•  THIS WEEK IN PNEC                  December 11, 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
PNEC’s 2019 Closing Date will be Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Please plan your closing so that your final 2019 remittance will be received in the Conference Office by Wednesday, January 15 . Receipts received after the 15th will be credited to 2020. Do not include 2019 remittances with 2020 and make certain remittance slips are marked for either the year 2019 or 2020 .

Thank you for your cooperation and support.
PNEC Offering Advanced Boundary Training

Boundary Awareness in the Digital Age
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ~ Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Rd., Allentown
Cost: $35 per person (includes registration & lunch)
Led by Rev. Darren Morgan, Associate Conference Minister @ Maine Conference UCC
Boundary Awareness Training is part of clergy continuing education and dialogue toward healthy ministerial relationships and self-care. It seeks to promote opportunities for discussion about the hard and gray areas that make up so much of the space within our profession. This training will equip clergy to understand the importance of healthy digital boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships. Church lay-leaders are welcome to attend this training as well. (If you are a pastor and have never taken boundary training before you should attend a regular boundary training and not this advanced training.)

You can register on-line through tithe.ly at the link below
2020 LGBT Spirituality Mini-Series
spiritual inclusion for trans people in faith communities
January 6 at 6PM
January 13 at 6PM
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 West Maple St. at Bayard Rustin Way
Allentown, PA 18101
Moderated by Rev. Beth Goudy, Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley
Note to PNEC Pastors...Attending both would qualify as Cultural Competency Training
Lehigh Valley Youth Interfaith Program
My name is Mike Kimmel and I am developing Interfaith Youth Program for the Lehigh Valley. I belong to the Lehigh Valley Interfaith Dialogue Group. Concerning the Responsibilities, I am actively recruiting members for the steering committee . Please share my contact information to anyone interested in learning more.
Thank you, Mike Kimmel -- (215) 740-9982

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to create a unified interfaith community within the Lehigh Valley through the education of our children. Click here for full program overview .

Clergy Convocation 2020
with Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath
May 5-7, 2020
Double Tree by Hilton, 2400 Willow St. Pike, Lancaster
(qualifies for 10 contact hours)
Click here for full flyer, schedule, and how to register - Deadline April 1, 2020
Interim Ministry Network Training
January 28-29, 2020
Zion, Strausstown (right off Route 78)
5:30 to 8PM on the 28th
8:30AM to 5:30PM on the 29th
presenter Arlen Vernava
cost $50
Sponsored by Penn Central, Pennsylvania Southeast and Penn Northeast Conferences.
2020 Boundary Training
offered by Lehigh Presbytery
(3 different sessions)
Click here for the flyer for three sessions of Boundary Training Offered by the Lehigh Presbytery in 2020. These sessions will be led by David Olsen.

Consider sponsoring an elder! ... visit this webpage

--Merry Christmas from UCC Refugee & Asylum Ministries - enjoy these Advent resources!
- Why We Welcome - series launched during Advent 2019 asks UCC churches around the country
to answer the question: Why do we welcome refugees and asylum seekers? Click here to view
- Order your Advent yard sign today "This Christmas We Remember That Jesus Was a
Refugee...Matthew 2/:13-14 - click here

--December 14 - Christmas Peace Pilgrimage -Please register for free at www.peacewalk.org and include the names of those coming with you. Download brochure here.

-- December 16 - Friends of the Poor - Christmas Dinner for Senior Citizens & Adults - doors open at 5PM, dinner served at 6PM - St. Mary's Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton, PA 18503

--December 19 - Christmas Food Basket Giveaway - 10AM to 5PM - St. Mary's Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton, PA 18503 - *On-Site Registration...please be prepared to give your name, number of adults, children in the household and zip code.

--January 13 - 4PM - Churchwide Webinar: How Your Church Can Accompany Asylum Seekers - 4PM - More information forthcoming...Amanda Sheldon, www.ucc.org

-- July 22-25, 2020 -- NYE 2020 -- Here’s the link   http://www.uccpages.org/nye2020/ --
**If your church plans on attending, please contact Kayli Freeman ( pastorkayli@unionucc.org ) or Tracy Whitehead ( twhitehead@IU17.ORG ). We are starting to formulate a list of participating churches and plan for transportation. Looking forward to an awesome event!
Disaster Ministries

2019 Winter Weather and Holiday safety

I am extremely proud and thankful to be the PNEC Conference Disaster Coordinator Karl Jones, November 19, 2019. Let me tell you why – ( click here to read Karl's letter)