This Week in PNEC --- July 12, 2018 - July 20, 2018


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

610-826-3113; FAX 610-826-546


Bonnie Bates    Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez    Christian Creyer    Barbara Jennings    Patty Rehrig



Joint Conference Vision & Development Team Summer Zoom Discussions


The JCVDT is inviting YOU to scheduled Zoom discussions on three separate dates with three separate questions to inform our work to create a new Conference.  The dates are Tuesday, July 17; Wednesday, August 28.  Click to view the flyer/registration form/instructions for Zoom     The information is also available on our website

From Missionary Jeffrey Mensendiek...


Western Japan was inundated with rain for four straight days last week, resulting in the flooding of rivers and dams, and multiple landslides.  Read full report.

Stretch Out Your With
Sunday, August 19 - Noon to 6PM
Cedar Beach Park, Allentown
We will have a UCC booth at the event,
but need your help staffing one-hour shifts.
If you are interested, please email Gary Barraco @ 

PNEC Ministry Day

9AM to 4PM

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Faith UCC, 5992 Route 378, Center Valley

Watch for more details!

PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc...
Living the Heart of Progressive Christian Theology
six-week online course
begins Wednesday, July 11 - concluded Tuesday, August 21,
Services of Interest
July 15 - 3PM- INSTALLATION - Brenda Hobson, Authorized
Licensed Minister - Zion, Stroudsburg
July 29 - 10:15AM - Service of Farewell for Rev. Kevin
Fruchtl - Ebenezer, New Tripoli
August 19 - 9:30AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Joel Risser -
First, Hellertown
September 16 - 9AM - Service of Farewell - Rev. David Ellis
- Trinity (Great Swamp), Spinnerstown
Rev. Sterling Schnell had a room number change and phone number change:  Mifflin Rehabilitation Center, 500 Philadelphia Ave., Room 312A, Shillington, PA  19607; 610-796-7142

Rev. Jim Knappenberger is scheduled for surgery on Thursday, July 12, at St. Lukes Fountain Hill Campus.  He is finished with the chemo & the tumor in his esophagus is eradicated - tumor is nonexistent!   PET scan two weeks ago showed there is no new cancer.  Drs were very happy about this.  He will have the top of his stomach and his entire esophagus removed.  What is left of the stomach will be constructed into a new esophagus.  He will spend 10-14 days in the hospital.  On day five after the operation, his new esophagus will be tested to see if it is functioning correctly.  If there are no leaks, liquids will be introduced and by the end of his hospital stay, soft foods. He will have a feeding tube for 6 weeks because he will not have a enough nutrients by mouth.  After his hospital stay, he will be going home.  He is living on prayers.  Please pray for his surgeons and those in charge of his care.   
Children's Sermon
for July 15(based on Mark 6:14-29) 
Items needed: piece of poster board, easel to hold paper, yardstick, marker.  Beforehand, put paper on easel and use yardstick to  make a mark at the top and the bottom of paper.  Show kids the paper and the two marks.   What if I wanted to draw a straight line,  between these two marks, using this yardstick? But what if I start out, at the bottom, with the yardstick, being a little off the mark? (Hold yardstick on bottom mark, but   askew from the top mark)  See what happens-starting a little off, at the bottom, the line gets further and further away from my "target," the top mark. This is what happens in our Bible reading today- a man named Herod moves  further and further away from doing what is right.  He even gets so far away from what's right,  that he kills John the Baptist!  We need to keep asking God for help to know what is right, and the courage to do it.
- Rev. David Quinn
15 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Brenda Hobson - Zion, Stroudsburg
16 - 1PM - Constitution Bylaws Revision Team - Conf. Office
17 - 7-7:30PM - JCVDT Summer Zoom Discussion #2
18 - 9:30AM Local Congregational Support Working Group - Forks, Stockertown
18 - Noon to 2PM - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Staff Meeting
19-22 - 2018 Regional Youth Event - California University of Pennsylvania
Summary of
PNEC Board of Directors Actions taken at their
June 13, 2018 Meeting
A Statement on the separation of families from the Interfaith Action
Committee of the Lehigh Conference of Churches
Disaster Ministries 
    In Puerto Rico, Lavinia just got a new roof. UCC Disaster Ministries is recruiting volunteers to repair roofs, do light carpentry and paint interior ceilings and walls. Read more & sign up.
     In Port Arthur, Texas, mission teams are helping restore 17 low-income rental units... Read more & sign up!
     In Volusia County, Fla., UCC volunteers put on her new roof, repaired and installed a new toilet and sink, and brought Marlene's kitchen plumbing back online... Read more & sign up
     In the U.S. Virgin Islands, there are thousands of damaged or destroyed homes. UCC Disaster Ministries is recruiting volunteer teams to do debris removal, cleaning and construction in St. Thomas. Read more & sign up!
    Scott Smiley: One volunteer's reflections..."'If you are more fortunate than others, it is better that you should build a longer table, than a taller fence.' To me, the simplicity and eloquence of this apparently anonymous quote sums up my experience serving in Florida with UCC Disaster Ministries on a hurricane recovery volunteer work team." Click here for Scott's commentary.
Global Ministries (GM) Partners and their efforts
regarding immigration policies from a Latin American perspective.  Click here  to use this website as a reference.
     It is crucial to include their perspective and scope of
Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
a 3-part educational series called
Consistory/Council 101
September 15th, October 6th and October 27th
10AM - 12 Noon
We are asking all Consistory/Council Presidents to place this educational opportunity on their upcoming agenda for consideration.  Download your Registration Form 

Young People Making Peace

Summer Day Camp

July 23-27, 2018 from 9AM to Noon

First Presb. Church, Allentown

For children ages 5-14

who have completed kindergarten to 8th grade

Five mornings of stories, songs, games, crafts and learning activities related to the broad topic of peace and justice.  **Peace Training for those who have completed 7th & 8th grade.  Sliding-Scale fee:  $10 to $40 per child for the week.  Sponsored by Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern for more information or to register, call 610-691-8730.  Space is limited.

2018 Boundaries Workshops
"Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders"
                      Sponsored by NE PA Synod 
2018 Workshops will be held: 

   Tuesday, October 23 - St. Paul's Lutheran, Dallas

   Wednesday, October 24 - Christ Hamilton United,


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