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St. John’s Employment Opportunity!

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Lansdale, PA seeks a part-time Minister of Music for Children and Youth. Send resume to [email protected] by October 15, 2017. Position to begin January 1, 2018.

St. John’s United Church of Christ  Minister of Music for Children and Youth Position Description

  1. QUALIFICATION
  • Background and experience in music, with an emphasis on music in worship.
  • Music degree preferred, but not required.
  1. WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
  • Provide musical opportunities for the children and youth of St. John’s church.
  • Provide leadership for and direct the children’s choirs (currently Cherub and Junior Choirs).
  • Coordinate with the Minister of Music and staff in scheduling choirs to sing for worship services.
  • Select and prepare appropriate music for each of the choirs.
  1. ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
  • Coordinate with the Minister of Music and staff of St. John’s Church through meetings and consultations.
  • Purchase music and supplies for the children’s choirs within the parameters of the church budget.
  • Attend Board and Council meetings with accountability to the Board of Educators.
  1. MUSIC LEADERSHIP OUTSIDE OF WORSHIP
  • In coordination with the Minister of Music, provide leadership for monthly Sunday School singing sessions.
  • In coordination with the Minister of Music, provide musical leadership for Vacation Bible School.
  • Provide opportunities for musical outreach into the community by the children’s choirs as appropriate.
  • Participate in workshops, seminars, and continuing education events related to the work of this position, for the purpose of self-enrichment.
  1. PERSONNEL POLICIES

5.1 The personnel policies and guidelines for St. John’s UCC will apply to this position.

 

Our Staff  – St John’s is proud to have a staff that combines experience and tradition with youthful energy and new ideas. Our Senior Pastor has been on our staff over 35 years and our Minister of Music over 30 years. Our Associate Pastor has been with us 4 years and has proudly been part of the UCC her whole life!

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Meet the St. John’s Staff:

Rev. Dr. Susan C. Bertolette, Senior Pastor (“Pastor Sue”)

Pastor Sue Bertolette came to St. John’s in June of 1980, beginning as Associate Pastor just one day after her ordination into the Christian ministry. Upon earning her Doctor of Ministry degree in 1993, she, along with her colleague John Touchberry, began working together as co-pastors, and upon Dr. Touchberry’s retirement in 1999, Sue was elected as St. John’s Sr. Pastor. Sue views pastoral care and worship leadership as top priorities, seeking to offer sermons that speak to real life issues and provide concrete, tangible ways to address the challenges of daily life. She enjoys the creative challenge of writing a monthly column for the local newspaper, as well as opportunities to teach and lead study groups for all ages. Pastor Sue enjoys spending time with her family (husband Bob and grown children Jenny, John and John’s wife Kelly), reading, bicycling and ringing handbells. When Sue speaks of her ministry at St. John’s, among a people she lovingly refers to as a “wonderfully motley crew,” she has repeatedly affirmed “there is nowhere else I would rather be.”

Below: Rev. Sue is honored for her 35th anniversary as a pastor at St. John’s UCC – June 14, 2015.

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email Pastor Sue: [email protected]

Rev. Adelaide Stong , Associate Pastor (“Pastor Addie”)

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Pastor Adelaide (Addie) Stong serves as the Associate Pastor at St. John’s.  After attending Eastern University and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry, she went right on to attend Lancaster Theological Seminary where she graduated with a Masters of Divinity and a certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry.  St. John’s is her first call right out of seminary and she has felt God’s calling ever since she randomly (or maybe not so randomly) heard of “this great church in Lansdale” in the fall of her last year of seminary.  She remarks that, “St. John’s is truly a special place.  From the moment you walk in the door, you just feel a good and holy energy fill you up.” She is truly thrilled to be serving and learning along side the other staff members and wonderful people of the St. John’s community.

A native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, Addie loves spending time with her family, drinking good coffee, baking, spending time outside, laughing, and visiting with friends. Addie’s interests in ministry include youth and young adult ministry, children’s ministry, and outdoor ministry, but her passion in life is creatively connecting with any and all people, no matter the age or setting, through her writing, prayers, sermons, and “sharing life with people”.  Pastor Addie joined our staff in 2014.

email Pastor Addie: [email protected]

David L. Furniss, Minister of Music

Since 1987, David Furniss has been Minister of Music at St. John’s Church, overseeing a varied Music Ministry that includes music in worship as well as the events of St. John’s Artist Series.  Drawing on the richness of musical talent available among St. John’s members, he brings diverse musical experiences to worship each Sunday morning.  With a focus on traditional music, it is not uncommon to experience other styles as well, such as spirituals, Gospel, jazz, Dixieland, contemporary, and world music.  David’s interests beyond St. John’s community include travel, particularly in Mexico, as well as singing for Evensong services locally and in English Cathedrals.  With music degrees from The Ohio State University and Southern Methodist University, David brings a passion for music to St. John’s that welcomes and encourages participation by its members and the wider community.

email David: [email protected]

Grace Bruen, Interim Minister of Music for Children and Youth

Grace Bruen rejoined the St. John’s staff as Interim Minister of Music for Children and Youth in September, 2017, replacing her daughter, Allison, who held this position from 2014-2017. Prior to 2014, Grace held this position for 16 years, so she brings a great wealth of experience to this position until a permanent new director is introduced in 2018.

[email protected]

Lisa Delp, Church Office Administrator

Lisa Delp started as St. John’s new Office Administrator in October, 2016. Lisa came to us with a wealth of office experience and a deep understanding of “Church.” She is a lifelong member of Christ Covenant Church in Kulpsville.

[email protected]

Bill Bergey, Custodian

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email Bill:  [email protected]

Leroy Horst, Building & Grounds Supervisor

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email Leroy: [email protected]

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2005-06-05 Rev. Sue 25 Years at St. John's UCC

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