This Week in PNEC --- June 28, 2018 - July 6, 2018


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Bonnie Bates    Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez    Christian Creyer    Barbara Jennings    Patty Rehrig



We are members of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches and I urge you to prayerfully consider sharing this letter broadly.                           -With love and faith, Bonnie

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches calls on the President, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security to end immediately the policy of separating families seeking safety in the United States, as well as the policy to criminally prosecute the parents of these children.  Click to read the full letter.               

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 Monday, June 18; Tuesday, July 17; Wednesday, August 28.  Click to view the flyer/registration form/instructions for Zoom     The information is also available on our website

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
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 @ 

Phoebe Richland, a premier Continuing Care Community providing skilled nursing, personal care and short-term rehab is seeking a per diem Chaplain to work approximately 16 hours/week to support the spiritual needs of our residents, family members and staff at our Richlandtown campus.  For further details, contact Rev. Scott Brooks-Cope at


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PNEC Ministry Day

9AM to 4PM

is scheduled for

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Faith UCC, 5992 Route 378, Center Valley

PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.,unique summer course designed for those interested in learning more about progressive Christian theology:
Living the Heart of Progressive Christian Theology
six-week online course
explore the work of Marcus Borg and consider themes in theology like the nature of God, Jesus as the Christ, and what it means to be Christian in a pluralistic world
begins Wednesday, July 11 - concluded Tuesday, August 21,
facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Trish Greeves
Tuition for the course is $295
Update from the Joint Conference Vision and Development Team (JCVDT)

  • The JCVDT continues to meet twice a month, and we hope to receive feedback from local congregations. Please share your reflections with us! or
Services of Interest
July 29 - 10:15AM - Service of Farewell for Rev. Kevin
Fruchtl - Ebenezer, New Tripoli
August 19 - 9:30AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Joel Risser -
First, Hellertown
Celebration of 60th Anniversary of Ordination for Rev. Russell Heintzelman, Pastor Emeritus, St. John's UCC, Slatington
(in the picture left to right:  Jeff Bauer, Henry Distler, Russ Heintzelman, Bonnie Bates)
Children's Sermon
for July 1  (based on Mark 5:21-43)
Items  needed:  magic marker,  paper.   Beforehand, write the word,  SMILES, in big letters on some paper. Also, make some smiles separately that you can hand out to each child, or even enough for everyone present.  Ask kids, What is the longest word?  Let them guess. Then  show,  SMILES.  What's the first letter of this word---S (use your marker to circle it.)  What's the last letter--S (circle).  In between this first letter and the last letter of the word, SMILES, there is a whole MILE (underline this middle portion.)  So, SMILES is the longest word!!  I have made a smile for each of you (hand them out.)   In today's Bible reading, Jesus heals two sick people.  He helps them get better.  We can't always heal people like Jesus did.  But one thing we can do, which often helps people feel better, is that we can give them a smile. In fact, when I smile at people, it often helps both them, and me, to feel better.  So, I've given you a smile today to remind us all that smiling at people can help everyone feel better.  (You can ask kids to hand out paper smiles to everyone.)  
- Rev. David Quinn
4 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Independence Day
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
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
UCC Matching Grants for CWS Kits
UCC churches assembling CWS Kits are invited to stretch their resources by applying for $250 matching grants from UCC Disaster Ministries. In 2018 - the fourth year the denomination is offering the matching grants - up to 75 matching grants will be awarded. To qualify, congregations must show that they have raised at least $250 in cash and in kind for kits. Grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis.  Email Zach Wolgemuth at
Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
a 3-part educational series called
Consistory/Council 101
September 15th, October 6th and October 27th
10AM - 12 Noon
The 3 sessions are titled:  (Sept. 15th)-Making Our Church Meetings Effective, (Oct. 6th)-Pastor and People Working Together and finally (Oct. 27th)-Connecting Beyond Ourselves.  We are asking all Consistory/Council Presidents to place this educational opportunity on their upcoming agenda for consideration.  We are looking at presenting this course via LIVE STREAM to locations in EACH of the Penn Northeast, Penn Central and Pennsylvania Southeast Conferences where groups of laity can join together in viewing the presentations and participate in discussion questions.  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.


Registration for the Eastern Regional Youth Event at California State Universtiy is still open!
Have you registered? If not, click the link below!!
The PNEC planning team is discussing transportation to the event, paperwork needed and a pregathering!
Please contact Marge Baltz if you plan to attend so we can include you in the details
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,


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