July 3, 2019
WHAT'S NEW
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following 2019 appointments and assignments– effective July 1, 2019,  unless otherwise noted:
East District

  • Rev. Cesar DePaz (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve at Phila.: Espiritu Santo UMC at three-quarter time.
  • Ms. Rolene Derr (Lay Supply Pastor) to serve Phila.: Wissinoming UMC at one-quarter time in addition to her current appointment at Phila.: Bridesburg UMC.  
  • Rev. Bill Lentz (Elder) to serve Lansdale: First UMC full-time as an intentional interim for one year.
  • Rev. Noe Gabriel Lopez (Licensed Local Pastor) to serve Phila.: Germantown, First UMC full time.  
  • Ms. Maria Quesada to Norristown: Haws Avenue UMC at one-half time.
  • Rev. Tim Stewart (Part-Time Local Pastor) to serve Ambler: Calvary UMC at one-half time.

Bishop’s Days on the Districts:
  • Mon. Sept. 23 - North District (East area)
  • Tue. Sept. 24 - North District (West area)
  • Wed. Sept. 25 - West District
  • Tue. Oct. 1 - East District
  • Wed. Oct 2 - South District

All District Days will begin at 6:30 PM, but the locations are yet to be determined. The Bishop will speak about General Conference 2020 and the mission of evangelism in our churches and communities, which will be the focus of Annual Conference 2020.  
WHAT'S NEW ON OUR WEBSITE
Neglected children spark outcry for immigration reform
Cindy Johnson, a United Methodist deaconess in the Rio Texas Conference, said the process for immigrants waiting in line to present their asylum appeal to border control agents has become so difficult that people are jumping into the Rio Grande in desperation.

The world got a horrible look at the consequences of that decision in an Associated Press photo of a 23-month-old baby girl and her father who drowned and were found washed up on the banks of the river after attempting to cross to the U.S.

Johnson has worked long and hard for immigrants at the Texas border. She is not alone, as United Methodists in the border towns are volunteering to help feed, clothe and comfort the thousands who are fleeing violence in their home countries. United Methodist agencies and organizations are calling for prayer, providing legal help and asking people to write or call elected representatives. Learn more…
Ways United Methodists can stand with migrants
Global migration is a phenomenon impacting countries around the world at historic highs. According to the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, forced displacement is “a crisis of global proportions and immense moral and ethical implications.”

Many of us cannot imagine what it must be like to abandon your home nation due to war, natural disaster or economic hardship. Yet this is indeed the reality for many people in countries around the world, including in our own communities. In an effort to protect and provide for their families, some make the difficult decision to look for a new nation to call home.

The United Methodist Church upholds practicing hospitality to migrants, immigrants, refugees, asylees and others without regard to race, status, nationality, or religion. Learn more…
What you can do now to end U.S. child detention
Across the United States, news headlines are laying bare the horrific and fatal conditions migrant children, families, and adults are facing in detention centers, at the border, and on their way to the border. Many families have fled violence and poverty in their countries of origin to seek asylum in the United States, only to have U.S. immigration officials tear them apart.

Children are spending weeks or months in inhumane detention, lacking access to basic necessities and facing abuse, sleep deprivation, illness, and more. These policies are immoral and contrary to our Gospel mandate. The United Methodist Church opposes “immigration policies that separate family members from each other or that include detention of families with children.” Learn more…
Martin and Henry Boehm: Father, son are founding United Brethren of the UMC
When United Methodists think about famous families in our history, brothers John and Charles Wesley probably come to mind most quickly. But a father and son in the U.S. also contributed greatly to the history of our church.

The father, Martin Boehm, cofounded the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, one of the predecessor denominations of our United Methodist Church. His youngest son, Henry Boehm, was a Methodist Episcopal preacher who spent five years traveling with Bishop Francis Asbury.

Here are 10 facts that offer an overview of the lives and ministries of these two influential leaders, and to highlight the connections between two historic church movements that nearly 200 years later would become part of The United Methodist Church. Learn more…
Church camp changed my life: United Methodists look back
United Methodist church camps are fun! Overnights away from home. Sleeping in a tent. Swimming in a lake. Zip lining. Rock climbing. Roasting marshmallows. Learning new skills. Meeting new friends. It’s great!

