This Week in PNEC --- February 16, 2017 - February 24, 2017


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

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

Alan Miller                            Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

Barbara Jennings             Patty Rehrig



2017 Annual Meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference will be
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  -
St. John's UCC,  1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, PA
Each church should have received an email from PNEC explaining the 2016 Yearbook reporting online directly into the UCC Data Hub.   If you do not want to complete the report online with national, please contact for a printed form.   Also included in the email was a request for an Officers sheet.  This does not get reported to national - our office needs this data to update our records.  This report can be returned via email or mailed to PNEC.  Thank you.         
Gwilym Williams Scholarship If you are a college or graduate student who is preparing for a career either as a/an ordained minister, certified teacher or educator, doctor of medicine then you may qualify for a scholarship grant from the Gwilym T. Williams Scholarship Fund
     This Trust Fund, created over a generation ago by a now deceased PNEC benefactor from Scranton, is administered by the Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. The purpose of this Fund is to provide financial assistance for post-secondary students enrolled in accredited institutions of higher learning, and who are preparing to embark on a career either as an ordained minister, a certified teacher or educator, or a doctor of medicine.
     Grants are limited by stipulation of the Trust to students pursuing one of these three career options, and who are also currently members in good standing of a PNEC congregation. Financial assistance will be awarded only to help pay the institution-stipulated costs of tuition and/or housing.
     You are required to submit to the PNEC office all application materials (your application, certification of an acceptable program of study, your school's financial bill) before your request will be considered. Application materials must be in our office by October 1st in order to be considered for a grant for the (preceding) summer and/or (current) fall terms, and by March 1st in order to be considered for a grant for the (preceding) winter and/or (current) spring terms. Reimbursement checks will be issued directly to successful applicants. Even if you have received a Gwilym T. Williams scholarship in the past, you must reapply in order to be considered for a new grant. Applicants are awarded a maximum ten grants for undergraduate work, and ten (more) grants for post-graduate studies.
    Please go to to obtain the application packet.
     Please note: your application will not be processed until all three application materials are received in the PNEC office.
Attention all PNEC Congregations:  
     -What One Mission Project do
 you do at your church that 
 everyone gets excited about?  
     -What Mission Project are you
 known for in your community? 
     -What Mission Project does your congregation do so
 well that if you didn't have it, it would not get
    Whatever you come up with, please write a few words about it and email this info, including the date of your next event, your church's name, and location (with a pic if possible - but not necessary) to Jane Hess so that she can make a  Power Point presentation for our Annual Meeting.     Please call her if you have a question: 570-401-2239. This Power Point will run continuously as folks are coming and going from the main meeting room at the Annual Meeting!  Thank you from the bottom of our socks - because the bottom of our hearts aren't deep enough.
Pre-Retirement Seminar 
The Pension Boards is sponsoring a Pre-Retirement Seminar on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 ,at Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Road, Allentown, PA 18104 (registration/fellowship is from 8-9 a.m., 9 a.m. seminar starts, 2:30 is closing prayer). All members age 50 or over who have an Annuity Plan account balance are invited to attend. The event will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. The seminar is offered at no cost and a one-time $100 stipend is given to each first-time member to help defer your travel expenses. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early. To register online go to, no later than 4:00 p.m. (ET) Thursday, March 9, 2017. Please remember to have your seven digit Pension Boards Member ID (which can be located on your quarterly statement) to register. Should you need any additional information or if The Pension Boards may be of assistance to you in any way, please feel free to contact 1.800.642.6543, Ext 2646.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
is proud to announce its
2017 Licensed Minister's Convocation
to be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017
from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
at St. John's UCC (Hain's Church)
at 591 N. Church Road in Wernersville, PA 
Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Fogal on Practicing Generosity: How to communicate with clarity and grace.  Two additional workshops will be provided by Rev. Ann Graves on Hymnody: A historic & creative look at the hymns we sing and by Rev. Heather Kurtz on Ordinary to Extraordinary: A new look at Ordinary time.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  This is a great way to network with your peers while fulfilling continuing education for your ministry.  We hope to see all our Licensed Ministers for this annual event.  For more information please contact our Program Director: Rev. Steve Hummel at or call him at 484-239-5578.  For the full brochure and registration CLICK HERE
Children's Sermon for
         for Feb. 19 (based on Mt. 5:38-48)   Items needed: Large mirror; Valentine heart;  cross.   Hold mirror up and ask what it is.  While turning  mirror around, front and back, ask if mirror has a heart.  Then, while turning mirror around, front and back, ask if the mirror has faith.  Answer to both questions is no-mirror just a piece of glass.  Now, what happens if I smile at the mirror---mirror smiles back.  What happens  if I frown, even stick my tongue, out at mirror--mirror doers same thing back.  But we aren't a mirror---God gives us a heart (hold up Valentine heart) and God gives us faith(hold up cross.)  In today's Bible reading, Jesus tells us, because we have a heart and faith, we don't have to  just be a mirror.  We don't have to give nice only to those who are nice to us.  We don't have to be  nasty back to someone who is nasty to us.  With Jesus' help, with our heart and out faith, we can try to love ALL people, as God  loves ALL people. 
- Rev. David Quinn
You are invited to honor the memory
of the life and ministry
of the Rev. Dr. Kim Johannessohn Moor
on Sunday, March 12, 2017
5:00-7:00 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall
of Jordan United Church of Christ
1837 Church Road, Allentown
This celebration will include liturgy
with an Agape Meal,
a simple sharing of the things that feed us.
Please bring bread, cheese or fruit.
Those present will be gathered at tables
and invited to offer memories and tributes
as food is shared.
Memorial gifts will be dedicated in Kim's name
to Penn Northeast Conference
ministries of transformation.
RSVP to Emily Jean Gilbert if you are attending or 484-764-5964
You may direct any questions to her as well
Service of Interest...

