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


431 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA18071; website

610-826-3113; FAX 610-826-5464


          Bonnie Bates                      Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez   

          Barbara Jennings              Patty Rehrig



Message for congregations about coaching:
     I am excited to share with you a new resource we are able to provide congregational groups or individuals. We have trained 8 individuals to serve as Trained Coaches to assist individuals and groups within congregations to support activities such as vision, mission, and core values development; governance structures, constitutions and bylaws revisions; vitality efforts; transitions and search and call; conflict and behavioral covenant development.
     Coaches may be assigned through the Conference Office based on the submission of an application, click here for application. If you are a contributor to OCWM over the last two years, your fee for coaching (other than search and call, which will be offered at no cost) will be $35 per hour. If your congregation has not donated to OCWM in the past two years, the fee will be $70 per hour. Once your congregation has committed to OCWM for two years, you will receive coaches at the reduced cost.
     Our coaches have been trained through the Strengthen the Church funds we retain. We would encourage you to continue support for this special offering in addition to OCWM. Our costs for COACH training allowed many of our coaches to attend the training at no personal cost. The hourly rate you provide for them will cover their administrative and transportation costs only. The higher rate, for those not contributing to OCWM, will help us recover our contributions to the training.
- Bonnie
On April 11, the PNE Conference Board
approved a new administrative position, Search and Call Associate. This is a ΒΌ time position. The position description is attached. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest by April 20 to

"We value and welcome all people into our diverse congregation. We are an Open and Affirming church, believing that each of us is created in God's image. We celebrate the life of each person as a unique individual created by God, including people of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive or emotional abilities, education, or spiritual and religious traditions."
1st International Conference
on Decreasing Recidivism
June 17-19, 2018
Hilton, Baltimore, MD
Exploring Sustainable Strategies for Decreasing  Recidivism Through Interdisciplinary Research
Registration opened on March 1st, 2018
Early Bird Special rate ($150) started
March 1st through May 15th
Late registration from May 16th ($200)

The purpose of the 2018 International Conference on Decreasing Recidivism is to explore the root causes and various dimensions - political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural - that must be taken into consideration while devising concrete strategies to tackle recidivism effectively.
The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines (economics, sociology, public administration, political science, public policy, criminal justice, social work, business, anthropology, law, psychology, psychiatry, information technology, journalism, education, public/mental health, etc.) to collectively explore the multiple facets of the problems and emerging opportunities of decreasing recidivism locally and around the world
For detailed information and registration, please
The 26th Annual New England Summer Institute, 2018
United Church of Christ History, Theology, and Polity
Camp Calumet, Freedom, NH
Sponsored by the six New England Conferences
of the United Church of Christ
Week 1: May 29-June 1, 9:00-3:00
Week 2: June 4-8, 9:00-3:00
Caregiver College at Kirkland Village... 
The Fleming Memory Center Presents
"Caregiver College"
Affiliated with Lehigh Valley Health Network Geriatric Medicine.
A free 12-hour training program/ course that is delivered in 2-hour sessions over a 6-week period.
Wendy Scott MA, CDP - (Certified Dementia Practitioner)
Elder Life Specialist
"Let us provide you with the tools you need as a caregiver. We will provide you with good strategies, enabling you to develop a sense of control or mastery in caregiving."
Classes held at Kirkland Village, Bethlehem,
in the Eagle Room
Tuesday 10AM-12PM
May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29, June 5
RSVP to Diane Miranda at  or 691-4501. A minimum of 5 participates per class is required.
For question please contact Wendy Scott for questions at 610-969-2278.
Enjoy the Music of Bryan Sirchio
Progressive Christian Worship Music Workshop

     Attached are two fliers about these events that
New Goshenhoppen UCC in East Greenville, PA  (Pennsylvania Southeast Conference) wants to share with PNEC.  Folks may be familiar with Bryan from his participation in regional and national events, including youth events and synod.
     The concert on Sunday night is appropriate for all ages and is free; the Saturday workshop requires registration, which is being handled through the PSEC.  All info is on the fliers.
Money & Ministry Workshop
The Penn Central Conference is extending an invitation to invite PNEC to their generosity workshop, Money and Ministry.  It will be held on April 28 in Lancaster.
Flyer,agenda, workshop details and bios are attached.  Here is the registration link. 
Stephanie Rader-Titzel
Communications and Generosity Director
 Penn Central Conference United Church of Christ
900 South Arlington Avenue - Room 227A - Harrisburg, PA 17109
717.652.1560, ext. 11 (office) or 717.557.4154 (wireless)

