E-News for
June 23, 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.

We welcome back Dr. Martin Lohrmann on June 24. He is the Associate Professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Among other works, he is the author of Book of Harmony: Spirit and Service in the Lutheran Confessions (Fortress, 2016) and the forthcoming Stories from Global Lutheranism: A Historical Introduction (Fortress, expected summer 2020). Using the 1966 documentary A Time for Burning as a starting point, participants will learn about and discuss the ways that racism has impacted the witness and ministry of white Lutheran congregations in the United States. The session will also discuss antiracist values and strategies that people can use in daily life.

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Face Coverings Available to Churches

It was announced during the White House National Faith Leaders Call last week that a supply of face coverings are being made available at no cost to community-based organizations. This could be up to 500 per ministry reports Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Advocacy staff who listened in on the call. Click on the button below to order through the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at HHS.

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Synod News and Upcoming Events 
On Sunday, Sept. 13, congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will come together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. This year our church — and our world — are living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. We miss gathering with family and friends to share God’s love in person. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.

While we’re not sure what the impact of this crisis will look like in September, we continue to be church together. As you explore opportunities to participate in our dedicated day of service, please visit https://ELCA.org/DayOfService for helpful planning resources. And if your congregation cannot participate on Sept. 13, please consider another day for your service activities.

Information Gathering Sessions Cancelled

The Information Gathering Team is canceling the two Survey Results and Preliminary Question Development sessions planned for Zoom July 11 and 18, principally owing to Synod Leadership considering options for 2020 Synod Assembly and Bishop Elections at their July 14 Synod Council meeting. However, to ensure the Information Gathering Team still provides timely feedback to those who completed surveys and anyone with interest, a YouTube recording reviewing Survey Results and Analysis will be made available for anyone in the Synod to play on-demand. That video will be provided via normal Synod communication channels by the time of the previously scheduled first Zoom meeting, July 11.

Upcoming Events

June 24. Growing Young is Back! The June Youth Ministry Network Lunch will focus on the second chapter of Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin. It will be held on Wednesday, June 24 at 12 p.m. and is open to all youth leaders (staff, volunteer, clergy, and lay) in Northeastern PA Synod. You can join the meeting at this link. If you are interested in participating but are in need of a book, please email sammy@nepsynod.org. We will focus on Growing Young for the remainder of 2020. The full YMN lunch/brunch schedule can be found below. Additionally, our We Love planning team will meet at 10 a.m. on the same day. If you would like to join that meeting prior to our Youth Ministry Network lunch, please email sammy@nepsynod.org.

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/.

The Wider Church 
Seeds Monthly

“ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy.” The ELCA has reaffirmed its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy “following the recent murders of Black Americans,” the Conference of Bishops said in a statement. The ELCA’s social policy resolution, “Condemnation of White Supremacy and Racist Rhetoric,” was adopted by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

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

► Jean Huber (Arndt’s, Easton; jlhuber@ptd.net) is receiving physical therapy at home after knee replacement surgery.

​​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.

► 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:

P/T Director of Christian Education (6-18)

Allegheny, Mohnton seeks a Director of Christian Education whose 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. 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.

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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