March 14, 2017
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WHAT'S NEW
Bishop  Peggy  Johnson   announces  new appointments & retirements, effective July 1:

Southeast (South) District
  • Rev. Timothy Beardsley (Part Time Local Pastor) from Peninsula Delaware Conference to Kemblesville UMC (3/4 time appointment and 1/4 time direct hire).
East District
  • Rev. Laurie J. Pfahler (Local Pastor) from Pottstown: First and Pottstown: Salem (CE) to Langhorne (EA).
  • Rev. Roy Lewis (Retired Full Elder) from Lahaska to retirement without an appointment.
  • Rev. Herbert W. Phillips, Sr. (Part Time Local Pastor) from Fairless Hills: Christ (Associate Pastor) to Lahaska
  • Rev. Olivet Brown (to be commissioned as Elder) to Philadelphia: Church of the Good Shepherd UMC
  • Rev. Gregory G. Holston (Elder) from 3/4-time at Philadelphia: New Vision UMC (Central District) to 3/4- time at Philadelphia: Janes Memorial (East District).
Central District
  • Rev. Sunil Balasundaram (Full Elder) from Lickdale: Trinity to Conshohocken.
The Conference Office will be closed on  Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, March 14-15 due to weather forecasts of up to 2 feet of snow. As usual we will follow the Methacton School District's open or closed decision, which can be found  here .
Snow emergency response reminders
A message from the Rev. Greg Ellis, Conference Disaster Ministry Coordinator & UMVIM Coordinator: 

While news reports about inclement weather tend to offer worst-case scenarios, reports today show that minimum snowfalls throughout the conference region most likely will be significant. County Emergency Management agencies may reach out to churches to serve as warming centers in case of power outages. Warming centers are typically the first need in winter storms that churches are equipped to handle. So if it is safe for you to open your building to serve in this capacity, it is a great way to be a Christian presence in the community. 

Reminder: report any property damage to your church's buildings to the District Superintendent's office. And please let us know how you are serving others during the storm and aftermath. The conference partners with many groups to serve, and the more we know about each other's response efforts, the better we can serve the community.

Please e-mail or text information about any UM church-involved weather emergency and/or service response to the Rev. Greg Ellis at  gellis@epaumc.org (cell phone: 484-350-5965) and also to the John Coleman, Communications Director, at  communications@epaumc.org (cell phone: 443-745-5654), in addition to the appropriate District Superintendent's office.
Bishop, UMs lead prayer vigil for detained 'Berks Madres'
Bishop Peggy Johnson shared a message of hope and solidarity for Latina immigrant detainees at the Berks County Residential Center Sunday, March 12, surrounded by about 90 people who gathered to worship and witness for justice and mercy. The hour-long, interfaith prayer vigil, which included songs, scriptures, litanies, prayers and the bishop's message, occurred outside the detention center, across from the county prison, in Bern Township.

"This is a very sad thing for women and children to be detained here for many months," she said, reading her statement in both Spanish and English. ... But God is on the side of those who suffer. We will pray for justice and mercy, and not only pray, but also talk to those in our government who are making these laws." Members of several Eastern PA Conference churches were present, including members of United Methodist Women and the Rapid Response Team on Immigration, among other advocates, as police officers watched from their cars nearby.  Learn more...
New Advance Special applications due by  April 15
The  application for approval as a 2017-18 Advance Special project, in order to receive local church donations, is available on the  Missions & Outreach page of our website. Advance Special projects are endorsed by the Annual Conference for second-mile giving by local churches that have fulfilled their apportioned giving responsibilities. Completed applications must be received by no later than April 15.

The application includes a cover letter addressed to pastors, agency and program directors, and local church leaders of mission and ministry--all of whom are eligible to apply. Applications received via e-mail, postal mail or fax by the  April 15 deadline will be considered by the conference missions board and, if selected, may be included in a resolution for approval at Annual Conference,  June 15-17. Approved projects will be eligible for Advance Special funding immediately after Annual Conference.

