This Week in PNEC --- June 8, 2017 - June 16, 2017


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

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

Alan Miller                            Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

Barbara Jennings             Patty Rehrig



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 11 (Trinity Sunday)
Items needed:  2 navel oranges, sharp knife, cutting board, 2  clear glasses.  Hold up orange and ask what  it is.  And how many-just one, one orange.  But one orange is made up of three parts.  (Cut orange in half)  See, there's the peel of the orange(point to), that's only part we see when we look at the orange, and the peel is what holds everything  together. But one orange also has the fruit of the orange inside (use knife to cut off a slice of orange without peel.)  That's what we think of when we talk about eating an orange.  And there's another part of this orange that we don't see, but it's there.  Let kids guess what might be.  Whether or not they guess correctly (the juice,) take up other half of orange and squeeze over glass so juice comes out.  The juice of the orange is something we  may not even see when we look  at an orange.  But the three parts-the peel, the fruit, the juice make up just one orange (hold up whole orange.)   Today is Trinity Sunday, when Christians talk about how we know our one God in three ways.  There's God, also known as God the Creator, or God the Father/Mother, there is Jesus Christ, also known as God the Savior or God the Son, and there is  the Holy Spirit of God.  God the Creator is kind of like the orange peel, the  One Who holds everything together.  Jesus is God kinda like the fruit of the orange, Jesus is the One who feeds us.  And the Holy Spirit is kind of like the juice of an orange--the Spirit is God on the move(demonstrate by pouring juice from one glass to other.  So just like we have one orange, but with a peel, a fruit, and some juice,  we have one God we see in three different ways. 
- Rev. David Quinn
announcements ANNOUNCEMENTS
 Installation - September 24 - 10:45AM - Rev. Kenneth Hess will be installed as pastor of Flicksville UCC, 1337 Lower South Main St., Bangor.
Rev. Anne Hoffmann was called as the pastor at St. John UCC, Riegelsville on June 4, 2017.
Rev. George Eckstein is the supply pastor of First UCC, Hellertown following the retirement of Rev. Richard Teitsworth on June 11.  George will serve through Labor Day at First UCC.  
Licensed Minister, Darlene Blocker, will be the licensed interim at Hope UCC, Wind Gap beginning in July.

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.
 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
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"What's Happening in Our Churches"