May 21, 2018
In This Issue:
CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
for the week of May 27 - June 2 and June 3 - 9
May 27 - June 2
Cornelius Chapel UMC, Mapleton Depot
Emmanuel UMC, Middletown
Lamar UMC, Lamar
Paxtonville UMC, Paxtonville
United Church of Nelson, Nelson
Jaggard First UMC, Altoona
Bethel UMC, Brogue
Athens UMC, Athens
Shermans Dale UMC, Shermans Dale
Thornhurst UMC, Thornhurst
June 3 - 9
Calvary UMC, West Decatur
Idaville UMC, Idaville
Simpson Temple United Parish, Altoona
Braman UMC, Equinunk
Kitchens UMC, Millville
Milan UMC, Milan
Six Mile Run UMC, Defiance
First UMC, Pittston
Grace UMC, Philipsburg
Trinity UMC, Dalmatiat
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.
DISCOVERY PLACE HOURS FOR MAY
Discovery Place will be closed May 21 - 28, and again May 31 and June 1 during Annual Conference.
On May 29 - 30 I will respond to e-mails and process any orders received while we were closed.
Thank you for your patience.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT VOTE
On May 16, 2016, at a session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church held in Portland, Oregon, the following Constitutional Amendment was adopted by a recorded vote of 746 Yes, 56 No (Calendar Item 121, DCA p. 2106). The text of this amendment as distributed to the annual conferences in 2016 was found to be in error. The corrected text is now presented to the annual conferences for vote.
A vote on the corrected text of the Constitutional Amendment will take place during this year's session of the Susquehanna Annual Conference. Since the information was received after the publication of this year's Annual Conference workbook, a copy of the amendment's text is available online. Information regarding those eligible to vote on Constitutional Amendments is on the website as well. In addition, hard copies of the text will be made available at Annual Conference for all clergy and lay members.
Thank you for giving your attention to this important piece of business for the work of our Annual Conference in just a few weeks.
Rev. Larry L. Leland Jr.
Acting Conference Secretary
FOLLOW-UP TO RESOLUTION 4 APPROVED AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017
A new brochure about Wespath's "Social Values Choice" funds that includes information and clear instructions on how to invest in these funds is available.
Resolution 4, "Consider Investing in Wespath's Equity Social Values Plus Fund," was approved at Susquehanna Annual Conference in May 2017. It asked clergy and lay employee participants and the annual conference to consider the fund for the portion of their accounts invested in equities.
The new "Social Values Choice" suite of funds includes this now renamed equities fund along with a bond fund and a U.S. Treasuries fund. This suite of funds has been designed with a heightened focus on companies' environmental and social performance.
The three funds in this suite are:
Social Values Choice Equity Fund
Social Values Choice Bond Fund
U.S. Treasury Inflation Protection Fund
These funds exclude fossil fuel reserves used for energy purposes, and specific companies named in annual conference resolutions concerning Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Read more about the funds within the Social Values Choice Suite of Funds.
ORGANIST/PIANIST POSITION OPEN AT BETHANY UMC, MARYSVILLE
Organist/pianist needed at Bethany United Methodist Church in Marysville, beginning in August.
If interested, please contact Bethany UMC at 717-957-2030
Pastor Laura Kincaid
TWO POSITIONS OPEN AT MESSIAH UMC, SHIPPENSBURG
Youth Ministry Coordinator:
Candidate must possess:
1. Commitment to Jesus Christ and His church
2. Ability to build relationships with youth and families
3. Experience and/or education in youth ministry
4. Willingness to delegate responsibility
Principle Duties include:
1. Build disciplining relationships with the youth
2. Develop a youth ministry encompassing the needs of all youth while fostering support of youth in the context of their daily lives
3. Recruit advisers and/or workers for all youth programs, and promote participation in training/enrichment activities for program personnel
4. Stimulate interest, lead and/or empower youth in the planning and facilitation of social, recreational, educational, and service activities such as retreats, educational trips, work projects, sports events, volunteer service, fundraising projects, denominational events, ecumenical programs, camping trips
5. Serve as a spiritual resource person to youth, parents, and volunteers
6. Participate in staff meetings with the pastor for review and evaluation of programs, scheduling events, and goal setting
Children's Ministry coordinator:
1. Commitment to Jesus Christ and His church
2. Ability to build relationships with children and families
3. Experience and/or education in children ministry
4. Demonstrated ability to delegate responsibilities
1. Help children grow in their faith
2. Develop and maintain a written and tangible ministry plan that consists of the vision of the children's ministry. Include action items for implementation that is biblical, child-centered, and relevant for all children's programs. The plan shall address a coordinated team approach with all areas of the children's program covering infants to 6th graders.
3. Co-develop (with other ministry leaders) a family oriented VBS
4. Co-develop (with other ministry leaders) a summer ministry program (Kid's Club) for children
5. Implement Messiah's "safe sanctuaries" policy.
6. Regularly attend staff meetings, leadership team, and other team meetings as needed.
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