May 28, 2021
NEWS & VIEWS
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following appointments & assignments effective July 1, 2021, unless otherwise stated:
South District

  • Rev. Louis Hornberger (Full Elder) to serve Pottstown: Salem UMC as pastor, quarter time, effective July 1, 2021. This appointment is in addition to Rev. Hornberger's appointment at Douglassville: Hope UMC, which appointment will decrease from full time to three-quarter time, effective July 1, 2021.

Freedom isn’t Free
By Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

People who have been fully vaccinated are now free to resume life normally without wearing protective masks in most uncrowded settings, including worship services. But those who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear them. Yet, this announcement from the CDC has made things easier and harder at the same time. Our new freedom is spurring mixed reactions and new things to consider.

As we approach Memorial Day, May 31, we know that freedom for any nation is maintained at the cost of countless lives given by service men and women in armed conflict. There is a price and a sacrifice that we honor with grateful hearts. 

Other kinds of freedom also have a cost. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians (5:1), “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Freedom from sin, gained through Christ Jesus, requires a commitment to stand firm in the face of temptation.  

And to the church in Corinth, Paul admonishes, “But take care that this freedom of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” It is sometimes important to curb one’s expression of freedom--even in not wearing masks--to show respect for others. We do this out of love for Christ, in order to preserve the unity of the body. 

In that spirit, let us also freely sacrifice for others in order to hasten the day of full freedom from COVID. Let us give generously of our means to support the efforts of the UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which is aiding health providers and partners in an ongoing, global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund (Advance #3022612). Read the full essay...
Conference makes financial decisions, highlights ministries
The 2021 session of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, May 20-22, meeting via Zoom for a second time, showed newfound skill in virtual conferencing, deftly mixing live with pre-recorded content, including preaching, teaching, legislating, reports and recognitions. There were questions but little debate over eight resolutions in total, most of them financial.

The conference passed a 2022 Connectional Ministries Fund spending budget of $3.3 million. It is the same amount as in 2020; but significant budget increases are provided for Latino ministries, congregational development and urban ministries. Also announced is a 2021"Connectional Ministries Fund Holiday," giving churches that pay 11 months of their CMF apportionment a 12th month off. And there was a request for a ruling of law from the bishop and the UMC’s Judicial Council on whether payment of general church apportionments is now mandatory or voluntary until the next General Conference in 2022 approves a new budget.

A diverse cadre of eloquent guest preachers and speakers inspired conference members. So did an array of video reports, ministry award presentations and celebrations of newly commissioned, ordained and retired clergy. Learn more…
Video recordings of the Thursday Laity Session, Friday’s business and teaching sessions, and Saturday’s Memorial Service and Commissioning and Ordination Service will be viewable on the conference’s YouTube page in June.
Giving to Annual Conference offerings still needed 
Each year conference members and churches give to special offerings to help fund Eastern PA Annual Conference higher education scholarships, Board of Ordained Ministry scholarships for clergy education, Camp and Retreat Ministry Centers, and Youth Ministries. Because our Annual Conference met online and not in-person in 2020 and 2021, those offerings relied on mail-in and online donations. Thus, giving to them has declined significantly.

But the need for this support is as great as ever. So, we are inviting everyone to continue giving to support these worthy causes through our website’s Giving Page throughout the year. We will promote and accept gifts online (and by mail) to support our college students, clergy, campers and youth in the hope that you will give generously and encourage others to do so, too. Thank you!
View photos of Commissioning & Ordination and Memorial services 

Enjoy viewing dramatic photos of the 2021 Annual Conference Memorial Service and Commissioning and Ordination Service in our two Flickr photo albums
Latino Commission Holy Convocation, Assembly
The Eastern PA Conference Latino Commission’s annual Holy Convocation and Assembly will happen on Saturday, May 29, 9 AM – 3 PM, hopefully onsite at the newly merged Casa del Rey UMC in Allentown. For more information, contact the Rev. Lucky Cotto at llcotto@epaumc.org
Volcano eruption in Congo hits church, homes
GOMA, Congo (UM News) — United Methodist leaders are assessing the damage following the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which swept away a church and many homes. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports. Read story
Join weekly conference prayer meetings in June
Join the dozen or more prayer warriors who show up each Tuesday at noon for a half-hour of personal sharing and compelling intercessory prayer. It’s a supportive community of believers in the power of prayer. Some sessions have featured meditative music, wisdom readings and poetry to stimulate creative reflection.