Church camp is also where many United Methodists have profound spiritual encounters. Sensing God’s presence during a morning hike. Learning of Jesus’s love while doing devotions in a canoe. Feeling the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit around the campfire at the end of the day. These moments with God change lives.

Read the rest of this inspiring UMC.org camping ministry feature written by UM News Service writer Joe Iovino.   Learn more…

But also, please reflect and share with us any heart-warming, maybe even life-changing camping memories you may have. Whether you were a young camper, a staff member, counselor or volunteer—or even the parent of a young camper—we want to know and possibly share your inspiring remembrance with other readers.

Write to us at communications@epaumc.org . Please include photos if you have any. We would love to do our own feature story on camping memories of Eastern PA Conference members later this month. So, please send us what you can by July 23 . Thanks!
INFORM: Why do United Methodist pastors change churches?
Our unique system of deploying pastors began in Methodism’s earliest days. John Wesley believed itinerant preachers were more effective than those who settled in, grew comfortable and “wore out what they had to say.” Learn more…
INSPIRE: 'Speak, Lord. Your servant is listening.’
When asked what prayer is, most Christians say it’s communicating with God. While we may be comfortable with talking to God, rarely do we pause to hear what God is saying to us. Learn more at umc.org  
INVOLVE: 4 Stations of the Holy Spirit coming to East District, July 20  (In English & Espanol)
This is the first article to be posted in both languages on our website, thanks to the Rev. Brunilda Martinez, our outgoing Coordinator of Latino Ministries

Philadelphia and the East District will get their first  Four Stations of the Holy Spirit bilingual lay evangelism training event on Saturday, July 20, at Mount Zion UMC, 1530 N 11th Street (at Oxford St.),  Philadelphia. It will be offered in English and Spanish.

Churches in the West, North and South districts have hosted five of these well-attended, inspiring, instructional gatherings since January 2018. They are sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference’s Congregational Development Team.

The half-day training event, lasting from 8:30 AM to noon, teaches primarily lay people to 1) pray one-on-one with others; 2) anoint others with oil; 3) serve Communion wherever and whenever people need it; and 4) help those in search of “newness of life” in Christ to affirm their baptism. Some clergy also attend, eager to introduce the ministry to their congregations.
6 new Africa U. grads aided by Eastern PA scholarships
Paulo Ismael Simão, of Mozambique, is a new graduate of UMC-supported Africa University in Zimbabwe, thanks to an endowed scholarship from the Eastern PA Conference. He is one of six students from Mozambique who received scholarships funded by Eastern PA through an endowment. Four are new graduates; two are still enrolled.

After learning English and earning a Bachelor of Divinity degree, Simão has returned to Mozambique to serve the UMC there and continue his work with “Art in Movement,” a project that helps children to turn waste into upcycled art. He is one of 526 graduates in the university's Class of 2019—which is historic because this is the university’s 25th graduating class.  Learn more...
Get your tickets to UM Night at Phillies game, July 27
Clifton Hubbard, President of Eastern PA Conference UMM, invites everyone to attend the annual Methodist Night with the Phillies July 27 on Saturday, July 27, at 7 PM, and support not only our home team but also men’s ministry conference-wide. The Phillies will play the Atlanta Braves at Citizen’s Bank Park. Below is Hubbard’s adapted letter to church men’s groups.
 
Has your church made plans to attend United Methodist Night at the Phillies on July 27? This is one of the very few, important activities that helps us to fund our budget. We hope your congregation—men, women and youth—will consider participating.

Attached is the flyer for United Methodist Night at the Phillies. Open the attachment and click on the link www.phillies.com/methodist . This will take you to a page which shows the cost of tickets in various areas. Wait for a minute or so for the page to fully load, and the Buy Now button will appear. Follow the directions provided to order tickets.

The Phillies are an exciting team with a solid lineup. A fun night will be in store for you, your family, congregation and friends of your church. Don't miss out on a night of good baseball fun, and fellowship. Don't forget a portion of each ticket sold goes to support the ministries of United Methodist Men.