February 26 - 9:00AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Steve Hummel will be installed as pastor at Trinity UCC, Bloomsburg

February 26 - 10:30AM - INSTALLATION - Louis Aita, Licensed Minister - Emmanuel UCC (Dorrance), Mountain Top
February 26 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Christian Creyer will be installed as pastor at Chestnut Hill, Coopersburg
May 7 (please note change of date) - 3:00PM - INSTALLATION - Licensed Minister Sandy Murphy will be installed as pastor at Christ UCC, Conyngham
UPCOMING DATES            

20 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - President's Day
21 - 9:30AM - Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Committee
21 - 11:45AM - Blue Mountain AMC Clergy - Susie's Shady Nook, Slatington
22 - 9:30-11:30AM - Search Committee for Designated Conference Minister - Conf. Office
25 - 10AM-Noon - General Synod Delegates pre-Synod Gathering - Conference Office
26 - 9:00AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Steve Hummel - Trinity, Bloomsburg
26 - 10:30AM - INSTALLATION - Louis Aita, Licensed Minister - Emmanuel UCC (Dorrance), Mountain Top
26 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Christian Creyer - Chestnut Hill, Coopersburg
28 - 9-11:30AM - Joint Conflict Resource Team - Northeast PA Synod
28 - 9:30AM - Ordaining MID Committee - Conference Office

PNEC 12th Annual Youth Retreat
"GOD First"
May 19-21, 2017
All youth grades 7th - 12th are invited!
Check In Friday 6:30-7:00PM
Pick Up Sunday at 12 Noon
Spruce Lake
5389 Route 447, Canadensis, PA
DEADLINE for REGISTRATION & $50 deposit due April 3rd 2017
CLICK HERE for registration flyer and detailed information
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry (formerly Lay Ministry of the 21st Century) has instituted its NEW curriculum with ALL classes being held at First UCC in Schuylkill Haven on specified Saturdays below from 9am to 4pm with each class being LIVE-STREAMED and recorded. February-April curriculum includes:
March 11, 2017
(Formerly: Telling the Good News)
Enrichment/Basic Class
The church has good news to share. How do we reach out to the world around us with the transforming message of the gospel?  This session will explore both the necessary foundations and practical strategies for reaching out beyond the four walls of the church.
April 8, 2017
Advanced Class (Prerequisite is Preaching I)
Students explore the nuances of preaching funerals, weddings and other special circumstances that broadens ones' ability to transform, motivate and inspire the congregation to follow Christ's teachings in the world.

