•  THIS WEEK IN PNEC                  October 31, 2019
Penn Northeast Conference UCC, 431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA 18071
www.pnec.org   610-826-3113; 610-826-5464 FAX
Conference Minister, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates    bonnieb@pnec.org        
Rev. Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez    hispanicucc@rcn.com
Rev. Christian Creyer     christianc@pnec.org       
Barbara Jennings    barbaraj@pnec.org
Patty Rehrig    pattyr@pnec.org
   SEND ARTICLES TO BE INCLUDED TO   pattyr@pnec.org
NYE 2020 -- July 22-25, 2020
Just an fyi that there is a new NYE website.
Here’s the link   http://www.uccpages.org/nye2020/
It is not completely populated but it has much more information and will be updated regularly.
2020 UCC Medical and Dental Benefits Plan Rate Announcement
For the 2020 plan year, please note the following rate action:
·      Non-Medicare Health Plan: 3% increase; no change to deductibles
·      Medicare Supplement Health Plan with/Rx: 3% increase; no change to deductibles
·      Pharmacy Benefit Plan: no change to co-pays
·      Dental Benefit Plan: no change
·      Life & Disability Income Plan: no change
·      Vision Benefit Plan: on change

Churches/Employees are able to view 2020 rates by visiting the Pension Boards website ( www.pbucc.org ) and clicking on the 2020 Rate Locator         found on the home page.
Greetings and well wishes to you all,
My name is Pamela Ayo Yetunde, and I teach pastoral care and counseling at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. I am writing to ask a favor. I am concerned that some women with cancer fall through the cracks of spiritual care networks that could be life saving if utilized or created. Consequently, I am launching a research project on women, spirituality, and cancer at  https://womenspiritualitycancer.questionpro.com . If appropriate, would you please complete the survey, and share with women in the U.S. who have or had cancer?
Thank you for your consideration,
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., Th.D., Assistant Professor, Pastoral Care and Counseling
Assistant Vice President, Faculty Community Relations
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 767 N. Eustis Street, Suite #140, St. Paul, MN 55114
don't wait, register now
Cultivating Generous Cong.
How Do You Inspire Generosity
January 24-25, 2020
Church of the Good Shepherd, 35 W. Phila. Ave., Boyertown
Cost: $350 per church team
(4-5 members per church)
Deadline to register will be December 5, 2019.
  November 9 -- 9AM to 3PM
PNEC Office, 431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton -- Cost: $10/person
to register, go to
or send names & check to PNEC
by Nov. 1
Pastoral Leadership in Congregational Systems 201
November 13, 2019 &
March 4, 2020
9AM to 5 PM
Faith UCC, 5992 Route 378, Center Valley
Cost: $220
Consider sponsoring an elder!
Global Ministries Elder Sponsorship assists elders with basic needs through centers that make sure the elders are given the opportunity to live out their lives in dignity in an environment where they are cared for and loved. There are currently three Global Ministries Elder Sponsorship sites:  Read More…
To begin an elder sponsorship you can visit this webpage and either download the sponsorship form and mail it in, or sign-up online.
Bethlehem, PA - Phoebe Terrace Korean War Veterans Richard “Dick” Reider , who was a U.S. Army Corporal, Louis “Lou” Wolf , a U.S. Army Sergeant, and The Rev. Wilbur “Bill” Albright , a Communication Technician First Class with the U.S. Navy will discuss their personal experiences of military service during the Korean War on Monday, November 11, Veterans Day, at 7:00p.m. at the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
This panel discussion, “The Forgotten War: Stories from the Korean War”, will be moderated by retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel and head of Lehigh University’s Veterans Association, Frank Gunter, followed by a screening of the feature film “Unforgettable: The Korean War.”
The event, which is FREE to attend, will also be taped and rebroadcast on PBS39. For information and ticket reservations go to www.steelstacks.org or call the ArtsQuest Center Box Office at 610-332-3378.
The SteelStacks’ Veterans Day event is presented by Embassy Bank and Phoebe Ministries and made possible through a partnership between Lehigh University Veterans Association, ArtsQuest, and PBS39.
Veterans’ Bios
Richard “Dick” Reider , of Steelton, served in the U.S. Army for approximately two years. A graduate of Keystone College, he was an engineer for Air Products for 42 years after which he retired and worked for AARP as a classroom driving instructor. An active 88-year old, he plays golf twice a week and exercises at the Air Products gym three times a week. He lives at the Terrace at Phoebe Allentown with his wife Joan and has two grown children, Richard and Annette.
Louis “Lou” Wolf , of Northampton, served in the U.S. Army after which he pursued a career as a high school social studies teacher, coach and athletic director for over 30 years. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, he taught and coached for the Parkland School District from 1961-’67. In 1968 he returned to his alma mater Northampton High School until he retired as the beloved athletic director where a field and athletic scholarship are named after him. Wolf, who lives at the Terrace at Phoebe Allentown, survives his wife Elsie who passed away ten years ago. He has two grown daughters, Jane and Kathy, who are also educators.

The Reverend Wilbur “Bill” Albright , of North Catasauqua, served in the U.S. Navy for eight years after which he worked as a fabricator. In 1967 he attended the Lancaster Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity Degree. Recently retired, he served as a pastor for the United Church of Christ for more than 30 years at various churches throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. He and his wife Phyllis live at the Terrace at Phoebe Allentown and have two grown children, Kathy and Dale.

-- Zoom Webinar - Facing Your Church Building’s Uncertain Future: A Conversation with Patrick Duggan and David Schoen - Tuesday, Nov. 12 th at 3 PM ET there will be a zoom webinar for church pastors and leaders. The conversation will include options for church buildings, as well as helpful practices for engaging in discernment, conversation, decision-making and planning for church buildings futures. Participants can choose to receive a copy of Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future resource as part of the registration. click for information

-- A Service of Affirmation of Ministry for Pastor Glenn Rarick will be held on Sunday, November 24 th at 3:00 at Faith Reformed UCC, 8 Church Street, Landingville . All are invited to attend. A time of fellowship and refreshments to follow the service.

--The Lehigh Conference Of Churches Presents A Sing-Along-Messiah -- Advent and Christmas Selections - Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:30PM - Zion UCC, 620 W. Hamilton St., Allentown
Calling All Choirs! We are asking singers to form a gathered choir as we welcome the community to enjoy this inspired work. Sign up to participate in the gathered choir at http://bit.ly/SingAlongMessiah (case sensitive) or by contacting Genie Watson, gwatson@lehighchurches.org or (610) 433-6421 ext. 6422. Singers requested to RSVP by November 24. For a detailed flyer, click here.
More on Disaster Ministries
In 2018, the US suffered through $91 billion in damage from disaster. With so much at stake and so many displaced, we’re working to spread information that will help communities pick up the pieces, when the danger has passed. Given your work, I know you’ll agree it’s just as important to help folks get back on their feet. I recently found some resources I thought you might find useful here. Thanks again for your efforts.
Disaster Ministries

Click UCC Disaster Ministries Updates for informative articles such as: "Go-Bag" Information; Grants for CWS Buckets; Training for Sulawise Village; Florida Panhandle; Nepal; Puerto Rico Roof Repairs; NVOAD; Ways to Support Disaster Recovery; Youth Voice; Resources and Links
If your church wants more information explaining the Disaster Ministries opportunities in the Pan Handle of Florida: you can go to https://www.ucc.org/disaster_recovery_florida_panhandle.
Here is a resource for our churches that are looking for help to become safer and more secure and/or get involved in their community.