This Week in PNEC --- May 18, 2017 - May 26, 2017


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

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

Alan Miller                            Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

Barbara Jennings             Patty Rehrig



Would you like to experience Worship at General Synod?
PNEC would like to sponsor a bus on Sunday, July 2, 2017
Depart mid morning south of Allentown
Destination: Baltimore Convention Center
Cost is $35 per person (includes lunch)
If you are interested, call or email Rev. Denise Fry at 484.553.6841; or email the Conference Center at   Deadline to express your interest is June 1, 2017.
Thousands will gather for this inspirational worship...consider joining us!

PNEC SleepOut for Homelessness 2017

September 23 (6PM) -24 (8:30AM), 2017

St. John's UCC

1415 Rising Sun Rd., Laurys Station

for YOUTH in grades 7th through 12th

 ALL adult chaperones MUST complete the Safe Child Disclosure Form.  Those adults who are sleeping over must apply for and provide copies of PA Child Abuse and Criminal Background checks.


Please CLICK HERE for a flyer and also a registration form and sponsor form.

Make It Plain: Authorizing Ministry in the 21st Century  2017 Regional Events

In order to ensure all United Church of Christ pastors are effectively introduced to the new Manual on Ministry, the UCC's Ministerial Excellence, Support & Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team is hosting four regional events to review the most recent draft of the Manual. Registration is now open for the October 23-24 gathering in Philadelphia. For more information or to register, click here. Authorized ministers, Members in Discernment, and Committee on Ministry members are especially encouraged to attend. Register early, other regional events have filled to capacity!
Register NOW
The Phoebe Messenger spring issue now  online!
Visit to read about the latest news and developments at Phoebe Ministries, including stories of our residents and donors. To receive the Messenger either digitally or by mail, contact the editor at 610-794-5124 or
"Can you help us make a difference?"  
       The Amigos de Guatemala are sending 3 people to Monte Margarita to assist with the building of the multi-use facility and clinic. They will be there from May 27 through June 3. They will be doing hard labor but also reinforcing the bond we have with members of that community. We ask for your prayers for them as they make this journey.
Children's Sermon
for May 21 (based on John 14:15-21)  Items needed: 2 bananas.  Ask for a volunteer.  Take out a banana.  Now I am going to show that I care for (volunteer's name)  by sharing my banana with him/her.  Peel banana and give volunteer peel while you keep the  fruit.  There, I shared my banana!  Then ask, if I really like/love (volunteer's name), how might I share my banana---give what's inside the banana, not just the outside, the peel.  In today's Bible reading, Jesus says, "if you really love me, you will do as I guide you to do."  That means that I need to try, every day, to ask Jesus  for help to live like Jesus wants me to live.  Just coming to church is kind of like just giving Jesus the peel, but trying to live each day ,trying to follow Jesus, is like giving  Him  (hold up fruit)  the best part of me. Then give volunteer the other banana for being a good sport . 
- Rev. David Quinn
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
will be conducting our next
(Advanced) Licensing Prep class
Saturday, June 10, 2017
9am to 4pm
First UCC, Schuylkill Haven on Rt. 61
We are pleased to announce that the instructor for this class is the Rev. Dr. Joanne Marchetto, who also taught the prerequisite to this class, "Understanding Worship." This class is an excellent opportunity for ALL laity in the church who desire to expand and enrich their understanding of worship, rites and sacraments.  We hope you'll join us at First UCC for a deeply enriching experience.  Click Here  for the registration and flyer or you can go to our website (, to register and pay online if you choose.  Hope to see you there.

Rev. Alan Miller is retiring after serving the Penn Northeast Conference for 15 years

as PNEC's Conference Minister


We want to say "thank you" so we are having a banquet in Alan's honor on:


Sunday, July 23, 2017

4PM Gathering & Fellowship

5PM Dinner

Northampton Memorial Community Center

1601 Laubach Ave., Northampton, PA

Cost:  $25/person for the banquet

Please Click Here for the full flyer and

reservation instructions

Also available on our website under the News & Events Tab -

Alan Miller's Retirement Banquet

Deadline:  June 30 for dinner reservations

 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:  $20/person
Make checks payable to PNEC and send to
PNEC, 431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA  18071
The cost includes lunch and a workbook that will be handed out at the workshops
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:  $20/person
Make checks payable to PNEC and send to
PNEC, 431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA  18071
The cost includes lunch and a workbook that will be handed out at the workshops
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
 CLICK HERE  for other opportunities for 2017.


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"