"Please start now, and make sure we receive your completed application forms before the  April 15 due date," writes the Rev. David J. Davis, Conference Secretary for Global Ministries.
There's plenty to see here. Check out our Local Church Events page
A bunch of Lenten worship services, dinners and Bible studies sponsored by various churches and mission   connexions; jazz, Christian and gospel concerts at several music-minded churches; a couples retreat and a yard sale coupled with an oyster supper; a comedy theater show; and an annual men's Lenten breakfast now in its 54th year. These are just some of the sure-to-be delightful events to be sponsored in the coming weeks by churches around our conference. And all of them are promoted on our website's  Local Church Events page. Check it out. You may find just the activity you need to attend to experience more faith, fellowship or fun during this time of changing seasons when we could all use a little more warmth.

And please, please, please send us your church's  special events and activities so we can add them to our webpage. Many people are coming to our website every day, some without a church to call home; and many want to see what's happening at our churches. Please help us show them that we've "got it going on" all across this bustling conference of ours. Use our easy  Submit News page or write to us at  communications@epaumc.org.
Please promote and give to UMCOR Sunday March 26 
When hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or other disasters devastate communities across the U.S. and around the world, or refugees stream across borders, overwhelming neighboring countries, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is there, whenever and wherever the need arises. We respond with resources, healing and hope, not only at the start, but long after other sources of aid have moved on. UMCOR can be there only because of our gifts to the newly renamed UMCOR Sunday offering, formerly One Great Hour of Sharing. 

Our special offerings on UMCOR   Sunday, March 26, lay the foundation for our church's relief work by covering our administrative costs of doing business. Because of this support for UMCOR's basic expenses, all other contributions can go 100 percent to designated programs and urgent needs.  Pastors and church leaders, the  UMCOR Sunday Pastor and Leader's Kit offers great tools that make it easy to promote this Special Sunday and offering in your local churches. View the UMCOR Sunday Explainer Video. And remember to order your UMCOR Sunday envelopes and posters.  
Health care as a basic human right 
The top executive of United Methodist Church and Society urges United Methodists to advocate for a health care system that "leaves no person behind." The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe said the health care bill proposed by members of Congress rolls back "the progress made by the Affordable Care Act" and dismantles the historic protections in Medicaid.   Read statement  
Online Lay Servant workshop begins 
Life Together in the United Methodist Connection, a course from BeADisciple.com is a Lay Servant Workshop available online from March 13 until Friday, March 31. The workshop will help newcomers to the UMC get their bearings. It will help longtime members consider the specific structural challenges the church faces in the 21st century. Approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries, this is the polity course required for Lay Speaker certification. 1.0 CEU. $70. Details   
Three Christ Servant Ministry classes offered in May
The Eastern PA Conference offers 3 Christ Servant Ministry classes in May. 

A Basic Course taught in Spanish by the Rev. Brunhilda Martinez is scheduled for May 5-6 at Emmanuel UMC in Allentown. This course needs at least 12 participants and is limited to the first 20 registrations. Cost: $35.   Click here   for the registration application.

A Basic Course in English, taught by Judy Ehninger, is scheduled for May 12-13 at Asbury UMC in Allentown. This course needs at least 12 participants and is limited to the first 20 registrations. Cost: $35.   Click here   for the registration application.

A Speaking 1 Course, taught bythe Rev. Harold Burkett, is scheduled also for May 12-13 at Asbury UMC in Allentown. This course also needs at least 12 participants and is limited to the first 20 registrations. Cost $35.  Click here   for the registration application.

For more information contact Northeast District Director, Judy Ehninger  at  ehninger@ptd.net  or 610-442-3140.
Wesley Forum to welcome Asbury Seminary professor
Each year, the Wesley Forum at Evangelical Seminary invites interesting speakers to share insights into how Wesleyan theology contributes to "a vibrant, intelligent, and authentic faith." Dr. Bill T. Arnold, from Asbury Seminary, will present at the 2017 Wesley Forum April 6, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. First UMC in Lancaster will host the gathering, and the Boehm's Chapel Society will sponsor it.

Arnold will address the topic "A Singular Israel in a Pluralistic World." Christians throughout church history have struggled with how to be 'in the world but not of the world,' reads information about the forum. But "the Bible itself offers a better example of how faith and culture relate, although many Christians miss it. ... These lectures explore three ways in which Old Testament Israel was completely at home in ancient Near Eastern culture, while at the same time emerging as a unique people of God with a religious faith unparalleled in ancient history."

