Since Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean in late September 2017, hundreds of people have self- evacuated to Pennsylvania. From the PA Department of Education, we know that as of December 2017, nearly 1,900 displaced students from US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are enrolled in Pennsylvania schools. Many of these families are in need of […]
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The PSEC Disaster Coordinator, Rev. Karl Jones Jr., has several valuable resources to share with conferences churches and leaders. Please check out these recommended resources: Learn how to help in emergencies Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. Click […]
Congratulations to the United Church of Christ’s newest Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation — Trinity Reformed Church, United Church of Christ in Collegeville — and pastor, Rev. Dr. Martha Kriebel. On December 10, a congregational vote was held by ballot in worship, with 109 people voting. The decision to adopt the ONA Covenant was unanimous! […]
Nativity scenes pop up everywhere this time of year. Most are static depictions of the array of characters who attended the birth of Jesus. Living Hope Community Church in Perkasie stages an impressive re-enactment featuring live people and critters. It comes complete with a traffic jam on Route 313 that would’ve flabbergasted the original Holy […]
Congratulations to Rev. Chandra Soans, pastor of Grace Trinity UCC in Philadelphia, PA who, along with congregation leaders and community partners dedicated the new Soans Christian Academy Sunday, December 3 in northeast Philadelphia. Members of the Grace-Trinity consistory named the academy to honor their pastor and his family for the many tireless years of […]
eNews for the week of December 14 featured an updated style that matches the recently redesigned Conference website: psec.org. The new email format was designed to make information easier to find, to highlight exactly what is new and especially relevant for any given week, and to be easier to read on any device. At the top […]
by Bruce Posten in The Reading Eagle The greater public issue of giving children freedom of choice versus an institutional belief in mandatory worship services became intertwined last spring at Bethany Children’s Home near Womelsdorf. The Rev. Kim Kendrick, 48, Bethany’s chaplain for more than two years, didn’t have a written invitation to the table […]
The Joint Conference Vision and Development Team has made available the results of the surveys they have been distributing. To view the survey results, data collected from recent gatherings in both conferences, and more information about this work, visit psec.org/conference-merger.
Here is the latest reflection by the national UCC Disaster Ministries executive, Zach Wolgemuth: I returned from Haiti in the early morning hours on Thanksgiving day and am now in Puerto Rico through the end of the Month. As I travel, visit with partners, assist in planning and reflect on the work that each of […]
New Jerusalem United Church of Christ, after a long presence in the Rockland Township community, closed its doors for the last time Sunday. About 100 people, including area pastors, former members, their families and others gathered at the church, 33 Lyons Road, to honor the life and work of the congregation. Membership had dwindled over the years, with […]