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December 4, 2014
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What's Happening This Weekend?

 

Dec. 6: Mid-Town Parish UMC Groundbreaking Ceremony. Mid-Town Parish UMC in Philadelphia will celebrate a milestone as it breaks ground for erection of its long-awaited new worship facility Saturday, Dec. 6. at 2 PM, at 718 West Norris St. The Rev. William Jolly, pastor, Lay Leader Dana Clark Sr. and other members will gather to consecrate the plot of "holy land" where their new, pre-fabricated sanctuary will be built. Its completion is expected in January 2015. Mid-Town Parish's building campaign is a special mission project of the Central District.

 

Dec. 7: Tindley Temple UMC's 57th Anniversary of the Festival of Church Music. Sunday, 3:30 PM, at Tindley Temple UMC, 750 S. Broad St, Philadelphia. The festival will feature Handel's Messiah, to be performed by soloists and an ecumenical choir composed of 400 singers from the Philadelphia area. The service will begin with an organ recital by the well-known Dr. Gordon Turk. The conductor for this year's concert will be Dorina Morrow. For further information, contact Levan Gordon at 215-276-889.

 

Dec. 7: Historic St. George's 34th Annual Christmas Musical. Sunday, 3:30 PM - 5 PM. Come see the performance by organist Dominic Silla, joined by the Temple University Singers, Sister City Girl Choir, The Martin Family Band, and the Hickory Brass. In addition to the show, there will be two Christmas spirit opportunities:

  1. School supplies are being collected to support the children of Philadelphia. Physical education supplies (basketballs, jump ropes, etc) will also be accepted. 
  2. St. George's neighbor, Old First UCC, will be accepting donations to support opening it's doors to 30 residents from November through April. 

All churches, please send us your Advent, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's worship and celebration events--and other special events also--so we can list them on the Website Local Church Events page and promote them in News Digest. Thanks!

UMCom to video events at Mother Zoar, Tindley Temple

United Methodist Communications will send a local video crew Sunday, Dec. 7, to record Tindley Temple's Messiah, as well as morning worship at Mother Zoar UMC, both in Philadelphia. Why? Because our friends at UMCom are producing a short video for UMTV that will be ready to view in January 2015, just before Black History Month in February.

 

UMCom recently produced two videos about Historic St. George's UMC in Philadelphia, and featured both in October on the denomination's official Website, www.umc,org. But when they came to shoot the video our Communications office asked them to also shoot and produce a video at nearby Tindley Temple and Mother Zoar. They kindly agreed, and now they are able to offer viewers a glimpse of two historic African American churches equally important to Methodism.

 

Mother Zoar was established in 1794 by African Americans who, after suffering racial oppression at St. George's, left to worship freely with dignity in their own church. But they chose to remain in the former Methodist Episcopal denomination. Tindley Temple was established as John Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church in 1923, one of several offspring churches founded by members of Mother Zoar.

 

We're glad UMCom is wisely investing more resources into this story by videotaping additional scenes of Mother Zoar's worship and Tindley Temple's esteemed annual production of Messiah. We will announce the availability of the new UMCom video when it is posted for viewing on UMTV in January. Stay tuned. 

Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light
What are some ways to see the season of Advent with fresh eyes and renewed energy? Watch and download this video which explains the symbols and meanings associated with Advent.  MaryJane Pierce Norton shares ideas about how we can center ourselves around the peace, love, and joy that emerges throughout this season. The inspiring piece includes a beautiful collection of images taken by photographers from various United Methodist conferences and agencies. Perfect for social sharing online, individual reflection or to use in a group setting.  (http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/advent-reflection-waiting-on-the-light) Visit umc.org to see and more resources and reflections that may enhance your Advent celebration.

New churches rise, but overall vitality dips

A recent report shows United Methodist new church starts in the U.S. are on the rise - from 116 in 2012 to 145 in 2013.  But the Congregational Vitality Report presented to the Council of Bishops in November also shows a drop in what the denomination defines as "highly vital congregations" over the past two years. Such congregations in the U.S. dipped 7 percent from 34 percent in 2012 to 27 percent in 2013. The denomination measures a congregation's vitality by growth, members' involvement in church, engagement in the community and giving patterns. Learn more...