For more information see the flyer or contact Ken Nafziger at knafziger@evangelical.edu.  0.
LOCAL CHURCH EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
New Lifetree Café to open this Saturday in Parryville

 

The Helping Hands Community Center in Parryville, a ministry of Saint Peter's UMC in nearby Emerald, will open the third Lifetree Café in the Eastern PA Conference this Saturday, March 18, at 5 PM. The church-run community services center at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets becomes part of a national network of weekly neighborhood Café sites where people can enjoy snacks and beverages over friendly, comfortable guided conversations. Those conversations are aided by brief, topical videos that can help generate keen insights about life, values and faith.

The new Café in Parryville is one of several opportunities for entertainment and fellowship, including an open mic night, that the Helping Hands Community Center will host each weekly to cultivate a popular gathering spot for neighbors-both church members and nonmembers.

The Lifetree Café experience is a scheduled hour of "stories and conversations to feed the soul," according to the Rev. Bill Ritzenthaler, St. Peter's UMC's pastor and the driving force behind the new experimental ministry. It's sort of like a live, local talk show, with an inspirational twist," he explained. Discussions will be guided by Pamela Snyder, a Certified Lay Minister who will help manage the weekly Café. 

 

"People today want to participate in the conversation," says National Lifetree Café founder Thom Schultz. "It's not enough to simply hear someone lecture on an important topic. People want to share their thoughts, ask questions, and tell their own stories. Lifetree offers a safe place and time to do that." 
 

 

Church's home furnishing ministry finds new home 
Allentown newspaper The Morning Call recently shared some great news about Wesley UMC in Bethlehem--great for them and for the many people they serve through their Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot .  This ambitious church mission enterprise receives, stores and provides free, donated goods and furnishings to people recovering from crises and undergoing transitions-often people who need help reestablishing their lives. The Depot has helped nearly 3,000 area families in its nearly seven years. To double down on its good deeds, it also provides a place for volunteers to assemble donated items into disaster relief kits for distribution to areas in need worldwide. 

But on the verge of losing its low-rent warehouse space, the Depot was itself in dire need of a new home. Now, after a long search, this ministry, where faithful volunteers try to be "the hands and feet of God" has taken a surprising "leap of faith," writes Morning Call columnist Bill White. In February they bought and began refurbishing a new, larger home in an old tire warehouse in Allentown. It required a generous donation, helpful financing arrangements and a labor of love from volunteers, so that the Outreach Depot can continue to fill gaps in people's lives.

Read this uplifting account titled " Outreach Depot finally has a new home " in the Feb. 21 issue of The Morning Call. And thanks to the Rev. Andrew Krpata, Pastor, for sharing this great story with us.   
See more great stories of local church ministry on our Methodists Make News webpage . And please send us any stories where your church, pastor or members are featured in the news. 
UMC's pre-school named one of Philly's best
Green Lane School , located at Green Lane UMC in Philadelphia's Roxborough community, recently was named one of the "Best 10 Pre-Schools in Philadelphia." The Expertise Award is given by a company that researches schools, businesses and services in the country to name the Best 10 in each city. The school's website now proudly includes an Expertise Award badge. 

"Our primary goal is to provide children with a safe and caring environment that promotes learning and helps develop the whole child" reads the site's opening letter by Rita M. Stebbins, Director. "We are proud to be serving the community since 1964." 
UPCOMING CONFERENCE EVENTS
  • UM Night at the 76ersMarch 17, Wells Fargo Center
  • Faith-Sharing SeminarMarch 18, New Hanover UMC: Register by Monday, March 13
  • Vital Church Mergers and MoreMarch 25, Christ UMC Lansdale
  • Changing Racism WorkshopMarch 31 - April 2, Daylesford Abbey, Paoli
  • Fresh Expressions Vision DayApril 1, Mount Carmel UMC
  • Eastern PA Conference Youth RallyApril 22, Hopewell UMC
  • Fellowship of Associate Ministers And Local Pastors RetreatApril 23-25, Black Rock Retreat Center
  • NEJ VIM/UMCOR Academy Training EventMarch 26-29, Pocono Plateau
SAVE THESE DATES
2017 Academy for Laity
Aug. 4-6 (Fri.-Sun.) at Cedarville UMC Pottstown. New dates, new location, new courses. Theme: Embrace the Journey: Step Up, Step Out." More details to come.
REMINDERS

'Hearts on Fire' gathering to promote justice, social holiness
Faithful Christians from around the Eastern PA Conference, whether committed to or just concerned about biblical and Wesleyan values of peace with justice, are invited to gather on Saturday, May 13, at Holy Cross UMC in Reading, Pa. There they will explore and engage hearts and minds in their shared struggles against racism and other forms of oppression.

