E-News for
February 4, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
Synod News and Upcoming Events 
 
 
 
 
Rostered Ministers Report and
Congregation Forms A & C Are Now Online

The Rostered Minister Report is a required annual filing that enables the Office of the Secretary to maintain the rosters of Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Ministers of Word and Service.


Forms A and C are annual forms that are to be filled out by each congregation. This information is submitted to the ELCA to help provide crucial data that assist in assessing the success of existing programs and in preparation of new resources. To fill out these forms you must have your congregation ID number and password. Passwords change from year to year. Congregation passwords can be found on the mailed Form A (top right).

 
 
Rostered MInisters Report
Congregation Form A & C
 
 
 
Retirement Luncheon for Bishop Zeiser

May 17

The Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District is planning a retirement luncheon for Bishop Zeiser, and they anticipate there may be extra tickets available. If you are interested, RSVP by February 28 to Jane Ringer with the number of tickets requested to janeer57@gmail.com or call 610-262-3000. Download a form to provide the name of your church, contact person, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail. They must confirm that the number of tickets you request are available prior to your sending the check by March 31.

 
 
Download RSVP Form
View the Invitation
 
 
 
Upcoming Events

February 8 & 15. Electing Our Next Bishop. You are invited to attend one of the following meetings, all of which are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

February 8: Christ Lutheran Church, 467 Main St., Conyngham.

February 15 : Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville.

Participants will discuss synod mission priorities and the skills/spiritual gifts needed in the next synod bishop. Information gathered at the three meetings will be collated and reported back at three meetings to be held in May (dates to be announced). Rostered ministers and all members of synod congregations are encouraged to attend.


March 21. Farm Family Appreciation Celebration. Doors open at 6:15 PM, but no earlier. Dinner buffet – 7:00 to 8:00 PM (Tables will be held for families that work late.) Hoedown and Country music by "The Outlaws," with line dance music between sets: 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Theme: Trucks. Feel free to support your favorite brand of truck! Hamburg Field House, Hamburg, PA - Exit #30 off I-78. For more information and to register, please visit: http://nepasynod.org/event/farm-family-appreciation/.


March 28. NEPA WELCA Spring Justice Retreat. 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church , 8227 Hamilton Boulevard Breinigsville, PA 18087. Theme: “Diversity – Reaching Across Barriers to Live as God’s People.” The day will focus on our call to action through advocacy and how advocacy is expressed in our daily lives. Keynote Speaker: Rev. Jeffrey J. Butz, Pastor at Zion’s Union Church Maxatawny and adjunct professor of World Religions at Penn State University, Allentown and Reading campuses. Afternoon Session Leader: Rev. Kristen Glass-Perez Muhlenberg College Chaplain. Download a Flyer (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-flyer-2020.pdf). Download the Registration Form (http://nepasynod.org/documents/NEPA-WELCA-spring-retreat-registration-2020.pdf).


March 28. Embracing the Full Household of God: How to know, serve, and love the refugees and immigrants in our communities. Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown. Embracing the Full Household of God is an all-day event designed to help participants reach out in love to immigrants and refugees in their communities. Learn real-life examples of what people who come into this country experience. Explore what scripture says about offering welcome and how the Church has done so throughout history. Understand the unique needs of immigrants and refugees in our communities and hear from others who have successfully developed meaningful relationships and effective programs. The event is free, but registration is required. Lunch is included.

More Information and Register: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07egv464ir4ec16536&llr=4o9pmhtab.

Download a Flyer: https://diobeth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Embracing-the-full-household-of-God.pdf.


May 1. Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District Retirement Luncheon for Bishop Samuel & Linda Zeiser. The Northern Lehigh Valley Mission District is planning a retirement luncheon for Bishop Zeiser, and they anticipate there may be extra tickets available. If you are interested, RSVP by February 28 to Jane Ringer with the number of tickets requested to janeer57@gmail.com or call 610-262-3000. Download a form to provide the name of your church, contact person, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail. They must confirm that he number of tickets you request are available prior to your sending the check by March 31. View the Invitation.

 
 
 
 
The Wider Church 
 
 
 
 
Embracing the Full Household of God

March 28

“How to know, serve, and love the refugees and immigrants in our communities.” Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown. Embracing the Full Household of God is an all-day event designed to help participants reach out in love to immigrants and refugees in their communities. Learn real-life examples of what people who come into this country experience. Explore what scripture says about offering welcome and how the Church has done so throughout history. Understand the unique needs of immigrants and refugees in our communities and hear from others who have successfully developed meaningful relationships and effective programs. The event is free, but registration is required. Lunch is included.

