April 6, 2018
In This Issue:
IMPORTANT PROPERTY & CASUALTY INSURANCE REMINDER
When renting out parsonages or other residential units to others, it should be a condition of your lease or rental agreement that trampolines or similar rebounding devices and above ground swimming pools NOT be permitted on the premises. This would also apply to clergy residing in church or Conference owned parsonages. It should also be a requirement that your tenant/clergy carry Renters Insurance (aka Tenants Homeowners Insurance) providing Personal Liability as well as insurance coverage on their personal belongings. The existence of trampolines and pools as well as the lack of Personal Insurance significantly increases the liability exposure of the church and/or the Conference.
Edward J. Eshleman, CPCU
Assistant Vice President
Commercial Lines Manager
STUDENT AID FUND
Student Aid Fund applications for 2018-19 school year now available
The purpose of The Student Aid Fund is to offer financial assistance to persons preparing to fulfill their call to full-time pastoral ministry in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.
● You must be a certified candidate for the ordained ministry (for deacon or elder) in the Susquehanna Annual Conference,
● The applicant must be attending or planning to attend a school approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
● The applicant must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent.
50/50 Match at UM Seminaries
We have an agreement at Wesley, Drew, Duke Divinity, United, and Garrett-Evangelical seminaries to providing matching tuition assistance. Susquehanna students at these institutions can attend tuition free - with 50% provided as a service loan from the Student Aid Fund, and 50% provided as a scholarship from the school.
THE SERVICE LOAN:
Seminary - $5,000 per year up to 4 years (or 50% match at Wesley, United, Drew, Duke, or Garrett-Evangelical seminaries)
Undergraduate - $2,000 per year up to 4 years
The Fund will forgive 20% of the Service Loan for each year of full-time pastoral service rendered under the appointment of the bishop of the Susquehanna Conference following graduation from seminary. Should the recipient fail to fulfill the agreement referred to above, the Fund will convert the Service Loan (or any unforgiven portion thereof) to a regular loan to be repaid over 10 years.
THE REGULAR LOAN:
Seminary - $1,500 per year
Undergraduate - $1,200 per year
This loan begins to accrue interest at the end of a student's career and must be repaid over a 10 year period.
Rev. Nick Keeney
CALVARY UMC, HARRISBURG, HOSTS GUEST SPEAKER MARIE MONVILLE
4700 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109
Tuesday, April 10
at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
"When all other lights go out, He still shines!" This became the anthem to Marie's life when on October 2, 2006, her then husband made a decision to hold an Amish school house hostage, forever changing life as she knew it. This is Marie's testimony, forged while moving through unthinkable circumstances, into the unfathomable love of the Father. Calvary's Stephen Ministers invite you to join them for this evening of testimony as we share in the hope of Christ. Doors open at 6 p.m.
A freewill offering will be taken.
Pastor Jeff Fisher
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAININGS
Since 2009 the Susquehanna Conference in partnership with the Mental Wellness Awareness Association, Inc. has been providing United Methodist Church Members the opportunity to take the 8 hour live, evidence based, Mental Health First Aid USA training (includes substance use disorders) at no cost from offerings received designated for Mental Health Ministries. Non-members through the church's outreach attend at a MWAA discounted cost of $50.
We encourage continued support for this valuable ministry.
REGISTER ONLINE today at:
Classes run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information contact:
The Mental Wellness Awareness Association
Sharon Engdahl, Executive Director
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS SUNDAY - MAY 20
Over the past 7 years through Mental Health Awareness Sunday Offerings approximately 25 churches throughout the Conference have hosted the live eight-hour evidenced based Mental Health First Aid USA Training, provided by the Mental Wellness Awareness Association in Pennsylvania, at no cost to church members. Non-UMC members have attended for $50. Currently three churches are hoping to host the training over the next several months. Contributions to the Mental Health Awareness Sunday Offering are essential to keeping this training going. In fact, we have less funds available than needed for the number of churches who have asked to host it.
Please plan to support this much needed training by promoting Sunday, May 20, as Mental Health Awareness Sunday. Thank you for encouraging financial support for the Mental Health First Aid program of the SUSUMC. When submitting your offering, mark your contribution for offering #4050.
Executive Director/Past President
Mental Wellness Awareness Association, Inc.
CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF THE ADVANCE: God's love at work every day
Seventy years ago this year, The Advance was born out of disaster - a postwar world where hope seemed lost for many people. Bringing people hope and healing in the hour of greatest need has been near the heart of The Advance for seven decades.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR, Advance #999895) has been central to the work of The Advance from the beginning. Whenever a natural disaster strikes anywhere in the world, UMCOR is likely to be involved, offering aid and relief in the name of Christ.
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