Upcoming Schedule of Prayer Leaders:
  • June 1: Rev. Dave Piltz, Eastern PA Conference Young People’s Ministries Coordinator, UM Campus Minister at Drexel University and Pastor of Valley Forge UMC
  • June 8: Bishop Peggy Johnson
  • June 15: Rev. Dan Roth, Pastor of Summerfield: Siloam Philadelphia
  • June 22: Judy Ehninger, CLM Coordinator
  • June 29: John Coleman, Conference Director of Communications

Here is the Zoom access information: Join at: https://epaumc.zoom.us/j/591129374?pwd=dElpMUdVd09VTTBoRDZxTm9zejVqdz09 
Meeting ID: 591 129 374 Or Call in: +1 646 558 8656 
Celebrating Korean pioneers in Methodist history
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Ask The UMC remembers two pioneering Koreans in Methodist history: The Rev. Ju-sam Ryang, the first Korean Methodist bishop, and Esther Kim Pak, the first Korean Methodist female doctor. Read story
Korean churches must nurture younger generations
CHICAGO (UM News) — It is crucial for Korean churches to create a safe space for young Korean Americans to develop their faith and their identity, writes the Rev. Dr. Heesung Hwang, who teaches religious education at Chicago Theological Seminary.  Read commentary
COVID-19 vaccines offer mission opportunity
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Though the COVID-19 vaccine has become more available, particularly in the United States, misinformation, mistrust and lack of access keep some communities at risk. However, conversations about COVID-19 vaccines are opportunities for mission and churches can be part of the solution. Read story
Trove of Methodist treasures comes to SMU
DALLAS (UM News) — Southern Methodist University’s Bridwell Library will soon be home to the entire World Methodist Museum collection, including John Wesley’s traveling pulpit and a number of his handwritten letters. Read story
MISSION & MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES
Conference seeks new Coordinator of Youth, Young Adult Ministries
The Eastern PA Conference is seeking to hire a new Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Ministries by July 1 to succeed the Rev. David Piltz, who has been appointed as pastor of Warminster: St. Andrews UMC. The coordinator will work with youth and young adults at all levels in the conference, developing ministries, advocacy and leadership, and will serve as campus minister for the Wesley Student Foundation of Philadelphia, located at Drexel University. It is a 30-hour per week position that includes benefits. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to UMJobs@epaumc.org by May 31. See Youth and Young Adult Ministry Job Description.
Peace with Justice Sunday, May 30 
United Methodists gave $288,487 to the Peace with Justice Sunday offering in 2020. This Special Sunday with offering is a faithful expression of the biblical value of shalom that calls the church to strengthen its capacity to advocate publicly in communities and nations throughout the world. The offering is administered by the General Board of Church and Society and benefits peace with justice ministries in annual conferences like ours and around the world. 

Remember, you can celebrate any Special Sunday on a date of your choosing. Peace with Justice Sunday Pastor and Leader Kit . To give ONLINE click here.
Zoe Empowers on Virtual Mission Trip, June 22-24
The Eastern PA Conference is partnering with ZOE Empowers, an organization which in 2021 introduced Virtual Mission Trips in order to introduce folks to its incredible, international program of serving children in poverty. ZOE’s entire approach is based on “Empowerment, not Hand-outs,” and it has demonstrated success among more than 100,000 children of the world, so far.  

International mission trips are transformational for many local churches and their mission-minded members. Severe COVID-related restrictions on travel have prevented such trips from happening for the past year. But ZOE Empowers have found a solution in Virtual Mission trips. A free, three-day visit to Rwanda, Kenya, and India awaits you on the mornings of June 22-24 (9:30-11:00 AM each day). Learn more.
A new era for health care in Tunda, East Congo   
Methodism was planted and took root 100-years ago among the Otetela-speaking people of Tunda in Eastern Congo. This year, United Methodists there completed construction of a new hospital. Even today, there is no other hospital within a 62-mile radius. Without this facility, 100,000 people would lose access to health services. 

