August 6, 2020
NEWS & VIEWS
Connectional Table to bid farewell to Anita Powell, August 10
There will be another fond farewell to a former Eastern PA Conference staff executive celebrated online, using Zoom video-conferencing, on Monday, August 10, at 5 PM. This time the honoree is the Rev. Anita Powell, who retired June 30 from her final conference position as Executive Director of Connectional Ministries. The Connectional Table (CT), the conference-wide leadership group she helped lead, will honor Powell with tributes in words, music, images and gifts, including a special slideshow presentation. Lenora Thompson, CT chair, is organizing the event. 

Dr. Powell, also a former pastor and district superintendent, retired after 19 years in the conference. She will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Commission on Religion and Race. Other recent tributes were held for the Revs. Tracy Bass and Dawn Taylor-Storm, both departing district superintendents. Taylor-Storm succeeded Powell as Executive Director of Connectional Ministries as of July 1.

To join in the celebration use the Zoom event link:
The Meeting ID, if needed, is: 955 3389 3796. Passcode: 389741
The regional telephone: 1 646 558 8656
The one-tap mobile phone access number is: +16465588656,,95533893796#
Cabinet to lead 6 conference prayer meetings
The Eastern PA Conference’s half-hour prayer meetings, held on Tuesdays at noon by video-chat on Zoom, will welcome a special cadre of prayer leaders in August and September. The conference Cabinet was invited to take the lead by the Rev. David Piltz, creator, coordinator and host of the ministry, and they accepted. 
 
Piltz, who also leads Young People’s Ministries for the conference, as well as being a campus minister at Drexel University and the new pastor of Valley Forge UMC, started the weekly prayer sessions in April, as the current Coronavirus pandemic was growing. Bishop Peggy Johnson is a frequent attendee, as well as other conference leaders and local church laity and pastors.
 
Now she and her appointive Cabinet, and new Connectional Ministries Director the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, will become guest-hosts over the next two months. Piltz hopes their spiritual leadership in this forum will draw more participants from their individual districts and beyond, and also add new, diverse voices and styles of prayer to the overall experience. It may even lead to inviting more guest hosts in the future. 
 
Here is the schedule of Cabinet Prayer Leaders:
Rev. Evelyn Kent Clark, South District Superintendent – Aug. 11
Rev. Bumkoo Chung, West District Superintendent – Aug. 18
Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III, East District Superintendent – Aug 25
Rev. Steve Morton, North District Superintendent – Sept. 1
Bishop Peggy Johnson – Sept. 8
Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, Director of Connectional Ministries – Sept. 15
 
Here is the Zoom access information:
Meeting ID: 591 129 374
Or Call in: +1 646 558 8656
Register now for mission volunteers virtual orientation
Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the UM Global Ministries Mission Volunteers program will offer a virtual orientation experience September 3-4 for all individuals and couples interested in learning more about the program. Especially invited are those who may be discerning future long-term volunteer service as part of their life journeys.

There is no registration cost for the virtual orientation. But persons must register by August 15 using an online form. This orientation replaces in-person training events for now.

The orientation will be held from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The session will include such topics as The Theology of Mission, Cross-Cultural Expansion, Fundraising for Volunteer Service, and more. Participants are expected to prepare by completing required readings provided upon receipt of the online registration. Attendees should give their full commitment to the learning process and virtual environment.

Placement opportunities will be available in 2021 for all interested virtual orientation participants. For questions or more information, please email mv@umcmission.org.

Here is the link to register or share with others who might be interested. Una Jones is Director of Mission Volunteers.
UMC to offer 2 ‘Dismantling Racism’ town halls
Two new interactive town hall discussions are planned for August as part of the UMC’s new “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative. The town hall series of webinars on anti-racism explores both old and new approaches to organizing for racial justice in church and community.

