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
The purpose of this Conference Advance list is to promote mission within the structure or bounds of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. These groups have been reviewed by the Missional Board as worthy ministries for second mile giving consideration by the local congregations. These “Advances” are given access to the addresses and contact information for our congregations and are authorized to solicit funds from all United Methodist congregations within this Conference. No other groups are given such access.

1.1 Neighborhood Center, Harrisburg, PA (# 7000)
Contact: Kyla Harvey
717-233-6541 ext 301
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Neighborhood Center serves at risk, low-income, and inner-city children, youth, and families with educational, cultural, human service, basic needs, and recreational programs in the name of Jesus Christ.


1.2 Conference Work Camps (materials) Advance special (# 7010)
Contact Curtis Knouse
(717) 994-6294
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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.


1.3 Dental and Health Care for Seasonal Workers (# 7025)
Contact: Jay Zimmerman
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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.


1.4 Prison Ministries within Susquehanna Conference (# 7035)
Contact: Mark Reisinger 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.


1.5 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.


1.6 Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery (# 7030)
Contact: Fern Wilcox, Executive Director
125 N. 18th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17106
(717) 230-9898
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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.


1.7 Endless Mountain Mission Center (# 7020)
Contact: Tammie Storrs
PO Box 201 Troy, PA 16947
Physical site address: 81 Mission Center Lane Troy, PA
(570) 596-2039

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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.

1.8 Mission Central (# 7050)
Contact:
5 Pleasant View Drive
Mechanicsburg PA 17050
(717) 766-1533
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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.

1.9  Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell Soup Kitchen (# 7065)
Contact: Lynida Hudson
717-233-0335 (cell 717-421-3774)
PO Box 5034
Harrisburg PA 17110
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The Soup Kitchen ministers to the neighborhood by offering a noon-time meal on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
 

1.10 Join Hands Ministry (# 7045)
Contact: Director Michael Burns or Sheree Seifert Asst Director
717-582-7844
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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.
 

1.11 Haiti Partnership (# 8035)
Contact: Barbara Gay
331 Stinson Lane
Tunkhannock PA 18657
570-836-3884
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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.
 

1.12 Sierra Leone Initiative (# 8030)
Contact: Pam Perna
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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.
 

1.13 Bolivia Mission Initiative (# 8105)
Contact: Rev. Jennett Wertz
1127 Louisa St
Williamsport PA 17701
(570) 326-3218 (h); (570) 322-5054 (w)
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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.
 

1.14 York Day Camp (# 8140)

Contact: Camp & Retreat Ministry
717-766-7395
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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 creation once a week; and to learn life skills that will go with them throughout their life.
 

1.15 IMT Thailand Initiative (# 2615)
Contact: Karen L. Weiss
195 S. Main St.
Pleasant Gap PA 16823
814-883-7595 (c)
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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.
 

1.16 Wesley Foundation (# 7100)
Contact: Jen Gruendler
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
State College PA
(814) 237-2163
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St. Paul’s UMC & Wesley Foundation serves all students at Penn State University Park.  The Abba Java Coffeehouse, a mission of campus ministry, serves an aggregate average of 700 students a week, providing free Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee and tea as well as snacks.   The Wesley Foundation also provides students a space for internship opportunities, for leadership and mission, faith exploration and worship.  The Wesley Foundation at Penn State depends on Conference and Congregational support.  Thank you in advance for helping us nurture and care for the students at Penn State.  Please use #7100 in the memo for any donations coming through the conference.
 

1.17 Bishop’s Partners In Mission (# 7090)
Contact: Susquehanna Conference Office
717-766-7441

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.

 

 

District Advance Projects for special promotion and support within those districts
(2012 Book of Discipline para.655).

2.1 ALTOONA DISTRICT

·  Breezewood Trucker’s Ministry (# 8195)
Mission Outreach Team for truckers and travelers, through a Chaplaincy Program at Breezewood. “A Friend on the Road” newsletter is available through Bruce Maxwell, Chaplain. Bruce Maxwell: 814-735-4011 ext. 463 or 814-977-6964 (cell).

