This Week in PNEC --- November 17, 2016 - November 25, 2016 


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Alan Miller                            Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

Barbara Jennings             Patty Rehrig



PNEC's 2016 Closing Date will be Friday January 13, 2017

Please plan your closing so that your final 2016 remittance will be received in the Conference Office by Friday, January 13, 2017.  Receipts received after the 13th will be credited to 2017.  Do not include 2016 remittances with 2017 and make certain remittance slips are marked for either the year 2016 or 2017.  Thank you for your cooperation and support.

2017 Annual Meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference will be
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  -
St. John's UCC,  1415 Rising Sun Road, Laurys Station, PA
PNEC-UCC Penn Northeast Conference will be hosting a
Pre-Retirement Seminar sponsored by The Pension Boards United Church of Christ on
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at Jordan United Church of Christ
1837 Church Road, Allentown.
Registration and additional information will be mailed by The Pension Boards approx. two months before the event.
The PNEC will host a day of
Education with Martha Spong
February 14th with a snow date of February 21 St. John's Fullerton
9:00AM to 3:00PM
     "Power and Place in Women's Stories" will take a deep and wondering look at the stories of the women who anoint Jesus, as well as where we figure in our own stories.
ONLINE UCC History, Theology and Polity Course
Winter 2017
     A UCC History, Theology and Polity Course that meets the requirements as set forth by the UCC Polity Teacher's Network will be offered online during January 2017. Classes will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm on the following dates: January 7, 21, 28 and February 4. The platform utilized will be Zoom Video Conferencing ( The tuition will be $465. For more information contact the instructor, Reverend David Gaewski, NY Conference Minister, at
     This polity course is sponsored by the Oneida Association of the New York Conference. Payments should be sent no later than December 20th to: Diana Pelletier, 114 Munro Dr., Camillus, NY 13031. Make checks payable to Oneida Association UCC.
     A syllabus is available upon request.  Laity, Members in Discernment and Privilege of Call candidates are all invited!   Class size is limited to the first twelve to register.  The course will be cancelled if we do not obtain seven registered students. A student is considered registered when full payment has been received. Students who cancel enrollment will receive reimbursements up until January 6.
Greetings from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry;
On December 10, 2016 from 9am to 4pm at First UCC in Schuylkill Haven, the PA Academy of Ministry will be conducting its BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (Advanced) CLASS for Licensed Ministry Students, current Authorized Ministers and laity that want to expand their understanding of the Bible.  This is a great refresher for current ministers and is the PRE-REQUISITE class for the upcoming Preaching series in February and April.  Click Here for the registration form or you can go to our website ( and register online.  All necessary documents for the class can be found on the student page of our website.
     Our instructor for the class is Erika Fitz who holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University.
Children's Sermon for
        for Nov. 20 (based on  Luke 23:33-43)   Items needed:  a cross about 24 inches high, 6-foot ladder.   Bring out the cross and ask the kids what it is.  Before they can answer, tell them that this is the letter,  "t."  And the letter, "t,"  stands for the word, "together."  Bring out ladder.  Ask an older child, or an adult, to climb up the  ladder.  That person stands  for God Above.  And you(the speaker) are down here on earth.  Ask the person being God to grasp the top part of cross.  You  grasp the bottom.  See, the cross of Jesus has brought God Above, and me down on earth, together.  So this (the cross) is the letter "t," which stands for "together." (Volunteer on ladder can come down now.)  Then ask  for two kid volunteers and ask them to stand about two feet apart.  Ask one of them to grasp one end of the crossbar and the other grasps the other end.  Just like the cross of Jesus can bring God Above together  with a person, the cross also brings people together.  When I believe in Jesus, that bring me together with other people.  So, you can think of the  Cross of Jesus as the letter "t," because it brings us together with God and other people 
- Rev. David Quinn

We are pleased to announce that by a unanimous vote by the congregation of Trinity UCC, Bloomsburg that they have called Pastor Steve Hummel to be their installed spiritual leader/minister. 

At a congregational meeting on November 13, 2016, the members of St. John's UCC, Slatington, voted to make Licensed Minister, Henry Distler, their full-time pastor. Henry will be installed on January 8, 3:00 p.m., at St. John's UCC.

Virginia Schlegel is the part-time coordinator of Jubilee Breakfast Ministry. Virginia is a 2016 Moravian Seminary graduate seeking a call in the UCC.  She has 20 years experience in retail customer service & shipping as well as 12 years in social work.
Service of Interest...
November 20 - 3:00PM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Kris Snyder-Samuelson - Union UCC, Neffs. Clergy and ministers are invited to process, please meet in the back of the sanctuary before the service.  Wear your favorite stole (it does not have to be red). EVERYONE is invited to a reception following worship. Preacher:  Rev. Thomas N. Thomas, Pastor Emeritus
January 8, 2017 - 3:00PM - INSTALLATION - Licensed Minister, Henry Distler will be installed as full-time pastor at St. John's UCC, Slatington
January 22 - 11:00AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. John Heeckt will be installed as pastor at St. John's UCC (Farmersville), Easton
UPCOMING DATES            

19 - 9AM-3PM - Licensing/Commissioning MID Day - Conf. Office
20 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Kris Snyder-Samuelson - Union UCC, Neffs. Clergy and ministers are invited to process, please meet in the back of the sanctuary before the service.  Wear your favorite stole (it does not have to be red). EVERYONE is invited to a reception following worship. Preacher:  Rev. Thomas N. Thomas, Pastor Emeritus
22 - 9:30AM - Ordaining MID Committee - Conference Office
22 - 9-11:30AM - Joint Conflict Resource Team - PNEC Office
23 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED 1/2 DAY - Thanksgiving Holiday
24-25 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Thanksgiving Holiday
28 - DEADLINE for GEM Fund Applications

      FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF "Upcoming Dates"

The Spiritual Renewal Partners 

of the Penn Northeast Conference UCC

invite YOU to join them for an Advent Retreat 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

9Am to 3PM

St. John's UCC, 139 North 4th St., Emmaus, PA

Please click here for flyer & registration

DEADLINE - November 30 

Call for UCC Chaplains for the 2017 Boy Scouts of America Jamboree
     The UCC Scouting Working Group is seeking qualified persons to serve as Chaplains for the 2017 Boy Scouts of America Jamboree. 
           Interested persons must be:  1) an authorized minister in good standing with the UCC; 2) registered (or become registered) as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America, and; 3) willing to serve young people and participate in a fun, meaningful & challenging event. 
        Find out more about being on staff at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree at 
and click on Staff Volunteers.  If interested contact Rev. Lev Reynolds at
Save the Date... 
  PNEC Annual Youth Retreat
May 19-21, 2017
Spruce Lake
More information will be forthcoming!
             Phoebe - Berks                 
Assistant Chaplain - Part Time
Phoebe Berks, a premier Continuing Care Community providing skilled nursing, personal care and independent living for older adults is seeking a part time, 24 hrs. per week, Assistant Chaplain to support the spiritual needs of our residents, family members and staff at our Wernersville campusPlease apply on-line at or forward resume to:
Rhonda Wade, Human Resources
Phoebe Berks, 1 Reading Drive, Wernersville, PA 19565
Fax - 610.927.8400;    EOE


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