This Week in PNEC --- July 5, 2018 - July 13, 2018

TO CONTACT US OR TO REGISTER FOR EVENTS

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

610-826-3113; FAX 610-826-546

 

Bonnie Bates  bonnieb@pnec.org    Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   gilbertor@pnec.org    Christian Creyer  christianc@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

Joint Conference Vision & Development Team Summer Zoom Discussions

 

The JCVDT is inviting YOU to scheduled Zoom discussions on three separate dates with three separate questions to inform our work to create a new Conference.  The dates are Tuesday, July 17; Wednesday, August 28.  Click to view the flyer/registration form/instructions for Zoom     The information is also available on our website   www.pnec.org

Raise Your Voice! United Church of Christ National Leadership, in a pastoral letter, call on the people of the denomination's almost 5,000 congregations to take action to stop separating children from their parents at U.S. borders. Read how to get involved at
 
Stretch Out Your With
PRIDE !
PRIDE IN THE PARK 2018
Sunday, August 19 - Noon to 6PM
Cedar Beach Park, Allentown
We will have a UCC booth at the event,
but need your help staffing one-hour shifts.
If you are interested, please email Gary Barraco @ garybarraco@verizon.net 
 

PNEC Ministry Day

9AM to 4PM

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Faith UCC, 5992 Route 378, Center Valley

Watch for more details!

 
PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc...
Living the Heart of Progressive Christian Theology
six-week online course
begins Wednesday, July 11 - concluded Tuesday, August 21,
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS & CLERGY CONNECTIONS
 
Services of Interest
July 15 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Brenda Hobson, Authorized
Licensed Minister - Zion, Stroudsburg
July 29 - 10:15AM - Service of Farewell for Rev. Kevin
Fruchtl - Ebenezer, New Tripoli
August 19 - 9:30AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Joel Risser -
First, Hellertown
September 16 - 9AM - Service of Farewell - Rev. David Ellis
- Trinity (Great Swamp), Spinnerstown
 
Children's Sermon
for July 8 (based on Mark 6:1-13) 
Items needed: a children's book.  Show kids book,  and read a page or two.  Then, say  you are going to "take a closer  look."  Hold the book right up against your face.  Ask kids why you can't read the book, now. It's because it's too close.  I can't read the story if it's too close.  In today's Bible reading, Jesus goes back to the place where He was a kid. But the people there were too close to Jesus to  get His story, just like I was too close to this book to read the story.  In other words, they knew Jesus when He was a kid, so now they wouldn't listen to His story about God, now that he wasn't a kid anymore.   This can help us to remember that sometimes God uses people that we don't expect to send us God's message.
- Rev. David Quinn
 
UPCOMING DATES  
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JULY
5 - 1:30PM - Joint PNEC/PSEC Ecumenical Relations Mission Team (ERMT) - PSEC Office
9 - 2PM - Annual Meeting Planning - Conference Office
9 - 4PM - Coaches Meeting - Conf. Office
10 - 9AM - Oversight Working Group - Conf. Office
12-15 - Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs, NC
15 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Brenda Hobson - Zion, Stroudsburg
16 - 1PM - Constitution Bylaws Revision Team - Conf. Office
17 - 7-7:30PM - JCVDT Summer Zoom Discussion #2
18 - 9:30AM Local Congregational Support Working Group - Forks, Stockertown
18 - Noon to 2PM - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Staff Meeting
19-22 - 2018 Regional Youth Event - California University of Pennsylvania
Disaster Ministries 
 
    In Puerto Rico, Lavinia just got a new roof. UCC Disaster Ministries is recruiting volunteers to repair roofs, do light carpentry and paint interior ceilings and walls. Read more & sign up.
     In Port Arthur, Texas, mission teams are helping restore 17 low-income rental units... Read more & sign up!
     In Volusia County, Fla., UCC volunteers put on her new roof, repaired and installed a new toilet and sink, and brought Marlene's kitchen plumbing back online... Read more & sign up
     In the U.S. Virgin Islands, there are thousands of damaged or destroyed homes. UCC Disaster Ministries is recruiting volunteer teams to do debris removal, cleaning and construction in St. Thomas. Read more & sign up!
    Scott Smiley: One volunteer's reflections..."'If you are more fortunate than others, it is better that you should build a longer table, than a taller fence.' To me, the simplicity and eloquence of this apparently anonymous quote sums up my experience serving in Florida with UCC Disaster Ministries on a hurricane recovery volunteer work team." Click here for Scott's commentary.
 
GLOBAL MINISTRIES PARTNERS UCC    
Global Ministries (GM) Partners and their efforts
regarding immigration policies from a Latin American perspective.  Click here  to use this website as a reference.
     It is crucial to include their perspective and scope of
work.
 
Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
a 3-part educational series called
Consistory/Council 101
September 15th, October 6th and October 27th
10AM - 12 Noon
We are asking all Consistory/Council Presidents to place this educational opportunity on their upcoming agenda for consideration.  Download your Registration Form 
 

Young People Making Peace

Summer Day Camp

July 23-27, 2018 from 9AM to Noon

First Presb. Church, Allentown

For children ages 5-14

who have completed kindergarten to 8th grade

Five mornings of stories, songs, games, crafts and learning activities related to the broad topic of peace and justice.  **Peace Training for those who have completed 7th & 8th grade.  Sliding-Scale fee:  $10 to $40 per child for the week.  Sponsored by Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern for more information or to register, call 610-691-8730.  Space is limited.

 
2018 Boundaries Workshops
"Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders"
                      Sponsored by NE PA Synod 
2018 Workshops will be held: 

   Tuesday, October 23 - St. Paul's Lutheran, Dallas

   Wednesday, October 24 - Christ Hamilton United,
 Stroudsburg
 
IN SEARCH OF...

 

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
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