September 12, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
for the week of September 10 - September 16
and September 17 - September 23
September 17 - September 23
St. Andrew's UMC,Valley View
Matamoras UMC, Port Royal
Bendersville UMC, Bendersville
Tatesville UMC, Everett
Heilman UMC, Montoursville
Mooresburg UMC, Mooresburg
Calvary UMC, York
Summerdale UMC, Summerdale
Lake Winola UMC, Dalton
Huntersville UMC, Muncy
September 24 - September 30
Christ UMC, Waynesboro
Wolfsburg UMC, Bedford
Mill Creek UMC, Montoursville
Mount Pleasant UMC, Port Matilda
Faith UMC, Halifax
Wyoming UMC, Wyoming
Ryde UMC, Ryde
Shamokin Dam UMC, Shamokin Dam
First UMC, Renovo
Millerstown UMC, Millerstown
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.
LEADERSHIP IN THE CONTEMPORARY SMALL CONGREGATION
with Rev. Dr. Lew Parks
Friday, September 22-Saturday, September 23, 2017
Christ UMC, Waynesboro, Pa.
This course targets those who are invested in the life of the small congregations that dot our hills, towns, and cities. It argues for the worth of those congregations based on experience, reason, tradition, and Scripture. It offers practical help for those serving in small churches who have a desire to improve their leadership skills in worship, preaching, soul care, ordering the life of the congregation, and planning a good enough future for it. It explores the politics and family dynamics of small church life. It confronts the real challenges faced by small churches but with a prejudice toward hope. The course fulfills a requirement for continued education for certified lay ministers, but would be profitable for local pastors, elders and church leaders.
The cost for each participant is $55.
1.0 CEU for certified lay ministers, local pastors, and church leaders.
View the flyer for more details and to register.
Rev. Dr. Robert Cook
PARTNERING IN MISSION: FUNDRAISING IDEAS
with Pastor Andy Ervin
Dr. Dilip Abayasekara and Pastor Andy Ervin discuss how Uriah UMC, York, raised funds for Imagine No Malaria and Mission Central.
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 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
GENERAL COMMISSION ON RELIGION AND RACE TOOLKIT FOR MINISTRY POST-CHARLOTTESVILLE
September 11, 2017, marked one month since the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that sparked counter protests, violence, and the senseless loss of life. GCORR has the explicit responsibility to challenge and equip the church and respond to those forces that would have us exclude, discriminate against, devalue, and dis-empower any of God's children. We created this toolkit to help with ministry post-Charlottesville.
A DAY OF WESLEYAN RENEWAL
The Northeast Jurisdiction Evangelical Connection and Evangelical Network are sponsoring a special event November 4 entitled A Day of Wesleyan Renewal. The event will be held at Crosspoint UMC in Harrisburg from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Mark Webb. The event will also include a presentation from the Wesleyan Covenant Association by Rev. Joe Dipaolo, and breakout sessions on the following topics:
The cost for this event is $25 to be paid at the door in cash or by check made out to the NEJEC. This includes both the registration as well as the cost for lunch.
You can register online, registration closes October 28.
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