September 27, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE:
"CIRCLE OF PRAYER" CHURCHES FOR THE WEEKS OF OCTOBER 2 - OCTOBER 8 AND OCTOBER 9 - OCTOBER 15
October 2-October 8
Gouldsboro, Gouldsboro (Wayne)
Bedford Forge, Hopewell (Bedford)
Cooks, Robertsdale (Huntingdon)
Trinity Pennsdale, Pennsdale (Lycoming)
Port Matilda, Port Matilda (Centre)
Bethlehem Dallastown, Dallastown (York)
Mt. Zion Enola, Enola (Cumberland)
Mt. Pisgah Trinity, York (York)
French Asylum, Towanda (Bradford)
Mt. Calvary Harrisburg, Harrisburg (Dauphin)
October 9-October 15
Mt. Rock Newville, Newville (Cumberland)
Good Shepherd Bloomsburg, Bloomsburg (Columbia)
Tusseyville Bethany, Centre Hall (Centre)
Center, Three Springs (Huntingdon)
Runville, Bellefonte (Centre)
Faith Chapel, Howard (Centre)
West Hill, Carlisle (Cumberland)
Centenary Steelton, Steelton (Dauphin)
Hays Grove, Newville (Cumberland)
Pinecroft, Pinecroft (Blair)
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.
UPDATE ABOUT THE DREAM CARE ACT PASSED AT SUSQUEHANNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016
As a follow up to the resolution passed at Annual Conference 2016 called "Dream Care: Endorsing Health Care Coverage For All Kids in Pennsylvania," the Mission and Outreach Team reached out to Dai Morgan for an update. Here is his response:
The "Dream Care" initiative was not funded in the current state budget. So, it is not presently in effect.
There is some resistance from more rural and conservative districts--where there is either no immigrant population, or immigration and illegal immigration are not well understood, important or positively viewed issues. Even representatives from some of these districts say they are personally sympathetic, but cannot help because they might lose political support.
There is no strong ownership among legislators on this subject. So, other issues receive priority.
The cost for Dream Care is estimated at $15 million--which is not a great deal of money in government programming terms. However, with the legislature scrapping to find revenue for the present budget, there is no willingness to increase expenses even a little.
Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY.org) with Colleen McCauley (who helped present the resolution at Annual Conference), is continuing to steer advocacy efforts on this issue. CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), the program under which the Dream Care initiative would fall, needs to be renewed before December 2017. The focus now is to attempt to get the Dream Care initiative folded into CHIP's renewal process.
The action of the Susquehanna Annual Conference in support of Dream Care was relayed to Ms. McCauley and PCCY. The Susquehanna Annual Conference has been added to the list of supporters--which is used in advocacy efforts. Furthermore, as your advocacy coordinator I will assist in lobbying on this issue, at the guidance of PCCY.
If you are not already aware, the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference also overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of Dream Care. A similar resolution was supposed to be presented to the Western PA Annual Conference, but it was never placed on the agenda--consequently, there was no action.
The wheels in Harrisburg turn slowly. A new legislature will be seated in January. Dream Care advocacy is continuing.
The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church state that "health care is a basic human right", and that "providing the care needed to maintain health, prevent disease, and restore health after injury or illness is a responsibility each person owes others and government owes to all."
As Coordinator of UM Advocacy in PA, my work is guided by the UM Social Principles, The Book of Resolutions, actions by the three Pennsylvania Annual Conferences and directives by our bishops.
Dai Morgan, Coordinator
United Methodist Advocacy in PA
CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION ANNUAL MEETING
The Center for Spiritual Formation will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 1 p.m., at Orchard Hill, Sunbury Trail at Orchard Way, Millerstown, Pa. 17056.
The public is invited to attend.
IMPORTANT INSURANCE PROGRAM INFORMATION
In conjunction with the Property & Casualty Insurance Committee, Philadelphia Insurance Company will be hosting a free Response to a Violent Intruder/Active Shooter Seminar Saturday, October 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 S. 22nd St., Camp Hill.
Attendance qualifies for 0.3 CE Credits and will offer valuable information on how to deal with a violent intruder situation.
To register, please click on this link: https://susumcalice.eventbrite.com
CHI RHO SINGERS TO PERFORM AT MILLERTON UMC
The Chi Rho Singers will perform at Millerton United Methodist Church, 5443 Main Street, Millerton, PA 16936, October 27, 2016, at 7 p.m.
All are welcome.
Millerton United Methodist Church
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