In the first of the two discussions, on Wednesday, August 19, at 1 PM, participants will hear from a panel of older, seasoned leaders. A panel of emerging leaders will follow in discussion two weeks later on Wednesday, August 26, also at 1 PM. These two webinars will be viewable at UMC.org/EndRacismTownHall and also via livestream video on the UMC’s Facebook page. Recordings of them will also be available.

The denomination’s Dismantling Racism initiative is a sustained, multi-level, coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. “The Town Hall discussions aim to help equip church members and leaders as we engage in our anti-racism work across the Connection,” said Erin Hawkins, moderator of the conversations and outgoing General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and RaceLearn more....
Domestic Violence Seminar on Zoom, Oct. 9-10
SAVE THE DATE: The 3rd annual Domestic Violence seminar will take place on Zoom, on Friday, October 9, from 7 to 9 PM, and continue on Saturday, October 10, from 9 AM – 12 PM. More information on the way.
Latino ministry aided by immigrant rights group
Casa del Pueblo, a ministry of Lehman UMC in Hatboro, received part of a grant won by an immigrant rights organization to help Latino families in dire need of aid due to lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 11-year-old ministry serves families in and around Hatboro and also in Warrington, where it conducts worship and Sunday school at St. Paul UMC, its satellite location.  

Casa del Pueblo was one of four Hispanic churches in Bucks County to receive funds from grants awarded to Immigrant Rights Action, a Doylestown-based nonprofit to help persons excluded from federal and state COVID-19 aid due to immigration status. The Rev. Lucky Cotto is pastor of Casa del Pueblo. Learn more by visiting our Methodists Make News page.
Tune into August 8 Deaf Ministry Virtual Summit
Rosalind McCkelvey, sign interpreter and Deaf Choir director at Grace UMC Philadelphia, invites all to attend this Saturday, August 8, from 3 to 5 PM, a “virtual summit” sponsored by the UM Congress of the Deaf Northeastern Jurisdiction (Deaf caucus). To join this virtual event on Zoom here is the link. 

The agenda includes: worship led by Bishop Peggy Johnson; a presentation by the Rev. Emmanuel Sterling, a Deaf pastor, about Deaf ministry online; praise and singing/signing led by Rosalind McKelvey; sharing of gifts; and an NEJ Deaf caucus business meeting. The theme is “I Am Redeemed.” For questions about the virtual event, contact Rosalind McKelvey roz.mckelvey@gmail.com .
For registration questions, contact Rev. Leo Yates at RevYates@eumclaurel.org.
AROUND THE UM CONNECTION
Korean peninsula and ‘Amazing Grace with Peace’
A Korean-American teenager hopes she and others like her can help transform Korea’s demilitarized zone into a peace zone, so that elders like her grandfather can reunite with the families they left behind. Read more…
Churches weigh options to reach seniors
Technology has provided many answers for pastors trying to stay connected with their members during the coronavirus pandemic. But in some rural or smaller churches, landline telephones and newsletters sent via snail mail continue to play a role.

“The average age of our congregants is probably around 70,” said Shelly Young, office communications coordinator at Grace United Methodist Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico. “But most of the ones who are not connected (to the internet) are upwards of 80 to 90. Most of them don’t even have a cell phone. They have their landline and they want to use it.” Read more...
Young African leaders unite for COVID-19 campaign
Young adults from the African continent have launched a COVID-19 prevention campaign in children’s homes, universities, health facilities, markets and other public places, with financial support from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Young African Leadership Development, which was formed in 2018 after a series of young leader summits held by Young People’s Ministries. The goal of the group — mostly United Methodists — is to promote awareness about the global pandemic and offer relief to vulnerable communities. Read more...
A retired seminary president reflects on the heavy toll the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on Latino patients and the demand for more attention to their health needs. The Rev. David Maldonado said his son, a pulmonologist and critical care physician in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, revealed alarming insights about the disproportionate number of Latino immigrants he is treating for COVID-19.

