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September 10, 2014
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Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces a new appointment

See complete lists of new clergy appointments and retirements.


The Rev. Joseph Martin from Fallsington (assigned as Certified Lay Minister) to Fallsington (appointed as Part-time Local Pastor) 


Thankful for the ministry of Bishop McLee

We have confirmed that the funeral celebrating the life and resurrection of Bishop Martin D. McLee will be held Monday, Sept. 15, at the Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, at 11 a.m. Visitation will precede the funeral from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. McLee, 58, episcopal leader of The United Methodist Church's New York Area, died Saturday, Sept. 6, after a long illness.


"We have been deeply saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of Bishop Martin McLee," wrote Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. , president of the denomination's Council of Bishops. "Our hearts our heavy and our prayers are deep as we ask for God's mercy and comfort for his family, his many colleagues, and the people of the New York Area."


Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, who served with McLee on the board of the NEJ Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry, expressed her "heartfelt sympathy" in a statement and in a post on her Bishop's Blog about this loss of such an exemplary leader, who was just elected a bishop in 2012. "We reflect on the brevity of life but also the amazing impact one life can have and the awesome work that this bishop was able to accomplish in two short years," she writes. Learn more...   

Dewees Fund applications due Sept. 15 

Applications to the EPA Conference's Dewees Fund for grants to aid important ministry projects appear to be declining; but the funds are not. Conference Treasurer Peter DiNofia reports that even though about $46,000 may be available for grants, only seven applications have come in so far, even with the deadline extended two weeks to Sept. 15. The small grants of up to $5,000 are given "to use in the mission programs of the church." But time is money. So if your church needs money for ministry, you may want to make the time to complete the grant application available online and mail it to: Eastern PA Conference Treasurer,  P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820. The next application deadline will be March 1, 2015. Learn more...   

Celebrate World Peace Day/Week, Sept. 15-21

The United Nations International Day of Peace ("Peace Day"), on Sept. 21 this year, is a time for local communities to celebrate, teach and emphasize peace (and justice). Philadelphia and other cities will observe this occasion for an entire week, Sept. 15 to 21, encouraging civic-minded individuals, groups, organizations, law enforcement and communities to engage in meaningful peace-related activities. Peace Day Philly, started in 2011 by the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, promotes meaningful local participation in the International Day of Peace, September 21, through involvement in activities related to personal, local and/or global peace. This worldwide day of ceasefire and non violence can have a significant positive impact in the Philadelphia region through the active involvement of individuals, groups, organizations and neighborhoods. Learn about events and activities planned in and around Philadelphia and also suggestions about what you can do, at


Also on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3 pm, try to attend the World Peace Day Interfaith Prayer Service at People's Plaza on the SW Corner of Independence Mall, at 5th & Market Streets, Philadelphia.


Please let us know how and where you will participate in celebrating World Peace Day. Write to us at

District offers training to bridge conflict, cultures

The Central District's "Leading from the Heart" Worship Conference, held Sept. 6  at Paoli UMC, was rich with discourse, demonstration and discovery about creativity, sensitivity and spirituality in worship, spanning the spectrum from traditional to post-modern modes and methods of glorifying God and edifying God's people. Look for a Website feature article on that event in the coming week.


But now there's more! The district is becoming a virtual academy of higher learning about challenging aspects of ministry for a new age. The worship conference included some necessary discussion about averting "worship wars" among church members with conflicting tastes. Next up are four more daylong interactive teaching events about ways to prevent, resolve and transcend conflicts in the body of Christ.  There will be two Conflict and Mediation Skills workshops for clergy and laity, and two Conversations on Intercultural Communications for clergy and laity. What's more, the Central District is not keeping its goodies to itself. All these bridge-building encounter sessions are open to the entire conference. So whosoever will, let them register without delay and attend. Learn more...
The Rev. Robert Wilt, new Connectional Table Chair

Connectional Table to meet Oct. 11 

The top elected leaders who coordinate all ministries of the EPA Conference will hold their first meeting of the new program year on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8:30 am to 12 pm, at the Conference Center. "At the Connectional Table, we celebrate and plan exciting, life-changing ministries of the Annual Conference," said the Rev. Robert Wilt, pastor of Lima UMC and newly elected chairman. Krystl Johnson, of St. Daniel's UMC Chester, is the new vice-chairwoman.