·  Faith Break Media Ministry (# 8085)
Mission Outreach Team for the Radio/TV Ministry. The goal is to reach those people who are un-churched or who have drifted away from church. The radio ministry is heard on Q94 - 94.3 FM and 94.7 FM at 10:20am and 3:30pm Monday thru Friday and WKMC Music of Your Life 1370 AM at 10:20am and 3:20pm Monday thru Friday. The producer of the program is Rev. Carol Gathagan: 814-742-8209 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·  Altoona District Volunteers In Mission Team (# 4060)
The Altoona District Volunteers in Mission Team has assisted disaster victims on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the states of Kansas, Georgia, Indiana, New York and West Virginia plus several local mission projects since 2006. This volunteers-in-mission (VIM) experience has also developed a capability to work with the Blair County Emergency Management Office in response to local disasters should they occur. Donations to the "Altoona District VIM" can be made directly through the district office at 1381 Plank Road, Suite 104, Duncansville, PA  16635. Contact Ron Hoover at (814) 942-1555 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·  Altoona District Mission Central HUB (# 8235)
The Altoona District Mission Central HUB works as a local division of Mission Central.  Our focus is on assembling cleaning buckets, school kits, layette kits, and health kits. We strive to share with our local outreach programs as well supporting Teen, Family and Women’s Shelters, Precious Life, LOVE. INC, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and others. Our work is supported by our annual blueberry sale and the donations from local churches and volunteers.  See us on Facebook at Altoona District Mission Central or at http://missioncentralaltoonahub.weebly.com/   The Altoona District Mission Central HUB is located at 1738 N Branch Avenue, Altoona.  We are open Mondays & Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm


2.2 HARRISBURG DISTRICT

·  Daystar Center for Spiritual Recovery (# 7030)
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. Contact: Fern Wilcox, Executive Director, 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.    

·  Neighborhood Center, Harrisburg, PA (# 7000)
Neighborhood Center serves at risk, low-income, and inner-city children, youth, and families with educational, cultural, human service, basic needs, and recreational programs in the name of Jesus Christ. Contact: Kyla Harvey 717-233-6541 ext 301; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·  Join Hands ministry (# 7045)
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.  Contact: 717-582-7844

·  Camp Curtin Memorial Mitchell Soup Kitchen (# 7065)
The Soup Kitchen ministers to the neighborhood by offering a noon-time meal on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Contact:Lynida Hudson 717-233-0335 (cell 717-421-3774) PO Box 5034 Harrisburg PA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2.3 LEWISBURG DISTRICT

·  The Gate House (# 8145):
Since 1997, the Gate House has provided shelter for residents of Montour and Columbia Counties who find themselves without a home. Gate House residents are often facing personal crises – such as unemployment, death in the family, abandonment, divorce, illness, or accident – or have been victims of misfortunes such as fire, flood, rent increases, or evictions. The Gate House provides shelter for both homeless men and women, along with their children. Located on East Market Street in Danville it sits at the southern entrance to the State Hospital.

·  Haven Ministries, Inc. (# 8130):
Haven Ministry is a non-profit organization guided by a Board of Directors composed of both clergy and lay people. The mission of Haven Ministry is to respond, through faith in God's covenantal relationship with us, to the basic needs of God's people by providing emergency shelter, nurturing, and advocacy for individuals and families in the Central Susquehanna Valley Area.

·  Heart To Hand Ministries (# 8110):
Heart to Hand Ministries, Inc. was started in November 1992 by Woody Wolfe, Jr. and a few friends, after Woody had spent nearly eleven years visiting hospitalized children in a children’s hospital in his home town. Woody now ministers weekly in four Pennsylvania hospitals. Two in the Susquehanna Conference are: The Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Danville; Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey; He also visits hospitals in other states. In addition to hospital outreach, Heart to Hand has been involved in outreach to the orphaned children, and those with special medial needs, of Ukraine since Woody’s first visit there in 1998.

·  R.B. Winter/Pine Valley Parks Chaplaincy Program (# 8150):
Their mission is of providing the opportunity for campers to worship in the outdoors. The Lewisburg District has supported this outreach for many years by providing logistical support and housing for the chaplain who serves R.B. Winter State Park and Pine Valley St Park. Sunday Morning services are provided from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This ministry provides pastoral support, care and visitation to campers and their families while they are vacationing at both R.B. Winter State Park and Pine Valley St. Park.


2.4 SCRANTON WILKES-BARRE DISTRICT:

·  Give Ye Them To Eat (GYTTE) (# 2375):
GYTTE was founded in 1977 as a social outreach project of the Methodist Church of Mexico to combat hunger and poverty in the rural sector. The purpose of the "Give Ye Them to Eat" program (GYTTE) is to strengthen the capabilities of marginalized people and communities to meet their basic needs, and to determine and sustain a just and integrated development process. Participatory methods and development tools are used to create conditions in which change can take place from within the communities. The “Treeof Life” training center in Tlancualpican conducts workshops and hands-on opportunities in the areas of health, sanitation, animal care and breeding, agricultural methods such as terracing, composting and irrigation.  Workshops also go “on the road” for VBS, Holy Week and Advent resources.  The Susquehanna Conference has been sending work teams for over 20 years.

