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Welcome to The Weekly Word, the new weekly newsletter from SONKA! This newsletter will replace your previous Tidings emails. You can expect the same great news, information, and updates, with a brand new look! The button above will link to the latest email.

Regional Youth Event: July 17-20, 2024, Augustana College, Illinois. Join hundreds of UCC middle and high school youth from across the midwest as we come together for our first regional event since 2018! Youth who will complete 6th-12th grade prior to the event are invited to attend with their pastors, youth leaders, and adult chaperones.

Programming will be designed around worship and liturgy created by The Many,  The Many is an uncommon, intentionally diverse collective making music for people to sing together about peace and justice and a world where all belong.  The time together at  GLWCRYE will be rooted in a theme based on one of their songs, Love > Fear.

Additional details regarding the event schedule and special guests will be added to the Registration Website as they become available.

Questions can be directed to members of the planning team at

Spring Gathering is May 18th: Our SONKA Spring gathering will be Saturday, May 18 – the day before Pentecost. Our theme: “We Embody the Spirit.” We’ll focus on how we can make faith formation the foundation of all we do as beloved communities that are intimately connected in the Body of Christ. Save the date! The SONKA Ministry Council is organizing and leading the gathering and will have more details available as things come together.

Upcoming SONKA Church Events:

German Heritage Dinner at St. John UCC, Reading: German Heritage Dinner on Saturday, March 9 from 5-7 PM. Traditional sauerkraut dinner with German sausage, mashed potatoes, green beans, German rye, rolls, drinks, and dessert. All included for one low price! Adults – $12, Age 12 and under – $9. Tickets are limited – please purchase in advance! Buy on Sunday morning at church, or reserve by phone at 513-821-1740. Proceeds benefit the Bob Christophel Memorial Scholarship Fund, supporting a Reading High School student.

First UCC Cream Chicken Biscuit Dinner: Saturday, March 16th, 2024  from 4p-6p. at First UCC 400 N. Main St. Lewisburg. The meal includes a main dish, choice of salad, dessert and drink.

First UCC Southern Gospel Concerts Scotty Inman: Thursday May 9th, 7:30p, Mark Bishop: Thursday, June 20th, 7pm, Brian Free & Assurance: Thursday, September 5th, 7pm, Down East Boys: Saturday, October 19th, 6pm. Doors open 1 hour before. Love offering only, no ticket needed.

Registration is Now Open for Templed Hills 2024! We have sessions for young kids, youth and adults! Join us for an unforgettable final summer at our beloved Templed Hills Camp and Retreat Center! Click here to learn more.

NWOA – Upcoming Lay School Class
Click here for details on the upcoming Worship and Liturgy class.

SONKA – Rubate Support
SONKA is connecting and building our historical relationship with Rubate Teacher’s College in Rubate, Kenya! Four delegates from SONKA (Dan and Amy Weyand-Geise, Jonathan Bradner, and Katie Peterson-Madden) will be traveling to Kenya in January to reconnect with our beloved neighbors in Kenya. We will be hosting two Informational and Support Raising Dinners and we hope as many SONKA ministers and church members can attend as we all work together to connect to our wider world.

Saturday, January 6th- 5:00-7:00
Hosted by Immanuel UCC
210 Jefferson Ave, Cincinnati, Oh 45217

International Affairs Seminar for Youth
In collaboration with the Christian Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ), we are searching for 10 Next Generation Leaders to represent the Heartland Conference for the 2024 International Affairs Seminar for Youth. Participants will explore the issues of Faith and Justice with “Immigration, Immigrants, and Refugees” while traveling to New York City and Washington, D.C. See brochure here.

New York City highlights include a United Nations tour, visiting the World Trade Center, sitting in on a taping of the Today Show, Broadway shows, and worship at Park Ave. Christian Church. In Washington D.C. we will be touring the National Cathedral, and meeting with Congressional Representatives while touring the Capitol Building and sitting in on House and Senate sessions. The trip will conclude with a mission project to help those in need in the D.C. area. These are just some of the events and activities packed into a very exciting week! Please see the seminar letter here.

When: March 8, 2024-March 16, 2024

Who: Applicants must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior.

Cost: $1,200-Covers bus, lodging, most meals, tour fees, 2 theater plays and more. Assistance is available.

Contact: For more information, including registration requirements, please reach out to Jonathan Bradner at or Joyce Wealand at

2023 Remittance Form
Please see the updated remittance form for 2023 here.

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