September 11, 2015
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Register now for Adjourned Session of Annual Conference
    Reminder!Register now for the Nov. 14 Adjourned Session of Annual Conference. Read more about this event, find important Q&As, and read delegate bios by clicking here. Remember: the location of Adjourned Session is Macungie campus of Bethany UMC, 3801Brookside Road, Macungie, PA 18062.

  • Petitions for 2016 General Conference
    Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary through Oct. 13, 2015. Read More

  • Jillian’s Café, a community entertainment venue located at Conshohocken UMC (20 West 6th Avenue), opens its busy fall season Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 PM, with a free concert to celebrate the CD Release of Mere Fate’s Gullwing Project. Alyssa Garcia will open the night. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Find information about Jillian’s Café and future events on their Website or find them on Facebook (@Jillian’s Cafe). Visit the church website to learn more about Conshohocken UMC. 
Young Adult Forum in Phila. Sept. 11
The Eastern PA Conference Council on Young Adult Ministries will sponsor a Young Adult Forum Sept. 11 at Super China Buffet, Imperial Plaza, 3400 Aramingo Avenue in Philadelphia, from 7 to 9 PM. Young adults are invited to come dine together and discuss relevant topics, issues and challenges. Everything from relationships, religion, media, and spirituality will be on the dialogue menu. Dinner is free for young adults (ages 18 to 35). Have a question or want to RSVP? Email: youngadultministries@epaumc.org. Download the flyer.
A prayer for the anniversary of 9/11

"O God, our hope and refuge, in our distress we come quickly to you." So begins "A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11," composed by the Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon. You can find it on the Discipleship Ministries Website and may use it as a devotional to observe the anniversary of the tragic 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. Those attacks struck the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC and United Airlines Flight 93, the airliner that crashed in Shanksville, Pa., because of the heroic actions of passengers onboard. Read the prayer

Also, the new $26 million Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center in rural Shanksville opened this week, honoring the courage of the 40 passengers and crew members who fought back against their four hijackers and prevented the plane from hitting its presumed target, the U.S. Capitol. View a UMCom video, produced when the first phase of this memorial opened on Sept. 11, 2011, in which local United Methodists recall the impact of the plane's crash in their community and their efforts to honor the heroes, including providing tours to visitors.

Conference launches new Imagine No Malaria campaign

Bishop Peggy Johnson and her Executive Secretary, Amy Botti, presented details to the Bishop's Cabinet this week to launch the Eastern PA Conference's Imagine No Malaria education and fundraising campaign, slated to run through the end of this year. Districts and churches will be encouraged to promote awareness and generous giving to help the denomination reach its $75 million Imagine No Malaria goal by next May when the 2016 General Conference meets. Currently, we are at $66 million in a campaign to help eradicate malaria and save countless lives threatened by the deadly, mosquito-borne disease, which mostly strikes children in Africa.

"Press on toward the goal" is our new theme, taken from Philippians 3:12b. Churches are being asked to increase awareness and donate $10 per worshipping member, as the conference strives to achieve 100 percent participation. A number of churches have been donating to the denomination's Imagine No Malaria endeavor all along; but it is hoped that this new, short-term  conference campaign will broaden and focus the conference's creativity and commitment to reach the remaining goal together. We will launch a new Imagine No Malaria conference Webpage next week, along with other efforts to promote awareness and support.

