October 4, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE:
"CIRCLE OF PRAYER" CHURCHES FOR THE WEEKS OF OCTOBER 9 - OCTOBER 15 AND OCTOBER 16 - OCTOBER 22
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)
October 16-October 22
Herrickville, Herrickville (Bradford)
First Marion, Marion (Franklin)
Brick, Duryea (Luzerne)
Keating Summit, Keating Summit (Potter)
United Church of Nelson, Nelson (Tioga)
Braman, Equinunk (Wayne)
Skinners Eddy, Laceyville (Wyoming)
St. Pauls Sandy Ridge, Sandy Ridge (Centre)
Avis, Avis (Clinton)
Canton Ecumenical, Canton (Bradford)
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.
2016 JOURNAL ONLINE
The 2016 Journal of the Susquehanna Annual Conference is now available. As per the decision of the Annual Conference Session, the Journal can now solely be accessed through the conference Web site, www.susumc.org. District offices will have a very limited number of CD-Rom copies.
Also, you are again able to order a printed copy of the 2016 Journal directly from the www.susumc.org Web site. When you find the 2016 Journal, simply click on the link to order your journal directly from an online publisher with whom we've partnered to provide the service. That link will take you directly to their online shop.
This is meant to be one more resource offered to you for remaining connected to the Susquehanna Conference.
YOUTH SERVICE FUND GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING - OCTOBER 31
The deadline for submitting a Youth Service Fund grant is October 31, 2016. The Youth Service Fund is money that is raised by youth, administered by youth, to benefit youth. It is designed to help local churches find extra funding for youth ministries. The full details of grant guidelines and expectations are detailed on the Young People's Ministry Web page at http://igniteyoungpeople.org. You can fill out your online application or download a PDF application by clicking on "Youth" and then clicking on "Youth Service Fund."
2016 Recipients were:
- Neighborhood Center: Life through Music Program
- New Hope UMC, Bellefonte: Beginning a new youth ministry.
- Singers Gap UMC, Mount Union: Weekend retreat with community youth group.
- St. Paul UMC, Manchester: Summer mission trip where youth work on crews with others from around the U.S. to serve the local community.
Young People's Ministry Council
Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church
SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE SEMINAR TO GENERAL BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY FEBRUARY 5-8
Issues related to homelessness and poverty will be the study topic of the 2017 Susquehanna Conference Seminar Trip to the General Board of Church and Society's United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., February 5 - 8, 2017. Participants will learn how to better address these issues as a people of faith in our local communities and how to create systems change through legislative advocacy.
Over 45 million Americans are still struggling with poverty. For the poorest Americans, the problem is getting worse. One in five children live below the poverty line. Approximately 19.4 million Americans live in deep poverty (a family of four living on less than $12,129 a year). While homelessness rates are going down, it remains a major problem. On a given night in January 2015, over half a million Americans were considered homeless.
Past seminars have had speakers from the National Coalition for the Homelessness, Jobs with Justice, Children's Defense Fund, NAACP, and staff from the General Board of Church and Society. The seminar will include an opportunity to meet with Pennsylvania's U.S. senators and/or members of their staff. There will also be free time to explore D.C. More details upon registration.
Cost is $375, which includes coach bus transportation, lodging at the Hotel Harrington in Washington, D.C., (single rooms available at an additional cost), and meals and materials at the GBCS. Participants should bring money for metro transportation, meals not eaten at the GBCS, a tip for the bus driver, and any other personal expenses.
A coach bus will depart from two locations in the Susquehanna Conference. We will promptly depart from First UMC, Williamsport, 604 Market St., Williamsport, at 3 p.m., and Paxton UMC, 3350 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, around 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 5. The group will return to Paxton UMC around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, with the bus continuing to Williamsport.
See the flyer and registration information here.
Contact person is Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris at
RESOLUTIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE DEADLINE JANUARY 13, 2017
One of the special expressions of the United Methodist polity is the opportunity for members of the connection to offer a resolution for consideration to a conference. The founders of our movement believed that in conferencing, the Holy Spirit of God could guide us to consider the prompting of our members. The opportunity is here once again for you, your congregation, or any of its members to offer a resolution for consideration at the 2017 Session of Annual Conference.
A resolution typically is formatted with a series of statements beginning with "whereas." These statements provide the rationale of the petitioner. These statements demonstrate the assumptions that the petitioner holds. They belong to the petitioner. After the series of "whereas" statements, there appears at least one statement that begins "Therefore, be it resolved." This becomes the main motion that is put before the Conference. If more than one action is being petitioned, another statement may be added beginning "be it further resolved."