·  Ruth’s Place (# 8205):
The former Methodist Urban Ministries, several years ago, responded to the increasing housing needs of homeless woman in the city of Wilkes-Barre by establishing a homeless shelter in the former First United Methodist Church, N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.  Ruth’s Place operates a facility at 425 N. Pennsylvania Ave., in Wilkes-Barre.

·  Shalom Scranton: (# 8215)
Begun in 2002, The Greenhouse Project evolved from a Shalom Ministry and is now growing a sustainable community through education, wholesome food and healthy living through our programs like: edible gardening, healthy cooking, and nutrition education, focusing on a healthy community and disease prevention through diet and exercise. Contact: Jane Risse 200 Arthur Ave. Scranton, PA 18510 570-344-9186; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.ShalomScranton.org.

·  Shoemaker Mission Central HUB: (# 8210)
The former Shoemaker Memorial Church, West Eighth Street, Wyoming, has been transformed into a Mission Central HUB of Mission Central, located in Mechanicsburg, PA.  Under the leadership of the Kristi Lyons and the local Board of Directors, the Mission Central HUB will be a place where groups can come to assemble various types of health kits, provide resources for persons in need, and eventually offer places to study and worship for folks who traditionally find it hard to enter the doors of our churches. HUB Coordinators: Kristi Lyons (kristiship@hotmail.comor 570-262-0382) and Sally Kennard (570-333-4218) for furniture needs.

·  St. Paul’s, Scranton Refugee Ministry: (# 8230)  
In recent months the small congregation of St. Paul's in Scranton has doubled their attendance with the arrival to their congregation of more than 40 refugees from the Congo.  This is an exciting mission in progress as the St. Paul's congregation seeks to assist with transportation, clothing, translation during worship and projects that continue to develop.  The Congolese folks were walking through the neighborhood, saw the Cross and Flame and said "This is our church!"   The desire is to create a multicultural congregation, not 2 separate ones.  Contact: Pastor Scott Miller, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (570) 348-3708.


2.5 STATE COLLEGE DISTRICT

·  Wesley Foundation (# 7100)
St. Paul’s UMC & Wesley Foundation serves all students at Penn State University Park.  The Abba Java Coffeehouse, a mission of campus ministry, serves an aggregate average of 700 students a week, providing free Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee and tea as well as snacks.   The Wesley Foundation also provides students a space for internship opportunities, for leadership and mission, faith exploration and worship.  The Wesley Foundation at Penn State depends on Conference and Congregational support.  Thank you in advance for helping us nurture and care for the students at Penn State.  Please use #7100 in the memo for any donations coming through the conference. Contact: St. Pauls United Methodist Church, State College PA (814) 237-2163 Jen Gruendler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2.6 WILLIAMSPORT DISTRICT

·  Sierra Leone Initiative (# 8030):
Funds provide financial assistance to clergy in Sierra Leone through an affirmed covenant relationship between the Susquehanna and Sierra Leone conferences and the General Board of Global Ministries.

·  Sojourner Truth Ministries (# 8070):
STM is a district mission into God's Frontier to build bridges between the traditional church and those disenfranchised and alienated by it. The initial portal is the Sojourner Cafe where Christ centered fellowship is shared around a table of food and drink. Touching lives with the love and care of Christ is our mission and vision.

·  Good Samaritan Fund (GSF) (# 9060):
Founded in 1988, the former Wellsboro District GSF allows churches across our district to respond to the financial crises of our community members. Disbursements from the fund are made from the district office, upon request by pastors and laity. Send contributions to the conference treasurer's office # 9060 marked "Good Samaritan Fund"

·  Kasambira Scholarship Fund (KSF) (# 9055):
Mercy Kasambira was an African pastor in our conference who was both recommended out of the former Wellsboro District and also served within its bounds twice before dying in an automobile accident in 1995. Mercy was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). The Kasambira Scholarship Fund continues her legacy at Mansfield University. Churches of the district can support the GSF by sending contributions to the conference treasurer's # 9055 marked "Kasambira Scholarship Fund"


2.7 YORK DISTRICT

·  York City Outreach Ministry (# 8080):
This money would resource the various missions and ministries within the city of York. This would be non-salary assistance to resource ministry so that new inroads can be made in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Rev. John Kratz, Chair, Missional Board