This Week in PNEC --- June 1, 2017 - June 9, 2017


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

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

Alan Miller                            Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

Barbara Jennings             Patty Rehrig



                                  Amigos de' Guatemala

      Please continue prayers for our 3 person team, Amalia and Gilberto Garcia-Rodriguez, and Eric Hanlein as they are working in Monte Margarita, Guatemala.  They are there for a week long of construction work on the clinic (left PA on May 27) and working with our friends in Guatemala.  Below are some pictures of their work.



Hi Faith Formers and Christian Ed Masterminds!
It has been so long since we have connected to share stories and ideas with one another. Whether you are paid staff or a lay leader, if you find yourself in the middle of the educational ministries of your church, please join us at City View Diner in Whitehall on Friday June 9 at 9:30am. Hope to see YOU! Email or text me if you can make it so I know how big of a table to save for us ��
Janet Newett (Formerly Quinn)
Director of Children &Youth Ministry
Christ UCC, Bethlehem

Mark your calendars.....                        



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Place & Time TBA

Guest Speaker:  Lee Barrett

More info to follow...


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
Children's Sermon
for June 4(based on Acts 2 reading): 
Items needed:  Unpopped popcorn, popped popcorn, 2 clear bowls.  Ask, who likes popcorn?  Let's have some popcorn now!   Pour unpopped popcorn into one of the bowls.  Tell kids to go ahead and have some.   What's wrong?  This IS popcorn, but it isn't popped.  To pop popcorn, you have to heat it up-in the microwave or a pot.  When you heat up these kernels of popcorn, they pop open to become this (pour some popped popcorn into the other bowl.)  In today's Bible reading,  God sends the Holy Spirit into some followers of Jesus, and they pop open, kind of like heat pops open popcorn.  The heat of God's Spirit  warms up the hearts of believers so that they want to share the love of Jesus with other people.
- Rev. David Quinn
announcements ANNOUNCEMENTS
   Rev. Dale Sattizahn accepted the call to  be the pastor of St. Peter's UCC, Tatamy. The election was held on May 21, 2017.  Dale is currently the pastor of Lower Saucon UCC, Hellertown, and First UCC, Milford, NJ.  Dale and his wife, Lisa, are in the process of purchasing a home.

Rev. Frank Spada had open heart surgery on Tuesday, May 30.  Three to four bypasses.  He is in the hospital now.  They are stopping the blood thinning meds he's on and since Monday was a holiday and limited staff, he had surgery on Tuesday.  Cards are welcome (812 Walden Creek Way, Greenville, SC  29615).  Frank is a retired PNEC pastor and his wife Maria is also a retired PNEC pastor.
Trinity UCC (Southside), Scranton has closed its doors and sold the property.  We are happy members were able to find new church homes.

5 - 10AM - Licensing/Commissioning Member in Discernment Committee - Conf. Office
6 - Easton AMC Clergy - St. John's (Farmersville), Easton
8 - 9AM - PNEC Board of Directors - Conf. Office
8 - 9-11AM - Licensed/Commissioned Mentor Group - Conf. Office
13 - 12:15PM - PTIM AMC Clergy - PJ Whelihan's at Platz's, Lehighton
20 - 9:30AM - Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Committee
20 - 11:45AM - Blue Mountain AMC Clergy - Di Fiore's Pizzaria & Italian Restaurant, Neffs
21 - 9AM - Ordained Church & Ministry Committee - Conf. Office
27 - 9-11:30AM - Joint Conflict Resource Team - NE PA Synod
30-July 4 - 2017 General Synod - Baltimore, MD


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

Dear Colleagues,
     We are delighted to open registration
for the 10th  year of Sabbath Reading
for Preachers
     Sabbath Reading for Preachers is a 3-day retreat gathered around six works of literature and ample time to discuss them.  We share good books, good conversation, good food, and good fellowship - all with an eye to becoming good preachers.
     This year's retreat will be held October 24th - 26th at Mariawald Renewal Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. 
     Thanks to the generosity of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary we are able to offer this three-day event for only $200 - this includes lodging (single occupancy), meals, books, and 2.5 CEUs.   
     You may download the application at our website at:     and send it to:
Sabbath Time Ministries, c/o Hilary Barrett
Pleasantville UCC
3424 Limekiln Pike, Chalfont, PA  18914
Deadline for registration is June 15, 2017.
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.
 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


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"