January 15, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
CONFERENCE OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
The Conference office will be closed Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The office will reopen Tuesday, January 19.
UPCOMING MISSION CENTRAL EVENTS AND INFO MISSION LINK JANUARY 14, 2016
CLICK HERE to read.
GIRLS GATHERING FOR GOD
February 5-6, 2016, at First UMC, Muncy
The theme for this year's overnight retreat is "Empowering Girls to Care," featuring a live concert by Riser Crew. A variety of workshops will be offered on Saturday. All girls in grades 7 thru 12 are welcome to attend.
Registration cost is $25, which includes Friday night pizza, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and 2016 GGG long sleeve
Registration deadline is January 20, 2016.
CLICK HERE for registration information.
BASIC BOUNDARIES TRAINING EVENT
Saturday, February 20, 2016
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Susquehanna Conference Office - Conference Room A
303 Mulberry Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Register by February 17 to:
Light refreshments will be available.
Instructors: Elaine Shafer Stroud and Dilip Abayasekara
There is no cost for this event.
Harrisburg District Office
NEW FOR 2016:
E-TOUR VI - EQUIPPING VITAL CONGREGATIONS
... Equip your church with exciting ministry resources
... Empower your leaders for today's mission field
... Engage in transforming workshop experiences
... Connect with other church leaders
Seventeen different workshops will be offered as the Conference Connectional Ministries Team and Conference Leaders bring resources to you. From missions to hospitality to Christian education to communications, this event is designed to help leaders and future leaders in local churches discover the wealth of resources available to them through our United Methodist connection and the Susquehanna Conference. Through an offering of workshops, displays, media, and interactive learning experiences, participants will learn new ways to make disciples and will receive a disc packed with helpful tools and resources.
Saturday, February 6, 9:30 a.m.
3 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church
1480 Jerusalem Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Saturday, February 20, 9:30 a.m.
3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church
101 Logan St., Lewistown, PA 17044
Saturday, March 5, 9:30 a.m.
3 p.m. at Shavertown United Methodist Church
163 N. Pioneer Ave, Shavertown, PA 18708
Saturday, March 19, 9:30 a.m.
3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church
801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Saturday, April 2, 9:30 a.m.
3 p.m. at Pine Street United Methodist Church
441 Pine St., Williamsport, PA 17701
Saturday, April 9, 9:30 a.m.
3 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church
130 W. 3rd St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815
For a list of the workshops and leaders (including descriptions), please CLICK HERE.
Lunch is included in the $5 registration fee. CEU's (.4) will be available for Clergy.
The deadline for each event is the Friday one full week before the event.
For all the details, including brochures, online registration, and workshop descriptions, please CLICK HERE.
COMPUTER MINISTRY IS HAVING A RECYCLE DAY
The Computer Ministry is having a recycle day on Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Mission Central (5 Pleasant View Dr., Mechanicsburg). We can recycle the following items: desktops/laptops, printers, monitors, keyboards, video/sound cards, modems, network equipment, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, tablets, cell phones. Please do not bring TVs.
TENDING THE FIRE
with Barbara Lemmel
At the Center at Orchard Hill, Millerstown, Pa.
Human systems are complicated, and churches are no exception.
At their best, they draw out excellence in their people. At their
worst, they become stuck--undermining and sabotaging even the
most well-designed plans for change. "Tending The Fire" helps
clergy "think systems" in their congregations and their personal
lives so they can lead change that lasts. They can:
Opening Intensive -- March 8-10
Deepening Retreat -- May 17-19
Sending Retreat -- September 13-15
$1,200 tuition includes room and board and 9 ceu's
Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community, an Albright Care-Services site, celebrated the completion of its new Memory Care Residence on Dec. 29, with a ribbon cutting and open house. Photo provided by Jessica Owens.
MEMORY CARE OPENING AT NORMANDIE RIDGE
MEMORY CARE RESIDENCE RIBBON CUTTING
YORK - A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house celebrating the completion of a memory care residence was held Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community, 1700 Normandie Drive, West Manchester Township.
The ceremony marked the completed construction of the 11,000-square-foot memory care residence by Stewart & Tate Construction and designed by RLPS Architects and Larson Design Group. The state-of-the-art facility offers 16 residential rooms designed to promote safe and abundant living of current and future Normandie Ridge residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
"I'm thrilled with the space and proud of the programming we will offer here," said Shaun Smith, chief executive officer of Albright Care Services, the parent organization of Normandie Ridge. "We will be offering care the way it should be offered-taking all aspects of living into consideration."
The building and therapeutic engagement program are holistic. Environment, lighting and furnishings were designed with memory care residents' particular needs in mind. Details such as gliding pocket doors and European curbless showers offer safe and easy access in bathrooms, while a stone fireplace and enclosed patio and garden make the space inviting and homelike. Paint colors have been used as identifiers to aid navigation throughout the space.
Kaleidoscope, the therapeutic engagement program, encompasses all aspects of life. Each resident will be assessed daily in order to develop a comprehensive care plan that addresses each individual's needs and capabilities. Sodexo's personalized approach to dining will include flexible dining hours and a variety of food options. Functional Pathways will provide physical, occupational and speech therapists to assist residents in maintaining their highest level of function, and a spa will offer relaxation. Worship services will include bulletins that use colors, shapes and numbers to help residents identify parts of the service.
"Colors, shapes and numbers are some of the first things that we learn, and are typically the last area of the brain affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias," said Rev. David Brinker, chaplain at Normandie Ridge. "In our training with Good News Consulting, a team of experts in memory care, I learned that using these strategies helps residents rely on familiar concepts to assist in navigating through the worship service."
Generation Connect, a technology training company specializing in teaching staff to educate seniors, is creating meaningful interactions on Apple iPads designed to slow the stages of memory loss.
"These iPad interactions were designed to target areas of the brain-such as spatial awareness-that are not yet affected by the disease, helping residents with awareness and reducing memory decline," said Michael Potteiger, founder of Generation Connect, as he physically moved colorful geometrical shapes into place on the table in front of an iPad on a stand, recreating a cat made of identical shapes on the iPad's screen. The screen's shapes lit up with each shape he correctly positioned.
"Games are just one tool we use on the iPads-others include stories recorded by family members and illustrated by photos, coloring pictures on the screen, and music. Each individual normally has a favorite type of interaction that they find therapeutic and select each time."
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Albright Care Services
PART-TIME CHILDREN'S MINISTRY /CHILDREN'S PRAISE TEAM LEADER POSITION OPEN AT FAITH UMC, WAYNESBORO
Part-time children's ministry/children's praise team leader position open at Faith United Methodist Church, 104 N. Potomac St.,
Waynesboro, PA 17268.
Faith United Methodist Church, Waynesboro
CHURCH SECRETARY POSITION OPEN AT MT. ZION UMC, ENOLA
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Enola is seeking a part-time secretary to work 15 hours per week. Must be proficient in Desktop Publishing and MS Windows and Office.
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
4685 Mt. Zion Dr., Enola, PA 17025
Rev. Skip Spangler
Mt. Zion UMC, Enola
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