This Week in PNEC --- November 2, 2017 - November 10, 2017


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

610-826-3113; FAX 610-826-5464


          Bonnie Bates                      Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

          Barbara Jennings              Patty Rehrig



The United Church of Christ holds NYE national youth events every 4 years (the next being in 2020) and Regional Youth Events (we are part of the Eastern group) every 4 years (the next being in 2018) - watch for details. These events are held every 4 years and bring UCC youth together for 4 days of praise music, worship, challenging speakers, fun and much fellowship!
Our next UCC Eastern Regional Youth Event 2018,will be held July 19-22, 2018, bringing together UCC youth from the Mid-Atlantic and New England states, to be held in western Pennsylvania at California University of Pennsylvania. Our theme for the event is the 3 Great Loves: neighbor, children, and creation.  The event is open to Youth in Grades 7-12 (includes those who just completed 6th and are entering 7th as well as those who graduated high school just before the event). Cost: $350.00 per person for double occupancy. Click to go to the UCC ERYE Facebook page



The PNEC Sunday supply list has been updated.  If you have a copy of the older list, please toss it and download a new one by clicking here or you can also find it on the PNEC website

  PNEC Disaster Ministries
Update 10.26.17
to see the
FULL UPDATE , please click here

To keep updated with the UCC's Disaster Response and Resources, please go to

November 19 - INSTALLATION - 10AM - Rev.
    Dale Sattizahn will be installed as pastor of
    St. Peter's UCC, Tatamy
December 3 - INSTALLATION - 3PM - Rev. Russell Campbell
    will be installed as pastor of Zion's Stone of West Penn
    Twp., 45 Cemetery Rd., New Ringgold
December 10 - ORDINATION - 2PM - Kayli Freeman - Union
    UCC, Neffs
Kayli Freeman was elected Associate Pastor at Union UCC,
     Neffs effective November 28, 2017. 
The Reverend Dr. Laurene B. Bowers was unanimously 
   elected as the Pastor for Congregational Care/Lead Pastor for Christ UCC, Bethlehem at a special worship service on October 8, 2017. We are very excited for Laurene to commence her ministry at Christ UCC in early January 2018.  
Children's Sermon
for Nov. 5 (based on Mt. 23:1-12) 
Items needed:  Flashlight, mirror.   ( If possible, dim the lights in the sanctuary during the children's sermon.)  Show kids flashlight and ask them what it is. Turn it on and ask one of kids to come over to the right side of everybody else and hold the flashlight so it points towards the group, but not directly.  Then take out mirror and ask kids what it is.   Then stand in such a way that you angle mirror so that light from flashlight shines directly into each kid's face, one at a time.  In today's Bible reading, Jesus talks about something called humility.  This is one way to understand what humility is. Humility is when a person's heart  is in the right place so that it reflects the love of God, just like this mirror needs to be in a certain place to reflect the light from the flashlight to get into your eyes.  As we try to love God and give our lives to God, our hearts get in the right place to shine God's love and light into the lives of other people.
- Rev. David Quinn

4 - 10AM - Response Team Training - Conf. Office
7 - 10AM-12Noon - Interim Gathering - Conference Office
7 - Easton AMC Clergy - St. John's, Nazareth
8 - 9:30AM - PNEC Faith Formers - City View Diner, Whitehall
9 - 9:30-11AM - Licensed/Commissioned Mentor Group - Conf. Office
10 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Veteran's Day
13 - 10AM - Licensing/Commissioning MID Committee - Conf. Office
15 - 9AM - Ordained Church & Ministry Committee - Conf. Office
16 - 11AM - Annual Meeting Planning - Conf. Office
16 - Noon - Clergy Convocation Mission Team - Carriage House, Palm
16 - 2PM - Committee on Ministry Chairs - Conf. Office
19 - 10AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Dale Sattizahn, St. Peter's, Tatamy
20 - Noon-2PM - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED for Staff Meeting
21 - 11:45AM - Blue Mountain AMC Clergy - Katie's Family Restaurant, 6397 Route 309, New Tripoli
21 - 9:00AM - 4PM - Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Committee Reviews - Conf. Office
22 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED 1/2 DAY - Thanksgiving Holiday
22 - 9AM - Bethlehem AMC Clergy - St. Thomas (Macada), Bethlehem
23-24 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Thanksgiving Holiday
27 - 1-3PM - Joint Conference Vision and Development Team - First UCC, Quakertown
28 - 9:30AM - Ordaining MID Committee - Conf. Office
28 - 9-11:30AM - Joint Conflict Resource Team - Conference Office
29 - 10AM - Annual Meeting Worship Planning Team- Conference Office

Retirees Luncheon

(for Retired Clergy, Their Spouses/Partners & Surviving Spouses)

Thursday December 7, 2017

11AM o 2PM

(Lunch at 12:00PM)

Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Road, Allentown


By Monday, November 27, please let us know if you will be attending by either:

calling the Conference Office (610-826-3113)  OR

emailing Barbara at


Penn Northeast Conference

            Presents ....

13th Annual Youth Retreat

all youth in grades 7th - 12th are invited!


May 4 - 6, 2018

Check-in Friday 6:30-7:00......Pick-up Sunday Noon

Spruce Lake

5389 Route 447, Canadensis


(includes meals Saturday & Sunday breakfast)

DEADLINE TO REGISTER February 12, 2018

We must have all registrations and $50 non-refundable deposit per person.


2017-18 Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season is Now Open
The 2017-18 LIHEAP season has begun.
CLICK HERE for the English and HERE for the Spanish versions of the 2017-18 LIHEAP application (form HSEA 1).
On October 20th, the Office of Community Services (OCS) Division of Energy Assistance (DEA) released 90% of the FY 2018 LIHEAP funds. Pennsylvania received the second largest funding allocation at $178,633,729 of the approximately $3.03 billion of Federal Fiscal Year 2018 regular block grant funding.


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Town Hall Meeting   
The Joint Conference Visioning and Development Team (JCVDT) invites everyone...clergy, lay leaders, and church members to a town hall meeting on:
Thursday, November 16 from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Zion UCC, 2nd & Iron Sts., Lehighton
The JCVDT is the team of people from northeast and southeast Pennsylvania who have been working together to develop a vision for a new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. We invite you to be a part of this conversation to learn the work we have been up to, and we would love to receive your input into this process. We value your input and insights into discerning what it means to be the body of Christ and function as a conference in eastern Pennsylvania. Everyone is invited and we welcome you to join us!
- Rev. Joanne P. Marchetto


For the complete list of churches who are searching for organists, choir directors sextons, pianist, etc., etc., and also churches who are giving away items, please CLICK HERE

What's Happening in Our Churches
(PLEASE NOTE:  We love advertising the "happenings" in our churches, however the list is getting too long for this publication.)
"What's Happening in Our Churches"