•  THIS WEEK IN PNEC                  August 29, 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. 
MINISTRY DAY
Thursday, October 10 --- 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Registration begins at 8:30 AM)
St. John's UCC (Fullerton), 575 Grape St., Whitehall --- 610-264-8421
QUALIFIES FOR 5 HOURS of Continuing Education
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Edwards, founder and senior pastor of
Resurrected Life Community Church UCC, Allentown
Topic: 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 you can click here for the full flyer and registration form.
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
  Lay Leader Worship Training
A one day seminar designed to help lay leaders prepare and lead worship!
Saturday, September 14 -- 9 AM to 3 PM
at the Penn Northeast Conference Office
(431 Delaware Avenue in Palmerton)
Lunch will be provided.
The fee for the event is $15 for an individual or $45 dollars for a team of 3 or more.
Who may be interested?  Congregations who struggle to find supply ministers to lead weekly worship service and lay members who are interested in leading their congregations in worship.  Click Here for detailed flyer.
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
Pastoral Leadership in Congregational Systems 101
Three Sessions of Learning to Improve Pastoral Leadership
Who:  Authorized Ministers divided in cohorts of 10-12
What:  3 days of Experiential Learning about Congregational Systems
When:  October 9, February 12, and March 6 from 9AM to 5PM with a break for lunch
Where:  Faith UCC, 5992 Route 378, Center Valley, PA
Cost:  $350 including lunch and breaks each day
(deposit of $100 due with registration; full payment by October 1)
MONEY and MINISTRY
presented by
PNEC & the Financial Ministries of the UCC
  Saturday, November 9 -- 9AM to Noon
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
PNEC Faith Formation Ministry Team
Invites YOU to... the 2nd Annual
Adventures in Advent Resource Day
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:30AM - 2PM
Union UCC, 5550 PA Route 873, Neffs,
Sunday School Superintendents, Christian Educators, Teachers, and Pastors are all welcome and encouraged to attend.
Continuing Education hours are available
Topics include worship, mission, and advent programming for all ages
Cost is $15 (includes lunch);  $50 if 4 or more from a single congregation.
Register through tithe.ly at...
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.
Write a Letter to Congress Advocating to Help Migrant Families; Stop ICE and CBP Attacks on Immigrants

DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 20
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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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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND RESCHEDULED TO
January 24-25, 2020 at Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyertown
Cultivating Generous Congregations
How do YOU inspire Generosity?

Watch for new details and flyer coming soon!
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Disaster Ministries
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.
 
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  EVENTS of INTEREST..
- Lehigh Conference Of Churches...
** Diakon is seeking help from caring families to foster young adults - Information sessions are on August 28 & October 30 and are 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

-- September 21 - The Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society welcomes all to a special
    celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Philip Schaff on Saturday, September 21. Keynote
    speaker is Elizabeth A Clark, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University.   Click Here for a flier
    it will be held at the Hafer Center located at the Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 West James
    St., Lancaster - 2nd floor above the Schaff Library. Everyone is invited to the presentation starting at
    2PM. G reat event for lay people to learn how the Reformed Church impacted America. It is also a 
   great event for clergy to add to their annual report for continued learning!   For more information or
   questions concerning the event please contact Alison Mallin at erhs@lancasterseminary.edu or call
    717-290-8734.
-- Amigos de Guatemala Update: Monte Margarita clinic to open soon!  watch a 20 second video that
     takes you around the outside of the clinic: www.facebook.com/groups/177931352256175/  
    Would you like to be part of a medical team when the clinic is dedicated in October 2019? ...Would
    you like an Amigo team to speak at your church?... Would you like to contribute to cost of
    medications and medical travel? -- Contact Karen Heim at rksdheim@rcn.com
--CROP WALK, October 6 Schuylkill Haven - October 13 Lehigh Valley, Carbon County - more info
     at    www.crophungerwalk.org