Ch-ch-ch-changes

From Pastor Leigh: This week’s Message from Penn Central Conference has to do with the Zoom Annual Meeting of PCC.  Each church is permitted 2 delegates.  We just need one more to participate in the weeklong meeting beginning June 5th.  The church will pay for the delegates’ registration fee of $25.00.  Details are in the message and anyone interested should be in touch with Pastor Leigh. 

 

 

Message to the Conference

 

Members and friends of Penn Central Conference,

 

See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.- Isaiah 42:9

 

More new things God? These past couple years have seen change after change after change. I was reminded this week of a LP Hartley quote I used when I taught US History, "The past is a foreign country: they do things different there." (The Go-Between, 1953)

 

I can think of so many examples where this is true in the Church. One is church in general and how much the pandemic has changed how we engage worship, fellowship, and outreach just over the past few years. Another is the ways the UCC partners for mission work in the world.

 

As a child in church, I remember our missionaries visiting and telling us about their work in a remote Ghanan village one Sunday each summer. A youth read their quarterly letter to us in worship. We raised money for Bibles, clothes, school buildings, and supplies. Today the UCC works through global and local partners to work for justice, reconciliation, and peace in a model quite different from the one of my childhood.

 

Join us next week as we gather to hear from the UCC's Associate General Minister of Global Engagement the Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson on the new ways we engage with mission partners around the world. Rev. Thompson will deliver a keynote address on Monday evening at 6:30 and preach in our Saturday business and worship zoom.

 

Between these bookends with Rev. Thompson, there are a number of workshops each evening ranging from working with refugee families to racial justice discussions, as well as music in small churches, and of course ministry in a post-pandemic world. Saturday's business session will include the normal budget and officer slate votes, and the state of the conference address from our conference minister Rev. Dr. Carrie Call. We will hear some great music from the PCC virtual choir and some hidden musical gems, too.

 

There's still time to register for the Saturday business meeting and worship, the Monday night plenary and the workshops.

 

Shalom,

Nora

 

Rev. Dr. Nora Foust

Associate Conference Minister

Penn Central Conference