December 28, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE:
"CIRCLE OF PRAYER" CHURCHES FOR THE WEEKS OF JANUARY 1 - JANUARY 7 AND JANUARY 8 - JANUARY 14, 2017
January 1-Janaury 7
Shopes, Hummelstown (Dauphin)
Llyswen Altoona, Altoona (Blair)
Allemansville, Fallentimber (Cambria)
Fairview McConnellsburg, Harrisonville (Fulton)
Cowanesque, Cowanesque (Tioga)
Mt. Olivet Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg (Cumberland)
Amberson, Spring Run (Franklin)
McKee, East Freedom (Blair)
Zion Stone, Halifax (Dauphin)
Bethany Milton, Milton (Northumberland)
January 8-Janaury 14
Hummels, Middleburg (Snyder)
Mont Alto, Mont Alto (Franklin)
Stone Church, Berwick (Columbia)
Wesley Chapel Huntingdon, Huntingdon (Huntingdon)
St. Johns Chambersburg, Chambersburg (Franklin)
Bryansville, Delta (York)
Emmanuel Windsor, Windsor (York)
North Towanda, Towanda (Bradford)
Scotland, Scotland (Franklin)
Meshoppen, Meshoppen (Wyoming)
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 OFFICE HOLIDAY HOURS
The Conference office will be closing at Noon on Friday, December 30 and will be closed through Monday, January 2 in observance of New Years.
The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.
Happy New Year!
DISCOVERY PLACE HOLIDAY HOURS
Discovery Place will be closed in the afternoons during the holidays. Our hours will be 9 a.m. - noon December 28-30, 2016. We will be closed January 2, 2017, and re-open with our regular hours (9 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.) Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE SEMINAR TO GENERAL BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY FEBRUARY 5-8
Registration Deadline December 31
Issues related to homelessness and poverty will be the study topic of the 2017 Susquehanna Conference Seminar Trip to the General Board of Church and Society's United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., February 5 - 8, 2017. Participants will learn how to better address these issues as a people of faith in our local communities and how to create systems change through legislative advocacy.
Over 45 million Americans are still struggling with poverty. For the poorest Americans, the problem is getting worse. One in five children live below the poverty line. Approximately 19.4 million Americans live in deep poverty (a family of four living on less than $12,129 a year). While homelessness rates are going down, it remains a major problem. On a given night in January 2015, over half a million Americans were considered homeless.
Past seminars have had speakers from the National Coalition for the Homelessness, Jobs with Justice, Children's Defense Fund, NAACP, and staff from the General Board of Church and Society. The seminar will include an opportunity to meet with Pennsylvania's U.S. senators and/or members of their staff. There will also be free time to explore D.C. More details upon registration.
Cost is $375, which includes coach bus transportation, lodging at the Hotel Harrington in Washington, D.C., (single rooms available at an additional cost), and meals and materials at the GBCS. Participants should bring money for metro transportation, meals not eaten at the GBCS, a tip for the bus driver, and any other personal expenses.
A coach bus will depart from two locations in the Susquehanna Conference. We will promptly depart from First UMC, Williamsport, 604 Market St., Williamsport, at 3 p.m., and Paxton UMC, 3350 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, around 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 5. The group will return to Paxton UMC around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, with the bus continuing to Williamsport.
See the flyer and registration information here.
Contact person is Rev. Andrew Burd-Harris at
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MISSION CENTRAL
MissionLINK December 22, 2016
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SUBMIT NAMES OF COLLEGE STUDENTS TO CAMPUS MINISTRIES
The college years can be challenging, and United Methodist students should know that on many college campuses there are campus ministries to support and strengthen their faith life.
If in your congregation there are students attending the following colleges, you can help to connect them with their campus minister by filling out the form found here: http://tinyurl.com/sushighered
An email will be sent to that college's campus minister alerting them to your student's presence on their campus, and the campus minister will reach out to them.
At the above link you can also find a contact list for the campus ministers at each of the above colleges and information on United Methodist Scholarships.
Lisa Bender, Connectional Ministries Office
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