The North Penn Association is currently made up of 23 churches stretching through the suburban-to-rural areas of Upper Montgomery and Central/Upper Bucks counties. We are fortunate that the vast majority of our churches right now are staffed with settled pastors.
Two of our greatest blessings are (1) our very effective Committee on Ministry, which is fully staffed, has been making great use of recent conference trainings, and has increased their focus on supporting our authorized ministers with timely Periodic Support Reviews, and (2) our monthly ministerium gatherings (on the first Wednesday of each month 10:00 to 11:30 at St. John’s UCC, Lansdale) where we come together to enjoy each other’s company and any combination of learning, discussion, dialogue, sharing of challenges/support, and – oh yes, refreshments.
Three of our congregations are Open and Affirming, with others at various stages in the process of discerning their readiness for that covenant.
Our Association Spring meeting is held on the third Sunday afternoon of April (unless there’s a conflict with Easter) and the Fall meeting on the third Monday evening of October. The 2018 Spring meeting will be held at St. John’s UCC in Lansdale on Sunday, April 15th.
There are some long-standing traditions of combined church ministries, such as the Easter Sunrise service at Lake Nockamixon State Park, which reaches hundreds from the community each year, sponsored by 4 of our Upper Bucks UCC’s, ministry in the Perkasie area that honors and supports our veterans, and, of course, many combined efforts of supporting area food pantries and community ministries such as the Keystone Opportunity Center, Manna on Main Street, and the Upper Berks Code Blue Shelter. We are currently exploring ways to address the need for a greater understanding of White Privilege and finding ways to combine our efforts in promoting greater justice and caring for all in our communities and the world.