This Week in PNEC --- November 14, 2013 - November 22, 2013
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431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

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


Alan Miller
Nancy Azar

Gilberto Garcia-

Barbara Jennings
Beverly McClure
Fran Potters (Resources)



   Churches and individuals are invited to submit

Resolutions for consideration at the

52nd Annual Meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference

to be held on May 3, 2014 at the Northampton Community Center, Northampton  For guidelines and deadlines, please contact

PNEC's 2013 Closing Date will be

Friday, January 17, 2014


Please plan your closing so that your final 2013 remittance will be received in the Conference Office by Friday, January 17, 2014. Receipts received after the 17th will be credited to 2014. Do not include 2013 remittances with 2014 and make certain remittance slips are marked for either the year 2013 or 2014.


Thank you for your cooperation and support.


The UCC Ministerial Profile is Changing!


Same Purpose. New Path. The United Church of Christ Ministerial Profile is changing! New technology was developed this year to better meet the needs of authorized ministers, conferences and calling bodies. The new profiles portal goes live on January 31, 2014, already winning praise for being responsive, timely, strategic, and user-friendly. If you have an approved vintage profile as of January 31, 2014, it will continue to be honored until the criminal background check expires. Anyone with a current criminal background check may choose to incorporate it into a brand new profile instead. All authorized ministers are invited to add information as a searchable "Snapshot" in the profiles portal during the first quarter of 2014. For more information on the new Profile and Snapshot, see:

Rev. Malcolm Himschoot

MESA Minister for Ministerial Transitions

Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team - United Church of Christ - 216-736-3840

The Penn Northeast Conference Presents..............

the 9th Annual Winter Youth Retreat 



Find Your Voice. . . .



"I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me"

-Philippians 4:13 (NABRE)

Be empowered by our Still Speaking God to make a difference in our world thru the power of your own voice!


        All youth in grades 7-12 are invited  

February 21-23, 2014

Check-in Friday 6:30-7:00

Pick up Sunday at 1:00

Blue Mountain Christian Retreat Center

1 Christian Lane, New Ringgold, PA 17960

Cost $120/person - includes meals Saturday & Sunday

*This is a technology friendly event - cell phones, IPADS, tablets, etc. are welcome!


REGISTRATION FORM for the 9th Annual

Winter Youth Retreat

can be found on the PNEC website at 

Registration Deadline:  Along with the form, please send a non-refundable $50 deposit (per person) by January 3, 2014 to:  Penn Northeast Conference, ATTN:  Beverly, 431 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, PA  18071.  After registering you will receive forms and information pertaining to the "PNEC Annual Winter Youth Retreat."  Final payment and forms will be due February 13, 2014.




money-icon.gif Grants are now being accepted for the GEM Fund.  The deadline for GEM Fund Applications, which need to include a supporting letter from the church's governing board, is Monday, November 25, 2013.  To learn more about the process, please go to  


Missionary Jeffrey Mensendiek is Back in PNEC

Jeff Mensendiek 

Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek, working on behalf of the Common Global Ministries Board (a common ministry of the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ), has returned to Penn Northeast Conference for the months of October, December, and January. Jeffrey visited with PNEC last year at this time. As you remember, Jeffrey has been working in Sendai, Japan for the past 22 years. Most of his ministry has been working with college age youth. When the great earthquake struck northern Japan in March 2011, his work place became a relief center.


Jeffrey is willing to share stories from his experience of living through the Tsunami and his work in Japan as a missionary during a Sunday worship or fellowship event. In addition to his availability during the weekdays throughout October and December,. If you are interested in scheduling Jeffrey to come and speak at your church, contact Barbara Jennings at


Currently, Jeffrey is scheduled to be at the following churches or events:


Sunday, December 1, 10:30 a.m.  St. John's UCC, 538

     East Thomas Road, Coopersburg, PA

Sunday, December 8, 10:30 a.m., Church of the

     Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem, PA

Sunday, December 15, 10:30 a.m., St. John UCC, 651

     Easton Road, Riegelsville, PA

Sunday, January 12, 10:30 a.m. - Church of the Good

     Sheperd, 135 Quarry Quarry Rd., AlburtisSunday, Sunday, January 19 - 9:00 a.m. - St. John's,  36 S.

