This Week in PNEC --- November 8, 2017 - November 17, 2017
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I seem not to be able to take a breath without remembering the tragedies in our midst: Sutherland Springs, TX and 306 other shootings in the United States in 2017 ( http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/reports). But others have written so poignantly, I wanted to share their words with you, as I share our prayers for us all.
A Prayer for First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas by Maren Tirabassi - November 5, 2017
O God, who calls your children to gather
and sing old hymns and new songs,
to pray and witness and pass your peace,
and to listen for a blessing
to take home to their weekday lives,
we pray for this small and faithful church
where gunshots broke your peace
and twenty-six of your saints
were taken from those who love them.
We sing Easter for them,
we pray for tenderness and comfort
for mothers, fathers, children,
sisters and brothers, friends.
| We ask you to walk
into the desperate loneliness
where there is no answer but love.
Guide those who counsel,
teach us to weep at every funeral,
witness against the demon called legion
which sends guns into the hands
of those who are so ill,
and carry on into life
blessings these precious children of yours
could have given to the world. Amen.
Rev. Donna Knutson - November 7, 2017
too close, too close
I'm a mom
grandma, nona, grammy...
I've buried a child- you don't want to do that -
watched tiny ones learn to walk on the wooden
floors of the cottage...watched their slippered feet
learn to balance while holding on to a wooden
block, a penguin with a tuxedo coat or a plastic
turtle with shapes cut out on the back.
I've married their dreams to a future with mine;
stocked the cabinets with crayons and trays of paint;
kept baskets of construction paper,
stickers of flowers,
green and purple scissors with rounded tips
left over from children now in their thirties
and every mother knows
it has to stop...
every mother knows that sanctuary has to exist
that hopes and dreams are particles of heaven
and mercy hangs around at every entrance to the chapel door -
that fear and worry do not just dissolve because we say a prayer for their day
and hope that others will be kind
- we believe that others too will care for them
keep them safe,
protect them as their sons and daughters...
grandchildren of a better way,
- the Blessing Way
because wherever we are
wherever they are -
I pray that they are safe
that we are heading in the right direction
that they are the future
and that they never have to worry about
going out to play,
or singing in God's house,
or hanging out with the neighbor kids.
because I am a mother,
a spirit of love.
a protest rises up
a mother bear climbs out of her cave,
a piece of the wounded heart staggers to the
a god wings her way
- to the surface
So, friends, today I pray for peace, for compassion, and for hope. Today, I pray for strength to make a difference in our world - AND - I raise my voice in protest - NO MORE! NO MORE! NO MORE!
The United Church of Christ holds NYE national youth events every 4 years (the next being in 2020) and Regional Youth Events (we are part of the Eastern group) every 4 years (the next being in 2018) - watch for details. These events are held every 4 years and bring UCC youth together for 4 days of praise music, worship, challenging speakers, fun and much fellowship!
Our next UCC Eastern Regional Youth Event 2018,will be held July 19-22, 2018, bringing together UCC youth from the Mid-Atlantic and New England states, to be held in western Pennsylvania at California University of Pennsylvania. Our theme for the event is the 3 Great Loves: neighbor, children, and creation. The event is open to Youth in Grades 7-12 (includes those who just completed 6th and are entering 7th as well as those who graduated high school just before the event). Cost: $350.00 per person for double occupancy. Click to go to the UCC ERYE Facebook page
In light of conversations this week about resources for churches as they consider the potential for horrific "active shooter" scenarios. This link is from UCCIB in response to the situation in Texas on Sunday.
(for Retired Clergy, Their Spouses/Partners & Surviving Spouses)
Thursday December 7, 2017
11AM o 2PM
(Lunch at 12:00PM)
Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Road, Allentown
By Monday, November 27, please let us know if you will be attending by either:
calling the Conference Office (610-826-3113) OR
emailing Barbara at email@example.com
Penn Northeast Conference
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
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.
Click for REGISTRATION FLYER
2017-18 Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season is Now Open
The 2017-18 LIHEAP season has begun.
CLICK HERE for the English and HERE for the Spanish versions of the 2017-18 LIHEAP application (form HSEA 1).
On October 20th, the Office of Community Services (OCS) Division of Energy Assistance (DEA) released 90% of the FY 2018 LIHEAP funds. Pennsylvania received the second largest funding allocation at $178,633,729 of the approximately $3.03 billion of Federal Fiscal Year 2018 regular block grant funding.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Town Hall Meeting
The Joint Conference Visioning and Development Team (JCVDT) invites everyone...clergy, lay leaders, and church members to a town hall meeting on:
Thursday, November 16 from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Zion UCC, 2nd & Iron Sts., Lehighton
The JCVDT is the team of people from northeast and southeast Pennsylvania who have been working together to develop a vision for a new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. We invite you to be a part of this conversation to learn the work we have been up to, and we would love to receive your input into this process. We value your input and insights into discerning what it means to be the body of Christ and function as a conference in eastern Pennsylvania. Everyone is invited and we welcome you to join us!
- Rev. Joanne P. Marchetto
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