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March 10, 2016
Bishop Peggy Johnson Announces New Appointments:

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following 2016 appointments, effective  July 1, 2016 unless otherwise noted.

East
  • Mr. James Duckett (Certified Lay Minister) from Phila.: Johnson Memorial UM, 1/4-time, to Croydon: Wilkinson Memorial UMC, 1/4 time.
Southwest
  • Rev. Thomas Fries (ordained elder) from Bethlehem: Wesley UMC (Northeast District) to Leola UMC
  • Rev. Jason Perkowski (full-time local pastor) to Oregon Community UMC, 1/4-time, in addition to current 3/4-time appointment at Manheim Township: Faith UMC
  • Rev. Greg Impink (part-time local pastor) to his first appointment at Limeville UMC at 3/4-time.
Eastern PA leader comments on Bishops' accountability covenant
"Accountability is a fundamental way of life among the people called Methodists," said Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson in a just-published UM News Service story on a task force's recommendation that the Council of Bishops adopt a covenant of accountability when the body next meets in May.  Johnson is a member of that episcopal task force. "We are to hold one another accountable as a part of our spiritual disciplines as we live together in community," she said.  "Steel sharpens steel as we encourage one another into greater degrees of holiness and righteous living."

UMNS reporter Heather Hahn, who contacted Bishop Johnson for comments, writes, "The proposed covenant, based largely on the bishops' consecration vows, comes as the denomination is struggling with  declining U.S. worship attendance , deep divisions  regarding homosexuality  and questions of what it means for church leaders to be accountable."  Learn more... 

Here's lookin' at us on Twitter
Take a peek at the crowd pictured atop our Twitter page , taken Jan. 9 at the 2016 Pen-Del Youth Rally in Ocean City during the workshop sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference Council on Youth Ministries. Hundreds attended the "Word-Play" workshop, led by Conference Youth Ministries Coordinator David Piltz, which focused on words that express our faith, hope and reliance on God to overcome great challenges. By the way, while you're on our Twitter page, why not follow us to keep up with what we're doing. If you have a Twitter account just click "Follow." 
Please register for Annual Conference asap
Online registration is underway for the 2016 Eastern PA Annual Conference June 16-18, at the Lancaster Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Hard-copy materials will be mailed out by next week. All clergy and selected lay members to annual conference are urged to please register online now or well before the May 13 deadline. The r egistration cost is $225 for all members. Registering after May 13 will incur a $50 late fee, with no exceptions. Also, please book your hotel room reservations now . Rooms are $129 a night and must be reserved by April 29.

The deadline to receive Annual Conference Resolutions and Reports is May 13, with no extensions. Instructions for preparing and submitting resolutions will be posted by next week. And you may register for display space online or e-mail Lori Henning or call her at 610-544-1400.

All districts will hold Pre-Annual Conference Meetings June 5, from 3 to 5:30 PM. To learn more visit our Annual Conference 2016 Webpage and read the news story about plans for this historic 230th annual conference session. 

Mid-Town Parish welcomes delivery of new building
Members and supporters of Mid-Town Parish UMC in Philadelphia are excited today because they expect the long-awaited, delivery of their new pre-fabricated church building. Two trucks, coming from Georgia, will deliver five large, modular units to their Temple University-area location at 718 W. Norris St. beginning today.
 
Members and friends will gather to welcome the deliveries to the empty, prepared space where their church once stood. They have been worshiping nearby in a small community center room for the past decade, since their previous church building was condemned and later destroyed by fire. The small but growing church has long enjoyed a special relationship with its neighbors, and it has received generous financial support from other churches, especially in the Central District. It has also overcome great challenges leading to this day. It should take a week or longer to anchor the pre-fab units into place and handle other preparations to occupy the facility, said the Rev. William Jolly, Mid-Town Parish's pastor. He asks for ongoing prayers as challenges continue.
 
National BMCR holds annual meeting in Baltimore
National Black Methodists for Church Renewal is meeting this week, March 10-12, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baltimore, Md. Members of the Philadelphia Area caucus are attending the event, which will focus on young adults, UM black colleges and universities, candidates for 2016 episcopal elections, advocacy for justice and a celebration of retiring black UM bishops, including host Bishop Marcus Matthews. 
 