SE District  welcomes all clergy to learn about 'Transformative Christian Community'
The Southeast District Clergy Gathering with innovative UM church planter the Rev. Jim Walker on Monday, Sept. 21, is now open to clergy and candidates for ministry only from other districts. The event, titled "Cultivating Healthy, Transformative Christian Community," will be 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM at Malvern Retreat House, Family Life Center, 315 South Warren Avenue, Malvern, PA. Walker co-planted Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community in Pittsburgh and authored Dirty Word, the fascinating story of that dynamic, cutting-edge church venture where people are intensely engaged in transformative ministry. After spending a year serving a multi-cultural church in the Bay Area of California, Walker has returned to Pittsburgh with plans to launch a new ministry. Registration is $85. Breakfast and lunch are included, and 0.6 ​CEUs will be awarded. Register online.
MusicFest benefits ministry for recovery from addiction, prison
A free, benefit concert will help in the fight addiction, thanks to co-sponsors like the Eastern PA Conference Prison Ministry and Restorative Justice Work Team and UM Men. The annual Conquering Grounds Music Fest happens this Saturday Sept. 12, from 12 noon to 6 PM, at the Christian Life Center, 3100 Galloway Rd., Bensalem, PA. Christian Life Prison and Recovery Ministries in Southampton, Pa., (215-833-2512), cares and seeks to help and offer healing to those who struggle with addiction and imprisonment. The MusicFest will mix great Christian rock music with powerful testimonies of people who have overcome addiction. You can make donations at the Gate or through the MusicFest website, or send a check to: CLPRM Po Box 1624, Southampton, PA 18966. There will also be a Children's Area with a moon bounce, puppet show, face painting, crafts, games, and a Gospel tent--all run by the Youth Alliance of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Contact Bob Sofronski to learn how you can become a sponsor. Visit the Website for more information.
UMCOR, Church & Society respond to refugee crisis
The Rev. Jack Amick, International Disaster Response executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), updated Bishop Peggy Johnson this week on the agency's response to the throngs of refugees and displaced persons surviving and escaping war, terrorism and devastation in Syria and Iraq. While thousands have found refuge across their borders in Lebanon and Turkey, more than 34,000 migrants have made harrowing treks toward Austria, Germany, Greece and other European countries in recent weeks. The United Nations estimates over 366,000 have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year, and at least 2,800 have died or disappeared during the journey.

"We are working to alleviate suffering for these people by providing food, water, clothing, household items, and improved places for children to learn and play," Amick reported, citing nearly $2 million in grants provided through local and international relief partners. "We expect to approve additional projects during the last quarter of 2015." Also, the UM Board of Church and Society is circulating a petition calling upon President Obama's Administration to increase the number of Syrian refugees accepted for resettlement in the U.S. to at least 65,000. A White House spokesperson announced Sept. 10 that 10,000 Syrian refugees would be admitted next year.  Learn more...
Also, read the latest UM News Service update, "European refugee aid goes beyond food."

 Learn what 'Four Things Grow Your Church'
Register now, if you haven't yet, to attend the “Only Four Things Grow Your Church workshop next Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 AM to 4 PM, at St. Matthews UMC of Valley Forge, 600 Walker Rd, Wayne, PA. Bill Tenny-Brittian and Bill Easum will conduct the seminar designed for church leaders (clergy, staff and laity) who are committed to seeing their churches become effective, faithful, and sustainable. The four core processes they teach focus on Inviting, Connecting and Discipling people and then Sending them back into the world to reach others. The cost is $75. All attendees get a $50 gift card. Also, register a team of 3 or more and save $10 per registration. Here's more information about the agenda.
Arch Street to open hearts, minds, doors during Pope's visit
"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors" is the UMC's current slogan, a memorable phrase that asserts who we are and what we offer. Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia open its doors for worship, dialogue and hospitality during the week of the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families and visit by Pope Francis, Sept. 22-27. Responding to our appeal for information on what Eastern PA Conference churches will do in connection with the history-making event, the Rev. Robin Hynicka, senior pastor, reported that Arch Street UMC will join the Welcome Church, a Lutheran congregation without walls, in outdoor worship together Sunday, Sept. 20, on Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Shakespeare Park) at 3 PM. 

"The experience will highlight the reality that The Parkway is home to many persons experiencing homelessness," he wrote, "and the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’s visit will displace them and disrupt their routine." Those who gather there will pray for Pope Francis and the event, and for the thousands of pilgrims who will visit the City of Brotherly Love. "The message in prayer, preaching and prophetic witness is two-fold," said Hynicka. "The Parkway is sacred space and already blessed for the Pope’s visit, and all kinds of families are precious and included in the family of God."