     6th St., Allentown

April 24-26, 2014
The Power to be YOU!
UCC Office Support Staff Network (UCCOSSN)
Annual Conference
Hosted by the Southern Conference UCC
Hilton Hotel University Place
Charlotte, NC
for more details, please send your information to
Linda Carter at
The UCCOSSN is committed to enabling personal growth, providing mutual support and supply continuing education to all support staff in all settings of the UCC including other related UCC bodies.

lay ministry God Thought II

(Enrichment Class designed for persons seeking to gain knowledge and strengthen discipleship.  A rquired class for those seeking Licensed or Commissioned Ministry.)

"How we talk about God both reflects and informs our faith.  This survey of theology will help participants reflect on their own understanding of God and how that understanding affects the way they relate not only to God but to the world."

Saturday, December 7, 2013

9AM to 4PM

First UCC, Schuylkill Haven

The Rev. Dr. Chuck Maxfield, Pastor of St. Paul's UCC (Fort Washington), University professor of history having taught most recently DeSales University.

To register go to www. and download a registration form.



Mark your Calendars for the

2014 Licensed Ministers Convocation on

March 14-15

Registration flier coming soon!






November 17 - 3:00PM - ORDINATION - Joshua Knappenberger - St. Paul's UCC, Trexlertown


Middle Atlantic Association of United Church Educators 2014 Faith Formation Event for staff and/or volunteers engaged in educational ministries, adult leaders of youth and pastors


Models for Experiential Church

Facilitators: Rev. Julie yarborough, Rev. Caroline Lawson Dean

Round Table Facilitators:  Debbie Gline Allen,

Michelle Funk

Monday, April 28 - Wednesday, April 30

Watson Homestead Conference & Retreat Center

Painted Post, NY

Event cost includes housing, meals, facility cost & facilitators' expenses.  At this event you will incorporate technology, art, games, ritual, food and other creative tools to enrish faith formation for all ages.  You will come away with tools to inspire your own creative programming and you will take home resources for Children's SundaySchool, VBS, Youth & Adult Groups & Retreats, Faith Formation ideas for all ages.  You will be able to connect with kindred pastors, teachers, leaders.



Event Cost:  $285

Late Fee       +25

Early Bird Registration by 1/31/2014 $260

Registration Deadline by March 31, 2014


Name ____________________________________

Address __________________________________


Email ____________________________________

Church ___________________________________

Position __________________________________

Conference/Association _____________________

Dietary/Accessibility Needs? _________________


Please make check payable to "PNEC" and write MA AUCE Event" in the notation.

Send to:  PNEC, 431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA  18071 - ATTENTION:  Beth Sikorsky

Moravian Seminary 


Winter 2014Courses:  Unpacking the Scriptures:  Preaching with the Rev. Dr. Sue Pizor Yoder;  Unpacking the Scriptures:  Discipleship with Bill Freeman;  Ministry Journeys of the New Testament with the Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner.

Spring 2014 Courses:  My Journey/Our Journey (Spiritual Formation) with Emily Wallace;  Traveling Mercies with a cast of instructors covering various topics in Congregational Care;  The Story of Christianity with the Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner.

For registration information go to


17 - 3PM - ORDINATION - Joshua Knappenberge - St. Paul's, Trexlertown
19 - 9:30AM - Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Committee
20 - 9AM - Ordained Church & Ministry Committee
25 - Deadline for GEM grant requests
26 - 9-11:30AM - Joint Conflict Resource Team - PNEC Office
27 - 1/2 day - OFFICE CLOSED - Thanksgiving Holiday
28,29 - OFFICE CLOSED - Thanksgiving Holiday
3 - 11:30AM - Southwest AMC Clergy Christmas Luncheon - Florence Italian Restaurant, Breinigsville
3 - GEM Fund Committee
4 - 6PM - Nominating Committee
7 - 9AM-3PM - Spiritual Renewal Partners Advent Retreat - St. John's, Emmaus
9 - 10AM - Licensed/Commissioned MID Committee - Conf. Office
11 - 9-11AM - Martin's Mentoring Group
Important Note - Date Change: 
The December meeting of the Board of Directors has been changed from Thursday, December 12 to Wednesday, December 11 - Conf. Office - 6PM
17 - 9:30AM - Investment Committee 
17 - 9:30AM - Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Committee
17 - 12 Noon - Joint Conflict Resource Team Christmas Luncheon - Morgan's Restaurant
24, 25 - OFFICE CLOSED - Christmas Holiday 

