April 26, 2021
NEWS & VIEWS
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following appointments & assignments, effective July 1, 2021, unless otherwise stated:
  • Timothy S. Emmett-Rardin (Lay Supply) assigned to serve Philadelphia: University City, Calvary UMC, as pastor, half-time, effective July 1, 2021.
  • Rev. Daniel A. Hepner (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve Glen Moore UMC as pastor, half-time, effective July 1, 2021. This appointment is in addition to Pastor Hepner’s quarter-time appointment to Hopewell UMC
Praying for an end to Philadelphia’s gun violence
About 25 congregational leaders gathered for an interfaith prayer vigil on Friday, April 23, on the lawn of Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia. Christian and Jewish clergy prayed fervently for God to deliver the beleaguered city from its unrelenting gun violence epidemic. (From left) Bishop Peggy Johnson prayed, along with the Rev. Jeanette Davis, host pastor the Rev. Gregory Holston and his wife Deborah Holston, and many others. The Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity called upon the city’s pastors to lead prayers at or near their houses of worship on Friday at 11 AM.  John Coleman photo
Becoming the Beloved Community:
Preaching for Pentecost
An Interactive Seminar on Preaching, Worship and Mission for Pentecost Season 
Tuesday, April 27, 10 AM to 12 PM  

Engage with pastors, musicians and worship leaders in planning creative, inspirational worship for Pentecost, using the Revised Common Lectionary Year B. We will explore concepts of celebrating Pentecost not as a day but as a season.

Our seminar leaders—three Elders and one Deacon—are scholars and activists who will help us explore biblical studies, homiletics, worship, and incarnational social action for redemptive justice. Download the flyer. Register Learn more...
United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict
Bishop Peggy Johnson joined other UMs across the connection in responding to a jury's guilty verdict --three counts of murder and manslaughter--given April 20 to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd. Learn more...
Virtual Urban Summit: Part 2 to happen in 2 parts Saturday
Part 2 of the 2021 Virtual Urban Summit webinar, on Saturday, May 1, will be in two parts:

– Webinar Part A, 10 AM to 12 PM, is for all ages.
– Webinar Part B, 12 PM to 2 PM, is for youth.

The Rev. Rudy Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John’s Downtown UMC in Houston, Texas, and the Rev. Rashawn Clark, pastor of New Spirit UMC in Atlanta, Ga., kicked off the Eastern PA Conference’s multi-session Virtual Urban Summit on Saturday morning, April 24. In Part 1, the two visionary, impactful pastors shared their experiences and insights in “Engaging Communities in Change” and “Doing Spiritually-Focused Urban Evangelism.”

Part 2 of the Virtual Urban Summit continues on Saturday, May 1, in two parts: a morning webinar (10 AM to 12 PM) for all ages, and an afternoon webinar (12 PM to 2 PM) for youth.

Once again, the morning Summit will feature dynamic presenters who will, in turn, share “their wisdom, energy and experiences to help stir up our gifts and passion for radical, strategic, responsive urban ministry.”

Pursuing Urban Partnerships, Development & Renewal
The Rev. Joseph W. Daniels Jr., Lead Pastor of Emory Fellowship UMC in Washington DC, will share his empirical wisdom about “Pursuing Partnerships, Development & Urban Renewal.” Daniels is well-known for successfully shepherding Emory’s major, innovative redevelopment of the church and its surrounding community, including development of affordable housing and small businesses, through its affiliated, 501c3 nonprofit Emory Beacon of Light. Emory Fellowship is vibrant, intergenerational, predominantly Black congregation that works for justice and development opportunities in its community through effective partnerships.
Combating Violence through Faith-Based Healing
The Rev. Myra Maxwell is Lead Pastor of Trinity UMC in South Philadelphia and co-chairperson of the Conference’s Urban Commission, which sponsors the annual Urban Summits. A 2021 Denman Evangelism Awardee, she also directs Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement for Survivors of Homicide (CARES) for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, having previously done similar work on behalf of crime victims for other agencies.

Urban Youth Summit
The afternoon Urban Youth Summit will tackle hard facts of urban life with faith and strategies in a town hall-style discussion that addresses violence, trauma, substance abuse, peer pressure and other concerns. In a safe environment, the youth will voice their ideas on urban challenges, including race relations and internalized oppression, and economic and educational inequalities. And they will begin to envision ways to become effective peers, justice advocates and youth ministry entrepreneurs.

