Call to the Fall Annual Meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Faith UCC, 22 Faith Drive, Hazleton, PA
Guest Preacher: Rev. Bill Worley, Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Minister
DEADLINE for submitting YEA Fund requests for 2018 is Thursday, October 18
Please mail the forms to Barbara at PNEC, 431 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, PA 18071
Please join us for the joyous occasion!
You are cordially invited to the ordination service of
Karen A. Yonney
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00 p.m.
Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 5187 Irvin Road, Slatington, PA 18080
A reception will follow in the church’s Fellowship Hall!
Clergy are asked to robe.
The liturgical color of the day is red.
Disaster Response Ministry
The Penn Northeast Conference Presents....
the 14th Annual Youth Retreat
"Sexuality and our Faith"
All youth in grades 6th - 12th are invited
February 22-24, 2019
Blue Mountain Christian Retreat, 1 Christian Ln., New Ringgold, PA
$145 per person (includes meals Saturday & Sunday)
Limited Space...Register Early!
for Registration Flyer.
MINISTRY TRAINING UPDATES (continuing education)
ALL Authorized Ministers, please note:
We will start identifying these kinds of links as continuing education opportunities – even though the policy doesn’t go into effect until January 1. If you have any questions, please contact the
Penn Northeast Conference Office at 610-826-3113. Thank You!
for list of some upcoming opportunities!
-- Online Polity Opportunity -
Currently the Western North Carolina Association of Southern Conference has approved of the following online course
(dates: October 1st-November 27
as meeting the requirements of
UCC History, Theology and Polity
* Understanding the Bible as a Progressive Christian, 6-week course (Oct 24 – Dec 11)
* Small Church Administration, 6-week course (Oct 24-Dec 11, 2018)
-- 2018 Boundary Training Workshops
- "Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders" - sponsored by NE PA Synod - October 23 and October 24 -
Contact 717-290-8741 if you have any questions.
-- 2018 "Widening the Welcome Conference - Living, Learning, Leading"
- November 1-3 at the
Sheraton Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Convention Center - Also, a Mental Health First Aid
Class, November 1 - certified course with cont. ed. credit upon completion
-- Origins, Doctrines & Practices of Islam
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Islam’s Relationship with Eastern Orthodox Christianity
- Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – 7:00 PM
at HOLY RESURRECTION ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL, 591 North Main Street, Wilkes- Barre, PA
Spread the Word... PNEC and PSEC are sponsoring two mission trips to
April 28 - May 4, 2019
12 - 18, 2019
Here are some possible expenses expected per person, including airfare, food, transportation and other expenses: We are considering that the total cost per person will be $1,000.00 for all the expenses. This is a basic estimate so we can plan individually. Other topic discussed was the different documents that every person will need for the project: passport, health insurance, medication rules and releases from UCC. Since is the beginning of the coordination, we are identifying elements needed so everyone can start deciding and clarifying their decision of been part of the project.
If you want additional information, please contact Gilberto Garcia-Rodrigues, PNEC Associate Conference Minister at
Children's Sermon for Oct.14
(based on Mark 10:17-31
- Rev. David Quinn
Items needed: helium balloon, $ 1.00 in pennies, metal tray. Beforehand, put balloon on tray and then put the pennies on the balloon so it is held down by the weight of the pennies. When kids come up, put tray on floor in front of them. Ask one child to be Jesus. Explain to kids that this is a helium balloon. Usually helium balloons float up in the air. Why isn't this helium balloon floating up in the air--because the pennies are holding it down. In today's Bible reading, a man comes to Jesus. Jesus sees that the man's heart is weighed down by his money--just like this balloon is weighed down by the pennies. Jesus invites the man to get rid of what is weighing down his heart. The man says no (pick up tray and start walking away from "Jesus"), so he goes away from Jesus with his heart held down, like this balloon is still held down. But what he could have done instead was give his heart to Jesus(tie balloon to wrist of "Jesus", and ask him/her to start walking away, so pennies fall off balloon and balloon rises up and moves with "Jesus") See how balloon is now floating up and going with "Jesus"--that's the joy that a person feels when they give their heart to Jesus.
Dear Friends of the UCC Musicians Association
If you are still thinking about music for the Christmas season, please consider adding "The Christmas Silence" to your list.
"The Christmas Silence" is a gentle lullaby for SATB voices with piano accompaniment. It is based on a lovely poem by Margaret Deland.
