March 15, 2018
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The next round of clergy appointments have been announced and are available to view on the conference website, www.susumc.org
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IMPORTANT PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE INFORMATION
(Churches with Childcare Operations)
While fortunately so far unrelated to the Susquehanna Conference, Philadelphia Insurance Company has received several claims for a hazard that many of us probably would not think of. We want to share this information with churches that have childcare operations with the hope of minimizing the potential for injury to children within the conference and related claims.
Injured child was outside during play time and he touched the metal exterior door to the building with both of his hands and sustained second degree burns. The state inspector investigated afterward and measured the temperature of the door to be 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
The claim file indicates that the school has been in operation for three years, and they have not ever had any prior incidents with the door. There is only one class that plays on the playground at a time, and the ratio of children to teachers is 6:2. The largest class is 16 children, and they have two teachers when they are outside. Despite the teacher/student ratio, the school may be facing a probable negligent supervision suit given what is believed to be the fact pattern.
The claim file reflects that the attorney for the injured child indicated he was transferred to the burn unit in [CITY] and was there for four days and had three debridement procedures. There was concern that the burn injuries may have a profound effect on his fine motor skills.
This serves as a reminder of the importance of carefully examining the play area(s) exposed to direct sun light with respect to hot surfaces/burn potential for children. This should include metal down spouts, doors, and any other item a small child may put their hands on during routine supervised activity.
Edward J. Eshleman, CPCU
Assistant Vice President
Commercial Lines Manager
SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR SPECIALTY ARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY CAMPS
(Please share in church bulletins and newsletters)
The Susquehanna Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries is looking for experienced artists, art teachers, and photographers for specialty art and photography camps. The adult art and photography volunteers will help with children and youth camps which incorporate art and photography into experiences of Christian faith formation.
The role of the arts and photography volunteers would be to teach young people new skills and techniques in a variety of art forms and photography that the campers can then use to explore and express themselves related to themes of life and discipleship. The volunteers will be teamed with a dean for the week who will help plan other dimensions of the camp experience, so the art and photography specialist can focus on the art expression part of the camp. If this is an area of your giftedness and experience, please consider this meaningful way to use your talents to enrich the lives of others and to be enriched yourself.
NEW RESOURCE FOR CLERGY AND CHURCH FINANCES
Pastors and churches have many questions about finances - from clergy taxes, mileage, and pensions, to procedures for counting and recording income. Can the pastor be the signer on church checking accounts? What's an ARP? Is Play-Doh a business expense?
This document, Financial Information for Churches and Pastors, is a great place to start looking for answers. This should be read and referred to as needed by clergy, SPRC, finance committees, and treasurers.
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Rev. Marian Hartman
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT ALDERSGATE CAMP AND RETREAT CENTER - NORTH SCITUATE, RI
Are you a caring Christian and a professional creative retreat and camp leader?
Are you looking for a challenge and willing to work hard to have a long-term effect on a camp and year-round retreat facility?
Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in North Scituate, Rhode Island, is searching for a skilled executive director to shepherd our summer camp and retreat ministry into the future.
The successful applicant will be able to:
The successful applicant will excel in:
View full Executive Director Job Description
Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson
Assistant to the Bishop/Director of Connectional Ministries
New England Conference, The United Methodist Church
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