 

Meanwhile, five EPA Conference Cabinet and staff members attended an annual United Methodist symposium on strategies for congregational renewal and transformation in Oklahoma City this week. The Route 122 Network, a national group of leaders committed to finding and offering church vitality solutions, had their fourth gathering Dec. 2-4, with the theme  "Discover, Develop and Send Leaders for Transformation." The group is named for Paragraph 122 in "The Book of Discipline"   Their events are designed for bishops, district superintendents, conference directors of congregational renewal and others who have responsibility for leadership training, team building and alignment of conference resources for transformation. Clergy leaders attending from our conference were Bishop Peggy Johnson, Superintendents Gary Nicholson and BumKoo Chung, Director of Connectional Ministries (and also Congregational Transformation) Christopher Kurien, and Coordinator of Congregational Development Gordon Hendrickson. 

UMC #GivingTuesday Shows the Strength of a Denomination United

United Methodists once again responded with extravagant generosity on UMC #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, more than $2.5 million was donated online through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world.  The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million in gifts to help build excitement and leverage donations.

 

More than 770 projects and missionaries received more 8,700 gifts through UMC #GivingTuesday. The response was global with donors from 25 countries giving generously. The Advance is the UMC's designated mission giving channel. Thomas Kemper, who leads Global Ministries, said, "Having one day when United Methodists from around the world are united around giving shows the strength of the denomination's connection, while strengthening the impact of the gifts to each ministry." Learn more

 

Also, the eight particular UM missionaries our conference supports need your ongoing financial assistance and your prayers to bolster the important work they do for Christ and the church. Learn who they are and what they do in their ministries. Also please be sure to share their names, photos, newsletters and stories with your congregation. 

A special appeal for aid from Pocono Plateau

Pocono Plateau is one of our four wonderfully scenic camp and retreat sites, where so many children, youth and adults revel in fellowship, learning and faith formation amid God's creation. But the camp is in unavoidable financial trouble and appealing for help from supporters now.

 

Pocono Plateau is still suffering from the cancellation of many fall retreats and events, caused by public fears aroused during the prolonged police manhunt for alleged cop-killer Eric Frein. Cancellations alone cost the camp nearly $30,000 in revenue, reports Ron Shane, director, in addition to reservations not made during the dangerous six-week police search for Frein in the Poconos area.

 

After a promising start to the season, and despite efforts of staff to cut costs, the camp will likely end the year "with a large deficit," writes Shane, in a special letter.  He appeals for "generous donations," and adds, "Now we are relying on God and on our faithful supporters!"  Learn more...  

In combating AIDS church is called to dream big

"On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, while thousands of people gathered around the globe to 'focus, partner, and achieve,; 4,100 people died of AIDS, just as they had the day before and probably will tomorrow," writes Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference Communications Director.

 

This fact angers, saddens and inspires Susan Greer Burton, director of Women's and Children's Advocacy for the General Board of Church and Society. Speaking at a World AIDS Day observance hosted by the board in the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, she called upon the gathering to address the HIV/AIDS crisis with "an imagination of the heart," to dream big, and make a difference in the lives of those who are affected and infected. The event featured national and local figures who spoke in support of the fight against AIDS, but also silent prayer stations bearing heartrending statistics about infections, fatalities and their consequences. Among them: At the end of 2011, approximately 34.2 million people were living with HIV/AIDS. And more than 30 million people around the world have died of AIDS-related diseases.  Learn more...

Bishop speaks out on race and hope

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (UMNS) - "Racism is not a figment of the imagination of African Americans and other peoples of color. Racism is a societal cancer," writes Iowa Area Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble. But, as protests continue over the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, Trimble finds reasons to be hopeful that racism can be overcome.  Read commentary

United Methodists gather to remember Sand Creek

EADS, Colo. (UMNS) - The 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre is "not a celebration; it is a commemoration," the Rev. Michael Dent, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver, said during the Prayerful Preparation gathering held Nov. 29 at Eads United Methodist Church. Charmaine Robledo, Mountain Sky Area director of communications, has the story. Read story...