Later that week Arch Street will host groups of "reform-hearted Catholics" for discussions and workshops promoting the value and significance of including LGBTQ persons fully in the life of the church. On Sunday, Sept. 27, Arch Street will offer inclusive morning worship and then show the Papal Mass on screen so viewers can join the world in witnessing the historic ceremony. That evening the church will host its weekly Grace Café gathering for fellowship and a community meal. "Church staff and volunteers will be on hand all week to provide holy hospitality," said Hynicka.   
Are you planning Back to Church, Back to School activities?
What is your congregation planning this month to welcome members and visitors back to church after their summer break? Will you participate in National Back to Church Sunday on Sept. 20? What about activities celebrating young people returning Back to School in your community? Are you using UM Communications' Rethink Church Back to School campaign materials, including door hangers and ads? Please let us know what you're planning or doing, and please send us photos of your activities to communications@epaumc.org. Thanks!
Avoiding shame, embracing grace for healthy ministry
Don't miss "Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations," and Advanced Sexual Ethics course  Sept. 25, presented by nationally known author the Rev. Dr. Karen McCllintock, at West Lawn UMC, 15 Woodside Ave, Reading.  The day will include practical insights on avoiding unhealthy disclosures" and healing congregational shame. McCllintock has served five congregations as pastor and numerous clients as a therapist; she has authored books on healthy disclosures and dealing with shame in sexual misconduct and abuse. McClintock brings immediately applicable concepts. Attendees will explore, through case studies, resources and dialogue, how to lead without using either blaming or shaming. The $35 fee includes breakfast and a light lunch, as well as 0.5 CEUs for clergy attending the full day. Both clergy and paid staff members are invited to attend. Register on the Conference website . Questions? Contact Rev. Andrea Brown, Chair, Pastoral Care Committee, at andrea@grandviewumc.org

NEJ Transformational Leadership event coming to Hershey PA

On Oct. 2-4 the UMC's Northeastern Jurisdiction Vision Table will sponsor the Conference on Transformational Leadership, a ground-breaking learning adventure for emerging leaders, at the Hershey Lodge, in Hershey, Pa. The theme is "See, Know, Love." With dynamic speakers, vibrant conversations and innovative workshops, this resource-rich training opportunity will alter the way you think about leadership and living out your faith in churches and communities. Learn more... 

Boehm's Chapel 30th  Annual Apple Festival promises historic favorites

Boehm’s Chapel will hold its 30th annual Apple Festival Oct. 10, from 9 AM to 3 PM., rain or shine, at Boehm’s UMC, 13 West Boehm's Church Road, Willow Street, PA. An array of tents will harbor old-fashioned treats, including homemade apple butter, apple dumplings and baked goods, plus kids' games like the ever popular 'apple sling-shot.' Lunch fare will be scattered around the campus, and vendors will display homemade crafts en route to the old chapel and inside the church fellowship hall. The historical video “More than Just a Chapel on a Hill,” about the Boehm family and the chapel, will be shown in the  historic 1791 chapel. Admission and parking are free. For additional information contact Dolores Myers, Executive Director of the Boehm’s Chapel Society by e-mail or call 717-872-4133.

Register your youth now for 2016 Pen-Del Youth Rally 

The WORD is out! It's time to register early for the 29th annual Peninsula-Delaware Conference weekend Youth Rally in Ocean City, Md., Jan. 8-10, 2016. More than 4,000 young people and adult leaders will again converge on the Roland E. Powell Convention Center (4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842) for three high-spirited days of worship, witnessing, fellowship and celebration "as we rejoice in the freedom we have in Christ!" "WORD" is the theme, based on John 1:1, and the stage will burst forth with lights, music, praise, testimonies, humor and more highlights.  Guest presenters, offering inspiration and challenge, include the incomparable Reggie Dabbs, plus Propaganda, Fellowship Creative and two nights of special concerts by Disciple and Moriah Peters. Early-bird registration ($55) ends Oct. 12. Regular registration ($65) ends Nov. 2. After then, late registration is $75. REGISTER ONLINE NOW!! Check out the colorful, informative online brochure

2016 Faith Sharing Event set for March 19

The 2016 Faith Sharing Event is set for Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 9 AM to 3 PM, once again at the centrally located New Hanover UMC. Our featured guest will be the Rev. Romal Tune, a compelling, sought-after young 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. He authored the book God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens in 2013 and recently completed a companion devotional guide.