“On one particular day, 95% of his COVID-19 patients were Latino immigrants, primarily from Mexico,” Maldonado writes. “Unfortunately, it is not surprising that such a shocking, disproportionate percentage of Latinos suffer from the disease. In fact, across the nation, Latinos are four times more likely than non-Hispanics get COVID-19. 

“Although there are historically large concentrations of Latinos in various parts of the nation, today they reside all across the United States. And Latinos are challenging emergency rooms and hospitals throughout the country.. Read more...
About four months ago, the Asian American Language Ministry Plan began to hear about some urgent needs that churches were facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan’s committee quickly came together and created the AALM COVID-19 Resiliency Fund. As soon as the resiliency fund was launched, grant applications began to pour in from all corners of the country.

The Asian American Language Ministry Plan is one of the six National Ethnic Plans of The United Methodist Church. This plan works with all of the Asian American United Methodist churches across the U.S. to support and strengthen their ministries. Read more…
Black medical school faces off with COVID-19
Meharry Medical College, a historically Black medical school supported by The Black College Fund of The United Methodist Church, has been partnering with African American churches in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturdays, and doing all the free COVID-19 testing for the city of Nashville, where the positive cases of the dangerous pandemic are raging.

Partnering with churches is a natural for the school, said Dr. Cheare Farmer-Dixon, dean of the school of dentistry. She supervises the testing. “Meharry is a faith-based school with our foundation in the church. We have for decades partnered with churches. It’s a match made in heaven,” she said. Working with churches gets the students intimately engaged with the community, she added. Learn more...
LEARNING EVENTS
Register now for Intercultural Competency Workshop
August 10 is the deadline to register for this enlightening intercultural sensitivity video-conference training event that will happen via Zoom on Saturday, August 15, 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM. 

This training is designed for clergy and congregations serving in a cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry context or wanting to engage the racially and ethnically diverse community around them more effectively. By increasing the level of intercultural competency, deepening the understanding of relationship dynamics, and being equipped with practical communication tools, clergy and congregations will become more intentional and effective in their ministry.

This training is offered by the conference Commission on Religion & Race’s Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Ministry Training & Resource Team. The Zoom invitation for the training will be sent to registrants prior to the date of the workshop. Registration closes August 10. Download the flyer! Register Online
Faith Sharing Event, Nov. 14, moved to Zoom
Evangelism in a Changing Landscape, the Eastern PA Conference’s 2020 Faith-Sharing Event Nov. 14, will now be a 3-hour Zoom video-conference from 9 AM to 12 noon, offered for free.
Our featured speaker is the Rev. Lisa Greenwood, Vice-President for Leadership Ministry of TMF (the Texas Methodist Foundation), Dallas, Texas. She will stimulate reflections on the changing landscape of our mission field—both its challenges and opportunities—and invite us into conversations about the implications for our church leaders and ministries. Congregations are encouraged to participate in teams to learn, strategize and prepare to grow together.

GCSRW presents: Women's Leadership Summit 2020
The UMC’s General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCRSW) invites tll to attend its virtual Women’s Leadership Summit October 8-10. Theme: “I AM Her” (from Solomon 4:7). Save the date for this important and inspirational virtual conference. More details and registration information to come. Download the flyer
MISSION SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES
Group seeks aid for migrant clinic on SW border
Methodists for Social Action (MFSA) of the Eastern PA Conference, working in collaboration with the local Reconciling United Methodists, is appealing urgently for support for a health clinic that serves a camp of migrant neighbors on the U.S. southwest border. The clinic, created by UM Deaconess Cynthia Andrade Johnson, is in dire need of medical supplies. 

“She has a critical need for supplies and support of this important work especially for mothers and newborns,” MFSA says in a recent appeal letter to “justice-seeking friends.” The group is raising donations that it wants to send next Wednesday, August 12, to Johnson at the clinic in Matamoros Tamaulipas. “We have an opportunity to match your gift,” the letter reads, “and to double the support thanks to a generous donor who will match gifts up to $1,000.”

