October 5, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
ERT AND VIM TEAMS NEEDED FOR HURRICANE RESPONSE
The Florida Annual Conference needs teams right away. All volunteers will be accepted, regardless of ERT training. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register and should expect to be deployed in the southern part of the state.
CLICK HERE to register to volunteer in Florida.
The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and North Gulf Coast) is very much in need of volunteer help. In the last few weeks, teams have mucked out and gutted more than 6000 homes, but they are still finding communities where the damage has not been assessed.
Volunteers should be over age 18, Safe Sanctuaries certified, and at least one member of the team should be ERT trained.
CLICK HERE to register to volunteer in the Texas Annual Conference effort.
CLICK HERE to register to volunteer in the Rio Texas Annual Conference effort.
Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands (US Territories)
This is still a government-controlled situation. They are in emergency relief phase and it is NOT appropriate for volunteers to go yet. We will update you as this situation changes. UMCOR is releasing grants to Puerto Rico quickly and talking daily with the Bishop and other church leaders on the islands.
SIMPLIFIED, ACCOUNTABLE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
with Kay Kotan, Director of Congregational Development
Is your church considering going to a simplified leadership structure?
Have you already gone to a simplified structure, but perhaps are struggling with its implementation?
Do you have members serving on the simplified structure but who have not received training?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions ... then this workshop is for you.
Join Kay on
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Camp Hill UMC
417 S. 22nd St., Camp Hill, PA 17011
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
this workshop will be Live-Streamed to three other locations across the conference:
First UMC, Williamsport
604 Market Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
First UMC, Hollidaysburg
801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
4201 W. Whitehall Rd., Furnace, PA 168419
(State College District)
For the workshop topics and pricing,
view the flyer.
Register online by Tuesday, October 10, 2017
If you have any questions call the Growing Effective Churches Office 717-545-0525.
Administrative Assistant for Congregational Development
RED BIRD MISSION APPALACHIAN CRAFT FAIR
The public is invited to attend the Red Bird Mission Appalachian Craft Fair which will be hosted by Shepherdstown United Methodist Church and Red Bird Mission crafts.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shepherdstown UMC located at 1934 S. York St., Mechanicsburg.
For more information CLICK HERE
MINISTRY AND MONEY SEMINARS
TWO DAY EVENT
Last Chance to register for the Ministry and Money events, sponsored by The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation. These practical and transformative seminars will be held on Friday October 20 and Saturday, October 21 with Rev. Dr. Phil Jamieson and Dr. Janet Jamieson as your leaders.
WHERE: Bethlehem United Methodist Church
109 E Main Street
Dallastown, PA 17313
Clergy and Spouses: Give each other a special date night for your future together. The talk may be about finances but the theme is all about relationships!
Come on Friday, October 20, 5 - 8 p.m., $50 per couple includes your meals and a book (0.2 CEUs available).
Clergy and Finance Leaders: Learn best practices and theological foundations for your accounting, transparency, and giving within the local church.
Join us on Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $50 per person includes your meal and book (0.4 CEUs available)
Take one or both seminars!
You must be registered before October 13, 2017. Register at the following link: www.umstewardship.org/events
THE ROAD TO CANDIDACY
An overview of ministry in the United Methodist Church
Monday, October 30
Come learn the ordination process and:
Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean for Community Life
Wesley Theological Seminary
SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE UN SEMINAR TO DISCUSS VIOLENCE, TERROR, AND PEACE
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS NOVEMBER 1
How should we as followers of Jesus - and United Methodists - respond to the violence we are experiencing in our communities
and around the world?
What are the things that lead to peace?
November 1 is the deadline to sign up for the UN Seminar that will be held February 4-7, 2018 in New York City. There are 8 spots left, so if you are interested, please contact Joe Hopkins or Kris Sledge as soon as possible. We will be at the United Church Center across from the UN for three days of struggling about how we respond to issues like the mass shooting in Las Vegas. During these times we wring our hands and wonder what we can do, so let's get some guidance from our experts on how to be vessels of God's peace in our communities.
See the flyer about this seminar sponsored by the Mission and Outreach Team of Susquehanna Conference. Cost of the trip is $395 and includes seminar, bus transportation, and shared lodging at Edison Hotel in Times Square.
The Seminar Trip is limited to 20 participants - register now!
Deadline is November 1, 2017.
Partial Scholarship funds may be available. CEUs will be given.