Facilitating the interactive youth summit will be: the Rev. David Piltz (above right), Conference Coordinator of Young People’s Ministries and a campus ministry; the Rev. Jose Tirado, Pastor of Nuevo Creacion (New Creation) UMC in Lancaster; and Andres Gutierrez, a youth leader.

More churches serving as COVID vaccination sites
Three more African American UM churches in the Philadelphia area have joined—or will soon join—the valued ranks of church COVID-19 vaccination sites. Eastwick UMC hosted a vaccination clinic partnering with Rite AId, and it will host its follow-up clinic May 15. 

Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia will be a vaccination site May 8. And Camphor UMC in Philadelphia hosted an initial clinic April 3 and another for second-shot returnees on Saturday, April 24.

Camphor partnered with Sunray Drug Store in Philadelphia, thanks to a friend who is a deacon at First Korean Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. The two churches have had a 25-plus year friendship, marked by their annual joint worship and celebration event. 
“Due to COVID-19, we have been unable to host the large fellowship of over 400 persons the past two years at our respective churches,” said Camphor member Carol Black, “but God found this way to further our friendship and save lives.” Black sent us photos of her church’s vaccination experience.

We would like to report on more churches that are hosting COVID vaccination clinics. Please send us information and photos if your church has participated in this important ministry to its community. Write to us at communications@epaumc.org. Or use our website’s Submit News page.
2020 Church Statistical Reports due April 30
The Conference Treasurer’s Office e-mailed its Statistical Reports letter to churches this week, Completed reports are due by April 30, using the EZRA Data Management System of the UMC’s General Board of Finance and Administration at http://ezra.gcfa.org. Each church’s online username is its six-digit GCFA ID Number, which can be found on its monthly remittance statement or its 2019 Statistical Report. 
 
There is one username per church; but more than one person can enter data by using the same password. For a password, type in “stat2020” (without quotation marks), using all lowercase and no spaces. Churches should contact their District Office if they need assistance . Learn More
Council of Bishops to meet virtually this week
The Council of Bishops will meet virtually April 26-30 to discuss the changing role of the episcopacy and new ways to lead the church. They also will hear reports on anti-racism efforts, ecumenical relations, immigration and disaster relief. The first and last days of the meeting will be livestreamed on the bishops' Facebook page beginning at 9 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. Read press release. Watch livestream
Leadership body invites church to vision work
The Connectional Table, the denomination’s equivalent of a church council, is urging United Methodists around the globe to join in conversations about the denomination’s identity, vision and mission. With General Conference now delayed to 2022, the leadership body hopes to bring more people to its table. Read story. Read press release
A call to prayer for societal injustice
On April 11, 2021, the world witnessed another unarmed black man killed at the hands of law enforcement. Across the United States we are seeing a significant rise in Asian American/Pacific Islander racist attacks. Multiple Native American women and girls have gone missing or been killed, with no justice in sight.

As the raw realities of ongoing societal injustice, unrest, and pain relentlessly flash across our screens, we are reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words of admonition and encouragement to the Corinthian church. They ring as true today as they did more than 2,000 years ago.  Learn more...

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21), the Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP), Discipleship Ministries and The Upper Room are hosting live events in April to strengthen and encourage Christians fighting racial injustice. To learn more visit:

View recordings of recent events on the Discipleship Ministries Facebook page.  
Study: Multiracial Methodist churches draw and keep more people than their white counterparts
The 6.6 million-member United Methodist Church is predominantly white. But its racially diverse congregations are faring better than white churches at a time when the denomination as a whole is experiencing declining attendance. Learn more...

Commentary:
'I believe in the resurrection and reparations'
Commentary by Bishop Julius C. Trimble
April 15, 2021 | INDIANAPOLIS (UM News)

I remember the pastor sharing the resurrection story and carefully and convincingly highlighting the women who were first to arrive at the empty tomb and become the first evangelists. He asked us to see ourselves in the ongoing story of Good News of the Risen Christ and the victory over sin and death. 

The day after Easter, the prosecution continued to present its case against Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. One week later, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer. The two most common responses were that it was either justified or an accident. Millions of Americans act bewildered, baffled or dismissive when African Americans express their exhaustion, fatigue and righteous indignation. Read more…
Farewell fete planned for Bishop Peggy Johnson
Eastern PA Conference leaders are planning a retirement celebration to bid a fond farewell to Bishop Peggy Johnson, after her 13 years of providing service and leadership here. The virtual farewell fete on Zoom is scheduled for Monday, July 26, at 6:30 to 8 PM, and will include greetings from members of the conference and the NEJ College of Bishops, among others.  

