Paid for by your OCWM Contributions| June 3, 2020
Message to the Conference
Dear friends of Penn Central Conference,
I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. (Isaiah 41:18)

These are trying times. There have been so many words shared about the injustices, frustrations, fears and longings of our nation. There are actions, both peaceful and violent, that call attention to these harsh realities. I yield to poetry this week as a better expression in the face of pain than my own words. In a time of fire, pain, and anger consider meditating on these words.
This poem written was by Clairissa Pinkola-Estes. I hope it speaks to your souls and provides an image of hope.

By the scent of water alone,
the withered vine comes back to life,
and thus ... wherever the land is dry and hard,
you could be the water;
or you could be the iron blade
disking the earth open;
or you could be the 'acequia',
the mother ditch, carrying the water
from the river to the fields
to grow the flowers for the farmers;
or you could be the honest engineer
mapping the dams that must be taken down,
and those dams which could remain to serve
the venerable all, instead of only the very few.
You could be the battered vessel
for carrying the water by hand;
or you could be the one
who stores the water.
You could be the one who
protects the water,
or the one who blesses it,
or the one who pours it.
Or you could be the tired ground
that receives it;
or you could be the scorched seed
that drinks it;
or you could be the vine,
green-growing overland,
in all your wild audacity...

Racial Justice Resources:

Religions for Peace Webinar, featuring Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer: Addressing Systematic Violence Against African Americans in Contemporary America - June 4 - 12:00PM - register here

Online Worship Service

We are happy to share a special gift with you. The Penn Central Staff (along with two other conference members) have created a worship service that we want to share with you so that you may share it with your churches. We hope that for some of you, at least, this would enable you to have a Sunday off from worship preparation and execution. The service is “plug and play” on Youtube . Learn more here...
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...

Christ UCC, Madisonburg
St. Luke's UCC, Malta
St. Paul UCC, Manheim
Canoe Camp Church of Christ, Mansfield
COVID-19 Resources

Penn Central Conference has added a special section on our website for COVID-19 resources, including the times and links for Zoom meetings. Keep checking regularly for updates.

We will be having another round of meetings around reopening churches . Please register soon, these fill up very quickly. More info to follow today.
Monday June 8 th at 6:30 PM for Central, Northern, Mercersburg and Gettysburg.
Monday June 15 th at 6:30 PM for Lancaster and Lebanon
Tuesday June 16 th at 6:30 PM for Harrisburg and York
The Perfect Blend: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
A day with author Bishop Robert Schnase
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Lancaster Theological Seminary, Santee Chapel

Come spend a day in conversation around how these practices can help your church live out the Gospel and be a missional presence in your community.
We will hear 3 presentations from Bishop Schnase and have a few guided, small group discussions along the way. See a full flyer here. Seating is limited, so registration is required. $25 per person, or a discounted rate of $100 for groups of 5 people. Register here!
Creation Justice
View Answering the Call: Environmental Justice is Health Justice with Sen. Cory Booker, Dr. Francesca Dominici and Rev. Lionel Murphy. The webinar addresses the connection between COVID-19 death rates and environmental injustice. 
Association Events
Installations, Ecclesiastical Councils & Ordinations

Aug 2 - Ordination of Gary Nottis at St. John's UCC, Lewisburg - 3:00PM (Rev. Nora Foust attending)

Association Meetings

June 27 - Harrisburg Association Meeting - via Zoom - 10:00AM
Clergy Events
 Boundary Training & Ministerial Excellence Forums

Boundary Training - POSTPONED new date TBA
For those who need boundary training in the meantime, Convergance offers an online course.
Planning Ahead
Online Board Meeting - June 13, 2020

Annual Meeting - August 29, 2020

Recognition Dinner - September 19, 2020 (info to come!)
From PCC Partners and Friends:

Spiritual Direction in a Digital Age - Parish Resource Center - June 9, 10:00am - Register Here

Involving Children in Worship - Parish Resource Center - June 10, 10:00AM - Register Here
From our Local Churches
Pig-Roast and The Seger Family Concert - hosted by the Northern Cluster of UCC Churches - June 28, 5:00PM CANCELLED
Hiring Information:
Executive Director – Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light
(Half-time position)

We are seeking a visionary: a flexible and creative individual who can help guide PA IPL into the next decade, particularly with the work of expanding and deepening the organization’s base of support and of helping PA IPL realize its broader goals from its strategic plan such as clarifying our organizational identity (rebranding and diversifying stakeholders), developing more focused programming, and building the necessary internal infrastructure to see PA IPL into the future. Learn more here.
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. Richard Luciotti

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

Rev. Dr. Marisa Laviola
Associate Conference Minister

Rev. Dr. Ronnette Comfort-Butler
Facilitator of Care to Clergy & Clergy Families
phone: 717-719-1895
Zoë D'heedene
Coordinator of Camps/Retreats
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex. 16
C. Paul Keller
Office Manager
Phone: 717-652-1560 ex. 14
Contact information: C. Paul Keller | email: | phone: 717-652-1560