“It’s really one the most remote locations I have visited,” confirmed Tatenda Mujeni, a senior technical advisor for Global Ministries’ Global Health unit. Consider a gift to Abundant Health, Advance # 3021770 to strengthen health care systems in remote places like Tunda. Learn more… 
Scholarships available for chaplaincy students   
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation invites students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the U.S. military to apply for the Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited theological seminary and meet other requirements. The deadline to apply is July 1. 
 
LEARNING EVENTS
Weekly Preaching Forum continues June 1
Join us for a conference-wide Preaching Forum on Zoom to help us plan Revised Common Lectionary-based sermons every Tuesday. Enjoy a weekly, one-hour, profitable exchange of ideas, inspiration and information about preaching resources.

Gifted presenters share their notes on each week’s chosen text and then lead the forum in conversation. We explore each text’s historical circumstances and present-day perspectives, plus ideas for application and initial thoughts for sermon movements, etc. 
The Bible With and Without Jesus: Readers flocking to a new author-led CDT book study in June
The Eastern PA Conference Congregational Development Team (CDT) Book Club will sponsor a new weekly book study on Zoom—and its first study led by a woman author—in June when it welcomes Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Levine will help us explore her new work, The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differentlyco-authored in 2020 with Marc Zvi Brettler, on Wednesdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11 AM to 12 Noon. 

She will offer an introduction and then focus on four main topics:
  • June 9: The virginal conception and the pregnant young woman. (Isaiah 7:14)
  • June 16: The “suffering servant”—Jesus and many others. (Isaiah 53)
  • June 23: Adam and Eve—original sin and original opportunity.
  • June 30: The “cry of dereliction” (Psalm 22) spoken by Jesus and by Esther 

Over 90 people have registered thus far. So the offer of free books for the first 25 registrants has ended. But there is still plenty good room for more registrants to gain wisdom from the mind of this highly respected biblical scholar.

Levine’s previous books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus. She also co-authored four children’s books and other works: The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Zvi Brettler). In 2020 she published Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven. 

She is the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. In 2021 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “AJ” describes herself as an unorthodox member of an Orthodox synagogue and a Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches New Testament in a Christian divinity school in the Buckle of the Bible Belt. 
Workshps on Cemetery Care, Parsonage Practices
The Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation will offer two vibrant & informative training sessions for local church leaders on important (and sometimes insufficiently understood) areas of property ownership & management: Cemetery Care and Parsonage Practices-- selling or renting.  Please enroll appropriate leaders into either or both of these one-hour long Zoom conversations:  

Cemetery Care - Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 PM
What does it mean to offer Perpetual Care? What should a local church do when it faces financial instability which renders it unable to provide adequate management? What are the Best Practices when closing a local church so cemeteries are not left orphaned?

Cemetery boards and local church Trustees, in particular, should attend. Conference Chancellor Matt Morley will offer the primary presentation, emphasizing matters of legality. Foundation Director Jack Brooks will be present to handle Q & A. To register for this FREE event, click HERE
 
Parsonage Practices: Selling or Renting – Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 PM
When a church-owned parsonage is not occupied by a full-time pastor anymore, what are the possibilities for alternate use or supplemental income production? What are the Disciplinary restrictions on such use, as well as tax implications? What benefits may be anticipated? What headaches might be incurred when we do things wrong?

Pastors, Board of Trustee members, Administrative Council chairs and other decision-makers in the congregation should attend. Those who serve on District Church Location and Building teams will find this helpful, too!   
James Brown, EPA Conference Treasurer, will lead this presentation. George Monk, a Mid-Atlantic Board member, will share recent experience from his own congregation at the Chevy Chase (MD) UMC. To register for this FREE event, HERE Learn More...
August Book Club to feature Woolverton's new book
The Congregational Development Team’s next CDT Book Club selection will be the Rev. David Woolverton's newest book, Mission Rift: Leading through Church Conflict. Woolverton, who frequently teaches courses on overcoming church conflict in Eastern PA, will lead the four-week study on Wednesdays, August 11 to Sept. 1, at 11 AM. Once again, the first 25 registrants will receive the book’s Kindle version for free. Save the dates. Registration will open in June.
Healing Communities Training on Zoom in Sept.
Co-sponsored by the Conference Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice Team and the West Chester Mission Link. 
3 ZOOM sessions in September:
Tuesday, Sept 21, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 25, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday, Sept 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

More info coming. Cost: $10
RESOURCES
New Urban Ministry grant applications due May 31
The Eastern PA Conference Urban Commission will award a new round of grants this spring to assist in funding Urban Alliances or Urban Church Initiatives. Churches located in listed urban centers are encouraged to apply. That list includes several newly designated urban areas. 

