October 23, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
for the week of October 29 - November 4
and November 5 - November 11
October 29 - November 4
Mount Holly Springs UMC, Mount Holly Springs
St. Paul's UMC, Berwick
Lemasters UMC, Lemasters
Asbury UMC, Altoona
Otterbein UMC, Fayetteville
Fairview UMC, Morrisdale
Beavertown UMC, Beavertown
Daleville UMC, Covington Township
Mainesburg UMC, Mainesburg
Laurel Run UMC, Beech Creek
November 5 - November 11
Wesley Chapel UMC, Lewistown
Wyalusing UMC, Wyalusing
Hendrickson UMC, Danville
Trinity UMC, New Freedom
Llyswen UMC, Altoona
Montdale UMC, Scott Township
Gethsemane UMC, Morrisdale
Cove Forge UMC, Williamsburg
Union Deposit UMC, Hershey
West Nicholson UMC, Nicholson
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.
HARVEST HOME FOR WORLD HUNGER OFFERING
The annual Harvest Home for World Hunger Offering is November 19, 2017. The goal is one dollar for each member of each congregation. The offering is divided with 50 percent designated to support hunger projects within the Susquehanna Conference and 50 percent designated for UMCOR hunger projects. Grant Funds from the 2016 offering were distributed to 34 projects in the Susquehanna Conference.
For more details, view the flyer, bulletin insert, grant application and guidelines
UPCOMING TRIPS TO HAITI
The Haiti Partnership is excited to report two upcoming trips to Haiti, and to invite you to join us on a trip to Haiti. Both trips will be in conjunction with Healing Haiti, a group from Minnesota.
The first trip is January 29 thru February 5, led by Kay Love and Patty Kauffman. The second trip is March 15 thru March 26, led by Jodi Crimmel and Scott Reese. Both trips involve many kinds of service to the people of Haiti including delivering water in Cite Soleil and visiting hospitals and orphanages in the Port-au-Prince area. This pairing with Helping Haiti is a newer option for the Haiti Partnership, and we are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to the people of the Susquehanna Conference.
Please join us for a remarkable trip.
Haiti Partnership Chair
THREE OPENINGS AT GRIEF WEEKEND FOR WIDOWS, SEPARATED, AND DIVORCED
A Beginning Experience Weekend has a proven track record of helping you begin again after your loss. Larry Coleman often talks about how it helped him through the darkness to find the light at the end of that tunnel and how those who have lost a marriage and those who have lost a spouse help each other in the safe place this weekend provides for working through the grief. The November 10-12 weekend at Camp Hebron, Halifax, Pa. has three openings remaining.
This is an ecumenical ministry designed for both Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians.
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
PASTOR AND CAREGIVER: BALANCING CHURCH LEADERSHIP WITH FAMILY COMMITMENTS WEBINAR
Did you know that one out of every three clergy or their spouses will become a primary caregiver, devoting an average of 20 hours a week to this new responsibility? What do you do after a family member's diagnosis? How do you handle the day-to-day life and transitions in this painful time?
Welcome back to Webinar Wednesday, a chance for you to earn 0.1 CEUs from the comfort of your living room or office. Save travel time and gas and learn the stewardship involved in caring for a loved one while leading in ministry. Learn how to find the help, support, and knowledge you need to manage caring for family with faith and endurance.
Join us for "Pastor and Caregiver: Balancing Church Leadership with Family Commitments," presented by Peter Wong, CEO of DNA and Associates and co-author of "The Caregiver's Toolkit."
Wednesday, November 15
11 a.m. - noon
$10 Non-refundable registration. Please have a computer with a camera and good Wi-Fi connection.
Sponsored by The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation
Register online by November 10.
COURSES OFFERED ON HEALTH MINISTRY
"Being a Healing Presence: I Want to Help, but Teach Me How" and "Ministry to the Spiritual and Emotional Needs of the Older Person" are courses being offered by Paul L Yeun.
Paul has trained hundreds of lay persons and local pastors for last 18 years at the Chambersburg Hospital.
He is available as guest preacher, teaching congregations how to do pastoral care and counseling, particularly in hospitals and during nursing visitations.
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