NE District to examine ministry with the poor
The Northeast District's Tools for Ministry session on Saturday, March 12, will focus on Ministry with the Poor, one of the denomination's four mission foci. The morning plenary session will feature a Poverty Simulation exercise, where middle-class, Christian participants will roleplay as a family struggling to navigate and overcome the rigors and restraints of poverty in America. Remarkably, the poverty focus will continue in afternoon workshops for leaders that will address worship, staff-pastor relations, trustees, finance, and ministries with children and youth-all in the context of doing Ministry with the Poor.  Learn more...

Week of Prayer for Healing of AIDS
This week, March 6-13, is the annual National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, reports Deborah Tanksley Brown, a Deacon and director of H.U.B. of Hope, an Eastern PA Conference-affiliated HIV/AIDS education ministry. The Balm of Gilead provides resources to encourage individual, family and community responses. And March 10 is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
 
Advocacy on Hydrofracking
The Rev. Sandra Strauss, Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach for the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, invites all people of faith to gather in Harrisburg on Monday, March 21, for "The Faith Community and Hydrofracking," a day at the Capitol to speak up about fracking in Pennsylvania. People who plan to attend are asked to register online so they can be matched with their legislators for visits. At Grace UMC (216 State Street, Harrisburg), near the Capitol, attendees will be trained on how to do legislative lobbying at 9 AM, followed by a "MORALtorium" Worship Service at 10:15 and a "MORALtorium" Rally at 11 in the Capitol Rotunda. Visits with legislators will follow from 12:30 to 4 PM. Anti-fracking advocates believe "Pennsylvania's energy policy is a moral issue," and seek: 
  • A MORALtorium on future drilling of new wells that involve hydraulic fracking and a halt to the development of related infrastructure. 
  • Full funding for the examination of existing PA wells to monitor for methane leaks polluting the air and gas leaks polluting the water.
  • Full funding for cleanup of contaminated wells which cause health and safety problems for Pennsylvanians.
  • Support for the renewable energy jobs. 
  • Community transition support and the retraining of workers displaced from fossil fuel-related jobs for the emerging renewable energy sector.
How will your church make Holy Week special?
Holy Week and Easter will be here soon (March 20-27). What special activities are your church or cluster or mission connexion planning to celebrate the holiest week of the Christian year? Eco-palms or an Easter egg hunt? A living depiction of the Lord's Supper? Nightly services all week, or a Good Friday service and maybe a fish fry? What about a Holy Saturday service on Easter Eve? Or an Easter pageant?

Please tell us what your church or group of churches are planning, so we can offer a list on our Website. You never know. Potential visitors may come to our conference Website searching for just the place to go in their area, which may lead them to your church's event. Help us make the special connection that may send someone to your church doors. Send us your information  by Wednesday, March 16, or as soon as you can. Thanks!
 
Introducing Methodists Make News
Have you checked out our  Local Church News & Events page lately? There's something new and informative there. It's called Methodists Make News, and we really need your help to make it work. Our churches and members are featured in their local news media occasionally, and we want to let you know about it. We also want to celebrate them and encourage all our churches to let their local newspapers, TV stations and online news media know who they are and what they are doing. Our churches are full of great stories about people, events and ministries. We need to put our lamps up on the lampstand and let the world see our good works to the glory of God.

We in the Conference Communications Office will try to help make that happen by passing on ideas for getting your church's story in the media and also highlighting examples of where that is happening. You can help us by letting us know when you see churches or their members featured or even mentioned in the news. Send us newspaper clippings or links to Websites containing those news stories, whether print, online or broadcast. 

For now, check out links to a few recent stories, like the one below, that we've posted in Methodists Make News . And please, please send us more! Also take a look at some interesting upcoming local church events on that same page.
 
Church opens new Lancaster area winter shelter
St. Paul's UMC in Elizabethtown, Pa., in Lancaster County, opened a new winter shelter for homeless neighbors in
December 2015, and the local ABC-TV affiliate reported on it Jan. 18. The Rev. Skip Davis, pastor, and Janice Davis, shelter coordinator, were kind enough to send us the online story and link.

"We know that there are folks in need," Janice told ABC 27 News. "We know that sometimes there are children who find themselves with their families displaced. I think a lot of that has to do with the economy." The shelter, a collaborative effort with other churches and volunteers, was welcomed by county officials who are trying to fight the hidden but growing problem of homelessness there. Learn more...
 
