QuikLINK for Tuesday, November 7, 2017, No. 17168

Issue:  17168
November 7, 2017

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  • CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
  • OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018 FOR ACTIVE PASTORS
  • REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2018 BISHOP'S CLERGY FAMILY RETREAT
  • INTERNATIONAL PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK RESOURCES
  • NOVEMBER-DECEMBER MINISTRY RESOURCE PACKET ONLINE
  • AARP TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  • CHILDREN'S HOME NEEDS OUTDOOR SPEAKER SYSTEM
  • UNITED METHODIST NEWS
     


 
CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
for the week of November 12 - November 18
and November 19 - November 25

 
November 12 - November 18
Ulysses UMC, Ulysses
Paddletown St. Paul's UMC, Etters
Fairmount Springs UMC, Benton
Salem Community Church, Hamlin
Albright Bethune UMC, State College
Mount Olivet UMC, Mechanicsburg
Strawbridge Kedron UMC, Hughesville
Grazierville UMC, Tyrone
Trinity UMC, Bloomsburg
Faith UMC, Bellefonte

November 19 - November 25
Bethel UMC, Avoca
Summit Hill UMC, Morrisdale
Lightstreet UMC, Bloomsburg
Canton Ecumenical Church, Canton
Young's UMC, Mechanicsburg
Christ UMC, Yorkana
Little Cove UMC, Mercersburg
Union Dale UMC, Union Dale
Walnut Grove UMC, Newport
Faith UMC, Wapwallopen

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.
 



OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018 FOR ACTIVE PASTORS
 
The 2018 Annual Election for health insurance started Wednesday, November 1, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. Annual Election is your ONLY opportunity to select pre-tax savings for 2018 through flexible spending accounts as well as dependent care accounts. The IRS released that the health care FSA limits will be increased to $2,650 for 2018.
 
To make your selection(s), please visit wespath.org and log in to HealthFlex/WebMD and select "HealthFlex Plan Benefits" or "Annual Election."  
 
If you need help logging in to your WebMD account, please call WebMD Customer Support at 1-866-302-5742.
 
For more information, and to use Alex, an online support tool, please CLICK HERE for a PDF document.
 
 
Kelly Cox
Conference Benefits Officer
 



REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2018 BISHOP'S CLERGY FAMILY RETREAT  
 
Join Bishop Jeremiah J. Park and keynote speaker Tom Berlin at Hershey Lodge for the Bishop's Retreat for Our Clergy Families January 15-17, 2018.
 
There will also be a special pre-conference session at the Bishop's Retreat on Monday, Januay 15, 2018, from 1-4 p.m. This is open to both clergy and laity. Tom will address ways that both clergy and laity can join together in designing worship to support fruitful ministry of the church in the world.

View the Bishop's Retreat Flyer
 
View the Pre-Conference Session Flyer

Registration deadline for both events is November 30, 2017.
If you plan to attend both events, you must register for both.

Register online today.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Stutler, Co-Chair, Bishop's Retreat Committee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 



INTERNATIONAL PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK RESOURCES
 
Are you already ready to begin thinking about life post-holidays?  
 
The Bishop's Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns invites you to begin planning for the Week of International Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25, 2018). The theme for this year's week of prayer is "Your hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power," from Exodus  15:6.  
 
Resources are available
 
Like our Facebook page for more ideas and resources.
 
 



 
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER MINISTRY RESOURCE PACKET ONLINE  
 
Check out the latest edition of the Ministry Resource Packet. Find announcements, flyers, and more to share with your church leaders and congregations. Here's a sampling of what's included:

  •     Bishop's Retreat deadline, November 30
  •     Dr. Rick Love to present in Williamsport November 17-18
  •     World Hunger Offering
  •     Mental Health First Aid training, December 2
  •     Mission Central Toy Drive
  •     Homes Christmas Offering
  •     Young Adult Mission Trip to Costa Rica
  •     Summer Camp schedules
  •     and more!

You can scroll through the entire packet or use links to open individual pages.

Access what you need when you want it. Forward pages electronically to members of the congregation. Print event flyers to post on church bulletin boards.

Any questions or suggestions, contact Lisa Bender, Executive Secretary, Connectional Ministries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   
 



AARP TAX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
MissionLINK - November 3, 2017

 
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CHILDREN'S HOME NEEDS OUTDOOR SPEAKER SYSTEM
 
The United Methodist Home for Children in Mechanicsburg, Pa., needs an outdoor speaker system, which would be used to broadcast messages on the campus in the event of an emergency. This could be a used system, with only one speaker, in good working condition.   
 
Please contact Duane Shearer, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, at 717-766-7652, x276 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 



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