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The United Church of Christ seeks to be:

  • united and uniting church
  • multiracial and multicultural church
  • church accessible to all
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We are a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto—"that they may all be one"—is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian churches in the United States.   


No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.   



February 25, 2015


Important News from the Penn Northeast Conference Board of Directors


At a special February 19, 2015, meeting of the Penn Northeast Conference Board of Directors the Board was faced with making some very difficult decisions.


Penn Northeast congregations contributions to Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) in 2014 were over $87,000 less than in 2013, leaving the Conference's mission and ministries in a very precarious position. In early December, churches were notified that Conference finances were not good.   However, we did not expect the shortfall to be this large.


After a very lengthy discussion, the Board reluctantly voted to eliminate the position of Associate Conference Minister. Nancy Azar currently serves in this position. The elimination of this position, along with some reductions in our contributions to national OCWM (the amount will not go below our full tithe to national), our contribution to the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, our expenditure for IT services, and the amount of funds we spend on staff travel will reduce the Budget by over $88,000.


This will leave the Conference with three full-time employees funded by OCWM:

            Rev. Alan C. Miller, Conference Minister

            Mrs. Barbara Jennings, Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant

            Mrs. Patty Rehrig, Administrative Assistant


The Conference Staff also includes the Rev. Gilberto Garcia Rodriguez. Gilberto serves in a very part-time position in the area of Church Development. Gilberto's position is funded by a special gift to the Conference's Church Development Fund.


We will miss Nancy Azar along with her skills and talents on the Conference Staff. For six years Nancy has served us with commitment and skill. Nancy's call, as most calls, allows for a 90 day notification of termination of employment by both parties. This 90 day period will officially begin March1, 2015.   However, to say 'thank you" for her years of service and to help Nancy as she seeks new employment, there is no expectation that she be in the Office nor accept new assignments during this time period. Nancy will be in the Office periodically to wrap up some current projects and to compile notes and files that are important to the Conference. The remaining time she will devote to discerning and finding her next setting of service on her journey.


As we find our way through these changing times, the Board has made a renewed commitment to leading and serving the Conference including assembling an active Discernment Team to help us each step of the way. In addition, we will be relying on our many elected and volunteer members of our Conference to lead and serve as we seek to live out our mission and ministries.


As local congregations, we ask you to lift up our Conference in prayer and to revisit your financial support of (OCWM) the wider mission of the United Church of Christ.


                                                                               Thank you,


                                                            On behalf of the PNEC Board of Directors

                                                            Rev. Jeffrey Bauer, Moderator

                                                            Rev. Alan Miller, Conference Minister






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