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Our team is hard at work planning for our Annual Gathering & Meeting at California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA from June 8-9. Save the dates. We hope to see you there!

2018 Regional Youth Event

The 2018 Eastern Regional Youth Event will be held on July 19th-22nd, 2018 at California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA. Registration is now open! To register, please click here. The event is open to youth in grades 7-12 (includes those who just completed 6th and are entering 7th as well as those who graduated high school in 2018). Here are the costs:

Early Bird through February 28, 2018
$350 per person for double occupancy room
$410 per person for single occupancy room
Regular registration through May 31, 2018 is $375 per person for double occupancy room, $435 for single occupancy room.
Late registration through June 30, 2018 is $400 per person for double occupancy room, $460 per person for single occupancy room.

All participants, chaperones, and group leaders must register. All regional youth events are registering through our Cleveland offices, so it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you select the "eastern region" when registering.
Please direct questions to Valarie Poole
Please visit the Eastern Regional Youth Event Website for detailed information regarding workshops, mission and musical guests!
https://www.eryeucc.org/
Thanks to all our churches who have helped and/or are helping to provide scholarships to our youth. Your help is very much appreciated!



Justice & Witness Team Lenten Devotional

In this Lenten season, our Justice & Witness Team has composed the following devotional to be used on the Wednesdays in Lent leading up to Holy Week. May you find this useful in this season of turning to God. Please click here for the devotional.



Anti-Racism Training Events

In 2017, all six of the Associations of the Penn West Conference passed the resolution, “On Pastoral Ethics Requirements for the Associations of the Penn West Conference of the United Church of Christ.” In 2018, we agreed to provide Anti-Racism training in our Conference. All authorized (ordained, licensed, and commissioned) ministers and Members in Discernment are expected to attend this event, as per the resolution, and lay people are invited to attend, as well. The training will be led by the Rev. Janet Hellner-Burris and Carol Calloway. Ms. Calloway is a member of the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg (Disciples of Christ), and Rev. Hellner-Burris is the church’s pastor. Both have been trained through Crossroads anti-racism training. For the convenience of our pastors and churches, three separate events have been planned in different locations on different days. Please register for one of these events:

Thursday, April 26, Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, 260 Main St., Greenville PA, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Saturday, May 12, Living Waters Camp & Conference Center, 300 Camp Living Water Rd., Schellsburg PA, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Thursday, June 7, California University of Pennsylvania, 250 University Ave., California PA, 10 AM to 4 PM

Light refreshments/breakfast items will be provided when you arrive. You will also receive lunch. The cost of the event is $50.00 per person. This covers the fees and expenses for the presenters and venues (which are providing spaces and meals). Please click here for a registration form.

Please click here for a registration form



SHEEP Fund

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.

ALICE Training Event

Donald Hamm & Sons Insurance LLC, in cooperation with the Insurance Board, is hosting an Active Shooter Response Training Event at First Reformed United Church of Christ, 312 South Maple Avenue, Greensburg PA 15601, on Saturday, March 17, from 10 AM to noon. Lunch will then be provided at noon, followed by a question and answer session. We will complete our time together around 1 PM, or whenever all questions are addressed. This event is held in cooperation with the ALICE Training Institute. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. When completed, you will be a Certified ALICE Civilian, prepared should a violent event occur. This training includes an e-learning component that participants should complete prior to the workshop. This link will be provided to those who register and takes about twenty minutes to complete. Please register by emailing your first & last name and email address to Don Hamm, Jr., here. Because we anticipate a large turnout for this event, the earlier you can register for this, the better. Also, we are asking people to limit their registrations to four people per church. We are doing this in the hopes that as many churches may be trained in this as possible. Thank you for your attentiveness to this and for your concern for the safety of our churches and for all people.


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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!

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Blessings!

Rev. David Ackerman
Conference Minister

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