We are requesting the submission to communications@epaumc.org of photos of our bishop from across the conference. Short, well-done video farewell greetings are also welcome. The Rev. Scott McDermott, Episcopacy Committee chair, is working on a gift and will soon share how churches can contribute to a mission project of the Bishop's choice.  

Meanwhile, we have created a Kudoboard where members and friends can post messages to the bishop. Please visit the online board at  Expressions of Gratitude from the Eastern PA Conference to read some messages and add your own.
 
To attend the farewell webinar click on the Zoom link:
Webinar ID: 966 9511 7530. Passcode: 891085.   
Or join by telephone: US: +1 646 558 8656 

Also, save the Date!
A Welcome Service is being planned for Bishop Schol on Saturday, Sept. 18, at West Chester UMC. Time to be determined.
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Church needs VIMs to make floors safe for children
There is pent-up energy among the UM Volunteers In Mission community right now. Because of the pandemic, the possibility of an UMVIM journey abroad is zero. And even movement around the nation is not prudent. But opportunities are opening up within our conference boarders. 

One such opportunity is El Mesias (The Messiah) UMC, at 3200 N. Front St (at Allegheny Avenue), Philadelphia, PA. The Rev. Efrain Cotto is the pastor.

The City requires that the floors in classrooms used by the BrightFutures Preschool program be covered to address an unsafe flooring concern. The parents of many of the enrolled children at the preschool are essential workers. Having affordable care available for their children is essential, too. 

Installing floating floor tiles is the best answer. They require few tools and only basic skills. So we need VIM teams ready and able now to come participate in this vital mission effort. This is an urgent need for this small church and the children and families it serves. Please help. Learn more…
LEARNING EVENTS
Faith Talks on gun violence and ways to prevent it 
We’ve rescheduled the Faith Talks on gun violence and ways to prevent it for Thursday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m., ET.

We will discuss the mass shootings that plague our nation—and the suicides, domestic partner abuse and community-based violence that result in the vast majority of U.S. gun deaths. Now more than ever, understanding and interrupting the cycle of gun violence is a public health imperative.

I’ll be interviewing women leaders working in their communities and advocating for public policy to end this scourge of U.S. gun violence. Our guests will be:

  • Amber K. Goodwin, executive director of the Community Justice Action Fund, a leading gun violence prevention organization working on policy, education, leadership development, and building resources centered on communities of color.
  • The Rev. Rhonda Thomas of LIVE FREE Florida, a grief counselor for students after the Parkland High School mass shooting.
  • Oresa Napper-Williams of Not One More Child, whose son died by gun violence.


Jennifer R. Farmer, Host, United Methodist Women Faith Talks Podcast
Adaptive Stewardship in the Post-Pandemic Church, May 11
Webinar: Adaptive Stewardship in the Post-Pandemic Church

May 11, 2021 06:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Discipleship Ministries is thrilled to host this virtual event featuring a panel discussion examining the realities for funding ministry and leading churches in the world we are moving into as we come out of the pandemic. After a brief presentation on Adaptive Leadership in the face of our present leadership as well as congregational research gathered throughout the days before and during the pandemic, discussion will focus on trends for the church’s future as well as time to respond to questions from the audience. Our panelists will include:

  • Melvin Amerson, Resource Specialist for the Texas Methodist Foundation.
  • Lisa Greenwood, Vice President of Leadership Ministry with Texas Methodist Foundation and Executive Director of the National Association of United Methodist Foundations (NAUMF).
  • Joe Park, CEO of Horizons Stewardship.
  • Melissa Spas, Managing Director, Education and Engagement at Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.
  • Panel Moderator will be Ken Sloane, Director, Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries

Weekly Preaching Forum continues April 27
Join us for a conference-wide Preaching Forum on Zoom to help us plan Revised Common Lectionary-based sermons every Tuesday. Enjoy a weekly, one-hour, profitable exchange of ideas, inspiration and information about preaching resources.

Gifted presenters will share their notes on each week’s chosen text and then lead the forum in conversation. We will explore each text’s historical circumstances and present-day perspectives, plus ideas for application and initial thoughts for sermon movements, etc. 

For now, we will focus on texts for the upcoming Sunday. But we may adjust to add more lead time in the future. This initial, experimental preaching forum will run for 12 weeks until June 22.
Next CDT Book Club study: From Franchise to Local Dive, May 5-26
The Eastern PA Conference’s Congregational Development Team will sponsor its next CDT Book Club study and discussion on Wednesdays, May 5-26, at 11 AM. The next selection is From Franchise to Local Dive, by Jason Moore and Rozario Picardo. They will introduce their book and lead all four dialogue sessions. 