To learn more about the clinic and its ministry, including Johnson’s appeal for nutritional aid for a newborn baby, visit: https://www.facebook.com/1255023421/videos/10223003517897131. Also read a recent UM News story about the ministry, “Pandemic threatening ministry with migrants”  (April 27, 2020). You can also visit Cindy’s Facebook page to learn more. 

All donations toward the funding match should be sent by August 12 to Swarthmore UMC 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, Pa 19081, or made on the Swarthmore UMC website at https://www.swarthmoreumc.com/. Gifts should be marked: ”EPA SUPPORTS MIGRANT CLINIC.” The Rev. Lydia Muñoz is the pastor and leader of the conference’s MFSA group, serving in that role with the Rev. Joanne Miles, a Deacon at St. Luke UMC Bryn Mawr.
Urgent appeal to aid Peter D. Weaver Congo Partnership
We have all been impacted by the pandemic in the United States. During our own challenges, God calls us to care for others. Your Peter D. Weaver Congo Partnership continues to be a beacon of hope for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo that has been devastated by the pandemic and other challenges, especially economically.
 
We are seeing a growing rate of malnutrition and starvation because people in remote areas are unable to grow their own food. Our lifesaving Partnership projects are needed more than ever. We endeavor to provide for the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of our Congolese sisters and brothers. 
 
The Partnership, which is supported by the Eastern PA Conference, now faces serious financial challenges which will require us to cut some of our life-giving projects if urgently needed funds cannot be raised. If every person and every congregation provided some financial support, God would take those gifts and multiply them so that we can support our Congolese mission partners in this time of great need. Learn more....
Appeal for donated masks, hand sanitizer, etc
The Eastern PA Conference Disaster Response Ministry is seeking volunteers to sew and donate suitable protective masks for children and adults in vulnerable, urban communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many church members and residents in these communities are in great need of masks, hand sanitizer and other assistance to help them stay safe and survive the pandemic. The ministry needs and will gladly accept:

The needs include:
  • Donations of disposable and reusable masks,
  • Flip-top bottles (2-ounces) for use in dispensing hand sanitizer,
  • Gallon jugs of hand sanitizer to fill flip-top bottles, and
  • Monetary donations to help purchase and distribute supplies.

Please contact the Rev. Myra Maxwell, East District Disaster Response Coordinator, at myrajmax1@gmail.com, if you can help. Send or deliver donations to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 1814 Wharton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Call: (215) 468-1999.

More aid, volunteers needed to help Gilberton recover from flooding
The Eastern PA Conference is seeking more donations to help with flood recovery efforts in Gilberton, PA. Funds may be sent to the Conference Treasurer’s Office, Eastern PA Conference, PO Box 820, Valley Forge PA 19482. Please use the Disaster Response Advance Special # #0345,  and note “North District Flood Relief” in the check memo line.  

North District members, churches and friends responded generously to the district’s immediate appeal for funds to aid Gilberton, led by the Rev. Steve Morton, district superintendent. They donated $5,000, which was doubled as a match by district mission funds. As a result, Bishop Peggy Johnson delivered a $10,000 check to Gilberton UMC, on the district’s behalf, when she joined them for worship on Sunday, July 19. 

“These gifts will be a blessing to assist those affected by June's flooding,” said Morton. “Praise God!” Gifts are still welcome and may be sent to either the conference or the North District Office at the same address: P O Box 820, Valley Forge PA 19482. Please note "Flood Relief" in the memo line. All donations will go to the Gilberton UMC, which is working with conference and North District Disaster Response leaders and with local officials to address dire needs unmet by other funding sources. 