Besides getting acquainted and establishing teams, the leadership council will preview anticipated ministries and events leading up to June 2015, consider planning a conference-wide event to promote evangelism, hear progress reports and concerns from staff and board/committee leaders related to the denomination's four mission focus areas, and finally explore possible conference themes for 2015.

Safe Sanctuary Trainings, Oct. 25 

Locations and Times for District Safe Sanctuary Trainings, Oct. 25: 

  • Northwest District:  First UMC, Schuylkill Haven 9:00 - 12:00
  • Southwest District: Lititz UMC, 201 E Market Street, Lititz  9:30- 12:30
  • Northeast District:  Effort UMC 9-12:30
  • Central District: Cedarville UMC 9AM-12PM
  • Southeast District: Thorndale UMC, 9 AM to 12 PM
  • East District: Langhorne UMC, 9:30 am to 1 pm.

Why Community Engagement Matters 

In 2012 the Lewis Center for Church Leadership prepared a short video on one of the Vital Congregations goals for use at charge conferences and elsewhere. It was done at the request of a superintendent, but it is free and available for anyone to use. Because of its wide use (over 7,000 views), the center offered another short video in 2013 and again in 2014. 


The theme this year is "Why Community Engagement Matters" and the video is 5 minutes long. "We are happy to make this video available to you and to congregations," writes Dr. Lovett Weems Jr., center director and Professor of Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. "Feel free to publicize it to any in your district who may find it useful in their efforts to encourage connecting with their communities." You can download the video at this link.


The two previous videos are also still available:

"Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It" at

"Why Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It" at


If you don't already receive the Lewis Center's free online newsletter, Leading Ideas, you should consider subscribing to it at

Fall seminar on Wesleyan Missions for 21st Century

Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, Pa., will host a seminar on missions for laity and clergy of all denominations Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.  Dr. Timothy C. Tennent, president of Asbury Theological Seminary, will speak on the seminar's focus: "Developing and Supporting Distinctively Wesleyan missions for the 21st century."  He will explore the history and current opportunities in global missions and give guidance on developing a mission strategy for your local church.  Dr. Tennent is a leading United Methodist expert on missions, having served in India and authored books on world missions, A continuing education unit (0.5) is available from Asbury Seminary for those who attend the entire event.


The seminar will be sponsored by the Northeastern Jurisdiction Evangelical Connection (NEJEC) of United Methodists and will include times of worship, prayer, and fellowship. It will begin Friday at 3 pm and end Saturday 12:30 PM.  Registration is for one day ($15) or both days ($25) and is due by Oct. 15 or by Sept. 20for a $5 discount. Overnight accommodations are available. More details and a registration form can be found online at:

Seminar to explore launching new worship services

Worship leaders are invited to attend The Domino Effect: Launching a New Service to Create Momentum for Your Church, Nov. 22, in York, Pa. Launching a new worship service for a new constituency is the most helpful thing many churches could do to "unlock God's future for their communities." When done right it pushes a church into much of the critical work necessary to reroot itself into a 21st-century community. And it can bless a lot of people who have never known that "church could be like this." At this event, sponsored by the Susquehanna Conference, dynamic leaders Paul Nixon and Jason Moore can help your church start a new movement in your mission field. Come learn to creative powerful worship experiences. Learn budgeting, staffing and community networking principles. Learn how to build, perfect and sustain a worship design team and how to maintain excellence. The cost is $295 per team, lunch included. For more info and to register, click here.

Witness in Common to explore Full Communion Agreements 

The Pennsylvania Council of Churches (PCC) will sponsor a daylong symposium titled "Witness in Common: An Exploration of Full Communion Agreements" Nov.10, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut Street,  Camp Hill, Pa. The Very Rev. Dr. Tom Ferguson, former Ecumenical Officer for The Episcopal Church, will deliver the plenary address. Afterward, small groups and discussion panels will share stories of Full Communion Agreements between denominations from their inception to their implementation. The day will conclude with worship and celebration of the Eucharist, during which Bishop Peggy Johnson will preach.


