• "CIRCLE OF PRAYER" CHURCHES
• AUGUST ISSUE OF SUSQUEHANNA LINK IS POSTED
• EARLY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
• YOUTH SERVICE FUND GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING
• FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A SPOUSE
• FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
• "DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM"
• REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2012 PREACHERS' RETREAT
• HOLISTIC LIVING AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE: A WESLEYAN PERSPECTIVE
• OPENINGS FOR PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME STAFF IN CHRISTIAN CHILD CARE
• MISSION CENTRAL TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR MARKETPLACE AND MINISTRIES FAIR
• UNITED METHODIST NEWS
"CIRCLE OF PRAYER" CHURCHES FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9 - SEPTEMBER 15
The 950+ United Methodist congregations of the Susquehanna Conference will be praying for these ten sister churches:
Maple Lake UMC, Spring Brook Township
West Nicholson UMC, Nicholson
Mt. Nittany UMC, State College
St. Pauls UMC, State College
Pleasant Valley Bellefonte UMC, Howard
Christ Community UMC, Altoona
Bald Eagle UMC, Tyrone
Idaville UMC, Idaville
First UMC, Huntingdon
Rose Valley UMC, Trout Run
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.
AUGUST ISSUE OF SUSQUEHANNA LINK IS POSTED ON THE WEB
The August issue of Susquehanna LINK is posted at suslink.org
in both pageable and PDF format. It is also available on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
EARLY RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING
Applications must be received by Saturday September 1, 2012. Currently there are not enough people registered to have this class, 8 more are needed.
The class will be held on September 8 at Mehoopany UMC located at 4635 SR 87, Mehoopany, PA 18629-7875. The class begins promptly at 8AM and will end around 4PM.
The fee for this class is $25.00. This includes snacks, your lunch, class room materials, a flash drive with the training manual for your computer (if you have a lap top please bring it) and your badge.
Make your check payable to Susquehanna Conference UMC in the amount of $25.00 and in the memo area put ERT Training.
Registration form can be found on the Missional Board web site at www.susmb.org. Click on Disaster Response then Training on the drop down box. All participants must have background checks prior to attending the class. Information on getting a background check can be found on the www.susumc.org website. Scroll down the left side and click on Safe Sanctuaries. Follow the instructions for Trak-1background check.
Contact Ken Mengel if you have any questions.
Conference Secretary of Global Ministries
Susquehanna Conference United Methodist Church
YOUTH SERVICE FUND GRANT DEADLINE APPROACHING
The deadline for submitting a Youth Service Fund grant is September 1, 2012. The Youth Service Fund (YSF) is money that is raised by youth, administered by youth, to benefit youth. It is designed to help local churches find extra funding for youth programming. You can download the project guidelines and application by going to the Young People's Ministry webpage igniteyoungpeople.org, clicking on "Youth" and then clicking on "Youth Service Fund."
Director of Young People's Ministry and Christian Education
Susquehanna Conference of The United Methodist Church
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A SPOUSE OR A MARRIAGE
A "Beginning Experience Weekend" can be a great help in finding a new beginning to your life. If you or someone you know is experiencing the stress and grief of a loss of a marriage or spouse, consider the upcoming Beginning Experience Weekend, November 9-11, 2012 (begins at 8 p.m. Friday and ends at 5 p.m. Sunday) at Camp Hebron, 957 Camp Hebron Road, Halifax, PA 17032. A weekend works the best about 6 months after a separation or loss but even years after such an event in your life can be the right time. For an application and more information visit www.beginningexperience.org or contact Larry Coleman at 717-512-2718 or
FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
Support Neighborhood Center by selling and buying shopping passes to any Boscov's store for use on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - Friends Helping Friends Day.
Here's how it works:
You may get a quantity of them to sell for $5.00 each to your friends, family members, and acquaintances. Do not give them away. Each $5.00 is the Center's profit. The money collected is returned to Nancy Van Kirk-along with unsold passes.
Pass holders receive up to 25% discount on purchases
Oct. 16. The stub becomes the purchaser's entry into the drawing for door prizes at the store.
This fund-raiser is sponsored by The Friends of Neighborhood Center (auxiliary). Contact Nancy Van Kirk at
"DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM"
"Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem" which is a world wide movement, held the first Sunday of every October, to follow the commands of Scripture to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you" Psalm 122:6.
Pastors, consider including a prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem and Israel in your service on October 7, 2012. More information available at www.daytopray.com or CLICK HERE to download a PDF.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2012 PREACHERS' RETREAT AT MT. ASBURY
Pastoral leaders and all who are called to proclaim the Word in the congregational setting are invited to a time of refreshment and retooling at the 2012 Preachers' Retreat at Mt. Asbury United Methodist Retreat Center in Newville, PA. Dates are October 9 and 10.
