QuikLINK – March 24, 2023
Alive in Christ together we embody the beloved community of disciple-making congregations
Friday, March 24, 2023
BISHOPS ANNOUNCE NEW SUPERVISION MODEL
As your Bishops, in collaboration and partnership with the Cabinet and Conference Leadership, we are following God’s desire for new ways of doing our ministry of supervision. We are experiencing some natural transitions in our congregations and our conference, allowing all of us to dream of new ways of doing our ministry of supervision. Through these transitions, we believe that God is pointing us in some new ways of being an Annual Conference, Districts, and local churches. READ MORE
2023 AC REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
We anticipate the sessions being entirely in-person for clergy and lay members.
Registration is now open and will close on April 14.
Registration needs to be within this time-frame. If you miss the registration deadline, you will be able to attend as a guest to the Session of Annual Conference, but you will have no voice and no vote.This is the registration for both the Special Session and Regular Session.
There is not a registration fee this year! Registration will be offered exclusively online.
Reserving your lodging is the responsibility for each registrant.
Please view available lodging, restaurant and parking options.
Questions will be directed to Chris Sims, Annual Conference Registrar at one of the following, Email:email@example.com, Phone: 717.800.1551
Time in the conference office is limited.Phone messages will be retrieved regularly.
VIEW MORE DETAILS & REGISTER TODAY
2023 LAITY SESSION
The 2023 Laity Session of Annual Conference will be held Saturday, May 13intwo sessions via Zoom. Conference Lay Leader Joyce Davis will moderate the session with the Board of Laity. READ MORE
YOUTH SERVICE FUND: SILENT AUCTION BASKET DONATIONS NEEDED
The Youth Service Fund (YSF) supports youth and youth ministries in their endeavors to live and grow as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. The primary fundraiser for this fund is the Young People’s Ministry Council’s annual silent auction. YPMC is collecting donations of items for the auctions, such as themed gift baskets, handcrafted items, and gift certificates.Basket donations may be brought to the conference office from May 8-12 or to the YSF Booth at the Community Arts Center on Wednesday, May 17. If you are interested in providing a donation or for more info, connect with Rev. Tiffany Manning – firstname.lastname@example.org
DISCOVERY PLACE SCHEDULE
Discovery Place will be CLOSED from Thursday, March 30 through Easter Monday, April 10. Please place your requests for items needed after Easter as soon as possible, but definitely by 4:30 pm on Tuesday, March 28. Thank you!
UPCOMING WEBINAR SERIES
Tools for the Willing
CEU’s are available
Laity and Clergy, please join us on Thursday, April 13(10 am) for the second in a series of webinar conversations hosted by The Commission on the Beloved Community. Pastor Juanita Rasmus, inspirational speaker and spiritual director will be giving us tools to use to help engage our congregation more fully in lives of anti-racism. LEARN MORE & REGISTER TODAY
INVITATION TO PASTORS & CERTIFIED LAY MINISTERS
Sabbath Renewal dates are set for in-person at Orchard Hill. Upcoming topics for this spring are: Resting in God: Centering Prayer & Lectio Divina with John Vidal; Consider the Birds of the Air: Reflections Upon Your Migration Journey with John Shellenberger; and Falling in Love with Sabbath: 24 Hours of Rest and Delight with Eric Shafer. View flyer for dates and registration details.
RETIRED MINISTERS’ FELLOWSHIP MEETING
The Retired Ministers’ Fellowship of the Susquehanna Conference will meet on Thursday, April 20 at Otterbein UMC, 647 Forge Road, Carlisle, Pa.
Coffee fellowship is at 9:30 am and devotions, program and business meeting
are at 10 am. Lunch is at 12-12:15 pm. A speaker from the Office of Aging in Carlisle will talk about services for senior citizens.
The price per lunch is $8. Please make reservations by Wednesday, April 12with:
Rev. Myron Jones, 669 Asbury Lane, Altoona, PA 16601-8710
Please make checks payable to Retired Ministers’ Fellowship.
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May 27, 2023 (2pm) – Bethany UMC, Milton (107 South Front Street, Milton PA 17847)
All are encouraged to come for this special opportunity to meet Shane Claiborne. He will be speaking about reducing gun violence and will demonstrate how to transform a decommissioned gun into a gardening tool. Come explore the relevance of Isaiah 2:1-5 to the very real challenges we are facing as a society today.
For the week of March 26 – April 1, 2023:
Watts Memorial UMC, Belleville
Mount Calvary UMC, Harrisburg
Asbury UMC, York
Lehman-Idetown UMC, Lehman
St. Luke’s UMC, Shade Gap
Otterbein UMC, Sunbury
Rote UMC, Mill Hall
*Linglestown Life UMC, Harrisburg
*Gaston UMC, Yengema – Sierra Leone
Heshbon Park UMC, Williamsport
Eatonville UMC, Tunkhannock
Greene Hills Camp/Retreat Center & RV Park, Alexandria
- March is Disabilities Awareness Month – Do you ask those with disabilities to be involved in worship and other aspects of church life?Disability Awareness Sunday calls United Methodists to celebrate the gifts and graces of people with disabilities and to include them fully in the congregation and the community. UMCGiving has the resources you need to fully celebrate Disability Awareness Month and help your congregation understand the importance of connectional giving. Download now
Creating content for a younger generation-Today, reaching teens and young adults with messages that resonate with them is very different from what it was in the past. Learn More
Prepare to observe Passion Sunday –Waving palm branches on the Sunday before Easter ushers in Holy Week. Learn more about the traditions of this significant day in the church calendar. Watch