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Serving God with Energy, Intelligence, Imagination, and Love

The Presbytery of Northern New England (PNNE) is a mid-council of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  PNNE consists of all the ministers and churches in New Hampshire, Maine, most of Vermont and northeastern Massachusetts.  A formal description of the PNNE boundaries is found in the PNNE Bylaws, Article I.C.

In 2021, 28 PNNE member congregations and one immigrant fellowship reported 2,259 members.  You can view a list of our churches on our CHURCHES page.  A significant strength lies in our approximately 115 active and retired Ministers of Word and Sacrament.  The PNNE is one of the 19 presbyteries in the Synod of the Northeast.

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The Short-Term Mission Trip Toolkit from Presbyterian World Mission offers insightful resources and practical tools to plan, prepare for, lead, and participate in short-term, cross-cultural trips with humility and an openness to learn and grow.  Free online resources are available.  Click the button below.

Planning a mission trip in 2023? 

Moderator Training Mondays, 7pm-9pm January 23, 30, & Feb 6.

Training for Moderators - for Pastors and Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE) who want to sharpen their skills as a moderator; for Ruling Elders who want to consider becoming a CRE, who serves as a lay pastor; for formula of agreement pastors serving PNNE. 

Topics include:

  • duties of the session;

  • structuring session meetings;

  • the session's partnership with the congregation.

Instructor: the Rev. Dr. Allen D. Timm, PNNE retired pastor, member of COM and adjunct professor, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit.

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Maine Council of Churches Faith-Based Advocacy Series

Designed to inspire and equip people of faith to advocate for policies and people that align with their deepest beliefs and values, this training event will include four online sessions beginning Tuesday, January 31 and concluding Thursday, February 9, followed by an in-person tour of the State House in late February.  This series is designed to offer inspiration, camaraderie, and spiritual nourishment to people of faith—whether they’ve been doing faith-based advocacy work for decades or are just dipping their toe in the pond for the very first time!  More info is found HERE.

Advanced registration is required
Cost for individual participants: $30
Cost for churches that register 5 or more members at once: $100

For those for whom this cost would be prohibitive, we are happy to provide scholarship assistance. To request a scholarship please email mccevents@mainecouncilofchurches.org

Culture of Generosity Webinar - Synod of NE, Feb 7
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 10:30 AM

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Facing the challenges of our post-pandemic world in your church?  If your congregation’s approach to stewardship is stuck in a rut, the Presbyterian Foundation can help church leaders create a culture of generosity that celebrates the resources God has given us and understands the spiritual impact that giving away those resources has on individuals and congregations.

 

Rev. Dr. Rose Niles, our Ministry Relations Officer in the Northeast Region, will bring an interactive Culture of Generosity workshop to us in a webinar on February 7, 2023, to help churches move from conducting a traditional stewardship campaign to building a year-round, spiritually-based culture of generosity.  Register now and plan to join us!

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A Leader Formation Webinar
for Ruling Elders and Deacons

February 23, 2023; 7-8:30 pm ET

Breaking the Myth of Presbyterian

Fear of the "E" Word

Registration Deadline February 15, 2023

 
Presbyterians have a long and rich history of evangelism.  Rekindling the yearning to share the Good News of Christ’s love, we will incorporate the Yao mores of kalibu and ulongo, radical welcome, and relationship.  Employing these concepts we can live into our quest to answer Jesus' call to make disciples of all people.

This event is provided for free for participants and is funded through your per capita dollars.  It does not come without cost, however.  Knowing the diversity of language within the PC(USA), this webinar will be provided in several languages with interpretation based on requests made through the registration process.  As a result, there is a registration deadline of February 15, 2023, in order to be able to have time to arrange for those services.  Advanced registration is not necessary for access to the recording which will be available in English following the event.

A webinar for Mission InSite

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Demographics and Predefined Reports - February 21, 2pm ET


Using shapes and plotting, we'll discuss the use of pre-defined reports found in MissionInsite. This webinar is for those who are new to MissionInsite reports, or as a refresher for our more advanced users.

MissionInsite is a community analysis tool, to reveal demographic and financial insights about the community around you, so you can move from data to decisions.  A link to the MissionInSite website is near the bottom of the PNNE TRANSITIONS AND TERMS OF CALL page of our website.

Camp Wilmot Winter Weekend with NE GLOW Feb 24-26, 2023

Join Youth Groups from across New England for a weekend of fellowship and fun hosted by Camp Wilmot and New England GLOW!  We'll gather for dinner Friday night and wrap up with Sunday breakfast in time for everyone to make it back to their respective churches for worship.  In between we'll enjoy outdoor games, art activities and baking, bible study and plenty of sledding.  Our theme for the weekend is "When Did We See You?", guided by Matthew 25 and the curriculum published by the PCUSA.  Cost is $100 per youth.  Scholarships are available.

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Lent, Feb 22-Apr 8

Click the picture on the right to be taken to the PCUSA Store Lent 2023 resource guide!  You’ll find everything you need to fully honor and experience the season of Lent.  If you view the guide on your computer or other device, you can click on any title or cover to be taken to the product page on PC(USA) Store.  Also, look for the dark blue blocks to download resource samples throughout.  You can also email or print this to use for personal research or with committees.

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The Reverend Laurel Cockrill will be installed as the pastor of Old South PC, NewburyPort, MA, on May 7, 2023.  Tentative time is 4pm.  Watch this space for updated information.

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In August of 2023, the Parliament of the World’s Religions returns to the birthplace of the modern interfaith movement after 30 years away to celebrate 130 years of history in the city of Chicago.  Parliament Convenings attract participants from more than 200 diverse religious, indigenous, and secular beliefs and more than 80 nations.

 

Registrants enjoy access to all the plenary sessions, hundreds of breakout sessions, art & cultural exhibits, performances, a film festival, and countless opportunities to connect with individuals and organizations committed to justice, peace, and sustainability.

 

The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions will be hosted in McCormick Place Lakeside Center from August 14-18, 2023.

Ongoing Care for Ukraine

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Composer and conductor John Rutter writes: "‘How can a composer respond to a global tragedy? By writing music is the most obvious thing. Like everybody, I’ve been shocked and dismayed by the events of recent days, and the first thing I wanted to do was write some music that would respond in my own way." Thus was born this new setting of A Ukrainian Prayer —

 

Боже, Україну храни

Дай нам силу, вірі, й надії

Отче наш, Отче наш

Амінь

A literal translation of the text is:

Good Lord, protect Ukraine.

Give her strength, courage, faith, hope. Amen.

Read more from Rutter.  The score is available for free by submitting this form.  You are welcome to duplicate the score for the sole use of your own choir.  You may like to make a donation to a Ukrainian relief charity, perhaps equivalent to the approximate cost of the copies had you purchased them.  If you wish, you are free to make an audio or video recording of the piece without a special license to do so.

For every contribution to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 17% of designated gifts are allocated for PCUSA operational services, and the remaining 83% goes directly to the emergency response, in this case to organizations working directly with those fleeing Ukraine.  Gifts can be made online, by calling (800) 872-3283, by texting PDAUKR to 41444, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with "DR000156-Ukraine" on the memo line.

Mail to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264.

The church is to be a community of faith, entrusting itself to God alone, even at the risk of losing its life.

The Book of Order

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