This Week in PNEC --- February 8, 2018 - February 16, 2018


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

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


          Bonnie Bates                      Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

          Barbara Jennings              Patty Rehrig



     Training given by Master Trooper Marc Allen of the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Bethlehem Barracks. 
 Program being used is called ALICE:  Alert - Lockdown - Inform - Counter - Escape 
     All are welcome to join us for this FREE training.  A pot luck luncheon will be held following the training.  If you would like to bring a covered dish please feel free to do so.  Please RSVP by March 14, by calling the church at 610-837-7426   or you may contact June Arnold at 610-262-5181.  Class will start following the service at 11:15 sharp, and will be held in the sanctuary.  
Joint Conference
Visioning & Development Team (JCVDT)
    Valentine Match-up
     The PNEC and PSEC Joint Conference Visioning and Development Team (JCVDT) are inviting you to participate in a match up! Are you interested in learning about another faith community? Would you like to build a partnership with another church on mission? Maybe you would be interested in a partnership for pulpit exchange? If you have said yes to any of these questions, you are invited to participate in a Valentine's Day Match-up! The JCVDT is encouraging you to fill out your match profile, and we will partner you with another congregation in the PSEC. Our hope is that we will get to know each other and share ideas. Maybe your partnership is as simple as visiting one another for worship, or maybe it involves organizing a mission project together. That is up to you! We are hoping to get you connected to get to know one another. If you are interested in participating, please fill out your match profile and email it to Barbara Hanks at 
     The following information is available on the PNEC website at  or by clicking on the links below:
4.  JCVDT Survey
6.  How to stay connected with JCVDT on FACEBOOK
7.  How to stay connected with JCVDT on Twitter
      I ask for your prayers for our process together that the Spirit can guide us and move us to be the Body of Christ together. Thank you!
Rev. Joanne Marchetto
Bring Global Ministries to your Doorstep:  Host Missionary Jeffrey Mensendiek
   Jeff Mensendiek    Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek, Global Ministries missionary for 27 years with the Emmaus Center in Sendai, Japan, will be available to speak in churches during his time in PNEC.  The dates of his visit are February 20 through March 5.  (He has commitments for February 20, February 25, February 28, March 1, and March 4.)
     If you would like to schedule a program lead by Jeffrey or want additional information, please contact Barbara Jennings at 610-826-3113;

"I love to tell the story; 'tis pleasant to repeat.
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet."
    PNEC congregations are invited to submit a LOVE STORY FORM to Gary Barraco, PNEC 3GL Ambassador. Gary will submit these to the national church for inclusion in the web site  , but we will also select 5 stories to present at the PNEC Annual Meeting in April. Submissions can start now and will close April 1st.
     If you have questions, feel free to contact Gary at   or (732)241-6635.
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ." 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

An Invitation from Pennsylvania Southeast Conference...Discipleship Workshop


Facilitator:  Rev. Cean James

Times:  10AM to 12 Noon

There are 3 opportunities to attend this workshop:

February 24 @ Armenian Martyrs' Congregational Church, Philadelphia

March 3 @ First UCC, Quakertown

April 14 @ Trinity UCC, Reading

There is NO charge for this workshop but please register by going to the PSEC website (, click on the Events & News tab, click Conference Events and find the workshop date you are interested in.

Volunteers Needed for Spirit Alive: A New Spiritual Care Program for Residents with Dementia
     The Spirit Alive program at Phoebe Ministries is
an innovative way of leading worship with residents who live in Phoebe's memory support neighborhoods. The program involves sharing stories with residents that illustrate great spiritual truths, such as God's love, care, and forgiveness. Based upon Montessori principles of engagement and specialized pastoral care practices, multi-sensory stimulation is used to convey each story and ensure full engagement by each member of the group. The Spirit Alive model is supported by research demonstrating its benefit for the mood and spiritual wellbeing of participants.
      A training session to become Spirit Alive Facilitators will be held from noon to 4:00 p.m. on February 23 and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2018 in the Meadow Glenn Personal Care Community on the Phoebe Richland Campus, 108 S. Main Street, Richlandtown. Attendance at both sessions is required.
     To register or for more information, contact Alisha Tatem, Spirit Alive Coordinator, at or 610-927-8554 by February 8th.  Faith communities interested in beginning a Spirit Alive program at their place of worship are also welcome to inquire.
Reminder....Early Bird Registration for Clergy Convocation ends February 28th!!