13 - 6PM - Annual Meeting Planning Team
18 - 9-11AM - Martin's Mentoring Group
21 - 9:30AM - Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Committee  
8 - 9AM - Board of Directors - Place TBA
12 - 9-11AM - Martin's Mentoring Group
13 - Snow Date - MINISTRY DAY
20 - 6PM (supper) - Search & Call Team
21-23 - 6:30PM to 1PM - 9th Annual Winter Youth Retreat - Blue Mountain Christian Retreat Center, New Ringgold
25 - 9:30AM - Ordaining Member in Discernment Committee
12 - 9-11AM - Martin's Mentoring Group
25 - 9:30AM - Ordaining Member in Discernment Committee
9 - 9-11AM - Martin's Mentoring Group
10 - 6PM - Board of Directors - Conf. Office
22 - 9:30AM - Ordaining Member in Discernment Committee
Reserve May 3, 2014 for the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference - Northampton Community Center, Northampton, PA
6,7,8 - Clergy Convocation - Double Tree at Willow Valley, Lancaster 
14 - 9-11AM - Martin's Mentoring Group
12 - Bryan Sirchio Conference-wide Concert & Worship - Union, Neffs
April 18 - PNEC Annual Meeting - Place TBA

Resource Center DVD Bible StudiesDVD


Praying in the Midst of Life; Six, 23 minute sessions; discussion guide.


The Way, Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus; Six sessions; leader guide. Adam Hamilton


The Four Acts of Prayer; 10 segments; study guide. Walter Wangerin, Jr.


Women in the New Testament, A Middle Eastern Cultural View; six, 30 min. lectures. Kenneth E. Bailey


Prophets & Kings; six lessons; study guide; Ray Vander Laan. 

The Spiritual Renewal Partners of the UCC Penn Northeast Conference invite you to join them for an

Advent Retreat

Chosen by God: Mary, Joseph, You


"When I write that, as the Beloved, we are God's chosen ones, I mean that we have been seen by God from all eternity and that we have been seen as unique, special, and precious beings."

                                        ---Henri Nouwen, "Life of the Beloved"


Saturday, December 7, 2013, 9am-3pm

St. John's UCC

139 North 4th Street, Emmaus, PA 18049


Please bring a Bible, a journal or notebook, pen or pencil and a bag lunch.  Beverages will be provided.  Anyone who wants to bring a snack or baked item to share during our breaks or for dessert is welcome do so.  There is no fee, but a good will offering will be collected for the rental for the room.  We do require registration as below.  We look forward to seeing you!



Please contact Dorothy Sechler ( by email to register.  Please list your name, church name, your address, and phone number by November 15, 2013.


If you do not have email, please send the completed form below to Dorothy Sechler, 4727 Werleys Corner Road, New Tripoli, PA 18066 by November 15, 2013.










November 15 - Basket Social - 5:30PM preview baskets - 7PM to pick winner - Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Rd., Allentown - get your tickets now - call 610-395-2218 - purchase a seat ticket for $10 which includes 26 basket tickets, 1 food voucher, 1 reserved seat, and 1 Big Ticket (worth $2) - purchase extra tickets 26?$6 or 78/$15.


November 16 - All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet - Old Zionsville UCC, 5981 Fountain Rd, Old Zionsville - 7 to 11 AM - bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, french toast, pancakes, potatoes, chipped beef, toast, juice, doffee, tea, fruit cup & dessert - adults/$8 - seniors 60+/$7 - age 6-12/$5 - for more information call 610-966-3601.


November 16 - PA Dutch Bazaar - Longswamp UCC, 200 Clay Rd., Mertztown - 9AM to 2PM - light lunch, homemade soups - Beef Vegetable, Chicken Corn Noodle - Beef BBQ - Raised Cake, Shoo Fly, Funny Cake, Molasses Cake - chow chow, pickled beets, jams, jellies, local artisans and vendors - stained glass, art. SERRV, crafts - Township Historial Society Presentation 11 and 11:40AM - history & architecture of Longswamp Church plus township calendars, note cards, church historical committee display - free blood pressure checks - silent auction.


November 16 - Talent Show & Dinner - Bethany UCC, 600 W. Market St., Bethlehem - doors open at 4PM for dinner, show at 5PM - tickets/$7 - enjoy the talents of our young people - call 610-868-4441.


November 16 - Annual Craft Show - 9AM to 2PM - First UCC, 457 Delaware Ave., Palmerton - crafts, vendors, lunch, cookies, candies, gift wrapping, basket social, much more. Call 610-826-2696 or email if you would like to be a vendor.


