September 4, 2019

Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 2 storm, is slowly making its way up the southeast U.S. coast, after attacking Florida with less-than-feared fury. The Carolinas and Georgia are now in its sights. The storm battered the Bahamas as a rare, destructive Category 5 (winds at 157 mph or higher), causing severe damage.

UMCOR  awarded a grant to  Bahamas Methodist Habitat , the Disaster Ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. It provides emergency short-term funding to address basic human needs of those affected by this catastrophic storm. UMCOR leaders are monitoring this dangerous storm closely and are in contact with annual conference disaster relief partners along the East Coast.  Learn more...
Our weather should be excellent this Saturday. So please be sure to  register online today if you plan to attend the  Celebrating Our Cultures multicultural celebration, family cookout and fellowship gathering on  Saturday, September 7, from 11 AM to 2 PM, at Innabah Camp & Retreat Center. If you plan to grill food onsite, grills will be set up and ready by 10:30.

Along with joyful fellowship, cultural festivities and a savory feast, we have an outstanding program planned with music and messages to illuminate and inspire us all. This may be the best 3 hours of your week. So please come!


This event, sponsored by the conference Commission on Religion & Race, is open to all, but it is especially planned as a time for people of color in our conference to gather and fellowship with one another.  Please register for this event today (and pay the $10 donation), so we can adequately prepare!  
Camping at the Crossroads. Sept. 7

Part festival, part rally, part retreat, all rolled into one event to reach youth and young adults for Christ. All Eastern PA Conference youth and young adults are invited!

Hosted by  Covenant United Methodist Church of Moore Township , 2715 Mountain View Drive, Bath, PA

Come Saturday for the day, or come Friday, too. Registration starts at 3 PM. Camp out and prepare your own meals, or visit our food trucks onsite. Cost is $10 per person, or $100 total for groups of 10 or more.

This event, featuring great Christian bands and powerful speakers, starts at 7 PM Friday and will end at 7 PM Saturday. Come for the music, the messages, the fellowship, the fun.


Racial Trauma Workshop Postponed to 2020

The “ Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation ” six-hour workshop, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14, at Simpson House in Philadelphia, has been  postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 .

The workshop facilitator, the  Rev. R. Dandridge Collins  (Ph.D., M.Div), is recovering from a recent cardiac incident and has had to reduce his work schedule. A pastoral psychologist, author, lecturer, minister and trauma expert, he says he is eager to lead this educational dialogue for people of color in our conference at a later date.
Learn more about this important gathering for discovery and discussion in our recent article, “ Conference to address traumatic stress from racism.”

Any paid $25 registration fee will be refunded or may be applied to the new date for this workshop, March 28, 2020. Contact Lindsey Cotman at lcotman@epaumc.org or 484-762-8215.
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