April 13, 2018
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Camps fill spring calendar with special events

Finally, we can look forward to spectacular, sunny spring weather this weekend! That's a great invitation to get outside and enjoy nature, God's gift of Creation; and there's no better place than at our Camp & Retreat Centers. Check out a new story posted today on our website about exciting spring events that our four camps are planning for April and May, including two fun events happening this weekend.

Innabah Camp & Retreat Center
will make the most of this weekend's spring weather by hosting its annual Spring 5k Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, April 14, at 9 AM. The course includes dirt trails and gravel roads, along with a few paved sections, but also gorgeous landscapes with rolling terrain above scenic French Creek in Chester County. All proceeds benefit summer camp programs and scholarship funds. And back by popular demand is a delightful pancake and bacon breakfast in the dining hall.

Also, Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center will hold its next Free Youth Night Sunday, April 15, from 4 to 6:30 PM. It will be the last gathering of the season, where middle and high school youth get to enjoy a fun evening of activities, faith building and snacks.

Coming up very soon are more special, spring events, including:
  • Spring workdays when volunteers help prepare the four sites for summer camp.
  • Open houses to show off our camps with tours, demonstrations, games, entertainment, fellowship, food and fun activities.
  • Pocono Plateau's annual Dangerous Retreat for Boys (and Dads),the weekend ofApril 27-29.
  • Gretna Glen's 6th annual Gretna Gritty, May 12mud fun-run fundraiser;
  • Carson Simpson Farm's Camp Night for Parents next Thursday evening, April 19, and also its annual Disciple Training and Little Critters Camp Visit, both on May 12.
Carson Simpson will also focus its annual "CSF Kids Give Back" program on helping Puerto Rico recover from 2017's devastating Hurricane Maria. In its "Camper to Camper" initiative young campers and their families will fill up and bring their donation banks to church each week. Their funds, collected all summer, will go to help restore the severely damaged Camp Bishop Fred P. Corson in Jayuya, Puerto Rico.
Church to host armed intruder protocols training

The Trustees of
Evansburg UMC (3871 Germantown Pike, Collegeville, PA) will host an Armed Intruder Preparation and Response Training led by the Rev. Mark Beiderman on Wednesday, April 18, from 1:30 to about 4:30 PM.
Beiderman is trained and offers churches expert instruction in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) protocols to help them plan and prepare for responding proactively to armed, aggressive intruders or active shooter events. He will cover the basics and but also offer "Beyond ALICE training" insights. The training will last about 3 hours.

Contact Greg Smith, Trustee chairman, at gcsbbs2@aol.com with any questions or if you wish to attend. The Rev. A. Kellie Ebo is Evansburg UMC's pastor.
Visit our website
to see news of other events happening this weekend.

The Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM) will celebrate Native American Ministries 
Sunday, April 15 4-6 PM , at Camp Innabah ( 712 Pughtown Road, Spring City ), with a festive and informative gathering for worship, a fellowship meal and first-person accounts of UM persons and churches serving God in mission among Native peoples Learn more...

April 14, Saturday, 9:30-11:00 AM (including a light lunch), at Lititz UMC, 201 Market Street, Lititz, PA. Come witness this dramatic, interactive presentation on the European colonization of the Americas and the U.S. government's and Christian Church's interaction with Native peoples. The program is free and open to all. Please pre-register. Contact Mike Shifflet at 717-419-8463 or at
mshiffty@gmail.com . Download the flyer

Bishop Peggy Johnson writes, " Sunday, April 15th is "Native American Ministries Sunday" in The United Methodist Church.  I hope that every church will take a special offering to aid Native American seminary students and the many wonderful ministries that are happening in our Committees on Native American Ministries (CONAMs). More importantly, I hope on that Sunday people will learn something about this vitally important part of our church's witness to its past, present and future. Learn more...

Congo Partnership Presentation
"The Resurrection Faith of Our Congolese Brothers and Sisters." Sunday, April 15, from 6 to 8 PM, at Mont Clare: Otterbein UMC, 181 Walnut Street, Mont Clare, PA. Church Phone: 610.933.8690. Sponsored by the South District. All welcome! No registration. Free.

Hear exciting stories from the recent Congo Partnership mission visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), led by Bishop Peggy Johnson, the Rev. Bob Wilt, Tony Barnett and the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm. Come learn about Bishop Johnson's time with the Chief of Wembo Nyama. Hear about the lives being saved in Mpasa and learn about the first well in a village of 86,000 residents. Read Celebrating the Resurrection in Central Congo

'Spirituality, Politics and Social Justice'

"Let's talk about
Spirituality, Politics and Social Justice with former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode, on Sunday, April 15, at 2 PM, at Berwyn UMC , 140 Waterloo Ave, Berwyn. Learn more ...
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