•  THIS WEEK IN PNEC                  December 5, 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 Boundary Training

Boundary Awareness in the Digital Age
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ~ Tuesday, January 29, 2020
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.
(Location and Registration Details Coming Soon...)
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 .

Does YOUR church need a Coach??
Rev. Christian Creyer writes about Chestnut Hill Church-UCC and their Coaching Experience:
If you are questioning whether a coach would be helpful to you as a Pastor or you as a member of a congregation, stop questioning and just follow the prompting of the Spirit to engage in this relationship. We have had a coach walk beside us at Chestnut Hill Church for a little over a year now as part of the Vitality Days program and we could not have asked for a better experience. Our coach helps us to think about things in a different way and guides us to make the decisions into which we think the Spirit is leading us. This relationship has helped us to focus our attention and look toward the future instead of where we are and what may be going wrong so that we can actually see what the Spirit has been doing in us all along. Don’t hesitate, if the Spirit is prompting, listen and engage a coach today.
Would you like more information about Coaching?? – check out the Conference Website
Coat Drive
Please click here for a flyer from Colleen Orzel of the Lackawanna County Prison and Reentry Task Force concerning a coat drive to have warm clothes on hand for inmates who are released in the Winter.
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

--Now to December 8 - Project Keep Warm - Is in need of new or gently warn winter items
coats (adults, mostly men, children's; gloves, hats, scarves, heavy socks, blankets
For more information visit their website

--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.

-- 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
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)