Annual Enrollment for Employees Begins Today
Annual enrollment, now through November 17, is the chance for employees to review and elect benefits coverage for 2018.
Employees will receive an email this afternoon announcing the beginning of annual enrollment and advising them to log on to Benefits Connect to submit their elections for 2018 benefits coverage -- even if they do not want to make any changes or their employer pays the full cost of coverage.
Please do the following:
- Remind employees that November 17 is the deadline to log on to Benefits Connect and elect benefits for 2018. The decisions they make now will be in place January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, unless they have a qualifying life event during the year.
- Offer employees the opportunity to contribute pretax if you are requiring employee contributions.
- Encourage employees to consider contributing, or increasing their contributions, to the Retirement Savings Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) (RSP). Annual enrollment is a good time for employees to review all their benefits, even though they can make RSP updates at any time during the year.
- Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) if you have questions.
Annual enrollment is the only opportunity for employees to review and elect benefits coverage for 2018 -- unless they have a qualifying life event during the year.
For more information about annual enrollment, visit pensions.org (pensions.org/annualenrollment).
Candidate under Care
Adam Demetros, a Candidate under Care for ordained ministry, has been added to the approved Pulpit Supply List for Susquehanna Valley Presbytery by the Committee on Ministry. Demetros grew up in Vestal, graduated from Binghamton University, then got his Master's in Public Administration working with religious non-profit organization from East Stroudsburg in PA. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary in May, 2017, had completed two ministerial internships and has passed 3 of his standard ordination exams. He will be taking the remaining 2 ordination exams Spring 2018, and also arranging for "Clinical Pastoral Education" (CPE) to finish qualifications to be certified as ready to receive a call. Demetros is already in demand to fill pulpits in our area; unfortunately he is not authorized to preside at the sacraments as he is not ordained.
Rev. Dr. Janet Adair Hansen
Co-Moderator, Committee on Ministry, Susquehanna Valley Presbytery
What is Taizé? Taizé is an ecumenical community in central France made up of Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians. The community welcomes people, regardless of their faith, to join them in their rhythm of life and prayer. Each week, anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand young adults from all over the world journey to Taizé. They enter into the community’s rhythm, gathering together for Taizé’s unique style of worship and joining other young pilgrims for workshops, shared work, Bible study, meals, and relaxation. Cross-cultural relationship building is woven into the experience of prayer, work, and rest throughout the week.
Why go? Taizé is a special opportunity to step back from your ordinary life and experience God’s presence in community. At Taizé pilgrims find a welcoming place to be accepted just as you are alongside people from all over the world -- all listening for the Spirit of God. Through sung prayer, silence, and community, people often find a deep peace and simplicity that enriches their lives.
Who is invited? Young adults, from high school seniors to age 29, are welcome to join our group. Space is limited. The leader is Bobby Outterson-Murphy, Pastor of the United Ministry of Delhi. This will be his third trip to Taizé.
How much will it cost? We hope to limit individual cost to $400, which is 1/3 of the total $1,200. The Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley will cover 1/3 for a limited number of pilgrims. We anticipate that the last 1/3 will come from each participant’s local church and/or fundraising efforts.
Check out the Taizé website (www.taize.fr/en) to learn more about Taize.
Non-refundable deposits and registration forms are due by Dec. 31, 2017.
Send to: Rev. Bobby Outterson-Murphy
Delhi United Ministry Church, P.O. Box 111, Delhi, NY 13753
Passports: Please note that if you don’t have a passport valid through July 2018 you should submit your application to a passport acceptance facility by November 1, 2017.
Mailing and phone number change for the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley
The mailing address for the presbytery office has changed to PO Box 87, Nineveh, NY 13813. The new phone number is 607-323-4477. The presbytery staff would like to thank you all for your patience as we head forward.
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