Full communion is when two denominations develop a relationship based on a common confessing of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of Baptism and sharing of the Lord's Supper, while also respecting differences. This gathering is an opportunity to learn why these agreements are important to the missional church in the 21st century and to hear from leaders who implement agreements in local contexts. The Rev. Sandra L. Straus ( , Director of Public Advocacy for the PCC invites anyone to come, and to bring guests, who have an interest if not involvement in ecumenical relations. For more information or to register, call (717) 545-4761 or go to and click on the conference link. You can also visit their Facebook page ( 

Share your back to church, back to school events with us!

As we bid a fond farewell to summer, is your church doing something special to welcome members back to church or back to church-school (i.e., Sunday school)? Are you having a Rally Day this month to kick off your new Christian education year? Or are you sending students back to their schools with donated backpacks, school supplies or scholarships?


We've seen some exciting plans in church newsletters and heard of some through the EPA grapevine. Would you please send us information and photos--especially photos--of your back-to-church or back-to-school events or of your church's fall festival? We want to feature some photos with captions in the fall issue of NEWSpirit and on the conference Web site. Send what you can please by Sept. 24 to or by mail to P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820.


September is National Hunger Action Month

United Methodist partner, the Society of St. Andrew, offers resources to make September a time to take a stand against hunger including a daily prayer calendar, study guides and children's sermon ideas.

Puppet show to benefit prison ministry

Kairos Prison Ministry of Eastern PA will sponsor a benefit performance of the Cashore Marionettes Saturday Sept. 13, at the Duffy Performing Arts Center in the Malvern Preparatory School, 418 S. Warren Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355.

A dramatic performance by the Cashore Marionettes portrays "characters of depth, integrity, and humanity... in a celebration of life in motion." Ticket sales will support Kairos Prison Ministry of Eastern PA, which seeks to "share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families, to become loving and productive citizens of their communities."


Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For tickets or more information contact Alice Ellis at 610-213-6112 or at See these amazing marionettes at   It is suggested that no children younger than 7 attend. This 90-minute show is highly recommended for adults. Read more...

Gifted musician to inspire church's caf� patrons

Born without arms, George Dennehy plays with his feet, and sings with his soul.

Trust me. Whatever you have planned for Friday evening, Sept. 19, chances are, this will be much better. It's a very special concert, performed by a very special musician in a very special place. Conshohocken UMC will welcome phenomenal, popular singer and musician George Dennehy to perform at its own Jillian's Caf�, a comfortable performance venue, adjacent to the church's sanctuary, that's as bright and beautiful as the person for whom it is named.

George Dennehy, born without arms, is an amazing young man who sings while playing the guitar and piano with his feet. Yes, take a moment and reread that last sentence. I'll wait.... The only sound perhaps more beautiful than his voice and his deft, soulful instrumental touch is his personal story.

It's an inspiring testimony he has shared on television and Web sites, in concerts and news publications. Learn more about him and his message to the world--a message of faith and infinite possibilities--on his Web site, where you can also hear his music. The venue for this sure-to-delight concert is ideal not only because of its acoustical attributes but also because, like George, its namesake overcame her own congenital challenges and became a grace-filled inspiration to many.  Learn more...


Celebrando Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Our nation's annual observance of Hispanic/Latino(a) Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, is when we especially recognize and seek to learn about the culture and history of Latino/Latina Americans and their contributions to society. The timing of this observance coincides with significant events in Latin American history. The United Methodist Board of Discipleship shares worship resources and other information.

Golf outing puts 'fun' in fundraising

"Guys 'n Gals, last night I was sitting with some young people who were talking about the great time they had last year at the "Nets and Vets" Golf Outing (Sept. 20) and how they were signed up for it again this year...and were encouraging their friends to sign up," wrote Ross Brightwell, EPA Conference UM Men's president. "They said it was a fine golf course to play; there were extra fun contests around the course, such as "Beat the Pro"; the cost was cheap; the food was great; the raffle prizes were very cool; and best of all it benefits two great causes - "fighting malaria" and "providing help for veterans!"


