November 27, 2017
In This Issue:
CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
for the week of December 3 - December 9
and December 10 - December 16
December 3 - December 9
Bethany UMC, Berwick
Valley Salem UMC, Milroy
Lykens UMC, Lykens
Abrahamsville UMC, Damascus
Aldersgate UMC, Mifflintown
Bowman's Chapel UMC, Mapleton
Trout Run UMC, Trout Run
Adamsville UMC, Red Lion
Powell UMC, Powell
Lake Street UMC, Woodland
December 10 - December 16
Lookout UMC, Honesdale
Concord UMC, Concord
Saginaw Community UMC, Mount Wolf
Granville UMC, Granville
Bethel UMC, Williamsport
New Bloomfield UMC, New Bloomfield
Jerseytown UMC, Jerseytown
Community Church of Great Bend, Great Bend
Fourth UMC, York
Shiremanstown UMC, Shiremanstown
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.
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 BISHOP'S RETREAT
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR THE BISHOP'S RETREAT 2018?
The Bishop's Retreat is wonderful time of fellowship, renewal and learning. Set at Hershey Lodge, all who attend will find it a restful and invigorating experience.
The pre-conference session begins at 1:00 pm. Monday, January 15 and will be led by Pastor Barbara Miner.
Pastor Miner is a Local Pastor and Director of Worship at Floris UMC. She will engage participants in tactical ideas that result in improved worship attendance, as well as creative worship ideas.
The Retreat Sessions will be led by Rev. Tom Berlin, Senior Pastor of Floris UMC. Tom is in demand as a speaker throughout the denomination. The sessions that Tom will lead along with Barbara Miner include the power of vision, and moving from goal setting to implementation of ministry; stewardship and how to motivate your church members; and your congregation to grow in their discipleship as they become more generous with their time, talent and money.
The Retreat will also feature great speakers that will help you equip your congregation for even more faithful ministry, time for worship, and time for rest and retreat.
Bishop Park has encouraged every Pastor Parish Committee to provide financial support for our pastors and/or their families to attend.
The granting of CEU's will include .3 for the pre-conference session and 1.0 for the retreat.
Hershey will honor the special room rate for those who wish to come early and stay Sunday evening.
Contact Hershey Lodge at (844)-330-1802 for reservations for Sunday night or Wednesday night after the event.
Registrations can be made HERE.
Registration closes at midnight, November 30, 2017.
YOUTH LAY MEMBERS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018
Youth that would like to serve as a lay member at large to Annual Conference 2018, please fill out this form by Monday, January 8, 2018.
If your church/charge elected a youth to represent you as the lay member or the elected alternate, please alert Audrey Wilder to this wonderful support of youth leadership.
The cost for youth to attend Annual Conference will be $245.00 (cost of meals Wednesday-Saturday). The Young People's Ministry Annual Conference Scholarship Fund will cover all rooming costs for youth members to attend.
Annual Conference Session 2018 will be held May 31-June 2 at the Hershey Lodge.
YOUNG ADULT MISSION OPPORTUNITY
The VIM Council together with the YPMC is excited to offer a short-term mission opportunity March 3 - 11, 2018 to serve in Costa Rica. The team will be led by VIM Director Curt Knouse. Team member applications will be accepted from those 18-30 years old.
A $100 deposit along with an application is required to hold 1 of the 15 spots. The total cost of the experience will be $1,650 dollars.
SENIOR DAY AT MOUNT ASBURY - DECEMBER 6
Join us for Fellowship, Food and Fun!
Come to Mount Asbury and enjoy the beauty God has given us in the natural surrounding of Mount Asbury.
Check in time will be between 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy our Pennsylvania home-cooking Buffet from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
We will have a small fellowship time from 12:30 - 1 p.m.
Our afternoon activity will follow from 1 - 2 p.m.
We will be making yummy Christmas goodies. The day will finish by the fireplace as we sing Christmas Songs.
We hope you can join us! This event has an all-inclusive price of $15 per person. A great way to get out and meet new people.
View Flyer for more details
Mount Asbury Site Manager
CONFERENCE OFFICE SUSPENDS USAGE OF TOLL FREE-PHONE NUMBERS
Beginning January 1, 2018, the conference office will suspend the usage of the 1-800 toll-free numbers.
The main contact number for the conference office will be 717-766-7441.
To contact specific departments, please see the list below:
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT SCOTLAND AND OTTERBEIN UM CHURCHES
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 1.
For more information, please visit the churches' Web sites at www.scotlandumc.org and www.fayetteville-otterbein.org/ or call 717-352-7413.
John W. Irwin, D.Min.
NEW WEBSITE FOR FBI FINGERPRINTING AND CLEARANCES
We have received a notice that from November 18 - November 28, 2017, PA residents cannot get their background check that requires fingerprints (FBI Clearance). The reason is that the Commonwealth is in the process of changing the suppliers that perform fingerprint background checks.
All 'new applicants' will be required to begin a new pre-registration with the new Commonwealth supplier, MorphoTrust, on November 28, 2017.
Applicants may visit the new supplier website at https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania
FAQs FOR NEW FINGERPRINTING INFORMATION (PDF)
We were informed that the service should be available starting on
November 28, 2017. There will be several locations throughout the Susquehanna Conference area.
Director of Connectional Ministries
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