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Penn West Conference Annual Gathering & Meeting

A huge word of thanks to everyone who helped to make our 2018 Annual Gathering & Meeting on June 9-10 such a special time. Thanks also to those who filled out evaluations. Our next Annual Gathering & Planning Team will be hard at work soon for our 2019 event. Save the dates for June 7-8, 2019 at California University of Pennsylvania!

Global Missions Team

The Penn West Conference is excited to announce a mission trip to the Northwest Luzon Conference of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in the spring of 2020! We had originally planned to go in the spring of 2019, but we will need more time to plan a trip of this scope. We are looking for some faithful members who would be willing to help us plan the trip. Our planning team would meet at least monthly, using technology such as video conferencing to plan it, do fundraising, and make this trip a reality! You don’t have to go on the mission trip in order to join us in planning it. There is great satisfaction to be found in helping to make this trip a reality and joining in faith with our partners in the Philippines. Please contact the Penn West Conference Office at david@pennwest.org if you would be willing to help plan this trip.

Also, our Global Missions Team is also investigating the possibility of going on a mission trip in the summer of 2019 to a Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We are hoping to work with Simply Smiles to make this trip possible. If you are interested in more information on this and/or helping with it, please contact the Rev. Dave Mears at dave.mears33@gmail.com or the Rev. Dan Baker at pastordanucc@gmail.com.

Women’s Retreat

The Penn West Conference Women’s Retreat will be held on September 15-16 at Living Waters Camp & Conference Center. For more details about the retreat, please click here.

Pre-Retirement Seminar

The Pension Boards is sponsoring a Pre-Retirement Seminar on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Greensburg, 100 Ramada Inn Dr, Greensburg, PA 15601. All members age 50 or over who have an Annuity Plan account balance are invited to attend. The event will begin with registration and continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 2:35 p.m. The seminar is offered at no cost and a one-time $100 stipend is given to each first-time member to help defer your travel expenses. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early. To register online go to this website, no later than 4:00 p.m. (EST) Friday, August 31, 2018. Please remember to have your seven-digit Pension Boards Member ID (which can be located on your quarterly statement) to register.

2018 Regional Youth Event

The Eastern Regional Youth Event took place from Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, at California University of Pennsylvania. Hundreds of youth gathered from both the Mid-Atlantic and New England Regions of the United Church of Christ (including ecumenical partners from Germany) for an event that speakers were describing as one of the best youth events they had ever attended. Some have described it as THE best event they’ve attended. As Conference Minister, I must say it was definitely one of the most moving experiences in ministry that I have been blessed to have. And this is due in large part to the work of some amazing people here in the Penn West Conference. My heart is full of gratitude to Valarie Poole and to EVERYONE who made our Eastern Regional Youth Event such a success. We had such an incredible group of youth, volunteers, chaperones, and parents. Some of our volunteers were part of our leadership team, others were part of our hospitality and welcome group, others led workshops. And our youth really did us proud! They showed such hospitality to others and were truly amazing. The ERYE planning team, the Convergence Music Project, the presenters, the California University staff, and the LeMoyne Community Center were all instrumental in making this Regional Youth Event an unforgettable experience.


Our Global Missions Team is continuing to share the good news about our SHEEP fund to help with educational opportunities for both children and ministry students with our partners in the Northwest Luzon Conference of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. “SHEEP” stands for “Sustaining Hope for Educational Expenses in the Philippines.” To donate, please make a donation to the Penn West Conference and put “SHEEP Fund” in the memo. Or, visit click on the donate button on this page and choose the option for the United Church of Christ in the Philippines.

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Welcome to the Penn West Conference website! On this site, you will find insights, resources, materials, and links that highlight the ministries of the United Church of Christ in the Penn West Conference. We're glad that you are visiting us!



Rev. David Ackerman
Conference Minister

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