January 9, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
"CIRCLE OF PRAYER" CHURCHES FOR THE WEEKS OF JANUARY 15 - JANUARY 21 AND JANUARY 22 - JANUARY 28
January 15-January 21
Mt. Zion Carlisle, Carlisle (Cumberland)
Dunnstown, Lock Haven (Clinton)
Pine Mill, Equinunk (Wayne)
Hopewell, Hopewell (Bedford)
Reedsville, Reedsville (Mifflin)
Mt. Carmel, Orrtanna (Adams)
Bethel Loyalsock, Williamsport (Lycoming)
Trinity Espy, Bloomsburg (Columbia)
Shiloh, Woodland (Clearfield)
Barnitz, Carlisle (Cumberland)
January 22-January 28
First Harrisburg, Harrisburg (Dauphin)
Christ Jacobus, Jacobus (York)
South Auburn, South Auburn (Wyoming)
Roaring Creek Valley, Catawissa (Columbia)
Faith Bellefonte, Bellefonte (Centre)
Salem Marysville, Marysville (Perry)
Mt. Royal, Dover (York)
Big Spring, Newville (Cumberland)
Grace Hummelstown, Hummelstown (Dauphin)
Calvary West Nanticoke, West Nanticoke (Luzerne)
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.
IMPORTANT TO ORDER NEW BOOK OF DISCIPLINE
This is a friendly reminder to pastors and churches to order the new Book of Discipline. This is important since there are some changes that were made at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon.
It is available by ordering online through Cokesbury - CLICK HERE.
CLERGY TAX SEMINAR
Join us Saturday, February 11, for a Clergy Tax Seminar with Rev. Ed Bailey, Executive Director of Western PA U.M. Stewardship Foundation. This event is sponsored by your United Methodist Stewardship Foundation to help clergy with financial planning.
$20 Registration includes lunch and materials; you will be refunded this deposit if you attend.
0.4 CEUs available.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Lunch included)
Hollidaysburg United Methodist Church
801 Allegheny St.
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Numbers representing a fictitious clergy person's income and expenses will be used to illustrate tax and credit calculations; bring your own tax forms to follow along with the presentation.
DISCOVERY PLACE HOURS
Discovery Place will be closed Monday through Wednesday, January 16-18, for the Bishop's Retreat for Clergy and Families. We will re-open Thursday, January 19, at 9 a.m. Thank you.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY MINISTRY RESOURCE PACKET ONLINE
Check out the latest edition of the Ministry Resource Packet. Find announcements, flyers, and more to share with your church leaders and congregations. Here's a sampling of what's included:
You can scroll through the entire packet or use links to open individual pages.
Access what you need when you want it. Forward pages electronically to members of the congregation. Print event flyers to post on church bulletin boards.
SMALL GROUPS IN THE WESLEYAN WAY PODCAST
from Discipleship Ministries
Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way podcast has five new episodes - with more coming. Join Scott and Steve Manskar as we explore the Wesleyan roots and practical tips regarding small group ministry.
Biblical Basis for Small Groups
What does Scripture affirm about small groups? Scott and Steve explore four passages that help ground small group ministry. Steve also discusses the Methodist movement's use of the trial bands.
Baptism, Discipleship, and Small Groups
What does baptism have to do with discipleship and small group ministries? Taylor Burton-Edwards (aka 'Liturgy Man') adds his insights as Scott and Steve discuss creating a culture for discipleship and small groups.
What is a Small Group?
Called by a variety of names -- discipleship groups, cell groups, life groups, etc. -- what exactly constitutes a small group? Scott and Steve explore this question with the help of Jacqui King (Director of Congregational Vitality) from Discipleship Ministries
Theological Basis for Small Groups
How does our theology provide a support and structure for small group ministry? Building on episode 1 (Biblical basis for small groups), Scott and Steve take a deep dive into how Wesleyan theology can give guidance to small group ministries. Steve also surveys the early Wesleyan methodology for disciple making.
The Trouble with Small Groups (Part I)
Small group ministry is messy. Dealing with the administration and logistics gets tricky. Scott and Steve interview Mark Youngman, one of the pastors at Providence UMC. Scott and Steve also share their worst small group experiences as well offering a few words of practical advice.
CLICK HERE for the podcasts.
HOW TO HAVE A COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION IN A SMALL GROUP OR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
from Discipleship Ministries
Most of us were taught as children to avoid talking about politics and religion. Lately, however, it has seemed impossible to avoid talking about either. The 2016 presidential election is over and has exposed how fractured, fearful, and divided we are as a nation. The reality for most small groups is that they are already talking religion, and many have found politics to be part of the conversation. How do we engage in healthy conversations that bring us closer together and closer to God in such a politically charged environment? Though often seen as a respite from the political nastiness, the church can serve as the best place for these contentious conversations.
Our culture has fallen seriously ill with confirmation bias, and we too easily surround ourselves with sources that only feed our opinions and biases. Often our biases are subconscious. Internet tracking software closely monitors what we click and view and feeds us more "news" in line with our beliefs.
It takes courage to enter into conversations when we know up front that we may be starting from places of disagreement. However, if we can be brave and enter those conversations, we often discover we have similar goals, just very different plans to achieve those goals. As leaders in the church, how do we plan and facilitate these courageous conversations?
CLICK HERE to read more.
FIREPROOF FILING CABINET SOUGHT
Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Beach Lake, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre District, is seeking to purchase a used fireproof filing cabinet. Will negotiate price.
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