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Friday, December 1, 2023
UPDATE FROM THE JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE DELEGATION
Thank you for prayerfully discerning and submitting clergy for the episcopal nominee process for Jurisdictional Conference 2024. In this season, none of the clergy who were nominated have discerned to take next steps in this process. We appreciate the prayerful discernment of those clergy who were nominated. And we continue to affirm that there are clergy among us who are gifted for episcopal leadership and recognize that it appears this is not the right season for a candidate to emerge.
We do ask for your continued prayers for the delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences as well as our Bishops.
Rev. Dr. Thomas Salsgiver, Christina McDermott, and Rev. Janice Hughes
CONFERENCE BOARD OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES GRANTS
The Conference Board of Global Ministries offers grants to help churches in the Susquehanna Conference grow in their discipleship capacity in relation to loving their neighbors. Areas of particular focus are disaster relief, volunteers in missions, missions, justice, evangelism, advocacy, and training related to these topics. Grants can be applied for on a rolling basis. Our next application deadline is January 31.
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ATTENTION PASTORS SEEKING RETIREMENT AT THE 2024 AC
Active Pastors under appoint (Local Church & Ext. Ministry) who are considering requesting the Retired Relationship at the 2024 session of Annual Conference are urged to read ¶357 of The Book of Discipline of the UMC, 2016. Your request must be sent no later than February 1, 2024.
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AC 2024 RESOLUTIONS DEADLINE – FEBRUARY 5
The opportunity is here once again for you, your congregation, or any of its members to offer a resolution for consideration at the 2024 session of Annual Conference.
Resolutions will no longer be presented at Annual Conference by the Conference Board of Global Ministries. The board will receive resolution submissions and vote on them, but a representative from the board will not present the resolution at Annual Conference. The resolution writer or designee will need to present the resolution at conference.
Resolutions are to be clearly printed and sent together with supporting documentation. It is preferred that all resolutions be received electronically via email. You can email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resolutions must be received no later than February 5, 2024.
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GENERAL BOARD OF CHURCH & SOCIETY SEMINAR
February 25-28, 2024
Join colleagues and friends for a fun, educational trip to Washington, DC and the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill. This particular seminar will focus on the work of the GBCS around gun violence prevention in the United States. We will learn how to respond as a people of faith to this pressing issue.
SHEDDING LIGHT ON CANDLE SAFETY
Candles serve as an important symbol in worship for United Methodists; however, if mishandled, they can pose serious threats to both the sanctity of the event and the safety of your congregation. With the holidays quickly approaching, take some time to view this training to ensure your ministry implements appropriate precautions for a safe, secure and serene holiday season.
For the weeks of December 3 – 9
Lakeville UMC, Lakeville
*First UMC, Hollidaysburg
*Kossoh Town, Hastings – Sierra Leone
Phelps Chapel UMC, Jersey Shore
Oakville UMC, Shippensburg
St. Paul UMC, Chambersburg
Christ UMC, Mountain Top
Royer UMC, Williamsburg
Trinity UMC, Mifflin
Hope Eternal UMC, Newport
Countryside Community UMC, Clarks Summit
Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center, Windsor, NY
Practice good creation care during Christmas – United Methodists are called to be good stewards of the earth and our natural resources. Yet every year Americans produce 25% more waste during the December holidays. This video offers some simple ideas for how to create less waste during the holidays you can share with your congregation. Watch video
Bless this Advent: A Daily Devotional for the Christmas Season – Seeing the world as it really is. Practicing hope for the coming King. Celebrating generosity and love any chance we get using this free 4-week devotional (available to print or access online).
Inside you’ll find daily entries that walk you through Advent. You’ll find daily short reflections, scripture to mull over, blessings to pray, and discussion questions to ask around the dinner table. Use this guide on your own, with your family, or grab a few friends or small group to join you.