  • Read UMNS story on 150th anniversary events 
Tax break for clergy housing allowance stands

A new federal appeals court ruling means United Methodist clergy and clergy of other faiths in the United States can keep getting housing allowances tax free. In a unanimous decision released Thursday, Nov. 13, three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit reversed a 2013 federal court ruling, which had found that the tax exemption amounted to an unconstitutional establishment of religion.

 

"The ruling by the 7th Circuit is a great relief for clergy who have benefitted from the housing exclusion," said the Rev. Steve Zekoff, the United Methodist Wisconsin Conference's benefits officer. The case started in Wisconsin. Zekoff added, "Had the lower court ruling been upheld, the jump in income tax obligations at both the federal and state level would have created a significant financial burden for most of our clergy receiving a housing allowance." Learn more...

Are you Registered for the Youth Rally?

Looking for an incredible experience for your youth and youth leaders? Looking for a reason for a youth road trip in January, 2015? Looking for quality bands and programming for youth and  youth leaders? Well, look no further!  Register today (not tomorrow, but today!) for the January 2015 Pen-Del (Peninsula-Delaware Conference) Youth Rally!  Hotel rooms are filling up. Don't wait. Don't miss it.

Register at http://www.umyoungpeople.org.  See you there!

 

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles: This potentially life-changing experience would make a fantastic, unforgettable Christmas gift for young people in your family--a gift that will keep on giving.

23 UM scholarships awarded to EPA Conference students

Nearly two dozen students in our conference will be aided in their academic pursuits by gifts to Special Sunday offerings and other funds administered by the denomination's Higher Education and Ministry board (GBHEM). Scholarships totaling $26,815 went to 23 recipients who belong to 19 churches spanning the conference from East Stroudsburg to Bristol, from Philadelphia to Lebanon and Lancaster. That total was tallied as of Nov. 30, but GBHEM reports that more students may receive awards before the board's Office of Loans and Scholarships is finished in January. Learn more...

Upcoming Webinar : What to Preach Next:  Love. Period. 
  • REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 11 AM

Duration: 1 hour
Presenters: Dawn Chesser,
dchesser@gbod.org; Craig Miller, cmiller@gbod.org; and Our guest, Pastor Rudy Rasmus, author of Love. Period. : "When we say, 'I choose to love. Period,' we are signaling to the world that a revolution has taken place in our hearts."

REMINDERS     REMINDERS    REMINDERS
More new stories on our Website
There are more new stories on our Website, at http://epaumc.org. Learn about:
  • UM Student Day, which many churches will observe Sunday, Nov. 30 (but your church can observe at any time).
     
  • The season of Advent, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 24, is a time when Christians prepare their hearts and minds for the birth and coming again of Christ. If you need help finding Advent devotional and Bible study aids, we offer links to some being offered to celebrate this sacred season from various perspectives.
     
  • We also offer stories about: the distress Ebola is causing families living in West Africa and here in EPA; and about churches that are fighting hunger by learning through a poverty simulation exercise and by raising funds and packaging meals to help "Stop Hunger Now."

EPAC applies for domestic violence training for churches  

Sharon Hachtman, RN, a deaconess and member of East Stroudsburg UMC, has applied to United Methodist Women (UMW) to select the EPA Conference for specialized training for church teams to respond to the critical, widespread problem of domestic violence. The 2015 training, being offered to two conferences, would establish partnerships between the national and regional UMW and United Methodist Men (UMM) organizations and the FaithTrust Institute, which resources and helps various faith groups to address domestic violence and sexual assault.

As a nurse, Hachtman developed a wellness program for abused women in a non-profit domestic violence agency in the Lehigh Valley. She networked with conference UMW and UMM leaders and others to facilitate the application, which was due Nov. 30. The training project would require the conference to recruit and help diverse congregations address domestic violence together in collaboration with local resource organizations and agencies. Two church teams from each district would attend the training and implement what they learn, receiving support and evaluation. Eventually, they would organize training for other churches in their areas. The training would focus on understanding justice ministry and theology, and developing strategies and tactics to empower victims, hold abusers accountable and promote healing.


