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Friday, August 18, 2023
NEW EPISCOPAL OFFICE EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT ANNOUNCED: CINDY WEAVER
Bishop Moore-Koikoi and Bishop Steiner Ball are excited to announce that Ms. Cindy Weaver has been chosen to succeed Ms. Mollye Inners as the Episcopal Executive Administrative Assistant. Cindy will take over the duties with the retirement of Mollye. READ MORE
REMINDER FROM THE BOARD OF ORDAINED MINISTRY
As part of our commitment to continuing formation for pastors, the Board of Ordained Ministry wants to remind you of the resources available through the Ministerial Education Fund. This fund allocates up to $2000 per quadrennium ($500 per year equivalent) to all active clergy, including full-time, part-time, and retired.
Funds can be used to cover costs for smaller trainings, such as webinars. They can also be used for larger events, such as Level Up: New Places for New People.
To apply for fund reimbursement, please fill out the Continuing Formation Fund Application, found on the Board’s website at https://susumc.org/clergy-continuing-formation/
If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Larry L. Leland, Jr., Board of Ordained Ministry Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMP & RETREAT MINISTRY (CRM) IS SEEKING A PROJECT MANAGER
The Susquehanna Conference Camp & Retreat Ministry is now hiring a Vision Forward Project Manager to help implement a new strategic plan. This position will work with our directors and the executive board to manage communications and timelines for working groups, develop stories and promotional pieces highlighting our efforts, and establish strong relationships with new partners who will help expand the reach and impact of the ministry. This work is expected to take approximately 18 months and candidates with project management software experience are preferred.
For more details, see our job description. Interested candidates should apply at email@example.com. Interviews will be performed on a rolling basis.
LAY SERVANT MINISTRY CLASSES
The Harrisburg District Lay Servant Committee is pleased to offer four opportunities for coursework this fall. LEARN MORE
BOUNDARIES TRAINING OPPORTUNITY UPDATE
All clergy, CLM’s and laity (including church staff) who function in a pastoral role are required to take Boundaries every four years. This is the required course that fulfills the initial Boundaries requirement and also satisfies the 4 year renewal requirement.
- A Boundaries Training will be held on September 5, 2023 (9 am – 3 pm) at Woodycrest UMC, 219 W. Clearview Ave, State College with a working lunch. Instructor will be Rev. Marian Hartman. REGISTER HERE
2nd ANNUAL CAMP FANCY GALA
Saturday, September 9 (4 – 8 PM)
The Conference Center at Central Penn College, Summerdale, PA
Everyone who values the power of Camp and Retreat experiences to change lives, this invitation is for you! Come one and come all for an evening of inspiration, fun, and generosity.
Camp Fancy means you can choose your attire from prom night outfits to outdoor gear just be sure to have one part of your outfit that is “fancy” as part of the celebration.
Enjoy a catered meal as we honor Mike and Nadine Ogden, hear stories of making a difference, and raise needed funds for Camp & Retreat Ministry. Do good while you have a good time doing it! We hope you can join us!
RETIRED MINISTERS’ FELLOWSHIP MEETING
The Retired Ministers’ Fellowship of the Susquehanna Conference will meet on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Otterbein UMC, 647 Forge Road, Carlisle. There will be coffee fellowship at 9:30 a.m; devotions, a program and a business meeting at 10; and lunch at noon. The program will be a soloist, handbells, and a piano-organ duet. Reservations may be made with Rev. Myron Jones, 669 Asbury Lane, Altoona, PA 16601-8710. DOWNLOAD RSVP FORM
UPCOMING WEBINAR SERIES
Glimpses of the Beloved Community and How to Achieve It
CEU’s are available
Laity and Clergy, please join us on Thursday, October 12 (6:30 – 7:30pm) for the fourth in a series of webinar conversations hosted by The Beloved Community Commission. This webinar will be with Rev. Luther B. Felder, Campus Pastor and Assistant Professor of Theology at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia; speaking with us about Glimpses of the Beloved Community and How to Achieve It.
LEARN MORE & REGISTER TODAY
YOUTH WORKERS’ RETREAT
Just like a youth retreat…but without the youth!
November 3-4, 2023 at Wesley Forest Camp & Retreat Center.
Come for a time to connect with other youth leaders from all over the conference and find renewal for your life and ministry.
Opportunities include a workshop on using creative dislocation to foster faith formation in your community, one on one coaching, and information sessions on how conference connections can support your local ministries! There will also be optional renewal opportunities including a guided prayer walk, yoga, and time for rest.
This year you are invited to come early on Friday to enjoy time at Wesley Forest before our gathering begins
Cost $25 Childcare is available and is included
Register by October 15
HARRIET TUBMAN COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE
Col. Karen Meeker, a Susquehanna Conference pastor serving in the US Army, shared information about a Harriet Tubman Commemoration to be held Wednesday, August 23 at 10:30am during the Army Women Chaplains Conference in Washington, DC. This commemoration can be watched online. See press release and information to watch.
For the weeks of August 20 – 26
Daggett UMC, Millerton
Madera UMC, Madera
Woodycrest UMC, Port Matilda
Clarks Summit UMC, Clarks Summit
Stairville UMC, Wapwallopen
Christ UMC, Tower City
Atkinson Mills UMC, McVeytown
Shunk UMC, Shunk
Albright UMC, Wilkes Barre
*Stewartstown UMC, Stewartstown
*Lowoma, Lowoma – Sierra Leone
Greene Hills Camp/Retreat Center & RV Park, Alexandria
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