Individuals and groups who want to provide onsite flood recovery help as Volunteers in Mission teams can contact Bob Simcox at drc@epaumc.org.
REMINDERS
Youth Rally moves online to Zoom
Rally to feature music, messages and meeting of young minds

Due the COVID-19 pandemic the Eastern PA Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) has decided to reset its annual, planned Youth Rally as a two-day, online event, using Zoom videoconferencing. The dates and times, chosen by the CCYM youth, are Friday, August 21, from 8 to 9:30 PM and Saturday, August 22, from 3 to 4:30 PM.

We will have dynamic speakers, uplifting music and small group discussions on topics ranging from self-esteem and body image, to relationships and connecting with God, to prayer and strengthening our faith.

Our CCYM youth are excited to use technology as we engage other youth in discussing, experiencing and learning about our faith. We will enjoy soul-moving music by great Christian artists, and we’ll hear dynamic speakers who will challenge and help guide us in our various faith journeys. Learn more...
REVISED: Historic 2020 Annual, District Conferences to meet mostly online
While this story was published last week, the Annual Conference-related Dates and Activities portion has been updated with new information. There are changed procedures and dates. For example, Annual Conference members who cannot use eBallot to vote electronically and who choose to attend both voting sessions (August 26 and October 13) at designated in-person locations will vote by raising their hands instead of using paper ballots. Also, there will be a $30 Annual Conference registration fee, among other changes. Learn more…  
Clergy of Color Retreat reschedules for June 2021
The Clergy of Color Retreat with Dr. Amanda Kemp, a professor of African American Studies and Intercultural Competency Trainer, has been rescheduled from December to June 11-12, 2021. This event is sponsored by the Commission on Religion and Race as part of the conference’s Call to Action and Racial Justice and Transformation initiatives. 
2020 Annual, District conferences to meet mostly online
Because of ongoing restrictions on large gatherings, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Eastern PA Annual Conference and its four District Conferences will all meet not in person but online in September and October. Forced into interactive, virtual meetings, as many churches have been, they will use Zoom video webinars, Facebook Live for livestreaming and the eBallot secure online balloting system for electronic voting. 

For the Annual Conference, October 13-14, everything will be accomplished in carefully orchestrated steps. But a key first step will be a hoped-for vote by conference members on August 26 to approve temporary rules changes that would allow for the virtual conference session, electronic voting and a reduced session agenda. Learn more… 
Pen-Del Youth Rally 2021 Cancelled
A message from the Peninsula-Delaware Conference Council of Youth Ministry: 
In light of the COVID-19 situation, specifically around the Peninsula-Delaware Conference area, the Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) met to discuss whether to postpone the 2021 Youth Rally or to hold the event as planned. It is with heavy hearts that we inform everyone that after several hours of in depth (and passionate) discussion, we agreed that there are just too many restrictions and unknowns in the way of offering the truly unique and fun experience that you have come to know and expect. The safety and health of all of YOU is our most important concern. With that in mind, we unanimously reached the decision that the best course of action would be to postpone the 2021 Youth Rally. Learn more 
WANTED: News of churches helping children, parents, schools with education 
We are always looking for news about our churches and pastors, and so is our denomination’s UM News service. Specifically, we are both seeking information and insights from churches that are offering ministries to support children and their education provided by schools and families during the COVID-19 pandemic--including the consideration to reopen schools in August or September. If you can help us, please contact us at communications@epaumc.org. We will share your information--or you can share it directly--with our friends at UM News: Vicki Brown, News Editor, at vbrown@UMNews.org. Thank you!
Donated hand sanitizer ready for churches to come and get it
Six barrels with 50-gallons each of donated hand sanitizer are now ready and waiting for churches to “come and get it” at the Eastern PA Conference’s four Camp & Retreat Centers and at two local churches in Philadelphia and Allentown.

The 55-gallon total barrels, recently donated to FEMA and then to our conference’s Disaster Response Ministry, were picked up by Early Response Team volunteers Wednesday at Jubilee Ministries in Annville and delivered to six sites across the conference. Church representatives can come with empty, screw-top bottles and collect from the barrels up to 64 ounces of the sanitizer gel for each church.