Human Relations Day aids ministries

Human Relations Day, the first churchwide Special Sunday of 2015 is scheduled for Jan. 18, the day before the national holiday to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday (Jan. 19). The United Methodist Book of Discipline describes Human Relations Day as a call "to recognize the right of all God's children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with each other."

 

The Special Sunday offering supports local church and community-based ministries that are all about helping people realize their potential "in relationship with each other." One General Board of Church & Society program funded by the offering helps churches support non-violent juvenile offenders as they seek to turn their lives around. Human Relations Day-funded grants from the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program are available for churches engaged in such ministries. Jan. 10 is the deadline to apply.

 

Contact Marvlyn Scott at mscott@umc-gbcs.org or 202-488-5643. Order your Human Relations Day observance resources from www.umcgiving.org

Women in ministry to gather with bishop

Women in Professional Ministry will have A Day Apart with Bishop Peggy Johnson Dec. 10, at 10 AM, at the Bishop's Residence, 243 Rivercrest Drive, Phoenixville, PA. Together, those gathered will reflect on what they find "life-giving" during the coming Advent season. Please RSVP to Rev. Monica Guepet at revmonicaguepet@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Deacons to have a day apart

All deacons, deacon candidates, and those interested in learning more about the role of the deacon in the local church are invited to a Deacons' Day Apart Saturday, Jan. 10, 9 AM to 3 PM, at Simpson House, 2101 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia. This will be a time of worship, fellowship, sharing about local church ministries, and workshops led by deacons and candidates on various topics.  There will be a small registration fee to cover the cost of lunch.  To register contact the Rev. Tiffany Manning, Chair of the Order of Deacons, at

Clergywomen set 2015 Retreat  

Clergywomen have booked Gretna Glen Camp & Retreat Center for their 2015 retreat on Tuesday, March 10, with an optional overnight stay on Monday, March 9. The theme will about prayer and will include the use of prayer stations. The Rev. Cyndi Skripak and the Rev. Dorry Newcomer will once again act as registrars and hosts for the retreat, but they invite others to share in the facilitation. To volunteer contact Newcomer at dorry.newcomer@yahoo.com or 215-968-2662. 

Associate Members, Local Pastors to retreat
in April 2015

The Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors (FAMLP) of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware conferences will gather April 26-28, 2015, for their annual retreat at the Black Rock Retreat Center. Associate Members, Local Pastors, Student Pastors, and Certified Lay Ministers of both conferences are welcome to attend. They will explore the theme "Church Growth and the Local Pastor," led by the Rev. Thomas Haugh, pastor of Mount Hope UMC.Participants will receive 2.5 CEUs. The registration fee, $50/person, is nonrefundable.  A deposit is due Dec. 15; the balance is due Jan. 19, 2015. Contact Cheryl Snyder, Treasurer and Registrar, at 443-553-2263 for questions. "We hope to meet you at Black Rock Retreat Center for a restful break," said the Rev. Mark Beideman, Retreat Chairperson, "so we can grow and be renewed together in Christ."

 

See the brochure and registration form at www.wilmingtondistrict.org/famlp2015retreat.pdfQuestions? Call Beideman at 610-585-0575.

Update Vital Congregations data by Dec. 30

Remember to update your church's Vital Congregations data for 2015-2018 by Dec. 30 at http://www.umc.org/how-we-serve/vitalsign-dashboard. Here's how to do it:

  1. Log onto the website
  2. Go to "Select by Conference"
  3. Choose your "District" and then your "Church"
  4. Update your data. You can't go back to modify past data, but you can provide current data through 2018.
  5. Be sure to type in your name, email address and then hit "Submit."  

The deadline is 12/30/2014.

Copyright Infringement alert: read and heed

Recently there have been a number of claims of copyright infringement involving EPA Conference churches and organizations. The explosive use of the Internet makes it easier to create works of copyright infringement and also easier to find them. Some companies make it a business to search the Internet for possible violations. Please read this announcement about copyright rules, share it with church staff and volunteers, and encourage their compliance. Learn more...

