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QuikLINK for Friday, November 18, 2016, No. 16182

Issue: #16182
November 18, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • CONFERENCE OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
  • HUMAN SEXUALITY SUMMIT
  • AN INSPIRING STORY OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER FOR A GREATER GOOD
  • REGISTER NOW FOR BISHOP'S RETREAT
  • "GROWING OUTSIDE THE BOX"
  • PP&L SCAM
  • RESOLUTIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE DEADLINE JANUARY 13, 2017
  • SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE SEMINAR TO GENERAL BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY
  • PART-TIME WORSHIP LEADER POSITION OPEN IN BERWICK
  • UNITED METHODIST NEWS SERVICE



CONFERENCE OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
 
The Conference office will be closing at noon Wednesday, November 23, and will be closed through Friday, November 25, in observance of Thanksgiving.

The office will reopen Monday, November 28.



HUMAN SEXUALITY SUMMIT

All laity are invited to the table conversation around the topic of human sexuality and our United Methodist denomination. Bishop Jeremiah Park will be joining us for these conversations which will be facilitated by Rev. Larry Leland, Rev. Beth Jones, and members of the Human Sexuality summit group. All are welcome but you are asked to please register ahead of time with the office in the district where the event will be held:

Sunday, December 4, 2016
3 to 5 p.m.
First UMC, Hollidaysburg UMC (Altoona District)
801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 814-693-9220

Saturday, February 25, 2017
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Faith UMC, Montoursville (Williamsport District)
700 Fairview Dr., Montoursville, PA 17754
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-323-7452

Sunday, February 26, 2017
3 to 5 p.m.
Shavertown UMC (Scranton Wilkes-Barre District)
163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown, PA 18708
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-344-8313

Sunday, March 5, 2017
3 to 5 p.m.
Harrisburg District (Location TBA)
Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 717-766-8124

To read more about the laity conversations or the summit group, please CLICK HERE.

Christy Mackey
Executive Administrative Assistant to the Bishop
Office of Bishop Jeremiah Park
Susquehanna Conference



AN INSPIRING STORY OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER FOR A GREATER GOOD
MissionLink November 17, 2016

 
CLICK HERE to read.




REGISTER NOW

Join Bishop Jeremiah J. Park and keynote speaker Pastor Jorge Acevedo at Hershey Lodge for the Bishop's Retreat for Our Clergy Families on January 16-18, 2017.

Bishop's Retreat Flyer
CLICK HERE

Registration deadline is November 30, 2016.

To register - CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Stutler, Co-Chair, Bishop's Retreat Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




"GROWING OUTSIDE THE BOX"
A Special Pre-Conference Session at Bishop's Retreat 2017


Monday, January 16, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Hershey Lodge
325 University Dr.
Hershey, PA, 17033

Cost is $45

.3 CEUs

Open to both clergy and laity, Jorge Acevedo will address ways that both clergy and laity can join together in growing ministries outside the church walls.

Pre-Conference Session Bulletin Inserts
 CLICK HERE

Please register by November 30 - CLICK HERE.

This event is sponsored by the bishop of the Susquehanna Conference, a Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Stutler, Co-Chair, Bishop's Retreat Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



PP&L SCAM

Rev. Marian Hartman, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre District Superintendent, reported that one of their churches recently received a scam phone call, supposedly from PP&L, saying that their electric service would be cut off and requesting information from the treasurer. This is a SCAM. Do not respond. If you need to verify your account with PP&L, use contact information on your bill, not any phone numbers they give you.



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.
 
Resolutions are to be clearly printed and sent together with supporting documentation. It is preferred that all resolutions be received electronically via email. You can email them to me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And, if you are unable to email the resolutions, you may mail them to:
 
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



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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 304-554-9131.



PART-TIME WORSHIP LEADER POSITION OPEN AT BETHANY UMC, BERWICK

Part-time worship leader (10-15 hr./wk.) needed for the praise service at Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick, Pa. We are seeking a deeply committed and passionate musically-gifted follower of Jesus Christ who loves to lead others in worship of the Lord, and who works well with a team of singers and musicians.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and references to the attention of Laura Shields at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 5, 2016.

Steve Portner



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