A Note from Jeffrey Mensendiek,  

Missionary to Japan &  

Planning a Mission Trip to Japan in May, 2018


      I would like to inform you about a mission trip to Japan this May to visit our partners at the Asian Rural Institute ARI

     My friend Ken Matsuyama has planned several trips like this before, and is open for people who might want to join. ARI is an exciting ministry for anybody interested in ecological issues and global peace.
Please click here for the full flyer and information if you might want to join the trip.  
Yours in Christ       Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek
Thank you

Our condolences to Dave and Kathy DeRemer on the death of Kathy's mother, Anna Marie Ritter, on Wednesday, April 4.  Services were held on Tuesday, April 10.  Cards of sympathy may be sent to them at 6642 Blue Heather Drive, Macungie, PA 18062 (new address for Kathy and Dave - they recently moved). 
Our condolences to Alan and Candy Miller on the death of Alan's mother, Janet Sauerland, on Saturday April 7.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 11AM at St. Stephen's UCC, 110 N. Sixth St., Perkasie, PA.  Cards of sympathy may be sent to them at 4080 Saint Johns St., Highpoint, NC  27265
Children's Sermon
    for  April 15 (based on Luke 24:36-48)
Item needed:  Puzzle with picture of completed puzzle on box lid.  Beforehand, take out two pieces of the puzzle that are from different sections of the puzzle.  Show kids the two puzzle pieces, hold them close together and ask what they make a picture of - nothing.  But if you put these two pieces together with all the other pieces of the puzzle, this is the picture they make, all together.  (Show picture on box lid.)  In today's Bible reading, the followers of Jesus don't understand how He can be alive again.  Jesus explains to them about how Him being alive again is all a part of God's plan.  Each of these two puzzle pieces are like the lives we live each day.  We don't see what picture they are making.  But God sees the big picture (show box lid)  which God will put all together some day.
- Rev. David Quinn

17 - 9:30AM - Licensed/Commissioned Ministry Committee
17 - 11:45AM - Blue Mountain AMC Clergy - Country View Diner, 6210 PA route 873, Slatington
17 - 2PM - Staff & Personnel Committee
18 - 9AM - Ordained Church & Ministry Committee
18 - 6:30PM - Investment/Budget Committee - Conf. Office
19 - 6:30-8PM - JCVDT Zoom meeting
20-23 - Ecumenical Advocacy Days - Washington DC
23 - 10AM - Gwilym T Williams Committee - Conf. Office
24 - 9-11:30AM - JCRT - Conf. Office
24 - 9:30AM - Ordaining MID Committee - Conf. Office
25 - 9AM - Bethlehem AMC Clergy - Church of the Manger, Bethlehem
25 - 9:15AM - Boehm AMC Clergy - Paulie's Family Restaurant, Ruch & Chestnut Sts., Coplay
25 - Noon to 2PM - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Staff Meeting
26 - 6PM (Supper) - Search & Call Team
27-28 - Board of Directors Retreat - St. Francis Retreat House, Easton

Phoebe Institute on Aging 2018 Spring Conference
Building a Customer Driven Culture
Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
University Center at DeSales University
Presented by Cura Hospitality

 The cost for the full-day conference, which includes all programming, a continental breakfast, and a buffet lunch, is $25. Students and Phoebe employees are admitted free with a valid ID (which must be presented during morning check-in) and scholarships will be considered. Most CEUs are offered at an additional cost. Register by April 17, 2018. Please call 610-794-5150 with questions.
2018 Boundaries Workshops
"Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders" 
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod Essential Boundaries for Wise Leaders training program is designed to enrich both our opportunity and responsibility as leaders for Christ's church.
2018 Workshops will be held: 