"Hearts on Fire: Stories of Shalom and Social Holiness" is planned as a major learning, networking and mobilizing event, unlike any before it, to create "a diverse network of people connected by story, committed to justice and collaborating for peace." The theme is inspired by the Apostle Paul's encouraging admonition in Romans 12:11-13: "Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God's people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes." 

Scheduled for 9 AM to 2 PM, the gathering will hear topical "TED talks"* by justice ministry practitioners and engage in small-group discussions, networking activities, biblical reflection and worship. Inspired by Christ's gospel, they will "learn and work together as leaders to help create  social change and build thriving communities of shalom." Speakers will share creative ideas and practical applications that work "on the ground." A story on this event will be posted on our website on Monday, March 6.

Bishop to convene talk on Religious Freedom Resolution  
Bishop Peggy Johnson will convene in May a one-time dialogue on the Religious Freedom Resolution (#2016-18; see the full resolution below), which was debated but not voted on at the 2016 Eastern PA Annual Conference. The resolution was committed to the bishop with a request for representative dialogue and a report in lieu of legislative action. The dialogue will take place at Asbury UMC in Allentown (1533 Springhouse Road), on Saturday, May 20, from 9 AM to 12 noon.

The resolution, offered jointly by a dozen churches, asks for the Eastern PA Annual Conference to formally denounce any attempts, in any state or jurisdiction, to pass laws that would "limit LGBT citizens' freedom from discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodation based on any individual's, company's or organization's supposed right to 'religious freedom...'"

Bishop Johnson intends to present a requested report on the dialogue at the 2017 Annual Conference, June 15-17. She offers reading resources to the conference in preparation for the dialogue and encourages those who plan to attend to read and use these publications, available on our website, as guidelines for their participation. Learn more... 
EPA Annual Conference 2017 to 'Rise Up' in prayer 
Rise Up and Pray! is the elevating main theme of the 2017 Eastern PA Annual Conference, which will return to the spacious Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., from Thursday to Saturday , June 15-17

Preachers, prayers, musicians, liturgists and others will center the gathering in the practice and power of prayer, no doubt invoking the God of eternal grace to "Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour." That focus will also receive special attention when special guest the Rev. Tom Albin, Dean of the Upper Room Chapel in Nashville, offers a Friday teaching session on prayer.

Three bishops will preach during this annual conference session including two familiar voices and a new voice on the NEJ College of Bishops. Resident Bishop Peggy Johnson will preach for the Opening Worship and Eucharist Service on Thursday afternoon. New Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, who leads the neighboring Baltimore-Washington Conference, will preach for the Ordination Service ("Rise Up and Lead!") on Friday night.  Bishop Peter Weaver , a retired former leader of our own conference and the Philadelphia Episcopal Area, will preach during the Memorial Service ("Rise Up in Glory!") on Saturday morning. Learn more...  
UMVIM Team Leader Training April 1
If you want to learn how to lead or host Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams, then be sure to attend the UMVIM Team Leader Training on Saturday, April 1, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at Ardmore UMC (200 Argyle Road, Ardmore), These teams bring needed repairs and recovery to damaged homes and disaster-stricken areas, as well as compassion for victims, while bearing the love of Christ in their hands and hearts. The $35 cost includes training materials and lunch. Learn more and register online by March 27.
The Rev. Tom Lank, an ordained deacon in the Greater New Jersey Conference, is VIM Coordinator for the Northeastern Jurisdiction. He has organized international mission journeys in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, and domestic mission journeys in nine U.S. states. Team Leader Training is recommended for all first- time VIM team leaders, but all interested persons are welcome to attend. For more information contact the Rev. Greg Ellis, Conference Coordinator of Disaster Ministry & UMVIM, at gellis@epaumc.org or 484 350 5965. 
Changing Church for a Changing World event, April 1
There's more information about the April 1 Fresh   Expressions t raining event that could change your church. " Changing Church for a Changing World: Fresh Expression Vision Day" will happen on Saturday, April 1, at Mount Carmel UMC, 2203 Harmonyville Road, Elverson PA. J.R. Briggs and Kristin Beckert, both skilled church planters and trainers, will bring their creative, strategic ideas as gifted facilitators. The Eastern PA Conference is a co-sponsor; so members can attend for a discounted $20 each. 

