (tmcclinton@pa.gov) and cc: the Rev. Sandy Strauss (s.strauss@pachurches.org).

Read about a similar program in New York State
Please Remember the Following in Your Prayers
​​New and Updates

► Mike Frost and family (Holy Trinity, Palmerton; htpastor@ptd.net). Lois Siemasko, his mother-in-law, who lives with the family, is hospitalized dealing with a blood infection (sepsis). And their nephew, Michael Daulerio (an Army 2nd Lieutenant currently in the National Guard while completing college) is currently leading his platoon in the streets of Philadelphia.

​​Continuing in Our Prayers

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

► Don Billeck (retired; djbilleck18@yahoo.com) is now recovering at home.

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

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

► Jennifer Heavner (Star of Bethlehem, Bethlehem; pbandjheavner@gmail.com) is undergoing chemotherapy.

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

► Roy Olson (retired; gracecameronolson@gmail.com) suffered a broken vertebra in his neck in an auto accident and is undergoing physical therapy.

► Phyllis Pelletier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is recovering at home after a hospitalization from effects of chemotherapy.

► 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; durrellseip87@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Both are dealing with ongoing health issues.

Upcoming Installations

Wes Poole's installation as pastor at Good Shepherd, Wilkes-Barre has been postponed.

Colleen Cox installation as pastor at Grace, Shillington has been postponed.

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 Organist and Choir Director (3-26)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks an Organist and Choir Director (approximately 20 hours per week) to 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. 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 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.

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