Many local churches are stuck in a rut, have reached a plateau, or--worst of all--are declining. The temptation is to serve up the same exact ministry models that worked in another time and space and that feel safe to existing churches. Like ordering from a menu at the franchise chain restaurant and expecting the meal to be palatable in the local context, many churches start something new by serving up the same old thing, failing to discover what their local community is actually hungry for.

From Franchise to Local Dive explores what it means to multiply ministry by cooking with local flavor. Whether you want to start a new service or a brand-new campus, this workshop will help you discover how to make a ministry recipe that will keep people coming back for more

Jason Moore and Rosario Picardo have a respected track record of creating and leading groundbreaking ministries that unchurched people can relate to. And we get to hear them share their wisdom with us first-hand. Download the flyer. Be one of the first 25 to register and receive a free copy of the book.
‘We Are Still Here!’
CONAM to honor outstanding Native leaders, May 2
For its annual spring fellowship and educational gathering, the Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) will present “We Are Still Here!” on Sunday, May 2, at 4 PM, on Zoom. Members will offer a compelling virtual presentation in words and images about “outstanding Native Americans today.”

“The First Peoples of this land are still here,” says CONAM, which sponsors educational events for the conference annually in the spring and fall, usually at Innabah Camp & Retreat Center.

“They live on reservations, in urban areas and in the countryside. You will find them in business, in the U.S. government, in cultural endeavors and all professions. We honor them and celebrate their rich heritage of understanding about the natural world and how we can live together in a community that honors each person and their gifts.”

This gathering will celebrate influential and resilient Native persons, including new U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, a Pueblo of Laguna, from New Mexico. She made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a U.S. cabinet secretary.
 
Sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries. Learn more...
Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age  
Next Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop: June 19

The next Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop is set for Saturday, June 19, 10 AM–1 PM. The title is “Where do I Draw the Line? Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age.”
 
Setting boundaries is important, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become crucial. While the virus has reminded us of our need for setting physical boundaries, it has left us no choice but to work from home and communicate virtually, ushering us into a world with no boundaries or borders. As a result, the lines have become blurred, and now more than ever, it is difficult to separate work life from home life.
 
The goal of this training is to increase awareness of the need for healthy boundaries in the clergy-congregant relationship especially in light of the new post-pandemic normal. The goal of this training is not only to prevent sexual misconduct, but to promote life-giving, invigorating ministries that don’t just survive but thrive
 
This workshop will combine synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous workshop time will be Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 10 – 1pm EST, via Zoom. Asynchronous learning will occur via personal reflection guided by a set of questions. Participants will return their answers to the presenter by May 19. Learn more...
RESOURCES
Tools for Ministry recordings now online to offer more learning
Like a good toolbox, this year’s Tools for Ministry online leadership academy, held March 13, is still available and useful. At least 26 of the 34 diverse, 90-minute courses, all provided via video conferencing on Zoom, were recorded. A page full of links to those recordings is now available on the conference website

The conference was forced to offer Tools for Ministry fully online for the first time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that alternative presented at least two silver linings: convenient at-home attendance and these recordings made available for those who were limited to taking just two courses that Saturday morning.

Some may want to learn more from other courses; and some may want to review or share with others what they learned that day. Indeed, these recorded courses can be viewed online along with study groups or entire congregations as a collective educational resource. And they may point to online alternative considerations when future Tools for Ministry events are planned. 
Can you remember the last time you sang full voice in worship? It seems impossible that it was over a year ago that our houses of worship closed, and we switched to online worship; and we were advised not to sing in public. Study after study showed that singing is many times more likely to spread the virus than simply talking.

It is no wonder we are all SO ready to get back to our favorite place to sit in our worship space, even as we allow for distancing and singing! Before you make that leap, however, you should consider the following. The CDC advises that while churches are opening up, the people should remain masked and not sing until herd immunity has reached at least seventy to eighty-five percent of the population.


Podcast 'Evangelism--Sharing the Good News'
In the newest episode of UM Communications' "Get Your Spirit in Shape," Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor and author of "Models of Evangelism," helps us find our way of sharing the Good News more naturally and comfortably.  

