QuikLINK – March 3, 2023
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Friday, March 3, 2023
JUDICIAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH DECISION NO. 1458 [Docket No. 1022-21]
Released March 1, 2023
Review of a Bishop’s Ruling on a Question of Law in the Susquehanna Annual Conference Concerning the Role and Authority of the Conference Board of Trustees in Relation to the Role and Authority of the Annual Conference Particularly given Provisions such as those in ¶ 2512 versus the Disaffiliation Provision contained in ¶2553. READ THE DECISION
(This can also be found on the conference website at susumc.org/annual-conference/ located under the 2022 Annual Conference Section.)
DONATIONS FOR 2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE STAGE DECORATION
Amounts of $15.00 or more may be given toward the purchase of decorations for the stage in honor of or in memory of person(s) and will be listed in the online Susquehanna Daily LINK.
Please complete the following Google form https://forms.gle/9nixwzhVqiBRjQd57
and mail your payment to: Susquehanna Conference UMC, Attn: Amy Wynn, 303 Mulberry Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050-3179
Please submit Google form and payment by March 31, 2023.
Questions, please contact Amy Wynn – firstname.lastname@example.org; 717-766-7441 ext 3600
All clergy, CLM’s and lay persons serving as preacher/leader of a congregation must renew their Boundaries training every four years. This is the last chance to sign up for in-person training on March 10 at Wesley Forest, Weikert, Pa. (1 pm – 7 pm) with a $15 minimum payment.
The training is held in conjunction with CLM School. Register for this training by completing this form.
If you have any questions about this training contact Kim Shockley – email@example.com
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APARTHEID-FREE COMMUNITIES WEBINAR MARCH 15
Apartheid-Free Communities: Exposing and Rejecting Israeli Apartheid, Occupation and Settler-Colonialism will be the topic of a webinar at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 15. Speakers include Dov Baum of American Friends Service Committee who leads a new campaign for faith-based congregations to take steps to be apartheid-Free. In this webinar, we will learn from an exceptional panel the inescapable reality of Israeli apartheid and how it works today, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We will also learn about concrete steps we can take now to become part of the solution. Other speakers will be a member of Israel’s parliament, Aida Touma-Sliman; world-renowned political commentator Diana Buttu. REGISTER TODAY
UMCOR SUNDAY – MARCH 19
As hurricanes, storms, wars, and other crises or chronic needs arise in the U.S. and across the globe, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is there to help. Working in more than 80 countries worldwide, UMCOR provides survivors with temporary relief and long-term education, training and support. Gifts to the UMCOR Sunday offering call United Methodists to share the goodness of life with those who are hurting and underwrite UMCOR’s administrative “costs of doing business.” This helps UMCOR keep the promise that 100 percent of any gift to a specific UMCOR project will go toward that project and not administrative costs. To give, click UMCOR SUNDAY
SPIRITUALITY & THE POST-PANDEMIC CHURCH WORKSHOP
When will things get back to normal? How do we get people back to church? How do we do more with less?
ALL Clergy and Laity are invited to join the Altoona and State College Districts as Rebekah Simon-Peter helps us answer these questions in this workshop on Tuesday, March 21 (9:30am-3:30pm) at Wesley UMC,1200 Logan Ave, Tyrone, PA 16686.
$30/person includes lunch and Rebekah’s book, Forging A New Path
LEARN MORE & REGISTER TODAY
COMPASSIONATE LISTENING FOR CHURCH LEADERS
How often do you find yourself listening to someone, but are actually thinking about what you will say next? Do you find it hard to listen when you’re burned out or overwhelmed? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed at “Compassionate Listening for Leaders” presented by Someone To Tell It To.
The event will be held on Tuesday, April 18, (9am to 4pm) at Charlton UMC (5920 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112)
This event is free for pastors and church leaders; lunch will be provided.
Register online before April 7 at www.charltonchurch.org/listen or call the church office at 717-545-2000. VIEW FLYER FOR MORE DETAILS
The Grow and Equip Teams of the Susquehanna Conference are thrilled to offer experiences and resources to pastors and laity so that they may be equipped to live into this new reality in which we find ourselves.
Refresh Your Community by Seeing with God’s Eyes
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 9:00a-4:00p at The Journey Church (750 S 29 th St, Harrisburg, PA 17111)
We are especially pleased to have Michael Beck, from Fresh Expressions US, lead us with his vision for the future! He will discuss specifically how to create Fresh Expressions of church in a rural setting as well as in a plethora of other contexts.
Deadline to register is Saturday, April 15, 2023.
Cost for each event – $10.00
.6 CEU’s are available
LEARN MORE & REGISTER TODAY
VOLUNTEERS IN MISSION U CAMP: JUNE 14-17
Grades 7-12, Adult; Cost: $100; Dean: Michelle Schwartzman
We will spend our time at Wesley Forest Camp (hiking, boating, swimming, and conquering the challenge course), building community, and working on mission projects! We will be learning what it means to be in mission and how God calls us to it. A collaboration of Camp & Retreat, Volunteers in Mission and Mission u, our theme is “Seek and You Shall Find: Living in the Kin-dom”. LEARN MORE & REGISTER TODAY
MISSION TRIP TO MCCURDY MINISTRIES
The Young People’s Ministry Council (YPMC) is cosponsoring a mission trip August 5-12, 2023 to McCurdy Ministries in Espanola, New Mexico! This trip is open to youth, youth workers, and other persons interested in experiencing a meaningful mission opportunity and learning how to lead mission trips and groups at the same time. This is a very special avenue to serve and grow in leadership. For questions and more information, please contact Jason Schwartzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the week of March 5 – 11, 2023:
First UMC, Mercersburg
Trinity UMC, Hummelstown
Canoe Creek Union UMC, Williamsburg
Mehoopany UMC, Mehoopany
Bethany UMC, Berwick
Beech Valley UMC, Trout Run
Park Forest Village UMC, State College
McAlisterville UMC, McAlisterville
Richvale UMC, Blairs Mills
Grover UMC, Grover
- Due to the overwhelming response we received for February’s Together We Dine, we are excited to announce a new session for Tuesday, March 28. General Commission on Religion and Race and ResourceUMC are hosting a Vital Conversation on race relations to build bridges across racial divisions. Join us March 28, via Zoom (5:30 pm – 7 pm CST) in a partnership with Project Unity to present Together We Dine, a Vital Conversation on race relations. Register today!
If you don’t already have one, it is vital that your church put together an emergency preparedness plan. Having a solid plan will help to hasten whatever recovery efforts may be needed, whether you are faced with a natural disaster, health crisis or fire. What’s your plan?
Help is on the Way – Young adults have a lot to offer, especially if they are taking a summertime break from school or their new job. Consider creating opportunities for them to engage with your church and community. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Raise the next generation
Pivoting from what was to the new – In a special video address, the Council of Bishops’ top leader calls on all United Methodists to “reclaim, revive and renew” the church throughout the world. Watch Video
God, create in us a clean heart and renewed spirit – Bishop Thomas Bickerton shares a Lenten message for this time in The UMC. View Message