November 16 - 55th Annual Bazaar - Dubbs Memorial UCC, 457 Allen St., Allentown - 9AM to 2PM - Bake Sale, Christmas Cut-out Cookies, Home-Made Candies, Woodworking, Plants, Jewelry, Fall & Winter Clothing, Purses, Linens & Draperies, Gift Basket Raffle, Holiday Decorations & Ornaments, Attic Treasures, Knick-Knacks, Appliances & Furniture, Glassware, Household Items, Kitchenware, Toys & Games, Children's Face Painting, Blood Mobile and more plus lots of good food to eat!


November 17 - International Christian Pianist Jim Hendricks In Concert - Ben Salem UCC, 1965 Churchhill Rd., Lehighton - 8:15 and 10:30AM - details call 570-386-3870.


November 19 - Themed Basket Raffle- Trinity UCC, 1990 Route 212, Quakertown - doors open at 6 PM - drawings begin at 7PM - themed baskets, door prizes, and gift certificates - tickets can be purchased ahead by calling 610-216-7185 or at the door - also selling hot dogs, BBQ, and soup for dinner - free dessert.


November 21 - Thanksgiving Pie Sale - Old Zionsville UCC, 5981 Fountain Rd., Old Zionsville - 9" pumpkin pie - 9" apple tarts - $9 each - deadline to order is November 21 - pick up at church on November 27 between 3 & 6PM - for more information call 610-966-3601.


November 24 - Ten Thousand Villages Fund Raiser - St. John's, Emmaus - 2 to 6pm - Ten Thousand Villages at the Lehigh Valley Shopping Mall will give St. John's 15% of all proceeds sold during that time period. St. John's will use the proceeds to support Global Ministries and their two sponsored children India and Zimbabwe


November 26 - Thanksgiving Pies Sale - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -

$ 8.50 each - Pumpkin, Apple Crumb, Blueberry Crumb and Cherry Crumb - Order by November 18 - St. Thomas UCC

902 East Macada Road, Bethlehem - o order call 610-868-9167


December 1 - Plain 'n Fancy Sticky Bun Sale - St. John's UCC, 1027 Church St., Fogelsville - Orders due by December 1 and pick-up is December 5 from 8:30 to 11AM - plain are $5.25 - walnut, raisin, & coconut are $6.25 - to place order, call Marilyn Roth at 610-395-3083 or Beulah Snyder at 610-285-6608. 


December 1 - Annual Ecumenical Christmas Cantata - Christ Was Born For This - a Christmas Musical created by Dennis & Nan Allen - Zion UCC, 2nd & Iron Sts., Lehighton - 7:30 PM - additional music featuring the Zion Festival Orchestra - no admission charge - free will offering will be taken.


December 3 - A Presentation of Handel's Messiah (the Christmas Portion) - St. Paul's UCC, 19th & Lincoln Ave., Northampton - 7:30 pm in the sanctuary - featured soloists will be professionals: Pamela Jones, Carole Burkhardt, Michael Bodnyk and Ralph Schatski - Pastor Todd Fennell will direct and Brian Snyder will accompany at the organ - singers are welcome to participate in the chorus - vocal scores are provided - a free will offering will be received and a social will follow - for more information or directions call 610-261-2910.


December 8 - Christmas Concert - Ben Salem UCC, 1965 Church Hill Rd., Lehighton - 2:30 PM - Ben Salem's Handbell Choir & "Daybreak" Ben Salem's Contemporary Musical Group will perform - free and open to the public.


December 8 - 59th year of "The Hanging of the Greens" - 7PM - Jordan U.C.C. at 1837 Church Road (corner of Rt. 309 and Walbert Ave.) - public is invited to attend this annual traditional program in which our Sunday School children depict the Nativity scene and explain the symbolism of Christmas decorations. Beautiful Christmas music accompanies the program. 


December 14 - Cookie Walk - Old Zionsville UCC, 5981 Fountain Rd., Old Zionsville - 8AM to Noon - variety of Christmas cookies - orders are being taken for cut-outs - deadline to order is November 24 - $12/per lb. - pick up on December 14 at the church between 8AM and noon - call Darlene at 610-966-5115 - MartyAnn at 610-966-5220 or the church office at 610-966-3601 to place your order.


December 14 & 15 - Bethlehem's Live Nativity - Bethany UCC, 600 W. Market St., Bethlehem - Bethany's Chancel Choir sings for the Bethlehem Live Nativity Pageant at the West Side 8th Avenue Rose Garden - prelude begins at 1:45PM - show 2PM.  For more info call 610-868-4441.