Associate Members and Local Pastors plan 2016 retreat

The Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors of the Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware conferences will retreat together April 24-26, 2016, at Black Rock Retreat Center, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA. Associate Members, Local Pastors, Student Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers are all invited to attend and may earn 2.0 CEUs. Online Registration is open now: $275 for a single room; $225 per person for a double room. Included are two nights lodging and five meals. Prolific author and noted historian the Rev. Charles (Chuck) Yrigoyen, Jr., an Eastern PA Conference clergy member, will speak on John and Charles Wesley and Methodist renewal. For more information contact Mark Beiderman at 610-585-0575 Download the brochure, which contains a registration form.

RESOURCES
  Advice for communicating with Hispanics and Latinos
Today's congregations are challenged to become more effective in communicating across demographic and cultural divides. United Methodist Communications offers "9 tips for communicating with Hispanics and Latinos" to help churches reach out to Hispanic and Latino families. Learn more...

ASL glossary opens new doors to Deaf community
Michelle Provart Menefee was approached last year about taking on a project to develop a resource of United Methodist terms in American Sign Language for interpreters. The resulting ASL video glossary, with Deaf people signing a lexicon of religious terms with explanations, is now available on umc.org, UMC's official website, at " ASL glossary opens new doors to Deaf community " and also available via YouTube. The video includes signing of the Lord's Prayer and the Apostles' Creed.

Webinar: "How to Make Your Worship More Engaging for All Ages"
Sept. 15, 7- 8 PM. Worship is central to who we are and what we do as communities of faith. This webinar will focus on how to use the visual, auditory and kinesthetic aspects of a worship service to engage more people and engage them more fully. This webinar also will have a special focus on intergenerational worship and incorporating interactive elements into existing worship services. 
Details
REMINDERS
College displays classic Native American photos

Lebanon Valley College, a UM-related institution, hosts a special photographic art exhibition, titled “Mingled Visions: Images from ‘The North American Indian’ Collection,” in its Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery until Oct. 18. President Lewis E. Thayne will welcome guests to an opening reception Friday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 7 PM. The stunning images, depicting diverse images and cultures of Native Americans from numerous tribes, were taken by Edward Curtis beginning in 1907 in a photo documentary project that became his life’s work. Also featured are 30 loaned Native American artifacts including baskets, pottery, and apparel from various tribes. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday during limited hours. Several special related events are planned, including a Native Nations Dance Theater performance Sunday, Oct. 4. Check the Website for more information.

Learning to write church histories 
Church historians have two opportunities this month to attend a valuable, full-day workshop on Writing a Church History, facilitated by leaders of the General Commission and Greater New Jersey Conference Commission on Archives and History. The first workshop will happen Friday, Sept. 18 , at the UMC's Archives and History Center on the Drew University campus in Madison, N.J. The second will occur Saturday, Sept. 19, at Chews UMC, Glendora, N.J. Both workshops will be from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. Marie Amerson, a retired professor, author and instructor for the visually impaired, will lead both sessions, teaching attendees to tell dramatic church histories through the lives of members while managing the full process from research and compilation to writing, editing and printing. It's all about "the ministry of memory." The cost is $25, payable to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference (GNJAC) and mailed to D. DeGroat, Registrar, P.O. Box 25, Long Pond, PA 18334.  E-mail dfdegroat4@aol.com .
Church librarians to learn about prison ministry

Church librarians in Southeastern PA will learn about opportunities for prison and after-prison ministry at their fall meeting Sept. 26, 8:30 AM to 2 PM, at Lansdale UMC, 300 North Broad Street, Lansdale PA. Orian Greene, who facilitates the Changing Lives through Literature program with probationers in Massachusetts will speak during their luncheon. Patricia Fleming, a former inmate, and Ron Muse, a prison chaplain working on re-entry ministry in Philadelphia, will speak during morning sessions. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Church & Synagogue Library Association is the program sponsor. The meeting is open to the public with a non-member registration fee of $20. Advance registration is required. 