Fresh Expressions   is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order reach a changing world. Visit  www.freshexpressionsus.org and scroll down to "Pottstown Vision Day." Learn more ... 
Denman Evangelism Award nominations sought
 
When you experience God's love, you want to share it with everyone!

The United Methodist  Foundation for Evangelism  helps annual conferences annually honor extraordinary clergy, youth and adult laypersons with the  Harry Denman Evangelism Award  for sharing with everyone God's message of love through Jesus Christ. As Christians, we work in a variety of ministries and contexts with a common goal to build up of God's Kingdom.

This year, until May 5, the Eastern PA Conference's  Congregational Development Team (CDT)  is pleased to accept your nominations of persons to receive the 2017 Harry Denman Evangelism Award. That noteworthy award signifies a remarkable commitment to introducing others to the living gospel in ways and places where "new believers can encounter Christ."

All completed nominations with comments should be submitted to the CDT by May 5. Please send e-mail nominations to  sjd624@ymail.com
addressed to the EPAUMC/Congregational Development Team, c/o of Suzette James/. Attn: Denman Award Nomination. Or mail them to the Eastern PA Conference Office, ATTN:  Dr C. Kurien (identified as "2017 Denman Nominee"), P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA  19482-0820.

Applications can be downloaded by visiting: 
foundationforevangelism.org/grants/recognition/harry-denman-evangelism-award
Youth invited to confirmation camp
Gretna Glen invites churches to have confirmation classes in their neck of the woods, learning all about faith in the midst of God's creation.

Gretna Glen's three Confirmation Camp weekends- March 31-April 2, April 7-9 and October 13-15-will focus on the five vows of affirmation: prayer, witness, gifts, service, and presence, say planners. "Each vow comes alive as confirmands participate in hands on activities, discussions, and reflections that help draw connections from the act of confirmation as the start of a full-time life of faith." Cost is $90. Register using their Brochure.

Be sure to read Bishop Peggy Johnson's article about summer camp, " Our camps-changing seasons and young lives." 
Vital Church Mergers and More
Churches that feel the Holy Spirit moving them to take a serious, open-minded look at their mission and future in ministry, in addition to churches identified by their district superintendent, are urged to send teams to attend "Vital Church Mergers and More" March 25, from 8:30 AM to 12 PM, at Christ UMC Lansdale (1020 S. Valley Forge Road). Cost: $10 per church (payable to Eastern Pa. Conference of the UMC). Pay onsite. Each church attending should first read Dirk Elliot's book Vital Church Mergers.  District Superintendents have copies available. The Congregational Development Office has 30 copies. Please pray daily for vision from the Holy Spirit to help you see where God is leading your church. Contact the Rev. Gordon Hendrickson at 267-258-9507 or   gordonacts6@gmail.com.
Sign up your church for
the Abundant Health
10,000 Church Challenge
The Conference Health & Healing Council urges all churches to join the 10,000 Church Challenge, initiated by the UMC's Global Ministries as part of its new Abundant Health initiative. 

Bishop Peggy Johnson is promoting this effort in both of her Philadelphia Area conferences, Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware. Your church is invited to help increase opportunities for healthy lifestyle choices by promoting: Physical Activity; Healthy Diet and Nutrition; Tobacco-free and Drug-free Living; and Mental Health Education and Promotion. 