Visitors to the camps should call or e-mail them in advance to arrange visits. All visitors must wear protective masks and practice social distancing. Learn more...

Eastern PA Conference’s Disaster Response Ministry also has donated, washable cloth face coverings from FEMA to help churches ensure safety during worship and activities. The adult-sized masks are 100% cotton, and contain silver and copper to help prevent the growth of viruses and germs. Churches wanting masks can request them using the following form: Request form for face masks.
Millions in federal dollars boost ministries
A U.S. government program, despite its flaws, supplied a financial lifeline to hundreds of United Methodist ministries in the early days of the pandemic. The federal Paycheck Protection Program for the first time offered federally guaranteed small-business loans to nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees, including churches.
 
The program has faced criticism for favoring larger enterprises over smaller ones and violating the U.S. legal tradition of separating church and state. Nevertheless, many United Methodist leaders point to the program as a needed reprieve at a time of plummeting giving and rising ministry needs. Learn more...
Online school to train local church historians

MADISON, N.J. — The United Methodist Commission on Archives and History is offering a free online course that will cover a range of skills needed to become a church historian. The 12-week course will begin Sept. 14 and people can take it at their own pace. Read press release. To register.
Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation event moves online to Zoom
The Eastern PA Conference’s twice-postponed Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress and Transformation workshop will happen online on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 AM to 2 PM, using Zoom video-conferencing. The unusual workshop will address a timely topic that concerns many people of color in today’s highly charged racial climate: race-based traumatic stress.

The Rev. Dr. R. Dandridge Collins, a pastoral psychologist, author, lecturer, minister and trauma expert, will teach and lead participants in frank discussions to explore solutions to emotional distress and trauma caused in part by racist mistreatment, conflict and reactions, past and present. People of color, clergy and lay, should register soon. Space may fill up quickly. 

The original $25 registration fee has been reduced to $15 and still includes a copy of Collins’ bestselling 2007 book The Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing. Also included is a copy of Romal Tune’s book, Love is an Inside Job. Scholarships are available. Please contact: dtaylorstorm@epaumc.org. Register OnlineDownload and share the flyer!
Orientation to Ministry, Sept. 12
There are various ways one can enter into professional ministry in the UMC. Attend this orientation Sept. 12 to learn the process of answering God’s call. Presenter: Rev. Michael Roberts. Learn more and Register.
An essential guide to re-opening your church
Vanco is offering a new Returning to Church During COVID-19 Playbook that provides actionable guidance for churches that are reopening. Yes, another set of guidelines among many, but can you ever have too many? Vanco’s new resource deals with: health and safety tips; best practices for social distancing: advice for accommodating contact-free Communion and online group discussions; communicating with staff, volunteers and your congregation; and maintaining a sense of community when members are attending both in-person and virtual services. Learn more...
Anxiety is an understandable byproduct in a world living with the coronavirus pandemic.“Worry is constantly deconstructing us, fragmenting us. We are distracted and scattered,” says one pastor. But some say it’s possible to limit or eliminate the fear and worry that threaten many.
Licensing School Dean sought
The Board of Ordained Ministry is searching for a Dean of the Eastern PA Conference Licensing School. This position relates to the Board of Ordained Ministry and is a part-time, stipend position. If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest and a resume by July 25 to UMJobs@epaumc.org. Read more. Click here to download the full job description.
New PA program offers rental, mortgage aid 
Persons who have experienced a job or substantial income loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can now get assistance with their rent or mortgage through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The agency opened applications for a new rental and mortgage assistance program on Monday, June 29. This new program is funded through the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund allocated by the Governor and the Legislature and totals $175 million.
 