World Communion Sunday is Oct. 4 

World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God's children. United Methodists relate to World Communion Sunday by celebrating communion with other Christians around the world on this special Sunday. Churches are also encouraged to receive an offering to support scholarships for ethnic undergraduate and graduate students. Our gifts often enable first-generation students to attend college. Download a free eBook

Healing Communities Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice event Oct. 10
Three Eastern PA Conference work teams--Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice, Church and Society, and Healing and Wholeness-- together will sponsor a Healing Communities training Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 AM to 4 PM (with a working lunch) at St. Matthews UMC of Valley Forge, 600 Walker Rd, Wayne, PA. Healing Communities is a proven, national model of engaging congregations and communities in restoring relationships among those who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. Created by faith leaders along with the Annie Casey Foundation, it offers a framework for developing ministry among persons returning from or at risk of incarceration in cooperation with their families and communities. It challenges congregations to become “Stations of Hope” by using their resources in accessible ways to assist persons affected by the criminal justice system. 

Register online or by mail now . The cost is $25, including training materials, continental breakfast and a light lunch. Bring your pastor and three or more team members. Trainers will be Doug Walker, National Coordinator of Criminal Justice Reform for the UM Board of Church & Society, and Linda Van Til, CLM, of the Conference Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice Work Team. The training is sponsored by the following work teams of the UMC EPA Conference:  Prison Ministry & Restorative Justice Team.   Learn more
Church growth expert to teach use of MissionInsite Oct. 5-6
The Rev. Thomas Bandy, a renowned expert in strategic church and leadership development, will teach four workshops here, Oct. 5-6, on using MissionInsite's demographic and lifestyle research to learn community needs and spur congregational growth. The international lecturer, author, consultant and coach, has created planning tools to help churches benefit from MissionInsite's targeted research that has proven helpful to many congregations in their outreach and adaptive ministry endeavors. Of his 25 published books Bandy's two latest--See, Know and Serve the People within Your Reach and Worship Ways for the People within Your Reach--suggest ways to understand and engage demographic trends and population lifestyles in planning for strategic ministry, including worship design and discipleship nurture. 

