Monthly Resource Materials

January 2020

This Month’s Materials:

Parish Paper. The January 2020 issue of The Parish Paper. (Please note restrictions listed below on photocopying.)

Synod News. The February 2020 issue of Synod News insert for congregation newsletters and/or bulletins is available in several versions, both monochrome and color, on the Synod News page of the website.

Roster Changes

New Director of Youth, Young Adults, and Faith Formation.

Sammy Kelly (she/her/hers) is a 2019 graduate of United Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia where she earned a Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership. She continues to be on staff at New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Tripoli, where she has served for the past five years. Her husband, Billy Miller, was just hired as Youth Director at Lenape Valley Church in Doylestown and is pursuing the Crossroads Lay Leadership program at Moravian Theological Seminary. They are both excited to enter into a new year of life and ministry in 2020!

In this newly formed position, Sammy will provide leadership and support to both the Youth, Young Adult, and Family and the Faith Formation Ministry Teams of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. She looks forward to dreaming with and working alongside the many church leaders who love our youth, young adults, and Jesus. She is a 7 on the enneagram, always open to swapping dog stories, and would love if you were to email her at to introduce yourself and/or set up a time for conversation.

Restrictions on Photocopying:

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s purchase of a subscription to The Parish Paper includes:

  1. Permission to provide copies to our staff and the congregations within our jurisdiction in any of the following ways: E-mail, postal, newspaper, newsletter, meetings, training events, and our website.
  2. Permission for each congregation within our jurisdiction to (a) photocopy or electronically distribute for local use as many copies as it needs, (b) post them on its website, and (c) quote sentences and paragraphs.

Congregations within the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod to which we distribute The Parish Paper do NOT have permission (a) to delete the copyright ownership notice on page 2; (b) to re-write, paraphrase, delete or change the wording of sentences and paragraphs; or (c) to give any third party—other than our staff and constituents—permission to photocopy or reprint (in any quantity, no matter how small, whether for free distribution or for sale).