   Tuesday, May 22 - Bern Lutheran, Leesport

   Wednesday, May 23 - Faith Evang. Lutheran, Whitehall
   Tuesday, October 23 - St. Paul's Lutheran, Dallas
   Wednesday, October 24 - Christ Hamilton United,
God's Blessings,
Rev. Mary W. Gade, Associate of the Bishop
Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod/ELCA
610-266-5101 ;
Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
PASTORAL CARE class on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at First UCC in Schuylkill Haven.  Retired UCC Pastor Rev. Stephen Engelhardt, who has extensive CPE, institutional, and parish experience will be teaching the class.  This session will consider both the theological underpinnings and the practical application of pastoral care, including hospital visitation, grief counseling, and crisis care.  This class is a required "advanced" course for Licensed preparation and a vital continuing education class for all parish ministers. Attached is a registration form with pre-class reading and writing assignments or you can go to our website to register at . The pre-class assignments will be on the student page under Pastoral Care.  Hope to see you there!    For registration form and class assignments, click here
  The Crossroads Lay Leadership Program at Moravian Theological Seminary is running a special session of Contextual Outreach this May and June.  This course is designed for individuals or church teams to explore their impact in the community around them and to develop a local ministry plan.  Congregations who have participated in this course in the past have reported that the process has helped them design activities which have helped them to impact their neighborhoods in a positive way for Jesus Christ.  The goal of this program is not to teach churches how to increase their membership but rather how to increase their impact.  
     This course is co-taught by the Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Moravian Theological Seminary and Dr. Jill Peters, Missional Leadership Developer, Moravian Theological Seminary who also runs the Crossroads Lay Leadership Program.  
     Course content includes working with demographic data, Caleb community interviews and other ways to learn the real, felt needs and service gaps within their community.  Congregations define their target area of study which could be their neighborhood or an area close to their church's location.  Through classroom activities, teams embark on a process to analyze this data and start to structure possible activities to meet the needs of their neighbors.  Teams are coached on how to look at community ministry differently.
     The registration for this course is $220 per person.  Additional participants from the same church can register for $100 each.  Churches sending teams of at least three people will receive the MissionInsite demographic data for their location. 
     Classes are held at Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-9 pm.  (May 29, 30, June 5, 6, 12, 19, 27 and one additional time reserved for exploring your neighborhood.)  All Crossroads courses are also offered in a real time, distance learning format for those who live outside of our area.  
     For more information or team member registration, please contact Jill Peters at  Online registration for the first team member can be done at our website: 
Eastern Regional Youth Event 
     The Eastern Regional Youth Event website has been updated to include the band information and the workshops that will be available and what a variety of workshops there are! PNEC has formed a team to help you with any questions you may have. We have been working on any details for the churches in our conference. Have you received an email from the team? If not, please contact Marge Baltz ( We will continue to give updates as they are available! 
ONLINE UCC History, Theology and Polity Course
June/July 2018
     A UCC History, Theology and Polity Course that meets the requirements as set forth by the UCC Polity Teacher's Network will be offered online in June/July 2018. The instructor will be Rev. David Gaewski, Conference Minister of the New York Conference, UCC. Classes will begin at 9:30am and end at 3:30pm on the following dates: June 16, 23, 30 and July 7. The platform utilized will be Zoom Video Conferencing ( ) The tuition will be $475. For more information contact course administrator, Ms. Diana Pelletier, at
     This polity course is sponsored by the Oneida Association of the New York Conference. Payments should be sent no later than December 23rd to: Diana Pelletier, 114 Munro Dr., Camillus, NY 13031. Make checks payable to Oneida Association UCC.
      A syllabus is available upon request.  Laity, Members in Discernment and Privilege of Call candidates are all invited!   Class size is limited to the first fifteen to register.  The course will be cancelled if we do not obtain seven registered students. A student is considered registered when full payment has been received. Students who cancel enrollment will receive reimbursements up until June13th. Please note the last three online classes reached maximum capacity
On-line Polity Classes
geared towards Ministerial Authorization
1.        Center for Progressive Renewal: (a link to contact the director of on-line learning is on this page)
2.        New York Conference:  contact Conference Minister Rev. David Gaewski at
4.        Chicago Theological Seminary:


May 11 - Getting the "Other" Right: the Challenges of Doing History


Professor Robert Weiner, Jones Professor of History, Lafayette College

*Please Note - Location is Seegers Union 108-110


Polity Curriculum for Local Churches

     MESA recently released a new UCC Polity Curriculum designed for local congregations: new member classes, confirmation classes, COM orientations, and congregations considering joining the UCC. The materials can be found online at:


For the complete list of churches who are searching for organists, choir directors sextons, pianist, etc., etc., and also churches who are giving away items, please CLICK HERE

What's Happening in Our Churches
(PLEASE NOTE:  We love advertising the "happenings" in our churches, however the list is getting too long for this publication.)
"What's Happening in Our Churches"