•  THIS WEEK IN PNEC                  August 8, 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
Friends,
    I have been in prayer and sorrow this week, as many of you have, after the weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton, and last night’s stabbing in Southern California. Once again hate, racism, and violence have combined to rock our nation. Praying this week has helped me a little, but I lament the lack of affirmative action to counter the hateful rhetoric, the violence, the diatribes of blame and fear. My friends, I believe it is time to do more than pray.
    No matter your political party, your faith tradition, or your belief about Second amendment rights, the mass killing of innocent people in America must stop. The El Paso and Dayton shootings were numbers 250 and 251 in the first 217 days of 2019. More than 8,000 people have died from shootings in the US in 2019. Whatever your personal opinions, we, as a nation, as a people, as Christians must call for peace and a reduction in violence.
    Whether you believe gun control is the appropriate response, or providing more mental health services is the appropriate response, or anti-racism education is the appropriate response, it is time for people of faith to speak out, to act rather than to simply pray. I will not define what your beliefs or actions will be. I will not urge you to approach the issue from a particular perspective. I will only urge you to act. Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men (sic) to do nothing.” It is time to act.
    Connect yourself with the community or group addressing this violence in the way that best aligns with your personal belief system and your personal conscience. But my friends, the time has come to act on our faith, to act on our love of neighbor. Please find a way to live out your faith as a beacon of hope, compassion, and peace-making in our world.
    In hope,  Bonnie
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.
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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  2020 National Youth Event

Visit nye.uccpages.org for the agenda and also a list of the scheduled speakers. 
    (NYE 2020) is scheduled to be held at:
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana July 22-25, 2020 --- (for ages 12 - 22)
Disarm Hate
UCC leaders call for action to end gun violence after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
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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 that would be there when the clinic is dedicated in October 2019?
  Would you like an Amigo team to speak at your church about the project
Would you like to contribute to the 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
  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 15 - 1PM - UCC Webinar on the Youth Climate Movement as a Moral Force The webinar
         will be held at 1 pm ET, but a recording will be sent out to all who register. Register today!
         (Hyperlink:)    http://bit.ly/Youth-Climate-Movement
-- 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