United Methodist Men will sponsor the 6th annual Nets & Vets Golf Outing Saturday, Sept. 20, to benefit the  denomination's anti-malaria campaign and a local Veterans Multi-Service Center. The location will be the Skippack Golf Club at 1146 Stump Hall Road, Skippack. Open to men and women, the charity  fundraising event is named in part for the UMC's "Nothing but Nets" campaign--now known as Imagine No Malaria--and the Philadelphia center that helps returning military veterans move past barriers to transition successfully back into their communities.


Starting times are 12:30 pm for arrival, 1:30 pm for the tournament start and 6:30 pm for the buffet dinner. The $90 cost includes golf and dinner, as well as use of the practice range, greens fees, golf cart. Dinner only is $40. Last year $3,000 was raised for donations, but organizers want to double that amount this year. So far they have raised more than $10,000 in five years. You can register at Ross Brightwell at. 215/643-1269 or for more information. 

Time to charter a UM Men's unit at your church?

Do you have or plan to start a men's ministry? Why not take it a step further this fall and officially charter a United Methodist Men's unit at your church?  The cost is only $85, and the men will receive not only an impressive charter but also a packet of information about all the projects that the UMM sponsors in EPA and around the church.  "Our conference's UMM is very active and supports many outstanding mission programs," writes Bishop Peggy Johnson, an avid and grateful supporter. "They do great outreach and special events to offer discipleship and fellowship opportunities not only for men but for the whole family." 


Take a look at the UMM Charter Application. Fill it out and send it in to start your UMM unit, or to take your existing men's ministry to the next level through a fruitful, global  connection with UM Men across our denomination. You can find the application and other information at

Camp & Retreat Centers Events  

See creativity--including your own--flourish in the midst of Creation when you enjoy special gatherings this fall at our conference Camp & Retreat Centers


Camp Innabah invites all to join in their 85th anniversary celebration Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 am to 5 pm, with a ceremony, slide show presentation and special guest speaker Bishop Peggy Johnson at 4 pm in Knobler Hall. Come enjoy also pumpkin decorating, apple cider, live music, hayrides and more. But before that the camp invites supporters to come help spruce up the place during the Sept. 27- 28 Volunteer Fall Work Day. 


Pocono Plateau will be off to the races the morning of Sept. 20 with its Hero Dash 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The races start at 10 am. The fundraising event will benefit the conference's "Pathways to Our Future" camp and retreat center funding initiative. Find out moreThe camp will also sponsor a Senior Adults Fall Retreat, Oct. 7-10, offering crafts, games, archery, nature walks, singing, Bible studies, musical entertainment and a campfire with 'smores! Then they'll convene knitters--new and advanced--for a Knitting Retreat, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, complete with classes and outdoor recreation. "The Tin Man Gets His Heart Back: The Choice for Abundant Life" is the title of a creative Men's Retreat occurring on two weekends: Nov. 6-9 or Nov. 14-16.

And Gretna Glen will sponsor its own Autumn Leaves Senior Adults Retreat, Oct. 14; a weekend Confirmation Camp retreat for church confirmands, Oct. 10-12; and free Sunday night Church Youth Group Gatherings each month, except in December, with fun activities and worship.

Spiritual retreat to explore healing ministries

Have you been interested in beginning a healing ministry in your church and reaching others with the love of the Lord?  Tabor UMC, Woxall, (Northeast District) will host a spiritual renewal retreat Oct. 3-4, focused on healing. We will welcome Episcopal Canon Mark Pearson, who has been active in his church's healing ministry for many years.  Pearson regularly leads healing services, trains healing ministry teams and spent several years as a Regional Warden for the Order of St. Luke, an interdenominational healing ministry.  He has authored many books and, with his wife, has developed the New Creation Healing Center, a holistic healing facility.