Register now for Mid-Winter Clergy & Spouse Retreat

Early registration ends Nov. 29 for the 2015 Midwinter Retreat for Clergy (including elders, deacons and local pastors) and their Spouses, who will gather Jan. 13-15, 2015 in Ocean City, Md. Once again the retreat will convene at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront, 6600 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Md. This retreat will address the needs of not only clergy but also their spouses and families. "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. Learn more...

 

Advent resources abound

Advent this year lasts from Nov. 29 to Dec. 24, and devotional and Bible study materials are emerging from several helpful sources to celebrate this sacred season from various perspectives. Hopewell UMC is offering at no cost its four-week Bible Study, Advent Dreams, based on Mathew 1:18-2:23. Those who believe or wonder if God speaks through dreams can explore such revelations through the Infancy narratives found in the gospel of Matthew.  

 

This story of Advent and Christmas is told in four progressive scenes, each featuring a nighttime dream given to human beings. They offer divine guidance, or warning from danger, or a challenge to try something new. If Advent is God's dream coming true, we might ask how do we ourselves and our church live into God's dream, and does God today offer guidance or protection or challenge to us in dreams? To receive this free curriculum, contact Hopewell United Methodist Church boyd@hopewellumc.org 610-269-1545. Find out more at http://hopewellumc.org/advent-dreams.

 

Two UMC general agencies also offer Advent resources. The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) has Advent and Christmas devotions for home and church, worship liturgy, including for Advent wreath candlelighting, planning ideas, activities for children, multimedia downloads, etc. The General Board of Church and Society  (GBCS) has a new four-week Advent Bible study that highlights World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and addresses the HIV pandemic and its relationship to other social concerns. The study, "The Season for Change - An Advent Study on HIV/AIDS and Social Justice Advocacy," is free and downloadable. Details and downloads.

 

Society of St. Andrew, an anti-hunger ministry partner that resources many United Methodist churches, also offers an Advent devotional booklet of prayers, Scripture and meditations, titled "Prince of Peace." In addition to the booklet, the Starter Kit includes a detailed program introduction, a bulletin insert, weekly announcements, an order form and a litany for dedication of Advent gifts in worship. Quantities may be ordered free of charge.

 

Boehm's Chapel to host traditional Advent Vespers, Dec. 7 

It's that special time of year again, when historic Boehm's Chapel will host its annual candlelight Advent Vespers program Dec. 7, at 3 PM. Boehm's Chapel, located at 13 West Boehm's Church Road in Willow Street, Pa., will present an hour-long, traditional program of seasonal lessons and carols. They will relay the story of Christ's birth through familiar Bible readings from the prophets and Gospels, combined with special music and a cappella singing of traditional carols by the congregation. For more information visit www.boehmschapel.org
or e-mail boehmschapel@gmail.com or call Dolores Myers, Executive Director at 717-872-4133.

Musicians, dancers sought for General Conference.

United Methodist choirs, musicians, liturgical dancers and worship ensemble groups from around the world are auditioning online for an invitation to perform at the United Methodist Church's 2016 General Conference/ The top legislative assembly will meet in Portland, Ore., May 10-20, 2016. To be invited, groups should submit a link to a private YouTube video of the group performing, in addition to an application letter that includes the following: name of group; a primary contact person's email address and phone number; and a brief group bio, including location, membership, general age range, and any remarkable characteristics. The application should be emailed to gc2016worshipdirector@gmail.com by 
Jan, 12, 2015. Performance opportunities for invited choirs and ensembles include morning worship and/or a lunchtime showcase venue. Groups are responsible for their own expenses.

 

Final church remittances due Jan. 15

   

Attention Church Finance Leaders:
Please send in your final 2014 remittance payments before January 15, 2015. Also, please take the time to review your remittance statements and make sure that all payment information is correct. If you have any questions or concerns about your payments, contact Tamara Wims at 

(610) 666-9090 Ext 7015 or by e-mail at twims@epaumc.org.