UMW urge giving to 150 th anniversary Legacy Fund
United Methodist Women around the U.S. will observe their Second Annual Day of Giving to The   Legacy Fund on March 23 , part of their five-year 150th anniversary celebration!  New gifts made on the Day of Giving will be matched by 50 percent by the laywomen's organization. The  Legacy Fund   is a permanent endowment to support the work of future generations of United Methodist Women.  You can give online at  www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/legacyfund or by phone at  800-278-7771 , or  by t exting Legacy150 to 41444. Or send a check to:  Office of the Treasurer, United Methodist Women, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.  Write " The Legacy Fund " in the memo section.
 
GCORR's Vital Conversations 2 begins today
The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) announces the Webcast of  Vital Conversations 2, its second interactive video series on race and culture, beginning today, March 10. It features thought leaders, pastors, theologians, activists, authors, and scholars from outside of the United States who will share their stories, insights, and expertise on issues related to faith, culture, and fighting oppression in the church and world today. 

Vital conversations feature the perspectives and lived experiences of people from around the world. This second series begins with   Joy Eva Bohol a Global Ministries missionary, speaking on "Why We Need More Young People and More Diverse People in Mission around the World."  Learn more...

UMW shortens 2016 Mission u schedule
The Eastern PA Conference UMW announces a change in the 2016 schedule for Mission u. This year the weekend learning experience will happen from Friday to Saturday, July 22-23, and not extend to Sunday, particularly to encourage more clergy to attend. The theme is "Learning Together for the Transformation of the World," and the location, as usual, will be The Inn at Reading in Wyomissing, Pa.
 
The general purpose of Mission u is to help all church leaders and members (lay and clergy, men, women and youth) understand and interpret the global mission of the church and the missional responsibility of Christians. The 2016 study topics are:
Spiritual Study: The Bible and Human Sexuality: Claiming God's Good Gift
Geographic Study: Latin America: People and Faith
Issue Study: Climate Justice: Call to Hope and Action
Youth Study: Joining Voices for Climate Justice

The academy begins on Friday at 4 PM, with onsite registration, dinner, worship and three class sessions that extend to Saturday evening. See the brochure for more information. You can complete the registration form and return it  with your check to  Mary Ann Repsher  by June 20.  CEU credits and financial assistance are available.
 
A retreat where childhood sexual abuse survivors speak, church listens
The Samaritan Counseling Center's SafeChurch Movement will sponsor a retreat for male and female adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, titled "Tamar Speaks!," at Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center in Lebanon, Pa., on Saturday, April 23, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM.  The sponsors invite adult survivors and members of faith communities to join in a day of reflection on "how our journeys of healing give voice to Tamar, a daughter of King David raped by her brother. Like many survivors today, Tamar silently carried the shame that rightfully belonged to her abuser."  
According to the Samaritan Counseling Center, survivors long for churches that are true sanctuaries for them, providing a healing environment and validation for the very real scars they carry. They hope to help faith communities better understand the long-term impact of childhood sexual abuse by offering a transcript and photos of "our wailing wall," and encouraging congregations to use these for discussion and discernment on how to include the voices and wisdom of survivors in their ministries and worship.
Visit the  Samaritan Counseling Center's Website to register and get information about the April 23 retreat, the SafeChurch Movement and the Wailing Wall.  Linda Crockett, Director of Samaritan SafeChurch, will co-lead the retreat with Lisa Hanna Witmer, MSW, LSW, a trauma-trained therapist. Contact Crockett at 717-560-9991 or  LCrockett@scclanc.org  for more information. The retreat's general cost is $25, and space is limited. The registration deadline is April 14.

Youth Diversity Retreat at Gretna Glen, March 11-13
Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center welcomes United Methodist youth in grades 8-12 who want to develop relationships across racial and cultural lines to a memorable weekend Diversity Retreat March 11-13 (from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon). Young people will share and appreciate unique qualities during creative community-building activities that feature diversity in  games, fellowship, learning, worship experiences and special foods. The cost is $110. Scholarship aid is available.  Register directly on the Gretna Glen Website at gretnaglen.org .  For more information contact Gretna Glen at 717-273-5625 or Carlen Blackstone at blackstonec@verizon.net .
Advance Special Mission Project applications due by March 15
The 2016 application for Annual Conference approval as an Advance Special mission project for 2016-2017 should be completed and submitted to the Rev. David Davis, Conference Secretary for Global Ministries, by no later than March 15. Pastors, project coordinators, agency directors and missions leaders may submit applications.
 
