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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.
Sessions:

August 20-22 : THE SPIRIT WE WORSHIP – WORSHIP IN THE SPIRIT   
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.

August 5 – Stewardship Workshop

  Is your church in need of a Stewardship Campaign?   Would you like to learn good Stewardship Principles and Practices?  Would you like to know how to run an effective campaign?
     If so, join our Conference Minister, Rev. Bill Worley for this Stewardship training.  Bill  requests you familiarize yourself with the book “Not Your Parents Offering Plate” prior to the workshop.

Date: August 5, 2017    Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 noon    
Place: Zwingli UCC, 350 Wile Ave., Souderton             To register, click here.

 

August 12 – Search & Call Summit @ St. Luke’s UCC, Trappe

Join us for a “Search and Call Summit” to explore best practices for search committees and tips for completing the new Local Church Profile. The event will be Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 am -12:00 noon at St. Luke’s UCC, Trappe. This is an opportunity to learn from others who are going through the search process and your conference staff. This event would be especially beneficial to interim pastors, search committees, church leaders that anticipate having a search over the next few years (will your pastor be retiring?), and churches that want to use the new Local Church Profile as an assessment tool.

All congregations of the United Church of Christ are being encouraged to complete parts of the Local Church Profile when they are not in a time of transition. This will serve to help churches look at the work that can be done now, when the leadership is stable, and also prepares the church so that a future search can be accomplished much faster than the current two-year minimum.

This event is free, but you must register so that we can have materials ready.

Contact Rev. Sharon Morris (morris@psec.org or 484-949-8774 ext. 302) with any questions.

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 4 OR October 5 – Boundary Training

The Penn Northeast Conference is offering two boundary training events.  Remember boundary training is required every three years.

October 4, 2017  
Rev. Diane Wheatley, Presenter
@ St. John’s UCC, 183 S. Broad St., Nazareth
Fee:  $20.00
 OR
October 5, 2017
Rev. Diane Wheatley, Presenter
@ Faith UCC, 21 Faith Dr., Hazleton
Fee: $20.00 

For a flyer and registration information, 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.