Leaders are Dr. Dilip Abayasekara and Rev. Dr. Pamela Ford. 1 CEU will be granted for the event which will focus on both effective sermon delivery skills and the relationship of preacher to the congregation, the text, and the Lord! A side benefit will be learning some skills that are useful for enhancing the pastor's relationship to the congregation in ministry settings beyond the worship hour.
Registration is limited! CLICK HERE to read more about "The Preaching Connection: Tools for Transformation."
HOLISTIC LIVING AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE: A WESLEYAN PERSPECTIVE
HOLISTIC LIVING AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE:
A Wesleyan Perspective
You shall love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, soul, strength.
And you shall love your neighbor as yourself - Jesus.
Tuesdays, September 25th - December 11th
HAVE YOU EVER DIETED ONLY TO REGAIN THE WEIGHT?
BROKEN THOSE RESOLUTIONS FOR CHANGE?
WOULD YOU LIKE TRY AND BE HEALTHIER?
Karen Urbanski will be leading a twelve week study that incorporates healthy life-style choices with spiritual discipline. This is her project for her Doctor of Ministry degree, so you will be asked to take a couple of questionnaires and participate fully in the project. We will meet six times over twelve weeks including seminars dealing with healthy life choices. (Location: Wesley Foundation--State College). You will also receive e-mails or visit a blog site daily that will give pertinent information about balanced healthy living. During the twelve weeks we will follow the pattern of the Commandment that Jesus said was the most important: Loving God with all that you are!
Because this is a research project, there are some stipulations for participation.
CLICK for full details.
Rev. Karen Urbanski
OPENINGS FOR PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME STAFF IN CHRISTIAN CHILD CARE CENTER
New Creation Station has current openings for both part time and full time staff in our Christian Child Care Center. New Creation Station is a Keystone Star 3 facility with a mission to offer excellent Christian childcare to the Dover (larger York) community. Applicants need to have a minimum of 2 years experience working in the child care field, work well in a team environment, and posses a minimum of an AA in Early Childhood.
Please send resume and references to
New Creation Station is a ministry of New Creation Community (UM) Church.
MISSION CENTRAL TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR MARKETPLACE AND MINISTRIES FAIR
On Saturday, October 13th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 5th Annual MARKETPLACE AND MINISTRIES FAIR will be held at Mission Central. It is a unique combination of an indoor yard sale, craft fair, and a mission and ministries fair, with exhibits by home party consultants, live entertainment, activities for kids, delicious food, and more! In addition, our "HalloThanksMas" merchandise will be on sale to benefit Mission Central!
If you would like to rent a space for $10 to sell food, yard sale or craft items, promote your small business, etc., contact Wanda Jacobs at 717-645-7424 or
UNITED METHODIST NEWS
Click on the dates (below) to see the UMNS Daily Digests:
Tuesday, August 28
- Conferences brace for Isaac's approach
- Loan break for United Methodist students
- New business manager for General Conference
- Summer literacy program model for success
- Lon Morris College cancels fall semester
- Church program calendar available
- Volunteers bag 20,000 pounds of green beans
Wednesday, August 29
- After Haiti impact, U.S. prepares for Isaac
- UMTV: Act of Repentance
- Acts of Repentance guide stresses healing
- Angola radio called 'symbol of democracy'
- Pastor sees race issue in bishop's retirement
- Tips to grow worship attendance
Thursday, August 30
- United Methodists respond to Isaac's wrath
- Communications key to future, Africans told
- Ohioan nominated to mission post
- Southwestern U. president to retire
- Church council voices prayers for justice
- St. Louis church, partners build Ghana school
Friday, August 31
- Providing help to those in Isaac's path
- Church gets unemployed 'job ready'
- Tennessee auctioneer sells to help others
- Woodlands church offers special-needs ministry
- Garrett names dean of students
Tuesday, September 4
- Churches help homeless, others in Isaac's wake
- Isaac pushes Dillard U. to temp space
- Zimbabwe volunteers give care to HIV-positive
- Mission agency supports hearing on Pakistan
Wednesday, September 5
- Arkansas tries new job seeker, employer plan
- UMTV: Keeping God in your Job Search
- From Haiti to Louisiana in Isaac's wake
- UMCOR's Isaac response in high gear
- Assessment team visits Isaac-affected area
- Connectional Table executive resigns
- United Methodist Paralympian takes gold
- Olympic gold medalist visits home church