2015 GBCS Grants Available

Jan. 10, 2015, is the deadline to apply for grants from two UMC General Board of Church & Society programs. Peace with Justice grants are funded by the annual Peace with Justice Sunday churchwide offering, which "witnesses to God's demands for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world."  Ethnic Local Church grants are intended to strengthen racial-ethnic local churches through education, advocacy or leadership development as they engage in social justice.  Visit our Web site for more information about Funding for Ministry .
Aid available to attend GBCS Young Clergy Forum
Once again the General Board of Church and Society is inviting conferences to send up to two first-time participants, age 35 or younger, to its Young Clergy Forum Jan 25-28, 2015, at GBCS offices in Washington DC.  Only 75 participants in total can be accepted, and the board will pay all expenses except travel and registration costs. Our conference hopes to send two young clergy members to the forum and will reimburse them after the event for the $130 early registration fee (if paid by Dec 24). The training, which offers 1.5 CEU credits, promises to offer a deeper understanding of United Methodist Social Principles and valuable opportunities for networking. Housing will be at Gallaudet University. All interested, eligible persons are asked to contact their district office and the Rev. Christopher Kurien, Connectional Ministries Director, and to register online.

Only Four Things Grow Churches

Plan now to attend "Only Four Things Grow Churches," a workshop facilitated by Bill Tenny-Brittain and Bill Easum , Feb. 28, 2015, at St. Matthew's UMC of Valley Forge. 

 

The time: 9 AM to 4 PM. The cost: $75.

Register today (Select the Valley Forge, PA workshop location). "We've found that only four processes grow a church, and anything else has little to no impact," claim the candid leaders of this workshop: They will explore four core processes, adaptable to churches of all sizes: 

  • Inviting people to know Christ and the Church.
  • Connecting with people who show up so that they return.
  • Discipling those who stay.
  • Sending them back into the world to be neighborhood missionaries. 
Clergy, we need your 'selfies'

We are asking all clergy to please send us a recent facial headshot photo for use in a new online photo directory. Your photos will be uploaded to your record in our conference database; so we ask that your face be clearly visible and that there are no other people in the shot. If you do not have an appropriate facial photo handy, you can take and e-mail us a "selfie" with your smart phone. Please e-mail .jpg files to lcotman@epaumc.org.

Keep your Find-a-Church info updated, informative
Please update your congregation's Find-a-Church info now or as soon as possible and add important information about your church's life and ministries. On our Web site when you roll your mouse over the "About Us" tab and you see a drop-down menu, select "Find a Church." It will take you to the Church Locator page. Click on "Find a United Methodist Church in your community.

 

Look at the bottom right side of the page and you will see: "UPDATE YOUR CHURCH INFORMATION. Welcome new visitors to your church by updating your Find-A-Church Information. Update Your Page Now." Follow instructions from there, or use the provided Help feature. Find-a-Church is a great search feature provided by our ministry partner, UM Communications to help potential visitors find and learn about your church.

Mid-Atlantic Foundation to launch academy in 2015

The Mid Atlantic United Methodist Foundation's new Financial Leadership Academy (FLA)isscheduled to begin Jan. 13-15, 2015. The academy will offer seminars, facilitated peer groups and coaching to participants, who will meet together six times over two years to learn about managing the financial health and wellbeing of churches and pastors.

 

By special request, the Academy will be opened to participants from other annual conferences by mid-October to fill any available seats. Get more information from the  Academy Brochure or from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation website (http://www.midatlanticfoundation.org/content/announcing-financial-leadership-academy-1). The application is available online, or by emailing maumfleadership@gmail.com. You may also contact the Rev. Karin Walker at 410-557-9726.

Check out our Local church Events page 

We have lots of great local church events listed for you on our Web site at www.epaumc.org/events/localchurchevents. Please take time to peruse them and try to attend events of interest to you. It's part of being a connectional church. So check out our listings, and send us your special church events too, so we can add them to the page.

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:

  • 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!   

March 7, 2015: Tools for Ministry-All 6 Districts

May 30, 2015: Celebration of Former Delaware Conference and 1965 Merger 

 

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.

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