Tidbits - FYI

Discipleship Network Celebration
Sunday, November 19th, 2:30pm
@ Athens UMC
All are encouraged to attend this celebration of the amazing ways God is working in our local UM churches.

Trinity Charge Conference
Sunday, November 19th
… following the Network Celebration
@ Athens UMC

Hurricane Harvey Relief through UMCOR

UMCOR is the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
UMCOR is in desperate need of
cleaning (flood) buckets and hygiene (health) kits!
You do NOT have to supply all of the items for a specific kit. You can purchase larger quantities of one object as long as they can be divided and still meet the requirements
PLEASE, follow the standards listed.
Cleaning Buckets Materials (partial list)
Liquid laundry detergent
One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
Dish soap (16‐28 oz. bottle any brand)
Air freshener (aerosol or pump can)
Scrub brush with a plastic or wooden handle
Sponges (no cellulose sponges due to mold issues)
Clothesline (100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines, cotton or plastic) 50 clothespins
24-roll heavy-duty trash bags (33‐ to 45- gallon sizes)

Hygiene Kit Materials
1 Hand towel (15 x 25 in to 17 x 27 in)
kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable
1 Washcloth
1 Toothbrush (Adult size only) Do not remove from original packaging
6 Adhesive bandages (¾ inch to 1 inch-size)
Common household Band-Aids, no pictures
1 Bath-size soap (3 oz. and larger sizes only)
No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content
Individually wrapped Do not remove from original packaging
1 Comb (needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches)
No pocket combs or picks, please
Rattail combs and combs without handle are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth
1 Metal nail file or nail clippers (No emery boards)
1 Plastic bag (One-gallon size sealable bag only)

Annual Conference
May 4-6, 2017

Lay Delegate Jim Magee and Pastor Kitty are posing in front of the Annual Conference mural. This mural was created as we watched. The theme for this next quadrennium (four years) is Better Together.

What a wonderful visual for this theme. Each piece was broken and so different, but together they created something beautiful!

This is what a small portion of the conference hall looked like.
Worshipping with 1400 people… wow!


Several years ago, the Susquehanna Conference implemented a tool called the Vital Signs Dashboard.  Each congregation records their weekly vital statistics to enable local church and conference leaders to more effectively see trends and plot future growth and spiritual development.  The statistics for worship attendance, new membership, financial giving, small group participation and mission involvement are measured on this dashboard which is a denomination-wide tool designed to help create vital congregations.

We have designated attendance takers at each church and thought the congregations would be interested in some of the information that we get from these reports.


Average Weekly Attendance



New Albany