Clifton Hubbard, President, Eastern PA Conference UMM
E-mail: chub21@aol.com . Phone: 484 213 4371
 
Note: Go to www.phillies.com/methodist to buy tickets. Click “ Buy Now” and use " Methodist " as the password. Seats are available in the circled areas on the seating chart above. Prices vary from $20-$47 depending on seat location. You can buy as few as one ticket.
Seeking pastors' insights on clergy burnout
What are some contributing factors of burnout experienced by UM clergy? The Rev. Dan Lebo, pastor of Annville UMC and UM campus minister at Lebanon Valley College, is doing research on this topic for his doctoral dissertation and is seeking insights from fellow clergy. Here is his letter:

Greetings clergy colleagues, 
I am in the process of completing a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Alvernia University in Reading, PA. For my dissertation, I am looking at contributing factors to burnout in United Methodist clergy, and I am looking for participants who would be willing to volunteer their time to fill out an online survey.

The survey consists of several different inventories examining variables such as burnout, resilience, leadership style, and various psychosocial factors in the workplace. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and all answers will remain anonymous.

This study is for ORDAINED UNITED METHODIST CLERGY currently serving an appointment only. If you would be willing to participate, please follow this link to the online survey. Your participation would be very much appreciated. If you have any additional questions about the research project or your participation, please feel free to reach out to me at daniel.lebo@alvernia.edu , and I would be happy to answer your questions. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Eastern PA 2020 delegates identified in photo
 We have identified members in the group photos of 2020 General and Northeastern Jurisdictional conference delegates elected at our 2019 Annual Conference. See the story “Conference elects diverse delegates; OKs centrist resolution” for photo captions. 
View Eastern PA Annual Conference videos 

Livestream video recordings of the 2019 Eastern PA Annual Conference session, June 13-15, are now viewable on our Annual Conference 2019 webpage . Select desired sections of the session to view using the playlist menu symbol (or “1/32”) in the top right corner. The videos are also viewable on our conference YouTube site .
Good News leader calls for UMC division in 2020

Eastern PA Evangelical Connection leader Jane Bonner reports on the call by the Rev. Rob Renfroe, President and Publisher of Good News, for the UMC’s separation into three denominations in 2020, when the next General Conference meets. He spoke to the evangelical caucus’ annual breakfast gathering June 14,   during Annual Conference. Asking “Is there a Future for United Methodism?” Renfroe said members of the Renewal Coalition no longer wish to subject the church to another such turbulent and strident General Conference. For that reason, Good News and others want a peaceful separation wherein no one is dishonored or harmed further. Learn more…
GC2020 petition submission process opens

Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary now through September 18, 2019. According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference...". Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at www.umc.org/gcpetition Learn more ...  
Susquehanna Conference invites all to Navigate leadership development event
The UMC’s Discipleship Ministries agency may have canceled the popular School of Congregational Development (SCD) this year; but Eastern PA Conference church leaders have a replacement event they can attend in August that is equally impressive and much closer to home. The  Susquehanna Conference  will host  Navigate 2019  August 22-24  at the  Radisson Hotel in  Harrisburg .

Navigate, an equipping leadership seminar, promises “to help current and future leaders impact their congregations and communities for Jesus Christ. Experience dynamic worship, powerful speakers and compelling workshop leaders. Enjoy a medley of equipping opportunities or explore learning tracks for Revitalization, The Small Church, Lay Pastors, New Places for New People, Young Leaders and Conference Leaders. Invite your colleagues to join you and mark your calendars for this can’t-miss event.”  Learn more...
UMW’s 2019 Annual Mission u
Celebrating 150 Years in Mission

The Inn at Reading
1040 North Park Road Wyomissing, PA 19610

The purpose of Mission u is to help church members (lay and clergy, men, women and youth) understand and interpret the global mission of the church and the responsibility of Christians within that mission; to provide information about the work of United Methodist Women; and to offer an integrated program of Mission Education, Christian Social Action, and Program Planning.  Learn more…
For more information, contact the Dean of the school:
Jean Twardzik, 570-345-5061,  jt214@comcast.net. Download the Brochure
REMINDERS
EarthKeepers training in Phila. Aug. 8-11
Global Ministries, the UMC’s missions agency will bring its EarthKeepers training in “creation care” to Philadelphia, at Arch Street UMC, Aug 8-11 . The training–the first of three scheduled around the U.S. from August to October–will equip United Methodists to develop environmental stewardship initiatives in their churches and communities and connect them with others in the church who are actively engaged in such work.