When we think of evangelism, many Christians feel some guilt. We know it is something we ought to be doing, but it makes us uncomfortable. In this podcast episode, Joe Iovino talks to Dr. Pope-Levison, professor and Dean at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and the author of Models of Evangelism. She helps us better understand what evangelism looks like in real life (in contrast to the caricatures) and encourages us to explore ways to share the Good News with others more naturally and comfortably.
AROUND THE UM CONNECTION
Agencies set greenhouse gas emissions goal
Eleven general agencies of The United Methodist Church are pledging to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across ministries, facilities, operations and investments. The initiative was announced on Earth Day. Jim Patterson reports. Read story  Read press release
Why Asian Americans should speak out about racism
ATLANTA — The Rev. John Oda, program manager of the Asian American Language Ministry Plan, describes a propensity in Asian American culture to stay silent on tough issues such as racism. But as national movements to confront racism grow, he says Asian Americans should raise their voices. In the wake of rising violence against the Asian community since the coronavirus pandemic began, "our silence is literally killing us," Oda writes. Read commentary
REMINDERS
FAMLP Retreat May 2-4 at Camp Pecometh
The Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors of Eastern PA and Peninsula Delaware conferences will gather for their annual joint retreat May 2-4, at Camp Pecometh, 136 Bookers Wharf Road, Centerville, MD. “Seeing Your Community as Your Church” (from Nehemiah 2:11-18) is their theme.   
The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, Eastern PA’s Director of Connectional Ministries, will keynote the weekend event. The retreat is open to all Associate Members, Local Pastors, Student Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers. CEUs are available for attending the full event. The total cost is $232, which includes room and board.  Register today
Scholarships available for interfaith gathering
WASHINGTON — The Parliament of the World's Religions has announced that its eighth global gathering is planned for Oct. 17-18 online. The United Methodist Council of Bishops will offer scholarships to cover the cost of registration for 15 United Methodists. Scholarship applications are due May 1. Learn more about event Scholarship application form (PDF)
Higher Education grants available until May 10
Today, April 26, the Education Society of the Eastern PA Conference will begin accepting grant applications to assist eligible individuals with defraying the cost of higher education for the 2021-2022 school year, reports Al Adey, who chairs the Education Society A new 2021-22 Education Society Grant Application is available on the Conference website’s Higher Education Scholarships & Grants page. The application deadline is May 10.

Grant recipients will be randomly selected. This financial aid information should be shared with church members who plan, or know of United Methodists planning, to attend an institution of higher learning in the fall of 2021. Contact Al Adey with questions at ahadey@verizon.net.
UMW Spiritual Life Retreat May 15
The Eastern PA Conference UM Women will hold their annual Spiritual Life Retreat May 15, 1:00– 3:30 PM on Zoom. The theme is Spiritually Aligned from the Inside Out. Toni Warner-McIntyre (PhD, MSW, Med), a licensed mental health professional based in Willow Grove, PA. is the featured speaker. "Dr. Toni," a mom of three, is a transformational life and wellness coach for the ambitious, and a psychotherapist for the high-achieving, stressed and anxious. She has been in the helping profession field for over a decade.
Pre-register here and receive the Zoom link for this program. Download the flyer. Learn more...
Latino Commission Holy Convocation and Assembly
The Eastern PA Conference Latino Commission’s annual Holy Convocation and Assembly will happen on Saturday, May 29, 9 AM – 3 PM, hopefully onsite at the newly merged Casa del Rey UMC in Allentown. For more information, contact the Rev. Lucky Cotto at llcotto@epaumc.org
New Urban Ministry grant applications due May 31
The Eastern PA Conference Urban Commission will award a new round of grants this spring to assist in funding Urban Alliances or Urban Church Initiatives. Churches located in listed urban centers are encouraged to apply. That list includes several newly designated urban areas. 

Urban Alliances comprise two or more congregations working together in collaborative ministry, preferably along with community and civic partners. The Urban Ministries Coordinator will assist in the formation of Alliances and the administration of funding. Urban Alliances, because they involve multiple partners, may apply for funding up to $6,000.

Urban Church Initiative grants support new or expanding ministries within individual urban congregations. Local Churches Initiatives may apply for funding up to $2,500.  The Commission tries to offer grants twice a year. Application deadlines are May 31 and Nov. 15. Learn more...
Virtual One-on-One Meetings with Wespath
In past years the Board of Benefits has offered one-on-one interviews with a Wespath representative during Annual Conference. While we hope to return to this model in the future, during this new season of continued distancing, we are able to provide you with virtual one-on-one meetings!  

