August 3, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE UN SEMINAR TO DISCUSS VIOLENCE, TERROR, AND PEACE
How should we as followers of Jesus - and United Methodists - respond to the violence we are experiencing in our communities and around the world?
What are the things that lead to peace?
An uncomfortable truth about our world is that we are surrounded by violence. Violence begets fear, and fear begets violence. Jesus famously cried over the city of Jerusalem, saying, "If only you knew on this day of all days the things that lead to peace," (Luke 19:42, CEB).
Join other sisters and brothers from the Susquehanna Conference and the United Methodist Seminar Program for three days in New York City as we learn about the connections between global and local violence - and how we can be vessels of God's peace in our communities.
See the flyer and registration form - CLICK HERE - about the October 11-13, 2016, UN Seminar trip sponsored by the Mission and Outreach Team of Susquehanna Conference. Cost of the trip is $250 and includes bus travel to New York City, lodging at Seafarers Hotel, and the seminar.
The seminar trip is limited to 20 participants - register now.
Deadline is September 9.
CAMP PENN 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Come celebrate 70 years of ministry
and transformed lives at Camp Penn.
Saturday, August 13
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(lunch will be provided)
Come and share pictures and stories of days gone by.
Hear from others about their times at Camp Penn.
Enjoy a hamburger or hot dog together, make a craft, swim in the pool, or just come visit with friends. Worship will be at 3 p.m. in the outdoor chapel. Much fun will be had by all.
Send registration details to
We already have over 200 folks planning to attend.
Hope to see you Saturday, August 13.
ORIENTATION MEETING FOR ELDER/DEACON COMMISSIONING AND ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
Saturday, August 6, 2016
St. John's Newberry UMC
2101 Newberry St., Williamsport
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lunch will be provided following our meeting.
Please be in touch with your registrar about your intentions to attend this gathering.
Rev. Julia Piper
Rev. Karen McCachren
Pastor David Walker
Local Pastor and Associate Member Registrar
LEARN TO DO EVANGELISM!
Reach family and friends with Christ. No theory. No guessing.
Learn from women and men who know how.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Baughman United Methodist Church
228 Bridge St., New Cumberland, PA
CEU's to be awarded.
$20 per person, includes snacks and lunch.
Make checks payable to: Baughman UMC
Deadline for registration is August 13.
CLICK HERE to register.
Pastor Deb Koretzky
Baughman UMC, New Cumberland, Pa.
SILENT RETREAT AT THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Come, practice the presence of God in a silent retreat at Orchard Hill, Millerstown. Days are spent living the Daily Office; with worship every three hours, as it was practiced for centuries. Draw away from the world and approach God in His first language: silence.
The retreat will begin Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. and conclude Wednesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. (Note change of date.)
For questions, call 717-765-2851.
Cost of $135 includes lodging, meals, and devotional materials.
2 CEU's will be given.
Dr. Russell M. Hart
Center Director, CSF
IMPORTANT INSURANCE/SAFETY INFORMATION
Title: Candle Control
A few reminders to help control the fire exposure within your building(s):
1. The use of open flame within the building should always be an approved activity by the respective church's Board of Trustees. Where possible and without diminishing the spiritual value of an open flame, the use of candle alternatives should be employed.
2. Used candles should be stored in a sealed non-combustible container and stored away from other flammable/combustible materials. Metal cake pans or a metal coffee can (with lids) are among the acceptable storage containers for used candles.
3. The casual use of open flame should be prohibited in offices, Sunday school rooms, and similar settings when there is no spiritual significance to the burning of the flame.
4. At least one adult should be present in the room in which an open flame is being used.
5. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secured/locked location within the building when not being used. Used matches should not be discarded in a regular trash can within the building.
6. Lit candles should be stabilized in the upright position.
Edward J. Eshleman, CPCU
Assistant Vice President
Commercial Lines Manager
350 Eagleview Blvd. Suite 110
Exton, PA 19341
P: 800-627-3732 x223
For all the clergy and spouses who are currently participating in the Conference Health Active Insurance Program (HealthFlex), please remember to take your yearly Health Quotient (HQ) assessment by September 30, 2016. The new HQ is quick - 15 minutes or less - even faster if you took the Blueprint for Wellness screening this year. It can also be completed on a mobile device connected to the internet. Plus, you will save on your 2017 medical plan deductible by completing the HQ.
Please note, this assessment is provided as part of your wellness benefits. Other than lowering your deductible, the assessment is totally separate from your health insurance and plays no part in your benefit determination or rates. It is solely for your information to help pinpoint areas that may impact your health either now or in the future. Individual information is not shared with Blue Cross/Blue Shield or anyone within the Conference.
Completing the HQ will save on your 2017 annual deductible:
* Please note both spouses must participate in order to receive the reduced deductible for a family.
If you (and your spouse) have already completed your HQ assessment between August 1 and now, thank-you! You do not need to do anything further. For those of you who have not completed the assessment please log into WebMD to complete this task.
If you have any questions, please let me know. You may also contact the Healthteam at 1-800-851-2201 (press 2 and then 0) especially for technical problems in this process.
More Info Program Info Step-by-Step
Kelly L. Cox
Conference Benefits Officer
717-766-5275, extension 3401
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