QuikLINK – March 15, 2024


Alive in Christ together we embody the beloved community of disciple-making congregations

Friday, March 15, 2024



Mark your Calendars!
The 2024 Session of Annual Conference will be held at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, Pa, Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, June 1.

Registration will ONLY be open March 25 – April 22, 2024
There will not be a Registration Fee this year!

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As soon as the schedule has been finalized, we will be sending it out.

Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each attendee. View hotel information

Questions may be directed to Chris Sims, Annual Conference Registrar at one of the following, email: registrar@susumc.org, phone: (717) 800-1551.


AC 2024 AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE IS TODAY, MARCH 15
Do you know an outstanding United Methodist clergy or lay person or a congregation who you think should be recognized and honored at Annual Conference for their discipleship and achievements?
Take the opportunity now to nominate them and if selected they will be recognized at this year’s Annual Conference. View more information about the awards/scholarships and who to contact. The deadline to nominate is today, March 15.
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CONFERENCE SEEKING BENEFITS ADMINISTRATOR
The Susquehanna Conference is hiring for a Benefits Administrator. This position is primarily about caring for clergy, ministry staff and their families. This person oversees the day-to-day operations of our Conference Health Insurance, Retirement and Workers Compensation Plans and provides support to local church treasurers. The complete job description may be found here and interested candidates should submit their application and resume to apply@susumc.org.
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GENERAL CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE FORM 
If you are from the Susquehanna Conference and attending General Conference, please let us know! We have created a form for you to share your contact info and GC role.
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SENIOR DAY – WELCOME SPRING 
Wednesday, April 3, 2024  (11am – 3pm) at Mount Asbury Retreat Center – 1310 Centerville Road, Newville, PA 17241

Come and join us to Welcome Spring!  Enjoy the cuisine of Mount Asbury with a delicious lunch.  A peaceful devotional will follow.  Then we will welcome spring by painting a beautiful spring picture with instruction.

To register email mountasbury@susumc.org or call 717-486-3827
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SEARCHING FOR JOY: YOGA FOR CLERGY AND FAITH LEADERS
For clergy, church staff, and faith leaders, the seasons of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter can be profoundly impactful and deeply resonant, while at the same time bringing with them a deep level of physical and mental exhaustion. This 7-week yoga series (beginning April 3 at 9am Eastern via Zoom) is a place for leaders to come and receive a space of rest and renewal, coupled with gentle movement and contemplative prayer as we together seek the renewing joy of resurrection, exploring the theme of joy as a spiritual practice.

These classes (led by Rev. Melissa Madara) will blend together elements of restorative yoga, plus gentle hatha (active) yoga. All classes are appropriate for all levels; beginners are welcome. Included in this course is one (optional) individual session of spiritual direction, plus a weekly written meditation for use in your spiritual practice. Recordings of each week’s class will be available to view for those who are not able to attend on Wednesday mornings, but would like to participate on your own schedule. For clergy, CEUs are available. Enter the coupon code UMC24EASTER for a discounted rate for United Methodists.
LEARN MORE & REGISTER TODAY
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CALLING ALL YOUTH & YOUTH LEADERS
The Young People’s Ministry Council will be hosting a Youth Leadership Retreat, Lead From Your Strengths, Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14, 2024, at Wesley Forest. This is an opportunity for youth and youth leaders to collaborate, be empowered and improve leadership skills as a connection of people and ministries! Youth and adults from around the conference will guide our sessions. Get excited for team building activities, worship, large group time, bible study,campfires and so much more. This truly will be a formative leadership experience that youth and youth leaders won’t want to miss!If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Cindy Weaver – cweaver@susumc.org or Brien McChesney – youthministry@lakewinolaumc.org

Registration runs through Friday, March 29, 2024.
*REGISTER HERE

*Knowing that some may need to leave early because of responsibilities on Sunday morning, that is perfectly acceptable. Please just make a note of this in your registration.
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SPRING WILD CHURCH AT ORCHARD HILL
Come “spring” with us into the colorful joy of springtime as we gather together on Sunday, April 14 at 3:00 pm for Wild Church, a place of peace and solace where all are welcome to come worship the God of Creation, IN creation.

As is our custom, we gather together for a brief time of centering, followed by some time for people to wander, explore, hike, reflect, journal, walk the labyrinth, or do whatever your soul is calling for in the moment. We will then gather back together again for a time of group reflection. While we will not be having a potluck meal for this gathering, all are invited to bring a snack to share with the group. Please dress for the weather and bring a folding chair or blanket. This is a rain or shine event – we will plan to gather outside unless the weather is gnarly, in which case we will meet inside in the cottage. Restrooms are available.
Questions? Contact Melissa Madara at mmadara@susumc.org.
RESERVE YOUR SPACE
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UPCOMING RETREAT – RESURRECTION LIVING
April 20 (9am – 3pm) at Mt Nittany UMC; Cost: $35

Waterworks Ministries (Rev. Karen Weiss) and Abide in the Spirit (Rev. Michelle Bodle) are partnering to provide clergy with a joy-filled day apart. Participants will experience resurrection living through creativity, movement, discussion, reflection, and brief lectures throughout the day. A labyrinth will also be available to walk as you are led. A light lunch and snacks will be provided.

In addition to Revs. Karen Weiss and Michelle Bodle, Alyssa Ruch (trauma-informed yoga teacher and community bridge-builder) and Carol Rogus (local artist) will co-lead the day.
REGISTER TODAY

This event is sponsored in part by the Susquehanna Conference Board of Ordained Ministry
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PASTORAL TRANSITION WORKSHOPS
The Susquehanna Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits is offering two workshops around transitions for clergy spouses.

  • A free SPRC workshop for all churches receiving a new pastoral appointment, focusing on supporting the clergy spouse and family. This workshop, also put on by ARTOS, will by April 20 (9:30-11:30am) on Zoom.
    Registrationdeadline is April 18.
  • For all spouses of clergy who are moving to new appointments this year. ARTOS retreat ministry will be hosting a retreat via Zoom on May 4 (9 – 11am) for $25. Registration is due by April 20.

Have questions? Please reach out to Michelle Bodle at mbodle@susumc.org


For the week of March 17 – 23

Christ Northumberland UMC, Northumberland
Dunnstown UMC, Lock Haven
Maple Lake UMC, Spring Brook Township
*St. Matthews UMC, Magburaka – Sierra Leone
Hill UMC, Duncannon
Mardorf UMC, Altoona
St James Coburn UMC, Coburn
Kedron UMC, Hughesville
St Paul Chambersburg UMC, Chambersburg
Weyant UMC, Imler
Windfall UMC, Granville Summit
Mount Asbury Camp & Retreat Center, Newville

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  • Native American Ministries Sunday is April 14 – The 2024 Special Sunday kit provides a full package of ready to use resources to help your church celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday and define how we give, why we give and the impact we make through connectional efforts. Learn more at resourceumc.org
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    GCORR is organizing a must-attend virtual gathering for clergy engaged in cross-racial/cross-cultural ministries. Don’t miss out—start coordinating with your church teams now.