Wednesday, April 13, 2016

2016 Susquehanna Annual Conference

Susquehanna Annual Conference
June 9-11, Messiah College, Grantham, PA

Annual Conference speakers

The 2016 Susquehanna Annual Conference will feature the following special events and keynote speakers.

Bishop Jeremiah J. Park will preach for the Opening Celebration on Thursday, June 9.

Rev. Lori Steffensen, State College District Superintendent, will preach during the Thursday evening Memorial Service.

Friday morning, June 11, will feature a Service of Repentance led by the Commission on Native American Ministries.

World-renowned SandStory artist Mr. Joe Castillo, will share with us during the Celebration of Ministry service on Friday evening. Joe is an artist, speaker, and storyteller with a passion for promoting the visual arts as a way of touching the heart. He will also lead the Saturday morning Bible Study.

Saturday afternoon, Bishop Ernest Lyght, (retired) will preach during the Ordination Service. The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference elected Ernest to the episcopacy in 1996 and assigned him to the New York Area. In 2004 he was assigned to the West Virginia Area.

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Young People’s Ministry at Annual Conference

By Audrey Wilder, Director of Young People’s Ministries

The Young People’s Ministry (YPM) is excited to continue to be a part of Annual Conference. We will carry on the tradition of raising money for and awareness about Youth Service Fund. Youth Service Fund (YSF) is money raised by youth, administered by youth, for the benefit of youth ministries. Apply online for a YSF grant at

This year you will be able to help us reach our goal for raising $7,500 for YSF by donating to ...

A variety of amazing gift baskets will auctioned off during Annual Conference. Interested parties will be able to place bids on all baskets at the YSF table in Brubaker Auditorium.
If you, your church, or your business would like to donate a basket for the auction, please contact Audrey Wilder at the Conference Office no later than June 1 to make arrangements.

Youth at Annual Conference will provide dish removal service for the gathered community following meals on Thursday from 12:00-1:30 p.m. and Friday from 4:45-6:45 p.m. Those wishing to say thank you for the service will be invited to drop a donation in a jar as they leave the cafeteria.

Youth will be making popcorn during each working session throughout Annual Conference.  There is no charge for the popcorn, donations are appreciated.  Those looking for larger portions of popcorn will be able to purchase reusable popcorn containers for $2.00 (supplies limited).

... FINAL YEAR - Get ‘em before they’re vintage!

The Young People’s Ministry will be selling ALIVE IN CHRIST (red and black) and GROW ON T-shirts for $10 each at the YPM table in Brubaker Auditorium. Susquehanna Conference neck wallets will also be for sale for $4. Funds collected from the sale of T-shirts and neck wallets will go to subsidize new T-shirts for the new quadrennium starting in 2016.

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Special Offerings at Annual Conference

Memorial Service, Thursday, June 9, 2016:
The Cup of Water Fund (Conf. Advance #8160) is a fund which is available to lay persons in our conference who are facing difficult financial hardship. These donations provide emergency grants to families or individuals who are recommended by pastors to the Cabinet. In these difficult economic times your generosity provides needed help to our brothers and sisters of the Susquehanna Conference family.

Celebration of Ministry, Friday, June 10, 2016:
All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing. – Colossians 1:6
The Mongolian Mission of the United Methodist Church (Conf. Advance #2440) supports our missionaries and their work in a country where the major religion is Buddhism, but church leaders are finding people longing for the gospel. Mongolia lies between China and Russia in northern Asia and is undergoing rapid social and economic changes. In 2011 Bishop Park was named the first presiding Bishop of the Mongolian Mission of the United Methodist Church. He travels there once a year to conduct an annual meeting and to supervise, support, and strengthen the mission of our church in that part of the world.

Ordination Service, Saturday, June 11, 2016:
Bishop’s Partners in Mission (Conf. Advance #7090) calls us to Imagine No Malaria and Imagine No More Debt! One hundred percent of the proceeds from this fund go to Imagine No Malaria (the UMC’s global campaign to fight malaria) and paying down the debt of the mortgage of Mission Central so they can focus on their core mission of connecting God’s resources with human need. Bishop Park is inviting individuals, congregations, and church groups to join him and be Partners in Mission, committing to $100 or more a year. Whatever you can give helps the lives of those locally and around the world. God is still calling us to imagine great things; he is calling us to Imagine What We Can Do Together! 

Please make checks payable to Susquehanna Conference and include your church number and the advance number (listed after the name above) on the memo line of the check.
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Donations for Annual Conference flowers and worship bulletins

Amounts of $15 or more may be given toward the purchase of flowers for the platform. Names of contributors, and of those persons to be honored or memorialized, will be printed in the Susquehanna DailyLINK. Name(s) and telephone number(s), contributor(s), and the typed/clearly printed name of the honored or memorialized person(s) must be included with the request and payment.

Request and payment must be received by May 2 at the Conference Connectional Ministries Office:
Attn: Lisa Bender
303 Mulberry Dr.
PO Box 2053
Mechanicsburg PA 17055-2053

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