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

Urban Church Initiative grants support new or expanding ministries within individual urban congregations. Local Churches Initiatives may apply for funding up to $2,500.  The Commission tries to offer grants twice a year. Application deadlines are May 31 and Nov. 15. Learn more...
View recordings of recent important events
View on our website the new recording of "We Are Still Here," (left) a fascinating Zoom webinar about key Native American leaders and role models, presented May 2 by the Eastern PA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM). In fact, see several CONAM Video Resources available on the Native American Ministries web page for your learning and enjoyment, including “"Indian Country’s Hidden Figures: Outstanding Native American Women" (April 19, 2021) and their "Race-Based Mascots" event (Nov. 8, 2020).

Visit our Event Recordings web page to view and benefit from dozens of recordings of recent, worth-watching Zoom meetings, classes and webinars. That includes Tools for Ministries classes offered online in March and the dynamic Becoming the Beloved Community: Preaching for the Pentecost Season, a valuable resource for planning justice-oriented worship and preaching for the current season of Pentecost.  
Pastor's book urges 'tri-pandemic' preaching
LAKE CITY, S.C. — The Advocate Press has released a new book by the Rev. Amiri B. Hooker titled "Preaching in the Midst Of: How Black Preaching Has Changed in the COVID-19 Pandemic." His book, written while he was sick with COVID-19, addresses the need for "great Black preaching in the midst of a tri-pandemic of disease, racism and poverty.Read press release To order book
AROUND THE UM CONNECTION
Church camps are a go this summer
LITTLETON, Colo. — United Methodist camps are gearing up for a full summer of fun, friendship, learning and faith formation out in God’s creation. After the challenging summer of 2020, when most United Methodist camps were unable to host programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, camp ministries across the United States are delighted to be open for business in 2021. Read story
UM podcaster receives fellowship
United Methodist podcaster Michelle L. Eunice has been selected by United Methodist Communications for the 2021 Stoody-West Fellowship. The $6,000 education award assists post-graduate study at an accredited U.S. college or university for one United Methodist student who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism. Eunice started the "Christ Over Culture" podcast in 2016 to encourage millennials to follow God’s plan for their lives over the expectations and pressures of society. Read press release
Prayer nets inspiring church interest
KILGORE, Texas — A fresh way to generate prayers and introduce people to the church is growing in Texas. At St. Luke's United Methodist Church, "prayer nets" placed at the front and back of the church encourage people to put prayer requests in a box and tie a ribbon on the net. Church members pray for each card received. Non-church members are making some of the requests, and it's hoped that they are encouraged to check out the rest of the church experience. Read story
Filipinos join massive pantry movement
MANILA, Philippines (UM News) — When one woman began offering free food from a simple wooden cart during COVID-19, she probably never imagined her small act of generosity would grow into a massive community-pantry movement in the Philippines. Now, United Methodists from around the region are responding to the needs of their neighbors. Gladys P. Mangiduyos has the story. Read story
REMINDERS
Pastors and worship leaders convened in a webinar April 27 to share ideas and plans for creative, inspirational worship for the season of Pentecost (not “after Pentecost”), using the Revised Common Lectionary Year B. They explored concepts of celebrating Pentecost not as a day but as a season of six Sundays, including Trinity Sunday.

Listen and learn from three engaging seminar leaders—three Elders and one Deacon who are scholars and activists–as they help participants explore biblical studies, homiletics, worship, and incarnational social action for redemptive justice.  

View and share this Zoom recording of this interactive Seminar on Preaching, Worship and Mission for Pentecost Season. Download the flyer. 
All of Us: Campaign seeks citizenship for immigrants
The UMC’s Board of Church and Society and National Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Join invite all to join in a Week of Action June 7-14 using a legislative advocacy campaign to forge “pathways to permanent citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants.” With undocumented communities at the center of this national advocacy initiative, teams will lobby legislators in as many states as possible. They will also have media commentaries written by local JFON leaders, clients and faith leaders and try to host virtual prayer vigils using social media. Learn more...
Cabinet offers churches new reopening recommendations
The Eastern PA Conference places the health and welfare of our members and the surrounding community as the first priority in making decisions around occupancy of buildings and grounds. Congregations must be committed to following state and city guidelines and have reopening plans approved by their church councils. Please continue to monitor the PA.gov, Phila/gov and CDC websites for up-to-date information.  
 