December 21 - All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet - Old Zionsville UCC, 5981 Fountain Rd., Old Zionsville - 7 to 11AM - bacon, ham, sausage, eggs, french toast, pancakes, potatoes, chipped beef, toast, juice, doffee, tea, fruit cup & dessert - adults/$8 - seniors 60+/$7 - age 6-12/$5 - for more information call 610-966-3601.  


NOVEMBER 2013 - God's Growing Garden Preschool Presents You and Me Classes - Heidelberg Union UCC, 5187 Irvin Rd., Slatington - you and your 1 to 3 year old are invited to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10AM to 11Am for music, art, and fun!  We will explore our creative sides with various developmentally appropriate art projects.  We will move our bodies to fun and energetic music.  This program is for all moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and guardians that would like to spend quality time with their little ones.  Tuition:  $20 registration fee (once per school year, Sept.-May) this secures your spot in the classes; $30 monthly tuition for two classes per week due the first Tuesday of the month; $15 monthly tuition for one class pwer week due the first class of the month.  Call or email to register - Ann Flower at 610-216-1977 or



Egypt UCC, Whitehall has two upright piano's that they are looking to sell.  They are old but play very well.  They do not use them anymore.  They have both been tuned within the last year.  They are asking $100 or best offer and you will need to pick them up.  If interested, call the church office and leave a message 610-262-4961.


Growing church looking to buy Hand Chimes. Contact Rev, Lamar Handwerk, St. Peters UCC, Seemsville at 610-657-0068 or email lahen10009@


Christ Church (Bethlehem) is seeking a full-time Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation Leader (part time applicants accepted). We are looking for someone with energy, drive, and an active relationship with Jesus Christ who has a heart for reaching youth through Gen X followers of Jesus Christ and living our mission -"Called to Know Christ and to Serve in His Name."This leadership position will initially be focused on reviving an active/vibrant youth ministry (7th through 12th grades) and quickly progress into strengthening a young Adult through Gen X ministry serving as a spiritual leader and role model. For further information on the detailed job description or submittal of a resume, contact


NEW CHURCH IN NEED - Rev. Linda Leuser, a former member of Dryland UCC, also a former pastor at Salem UCC in Moorestown, is opening a new church in the Clayton, NC area.  She has received funding notification from Cleveland for the opening of this church, to be named Good Samaritan UCC. This church will reach out to the special needs children and their families in her area. Good Samaritan UCC will be meeting at Kids Clubhouse in Garner, NC. Plans are for this new church to start meeting in January of 2014. This new church is in need of the following items:

 About 50 folding chairs

A podium



CD's of the UCC "The New Century Hymnal"

A two disc CD side by side player

A cross for the altar

Communion trays (both wine and bread)

Collection plates

A 50 cup coffee pot

This is a long list, but there is a lot you need to start a church. Many established churches have replaced items over the years and have the older items stored away. If you know of any of these items that are available, Rev. Linda will be very appreciative. Please contact Rich Durn from Dryland UCC at 484-894-9799 and he will coordinate picking up the items at your location. We plan to deliver items for the new church to North Carolina by mid-December. Please remember, every little bit helps.


Grace UCC, Allentown is looking for a part-time church secretary. The person should have excellent computer skills and experience with multiple programs. Prior office experience would be helpful. Please send resume to,, or mail to, Rev. Rainelle Kimmel, Grace UCC, 623 Cleveland St., Allentown, 18103.


Grace UCC, Northampton is looking for a commercial stove or other commercial cooking equipment to make our new kitchen complete.  If you are getting rid of these items please let us know by calling the church office at 610-262-7186. 


Zion UCC, Allentown is looking for a lead singer/musician (guitar and/or keyboard), part-time, to provide contemporary praise music for a blended service in a traditional liturgical setting with a growing congregation in downtown Allentown; to be part of a Sunday a.m. worship ministry team including singer and drummer, as well as organist (director of music), choir and pastor. Apply to


Hope UCC, 1031 Flexer Ave., Allentown  is looking for a part time Christian Education Director. If interested resumes may be sent to Pastor Mia White, Hope UCC, 1031 Flexer Ave., Allentown, PA  18103


Also for Your Information.....Zion UCC in Stroudsburg has opened a thrift shoppe at 7 S. 6th St.  The times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM.  We have many different items - clothes, childrens clothes and toys and games, books for all ages and house hold items.