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July – September – Clergy Summer Seminars @ the Lake

Clergy Summer Seminars at the Lake
July through September

Do you feel a need to sharpen your ministerial skills? Has it been a long time since you engaged in intelligent dialogue about things that really matter in the Pastoral office? Hungry for theology?
This summer, elect to attend one or more of the following two day intensive seminars with colleagues.
The sessions will be held near Dingman’s Ferry Pa. in an old stone estate located on a private lake.
Participants will gather Sunday evening in time for a fellowship meal and good night-time discussion. Sessions will disband by noon on Tuesday.

July 16-18 : THE GOD WE WORSHIP   To register for this seminar, click here.
To register for this seminar, click here.
September 17-19 : THE CRUCIFIED GOD   To register for this seminar, click here.

For a flyer with all details on all seminars, click here.

Quiet Days on Various Dates in East Greenville

Quiet Days2017 Dates:     AUG 1, SEP 5, OCT 3, NOV 7, DEC 5
  Quiet Days are held at New Goshenhoppen UCC, 1070 Church Road in East Greenville, PA 18041. They are designed to open new avenues of communing with God, and to provide an opportunity for sharing faith journeys and stories. They allow for Sabbath time and renewal in the midst of our busy world. There is no formal registration, but a minimum donation of $5 is requested on Quiet Day. Each participant is asked to bring a Bible, journal, pen and a bag lunch. Come and see what God has in store for you!
More information about Quiet Days   Note:  There will not be a “Quiet Day” in July.

September 15-16 – “Reaching New People” Coaching Event @ St. Paul’s, Douglassville

With fewer and fewer people simply walking into our churches, the question becomes how does the church meaningfully connect with people outside its walls? In this weekend workshop, congregational teams (pastor + church leaders) will learn how to reach new people by effectively aligning themselves with their mission field.

This “how to” workshop includes:

  • The significant and strategic differences between 1955 and today
  • Best practices for reconnecting with the mission field around the church
  • Re-introducing the practice of the pastor as a recruiter of new people
  • Equipping the congregation for its role in reaching new people
  • A congregation specific take home action plan

Through this workshop, you and your congregation will gain the confidence and practical tools needed to reach new people and further the mission of Christ’s church.

This is event is a partnership with St. Paul’s Birdsboro, St. Paul’s Douglassville,  Reading Berks Conference of Churches and PSEC !

For more information about this event, click here.   To register, click here.

September 26-28 – Ventures 2017 “Opening to Grace: God’s Healing Ways”

A retreat of faith, Bible study, worship, workshops, fellowship and fun
Rev. Wanda Craner will be the keynote presenter on Tuesday
Some of the topics to be addressed:
Do You Want to Be Healed? (John 5:5-19, 14-15)
Bent Out of Shape? (Luke 13:10-17)
Don’t Give Up! (Mark 7:24-30)
Compassion versus Policy (Luke 14:1-6)
Stretch Out Your Hand (Mark 3:1-6)

For a flyer, click here.   To register, click here.

October 13-14 – Walking with God 2017: Music for Body and Soul

Keynoter Betsy Chapman, Harpist, Hospice Musician, Instructor of Yoga and Qigong, will offer three presentations during the weekend: Finding our Focus, Music for Harmony, From Intention to Action

There will also be an opportunity to select 2 workshops from the 4 offered that will include:  Music for Body and Soul, Healing as a way to Grace, Understanding through Bible Study, Balancing the Heart through Qigong exercise.

The retreat begins with registration at 4 pm on Friday and ends with dinner on Saturday. Where: Mariawald Renewal Center, 1094 Welsh Rd., Reading PA
For a flyer for this event, click here.   To register, click here.