December 18, 2017
In This Issue:
CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
for the week of December 24 - December 30
and December 31 - January 6
December 24 - December 30
12th Street UMC, Huntingdon
Aline UMC, Mount Pleasant Mills
East Benton UMC, Dalton
Centre UMC, Osceola Mills
Bethany UMC, Red Lion
Farragut UMC, Montoursville
Bethel UMC, Avoca
New Thing UMC, Middletown
Salem UMC, West Decatur
Congress Hill UMC, Frenchville
December 31 - Janaury 6
Bucks UMC, Newport
Antes Fort UMC, Antes Fort
Oakdale UMC, Hunlock Creek
First UMC, Mercersburg
Trinity UMC, Jersey Shore
Faith UMC, East Waterford
Christ UMC, Clearfield
Skinners Eddy UMC, Laceyville
West Hill UMC, Carlisle
St. Peter's UMC, Beavertown
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.
CONFERENCE HOLIDAY HOURS
The Conference office will be closed Friday, December 22, through Tuesday, December 26, in observance of Christmas.
The office will reopen Wednesday, December 27.
As Advent winds down, we focus on Christmastime and the birth of our Savior. How many questions about Christmas can you answer correctly?
PARTNERING IN MISSION: "TAKE A SWING AT MALARIA"
Dr. Dilip Abayasekara is back with more great ideas to help you fundraise for the Bishop's Partners in Mission going into the New Year. 'Take a Swing at Malaria' and help those in need.
2018 IRS MILEAGE RATES
The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) will be:
The business mileage rate and the medical and moving expense rates each increased 1 cent per mile from the rates for 2017. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged.
PASTORS SEEKING RETIREMENT AT THE 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Active pastors under appointment (local church and extension ministry) who are considering requesting the Retired Relationship at the 2018 Session of Annual Conference are urged to check paragraph No. 357, page 304, in the 2016 Book of Discipline. I call your attention to the second sentence of the opening statement.
"Requests for retirement shall be stated in writing to the bishop, Cabinet, and the Board of Ordained Ministry at least one hundred twenty days prior to the date on which retirement is to be effective unless waived by the bishop and Cabinet."
If you are considering retirement at the 2018 Session of Annual Conference, please be sure to honor the time restriction. As indicated in the 2016 Book of Discipline, your request should be sent to the bishop. Please copy your request letter to your district superintendent, with additional copies to the Rev. Suzanne Elliott, chairperson of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Rev. Pat Woolever, chairperson of the Board's Conference Relations Committee, and Kelly Cox, Conference Pension Officer.
If you have any additional questions, please be sure to contact your district superintendent and/or the Episcopal office.
Gregory C. Myers
Assistant to the Bishop
UM HOME FOR CHILDREN INC., JOB OPPORTUNITY - YOUTH CARE WORKERS, 2nd SHIFT
"Your Human Services Career Begins Here!"
Gain National Certification as a member of our team. The United Methodist Home for Children Inc. is pleased to offer an opportunity to be a part of our outreach ministry to kids. Challenging and rewarding full-time opportunities as a youth care worker (2nd Shift) are available to work directly with the youth living on the home's beautiful campus.
New team members are trained to become nationally certified youth care professionals. Further, college tuition assistance is available for qualified team members.
Follow the links to learn more about how you can join a community of champions for kids.
View position flyer go to www.umhcservices.org
Mary Jane Vaitl
United Methodist Home for Children Inc.
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