•  THIS WEEK IN PNEC                  August 15, 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
  A Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Churches and Their Leaders
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Road, Allentown, PA
Cost: $15 per person
Authorized ministers will earn 6 hours of continuing ed.
To register:
Click Here for detailed flyer
  Lay Leader Worship Training
A one day seminar designed to help lay leaders prepare and lead worship!
Saturday, September 14 -- 9 AM to 3 PM
at the Penn Northeast Conference Office
(431 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton)
Lunch will be provided.
The fee for the event is $15 for an individual or $45 dollars for a team of 3 or more.
Who may be interested? Congregations who struggle to find supply ministers to lead weekly worship service and lay members who are interested in leading their congregations in worship.  Click Here for detailed flyer.
CELEBRATE PRIDE THIS WEEKEND
This is an open invitation for all congregations to join the PNEC congregations as we promote the UCC’s Extravagant Welcome to all. We will have a 10x10 tent with a selfie booth. Come spend time with us and offer your smiling welcome to the LGBTQ+ community.  The event runs from 11:30am-6:00pm on Sunday, August 18 th at the Jewish Community Center, 702 N 22nd St, Allentown.  For info contact 3 Great Loves Ambassador Gary Barraco @ 732-241-6635. Admission is only $5 and there are tons of activities.
PNEC Sleep Out for Homelessness
Youth Grades 7 - 12
Saturday, September 28 at 6PM - Sunday, September 29 at 10AM
New Creation UCC, 3730 Nicholas St., Easton, PA 18045
Join us for an incredible night of learning and sharing our faith. We will discover what homelessness is, how we can respond, meet new people, play games, worship together and sleep outside! On Sunday, participants will be a part of a special worship service centered around the Sleep Out. The event ends at the conclusion of that service. Sleep Out supports Third Street Alliance for Women and Children
PNEC Fall Conference Meeting - Saturday, November 2, 2019
St. John's UCC, 22 Atlas Road, Northampton -- Keynote Speaker: Tod Bolsinger, PhD
Author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory
(for bulletin insert click here )

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Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Unexpected Missional Challenges
with Tod Bolsinger
(How do we minister-how do we lead a ministry-
in such a rapidly changing world)
November 1 - 9AM to 4PM - St. John's UCC, 22 Atlas Rd., Northampton - Cost $50

2019 - 2020 Vitality Days with Michael Piazza
Four - one-day training sessions with Michael Piazza of Agile Church
Monthly gatherings for church leaders with trained coaches to assist them in maintaining positive momentum.  Each session will run from 9AM to 4:30 PM - Registration at 8:30AM
Session 1 - Transformational Worship - October 26 - Good Shepherd UCC, 3940 Mt. Rd., Slatington
Session 2 - Structure & Stewardship - November 16 - Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Rd., Allentown
Session 3 - Craft Church Evangelism - March 28 - Good Shepherd UCC, 3940 Mt. Rd., Slatington
Session 4 - Vintage Church Renewal - May 2 - Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Rd., Allentown
Cost: $1,000 for all four days of training for church teams (up to 10 people from each congregation) and the monthly coaching sessions; $15 per person for drinks & lunch on training days
Click here for flyer & registration information.  Click here for Questionnaire "Congregational Revitalization or Transition Model Assessment.
CROP WALK
October 6, 2019
Schuylkill Haven CROP Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lehighton, Palmerton, and Reading
CROP Hunger Walk  
F or more information, to register, or to donate, please contact your congregation or go to  www.crophungerwalk.org
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YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY TEAM!
Have you heard of us?
      The PNEC Youth & Young Adult Ministry Team is passionate about equipping youth, young adults, and PNEC congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for transformation of their world. We do this by encouraging best practices, sharing of ideas and resources, and providing excellent events and gatherings. We work to equip, connect, and transform youth and youth leaders throughout the PNEC conference. The team oversees or delegates the planning of PNEC events, including Annual Youth Retreat, Sleep-out for Homelessness, PNEC Mission Trips, Youth Leader Trainings, Coordination of PNEC participants for ERYE & NYE, and more.
     Make sure you join us for the Sleep-Out for Homelessness youth event on September 28 – September 29 @ New Creation, Easton!
Young Adults (21+) are invited to join us at Yergey’s Brewing, Emmaus on September 29 @ 1:30pm for a time of fellowship
    Want to be kept “in-the-know” or join our ministry team? Contact Rev. Kayli Freeman ( pastorkayli@unionucc.org )
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Cultivating Generous Congregations
How do YOU inspire Generosity?
PNEC and Lake Institute on Faith & Giving invite you and your ministry teams to participate in a seminar experience that could change the way you and your congregation approach giving and generosity.
Saturday-October 19 & Sunday-October 20
9AM to 4PM
(Registration at 8:30AM on October 19)
Christ UCC (Schoenersville)
5050 Airport Rd., Allentown
Click Here for flyer and registration
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Lehigh Conference of Churches 
    Our Summer Toiletry Drive is nearing the end. Thank you to all who have donated so far! But we still are in need personal care items for our Pathways Housing Services. They distribute these items to people facing hard times and families struggling to make ends meet.
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Intentional Interim clergy training offered in Malvern
(by Pennsylvania Southeast Conference)
The Interim Ministry Network will offer a three-day, self-contained "Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: Work of the Leader" course, introducing foundational theories to interim ministry. The time is devoted to experiential learning through the use of case studies and sacred story. The work of the interim leader is presented and discussed along with tools and resources that facilitate the work of the transitional leader. The workshop will be in Malvern Aug. 27-29 for $740 plus room / meals.  Click here for more info and to register.
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Amigos de Guatemala Update:
Monte Margarita clinic to open soon!
watch a 20 second video that takes you around the outside of the clinic:
Please consider:   
Would you like to be part of a medical team when the clinic is dedicated in October 2019?
...Would you like an Amigo team to speak at your church?... Would you like to contribute to cost of medications and medical travel?
Contact Karen Heim at rksdheim@rcn.com
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Disaster Ministries
August ReadyPA Monthly contains important information about back to school safety. It also provides information from the Pennsylvania State Meteorologist regarding Back to School Weather Safety. The ReadyPA Action Sheets provide information on School Bus Safety and the 30 Days/30 Ways Program (remember September is Preparedness Month).
For all that is happening with Disaster Ministries... read more here! 
And/or you can always check the National UCC Disaster Ministries Web Page
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  EVENTS of INTEREST..
Ministerial Institute of the PA Academy of Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary
New, ecumenical part-time program of theological ed. for local church leaders. Designed for lay ministers, those in discernment, & other church leaders.     Visit our website
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-- August 26, 27, 28, 29, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, with the exception of August 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm &
      September 3, 4, 5, 6, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, with the exception of September 4, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - We
      Crave...Reflective Education on Addiction...Free and Open to All! - Click for flyer and registration
-- October 10 - Ministry Day - 8:30AM to 3:30PM at St. John's UCC (Fullerton), 575 Grape Street,
             Whitehall... Watch for details