Training topics include eco-theology, project planning and community organizing, anti-racism, strategies for social change, and accessing UMC resources. Participants will make plans to implement projects in their churches and/or communities and then have opportunities to apply for grants to support those projects.

The agency’s EarthKeepers will come from conferences around the U.S., ranging in age from 13-99, although teens must attend with a participating parent or guardian... Learn more . Find more information at www.umcmission.org/EarthKeepers .     Download the flyer.
Innabah to welcome bishop, other clergy to Sunday worship

Innabah Camp & Retreat Center announces that Bishop Peggy Johnson will share a message of faith and hope at its Sunday night worship celebration July 7 . Innabah invites all members and friends of Eastern PA Conference churches to join them that evening for dinner at 5:30 PM and worship at 7 PM.
Please RSVP ((610) 469-6111 or office@innabah.org) by July 3 to help the camp staff prepare. Innabah invites everyone to attend its worship services each Sunday at 7 PM throughout the summer. Guest preachers will be:
  • July 7: Bishop Peggy Johnson (Dinner and Worship)
  • July 14: Rev. Jim McIntire
  • July 21: Rev. Mark Moore
  • July 28: Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm
  • August 4: Rev. Jason Perkowski
Ride for Relief

First UMC in Bangor( 55 N. 3rd St., Bangor, PA) will sponsor its second annual Ride for Relief motorcycle charity ride on Saturday, July 13 . The ride will be a 50-plus-mile tour of the scenic Slate Belt region, beginning and ending at the First UMC. It’s a fundraising ride to benefit U.S. disaster relief efforts of the UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR). “Last year we raised nearly $1,000.” said the Rev. Chris Hardy, pastor, and this year our goal is to double that!?”

The event will begin at 10 AM with registration ($20 for a hot breakfast and t-shirt). Kickstands go up at 11 AM, with all riders touring in a pack, enjoying each other's company and serenaded by classic rock music.
Online magazine offers tips for youth ministry
The UM Men national magazine is now a free online publication available to all. The summer issue provides ways for United Methodist congregations to minister to youth in their communities. The national executive for Boy Scouts of America also writes about how his Scouting career began in a United Methodist church. Read magazine
Grants for local church racial-ethnic ministries
Grants of up to $10,000 will be available this fall from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries to strengthen the leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation in ethnic local United Methodist churches. The application deadline for the annual Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants is Sept. 10. Special consideration will be given this year to programs that promote racial reconciliation involving leadership with young people.
Priority will be given to new programs, and funds are not provided for personnel and equipment.

Applicants must apply online at https://bit.ly/2xUreBy and are encouraged to consult with Discipleship Ministries staff for guidance in preparing the application. Read press release
Ohio UM seminary offers full tuition aid
For a second academic year Methodist Theological School in Ohio is helping candidates for UM ministry cover their full seminary tuition. MTSO has just extended the deadline to July 15 for those who wish to apply and begin school in the coming Fall Semester.

“In the midst of challenging times for the church, our supporters continue to step up in faith to make it possible for us to ensure full tuition coverage for students pursuing United Methodist ministry,” said MTSO President Jay Rundell. The school’s financial aid experts will assist each applicant locate and apply for scholarships from other sources and then cover the remaining tuition thanks to its donors.

The pledge applies to every qualified prospective student who pursues United Methodist candidacy as an elder or deacon and applies to a master’s degree program by July 15 for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested prospective students can learn more by contacting an MTSO admissions counselor at 800-333-6876 or admissions@mtso.edu . See the flyer .
Conference needs low-cost video editor
The Eastern PA Conference’s NEWSpirit Communications is searching for experienced, affordable video editors to help us produce short, online videos to help interpret and promote important conference ministries. We can shoot, script and narrate; but we need a technical editor to do the rest for a modest fee or as an in-kind donation.