One of our four denominational goals is to improve Global Health. After raising over $68 million to fight malaria in the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign, it is time to broaden the focus of "Abundant Health." Global Ministries' goal is to sign up 10,000 churches across the connection, asking each to choose a health focus for its congregation and community. Every church that signs up will receive ideas about education, treatment and prevention; and when it implements ideas and activities it will be designated a Health Promoting Church .  Sign-Up Today  . Get more information. Deaconess Sharon Hachtman,RN, FCN, is Health & Healing Council, Co-Chair and campaign contact. Visit the council webpage to learn more. 
Free Lenten Study Resource from Hopewell UMC
A New Lenten Study Curriculum is being produced by Hopewell UMC for use in 2017 free of charge by any and all UM churches. Contend for the Faith: Lessons from Jude. Within the brief but rich Epistle of Jude, we find marvelous encouragement for a 21st-century church in America, which is itself in need of defense, purification, and hope. This seven-week study designed for group participation will feature Elders from the Eastern PA Conference who have written the curriculum and are featured in the DVD presentations. For more information contact: Deb Boyd, Director of Lay Ministries, Hopewell UMC at boyd@hopewellumc.org or check out Hopewell UMC's website.
NEJ VIM/UMCOR Training Academy, March 26-29
UMCOR (UM Committee on Relief) and the Northeastern Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission will provide training  March 26-29 for persons wanting to lead the church in disaster response and in its wider mission in God's world. Our own Pocono Plateau Camp & Retreat Center will host the classes, ranging from beginner to advanced, including: UMCOR's Foundations; Early Response Team Advanced (201-level) Training; using the Connecting Neighbors curriculum; Spiritual and Emotional Caregiving; and more. There will also be workshops on Global Health, Communication Technology, Race and Privilege, Asset-Based Community Development, Caring for Creation, and other mission topics. No prior qualifications are necessary. CEUs are available. Register now. Early-bird rates apply until  Feb. 26. For more information contact the Rev. Tom Lank, UMVIM-NEJ Coordinator, at 919-428-0461, coordinator@umvimnej.org, or visit  www.umvimnej.org.

Eastern PA is the host conference. So we will be looking for hospitality volunteers to assist with welcoming participants to Pocono Plateau and to help with shuttle service to/from the Avoca airport and the Allentown airport. Contact: Rev Greg Ellis  gellis@epaumc.org
Order your 2016 Conference Journal before they're gone!
A limited number of printed 2016 Eastern PA Conference Journals are available.  Order yours today for only $30 each. You can  order and pay online or send a check, by USPS, to: EPA UMC, Attention Gloria Knoeller, PO Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820.

What's in the Journal?  A lot! Contact information for Conference staff, clergy, Camp and Retreat Centers, Districts, and United Methodist Boards and Agencies.  Also, clergy appointments, pastoral salaries and service records.  Plus, all about the 2016 Annual Conference; Conference statistics for 2015; historical highlights; and conference policies and procedures for clergy, staff, and others. Questions?  Please contact Gloria Knoeller at  gknoeller@epaumc.org
March 28, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, at  Grandview UMC (888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster, PA). Participants pay $35 to participate, which includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Presenters are the Revs. Andrea Brown and Jose "Ricky" Ayala.  Find out more » 

July 15, 9 AM - 3:30 PM, at  Conshohocken UMC (20 W. Sixth Ave., Conshohocken, PA).Participants pay $35 to participate in this class. The fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and materials. Presenters are Rev. Jose "Ricky" Ayala and a female presenter to be named.  Find out more
Changing Racism Workshop 2017 dates
This year's dates  for  Changing Racism Workshops, led by  Visions, Inc., are   March 31-April 2  and   October 27-29.  The March location will again be the Daylesford Abbey, 220 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA. Visit our  Changing Racism Workshops webpage to learn more and to register.
Faith-Sharing Training Event  
Our 2017 annual Faith-Sharing Training Event will happen March 18, from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, at New Hanover UMC. Our guest presenter is the Rev. Terry Teykel, a leading "prayer evangelist" and popular speaker and author. He travels the world encouraging churches to develop and strengthen prayer ministries as a means of revival and transformation.
 
Teykel, the founder of Renewal Ministries and Prayer Point Press, has authored several books, including The Presence-Based Church, My Most Wanted: 40 Days to Pray for the Lost, and Pray the Price: United Methodists United in Prayer. He has spent his life teaching churches how to develop a heartfelt, meaningful relationship with the Lord. His warm, humorous style makes him a much-sought after speaker and seminar leader.
 
"We believe that when prayer and evangelism are reunited the Church will emerge as a powerful force for reclaiming the land and setting the captives free."      -Terry Teykl. 

Learn more about this passionate, powerful speaker and man of God.
Wake up, God's People!... 
All-day Eastern PA Youth Rally, April 22, 2017
Plan to attend the 3rd Annual Eastern PA Conference Youth Rally on Saturday, April 22, 2017. For the first time, this youth rally will last all day, from 9 AM to 4 PM. We're planning fantastic features, with dynamic speakers, soul-stirring music, fun games, powerful prayers, laugh-out-loud humor, great food and hospitality, and enough friendship and fellowship moments to give you a lifetime of memories. Don't dare miss it! See and share the flyer, and look for more details, coming soon.
More events coming in Spring:
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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