The Advance for Christ and His Church

What is the Advance?
The Advance after your church fulfills its Shares of Ministry budget ("first mile giving"), individuals, church groups, congregations, districts and annual conferences may go "the second mile" by voluntarily supporting special mission projects and ministries of their choice.  These ministries are called The Advance for Christ and His Church.

Since 1948, United Methodists have given more than three million Advance gifts totaling over one billion dollars for thousands of ministries in more than 100 countries.

One hundred percent (100%) of your Advance giving goes to the mission project or ministry you choose.  None is used for overhead, because administrative and promotional costs of the Advance are covered by other funding sources.

Conference Advance Specials
Neighborhood Center Program (63642)  Contact Vivian Thompson - 717-233-6541 ext. 301; Rhonda Peters 717-233-6541 ext 307; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A non-profit organization serving at-risk, low-income and inner city children, youth and families with educational, cultural, human service, basic needs and recreational programs.

Conference Work Camps (materials) Advance special (# 7010)  Contact Curtis Knouse (717) 994-6294 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This ministry helps with the costs of materials for work camps organized by the Conference VIM Council. These work camps
have included work with congregations within the borders of Susquehanna Conference and our Camping and Retreat Centers.

Dental and Health Care for Seasonal Workers (# 7025)  Contact: Jay Zimmerman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This ministry was expanded to provide assistance to seasonal workers for their dental and health needs. Partnering with local care providers in Adams County and surrounding areas the seasonal worker population is cared for in the name of Christ.

Prison Ministries within Susquehanna Conference (# 7035)  Contact: Myron Jones 669 Asbury Lane Altoona, PA16601 814-944-6718 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This ministry has expanded to include Exodus Ministry. The Prison Ministries has provided camp scholarships to children of
those incarcerated within our congregations, has provided counseling to inmates re-entering the community, and supports local congregations and other groups ministering to those imprisoned.

The Center for Spiritual Formation (# 7040)  Contact: Dr. Russell Hart 717-240-0678 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Center for Spiritual Formation seeks to advocate and demonstrate the disciplines of Christian Spiritual Formation through retreats, seminars, continuing education events, a two-year Ministry of Spiritual Direction Course, a two-year Lay Seminary, and a family-systems tutorial for active clergy.

Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery (# 7030)  Contact: Rev. Richard Ryan 125 N. 18th Street Harrisburg, PA 17106 (717) 230-9898 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This ministry provides addiction recovery services and requires clients to connect with the spiritual community. They offer daily devotions, individual and group counseling, life-skills training, case management, weekly Bible studies and small group ministries.

Endless Mountain Mission Center (# 7020)  Contact: Arlene Rolison 81 Mission Center Lane Troy, PA 16947 570-297-4489 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The EMMC reaches out to people in need in the Bradford County region and is committed to sharing the message of salvation in
Jesus Christ. Through creating an atmosphere of trust and compassion people
are ministered to in all areas of need.

Mission Central (# 7050)  Contact: 5 Pleasant View Drive Mechanicsburg PA 17050 Phone: (717) 766-1533 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Since 2002, thousands of volunteers have come in service to “connect God’s resources with human need.” We process UMCOR "Relief Kits" for use around the world, provide all types of needed supplies for local and national ministries, and assist many projects that are sending God’s love, locally, nationally, and around the world.

Harrisburg Uptown UM Ministries (# 7065)  Contact: Camp Curtain-Memorial Mitchell UMC 2221 North Sixth Street Harrisburg, PA 17110 Soup kitchen phone 717-901-3515.
Chair: Alice Lichty 3520 N. 3rd St Harrisburg Pa 17110 717-233-8993
The HUUMM ministers to the poor every weekday with the Soup Kitchen. Patricia Nissel (staff person; 717-774-2372) has anactive street ministry where she helps the homeless and others in need.

Join Hands Ministry (# 7045)  Contact: 717-582-7844
Join Hands provides assistance for those in times of financial hardship or distress and shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with clients. Join Hands started as a cooperative among churches in Perry County and is a ministry for congregations to refer people in need.

Haiti Partnership (# 8035) Contact: Barbara Gay 331 Stinson Lane Tunkhannock PA 18657 570-836-3884 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Haiti Partnership Website: www.haitipartnership.com
The Haiti Partnership’s mission is with the people of Haiti to form relationships with them based on mutual respect and love in Christ. VIM Teams are regularly sent and updated information is available through the website above.

Friends of Zimbabwe (# 8040)  Contact: Florence Kreiger 109 Brink Hill Rd Greentown, PA 18426 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This ministry provides curriculum and funding for Sunday Schools in the Makoni/Buhera District, purchased peanut butter making machines as a nutritional ministry, provided Bibles and most of all provide support for orphans so that they can attend school (school fees, books, paper, and all they need at school).

Sierra Leone Initiative (# 8030)  Contact: Pam Perna This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
SLI provides financial assistance to clergy in Sierre Leone through an affirmed covenant relationship between the Susquehanna
and Sierra Leone Conferences and the General Board of Global Ministries.

Bolivia Mission Initiative (# 8105)  Contact: Rev. Jennett Wertz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 717-267-3085
The Bolivia Mission Initiative is a multi-faceted connection with our brothers and sisters in the vicinity of Cochabamba in central Bolivia and also with the medical clinic in the La Paz/El Alto area. Children’s, Medical, Evangelism, and Community developments programs are all a part of this ministry.

York Day Camp (# 8140)  Contact: Anne Horton, Director Camp & Retreat Ministry, 717-766-7395 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The vision of the York City Day Camp is to share Jesus with the Children of York City. It is an eight (8) week summer program for children entering Kindergarten through 4th grade. The goals for the program are to develop community among the children; to share in fun, singing, crafts, Biblical stories; to be involved in team building activities; to experience trips into God’s c
reation once a week; and to learn life skills that will go with them throughout their life.

IMT Thailand Initiative (# 2615)  Contact: Karen L. Weiss PO Box 114, Centre Hall, PA 16828  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 814-883-7595 (cell)
As a partner in the IMT (In Mission Together) work of the General Board of Global Ministries the Thailand Mission Initiative is designed to make disciples of Jesus Christ in Thailand through working with the Thai UM churches and missionaries. Through long term, asset-based partnerships, all participants have the opportunity to learn and grow in Christ through relationship. By supporting this mission initiative one can assist Angel's Haven orphanage, missionaries, and community outreach and promote discipleship at the same time.

Wesley Foundation (# 7100)  Contact: St. Pauls United Methodist Church, State College PA (814) 237-2163  Mark Milliron:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Wesley Foundation serves al students at Pen State from all communities throughout the Conference and beyond. Currently they have over 600 visits per week by Penn State Students with over 300 unique individual students participating in various programs and ministries. Next steps are replacing the exiting building, hiring a new campus ministries director and creating an endowment fund for long term financial health.

Bishop’s Partners In Mission (# 7090)  Contact: Susquehanna Conference Office 1-800-874-8474
The Partners In Mission Fund will be used for local and global ministries supported by the United Methodist Church under the direction of the presiding Bishop of the Susquehanna Annual Conference. To be a part of the Bishop’s Partners In Mission please send a gift of $100.00 to this fund

For District Advance Specials Contact Your District Mission Secretary