Ministries, agencies or programs should represent our conference's overall goals of calling people to Christ, nurturing discipleship, developing leadership, dismantling racism and poverty, and seeking justice. Also, they must have policies in place to prevent and address sexual harassment, as well as clearances for staff and volunteers according to the Safe Sanctuaries policies of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Preaching with Power:  UM Night worship to feature Bishop Fisher, new mass choir
Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia will host what promises to be a powerful worship experience in sermon and song on Tuesday, March 15,at 7 PM. "Preaching with Power" will feature Bishop Violet L. Fisher (retired) as one of seven guest pulpiteer s for the 2016 Forum on Black Preaching and Theology, sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. The annual forum, March 13-17, will include four days of workshops and worship services with noted African American preachers at several locations. The traditional United Methodist Night worship service, March 15 at Janes Memorial, will feature not only Bishop Fisher but also the new Philadelphia United Methodist Mass Choir, comprising singers from several local, predominantly black UM churches.    Learn more...
REMINDERS
Register for Faith-Sharing Seminar by March 12
The deadline to register for the March 19 Faith-Sharing Seminar has been extended to March 12. Looking for new ideas and inspiration to boost your evangelism efforts? Come hear the Rev. Romal Tune, a compelling, sought-after speaker who voices his passion, intellect and faith in fresh ways, challenging listeners to see a new intersection of faith and public life. With unapologetic candor, Tune addresses the redemptive power of authentic engagement that is too often lacking in church outreach and evangelism efforts.   For complete info and to register, click here . Please print and share the new flyer .
Speak out for a fair minimum wage March 13-19
Across Pennsylvania the week of March 13 is a  Week of Action for a Fair Minimum Wage. The PA Council of Churches urges religious leaders to speak on this anti-poverty issue in meetings and worship services and to engage members in efforts to aid the working poor of our state. Use information provided on the Raise the Wage Campaign to help you address this issue. A worship bulletin insert should also be made available next week.

Increasing the state's minimum wage (now only $7.25 and not raised since 2009, nor voted on for a decade) would benefit the entire economy, affirm the value of work, and enable workers to care for their families. Nearly 1.3 million workers would get a raise if Pennsylvania would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, which several bills have proposed. About a quarter of them are parents and often their children's sole support.
Denman Evangelism Award nominations sought
Nominations are open for the Harry Denman Evangelism Awards, which honor United Methodists in each conference "whose exceptional evangelism brings people into a life-transforming relationships with Jesus Christ." Once again we want to recognize three deserving evangelists--a youth, a clergy member and a layperson--at our annual conference in June. The awards are intended to celebrate, inspire and encourage all who feel called to be evangelists. As we recognize their efforts, we reflect on the multiplying impact evangelism can have on the lives of others in many places including churches, communities and campuses.

