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QuikLINK for Thursday, December 7, 2017, No. 17192

Issue:  17192
December 7, 2017

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • THE UNITED METHODIST ADVENT QUIZ
  • COLORING ADVENT: CREATIVE DEVOTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS
  • "HOPE FOR HOME GUATEMALA" MISSIONARY PRESENTATION
  • UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS FOR FBI CLEARANCES
  • IMPORTANT PROPERTY & CASUALTY LOSS PREVENTION INFORMATION
  • RECALCULATING YOUTH RALLY REMINDER
  • YOUTH LAY MEMBERS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018
  • MUSICIAN POSITION OPEN AT GOULDSBORO UMC
  • UNITED METHODIST NEWS SERVICE
     

  
 THE UNITED METHODIST ADVENT QUIZ   
   
These weeks before Christmas are filled with Scripture, songs, and symbolism. How much do you know about the Advent season?
 
Take Quiz
 
 



COLORING ADVENT: CREATIVE DEVOTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS
 
There are many ways to prepare your heart and soul for Christmas. You may attend a children's Christmas pageant, join an Advent Bible study, or read a meaningful book. Coloring Advent: An Adult Coloring Book for the Journey to Bethlehem offers a unique way to approach your devotional time, a coloring page for each day of Advent.

Read More
 
 


 
"HOPE FOR HOME GUATEMALA" MISSIONARY PRESENTATION   
 
Saturday, December 9, 2017
5 p.m. - Covered Dish Supper
6:30 p.m. - Presentation
Neidig Memorial United Methodist Church
1251 Highland St.
Oberlin, PA 17113

Join friends Dale and Anita Beyer and their family, on leave from Guatemala, as they share about their involvement in various ministries in Guatemala with us.

View Flyer for more details
 
Jeannette Keezel
Discipleship Chair
Neidig Memorial UMC
 


 
UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS FOR FBI CLEARANCES

Thank you for your patience. The new FBI Clearance process is up and running on Identogo.com. A Service Code is needed to sign up.  There is a Service Code for Employees and a different Service Code for Volunteers.

INSTRUCTIONS/SERVICE CODE FOR CLERGY and EMPLOYEES:

 FBI CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT (Fingerprint-based background check)
a. Go to https://www.identogo.com. This is a new system effective November 30, 2017.
b. Click on "Get fingerprinted." Enter your state.
c. Click on "Digital Fingerprinting." Enter Service Code: 1KG756: Employees older than 14 years old with Contact with Children.
d. Schedule appointment. This will step you through the process to sign up for an appointment at a center of your choice in your region.
e. Estimated amount due is $22.60
f. Call the Helpdesk at 844-321-2124 if assistance is needed.


INSTRUCTIONS/SERVICE CODE FOR VOLUNTEERS;

FBI CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT (Fingerprint-based background check)
a. Go to https://www.identogo.com This is a new system effective November 30, 2017.
b. Click on "Get fingerprinted." Put in your state.
c. Click on "Digital Fingerprinting." Enter Service Code: 1KG6ZJ: DHS Volunteer
d. Schedule appointment. This will step you through the process to sign up for an appointment at a center of your choice in your region.
e. Estimated amount due is $21.35
f. Call the Helpdesk at 844-321-2124 if assistance is needed.

Revised full instructions for all clearances are posted on our conference website at: http://www.susumc.org/index.php/about-us/safe-sanctuaries

Please pass this information along to the persons in your church in charge of Safe Sanctuaries.

Thomas L. Salsgiver
Director of Connectional Ministries
Legal Services and Personnel

 


 
IMPORTANT PROPERTY & CASUALTY LOSS PREVENTION INFORMATION

While not exclusive to this time of year, as many of us are adding numerous Christmas decorations to our buildings, it seems like an appropriate time to provide some important information regarding safe use of power strips and extension cords. A recent fire within the conference was directly attributable to the improper use of these devices.
 
As we approach the end of the year, I would also like to share with you some of the most common safety issues found during insurance company inspections this year. Philadelphia Insurance Company Loss Control Representatives can assist you by recommending corrective actions that can reduce these exposures to loss.


1. Candle Storage (placing candles in combustible containers such as cardboard boxes after use creates significant fire hazard).
 
2. Commercial Cooking (improper clearances from combustible materials; grease-filled exhaust filters; outdated extinguisher inspections create a fire hazard).

3. Fire Exits (exits blocked or even partially obstructed by stored items, furniture, or other impediments create a dangerous life safety hazard in the event of an emergency).

4. Electrical Outlets (unguarded/uncovered outlets located where children can access them create a life safety hazard).

5. Shelving (shelving that is not secured to walls in areas where children could climb them and pull shelves down on them creates a risk of serious bodily injury).

6. Cribs (use of cribs with drop-rail sides creates a risk of serious bodily injury).

7. Fire Doors (interior-rated fire doors propped open defeats their intended purpose of containing a fire).

8. Extension Cord Use (overloading or stringing together multiple extension cords creates a dangerous fire hazard).

9. Playground Surfacing (playground equipment situated directly on the ground or paved surfaces providing no protection to a falling child increases the risk of serious bodily injury).

10. Balcony Railing Height (outdated low balcony railings creates a dangerous fall hazard).
 
 
Edward J. Eshleman, CPCU
Assistant Vice President
Commercial Lines Manager

 



RECALCULATING ... YOUTH RALLY REMINDER
 
We want to remind you that the Young People's Ministry Council is holding a FREE youth rally at:
 
Shepherdstown UMC
1934 South York Street, Mechanicsburg,
Sunday, January 7, 2018
(snow date January 14)
from 3-7 p.m.
 
There will be small group discussions lead by student leaders, multiple mission projects, and, of course, icebreakers!
 
We will also all worship together with a youth praise band, as well as youth lead Scripture, prayers, and testimonies. We suggest students 7-12 grade attend, as the material may not be developmentally appropriate for younger students.
 
Registration for this location is open until January 2, 2018, at https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=280891
 
For additional dates and locations, please visit the YPMC Web site, igniteyoungpeople.org
 
If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Wilder by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Audrey Wilder
Director of Young People's Ministry
 



YOUTH LAY MEMBERS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018
   
Youth who 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 (cost of meals Wednesday-Saturday). The Young People's Ministry Annual Conference Scholarship Fund will cover all rooming costs for youth members to attend.
 
If you have any questions, you may contact the Director of Young People's Ministry, Audrey Wilder, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Annual Conference Session 2018 will be held May 31-June 2 at the Hershey Lodge.

Audrey Wilder
Director of Young People's Ministry

 



MUSICIAN POSITION OPEN AT GOULDSBORO UMC
 
The Gouldsboro United Methodist Church is looking for a musician (pianist and organist) to provide music for our 11 a.m. Sunday services. Ideally, this person would also play for special services such as weddings when available, as well as direct our small choir.

However, our most urgent need is a musician for our Sunday services starting February, 2018.
 
 
Judy Clark
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
570-842-0830
570-800-3510 (cell)
 



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