The Mission and Outreach Team is charged with receiving these resolutions and passing them on to Conference with either a vote of concurrence or non-concurrence.
Mission and Outreach Team
Rev. Mark Reisinger, Chair
42 S. 3rd St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Please indicate a contact person should we need to contact the petitioner for clarification.
Because Annual Conference will meet one month earlier in 2017, all resolutions must be submitted no later than January 13, 2017.
Rev. Mark Reisinger, Chair
Mission and Outreach Team
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DR. DUFFY ROBBINS PARENTING SEMINAR AT HICKS MEMORIAL UMC, DUNCANSVILLE
for Parents with Children of Any Age
Renowned author, Eastern University professor, and nationally recognized youth ministry leader, Dr. Duffy Robbins will be the guest speaker at a parenting seminar at Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church Sunday, October 9. Robbins will speak to parents and teens about growing spiritually, and provide insight into why your teenager acts the way they do ... or the way they don't.
The seminar will take place in the upstairs sanctuary of Hicks Memorial, located at 1211 3rd Ave., Duncansville, Pa., on Route 22. (next to Donnelly's Antiques). Robbins will begin speaking at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served during intermission; the program will conclude at approximately 9 p.m.
According to Hicks Memorial's pastor, Rev. Rich Morris, Robbins was chosen as this year's speaker because of his long track record in youth ministry. "He has been doing youth ministry and training youth leaders for a long time. He knows how to bring biblical truth to contemporary context and culture like few other people I have heard," Morris shared. "He is one of the most engaging speakers I have ever heard. He has shown integrity in his ministry over the long haul. Having him come to Hicks is an incredible blessing for our church and the larger community." Robbins is known for his warm, conversational speaking style, as well as a quick sense of humor and an ability to make Scripture come alive. He is a sought-after speaker for parenting seminars, faculty workshops, family camps, and similar events. He is an Associate Staff Member of CPYU and a Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University and is a thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry. Robbins speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers.
Morris mentioned that Robbins' focus on positive change is one area that makes him a valuable speaker for parents of all ages. "I hope parents will take away wisdom and encouragement to be better parents but also encouragement that real faith can happen in the lives of their kids," Morris said. "Duffy doesn't speak to make you feel guilty over what you're not doing. He speaks to encourage positive change. I always remember him saying, 'Something is better than nothing,' meaning, find one positive change that you can make and go do it."
Robbins has his Doctor of Ministry in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and has authored more than 15 books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure, Speaking to Teenagers (which he co-wrote with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts, and Enjoy the Silence.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Katie Guise, Church Secretary/Children's Ministry Coordinator, at
JOB OPENINGS AT GRACE UMC, HUMMELSTOWN
Church Choir Accompanist
The purpose of the church choir accompanist is to provide accompaniment for the chancel choir on a regular basis.
Classification: Program Staff; Salaried; Part-time
Supervisor: Director of Music Ministries
Work Schedule: Weekends - Sunday morning (when choir is scheduled to sing) and other times as required, Thursday evenings for rehearsal.
Previous experience accompanying church music, both traditional and contemporary.
Grace United Methodist is a vibrant, friendly, and growing congregation in Derry Township. We are looking for an accompanist who is creative, energetic, flexible, and open to all types of music. The expectation is growth and variety. To learn more about this position, please CLICK HERE; to learn more about Grace Church, please visit our Web site at www.gracehummelstown.org.
Director of Music Ministries
The purpose of the director of music ministries is to help musicians and the congregation grow as disciples of Jesus Christ through worship and music.
Classification: Program Staff; Salaried; Full-time
Supervisor: Pastor - weekly meeting
Work Schedule: Weekends - Sunday morning and other times as required; Workweek - To be negotiated
Salary: Negotiable, based on experience; benefits included
a. Bachelor of Music Degree preferred
b. Previous experience in church music, both traditional and contemporary
E. Specific knowledge and skills
a. Communication and relationship-building skills
b. Organizational and administrative skills, including effectiveness in handling details
c. Working knowledge of choral rehearsal techniques and conducting
d. Knowledge of traditional and contemporary Christian music
e. Knowledge of guiding laws regarding music-copyright, recording, etc. (CCLI)
Grace United Methodist is a vibrant, friendly, and growing congregation in Derry Township. We are looking for a director of music with a growing Christian faith; who is creative, energetic, flexible, and open to all types of music. The expectation is growth and variety. To learn more about this position, please CLICK HERE; to lean more about Grace Church, please visit our Web site at www.gracehummelstown.org.
Inquiries for both positions should go to the church office at
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