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QuikLINK for Wednesday, March 9, 2016, No. 16037

Issue: #16037
March 9, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • APPOINTMENT CHANGES
  • YOUTH MINISTRY FOUNDATIONS: A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO YOUTH MINISTRY
  • THE BISHOP'S PARTNERS IN MISSION: IMAGINE NO MALARIA
  • THE MINISTRY OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
  • MISSION CENTRAL DEVOTIONS
  • BUS DRIVERS NEEDED FOR MISSION TRIP
  • BOUNDARIES TRAINING
  • SUMMER AND SCHOOL YEAR MINISTRY INTERNSHIPS OFFERED
  • UNITED METHODIST NEWS HEADLINES




The next round of clergy appointments and retirements have been announced and are available to view on the conference web site,
www.susumc.org. Click on the "2016-2017 Appointment Changes" graphic on the Home page or CLICK HERE.

Stacy Eckert, Webmaster



YOUTH MINISTRY FOUNDATIONS: A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO YOUTH MINISTRY

This workshop will help you build a youth ministry that is effective and sustainable, giving you the tools to build a solid, disciple-making youth ministry that continues from year to year. We will cover control and vision documents, fundraising, parent and family ministry, theological youth ministry, worship, administration, youth culture, and much more.

CLICK HERE
for more information and to register.

Audrey Wilder
Director of Christian Education & Young People's Ministries
Susquehanna Conference UMC
(717) 766-7441 x3604
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THE BISHOP'S PARTNERS IN MISSION: IMAGINE NO MALARIA
 
Answers to Four Commonly Asked Questions About Imagine No Malaria
As churches in our conference started to get more information about the Bishop's Partners in Mission (BPIM), more and more questions have come to me about one aspect of the BPIM, namely Imagine No Malaria. I welcome those questions as they show a curiosity and engagement with this very important initiative. Following are answers to four commonly asked questions.
 
What is Imagine No Malaria?
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the United Methodist Church to end preventable death from malaria in Africa.

Why malaria?
Malaria is a preventable, treatable disease that breeds poverty and burdens health care. In fact, over 650,000 people die every year from malaria. If we can end deaths from malaria and, in the process, help African nations bolster their health care systems, we can save the lives of those 650,000 people and improve the lives of all those impacted by malaria deaths.

Why the United Methodist Church?
It is said that in Africa, at the end of the road is a cross. In fact, 60 percent of all health care in Africa is provided through faith-based organizations like the UMC. As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation began looking for partners who could help deliver malaria prevention, treatment, and education in Africa, they found that the United Methodist Church was already equipped to do so, with over 300 hospitals, health clinics, and outposts working on the continent.

Is this related to Nothing But Nets?
Yes. Nothing But Nets is a successful program raising more than $7 million to provide bed nets for families in Africa. In 2008, building on that success, Imagine No Malaria was created to provide a more comprehensive approach, including funding for prevention, education, treatment, and communication. You may think of Imagine No Malaria as "Nets Plus."

Dilip Abayasekara
Field Coordinator, Bishop's Partners in Mission
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THE MINISTRY OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

The Center For Spiritual Formation Inc., 45 S. West St., Carlisle, PA  17013 (717-240-0678; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
www.centerformation.org). Affiliated with the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, 303 Mulberry Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA  17055.

The Ministry of Spiritual Direction program is a two-year training course which assists laity and clergy to sharpen their listening skills, clarify their graces, and acquire the disciplines essential to caring for souls in love.

YEAR ONE focuses on the history, traditions and models, biblical roots, and theological foundations of Spiritual Direction. It stresses the difference between psychological counseling and Spiritual Direction, and demonstrates a contemplative approach to God.
 
YEAR TWO focuses on the actual practice of Spiritual Direction: developing listening and assessment skills; becoming familiar with displacement and projection, transference and counter-transference; acquiring a working knowledge of the life-stages of faith development; cultivating an increased awareness of the power of prayer and healing; and learning the importance of supervision.
 
The Ministry of Spiritual Direction will:

  •     Provide basic instruction in sensitivity toward, and insight into, the workings of the Holy Spirit;
  •     Advocate the need for a greater connectedness between the inner life of the Spirit and the outer life of faithfulness to the Spirit's direction;
  •     Facilitate a deepening prayer life and a greater contentment with silence and solitude;
  •     Equip trainees to deal with strong emotions, and maintain relationships over time;
  •     Require trainees to undergo Spiritual Direction and aid them in accepting personal weaknesses as the basis for compassion.


CLICK HERE for times, dates, and cost (keyword - "Spiritual Direction").

Now partnering with Asbury Theological Seminary.

Dr. Russell M. Hart
Center Director, CSF



MISSION CENTRAL DEVOTIONS

Devotion #39 of 52

Touching Africa

CLICK HERE to read.



BUS DRIVERS NEEDED FOR MISSION TRIP

St. Paul's UMC, Liberty Charge, is looking for bus drivers for a mission trip to Frenchboro, Maine (leaving the evening of August 2 to the morning of August 11, 2016).

Cost is free for bus drivers.
 
Drivers need to have a CDL with a passenger endorsement as well as current child abuse and criminal background checks.
 
CLICK HERE to view the flyer. If you are interested and able to give a week of your time this summer, please call Jess Summers at 570-324-6387 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jill Johnston



BOUNDARIES TRAINING

A need was expressed in the Williamsport District for Boundaries Training. The following two dates have been confirmed. A second Boundaries II training will be offered in the southern part of the district soon.

Boundaries I Training on April 12
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
First UMC, 67 E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA
Please bring a bag lunch and we will enjoy a working lunch.
Contact Pastor Jackie Condon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Boundaries II Training at on April 26
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
First UMC, 67 E. Wellsboro St., Mansfield, PA
Please bring a bag lunch and we will enjoy a working lunch. Contact Pastor Jackie Condon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Pastor Jackie Condon



SUMMER AND SCHOOL YEAR MINISTRY INTERNSHIPS OFFERED

Through the Board of Ordained Ministry Enlistment and Interpretation Committee, one summer internship and one school year internship is available for college students interested in exploring or pursuing ordained ministry.

Summer intern deadline is April 15.

CLICK HERE for application, expectations, and more.

For any questions, contact Rev. Mira Hewlett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Rev. Mira Hewlett




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