The conference will include workshops titled "The Power of God for the Purpose of God," "Being Good (Holiness) and Doing Good (Ministry)" and "Signs and Wonders: Prayer Ministry beyond Human Flesh."  Registration begins Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Pre-registration costs $35 by the Sept. 26 deadline. Registration onsite is $40, with a reduced cost for Saturday-only attendance. The schedule, local hotels, registration form and more information can be found at Tabor UMC is at 2209 Hendricks Station Rd, Woxall, PA 18979. Phone: (215) 234-4852.

Check out our Local church Events page 

We have lots of exciting local church events listed for you on our Web site at Please take a moment to peruse them and try to attend events of interest to you. It's part of being in a connectional church. There's a train ride, an auto show, several concerts, a breakfast, a banquet, retreats focusing on Spiritual Renewal and Gifts of the Spirit, and a symposium and songfest to honor the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley.  We're adding more new, exciting local church events every week. So check out our listings, and send us your special church events too, so we can add them to the page.

Boehm's Chapel to feature gravestones, Apple Fest

Visitors to the historic Boehm's Chapel Society, located at 13 West Boehm's Road, Willow Street, PA can explore the art and history of gravestones on Sept. 23, and then savor the festive flavor of apples at its Apple Fest on Oct. 11.


Michael B. Emery, educator at Landis Valley Museum, will present "Pennsylvania German Gravestones: Art and History in Stone"  at the chapel Sept. 23, at 6:30 pm. The evening will begin at with a brief visit to the oldest, extant tombstones in Boehm's Cemetery and progress inside for the Powerpoint presentation at 7 pm.  Boehm's Chapel will then host its 29th annual Apple Fest Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine, on the grounds of Boehm's UMC, 13 West Boehms Road in Willow Street. Tents offering homemade apple butter, baked goods, homemade ice cream, vendors' crafts, kids' games and luncheon fare will be scattered throughout the campus. Both events are free and open to the public; but  donations are very welcome. For more information contact Dolores Myers, executive director at 717- 872-4133  or visit

Need a Stewardship prescription for your church?

Popular stewardship expert Dr. Clif Christopher, author of Not Your Parents' Offering Plate and Rich Church, Poor Church, among other books, will teach two full-day workshops in October on How to Change Stewardship in Your Church for church finance leaders and teams. He will teach at Bethany UMC, Wescosville (Northeast District), on Oct. 21  and  again at Mt. Hope UMC, Aston (Southeast District) on Oct. 22.


Many churches have benefited from this highly regarded guru of giving, growing and managing church funds. Read about lessons churches learned from Christopher during his most recent visit to our area. These workshops are sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic UM Foundation for Stewardship and Investment Management, based at the EPA Conference Center. For more info and to register, go to

Finding Our Way: Love and Law in the UMC

All clergy, lay delegates (including equalizing delegates), and all interested laity, should read this book to prepare for the October dialogues to be held in separate clergy and laity sessions during the Bishop's Days on the Districts. The book was given to all who attended the Clergy Session at Annual Conference. The dialogues were suggested and approved by conference delegates as a forum where six resolutions related to human sexuality, church law and clergy covenants could be discussed. The resolutions were referred to the Cabinet to be discussed during the dialogues rather than debated during the Conference session. An arrangement of holy conferencing table talks, similar to that used by other annual conferences, is being considered. The book is available at cokesbury for $10.39 (a 35% discount).  People with visual disabilities who use e-readers for large print or screen readers can find this book for $9.99 at;item_code=ww

New courses, online classes to offer local pastors new options

A new curriculum for local pastors focuses on transformative leadership, while online interactive classes will provide easier access for educational opportunities, especially for part-time local pastors who have regular employment outside the church. The new curriculum, offered by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry for Course of Study-the training and education program for local pastors who serve a specific appointment but do not itinerate-will be in use beginning this fall. The new interactive online curriculum will be available in January. Learn more...


