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August 23, 2017
If your UM church has  participated  or plans to participate in events in response to racial unrest in Charlottesville and elsewhere please let us know so we can report it. Send us information and photos to  or use our  Submit News page Thank you!
Reminiscent of our 2017 Annual Conference theme, "Rise Up and Pray!" nearly 100 people of various faiths, races and ethnicities came together outside Lansdale UMC Sunday evening, August 20, to do just that, in response to the recent deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. Their hour-long, candlelit vigil of prayers, songs, scriptures and statements, was organized in just a few days to help the community seek healing and harmony in the wake of ongoing racial turmoil.

Four days earlier, up to three thousand people gathered at Arch Street UMC in downtown Philadelphia, after marching from the nearby Rodeph Shalom synagogue, for a protest rally against racism, hate and violence. Two rally themes, "Unmasking White Supremacy" and "Philly is Charlottesville" cited a prevalence of white supremacy in government policies and practices regarding state funding of education, local police treatment of black residents and low wages for municipal employees.   Learn more... 

One of Fritz Memorial UMC's newest church-family members is Nathan Mutwale, whose parents are missionaries with Global Ministries of the UMC. The church will host the Rev. Mutwale Ntambo wa Mushidi and his wife Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine for a potluck dinner and a presentation of their work on Sunday, August 27, at 6 PM. Fritz UMC, located at 303 Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, invites everyone. "Everyone, including children, are welcome to join us and celebrate the work that God is doing through these missionaries."

The missionary couple returns to visit the Eastern PA Conference from  August 25 to September 6.  Barbara Drake will host them during their two-week visit. She can be reached at

Their visitation schedule so far includes:
  • Thurs. Aug. 24 - Arriving by plane from Atlanta.
  • Fri. Aug. 25 - Nothing scheduled yet.
  • Sat. Aug. 26 - Midtown Parish 10AM - 3 PM for Community Day.  Will be at table for United Methodist Neighborhood Services where there will be blood pressure screenings and health kits.
  • Sun. Aug. 27 - 
    • St. Matthew's, Valley Forge for 9:30 AM worship.
    • Fritz Memorial, Bethlehem (with St. Paul's & Epworth invited) for 6 PM dinner and program.
  • Mon. Aug. 28 - Dinner with Bishop Johnson.
  • Tues. Aug. 29 - Nothing scheduled yet.
  • Wed. Aug. 30 - First, Phoenixville for 6 PM dinner and program.
  • Thurs. Aug. 31 - Cochranville for evening covered dish supper and program.
  • Fri. Sept. 1 - Nothing scheduled yet.
  • Sat. Sept 2 - New Hanover, Gilbertsville for 5 PM worship.
  • Sun. Sept 3 - First, Lancaster for 8:15 & 10:45 worship, & 9:30 Sunday School, and lunch.
  • Mon. Sept. 4 - Nothing scheduled yet.
  • Tues. Sept. 5 -  Lima for 6:30 dinner & 8 PM program.
  • Wed. Sept. 6 - Union, Havertown for 6 PM dinner and program.
  • Thurs. Sept. 7 - leaving by train for Newark, NJ.
Other dates may be scheduled as churches respond to the new visitation schedule.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church
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