Re-opening Best Practices for Churches Updated 6/24/2020
Our Conference Guidelines are updated for churches to use as they plan their reopenings. Learn more... 
Conference offers churches online giving page

The conference has created a giving page on its website to allow congregations to easily receive online gifts from church members, visitors and donors, who can select from a menu of participating churches. The online giving portal is now operational.  It is available to all churches, but it should be especially helpful to churches that do not currently offer online giving but want to. The service is provided through the conference’s relationship with Vanco Payment Services.   

Simple electronic funds transfer process
To participate in the program, a local church must simply complete the electronic funds transfer form and return it to the conference accounting office. The conference Treasurer’s office will process and deposit gifts into the church’s designated bank account weekly. A contribution report will then be sent to the church. Learn more...
REMINDER: PA tax exemption extended until September 30
Due to delays in processing of sales tax exemptions as a result of COVID-19, the PA state revenue department is extending the Eastern PA Conference’s tax-exempt status and that of its subsidiary churches until September 30, 2020. The extension is intended to assist conferences and subsidiary churches in continuing daily operations without interruption of exempt status.
Clergy, pastors, deacons asked to submit photos for directory
The Eastern PA Conference is creating a Clergy Photo Directory to be used by the new appointive Cabinet and to help future transitions in Annual Conference leadership. For convenience, the Cabinet created an online EPAUMC Clergy Photo Portal to allow for easy photo submissions. 
 
Each appointed or assigned pastor (clergy or lay) and deacon is asked to submit one photo. You will be asked for your email address to access the portal. Once you access the portal, you will be asked for your name and a photo to upload.. The portal will only accept image files (.jpg, .png, etc.). The Clergy Photo Portal will guide you through completing these steps. Questions? Contact the Rev. Kevin Babcock, (above), Coordinator of Church Support Services, at kbabcock@epaumc.org.
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
Developed by United Methodist Communications, Find-A-Church helps your church connect with people who may be looking online for a church to provide worship, fellowship, spiritual nurture and other needs. If your church has a Website, having a church page in Find-A-Church doubles your local visibility to reach people searching by city, town or zip code. It is the official online directory of United Methodist churches in the United States and one of the most visited sections of UMC.org, averaging more than 1,000 page views a day. You'll achieve the best results from your Find-A-Church profile when you update your church's information. For video instructions on how, visit Video Tutorial: Find-A-Church Overview
Missed any past issues of NEWSpirit Digest?
You can still read or share informative, colorful back issues of our weekly e-newsletter on the Eastern PA Conference Website at www.epaumc.org/news-events/newspirit-digest. Share this link with others who might want to stay informed about our news, events, resources and concerns. And please encourage them to subscribe by e-mailing communications@epaumc.org. Thanks!
SAVE THE DATES
  • August 15, 2020: Intercultural Competency Workshop, Zoom, 9 AM – 12:30 PM. Register online.
  • August 20, 2020: Advanced Sexual Ethics–Celibacy, Sexual Ethics and Boundaries. REGISTRATION CLOSED.
  • August 21 – 22, 2020: “Camping at the Crossroads” Summer Youth Rally
  • August 29, 2020: Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop. 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, Conshohocken UMC.
  • September 26, 2020: Emotional Intelligence Workshop
  • October 3, 2020: Connectional Ministries Leadership Training Event. Zoom online meeting.
  • October 9 & 10, 2020: Domestic Violence Seminar on Zoom. Friday, Oct. 9, 7-9 PM and Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 AM-12 PM.
  • October 17, 2020: ERT/VIM Training, 8 AM – 4 PM, Eastwick UMC
  • October 17, 2020: UMW Annual Celebration. Download the flyer!
  • October 17, 2020: “Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation”
  • October 23-25, 2020: Dismantling Racism Training, Friday 5 PM – Sunday 3 PM, Desmond Hotel
  • November 14, 2020: Annual Faith-Sharing Event–Evangelism in a Changing Landscape
  • December 13, 2020: Annual “Celebrating our Cultures” Event, Zoom online meeting
  • March 13, 2021: Tools for Ministry. Times and Places TBD by Districts.

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