And to learn more about local pastors and the Course of Study, visit or

Clergy and spouses to explore roles at Midwinter Retreat

Registration is now open for the 2015 Midwinter Retreat for Clergy (elders, deacons, local pastors) and their Spouses, to gather Jan. 13-15, 2015. Once again the retreat will convene at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, 6600 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md. Retreat planners have received requests over the years to address the needs of not only clergy but also their spouses and families. The 2015 retreat promises to do just that. "We are excited to host M. Garlinda Burton, a popular and dynamic speaker, a former journalist and denominational leader, who will inform, inspire and challenge us with insightful keynote presentations on the topic Ministering to our Id-entity as a Clergyperson and/or Clergy Spouse," said Bishop Peggy Johnson. 

Campanioning on the Journey 

St. Mark's UMC in Mount Joy, Pa. will host the

Christ Servant Ministries  Advanced Course in Caregiving  Sept. 26, from 7 to 10 pm, and Sept. 27 from 8 am to 3 pm. The church address is  27-37 E. Main Street, Mount Joy, PA 17552. The registration fee is $40, due by Sept. 21, including Saturday's lunch, etc. 


Click here for a PDF of the REGISTRATION FORM and a full course description.


1 - Desire to serve Christ and others

2 - Committed to witnessing in the church and community through caregiving ministries

3 - Willing to improve skills by training for service 

4 - Committed to study of the Bible and the power of prayer.

5 - Written approval from the local Pastor and/or Administrative Council. 


Have questions? Contact Rob Stoner via e-mail at Those who complete this Advanced Course will be considered Christ Servant Ministers in Caring if they have also completed the Basic CSM course. Checks can be made payable to:George Hollich, CSM Director. The registrtion deadline is Sept. 21.

Free worship & music planning calendars
Start the new school, music & church year right with a free planning calendar from GBOD for your leaders, choirs, committees and people. Includes seasons, special days, celebrations and observances of both the church and civil calendars, plus lectionary reading citations for the entire year.

Dean McIntyre

Director of Music Resources

Leadership Ministries

GBOD | The United Methodist Church


PO Box 340003; Nashville, TN  37203-0003



Missionaries to visit EPA Conference in October

The Rev. Mutwale Ntambo Wa Mushidi and Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine, United Methodist missionaries in Tanzania, East Africa. will itinerate in the EPA Conference for nearly three weeks in October, visiting churches, sharing their stories and meeting new friends and supporters. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city, they are involved in evangelization and church growth, Christian education, women's activities and training, community development, health education and refugee ministries. They are supported by our  conference and will visit congregations and attend events here Oct. 1-19. If you want to invite them to your church, contact the Rev. David J. Davis. Conference Secretary for Global Ministries. Learn more... 

CLM Orientation begins for admission to 2015 class

Orientation sessions for admission to the Certified Lay Minister (CLM) Program's Class of 2015 begin next Saturday, Aug. 23, and will continue through the fall. These two-hour sessions are the first required step in the admissions process. The 10 sessions will occur at Asbury UMC Allentown,, West Lawn UMC Reading and the EPA Conference Center in Valley Forge. View the schedule and contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator, to register or ask any questions. Her contact info is or 610-965-2290 (H) or 610-442-3140 (C). You can also find out more at  

Christ Servant Ministry Training,
Oct. 3-4  
Do you feel God's nudge to lead? Register for Christ Servant Minister training on Oct. 3, 7 pm to 10 pm, and Oct. 4,  8 am to 3 pm, at Campbelltown UMC. Register today. Sign Up for:   Basic CSM Training  or Preaching 1

Perhaps it's an encouraging word from someone in your church or the sense that as specific scripture was written just for you.  Maybe you've accepted a position of leadership and are hoping for information on how to live into that role according to God's plan for you.  Lay leadership is critical to the life and health of our churches.  And, you can explore concepts of Christian leadership within the United Methodist Church  as well as your own potential as a leader in an interactive training experience coming this fall.   

YES: Youth Call to Ministry
Retreat, Nov. 22

Invite and schedule promising young people you know now to attend the YES: Youth Call to Ministry Retreat, for students in grades 9 through 12, on Nov. 22, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at New Life UMC, 2600 Bond Ave., Drexel Hill, Delaware County.  This event gives older teens the opportunity to ask and discover where God may be calling them to serve in the body of Christ. The day will include powerful worship, fun games and activities, an opportunity to meet people who work in many different ministries, and a time to reflect and listen for God's voice. The retreat will close with our own Bishop Peggy Johnson sharing her call to ministry.  Please share this information with your youth leaders and senior high youth. Registration information will be released soon.