Register now for Clergy Convocation
     Join the Penn Northeast & Penn Southeast Conferences 
for a time of collegiality, spiritual renewal and education for authorized ministries and members in discernment.  Rev. Wanda D. Craner will be the Guest Speaker.  "The Spiritual Health of Clergy in Times of Dis-Ease".
  Clergy Convocation Flyer 2018
To register: click here.
Have you heard about the transformative leadership initiative of the Pension Boards called the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI)?  NGLI equips, energizes, and empowers younger United Church of Christ local church pastors to build vibrant congregations that change lives and further God's mission in the world. Here's a video that tells you more:
More information can be found at:
     Phoebe Ministries will honor Bill Hacker and Eric Blew of Arbor Insurance with the Rev. Dr. Grant Harrity Award for Exemplary Service to the Aging at their annual Institute on Aging Benefit on Thursday, March 22 in University Center at DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. The cocktail attire event will feature dinner and dancing and begins with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. Music will be provided by The Craig Thatcher Band.  For full details and reservation information click here.
February 25 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Kayli Freeman - Union UCC, Neffs
March 4 - 3PM - ORDINATION - Virginia Schlegel at Jordan UCC, Allentown  (Snow Date:  March 11)
     Celebrate with the Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ as we welcome our newest Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation: St. John's United Church of Christ, Fullerton; Whitehall, PA.  The ONA church number indicates the position of this church in the chronology of all ONA churches listed since 1985.
     We all want and need to build stronger relationships with one another: getting to know each of the covenant partners in this relationship is important.  Please welcome and share information about yourself, get to know one another and be in ministry together seeking justice for all in Jesus' name.
     St. John's UCC, Fullerton provides a welcoming and safe place for all people to worship God, grow in faith and fellowship, and serve others and God by following the example of Jesus Christ. We believe all person are created in God's image and are loved, valued, and blessed equally by God.
     This community of faith is an open and accepting congregation who seeks to welcome, without judgement, all persons, including those of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, family structures, faith backgrounds, abilities and economic circumstances.
- Rev. Dr. Becky Beckwith, pastor
- Michelle Funk, licensed assistant pastor


Children's Sermon
for Feb 11 (based on Mark 9:2-9.)
Items needed: 2 clear containers, 3 dimes, 9 pennies.  Beforehand, put the dimes in one container and the pennies in the other.  Ask for a volunteer, then  show the 3 dimes in the one container and the 9 pennies in the other.  Ask volunteer which one he/she would rather have.   Assuming they pick the dimes, ask why they chose the dimes, when there are  MORE pennies.  Answer-even though there are fewer dimes, just three dimes are worth more than 9 pennies.  In  today's Bible reading, Jesus picks three good friends to go with Him as  He gets ready for the cross.  This is like (volunteer's name) picking the three dimes rather than the nine pennies, because the three dimes are worth more.  A good friend is worth a lot!  I hope you have good friends, "dime friends,"  and we can try to be good friends, to Jesus, and to other people. 
- Rev. David Quinn

10 - 9AM to Noon - JCVDT Health Care Mission & Advocacy Day - Ref. Church of Ascension, Jeffersonville, PA
11 - 3PM - Susquehanna AMC - Christ, Conyngham
12 - 10AM - Licensing/Commissioning MID Committee - Conf. Office
14 - Noon to 2PM - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Staff Meeting
17 - 10AM-Noon - JCVDT - First, Quakertown
18 - 2PM - Allentown Mutual Ministry - St. John's UCC, 36 S. 6th St., Allentown
19 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - President's Day


Call to the 56th Annual Meeting

of the Penn Northeast Conference

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8AM to 4PM


Union UCC, 5550 Route 873, Neffs


Theme:  Exploration!

Workshop Leader:  Rev. Michael Piazza,

Spiritual Visionary, Author, Social Justice Advocate, Currently serving as Pastor of Middle Collegiate Church, NYC

Guest Preacher:  Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates,

Conference Minister, PNEC

Download a Registration form here

Also available for download from

Letter from...The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer,
General Minister and President, UCC