 
 
More Information & Register
Download a Flyer
 
 
 
Crossroads Spring Courses

The two Spring courses, which start in early April, will probably fill up fast. On Thursdays, the Rev. Joanne Marchetto will again teach our New Testament course. Jo puts special emphasis on biblical interpretation so that this course increases personal knowledge and prepares participants for teaching and preaching. Join us for this fascinating walk through the New Testament.


On Mondays we are offering our most popular course, Contextual Outreach. Dr. Jill Peters has taken over sixty congregations through this process of examining demographic data, exploring our context, and engaging local leaders for the purpose of developing a ministry plan focused on serving our neighbors. This course is open to individuals or discounted for church teams.


For more info or how to register or to check dates please go to: www.moravianseminary.edu/crossroads or contact Jill Peters at petersj2@moravian.edu.

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

► Kristen Edelman-Weiner (synod vice president; edelmanweiner@yahoo.com) is recovering after surgery.

► Robin Henry (Peace, Reading; robinlouise5@comcast.net) is hospitalized and dealing with a possible infection in her foot.

Kerry Kropa, husband of Jane Kropa (Huffs, Alburtis; pastor@huffschurch.com) will have rotator cuff surgery on Feb 7.


► Herb Michel died on January 31.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m., at Ziegels Lutheran Church, 9990 Ziegels Church Road, Breinigsville, PA 18031. A calling hour, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., will precede the worship service. There will also be a funeral service on Saturday, February 8, 11:00 a.m., at Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA 19426. There will be a visitation time at the church from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be sent to Pastor Michel’s sister, Annamarie Steinhofer, 6575 Tabor Avenue, Apartment 208, Philadelphia, PA 19111-5362.

► Phyllis Pelletier (Shepherd of the Hills, Dushore; pastorpa@ptd.net) is beginning treatment for early diagnosis of colon cancer.

Durrell Seip (retired; dseip81@gmail.com) and his wife, Lois. Durrell is dealing with ongoing health issues.

​​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.

► Beverly Eiche Kriner (deacon, retired; supermom_6@hotmail.com) is recovering from hip surgery.​​​​​​​

► 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.


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

 
 
 
 
Upcoming Installations
 
 
 
 

Tami Reichley will be ordained and installed as associate pastor at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus on Sunday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m


Tom Neel will be installed as pastor at St. Andrew, Easton on Sunday, March 15, at 3:30 p.m.

 
 
 
 
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 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 Asst. Office Administrator (1-15)

Union, Schnecksville is seeking a talented individual to serve as Asst. Office Administrator. This person will assist with administrative services to the Pastor, Church Council, and committees in order to facilitate the Christian mission of the congregation. The position is part-time, 32 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Must possess general administrative office skills, the ability to effectively multi-task, strong organizational skills, and be proficient in Microsoft Office software. Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Appropriate background checks and clearances expected. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Union Lutheran Church, 5500 Route 873, Schnecksville, PA 18078, or via email to office@ulclv.org.


P/T Director of Music (1-6)

Reformation, Reading, is seeking a creative director of music to lead our congregational song using organ and piano, and a choir of 15 people for two Sunday services each week. We have an Allen organ, and a 7-foot Yamaha grand piano. Send resume to pastor@reformationlutheran.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.


F/T Office Manager (11-26)

Bear Creek Camp and Conference Center (3601 Bear Creek Blvd, Wilkes Barre PA 18702) is looking for an Office Manager to provide support for the staff, volunteer leadership, and the overall ministry of the camp. Year-round, full-time, hourly-paid with responsibilities for: summer camp and 2nd season programing - primarily in registration management; clerical - receptionist, file management, mailing coordination, and schedule oversight; financial – record keeping, bill paying, salaries, and financial reporting; database management. A full job description and application are available on the camp website: http://bearcreekcamp.org/employment-opportunities/. Direct any other questions through the camp email: bccamp@bearcreekcamp.org.


P/T Music Director (11-22)

St. John, Sinking Spring, is seeking an energetic, qualified professional to fill the position of Music Director. The prospective candidate will be proficient on organ (Casavant Opus 3893 pipe organ) and piano and have the ability to provide a blend of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary. Ideally, the candidate will also lead the senior choir. We have two services on Sunday and the choir sings at the later service. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes 4 weeks of paid vacation time. Full job description available upon request: 610-678-1088 or pastor@saintjohnss.com. Please send resume to: St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4125 Penn Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608.​​​​​​​

 
 
 
 
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