For more information & REGISTRATION VISIT
Three Important Opportunities in One Day 
On Monday, March 20th, Heather Kimmel, General Counsel of the United Church of Christ, will be joining us to lead three educational opportunities
#1 10:00 am - "Best Practices for Boards and Councils" - She will help us understand what are the primary responsibilities, the legal obligations, and best practices for governing boards.
#2  2:00 pm - "The New PA State Child Abuse Laws" - This session is designed to speak to pastors, Christian educators, and youth ministers who are employees of a church. Heather will review both the new child abuse reporting obligations and the required background checks for employees. Lay leaders are welcome to attend, however there will be a special event for them in the evening.
#3  7:00 pm - "The New PA State Child Abuse Laws for Volunteers" - This session will be similar to the afternoon session but will address the same issues as they pertain to local church volunteers.
     There is no cost for these events. We are going to try and hold them at the Conference Office, unless we have more register than we can accommodate at the Office. In that event we will move to a local church Fellowship Hall. Thus to help us please register early by calling or emailing either Barbara Jennings ( or Patty Rehrig (, 610-826-3113.
     Heather E. Kimmel is the General Counsel of the United Church of Christ. She has been serving in that capacity since December 1, 2015. Prior to that, she served as Associate General Counsel of the United Church of Christ. Before joining the Office of General Counsel, she practiced in the areas of white-collar defense and complex civil litigation at Jones Day and Baker & Hostetler, as well as serving as a federal judicial clerk. She also served as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


 PNEC Boundary Training Workshops

October 4, 2017

Rev. Diane Wheatley, Presenter

8:30AM Registration

9:00AM to 3:00PM Workshop

St. John's UCC, 183 S. Broad St., Nazareth

Host Pastor:  Rev. Jeff Brinks

Cost:  TBA


October 5, 2017

Rev. Diane Wheatley, Presenter

8:30AM Registration

9:00Am to 3:00PM Workshop

Faith UCC, 21 Faith Drive, Hazleton

Host Pastor:  Rev. Jane Hess

Cost:  TBA


To register for one of these events, please email Patty Rehrig at  or call the Conference Office 610-826-3113


Boundary Training needs to be done once every 4 years

If the above dates do not work for you, please


for other opportunities for 2017.


FREE Webinars for YOUR Church

What is the right background check to perform for various staff/volunteer positions within your church?

Learn about best practices in screening for your church.  Our partner, Praesidium, the leader in abuse prevention programs, will conduct  the FREE webinar

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 2PM EST


March 22, 5:30 pm - March 24, 1 pm
Hartman Center Camp and Conference Center (in accessible Michaux Lodge) Milroy, PA
Co-Sponsored by UCC Justice and Witness Ministries & Penn Central Conference Green Justice Ministry Team
Led by Rev. Meighan Pritchard
Includes a field trip to Wild Goose Farm highlighting sustainability and community building along with Penn Garvin from the Susquehanna Valley Climate Action Network.
Details and registration link  HERE
Hackman's Bible Book Store VBS Workshop dates have been announced.  They are:
Monday, February20 at Hackman's Bible Book Store, 1341 Mickley Rd., Whitehall:Workshop with Reps. from two companies.  This event starts at 5:30 and goes till 8PM.  We are asking for registration this year in case of snow, or icy weather.  Call 610-264-8600  X334 to make your reservations.
Tuesday, February 21st through Saturday February 25th, we are having an open house at Hackman's Bible Book Store, 1341 Mickley Rd., Whitehall.  Hours are 10 AM to 7 PM.   Appointments appreciated, but not necessary.
This year we are carrying the following Curriculum:
  • Group-Maker Fun Factory
  • Group-Passport to Peru
  • Concordia-Mighty Fortress
  • Answers In Genesis-Operation Arctic
if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Sarah Rarick, Hackman's Bible Book Store, Inc.
610-264-8600 X334   

23rd Annual Clergy Convocation

May 2-4, 2017

Double Tree by Hilton, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster

     Guest Speaker, Rev. John C. Dorhauer

    General Minister & President of the UCC

For full flyer and registration information





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

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