Please prayerfully nominate disciples you know who share their faith in bold, innovative, nurturing, uplifting ways. Learn more. Download the nomination form, complete it and send it by April 30 to Suzette James, of the Eastern PA Conference Congregational Development Team, at sjd624@ymail.com . Use "Denman Award Nomination" in the subject line. You may also mail the form to the Eastern PA Conference Office, P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA  19482-0820, to the attention of  Dr Christopher Kurien.
Celebrate, support LUMINA's Night of Light, April 10
Come celebrateLUMINA's Night of Light April 10, from 4 to 7:30 PM, at Columbia UMC, 510 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA. LUMINA, the Lancaster United Methodist Inner-City Alliance, is a cooperative mission project of the Eastern PA Conference and the Southwest District. The Night of Light will feature a savory dinner, a lively concert by local jazz/gospel diva Robin Work, and a silent auction. All money raised will fund LUMINA's work with struggling families in Lancaster. Donations will help supply mandatory school uniforms, healthy food for low-income families, and summer camp scholarships to Gretna Glen. RSVP to office@luminaoutreach.org or (717) 394-8412  by March 31. Also, don't miss the annual Winter Clothing Clearance Sale open to the public March 12, from 8 to 10 PM,  at LUMINA's Professional Clothing Bank, located in Otterbein UMC, 20 East Clay Street. The sale includes clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry for men and women.
Justo Gonzalez to lecture for Evangelical Seminary's Wesley Forum
For its 2016 Wesley Forum on April 12 (8:30 AM to 2:30 PM), the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, Pa., will welcome Dr. Justo Gonzalez, professor, author and one of the world's foremost Hispanic theologians in the Wesleyan Tradition. He will lecture on the theme, "Can Christianity's past be a roadmap for a hopeful future?"   Visit the seminary's Website for more information and to register for this forum. The cost is $50 and includes lunch. Please print and share the flyer .
New Children's Ministry forum, Webpage
Visit our new Children's Ministry Webpage and the first thing you'll find there is news of an exciting learning event coming soon. Save the date for " Connecting Children with Christ on Saturday, Sept. 10 , 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM (lunch Included), at West Lawn UMC (15 Woodside Avenue, Reading, PA). Invited are all Children's Ministry leaders, teachers, staff, volunteers and helpers. Come learn and share strategies, best practices and great ideas for connecting children with Christ and nurturing their faith. Come hear Melanie Gordon, Director of Ministry with Children at the UMC's Discipleship Ministries. Melanie wrote , What Every Child Should Experience: A Guide for Teachers and Leaders in United Methodist Congregations, and she blogs regularly at ministrywithchildren.com . Watch for further details, including workshops, etc. This is the first event planned by our Eastern PA Conference's new Children's Ministry Team, led by Lucy Heisey. Contact her at epaumckids@gmail.com or 717-601-1690.
Register now for YES Youth Retreat April 16
The next YES Youth Retreat to help youth ( in grades 9 to 12) seek and embrace God's purpose for their lives will be Saturday, April 16, from 10 AM to 5 PM, at Cedarville UMC, 1092 Laurelwood Road, Pottstown, PA. God is calling youth into various, important fields of ministry--lay, licensed and ordained. Are your young people listening and tuned into God's voice? Youth at this all-day retreat will be exposed to many creative ministry options to serve God--whether as pastors, chaplains or youth ministers, or in a foreign mission field or college or seminary. Yes, even in business, nonprofit and agricultural careers. 

The day will feature worship, dramatic portrayal of biblical call stories, self-expression and lively interaction with other young people, fun indoor and outdoor games and activities, lunch and snacks, and encounters with people involved in various fields of ministry, including  Bishop Johnson and members of the Cabinet and committees on Ordained Ministry. Individual youth or senior-high groups or classes are welcome. Cost is $10. Questions? Contact the Rev. Matt Heckman at coastermatt@kochenderfer.org or 717-679-8346 . Register online today.
Young adults answering God's call on the Hill
A promising cadre of Ethnic Young Adult interns will soon begin their 2016 summer of making a difference Washington D.C., and the time to apply is now. Each year General Board of Church and Society interns come to the nation's capitol to gain valuable advocacy experience, increase their leadership skills, and above all, develop and strengthen the connection between being servant of God and serving community. The Ethnic Young Adults application deadline is March 15. Applicants are young adult UM persons of color in their sophomore, junior or senior year of college. For details visit:  http://umc-gbcs.org/eya-internship
Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop  March 19, 9 AM to 3:30 PM at Ridley Park UMC, 501 N. Swarthmore Ave., Ridley Park, PA.  This mandatory workshop provides essential, ethical and legal dimensions of appropriate boundaries for persons serving in ministerial roles. Its main purpose is to teach participants how to incorporate such boundaries into their professional and personal behavior. Register today.

The next Advanced Sexual Ethics Workshop: "Leading Between The Lines"  will  be on  Tuesday, April 26,  9 AM - 3:30 PM at West Lawn UMC.
Prayers in abundance for General Conference
We have two more District Prayer Posts scheduled to gather conference members in collective prayer vigils for the 2016 General Conference. The Southwest District Prayer Post happens Wednesday, March 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, at Ruhl's UMC in Manheim  (4810 Elizabethtown Road). The Central District Prayer Post happens April 2 at 6 PM, in  West Lawn UMC 's Community Center Main Hall (101 Woodside Ave. Reading).
 
