October 28, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE:
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
Join Bishop Jeremiah J. Park and keynote speaker, Pastor Jorge Acevedo, at the Hershey Lodge for the Bishop's Retreat for Our Clergy Families on January 16-18, 2017.
There will also be a Special Pre-Conference Session at the Bishop's Retreat on Monday, Januay 16, 2017, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. This is open to both clergy and laity - Pastor Jorge Acevedo will address ways that both clergy and laity can join together in growing ministries outside the church walls.
Bishop's Retreat Flyer
Pre-Conference Session Bulletin Inserts
Registration deadline for both events is November 30, 2016.
If you plan to attend both events, you must register for both.
To register - CLICK HERE.
DISCOVERY PLACE ADVENT RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE
Browse the Discovery Place Web site at www.discovery-place.org for resources for your church's Advent studies by looking at our online catalog - search phrase: Advent. We have four new Advent resources by authors James W. Moore, Mike Slaughter, Rick Warren, and Max Lucado. We also have many other Advent resources published in the last few years by Adam Hamilton and others. The only cost to your church is the return postage.
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
2017 PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE
At the October 2016 meeting of the Property & Casualty Insurance Committee, the 2017 Commercial Insurance Proposal was approved. There will be a general one percent reduction in the premium for most churches.
Rev. Dr. Lew Parks
Chair, Property & Casualty Insurance Committee
YOUTH SERVICE FUND GRANT DEADLINE THIS WEEK: FREE MONEY FOR YOUTH MINISTRY
This is the final week to submit applications for a Youth Service Fund (YSF) grant. Applications postmarked after October 31 will be excluded for consideration for receiving funds in 2017.
The YSF is money that is raised by youth, administered by youth, to benefit youth. The full details of grant guidelines and expectations are listed 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."
Young People's Ministry Council
Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church
FOUR NEW HUBS WELCOMED THIS WEEK
MissionLink October 27, 2016
CLICK HERE to read.
THEOLOGY STUDY DAY FOR BOOM
Join Rev. Matt Lake for one of the following Theology Study days for BOOM:
- Friday, November 4, or Monday, November 7, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (bring a bagged lunch or eat on your own afterward).
Study days will be held at First UMC, 604 Market St., Williamsport, PA 17701. Park in the first Packer Street parking lot off Market Street - designated for First UMC parking, then enter at the lower entrance, near the fountain.
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 theGBCS, 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
ADVENT WREATH FREE TO ANY CHURCH
Advent wreath available.
Fairview UMC, 2214 5th St., Altoona, has an Advent wreath available; it is free to any church that may need it.
or 717-608-1880 to arrange pickup.
CHURCH SECRETARY POSITION OPEN AT ALDERSGATE UMC, MIFFLINTOWN
Aldersgate UMC, 109 N. 3rd St., Mifflintown, is hiring. We are looking for a talented individual who is willing to be our church secretary. The position is 20 hours a week with an additional church council meeting the second Tuesday of the month.
Some of the typical duties consist of preparing the weekly bulletin, weekly announcement PowerPoint, monthly newsletter, annual paperwork, mailing, record keeping, ordering supplies, etc. Training is provided.
Please direct questions to Pastor Stephanie Rupert at
Stephanie Rupert, Pastor
Aldersgate UMC, Mifflintown
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