This Week in PNEC --- May 25, 2018 - June 1, 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





The Penn Northeast Conference Resource Center has ceased to exist over the last few years.  There are many resources at the Conference Office that are free for the taking.  If you would like to come and browse, please let us know, or if you are at the Office for a meeting, feel free to fill a box or two!!

 2018-2019 Vitality Days with Michael Piazza


What:  4 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.

When:  Session 1 - Transformational Worship - September 22,2018

             Session 2 - Structure and Stewardship - November 10, 2018

             Session 3 - Craft Church Evangelism - March 23, 2019

             Session 4 - Vintage Church Renewal - May 18, 2019

     Each Session will run from 9AM - 4:30PM

     Locations to be determined based on applications.

Cost:  $1,000 - all four days of training for church teams (up to 10 people from each congregation) and the monthly

                          coaching session.

$15 per person for lunch on training days.         

1.  Complete a Congregational Assessment

2.  Complete the Application for the Vitality Days

3.  Once he application is accepted, process your payment

4.  Identify the members of your team and get ready o begin

PNEC Spiritual Renewal Partners Spring Retreat
June 23
9AM to 3PM at Jordan UCC, Allentown
No matter how strong our faith is there 
is so much happening in the world today that sometimes it can give us a sense of discouragement. Join the PNEC Spiritual Renewal Partners on June 23, 2018 for a day long retreat: Rooted and Grounded in Love: Nothing Can Separate us from the Love of God which will strive to turn whatever despair or discouragement you might be feeling into a renewed sense of hope. It is time to be uplifted! Discover your "roots" again in Christ. Because we are rooted and grounded in love. Be strengthened by the scriptures, quiet times of reflection and prayer, small group discussions and fellowship. The day begins at 9:00am and will close with Holy Communion by 3:00pm.   Bring your own bag lunch and a snack to share if you wish. Beverages will be provided. Location: Jordan United Church of Christ,1837 Church Road, Allentown. Click for Registration Flyer

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PNEC Ministry Day

is scheduled for

Saturday, October 13, 2018

              Speaker, Place & Time to be announced



June 14 Drug & Alcohol Training for Faith Leaders
    As you are aware, Pennsylvania is facing a drug epidemic, unlike anything we have seen before. Entire communities are suffering from the devastating effects while our local authorities try to find solutions to the issue Substance use does not discriminate based on faith, sex, status or belief. 
     The County of Lehigh is offering a training opportunity for our community's Faith-Based Leaders.  The purpose of the training is to bring insight into the epidemic, discuss cause/effect and to provide practical resources for you to bring back to your places of worship.  My request is that not only will you attend but that you will distribute this flyer to other groups that you are affiliated with or those who may be interested in attending. 
Out of the Darkness and Into the Light -
Strategies, & Tools for Facing the Drug Epidemic for Faith Leaders
June 14, 2018 (from 9:00-3:30)
Faith Church, 6528 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown PA
Cost: Free!
    As vital and practical as this training will be, the unified statement of having Faith-Based leaders united under one roof will send a clear message of unification on the topic of addiction.  The most practical way of reaching our communities is through each of you.
Letter from Missionary Jeff Mensendiek
The latest mission letter which will
appear on the CGMB website soon is available.  Teruko, the lady I refer to in this tribute, was the woman who spearheaded the Bazaar Cafe of which I spoke about when I was with you at Palmerton in February. The people who gathered for the brown bag lunch to hear my talk all identified with the ministry of the Bazaar CafĂ©. 
The Bazaar Cafe was started in 1998 by Teruko, Martha Mensendiek and others as a ministry to the marginalized in the city of Kyoto. It is a project that has been supported by CGMB these past twenty years. Teruko was an ordained clergy, seminary teacher and social worker.
Update from the Joint Conference Vision and Development Team (JCVDT)

The Search Institute in Minneapolis, MN...
does outstanding research on the resiliency needed   
for youth to resist negative behaviors like addiction and school issues. You might find one or more of these workshops helpful. Their work on the 40 Developmental Assets is one of the leading research tools for prevention programs.
     For more information about our workshops, please fill out the workshop information request form or call Mary at 800-888-7828, Ext. 526. 
    CLICK HERE for list of Workshops

The PA Historical & Museum Commission  

& Boehm's UCC

cordially invite you to the dedication of an official State Historical Marker commemorating John Philip Boehm

1683 - 1749

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:30AM at Boehm's UCC

571 Penllyn Bell Pike, Blue Bell, PA

 Please visit for more information.

