September 2, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE:
BOUNDARIES II TRAINING
First West Pittston UMC
408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Led by Pastor Dave Walker
Parking is behind the church, on street, or the school parking lot next door
There is no cost for the training
CEU's - .25
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre District Office
Susquehanna Conference of UMC
UPDATE ON COMMISSION ON A WAY FORWARD
Overwhelming response delays appointments
Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops' Executive Committee says that an overwhelming number of nominations for the Commission on a Way Forward has delayed the appointment of Commission members. More time is needed for all nominees to be given adequate consideration.
Following their July meeting, the Council of Bishops' Executive Committee asked all current residential and retired bishops to nominate up to five persons by August 15. At that time, they expected to name the Commission members by August 31, with a target of October for an initial meeting.
This resulted in well over 300 nominees for Commission membership, including names that were previously submitted to either the president or executive secretary of the Council.
"We are well along in prayerfully vetting each of the nominees to create a Commission that reflects the global and theological diversity of the church, as well as Commission membership that is truly open to finding a way forward," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President of the Council of Bishops. "However, the enormity of the task, the desire to do it well and the urgency of beginning this work all need to be balanced."
The Executive Committee will meet next by conference call on September 9 to consider a proposed list of 20-25 Commission members. Once the Executive Committee agrees on a final membership list, the full Council will be given an opportunity to approve the Commission membership.
"I am still very hopeful we can assemble the Commission and begin its work this fall," Bishop Ough said. "In the meantime, I urge the entire church to join the bishops in praying our way forward."
United Methodist Communications
DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS MINISTRY POSITION OPEN AT MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY, MANSFIELD, PA
The Protestant Campus Ministry Board at Mansfield University, Mansfield, Pa., is looking for an individual to serve as director of campus ministry, half-time time (25 hours per week). It is preferred, but not required, that this individual hold a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary. It is expected that candidates be a strong leader, with a contagious faith, and able to relate to all students on a personal level.
Responsibilities would include, but not be limited to, facilitating local churches in making connections with students, coordinating on-campus ministries, and assisting in the discipleship of students. They will also be an ongoing presence within the university community.
The Campus Ministry Board is looking to fill this position as soon as possible and will accept resumes until the position is filled.
Pastor Tim Parker
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