November 10, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
UMC BISHOPS CALL FOR RESPECTFUL CONVERSATIONS IN TIME OF UNCERTAINTY
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. - United Methodist Church bishops are calling on members of the denomination to engage in respectful conversations amidst growing conflict over political, religious and justice issues in many places in our world.
In a pastoral letter released at the end of the Council of Bishops (COB) meeting at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina today, COB President Bruce R. Ough reminded the members that the UMC is a Church which is diverse in its theological understanding of Scripture and Christ's call in our lives.
"Conflict and differing opinions, a natural part of the human and faith experience, come in a variety of forms. We are called to address our differences with authenticity and respectful conversations which enrich our understanding of God and of one another," Bishop Ough said.
The bishops reminded United Methodists about Ephesians 4:1-2 which admonishes us "to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
CLICK HERE to read the full letter
Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications - Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
202-748-5172 (office) or 585-455-5683 (cell)
FEMA RESOURCES FOR LOCAL CHURCHES
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has compiled a list of resources for local churches. These are intended to help equip local congregations in the event of an active shooter situation. Including online webinar training, videos and exercises in preparedness.
Please CLICK HERE to access the FEMA website.
In light of the recent events in Texas, the Annual Conference staff is exploring possibilities in holding active shooter training and related opportunities for local churches.
Please keep an eye out for information regarding these opportunities in future QuikLink publications and on the Susquehanna Conference website.
CLICK HERE to read Bishop Park's letter regarding the events in Texas.
Shawn Gilgore and Janelle Walker
Director and Associate Director of Communications Ministry
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR POSITION OPENING
Scotland and Otterbein United Methodist Churches near Chambersburg are looking for a Children's Ministries Director.
This position will be part-time at 20 hours per week.
Any person interested in developing a children and youth program should apply by December 1st.
For more information, please visit the churches' websites at www.scotlandumc.org and www.fayetteville-otterbein.org/ or call 717-352-7413.
John W Irwin D.min
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