•  THIS WEEK IN PNEC                  September 19, 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
YEA Fund Applications Deadline
YEA Fund applications , which are available on the PNEC website ( www.pnec.org ), need to be received in the Conference Office (431 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, PA 18071), by October 1, 2019
The  Youth & Empowerment Fund (YEA)  was created by the Penn Northeast Conference UCC Board of Directors during their January 2001 meeting for the purpose of providing financial assistance for youth and adult denominationally- related educational activities. 
Cultivating Generous Congregations
How Do You Inspire Generosity?
The Penn Northeast Conference and the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the UCC are joining together with the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving to 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.
January 24-25, 2020 (Friday 8AM to 4PM/Saturday 8:30AM-4PM)
Church of the Good Shepherd, 35 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown
Cost: $350 per church team (4-5 members made up of clergy, lay leaders, administration and/or stewardship committees)
The cost includes one booklet per team. If a team would like more than one book, there will be an additional cost of $50. Deadline to register will be December 5, 2019.
Summary Notes of the August 28, 2019 Conference Board Meeting
don't wait, register now
Safe Church...A Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Churches and Their Leaders
Saturday, September 28, 2019
9AM to 4PM
Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Road, Allentown
Cost: $15 per person
Authorized ministers will earn 6 hours of continuing ed.
To register:
Click Here for detailed flyer

  Pastoral Leadership in Congregational Systems 101
3 Sessions of Learning-Improve Pastoral Leadership
Oct. 9, February 12, March 6
9AM to 5PM with a break for lunch
 Faith UCC, 5992 Route 378, Center Valley
Who:  Authorized Ministers divided in cohorts of 10-12
-3 days of Experiential Learning about Congregational Systems
$350 / lunch and breaks each day
(deposit of $100 due with registration; full payment by October 1)
presented by
PNEC & Financial Ministries UCC
  November 9 -- 9AM to 3PM
(NOTE: Change in time)
PNEC Office, 431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton -- Cost: $10/person
Workshops Topics - Trends in Giving: What Donors Want; Planned Giving: Utilizing an On-Line Tool to Get Started; Roundtable Discussion - Best Practice Sharing
to register, go to
or send names & check to PNEC
by Nov. 1

Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-Time Clergy
with award-winning journalist and author Rev. G. Jeffrey MacDonald
October 12 from 9AM to Noon
(Registration @ 8:30AM)
Shenkel UCC, 1580 Shenkel Rd., Pottstown
(NOTE change in location)
Cost: $25.00
Thursday, October 10
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Registration 8:30 AM)
St. John's UCC (Fullerton), 575 Grape St., Whitehall
5 Hours of Continuing Education
Keynote Speaker : Rev. Dr. Gregory Edwards, founder and Sr. Pastor of Resurrected Life Community Church UCC, Allentown
Our Call...Building Relationships
Cost : $15 (made payable to PNEC)
Deadline to Register: Monday, September 30
To register through tithe.ly go to   https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/884378
OR for the full flyer & registration form click here  

Retirees Luncheon
  for Retired clergy, their spouses /partners & surviving spouses)
Wednesday, November 6
11AM to 2PM (Lunch at noon)
Jordan UCC, 1837 Church Road,
 Special Guest: Rev. Wanda Craner
“Maintaining Your Spiritual Health”
 Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 28, to let us know if you will be attending by:calling the Conference Office (610-826-3113) or emailing Barbara at BarbaraJ@pnec.org   
PNEC at General Synod 32 in      
Milwaukee, Wisconsin           
June 21-25, 2019
Click here to read Reports from General Synod Delegates on Their Committee Assignments Dealing with Resolutions
Screening of FIX IT @ MALV on
Sept 21 at 7:30 pm
Why does the US spend twice as much as the rest of the world for healthcare, while millions of Americans remain uninsured?
Why are insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses out of control? Why are healthcare costs the number one cause of bankruptcy in the U.S.? 
A documentary movie title "Fix-It" that looks in to questions like these will be screened on
family dinner on September 21st. Please mark your calendar. Please   click here  for more details.
Q & A with the executive producer of the Film Richard Master CEO of MSC Industries.
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.
Preaching Like the Choir
How to prepare & present sermons with rhythm, melody and prose
with Rev. Cean James
9AM to 3PM (registration @ 8:30AM)
$12 (lunch included)
First UCC, 110 Route 61 South, Schuylkill Haven


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.
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 )

UCC Disaster Ministries Webinars
for full list of upcoming and past webinars that are available... read more

Mental Health Education for Families
Four Part Series
(attendance at three of the four would qualify as Cultural Competency Training)
October 7, October 14, October 21, October 28
Diocese of Scranton Pastoral Center
6:30 to 8PM
    Our trained coaches will gladly support individuals and groups within congregations who are engaged in activities such as vision, mission, and core values development; governance structures, constitution and bylaws revisions; vitality efforts; transitions and search and call; conflict and behavioral covenant development.
    Coaches will be assigned through the Conference Office based on the submission of the  Congregational Coaching application   to the Conference Office. Contributors to OCWM within the past two (2) years are eligible for coaching at $35 per hour (excluding services for the purpose of search and call.) For churches that have not contributed to OCWM the fee is $70 per hour. Once your congregation has contributed to OCWM for two (2) years, you will receive coaches at the reduced rate.
Disaster Ministries
Click Here for several stories from the September 2019 CDC E-News (Preparedness and Dorian)
       National Preparedness Month
is held in September every year. It is a chance to prepare yourself, your family, and your church for whatever disasters will bring you. An opportunity to look forward and not live in the past. Embrace a changing world and prepare for whatever may come your way.  Use this National Preparedness Month toolkit to educate yourself and your church.  
    Make a National Preparedness Month resolution to check your food stocks and your insurance coverage. Resolve to start a disaster savings account, personally and at church.  Join a local CERT team or start a CERT team at church. Volunteer to help disaster victims at home or far away. Teach your kids or grandkids how to put together their very own go-kit. Don’t be afraid to change your habits, no matter how nostalgic the “old days” may feel.

You can always check the National UCC Disaster Ministries Web Page  
- Lehigh Conference Of Churches...** Diakon is seeking help from caring families to foster young adults-  Information sessions are on October 30 from 6 to 8PM at St.Peter's Lutheran Church, 474 Vine St.,  
  Bethlehem - Also at the Topton Office, One South Home Ave. on September 12, October 10, and
  November 14 - register by contacting the Diakon York Office 717-795-0320 - read more
  ** Center for Humanistic Change is seeking individuals to lead health programs... read more
  ** Fall Food Festival - benefits the ecumenical soup kitchen - September 28 from 11AM to 2PM at
   Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley, 1988 Schadt Ave., Whitehall... read flyer
--CROP WALK, October 6 Schuylkill Haven - October 13 Lehigh Valley, Carbon County - more info
     at    www.crophungerwalk.org
--January 24-25, 2020 - Cultivating Generous Congregations - How do YOU inspire Generosity?
    Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyertown.  Watch for new details and flyer coming soon!