The Cabinet offers churches updated recommendations, based on guidance provided May 13 by the CDC and PA’s Gov. Wolf: 

• Wear masks inside when unvaccinated people or larger crowds are present.
• Keep safe physical distances (3-6 feet apart, depending on state and local guidelines).
• Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer.
• Do not enter public spaces or attend gatherings when experiencing flu-like symptoms. 
Conference office to fully reopen June 1 with new guidelines
The Eastern PA Conference Office will fully reopen June 1!  

“We are excited to welcome conference members and guests back to our Valley Forge location for business and scheduled meetings,” announced Jo Fielding, Director of Administrative Services, May 13. “We encourage everyone to become vaccinated and observe safety guidelines.” 

Staff began returning to the Conference office months ago for several days a week, while still also working from home. Most will begin working onsite three days a week in June, while the office moves to its customary, four-day, summer workweek from June 1 to August 31. The official summer office hours will be Mondays to Thursdays, 7:30 AM to 5 PM.

Due to new CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) guidelines, staff and visitors no longer need to wear masks in the office if they are fully vaccinated from the coronavirus. Learn more…
North District clergy families to picnic at Knoebels July 10 
The Great North District's 2021 Clergy Family Picnic will again happen at Knoebel's, “America's Largest Free-Admission Amusement Park,” on Saturday, July 10, 11:30 AM. Members will enjoy fun, food and fellowship together. REGISTER online by June 21.  
New puzzle helps clergy families navigate pastoral transitions
Jigsaw Journey is a puzzle with a discussion guide, online videos, and other tools, provided by Artos Retreats (“Bread for the Soul”), to help clergy families navigate the emotional journey of pastoral transitions. It’s a good conversation-starter to help families reveal and share thoughts and feelings about the experience.

“The game opened a doorway for my family to talk about some challenging issues related to our upcoming transition,” said one clergy spouse with two teenage boys. “We may have never talked unless we were working on the puzzle.” 

The full set costs $55 and would be a great church gift to clergy families. Discounts are available upon request for clergy families feeling a financial pinch during the pandemic. Contact: Julie@ArtosRetreats.org. Learn more
Racial Ethnic Local Church grants available this fall
Grants up to $10,000 will be available this fall from Discipleship Ministries to strengthen leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation in racial-ethnic local United Methodist churches. The application deadline for Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants is Sept. 1.

RELCC grants are available each year, with priority given to new programs. Funds are not provided for personnel, equipment or ongoing building costs.  

For more information, go to https://bit.ly/3vSgb5G or contact Naomi Hope Annandale, director of research and strategic evaluation, by phone at 615-340-1743 or by email at nannandale@umcdiscipleship.org.
 
Applicants must apply online at https://ypm-umc.smapply.io / and are encouraged to consult with Discipleship Ministries staff for guidance in preparing the application. Learn more about grant qualifications.
Clergy Education’s upcoming webinars by UM Leaders
ClergyEducation.com is a resource for clergy and church leaders, offering CEUs accepted by most United Methodist annual conferences. Class instructors are noted authors, clergypersons and leaders from throughout the denomination. ClergyEducation.com is a division of Market Square Publishing LLC.

Here are their upcoming webinars led by UM Leaders:
  • June 1: Ways to Enhance Online Discipleship in Your Church • Rachel Gilmore
  • July 15: Starting and Sustaining Effective Hybrid Ministries • Anne Bosarge

See the full list with registration links. Also, see the list of past, recorded online classes. Also see a selection of books for online small-group studies, which Market Square Books calls “the wave of the Post-Pandemic Church!”
Our event recordings now in one place for viewing
We’ve just added another convenient resource page to our new Conference website: Event Recordings. Visit the page to view recordings of some of our outstanding recent events, including: 

  • Policing in African-American Communities; 
  • Vaccines, Variants, and the Road Ahead; 
  • State of the Black Church; 
  • 2021 Tools for Ministry, and more.