New Changing Racism Course
set for Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Do you need to take the Changing Racism course?

The next one is Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.  Do not wait to register; these trainings typically fill up quickly. This class is titled "A Personal Approach to Multiculturalism, Inclusion and Equality." It satisfies the requirement for Healing the Wounds of Racism training. Two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded upon completion.
Location: National Christian Conference Center, 1485 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, PA 19481. For full information, including online and paper registration, please go here:  

Please note that this is not a commuter event. All details and registration are located here:

Hopewell UMC's next Planting Seeds for Growth set for Nov. 15

Hopewell UMC will host its annual Planting Seeds for Ministry Growth event Saturday, Nov. 15, from 2 p.m. to 5:25 p.m., followed by a closing worship service. The Rev. Steve Morton, pastor, announced the keynote speaker will be Clint Jenkins, PhD, Vice President of Research for the Barna Group in Ventura, CA.  Barna is the leading voice in America on issues and trends among young people and their interest and involvement in religion. Jenkins' presentation and workshop at Planting Seeds will address how we can make our churches increasingly "young adult-friendly."


The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, who becomes Southeast District Superintendent July 1, expressed"deep appreciation to Hopewell, a Teaching Church for our conference, for offering this gift to us all.  We are excited about the potential of this training opportunity and want folks to save this date now."  Hopewell's Planting Seeds event will also provide advanced training for Christ Servant Ministers.

Local Pastor Licensing School


Interested in Pastoral Ministry as a certified and licensed Local Pastor? Come to a Licensing School sponsored by the EPA Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and held at each teaching pastor's church or the EPA Conference Center in Valley Forge, PA. Course instructors are clergy in the EPA Conference and from the Path1 UMC Initiative. The cost is $1000 for all five segments or $250 per segment.

Five Major Areas of Study:

- Preaching/Worship/Sacraments, taught by the Rev. Tom Haugh on Oct. 4, 25, and Nov. 8 at Mt. Hope UMC.

- Christian Education, taught by the Rev. Michael Roberts on Dec. 6 and Jan.10 and Feb.7, 2015, at Eastwick UMC in Phila.
-Church Administration: Leading a Congregation, taught by the Rev. Larry Leister on March 14, 28 and April 18, 2015, at Lititz UMC.

- Pastoral Care, taught by the Rev. Truman Brooks on June 13, 27 and July 11, 2015 at West Chester UMC.

- Growing Church/Multiplication July/August/Sept. 2015 taught at the EPA Conference Center. 

Please Save These Dates!   

Installation services for new District Superintendents

Sept. 14: The Rev. Bumkoo Chung
, Southwest District, 4 pm, at Lancaster: First

Sept. 21: The Rev. Tracy Bass
, East District
, 4 pm, at Lehman Memorial UMC 300 S. York Rd., Hatboro


Sept. 30: Advanced Level Sexual Ethics Workshop

"Sexual Infidelity Among Clergy Members: Understanding Risk Factors and Prevention from and Attachment Framework" - Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. West Lawn UMC, 15 Woodside Avenue, West Lawn, PA. $30/person including continental breakfast, lunch and materials. More info. 

Sept. 15-17:
An Event for Young Clergy, Atlanta, GA 

New to ministry? Are things going slowly while you try to figure it all out? Or, have you been around for a while and are more confident and trying new things? Put yourself at the top of your list! Plan to attend this energizing event and "R

Rev-It-Up for a Lifetime in Ministry!"   This event for young clergy, ages 25-39, offers a unique opportunity to enhance some of the personal, financial and leadership interests and skills that can improve your life and help sustain your ministry. Learn ways to dissolve your seminary and personal debt. Gather practical tips for resolving conflict and living a healthy and balanced life. Network with other young clergy from across the denomination. Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending this event. To learn more visit


Sept. 25: Annual Clergy Retirees Association Banquet.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Simpson House, 2101 Belmont Ave., Philadelphia. Retirees can enjoy a reception, dinner, business meeting, worship, with the Rev. Michele Wright Bartlow preaching, and music and singing led by Andrew Monath, music director at Arch Street UMC, Philadelphia. We will honor 2014 retirees and clergy celebrating their 50th anniversary of ordination. Contact: the Rev. Richard Howarth, President of the Retirees Association at or 484-794-9211. See the Retirees' Reporter newsletter, edited by the Rev. Amy Smith, for information and a reservation form.