  1st International Conference on Decreasing Recidivism
 June 17-19, 2018 - Hilton, Baltimore, MD
Exploring Sustainable Strategies for Decreasing  Recidivism Through Interdisciplinary Researc
For detailed information and registration, please click here
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 UCC
Week 1: May 29-June 1, 9:00-3:00
Week 2: June 4-8, 9:00-3:00
Services of Interest
May 27 - 9AM - Service of Farewell for Rev. Debra Hess -
Trinity, Bethlehem 
June 3 - 2PM - INSTALLATION - Mark Rowell - St. James,
Stillwater - 2 miles off of Rte. 487 on Zaner's Bridge Rd.(part of the Orangeville Charge )
June 24 - 10AM - Service of Farewell for Rev. Karen
Moeschberger from St John's Allentown
June 24 - 3PM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Rebekah Thomas
Emmanuel, Allentown
July 29 - 10:15AM - Service of Farewell for Rev. Kevin
Fruchtl - Ebenezer, New Tripoli
August 19 - 9:30AM - INSTALLATION - Rev. Joel Risser -
First, Hellertown
Children's Sermon
for May 27(based on John 3:1-17)
Items needed: toy car, toy airplane, small doll or paper cutout figure, table. Show doll/cutout figure and ask kids to give it a name.   Show  kids car and put on table. Show airplane and put on table.  Now let's say (doll's name) got into the car, and started driving.  What would happen when she/he got to this "cliff"(table edge)? The car would fall (let car drop to floor.)  Now, let's pretend that she/he got into the airplane, and started moving in the airplane.  What would happen to the plane when it got to the edge--it would rise up, take off, because that's what airplanes do.  In today's Bible reading, Jesus talks about being "born again."  This is Jesus' way of saying that He can move us out of the car, and into the airplane, so that we can "fly" up towards God.
- Rev. David Quinn
Invitation to participate in a doctoral research
project on hydrid, online ministries
     Greetings,  I am Rev. Harold Thompson, an ordained minister in the UCC, and I am finishing up my Doctorate in Ministry at South University. I am recruiting participants for a capstone research project entitled, "Determining Interest in Creating an Online Ministry for Religiously Unaffiliated Individuals Within a Mainline Denomination." This project is based on the hypothesis that hybrid, or dual belonging, churches are necessary, to meet the spiritual needs of people who are disconnected from the church.  
      First off, current and former members of the UCC are most welcome to participate. It is important to represent the UCC experience.
     Secondly, I am seeking participants that are inactive members of any church and or non-members that identify as spiritual but not religious, atheists, agnostics, doubters, and/or spiritual seekers. Those who are skeptical and disillusioned are also invited to participate. During the two-week ministry project, participants will be encouraged to share their insights and stories of faith. Participants will take part in four brief, online seminars and share their opinions about the requirements for a new model of worship. The interactive sessions will be held online, using Zoom video conferencing on June 19, 21, 26, and 28 at 7 pm. Make-up sessions will be available for those with scheduling conflicts. 
      If you would like additional information, please send an email to or call  (336) 420-3814
      With gratitude,  Harold Thompson
27 - 9AM - Service of Farewell for Debra Hess
 - Trinity, Bethlehem
28 - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Memorial Day
1-3 - Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Spring Annual Meeting - West Chester University
3 - 2PM - INSTALLATION - Mark Rowell - St. James, Stillwater
4 - 9:30AM - Local Church Support Working Group - Forks UCC, Stockertown
5 - 12Noon - Easton AMC Clergy - Trinity UCC, Mt. Bethel
5-6 - COACH Training - St. Francis Center for Renewal, 365 Bridle Path Rd., Bethlehem (starts 9AM on June 5 and concludes 4PM on June 6)
7 - 10AM - Ministry Day Planning - Bethlehem Diner
7 - 3PM - Budget & Finance Committee - Conf. Office
10 - 2PM - Allentown Mutual Ministry Meeting - St. James, Allentown
10 - 3:30-5pm - Regional Youth Event - Pre-gathering of youth, chaperones and leaders - Union UCC, Neffs
11 - Noon to 2PM - PNEC OFFICE CLOSED - Staff Meeting
11 - 3PM - Investment Committee - Conf. Office
11 - 4PM - Constitution & By-Laws Committee - Conf. Office
12 - 9AM - 2PM - Oversight Working Group - Conference Office
13 - 9:30AM - Faith Formers - City View Diner, Whitehall
13 - 3:30PM - 2018 PNEC Annual Youth Retreat Evaluation meeting - St. John's, Fullerton
13 - 5:30PM Dinner - 6 to 8PM Board of Directors - Conference Office (Orientation for newly elected Board members)
14 - 9:30-11AM - Licensed/Commissioned Mentor Group - Conf. Office
14 6PM (supper) - Search & Call Team - Conf. Office

Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
a 3-part educational series called
Consistory/Council 101
September 15th, October 6th and October 27th 10AM - 12 Noon
The 3 sessions are titled:  (Sept. 15th)-Making Our Church Meetings Effective, (Oct. 6th)-Pastor and People Working Together and finally (Oct. 27th)-Connecting Beyond Ourselves.  We are asking all Consistory/Council Presidents to place this educational opportunity on their upcoming agenda for consideration.  We are looking at presenting this course via LIVE STREAM to locations in EACH of the Penn Northeast, Penn Central and Pennsylvania Southeast Conferences where groups of laity can join together in viewing the presentations and participate in discussion questions.  Download your Registration Form 
Chicago Theological Seminary's (CTS) Board of Trustees welcomed two alumni, with diverse professional experience, as the newest members of the Board; Matt Garretson (MA '17) and Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor (DMin '12).   download the PDF version of this press release
"Mary, Disciple of the Lord: Suffering"
July 26-28, 2018
Please register by July 6
Misericordia University, 301 Lake Street, Dallas, PA
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Indiana University...School of Philanthropy
Executive Certificate  in Religious Fundraising
Below is an update of our open ECRF offerings with the dates, locations, and link to register. 
  July 23-26, 2018
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Saint Meinrad Seminary,  St. Meinrad, IN
Princeton Theological Seminary,  Princeton, NJ
Massachusetts Council of Churches, Boston, MA
Duke Divinity School,  Durham, NC

VERY IMPORTANT...Please read...

Dear Authorized Ministers of PNEC,

     We have been informed that it is the responsibility of each authorized minister to assure that their professional portfolio is kept current which includes the following: an annual information form with the authorized minister's current address, telephone number, mobile number, email address, current place of ministry, Area Mission Council and/or other authorized collegial support groups you attend on a regular basis, any changes in continuing education and a copy of most recent boundary training certificate.
This is a gentle reminder of the covenant made when becoming authorized ministers in the UCC when we accepted God's call to ministry. 
You will also find a request to serve as a mentor to a newly authorized minister, or a collegial partner to an authorized minister just beginning in Penn Northeast Conference. Please prayerfully consider your willingness to take the time to walk with another and to share from your experiences and gifts.
We pray that you take the time to fill out the attached/enclosed documents (they can also be found on PNEC website at under the Ministry tab) and return them immediately by mail or email to:
Patty Jo Rehrig,  Conference Secretary
Penn Northeast Conference, 431 Delaware Ave, Palmerton, PA 18071
OR email to:
Please respond by May 31, 2018. 
- The PNEC Ordained Church & Ministry Committee 

Amigos de Guatemala want you to stay in the know!
     We want to share our excitement and our hope. The roof is going on for the clinic and we are building lists of supplies we will need and of medical people who would like to go to Monte Margarita, starting in 2019.
     If we have never been to your church, we have beautiful handicrafts to sell and an updated Power Point with lots of photos to share in your worship service or a small group. For more information contact Roger or Karen Heim at  or 610.481.9704 or the conference office.
For those registered for the Eastern Regional Youth Event at California State Universtiy (if you haven't there's still time) there will be a Pre-gathering of Youth, chaperones and leaders on June 10th at Union UCC, 5550 Route 873, Neffs from 3:30-5PM.  All necessary details will be discussed and it's a chance to meet the other youth who will be attending! We'll have some snacks and fun time, too!
Registration for the Eastern Regional Youth Event at California State Universtiy is still open!
Have you registered? If not, click the link below!!
The PNEC planning team is discussing transportation to the event, paperwork needed and a pregathering!
Please contact Marge Baltz if you plan to attend so we can include you in the details!

For those registered for the Eastern Regional Youth Event at California State University (if you haven't there's still time) there will be a Pre-gathering of Youth, chaperones and leaders on June 10th at Neff's Church 3:30PM-5PM.  All necessary details will be discussed and it's a chance to meet the other youth who will be attending! We'll have some snacks and fun time, too!

Looking for an Interesting Series?

Consider exploring UCC Polity - for congregations, new members, committees & more...

     Enrich Your UCC Identity - simply press "play" on the vimeo site to learn from diverse UCC leaders about our faith and our governance, our beginnings and our future, our worship and our witness.

     Make the UCC Story YOUR Story - How do you experience God in this denomination that proclaims a stillspeaking God?  Download easy-to-use discussion guides for conversation.

     Choose Your Own Polity Path - use this adaptable curriculum with your small group, conference board, new member calls, confirmation program and more.


Each learning session includes a facilitator guide, video, resources, and activities to help folks explore the unique history, governance structure, and theological commitments of the UCC.  You can access all the lessons and resources by clicking here, as well as download any files you need.  The complete facilitator guide is available for purchase.

- Holly Millershank, MESA


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

   Wednesday, October 24 - Christ Hamilton United,

The Southern California Nevada Conference will be, once again, offering the fully ONLINE UCC History and Polity Course

from May 26, 2018 through July 15, 2018 (8 weeks). I have attached a short syllabus. Registration is open as of tomorrow. Prospective students may register by visiting :

ONLINE UCC History, Theology and Polity Course
June/July 2018
      The instructor will be Rev. David Gaewski, Conference Minister of the New York Conference, UCC. Classes are from 9:30-3:30 on June 16, 23, 30 & 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
    Payments should be sent 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!
On-line Polity Class geared towards Ministerial Authorization
Center for Progressive Renewal: (a link to contact the director of on-line learning is on this page


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

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