Laura V. Belanger
Sanbornton Cong. Church, Sanbornton, NH
Christmas Card Project
It is that time of year again when I am looking for UCC and Disciples churches interested in participating in the Christmas Card Project this year with churches in Japan. These churches have historical ties to our UCC/Disciples denominations, and have been facing many unprecedented issues as a result of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
I will be asking you to send a Christmas card to one or two churches in early December, AND to lift these churches up in prayer sometime during the advent season. Once I have a firm idea of the number of US churches participating, I will send to you the names and updated information about the Japanese churches to which you will be assigned. If you have participated in this project before, I will try to match you with the same churches that you had before. Our partners in the Kyodan (the UCCJ) have asked that we continue this project, and I am encouraged to see how the Spirit is leading us as brothers and sisters in new patterns of partnership.
This is now the fifth year for the Christmas Card Project. It is one way to reach out globally through prayer. Please discuss this with your congregation and
let me know by October 15th (MON)
whether you will be participating (
.) I will send you the contacts and necessary information by November 15th (THU). This will give you plenty of time to prepare the Christmas cards to send off by the beginning of December. Also, please let me know the name and contact address for the person who will act as contact person from your congregation this year. If you need stories and current information on what is happening in Japan please go to my blog at
This year we were/will be blessed by two visits from churches in the US. In July, Dr. Carol Lytch from Lancaster Theological Seminary PA visited Tohoku Gakuin in Sendai. In November we are anticipating a visit from Altadena Community Church UCC, in Los Angeles, CA. These are precious visits that remind us of our common witness in Christ.
This Project is an opportunity for churches to lift each other up in prayer. The situation in and around Fukushima reminds us that sometimes we are called to live with hope even when our environs are toxic and dangerous. I know your gesture of solidarity means a lot to our partners in Japan. Please do not hesitate also to ask for prayers for what is happening in and around your congregation as well. In this way share mutually in the ministry of God’s mission.
Yours in Christ. Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek
CGMB missionary / serving in Tokyo, Japan
Global Youth Justice
21st Global Youth Justice Training
Implement, Enhance, Expand and/or Learn
Youth/Teen/Student/Peer Court and Peer Jury
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 to Thursday, January 31, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Gathering & Dinner
Saturday, October 27
Trinity Episcopal Church
234 Spring Garden St., Easton
"Heritage & Tradition"
Antoinette Brown Award Nomination
Celebrate the life & ministry of Antoinette Brown and all women in ordained ministry. Nominees for
should be ordained clergywomen in the UCC who honor Antoinette Brown's vision of women in leadership in church and society. Nominees for
are projects, collectives, congregations or organizations that serve as provocative places that advance and empower women in ministry. For a nomination form, please
Copyright and the Church
A link has been added at
for a copyright presentation that Heather Kimmel, UCC General Counsel, recorded for Local Churches. Scroll to the bottom where it says Copyright and the Church and then click on the presentation, which is hosted on YouTube. I hope it is helpful to you
Lehigh Conference of Churches
Food Items Needed for the Ecumenical Soup Kitchen's Annual Thanksgiving Meal.
Please contact Laura Rowe 610-433-6421 or
if you would like to donate. They are also collecting donations during the week of November 12 at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center, 457 W. Allen St., Allentown. Items needed are stuffing mix, packaged grave, canned green beans, canned yams, French fried onions (French's), butter (pounds and pats), iced tea mix. Gift cards to help us purchase these items are also greatly appreciated!
Seeking “Christmas Heroes” to Sponsor Local Children
The Lehigh Conference of Churches is seeking businesses, organizations, schools, and individuals to sponsor a family this Christmas season through the Pathways Housing Services non-profit program. Families housed through Pathways are low-income, previously homeless, or were on the verge of homelessness. Sponsors will be provided family information, including children ages and wish-lists. Donations are tax-deductible. Please inquire with Christine Rinker, 610-439-8653. Deadline to become a sponsor is November 16, 2018.
MissionInsite training with the
Penn Central Conference
Wednesday November 14 from 1-4 pm at the Penn Central Conference office. (717-652-1560)
. Peter Wernett, Sr. Vice President
101 Pacifica, Suite 380, Irvine, CA 92618
Phone, Direct: 949-407-6550
Toll Free: 877-230-3212 ext. 100
UCC’s Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Information & Communications (OPTIC)
is presenting the 2nd in a series of free online discussions featuring pastors who share how they are leading their churches toward meeting financial & membership goals. Questions will also be taken.
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Time: 7pm to 8pm Eastern Time
Rev. Nathan Dannison,
Sr. Minister of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan
pastor at St. Paul’s UCC in West Milton, PA,
Participation is free and on a first-come,
first-served basis as we have a limited capacity. Please submit the registration form below. You will be provided with a dial-in number when we receive your registration. Latecomers will be placed on a wait list and notified if any slots open up.