Please CLICK HERE to schedule your virtual meeting anytime between now and May 31st, 2021 to meet with a Wespath Benefit Educator.
Bivocational & Small Church Network to meet bimonthly. Next meeting: May 11 
The next gathering of the Bivocational & Small Church network is May 11 at 6:30 PM. The group plans to gather every other month on the second Tuesday at 6:30 PM. More people are showing interest in joining this sharing and support group that helps bivocational clergy and also pastors and members of small-membership churches. 

“Small churches are the backbone of The United Methodist Church,” said the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, Connectional Ministries Director, “and we want to provide a bimonthly small group for conversation that relates to the unique opportunities found in our small, vital churches.” Learn more and register...
UMCOR grants to help churches aid local refugees, migrants
UM churches across the U.S. can receive grants of up to $2000 to help refugees and migrants living in their communities, thanks to a new grant program from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). The “Mustard Seed Migration Grants” continue the agency’s 80-year tradition of helping refugees, immigrants and migrants seeking to build a new life. 

The Mustard Seed Migration Grants, inspired by the well-known parable about growth, will provide 50 congregations with up to $2,000 in funding to support one-time, community-based service projects. Churches will have the opportunity to assist refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented persons and migrants of all types in their own cities and towns. Learn more...
Updated church reopening guidelines
Reminder re: email spoofing
Email spoofing is once again at work identifying Bishop Johnson as the sender. Remember, spoofing is when the sender of the email forges (spoofs) someone's email address, so that the message appears to come from a legitimate email address. Please do not respond to any email from Bishop Johnson requesting money, your time, an email response, etc. To learn more, see: What you need to know about fake e-mails from Conference Leaders
Conference Leadership Opportunities for all!
The Conference Leadership Committee asks all clergy and lay members to use this Leadership and Service Interest Form to indicate how and where they are willing to serve on. Learn more...
UMM Day of Worship
The United Methodist Men of the Northeastern Jurisdiction will sponsor a National Day Of Worship on Saturday, May 27, 1 to 3 PM, on Zoom. The theme is “Making Our Presence Known to Make God’s Presence Known.” Click here to download and print the flyer. Zoom access links are found there. Help spread the word. This event is open to men and women everywhere. 
Visit our Local Church Resources webpage
Do you find yourself wondering where you can obtain a 501(c)3 letter? Clergy W-2s? Various other bits of information that is crucial for churches? Look no further than the Local Church Resources page under the Administration tab on the EPA website and you can answer these questions.
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Update your Find-A-Church profile
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Missed any past issues of NEWSpirit Digest?
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SAVE THE DATES
April
  • April 27: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer. 12 Noon on Zoom. Join.
  • April 27: Weekly Preaching Forum. Tuesdays at 2 PM, on Zoom. Register.

May
  • May 1: "Relating with Clergy Spouses" workshop by Artos. From 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM on Zoom. Download the flyer. Register.
  • May 2: CONAM Spring Fellowship Event (Zoom) 4 PM. Register.
  • May 2-4: FAMLP Retreat at Camp Pecometh. Register.
  • May 8: This Holy Mystery: A UM Study of Holy Communion - Part 2. 9 AM - 11:30 AM via Zoom. Register.
  • May 11: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer. 12 Noon on Zoom. Join.
  • May 11: Weekly Preaching Forum. 2 PM, on Zoom. Register.
  • May 15: UMW Spiritual Life Retreat. 1 PM - 3 PM, via Zoom. Register.
  • May 15: Clergy Transition Workshop led by Dave Woolverton.9 AM - 11 AM via Zoom meeting. Download the flyer.  Register.
  • May 18: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer. 12 Noon on Zoom. Join.
  • May 18: Weekly Preaching Forum. 2 PM, on Zoom. Register.
  • May 20 - 22: 2021 Annual Conference. Register.
  • May 25: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer. 12 Noon on Zoom. Join.
  • May 25: Weekly Preaching Forum. 2 PM, on Zoom. Register.
  • May 29: Latino Holy Convocation and Assembly

June
  • June 5: Cross Cultural Cross Racial Training for New CR/CC Appointments. 9 AM - 12:30 PM, via Zoom Meeting. Register.

August
  • August 6 - 8: Laity Academy

October
  • October 15 & 16: Domestic Violence Workshop. Friday October 15 from 7 PM – 9 PM & Saturday October 16th from 9 AM – 12 PM. Further details TBA.
  • Oct. 23:  Faith Sharing Evangelism Training w/ Olu Brown
  • Oct. 29 - Nov 1: Dismantling Racism, Level 1, Virtual. Register.
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