September 21, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUSQUEHANNA CONFERENCE UN SEMINAR TO DISCUSS VIOLENCE, TERROR, AND PEACE
How should we as followers of Jesus - and United Methodists - respond to the violence we are experiencing in our communities and around the world?
What are the things that lead to peace?
An uncomfortable truth about our world is that we are surrounded by violence. Violence begets fear, and fear begets violence. Jesus famously cried over the city of Jerusalem, saying, "If only you knew on this day of all days the things that lead to peace," (Luke 19:42, CEB).
Join other sisters and brothers from the Susquehanna Conference and the United Methodist Seminar Program for three days in New York City as we learn about the connections between global and local violence, and how we can be vessels of God's peace in our communities.
See the attached flyer about the February 4-7, 2018, UN Seminar Trip sponsored by the Mission and Outreach Team of Susquehanna Conference. Cost of the trip is $395 and includes seminar, bus transportation, and shared lodging at Edison Hotel in Times Square.
The Seminar Trip is limited to 20 participants - register now!
Deadline is November 1, 2017.
Partial Scholarship funds may be available.
UPCOMING EVENTS OFFERED BY THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION, INC.
Come away for the day, for a time of Sabbath Renewal, with Rev. Pat Woolever at Orchard Hill in Millerstown. Pat is offering a series of Sabbath Days for Clergy & CLM's, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m. Mark your Calendar now and let your spirit be restored in the peace and serenity of the mountain.
Dates and Topics:
October 31 - Abiding: Making Home (Ephesians 3:17)
November 28 - Heart: Hiding these things in your heart (Luke 2:19)
March 6 - Prayer: Speaking and listening to the God who loves you (Matthew 6)
April 17 - Healing: When we have been hurt (Ephesians 4:31-5:2)
May 22 - Living: This side of Eden (Galatians 5)
Bring your lunch and relax! There will be abundant time to reflect, amble, and rest.
Cost is $25 per session, 1 CEU awarded per session
Ed Zeiders invites you to Stewartstown United Methodist Church on Friday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m. to explore what it means to live life in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Look to the life and writing of Henri Nouwen to examine the quest for holiness and wholeness. What does it mean to pursue the sacred personally, together with others, and as a deeply committed Christian?
This retreat is open to all without cost. A freewill offering will be collected. One CEU will be awarded. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
Rev Kathy Harvey Nelson
Center Director, CSF
CORR ACTION FUND GRANT EXTENDED
The CORR Action Fund Grant application submission deadline has been extended to October 4, 2017 - 5 p.m. (EDT).
Religion and Race understands that real change starts with you! If you have an idea or project that will disrupt racism and xenophobia in your community and you are part of a UM church or UMC organization in the United States, apply for the CORR Action Fund grant today.
Learn more about past CORR Action Fund recipients. Grants will be for up to $35,000 for up to 24 months beginning February 2018. Applications and all required documentation will be accepted until October 4, 2017.
RACHEL HELD EVANS EVENT AT ST. PAUL'S UMC, STATE COLLEGE
You're invited to come and hear author, blogger and speaker Rachel Held Evans on October 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's UMC in State College (250 E. College Ave). She will be giving a keynote talk titled, "Keeping the Bible Weird". This event is co-sponsored by The Wesley Foundation PSU, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State, 3rd Way Collective, and Westminster Student Fellowship. All are welcome.
Clergy and ministry leaders are invited to a special brunch October 12 at 10 a.m. with Rachel Held Evans - RSVP to Jen.
Director of The Wesley Foundation
St. Paul's UMC and Wesley Foundation
CELTIC PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND
Pilgrimage, n. - a journey to a sacred place or shrine.
Join us for a pilgrimage to Ireland, May 23-31, 2018. Explore the rich history of Celtic spirituality from the pre-Christian era through the 19th century as we visit such memorable sites as Bru Na Boinne, one of the most important Neolithic sites in the world, the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick famously lit a Paschal fire in the 5th century, and Clonmacnoise, the Cistercian monastery tranquilly located on the River Shannon. We will have opportunities to tour in Dublin, visiting the Book of Kells at Trinity University and Christ Church Cathedral, the seat of the Church of Ireland. We'll enjoy a day long retreat at the Solas Brhide Center as we unfold the legacy of St. Brigid and learn of her relevance for today. We will enjoy scenic walks in County Wicklow at Glendalough, the home of St. Kevin where he was the first abbot, later a hermit who lived in a small cave on the side of the mountain. Tour costs include all land travel, accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, two lunches, fees and guides.
Rev. Donna Hughes (She/Her/Hers)
Director for the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice (CS3)
COORDINATOR OF CARING MINISTRIES PART-TIME POSITION OPEN AT BETHANY UMC, RED LION
Bethany United Methodist Church in Red Lion, Pa (a conservative, evangelical congregation) is currently looking for a person to lead this 10 to 15 hour / week position.
We are looking for a person with a passion for Christ and a desire to serve those who are hurting and in need of pastoral care. Some of those ministries include hospital and shut-in visitations, as well as caring for those who are grieving.
To obtain a job description and/or send a resume,
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