June 20, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
"CIRCLE OF PRAYER" CHURCHES FOR THE WEEKS OF JUNE 26 - JULY 2 AND JULY 3 - JULY 9
June 26-July 2
Messiah Shippensburg, Shippensburg (Cumberland)
Klinesgrove, Sunbury (Northumberland)
First Blossburg, Blossburg (Tioga)
Third Street, Williamsport (Lycoming)
Maple Grove, Hunlock Creek (Luzerne)
Lake Winola, Dalton (Wyoming)
Yorkshire, York (York)
Cross Roads, Cross Roads (York)
East Smithfield, East Smithfield (Bradford)
Druck Valley, Hellam (York)
July 3-July 9
Thompson, Thompson (Susquehanna)
Antes Fort, Antes Fort (Lycoming)
Carlisle, Carlisle (Cumberland)
State Road, Linden (Lycoming)
Grace Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg (Cumberland) St. Johns Dewart, Dewart (Northumberland)
Warriors Mark, Warriors Mark (Huntingdon)
Broad Top, Broad Top (Huntingdon)
Shermans Dale, Shermas Dale (Perry)
Grays, Port Matilda (Centre)
You can use this list for announcements, inclusion in church bulletins, newsletters, etc. Full details about the Circle of Prayer are available from our website at www.susumc.org. Please be aware that churches are chosen from a pool of all church names with the use of a random number generator without regard to district.
CLEARFIELD DISASTER RESPONSE
The Disaster Response arm of the Missional Board has been activated in response to the flooding in Clearfield. Ron Salsman is working with other leaders to assume responsibility for recovery work as a result of the Clearfield flash flood. Our information is that damages resulted from thunderstorm cells that stalled over the area depositing over five inches of rain in ninety minutes! Estimated damage levels did not reach FEMA or PEMA requirements for aide. All recovery is being done by faith-based groups. After this week, a coalition of United Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian pastors will comprise the local VOAD.
The total number of houses requesting assistance is at 98. About half have had ERT work completed. A goal of completing ERT work within thirty days has been established.
A special account has been created for donations toward this effort. Please send contributions to our conference treasurer noting "Clearfield Disaster Reponse" Acct # 270-77370.
Rev. John Kratz
Missional Board Chair, Susquehanna Conference
SPOT OPEN FOR MISSION TRIP TO NORTHERN CHEYENNE RESERVATION
Due to a cancellation, there is a spot open for the Mission trip to the Northern Cheyenne reservation from July 3-9. The group will be flying out of Harrisburg. The cost of the trip is $1000.
If you are interested, contact Rev. Larry Siikanen at 570-898-8710 as soon as possible.
Rev. Larry Siikanen
NEW BOUNDARIES COURSE FOR PASTORS - KEEPING OUR SACRED TRUST
During Clergy Session it was announced that a new Clergy Sexual Ethics Boundaries resource is available. The Susquehanna Conference Sexual Ethics Policy includes the following requirements (CLM's and lay speakers have the same requirements as clergy):
Colleagues, it is important that we keep ourselves aware and well informed. This is something we do, not only because we have to, but because it is important!
Rev. Marian Hartman
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