This Week in PNEC --- August 10, 2017 - August 18, 2017

TO CONTACT US OR TO REGISTER FOR EVENTS

431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; www.pnec.org website

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

Alan Miller    alanm@pnec.org                            Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   gilbertor@pnec.org   

Barbara Jennings   barbaraj@pnec.org             Patty Rehrig     pattyr@pnec.org

 

IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO INCLUDE IN "THIS WEEK IN PNEC" PLEASE EMAIL IT TO   pattyr@pnec.org

HOST CHURCH NEEDED FOR YOUTH & LEADERS FROM MA JULY 15-19th, 2018
 
     Rev. Jennifer Valentine from First Congregational church in Southampton, MA is looking for housing and mission opportunities for approximately 20 youth and leaders from their association as they travel to the Regional Youth Event in 2018.
     They are looking for a Lehigh Valley Area PNEC Church that would be willing to host them and possibly connect them with some mission projects.  They are planning on arrival the evening of July 15th.  They would like to do some mission work July 16th & 17th, visit Hershey on the 18th, and then head to RYE on the 19th.  
     They are willing to stay at a church and use shower facilities at a local YMCA or Fitness Center, or if you have shower facilities at your church that would be even better!
    If this is something your church can accommodate, please call Rev. Jennie at 508-572-5564.  Thank you!
 

 

UCC Insurance Board announces

Upcoming free Webinars for Churches 

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DETAILS

 
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry...
a four class series in Old & New Testament studies.  The second class - Old Testament II is scheduled for Oct 21st, New Testament I is Dec. 9th and New Testament II is on Jan. 13, 2018.  Our UCC History & Polity class normally scheduled for this Fall has been rescheduled for the Fall of 2018.  Please go to www.paacademyofministry.org to register online or print off the PDF registration form attached to this announcement. Reading assignments and pre-class writing assignments can be found on the 2nd page of the registration.  Deadline for registration is August 5th. These classes are excellent forms of continuing education for our Licensed Ministers or for laity interested in expanding their biblical knowledge.  We hope you will take advantage of this educational opportunity close to home.
 
Mark your calendars.....                           

PNEC MINISTRY DAY
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Faith UCC, Center Valley
9AM - 3PM
Guest Speaker:  Lee Barrett
Lee Barrett is the Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Professor of Theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary where he has taught since September 1993. Prior to this, Lee taught theology at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He holds B.A., M.A., M.Div., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University.
More info to follow...
 

IF INTERESTED...PLEASE GET YOUR REGISTRATIONS IN as soon as possible!

 

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.

 

BAND CONCERT SERIES AT

PHOEBE ALLENTOWN

 
Phoebe Allentown, 1925 Turner St., Allentown, will hold a Band Concert Series in the band shell on the front lawn of their West Allentown campus. The events are free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chair or blanket. 
The 2017 schedule is as follows:
    Saturday, August 12 - at 2:30PM - Good News Traveling Band
  Wednesday, August 23 from 7 to 8PM  - Sock Hop with Robin and Jim Seip

      Wednesday, September 6 at 7PM - Royalaires Big Band 

 

The concert will be moved indoors in instances of inclement weather. For more information call 610-794-6601.

 
Children's Sermon
for August 13 (based on Mt. 14:22-33)  
Item needed: baseball bat. Put baseball bat on floor and ask kids what it is.  Then explain  how a baseball or softball team sits all together  on a bench.  Then ask for a volunteer to get up and pick up and hold the bat.  Explain that this is the only way a team can get a hit--some one has to step away from the rest of the team, who's sitting on the bench, and come forward and pick up the bat.  But when they pick up the bat, they take a risk--they might hit the ball, or they might strike out. In today's Bible reading, one of Jesus's followers, Simon Peter, steps away from the rest of Jesus' followers, so he can move towards Jesus.  It's like  stepping up and picking up the bat to try to get a hit.  Sometimes, we show our faith by  having the courage to step away from everyone else, and being different. 
- Rev. David Quinn
 
announcements ANNOUNCEMENTS
 & CLERGY CONNECTIONS
 
Installation - September 24 - 10:45AM - Rev. Kenneth Hess will be installed as pastor of Flicksville UCC, 1337 Lower South Main  
                         St., Bangor.
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Rev. Candi Cain Borgman was called to Cedar UCC, Allentown.  Her first Sunday was July 30.

Don Brown has been called to be the interim pastor of Jerusalem Western Salisbury, Allentown.  He will start September 1, 2017.   Don is the pastor of Salem Moorestown, Bath, until August 21, 2017.
 
Scott Sanders has been called as pastor of St. John's UCC, Kutztown, starting September 2017. Scott is currently the pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, Alburtis.


 
UPCOMING DATES  calendar
AUGUST
14 - 10:30AM - (sub-committee) of Licensing/Commissioning MID Committee - Conf. Office
16 - GEM Fund Applications due in Conference Office
22 - 9-11:30AM - Joint Conflict Resource Team - NE PA Synod
23 - 9:30AM - Faith Formers/Educators - City View Diner, Whitehall
30 - 4PM meeting starts - Board of Directors - (covered dish supper at 5:45PM at St. Matthew's UCC            Grove, Kunkletown

                      FOR THE FULL LIST OF DATES...
Crossroads Lay Leadership Program
CROSSROADS
 
On Saturday, August 12 at 10 am at Moravian Theological Seminary, 60 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem will be an Info Session for our Crossroads Lay Leadership program.  Interested in gaining a quality education to help you in your congregational life, come join us and find out about our classes and how they can help you as a layperson.  Contact is Jill Peters at petersj2@moravian.edu   Join us!
 
Meet Jamie Blaine   
 
Pleasantville UCC, 3424 Limekiln Pike, Chalfont, PA (part of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference) is hosting an event on
 September 17
Meet Jamie Blaine
Author of the book "Midnight Jesus"
This event is free and open to the public
for more information contact
 
SGwilym Williams ScholarshipCHOLARSHIPS
  
     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 www.pnec.org to obtain the application packet.
     Please note: your application will not be processed until all three application materials are received in the PNEC office.
 

SAVE THE DATEucc logo

2018 REGIONAL YOUTH EVENT

July 19 - 22, 2018

California University of Pennsylvania

CALU

Participating Conferences...

Penn West, Penn Northeast, Pennsylvania Southeast, Penn Central, New York, Central Atlantic, Connecticut, Maine & Rhode Island

 

The 2018 RYE Vision...

#SELFLESS

Selfies make us focus on our physical appearance and what other people think of it.  We must focus on our gifts to build the kingdom of God.  The idea of #selfless means moving beyond the selfie culture and its obsessions to a place where we can focus on Christ's call for us to love one another.

Watch your emails for future information !!!

 
 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
  AND   
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 pattyr@pnec.org  or call the Conference Office 610-826-3113 

Boundary Training needs to be done once every 4 years
 
IN SEARCH OF...

 

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What's Happening in Our Churches
 
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"What's Happening in Our Churches"

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