Oct. 1-23:  Bishop's Days on the Districts (Meetings with Clergy & Laity) 

Northeast District: Wed. October 1    

            9:00 am - Clergy: Allentown: Asbury UMC

            1:15 pm - Clergy: East Stroudsburg UMC

             7:00 pm - Laity: Moore Township: Covenant UMC  

Central District: Thur. October 9

            9:30 am - Clergy: North Wales: Sanctuary UMC

            6:30 pm - Laity: Valley Forge: St. Matthews UMC
 Northwest District:
Wed. October 15

            8:30 am - Clergy: Cleona: Immanuel UMC

           12:30 pm - Clergy: Shamokin: First UMC

             7:00 pm - Laity: Schuylkill Haven: First  

Southwest District: Tues. October 21

            8:30 am - Clergy: Lancaster: Hempfield UMC

            1:00 pm - Clergy: Willow Street: Boehm's UMC

            7:00 pm - Laity: Lancaster: Hempfield UMC
 East District: Wed. October 22

            9:00 am - Clergy: Bensalem UMC

            7:00 pm - Laity: Bensalem UMC
 Southeast District: Thu. October 23

            8:30 am - Clergy: Elam UMC  

            7:00 pm - Laity: Willistown UMC  

The fall clergy gatherings will include conversation about the meaning of covenant. Clergy are asked to read the book Finding Our Way: Love and Law in the United Methodist Church, edited by Bishop Reuben P. Job and Neil M. Alexander.  


Oct. 17-18: Training in Latino Ministries for Non-Latino Churches,
Friday, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location to be determined. Sponsored by the EPA Conference Latino Commission. Contact: Esdras Seda, Coordinator of Latino Ministries, at

or 267-253-8737.   


Oct. 21-22: Change Stewardship in Your Church, with Clif Christopher,  renowned stewardship expert and author of Not Your Parents' Offering Plate and Rich Church, Poor Church. Full-day workshops for individuals and teams from all EPA churches. Oct. 21 at Bethany UMC, Wescosville (Northeast District); and Oct. 22 at Mt. Hope UMC, Aston (Southeast District). Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic United Methodist Foundation for Stewardship and Investment Management (based at the EPA Conference Center).


Oct. 17 - 20--Christian Educators to meet in Nashville
Christians Engaged in Faith Formation will host this annual event with the theme "May the Circle be Unbroken," The premier conference for Christian Educators will feature speeches, presentations, Bible studies, worship and fellowship opportunities, plus more than 50 workshops. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame will be a highlight. The event will be at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. For more information or to register, visit

Oct. 25: Safe Sanctuaries training
for church leaders held simultaneously on each district. More information to come. Check with your district office.

NEW! Nov. 22: "YES" Call to Ministry Retreat  

This annual retreat will be held 9 am to 5 pm at New Life UMC, Drexel Hill. Pastors please start thinking about youth from your congregation who may be thinking about future ministry. Information will be announced later with details for registering, etc.

April 12, 2015   District Conferences, 3-5 pm, Locations to be determined.


April 26-28, 2015: Annual Retreat Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors

(2.5 CEUs) Location: Black Rock Retreat Center. More details to be announced later. Retreat Chairperson is Rev. Mark Beideman 610-585-0575

May 14-16, 2015
     EPA Annual Conference,  
Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks PA.


Aug. 14-16, 2015    Laity Academy


Sept. 9-12, 2015     Laity Retreat


July 10-15, 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
980 Madison Avenue, Norristown, PA 19403

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