     On April 4th on the mall in Washington DC, in an act commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. leaders from faith communities will gather for worship, and for truth-telling - calling the nation to seek healing from our racist legacies. 
     Events begin on April 3/worship at the Greek Orthodox church in DC. 
     Materials will soon be forthcoming inviting participants at every level to engage: from the local church through the Conferences to the National bodies. 
     If any of you want to begin to organize a gathering from your Conference to attend, I am sending you this link today to give you advance prep time. 
     If any of you want to contribute by telling the truth about your Conferences, or any churches within your Conference who wish to do so, I will be collecting those materials. I will be invited to speak the truth of the UCC and our predecessor bodies. Any stories you have that help unfold this story would be greatly appreciated.
Crossroads Spring Courses...
include Mapping the Route (Theology) with the Rev. Dr. Bill Falla on Monday nights beginning Mar 12 and Traditions (Denominations and World Religions) with the Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner on Thursday nights beginning Mar 8.  All courses are held at Moravian Seminary, Bethlehem PA.  Exact dates, course descriptions and registration info is at or contact Jill Peters at
Crossroads Info Session is on Sat Feb 17 at 10 am at Moravian Seminary, 60 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem.  Come and find out if lay leadership education is for you and bring your questions.  Crossroads participants are making a big difference in their congregations and their communities.  Contact  Jill Peters at for more information.
Eastern Regional Youth Event
     The Eastern Regional Youth Event website has been updated to include the band information and the workshops that will be available and what a variety of workshops there are! Although you may not register yet, you should be able to shortly, PNEC has formed a team to help you with any questions you may have. We have been working on any details for the churches in our conference. Have you received an email from the team? If not, please contact Marge Baltz ( We will continue to give updates as they are available! 
On-line Polity Classes
geared towards Ministerial Authorization
1.        Center for Progressive Renewal: (a link to contact the director of on-line learning is on this page)
2.        New York Conference:  contact Conference Minister Rev. David Gaewski at
4.        Chicago Theological Seminary:


if you have any youth interested


Penn Northeast Conference

            Presents ....

13th Annual Youth Retreat

all youth in grades 7th - 12th are invited!

May 4 - 6, 2018

Check-in Friday 6:30-7:00......Pick-up Sunday Noon

Spruce Lake, 5389 Route 447, Canadensis


(includes meals Saturday & Sunday breakfast)

DEADLINE TO REGISTER February 12, 2018

We must have all registrations and $50 non-refundable deposit per person.




March 2 - The Opiod Crisis as a Public Health Issue

Dr. Chrysan Cronin, Director, Public Health Program


April 6 - To BE Announced - watch for further details at


May 11 - Getting the "Other" Right: the Challenges of Doing History

Professor Robert Weiner, Jones Professor of History, Lafayette College

*Please Note - Location is Seegers Union 108-110



Grief and the Quest for Meaning
Friday, February 23, 2018 * 9:00am-4:30pm
Politics of Religion-  Native Spirituality & Christian Practice
Friday, March 9, 2018 * 9:00am-Noon
For details and how to register click URL below
Polity Curriculum for Local Churches

     MESA recently released a new UCC Polity Curriculum designed for local congregations: new member classes, confirmation classes, COM orientations, and congregations considering joining the UCC. The materials can be found online at:
Pennsylvania lay leader creates traveling road show around UCC's 3 Great Loves...A lay leader of the UCC Penn Northeast Conference is on a spiritual journey, spending his Sundays with several different congregations, and spreading the word about the 3 Great Loves (3GL) initiativeClick to see full article

3 Great Loves Wants to Come to
Your Congregation
The 3 Great Loves is the denomination's opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address the inequities in our current world. To move this initiative forward in the Penn Northeast Conference, we have recruited Gary Barraco from Forks UCC to be our '3 Great Loves Ambassador'. Gary has been working with the National representative and Regional Ambassador to prepare our Conference to learn more about the 3 Great Loves program. Gary and others want to come to your church and deliver the Sunday morning message or present to a large group. He has put together a full liturgy for a worship serve, including suggested hymns, so we can come in with a pre-packaged service. To learn more, contact Gary at
And Still We Rise
Transforming U.S. Policy Toward a Just Middle East Washington, D.C. | June 17 - 19, 2018
The Summit will highlight women peacemakers from the Middle East. Men and women are invited to hear from speakers who are all women! For full article, please click here
Howard Gospel Choir to Benefit
St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen
The Howard University Gospel Choir will perform at the F.M. Kirby Center on Saturday, February 17, at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 with $5 of each ticket sale benefitting St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre, a program of Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton.  For tickets, call Catholic Social Services at 570-207-3808, visit the Kirby Center box office on line or call 570-826-1100.

 Christian Pilgrims Tour

September 20-28, 2018

England, Netherlands & Boston

for a flyer with full details, please click here



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"