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A Poem for Christmas
Advent Summons

Come forth from the holy place,
Sweet Child,
Come from the quiet dark
Where virginal heartbeats
Tick your moments.

Come away from the red music
Of Mary’s veins.
Come out of the Tower of David,
Sweet Child,
From the House of Gold.

Leave your lily-cloister,
Leave your holy mansion,
Quit your covenant ark,
O Child, be born!

Be born, sweet Child,
In our unholy hearts.

Come to our trembling,
Helpless Child.
Come to our littleness,
Little Child,
Be born unto us
Who have kept faltering vigil.
Be given, be born.
Be ours again.

Come forth from your holy heaven,
Come away from your perfect shrine,
Come to our wind-racked souls,
From the flawless tent,
Sweet Child.

Be born, little Child,
In our unholy hearts.

Sister Mary Frances, PCC
Penn Central Conference's office will be closed for the Christmas holiday from December 24th, 2019 through January 1st, 2020 . We will return on January 2nd, 2020. Any emails or voice messages left during this time will be answered when we return. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Preaching Around the Conference

January 5 - Trinity UCC, Hanover - Rev. Dr. Carrie Call - 9:00AM

January 12 - Hill Church, Cleona - Nora Foust - 9:00AM

January 19 - Trinity UCC, Gettysburg - Rev. Dr. Carrie Call - 8:00AM
Prayers for Penn Central Conference
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)

This week, we pray for each other as we continue to live into God's calling...

Shiloh UCC, York
Trinity UCC, York
Zion UCC, York
St. Jacobs UCC, York New Salem
Year End OCWM
Thank you for your gifts to OCWM . All 2019 donations (OCWM or others) must be received at the Penn Central Conference Office by Friday , January 17, 2020.   Any money received after that date will be counted as 2020 donations. Please clearly mark your donations as for 2019.

Pledge Forms
We are grateful for the monthly OCWM gifts and appreciate those churches that added OCWM as a line item in their 2020 annual budget. Please let us know what you have pledged to OCWM in the coming year by completing and submitting this  online pledge form  or by sending this paper form  into Paul via email or mail.
Association Events
Installations, Ecclesiastical Councils & Ordinations

January 11 - Installation of Rev. Beth Rogers at Hummelstown UCC - 3:00PM
January 26 - Installation of Rev. Betsy Bruaw at Peace Church, Swartzville - 3:00PM
Association Meetings and Ministeriums

January 15 - Harrisburg Ministerium (with Rev. Carrie Call) - Kindred Place - 9:30AM
Association Special Events

January 12 - York Association Town Hall w/ Rev. Carrie Call - Mt. Zion UCC, York - 2:00PM   

January 17 - Retiree Breakfast sponsored by the Gettysburg Association COM - Trinity UCC, Hanover - 9:00AM (snow date is January 25th)

February 3 - Harrisburg Association Town Hall w/ Rev. Carrie Call - Chapel Hill UCC, Camp Hill - 6:00PM   

April 18 - York Association Earth Day Anniversary Weekend w/ Jim Antal - Mt. Zion UCC, York - 9:00AM

Hartman Center Retreats
Confirmation Retreat - March 27 - 29 (details to come)
Pride Retreat for LGBTQ Folks & Allies - May 29-31 (details to come)

Early bird pricing for those who pay in full before March 31, 2020.
Clergy Events
Lenten Worship: A Collaborative Planning Event - Colonial Park UCC, Harrisburg - January 9, 10:30AM-3:00PM Register here
Mid-Winter Clergy Sabbath
January 21-23, 2020

Join Jill Peters and Maggie Wellert as they lead us through a look at balance with workshops and discussions. PCC's own Rev. Carrie Call and Scott Watts will also be leading sessions. There will also be fellowship, self care spaces, time to speak with chaplains and more! See the full agenda here . Learn more about our speakers here .

 Save the date
February 19 - MEF at St. Thomas
March 18 - MEF at St. Thomas UCC
April 22 - MEF at St. Thomas UCC
May 13 - Worship Planning at Colonial Park UCC
Open & Affirming
Save the date:
February 22 - ONA Winter Gathering at Colonial Park UCC, Harrisburg PA
Planning Ahead
Annual Meeting - June 12-13, 2020

Event with Bishop Robert Schnase - September 19, 2020 (info to come!)
From our Local Churches
250th Anniversary Year End Celebration - St.Paul's UCC, Manheim - December 29, 9:30 am

DVD Lending Library - St. John's UCC, Chambersburg
From PCC Partners & Friends
"As He Did Unto Others" Music Sundays - Dr. Robert Horton - LTS Santee Chapel - January 5, 4:00PM

Live Webcast "Violence in Houses of Worship" - Presented by The Insurance Board- January 9, 2:00 pm

“Solidarity Not Solitary” - St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Harrisburg - January 12, 1:00-3:00 pm - register here

LTS Tuesday Topics "Christianity & Immigration" - Lancaster Theological Seminary - January 21, 10:00AM

Beyond Bullet-Points: Preaching with Screens workshops - Parish Resource Center - Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12 and Feb 19, 9:30 – 11:30 am

2020 UCC History & Polity Class - Lancaster Theological Seminary - February 21 through April 3

Mid-Atlantic Association of United Church Educators (MA-AUCE) 2020 Annual Conference Holistic Faith Formation: Engaging Our Whole Selves - Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center, Mt Bethel, PA - April 27 through April 29, 2020 - register online here
The more you know...
Search & Call Associates
Mercersburg, York and Gettysburg Association Churches
Rev. Richard Gordon

Northern and Central Association Churches
Rev. Sally Dries

Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lebanon Association Churches
Rev. John Fureman

Staff Directory
Rev. Carrie Call, PhD
Transitional Conference Minister
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex. 12

Rev. Nora Driver Foust
Associate Conference Minister 
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex.13
Zoë D'heedene
Coordinator of Camps/Retreats
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex. 16
Scott Watts
Facilitator of Care to Clergy & Clergy Families
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex. 15
C. Paul Keller
Office Manager
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex. 14
Laura Dalton
Administrative Assistant/Search & Call Assistant
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex. 10
Contact information: C. Paul Keller | email: | phone: 717-652-1560