If you are that person or know of that person, please let us know. We have video stock and photos of recent Conference Youth Ministries events and of VIM teams working on hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. Both need editing and online posting now. E-mail us at  jcoleman@epaumc.org  or call 484-762-8227. Thanks!
Wellspring , Health & Healing Newsletter

Check out the new issue of our conference Health & Healing Council’s newsletter: Wellspring, Summer 2019. Read informative articles about :

  • Collaborating for Abundant Health
  • High-nutrition Power Bowls
  • Metabolism
  • Focus on Youth, and much more health-focused news and insights.
Mobilize Your Church for a Better Ministry Story

Two nationally prominent church leadership coaches are coming to Philadelphia soon to offer clergy and lay leaders some timely wisdom on doing effective outreach, both personally and digitally, to grow churches from the inside out. “ Mobilize Your Church for a Better Ministry Story ” is what Paul Nixon and Paul Moon, of the Epicenter Group, want to help church leaders do on Wednesday, July 31 , at United Lutheran Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia).
Nixon, founder and chief strategist of the Washington DC-based training, consulting and coaching firm, is sought-after for his teaching around the world. Moon, from New York, is a leadership coach at Epicenter and a senior strategy advisor at LeadershipEdges. Like Nixon, he is a pastor, but also a consultant for “i.g.n.i.t.e. Your Ministry Projects with Practical Competencies.”
“Many motivated spiritual leaders are struggling with an irresistible sense of disappointment,” says Nixon who has worked with leaders in the Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware conferences before. “God has a better ministry story for every church than a story of aging donors, stagnation and decline. We have worked with hundreds of church leaders, helping them to discover the story God wants to write for their ministries and to live into that story!”
The day of learning, including help from three virtual presenters, will focus on:
  • Bonding diverse people into an effective unity.
  • Getting the church out the door and into community relationship.
  • Effective ministry in digital culture, including:
  • Integrating digital competency into church and community outreach;
  • Handling Web ministry essentials like search engine optimization; and
  • Redefining how to become an engaging church in the digital culture.
The regular individual registration cost is $120 plus $14.95 for a convenience charge that includes lunch. But groups Eastern PA registrants may register at a 40% discount (only $72 plus the $14.95 extra charge) by using the code "EPAUMC40" when registering. And there are extra benefits:

1. Free Web Audit reports on your church’s website.
2. $500 credits for your next church website
3. $500 credits toward your group coaching with Dr. Paul Nixon and Dr. Paul Moon
Apply now to be a marshal or page at GC2020
United Methodists may apply online to serve as volunteer marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. Approximately 175 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference.

Marshals are responsible for assisting visitors and special guests in the visitor and reserved seating galleries, checking credentials to make sure that only authorized persons are admitted to the bar of the conference or that of legislative committees, and other duties as assigned.

Pages assist delegates, secretarial staff, bishops, members of the Judicial Council and official visitors. They also distribute approved materials and deliver printed information.

Marshals and pages are responsible for their expenses (travel, food, lodging, etc.). Those interested should submit an online application before the deadline of July 31 . Preference will be given to applicants who can serve throughout the entire conference. Questions? Contact David Atkinson at GC2020@colliervilleumc.org.
General Conference 2020 seeks liturgists
The 2020 General Conference worship design team invites United Methodists to take an active role in the worship experience at the denomination’s quadrennial event as it seeks individuals to write liturgy, including prayers, calls to worship and litanies. The denomination’s top legislative assembly is set to meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis.

To apply for the opportunity to write or provide original liturgy for General Conference, individuals are asked to submit a letter of application that includes the following: a sample of liturgy that includes a 5-minute devotion, a call to worship, and a prayer of confession all based on Philippians 3:14 , along with the name of the writer, email address, phone number, and local church name. Applications should be emailed to gc2020liturgy@gmail.com . Application deadline is August 1, 2019 . Learn more...
2019 EPA Conference Laity Academy

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch….“Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” –Luke 5:4,10b

Are you prepared to navigate the deep waters? Our lives and ministries are constantly bombarded by the waves that distract us from our commitment to Christ. When you are asked to cast your net and fish for disciples, do you know where to start? Do you know what to say?

Come join us at the 2019 EPA Conference Laity Academy, August 2-4 , on the scenic campus of Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., for an exciting weekend of classes, fellowship, worship, entertainment, food and service. Learn how you can Gather Disciples and Grow your Ministries. There are many more new classes this year including topics in Ministering to an Aging Congregation, Working With Conflict: Making the Most of Diversity, and more to be announced.

Registration is now open! Register online now!