Bandy will teach on Monday, Oct. 5, at the conference center from 10 AM to 2 PM, and at New Hanover UMC from 6 to 9 PM. The evening session at New Hanover will be video broadcast via live-stream. He will also teach on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the conference center from 10 AM to 2 PM and at Church of the Good Shepherd UMC from 6 to 9 PM.  Attendance at the Oct. 6 session at the conference center is by district superintendents' invitation only; but it will also be broadcast via live-stream video. Live-stream details to come.
Phila., NEJ BMCR to meet in October
The Eastern PA Conference and Northeastern Jurisdictional components of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, a caucus representing the concerns of black United Methodists, both have annual membership meetings scheduled for October. The NEJ BMCR will meet Oct. 9-10 at  Grace UMC  in Wilmington, Del. (900 N. Washington Street), with lodging at Sheraton Suites Downtown Wilmington. The theme is "Take Action Now!" The agenda includes a Unity Dinner Friday at 6 PM. For registration and information contact Larry McCrae treasurer, or  Darlynn McCrae , registrar. The Philadelphia Area BMCR caucus will meet Oct. 25 at Emmanuel UMC (2346 N 17th St #50) from 3 to 5 PM.  Lawrence Lee is Coordinator of Philadelphia BMCR.
Training offered for Sunday school teachers
Asbury UMC in Allentown  (1533 Springhouse Road) will hold another Train the Teacher workshop Saturday, Oct. 17, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The workshop is designed for Sunday school teachers with five years or less of teaching experience, but all teachers are welcome. Topics include teaching materials, lesson planning and execution, and impacting disinterested students. Cost is $15 for materials, plus $10 for an optional lunch. Contact the church at 610-398-2577 to register.
Children’s Ministry Forum to offer renewal, education
   Children’s ministry leaders will find opportunities for worship, spiritual renewal, continuing education and more at the Children’s Ministry Forum Nov. 17-19, at First UMC Little Rock, Ark. Co-sponsored by UM Discipleship Ministries, the forum is designed to resource leaders in congregations with at least 300 in worship, although leaders from all congregation sizes are welcome.  Read press release
Register now for Planting Seeds for Ministry Growth
 Hopewell UMC will host the annual Planting Seeds for Ministry Growth full-day event Saturday, Nov. 7.  An advanced Christ Servant Ministry course will again be offered in conjunction with Planting Seeds, Nov. 6-7, beginning Friday evening. The theme is "A Force Outside the Fortress," and the keynote speaker will be the Rev. Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio and keynoter at our 2014 Annual Conference. Workshops will include Growing a Mission Movement, led by Slaughter; Teaching the Bible through Film, led by Bible Professor Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch; and Exploring Our Worship Dimension, led by sacred jazz musician Warren Cooper. Event planners want to "embolden local churches for active conformity to the will of God. No more hiding within the fortress of the church building.  No more failure to bring creative excellence into worship. No more satisfaction with shallow and lazy Biblical interpretation. Come alive, Church, and be excellent!" Register today.
2016 Midwinter Retreat set for Jan. 12 in Lancaster 
The 2016 Midwinter Retreat for all clergy (elders, deacons and local pastors) and their spouses is set for Jan. 12, 2016, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA.  Our guest speaker is retired Chaplain, Brigadier General Charles R. “Ray” Bailey. Sharing his experiences, he will discuss reaching outside our walls to share the Good News. Chaplain Bailey, a UM elder, served churches in Texas before becoming a U.S. Army chaplain in 1982. In 2011 he became the Army's 24th Deputy Chief of Chaplains and has a powerful, personal testimony of the faith and courage of our military heroes.  Please register by Dec. 7  (due to hotel requirements). For questions contact  Amy Botti . Please note that there are only 20 openings for commuters at this event.  
Please reserve your hotel room for AC 2016 now!
We're trying to gain favor at the Lancaster Marriott for our 2016 Annual Conference, and you may be able to help. We really need members who plan to attend Annual Conference to start making room reservations now for the June 16-18 session. As more early reservations are made, we can get more leverage with the hotel staff for our meeting and hospitality needs.

So if you can, please reserve your rooms now at the Lancaster Marriott, Penn Square, 25 South Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 ( 717-239-1600 ). The online  room registrations  rate is $129/day. Discounted parking in the garage is $7/day. Book your hotel room now
EVENT REMINDERS
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SAVE THE DATE
Adjourned Session of Annual Conference
Save the Date! Nov. 14, 2015:  The Adjourned Session will be held at the Macungie campus of Bethany UMC, 3801 Brookside Road, Macungie, PA 18062. Register online
Please Save These Dates! 
Oct. 2-4: Northeastern Jurisdiction Lay Leadership Event, Hershey, PA

Oct. 8-28: Bishop's Days on the Districts
  • Oct. 8: Southeast District
  • Oct. 13: Central District
  • Oct. 14: East District
  • Oct. 20: Northeast District
  • Oct. 22: Northwest District
  • Oct. 28: Southwest District
Nov. 14, 2015: Adjourned Session of Annual Conference, Bethany UMC, Macungie, PA

January 12-14, 2016: Midwinter Retreat, DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster, PA. Online registration now open

May 10-20, 2016: UMC General Conference, Portland, OR

June 16-18, 2016: Eastern PA Annual Conference, Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster, PA

July 10-16, 2016: 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.
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church
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