April 24, 2018
In This Issue:
REGISTRATION FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE ENDS APRIL 30
Please see the conference website www.susumc.org and click on the banner that says "Better Together: One with Christ" 2018 Annual Conference where you will find the Registration Book, which you should read in preparation for registration which will be at the same site starting Tuesday at noon. All registrations for annual conference will be online. Your registration is not considered complete until payment has been received. (If paying by check, the deadline for payment is May 18). There are limited single rooms available so you are encouraged to register with a roommate. If you register for a double room and do not designate a roommate one will be assigned. If you are planning to commute you also need to register online for a name tag. A commuter meal package can be purchased online for $175.
NEW THIS YEAR: "Pre-Conference Workshops" from 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Trinity UMC, Hummelstown. If you are planning to attend these workshops, you must register when registering for Annual Conference. There is a fee of $25 per person. If you plan to stay at the Hershey Lodge Wednesday evening, be sure to add the extra night lodging on your registration.
If you are not attending Annual Conference, you can still register for the Pre-Conference workshops. Please pass this on to your church staff and volunteers as everyone is invited to these educational experiences.
For more details about the Pre-Conference workshops go to susumc.org/workshops
Any registration questions can be directed to
Gloria McElwee, Annual Conference Registrar
Phone: 717-766-7441 Ext. 3605
PRE-ORDERS HELP EVERYONE
If you are interested in a workbook or "Better Together" shirt, please pre-order during the registration process. There will be very limited quantities of workbooks and shirts for sale at Annual Conference. Workbooks are $12.00 for pick up at AC, or $16.50 for pre-AC delivery. Green t-shirts are $10.00-13.00 and heather grey polos are $24.00-27.00 depending on size. Shirts will only be available for pick-up at Annual Conference. We will not be able to ship shirts before the event this year.
DONATIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE ALTAR FLOWERS AND SERVICE BULLETINS
Amounts of $15 or more may be given toward the purchase of flowers for the platform. Names of contributors, and of those persons to be honored or memorialized, will be printed in the Susquehanna DailyLINK. Name(s) and telephone number(s), contributor(s), and the typed/clearly printed name of the honored or memorialized person(s) must be included with the request and payment.
Request and payment must be received by May 1 at the Conference Connectional Ministries Office:
Attn: Lisa Bender
303 Mulberry Dr.
Mechanicsburg PA 17050-3179
THINGS TO BRING TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR WORSHIP
Bring a cross -
For over 2000 years, Christians have rallied round a common symbol that represents our Savior, Jesus Christ--and that symbol is the cross. They come in many shapes, varieties, and sizes, but all are representing the same Jesus. This year at Annual Conference we will have many moments to remember that we are One with Christ and are seeking to be in tune with Him. Please bring a small cross that has some significance or sentimental meaning to you when you come to AC this year. Perhaps a cross that is a piece of jewelry, or a pocket cross, or a small hand-held prayer cross, etc. Throughout our times of worship, we will take time to clutch the cross we have brought, to pray, and to remember that we are in fact, One with Christ, and seeking to be in tune with Him. A limited number of crosses will be available at the Bishop's Partners in Mission display table for a donation to this fund.
Donate stoles -
We will once again be collecting stoles to remember pastors who have died in the last year and then to give to pastors in Sierra Leone. Please bring unneeded stoles with you to Annual Conference and place in the bin outside clergy session on Thursday morning.
OR send stoles to
Rev. Janet Durrwachter,
First United Methodist Church
604 Market St.
Williamsport, PA 17701
HIGHLIGHTS & SPECIAL MEALS AT THE HERSHEY LODGE
Thursday, May 31
- Clergy Session - 10:30 a.m., Blue Room
- Laity Session - 10:30 a.m., White Room
- Opening Worship Celebration - 2:15-3:15 p.m., Blue and White
Room, Bishop Park, preaching
- Memorial Service, 7:30 p.m. - Blue and White Room, Rev. Marian
Friday, June 1
- Keynote by Kay Kotan during Plenary 2 (morning),
Blue and White Room
- Small Table Discussion Time with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball during
Plenary 3 (afternoon), Chocolate Ballroom and Red Room
- Celebration of Ministry - 7:30 p.m., Blue and White Room, includes
testimonies by representative clergy
Saturday, June 2
- Bible Study, Bishop Steiner Ball, during Plenary 4 (morning),
Blue and White Room
- Ordination Service - 1:30 p.m., Blue and White Room
Special Meals - By Invitation/Reservation
Wednesday, May 30
- Board of Ordained Ministry - 5:30 p.m., Crystal A
Thursday, May 31
- Preachers Aid Society Meeting - 12 noon, Cocoa Suite 1
- Memorial Dinner - 5:30 p.m., Cocoa Suite 1/Cocoa Terrace
- Fellowship of Local Pastors - 5:30 p.m., Magnolia A, B, C, D
Friday, June 1
- Extension Ministries Breakfast - 7 a.m., Cocoa Suite 6
- Awards Luncheon - 12 noon, Cocoa Suite 1/Cocoa Terrace
- Wesley Seminary Alumni Lunch - 12:30 p.m., Cocoa Suite 6
- Ministry Night Dinner - 5:30 p.m., Crystal A