Virtual One-on-One Meetings with Wespath
In past years the Board of Benefits has offered one-on-one interviews with a Wespath representative during Annual Conference. While we hope to return to this model in the future, during this new season of continued distancing, we are able to provide you with virtual one-on-one meetings!  

Please CLICK HERE to schedule your virtual meeting anytime between now and May 31st, 2021 to meet with a Wespath Benefit Educator.
Conference Leadership Opportunities for all!
The Conference Leadership Committee asks all clergy and lay members to use this Leadership and Service Interest Form to indicate how and where they are willing to serve on. Learn more...
Visit our Local Church Resources webpage
Do you find yourself wondering where you can obtain a 501(c)3 letter? Clergy W-2s? Various other bits of information that is crucial for churches? Look no further than the Local Church Resources page under the Administration tab on the EPA website and you can answer these questions.
Let's stay connected. Send us your newsletters
Please add our Communications Office to your church newsletter's digital and/or print mailing lists. We find much of our news in church newsletters (when we find time to read them), and we try to report local church news and events as much as possible. (We also love seeing Conference news reported in your newsletters. Thanks!) However, we want to receive only your church newsletters please, not other e-mailed church announcements. Thanks!
Update your Find-A-Church profile
Developed by United Methodist Communications, Find-A-Church helps your church connect with people who may be looking online for a church to provide worship, fellowship, spiritual nurture and other needs. If your church has a Website, having a church page in Find-A-Church doubles your local visibility to reach people searching by city, town or zip code. It is the official online directory of United Methodist churches in the United States and one of the most visited sections of UMC.org, averaging more than 1,000 page views a day. You'll achieve the best results from your Find-A-Church profile when you update your church's information. For video instructions on how, visit Video Tutorial: Find-A-Church Overview
Missed any past issues of NEWSpirit Digest?
You can still read or share informative, colorful back issues of our weekly e-newsletter on the Eastern PA Conference Website at www.epaumc.org/news-events/newspirit-digest. Share this link with others who might want to stay informed about our news, events, resources and concerns. And please encourage them to subscribe by e-mailing communications@epaumc.org. Thanks!
SAVE THE DATES
May
  • May 29: Latino Holy Convocation and Assembly

June
  • June 1: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer Meetings. 12 Noon. Join.
  • June 1: Weekly Preaching Forum. Tuesdays at 2 PM. Register.
  • June 5: Ministry in a Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Context. 9 AM - 12:30 PM, via Zoom Meeting. Register.
  • June 6: the Recognition of New Certified Lay Ministers, at 4 PM, on Zoom. Join.
  • June 8: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer Meetings. Join.
  • June 8: Weekly Preaching Forum. Tuesdays at 2 PM. Register.
  • June 9: CDT Book Club: The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. Register
  • June 15: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer Meetings. 12 Noon. Join.
  • June 15: Weekly Preaching Forum. Tuesdays at 2 PM. Register.
  • June 16: CDT Book Club: The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. Register
  • June 16: “Cemetery Care” Webinar offered by Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation. 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Learn More. Register.
  • June 17: “Parsonage Practices: Selling or Renting” Webinar offered by Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation. 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Learn More. Register.
  • June 19: Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop, from 10 am – 1 pm on Zoom. “Where do I Draw the Line: Maintaining Boundaries in a Digital Age”. Register.
  • June 22 - 24: ZOE Empowers - Virtual Mission Trip. 9:30 - 11 AM each day, on Zoom. Learn More. Register
  • June 22: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer Meetings. 12 Noon. Join.
  • June 22: Weekly Preaching Forum. Tuesdays at 2 PM. Register.
  • June 23: CDT Book Club: The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. Register
  • June 29: Conference-wide Weekly Prayer Meetings. 12 Noon. Join.
  • June 29: Weekly Preaching Forum. Tuesdays at 2 PM, on Zoom. Register.
  • June 30: CDT Book Club: The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. Register

July
  • July 13: Bivocational & Small Church Network. Every other Month, on the 2nd Tuesday of Month, at 6:30 PM, on Zoom. Register.
  • July 22 - 30: 2021 Mission u, virtual. Sponsored by Eastern PA Conference UMW. Learn More. Register
  • July 26: Farewell fete for Bishop Peggy Johnson. 6:30 PM - 8 PM. Zoom webinar. Join.

August
  • August 6 - 8: Laity Academy

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