If you have any questions contact Rick Wrisley, Laity Academy Dean, at rickwrisley@verizon.net.
Celebrating Cultures, Connecting People of Color
An intercultural family cookout for fellowship and fun!

RESCHEDULED for Saturday, September 7, 11 AM to 3 PM. at Innabah Camp & Retreat Center. More details coming!
Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation, Sept. 14
Calling All People of Color: Clergy & Lay

The conference Commission on Religion and Race and Office of Connectional Ministries will sponsor on Saturday, Sept. 14, an exploration of emotional distress and trauma caused in part by racist mistreatment, conflict and reactions, past and present.

All people of color, clergy and laity, are invited to come to Simpson House (2102 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia), 8:30 AM – 3 PM, to learn from the Rev. R. Dandridge Collins, Ph.D., M.Div., who will facilitate discussion. Collins is the author of The Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing. Cost for the session is $25.

Domestic Violence event to focus on healing ‘toxic masculinity’
0.5 CEUs offered by request.

The Eastern PA Conference Domestic Violence Committee will offer an unusual focus at its second Domestic Violence: The Church Responds seminar on Saturday, Sept. 28 . Participants will focus on boys and men, and how to help them heal and unlearn socialized attitudes and behaviors that often contribute to intimate-partner abuse—otherwise known as toxic masculinity. The seminar will happen from 9 AM to 3 PM, at Simpson House, 2101 Belmont Ave, Philadelphia, PA.

The Rev. Rickie Houston, a domestic violence specialist and trainer with the a domestic violence prevention organization A Call to Men, will keynote the seminar. He has trained groups across the U.S. and in West Africa, including religious groups and professional sports teams, helping them to engage men in efforts to foster respect for, and end violence against, women.

The seminar will also feature a morning panel discussion and workshops with Houston and other domestic violence prevention and response specialists.
Registration, for only $20, is now open . For more information contact the Rev. Jacqueline Hines , committee chairwoman. Learn more…
Financial Leadership Academy seeks nominees for next session

The Financial Leadership Academy (FLA) is the premier stewardship training program of the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation. Admission is by nomination from leadership. Since 2015, over 100 clergy have graduated from this selective program. The Foundation is now seeking nominees for the next FLA, beginning September 30, 2019 .

Who Should Attend
  1. Pastors and churches eager to move the church from good to great through stewardship
  2. Large and mid-size churches exploring new funding options for ministry
  3. Newly appointed pastors assigned to financially vulnerable churches requiring team building
  4. Seasoned pastors willing to develop future lay leadership teams for church management
  5. Top Conference churches and pastors interested in endowing a legacy for the future

High quality authors, presenters, and certified coaches are the cornerstone of the Academy’s process. Clergy and laity are educated in advanced financial leadership skills and then together implement a customized action plan for the church with the assistance of a certified coach. The goal is to change the culture of generosity while improving financial practices.   Learn more…
Wespath offers church payroll management solution
Many ministries struggle with complex payroll procedures and staying compliant with changing legal requirements. Monthly, quarterly and year-end reporting are time-consuming, and it can be difficult to maintain consistency should a payroll administrator be out of the office.

Wespath is pleased to offer employers an affordable payroll processing and tax compliance solution through our partnership with Paychex. In addition, Paychex offers integration for retirement contributions from payroll to Wespath Benefits and Investments.

Paychex was chosen for its more than 45 years of payroll experience, outstanding customer service and accuracy. The company has expertise in the unique needs of church payroll, including the clergy housing allowance exclusion.

Paychex manages withholdings, payroll via direct deposit or check, tax compliance, and timely deposits and filings, in addition to providing custom reports for financial review.

UMC: Save Time and Focus on Ministry

Moving your payroll-processing and tax-compliance solutions to an outside vendor can free up valuable resources to focus on your ministry and help you stay in compliance with changing regulations.

Learn how you can save time on payroll and focus on what really matters—the work God has put before you—then join the nearly 500 United Methodist Church ministries that have already chosen Paychex. Learn more at https://www.wespath.org/paychex/ .
Video series can help win disciples

A new teaching series offers instruction in making disciples for Christ by emphasizing relationships and stopping attempts to fix churches. The "See All the People: Discipleship Begins with Relationship" course is free and available through the internet.  Read press release   Enroll
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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
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