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Parish Secretaries’ Seminar

October 16, 2018 - October 17, 2018


Dear Parish Secretaries, Administrative Assistants, Business Managers, or Office Assistants:

You are cordially invited to join us this October 16 and 17, 2018 for the annual Parish Secretaries’ Seminar, which will again be held at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn, located in Bird-in-Hand, PA. (Download: Parish Secretaries’ Seminar Information)

The Bird-in-Hand Family Inn is located close to Lancaster attractions and outlet shopping and the welcoming atmosphere is another “plus”. Our meals will all be at the smorgasbord, which changes daily at each meal.

We are limited to seventy (70) registrations, so please send in your registration as early as possible to avoid being left out.

The Parish Secretaries’ Seminar is a one and a half day ecumenical, educational, non-profit seminar designed to provide opportunities to strengthen work skills needed in the modern office, to network with other secretaries/administrators, and to grow spiritually. Originally started by the Northeastern and Southeastern Pennsylvania Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we have expanded in recent years. As a result, secretaries, administrative assistants and office support personnel from every denomination are welcome. The topics covered vary each year, and are designed to be a mix of useful, on-the-job programs and personal growth. We do our best to schedule sessions that are relevant to the brand-new secretary and the veteran alike. We strongly encourage congregations and agencies of any church to provide this event as continuing education for their support staff.

  • For individuals arriving on Monday evening, a smorgasbord breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday in the restaurant.
  • For individuals arriving on Tuesday morning, a light continental breakfast will be available at the registration area in “D” lobby.
  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. followed by a full day of sessions interspersed with devotions, meals, and free time.
  • Wednesday will begin with breakfast at the smorgasbord, then devotions with Holy Communion, followed by another informative session.
  • The seminar will conclude following lunch on Wednesday.

This year’s theme is “Safe and Sound:  Body, Mind, and Soul”.  We will have two sessions on Tuesday, with each one presented twice so that no one misses out on either one.   Julia Menzo and Captain TJ DeLitta will present Physical Safety:  “Open Doors and Lock Downs”, which will cover personal safety in the workplace and worship.  Emotional Safety:  “Finding Your Zen”, will be presented by Pastor Ashley Rossi and will explore how we can develop an emotionally safe workplace.  At 12:00 noon, we will take a break for a delicious lunch at the smorgasbord, and switch sessions for the afternoon.

Following the afternoon session, you will have time to pick up your room key and for free time. You might want to enjoy the swimming pool, the exercise room, etc. that the hotel has to offer. There are so many wonderful things to do in the area:  outlet shopping, tours, sightseeing, just to name a few. We will gather in the Eagle Room at 6:00 p.m. for the basket raffle then, as a group, we will head over for dinner at 6:30 p.m.  At 7:45 p.m., we will host a Painting Party for those who pre-register (please note that we are limited to how many can participate – see the enclosed slip for more information).   Free time is available for those who are not attending the painting party.

Wednesday will begin with breakfast at the smorgasbord, which opens at 7:00 a.m., followed by devotions with Holy Communion at 9:00 a.m., led by our Spiritual Advisor, Pastor Ashley Rossi. Following that, Kathleen Kerin will present Safety in Spirit:  “How We Think About Ourselves as Made in the Image of God”, helping us to understand ourselves as Created by God and made in God’s image can help sustain us in times of ill or good.

Finances are a concern for many churches, so we do everything we can to keep costs down. The cost for this year’s seminar is again just $250, which includes one night’s lodging (double occupancy), five meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday), presenter fees, and workshop materials.  Please see the registration form for other options.

In order to help offset cost increases, we will again have a basket raffle. If you would like to donate a basket for the raffle, please indicate this on the registration form.

The enclosed registration form, along with your payment, must be received by July 20, in order to receive the early registration discount. Please make checks payable to Parish Secretaries’ Seminar. Send your completed form and payment to: Melody Scheffler, 1915 E. Pennsylvania Street, Allentown, PA  18109. NO registrations can be accepted after August 22.

Refunds (less a $50 processing fee) are available before July 20. For cancellations made between July 20 and August 22, half of the registration fee will be refunded. We will be unable to offer refunds for any cancellations received after August 22. If you find you must cancel your registration, please contact Melody Scheffler at 610-504-9355.

Sign-up and join us to be Safe and Sound! We truly believe it will be a blessing both to you and to the congregation or agency you serve. You will receive confirmation of your seminar registration and roommate assignment in September. A list of participants will be included for car-pooling. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact our Treasurer, Melody Scheffler, at 610-504-9355 or Robin Heckman, our Registrar, at 610-375-9216. We can’t wait to see you!


The Parish Secretaries’ Seminar Planning Committee


October 16, 2018
October 17, 2018
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Bird-In-Hand Family Inn
2740 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-In-Hand, PA 17505 United States
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(717) 768-1100