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2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE DATES, LOCATION AND LODGING INFORMATION

The 2017 meeting of the Susquehanna Annual Conference will be held Thursday, May 4, through Saturday May 6, 2017, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa.

Please note that the Annual Conference dates for 2017 are earlier than in recent years. This will mean that deadlines for registration, technology requests for presenters, and vendor display requests will be earlier than in past years. Please be aware of notices as they are published.

Although registration is necessary for everyone attending the Annual Conference Session, there is no registration cost to attend.  The costs for those requesting rooms at the Hershey Lodge and meals at the 2017 Annual Conference are as follows:

Two Nights Lodging
- Thursday, May 4 - Saturday, May 6: two nights lodging (double occupancy) and seven meals, $415.
- Thursday, May 4 - Saturday, May 6: two nights lodging (single occupancy) and seven meals, $603.

Three Nights Lodging
- Wednesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 6: three nights lodging (double occupancy) and eight meals, $527.
- Wednesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 6: three nights lodging (single occupancy) and eight meals, $809.

As you plan your lodging options please consider a change to our Thursday morning agenda. The Thursday morning Laity and Clergy Sessions will begin at 10:30 a.m., this will allow an extra hour of travel time for those coming from a distance.

As of today, the registration period is set to open Monday, February 27, and will close Friday, March 24, at midnight. We have blocked (reserved) 500 rooms for our Thursday and Friday lodging, a limited number of single rooms will be available. If you desire a single room, we encourage you to register early in the registration time period.

If you are commuting, and therefore not requesting a room at the Hershey Lodge, but desire a meal package, you may request the meal package during the registration period. We are pleased that the facilities at Hershey Lodge will allow us this year to offer one seating per meal. The meal package cost for Thursday lunch through Saturday lunch (seven meals) is $150. Meal packages and individual meal tickets will not be available for purchase at Annual Conference, the meal package must be pre-purchased.

The Hershey Lodge is located at 325 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033. An overview of the facilities at Hershey Lodge may be seen at www.hersheylodge.com/overview.php.
 



AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Do you know an outstanding United Methodist clergy or lay person or a congregation who you think should be recognized and honored at Annual Conference for their discipleship and achievements?  You have the opportunity now through March 15 to submit nominations for the 2017 conference awards. Those selected will attend a special Awards Luncheon at Annual Conference in May. Use the information below to request award nomination forms.

J. Marlene Atanasoff Award
Sponsored by The Center for Spiritual Formation, this award recognizes outstanding advocates of John Wesley’s principles of mercy, justice and piety.  Contact Rev. Dr. Russell Hart at (717) 240-0678 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bishop’s Award for Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns
The Bishop’s Committee on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns has an award for a lay or clergy person who has demonstrated outstanding involvement in ecumenical ministry.  Contact Rev. Greg Myers at (717) 766-7871 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Howard and Elizabeth Brinton Award
Given by the Conference Missional Board in memory of former missionaries, this award is given in two parts; to an individual and to a congregation showing excellence in mission support and practice. Contact Rev. John Kratz at (717) 534-2262 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harry Denman Award
The Foundation for Evangelism sponsors this award in three parts – for one clergy, one lay person and one youth who show outstanding achievement in evangelism. Contact Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver at (717) 766-7441 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Flying Dove Award
The Conference Peace with Justice Team presents two awards.  One is to recognize the church that contributed the most financially to the Peace with Justice Fund and the other to a person or church striving to work for peace with justice in their community.  Contact Rev. Michelle Bodle at (814) 342-3060 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harry Hosier Award
Our Commission on Inclusiveness gives this award to an individual or congregation that moves people from dependence to independence; works with people who are downtrodden and empowering them; and helps a congregation move from inactivity to lively worship.  Contact Pastor Sarah Kim at 814-505-5094 (cell)or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bishop D. Frederick Wertz Award
Given by Lycoming College in memory of Bishop Wertz, this is given to a clergy or lay person who has rendered exceptional service to God through the church.  Contact Rev. Jeffrey LeCrone at (570) 321-4112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 



DONATIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE ALTAR FLOWERS AND SERVICE 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 April 3 at the Conference Connectional Ministries Office:
Attn: Lisa Bender
303 Mulberry Dr.
Mechanicsburg PA 17050-3179
 



2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE LOGOs

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If you need these graphics in a different format for your church, please contact the Communications Office at 717-766-7441.