UMCOR has announced that thanks to the overwhelming response from local churches, Texas and Florida have been fully supplied with cleaning buckets and hygiene kits, at this time.  They have asked for a temporary “pause” for shipments to their warehouse.  UMCOR also has 28,000 cleaning kits waiting in their warehouse for delivery to Puerto Rico as soon as a delivery becomes possible.

What does this mean?  YOU all deserve a huge round of applause for all of your donations of time and resources.  Everyone banding together played a tremendous role in the recovery efforts of these catastrophic hurricanes.  That being said, this announcement DOES NOT mean that the work is done.

As United Methodists, we do a tremendous job of always being prepared and we need to follow through on that, now, more than ever.  Mission Central needs to replenish our inventory of cleaning buckets and hygiene kits, because, unfortunately, there will be more disasters.  In fact, there is still another month remaining in 2017’s hurricane season and we need to be ready for 2018!

As you may or may not know, Mission Central is much more than UMCOR.  While our UMCOR work remains important and is sometimes at the forefront, it is not all that we do.  Of the $7.5 million worth of resources that went through our warehouse in 2016, UMCOR represented less than $1 million of that.  Mission Central works on countless projects with many other organizations.

What should we do now?  If you already have UMCOR cleaning bucket and/or hygiene kit projects up and running, please complete those.  At this moment, you do not need to initiate any new projects, collections, etc.  Mission Central will still accept ALL of your UMCOR kits and kit materials, given the reasons listed above and, keep in mind, that the 28,000 cleaning buckets earmarked for Puerto Rico may not end up being enough once UMCOR gets into Puerto Rico and begins distribution.

If you have non-standard relief items, Mission Central will still accept all of those resources.  As we work with other groups to complete relief efforts, many items that are non-standard UMCOR kit items are desperately needed.  For example, just this week, Mission Central sent a truck to Florida, loaded with medical supplies, pallets of water, pallets of brand new cookware donated locally by D&H Distributors and D&H Cares and other critical resources.

Members of the United Methodist church have developed a reputation of being the first ones in and the last ones out when a disaster occurs.  We are proud of that and need to keep working to maintain it. We need to be ready for all expected and unexpected events.  Did you know that Mission Central keeps about 2,000 completed cleaning buckets on-hand and ready to ship and the components to build another 1,000, at all times? At $65 each, you can quickly see the costs involved with building that inventory back up.

Finally, please remember to check Facebook and sign up for our weekly MissionLink newsletter (see www.missioncentral.org).  We plan to provide an update on our disaster relief efforts and hope to have some information about potential assistance to Puerto Rico in next Thursday’sMissionLink.  Ever since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and even now, all relief efforts have been controlled by the military.  As some time passes and groups like UMCOR and others have the chance to get onto the island, assistance will begin to come from additional organizations.

As always, we at Mission Central extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone out there who has contributed and continues to contribute.  Our work is far from over and as we continue to come together for the betterment of all, great things will be accomplished.


Adam Hoover
Director of Development

Global Young People's Convocation

posted Jun 19, 2017, 6:01 AM by York District UMC   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 8:15 AM by Michael Koplitz ]


The NEJ Youth and Young Adult Councils delegation to the Global Young People's Convocation in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2018.  

For more information about what GYPC is and who will attend, visit: https://umcyoungpeople.org/the-latest?category=2733

Contact Person: 

Audrey Wilder

Director of Christian Education & Young People's Ministries

Susquehanna Conference UMC

The Bishop's Partners in Mission

posted Jan 23, 2017, 6:19 AM by Vicky Salisbury   [ updated Oct 27, 2017, 8:16 AM by Michael Koplitz ]

The Bishop's Partners in Mission, of the Susquehanna Conference UMC, provides an opportunity to make a difference in our community, nation, and worldwide.

By being Bishop’s Partners in Mission (2017-2018), we:
• Enable Mission Central to continue to provide resources, materials, and education to churches to be active in missions and touch lives ...
• Revive hope in people struck by natural disasters by providing practical assistance ...
• Save lives and restore hope to people who are threatened by deadly disease ...

“Thank you for your partnership in mission. Together we make a difference to countless people in need. Being alive in Christ together transforms us into disciples who are positively impacting our world.”
— Bishop Jeremiah J. Park

Rev. Dr. Dilip Abayasekara talks about the Bishop's Partners in Mission

The "Partnering in Mission" video series continues with the latest video message on the BPIM page in the Conference website (tinyurl.com/BishopsPIM) and on the BPIM Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BishopsPIM). 

 Dear BPIM Ambassadors and Friends,

I'm forwarding this QuikLINK information given in the June Partnering in Mission, titled Ideas for Your Vacation Bible School that will make it Missional and save Lives. In this video I share some ideas for a Vacation Bible School (VBS) to connect to Imagine No Malaria (INM). Please share this information in your church who organizes the VBS. Also, please make yourself familiar with the other videos posted in the BPIM web page at http://tinyurl.com/BishopsPIM 

Also, our newest BPIM Ambassador, Cathy Wilcox (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre District) sent me the link below that has detailed information for daily activities at a VBS to connect to INM.   

As a result of the exposure to Bishop's Partners in Mission (BPIM) at the Annual Conference, we had a number of people volunteer to be active in fund raising in their churches. Very soon I expect to introduce to you new BPIM Ambassadors. 

Thank you for your commitment and faithfulness.



Mission Central

posted Jan 23, 2017, 6:06 AM by Vicky Salisbury   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 4:50 PM by Michael Koplitz ]

5 Pleasant View Drive 
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 
Phone: 717-766-1533 


Monday - Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm / Saturday from 9:00am - 1:30pm / Sunday - Closed


Mission Central is the mission warehouse affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Our goal is made up of 3 key components:  Disaster Response, Mission Outreach and Mission Education.

Mission Central has been there to assist people around the world, and as a member of the UMCOR Relief Supply Network we have been able to provide aid for people affected by every major weather event since our beginning in 2002!

Locally, we have teamed with ministry partners such as the Bethesda MissionNew DigsComputer Ministry and Project C.U.R.E., providing relief and assistance right here in Central Pennsylvania and the surrounding regions.

Mission Central has been able to reach nearly 2 million people each year, locally, nationally and globally.

Mission Central truly is a place that connects God’s resources with human need.


VIM insurance for short term mission teams

posted Dec 4, 2013, 6:06 AM by evizthum@susumc.org   [ updated Mar 2, 2017, 6:46 AM by York District UMC ]

All short term mission teams are reminded that if you don't register with Curt Knouse-cknouse@susumc.org, you will not be covered by the existing conference VIM insurance.  This insurance is provided at no additional charge and helps protect against bills related to accidental injury.  Additional illness / injury insurance can also be found at www.umvimnej.org

In His service,

Curt Knouse , Director of Volunteers in Mission and Outreach 

Susquehanna Conference UMC
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