But there is also a broader General Conference Prayer Ministry that designed  a "60 Days of Prayer"  daily prayer book that runs March 31-May 29  so church members can connect through the same Scripture, meditation and prayer for each day. The Rev. Tom Albin, Director of Upper Room Ministries, invites all United Methodists to blanket the entire proceeding and all 864 delegates with intentional prayer. Read story and post a comment. Visit the   60 Days of Prayer Website .
 
Also,  UM Communications offers "Exploring General Conference," a free online course designed to help participants learn more about the official decision-making body of The United Methodist Church. The course is ongoing through June 30.  Learn more
Certified Lay Minister Graduation April 17
All clergy and laity are cordially invited to a service of recognition honoring the Eastern PA Conference Certified Lay Minister Graduates, Spring Class of 2016, on Sunday, April 17, at 3 PM at West Lawn UMC, 15 Woodside Avenue, Reading, PA. Bishop Peggy Johnson will preach.  
Cross-Racial Cross-Cultural Appointments Part II Training: April 23
Location: To Be Determined  Do you serve in a Cross-Racial or Cross-Cultural appointment? Are you a congregational leader serving with a pastor in a Cross-Racial or Cross-Cultural appointment? Then this training is for you. The full-day training continues our fall event and will be facilitated again by our partners at the General Commission on Religion and Race. 
Associate Members & Local Pastors Retreat: April 24-26
The Fellowship Of Associate Members And Local Pastors will hold their annual retreat April 24-26, at Black Rock Retreat Center, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA. Associate Members, Local Pastors, Student Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers of both the Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware conferences are encouraged to attend and to register online now . The  $275 price includes 2 nights, 5 meals and 2.0 CEUs. For more information contact Mark Beiderman at 610-585-0575.  Download the brochure for a registration form.  The keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Charles Yrigoyen Jr., of Lancaster County, the author or editor of 16 books, mostly on Methodism and its founders, the Wesleys. 
Listening, discernment sessions in April
The Eastern PA Conference delegation to General and Jurisdictional conferences will sponsor in April four Listening Sessions. titled A Time for Listening and Discernment. The sessions are offered every four years in preparation for General Conference to hear from members of the annual conference about their concerns and to clarify understanding about proposed legislation coming before the global legislative gathering. The dates of sessions to choose from are:
  • Monday, April 11, from 7 to 9 PM, at Wesley UMC in Bethlehem;
  • Saturday, April 16, from 10 AM to 12 noon, at Simpson House in Philadelphia;
  • Wednesday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 PM, at Church of the Good Shepherd in Lebanon; and
  • A telephone conference call-in session on Saturday, April 23, from 9 to 10:30 AM.
Information regarding arrangements, resolutions and guidelines for the sessions will be published prior to the sessions in conference and district newsletters and on the conference Website .
Ads sought for NEJ Conference Program Book
The Eastern PA Conference is soliciting ads for a souvenir program booklet it will publish for the UMC Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, July 11-15, which we will host at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa. A letter of invitation and ad submission form, offering various ad sizes and prices, was e-mailed widely today, with an April 30 deadline for submissions. Proceeds from advertising space purchases will help fund two United Methodist mission causes and help cover conference costs. The mission causes are: the Imagine No Malaria campaign, the denomination's effort to eradicate a disease that has taken countless lives especially among children in Africa; and LUMINA, Lancaster United Methodist Inner-City Alliance, which serves individuals, families, and youth. Learn more...
2016  Changing Racism Training Events
Two Changing Racism Training Events will be held in 2016,  April 1 - 3 and  Oct. 28-30,  both at the  new location,  the Daylesford Abbey in Paoli.  Register online . The cost is $300.
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-digestShare 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
Please Save These Dates! 
 
May 10-20: UMC General Conference, Portland, OR

June 5: District Conferences
 
June 16-18: Eastern PA Annual Conference, Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster, PA
 
July 10-16: EPA Conference to host the 2016 UMC Northeastern  
Jurisdictional Conference Lancaster County Convention Center and the Penn Square Marriott Hotel. Each district will serve as the Hospitality Team for one day.
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