monthly finance report

 
Conference Budget – Schedules A & B
 
Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget through June 2014.

As a result of the faithful giving of EPA local churches to the connectional ministries fund or CMF we ended 2013 with a very strong result of $3,279,179. While this was short of the budget goal of $3.4 million by $120,821 or 3%, it was a reasonable variance. Given the ongoing struggles of many churches we are pleased and grateful for the commitment made by many to support this vital ministry.

Through six months of 2014 giving from local churches to CMF was $1,473,941. This was $226,059 less than budget and $74,323 less than the amount received from June 2013. An analysis after six months shows that 221 churches, 53% are on budget. However, there are 131 churches or 31% that are more than three months behind. Sixty-Five(65) churches have paid zero through six months toward CMF. The district offices and CCFA are kept abreast of this and will follow up.

Never mind Tuesday night's MLB All-Star game; the real all-stars take the field this Saturday at the  EPA Conference UM Men's annual softball tournament. They'll begin with devotions at 9 a.m. at Mondauk Commons Park, 1451 Dillon Rd., Ambler. Then after 20 minutes of warm-up, three rounds of simultaneous play on four adjacent softball fields begins at 9:50.  

"We're looking forward to an outstanding day of Christian fellowship, fun and friendly competition," said UMM President Ross Brightwell.  

Facing each other will be men from Bethany UMC in Wescosville, El Redentor & St. Paul’s UMC of Lancaster, Grove UMC of West Chester, Hopewell UMC of Downingtown, Jarrettown UMC of Dresher, New Hanover UMC of Gilbertsville, Kenton UMC from Delaware, and an Assemblies of God church from Wyncote, Pa.

The recent journey of about 25 EPA Conference members to the site of the historic Carlisle Indian Industrial School took them a distance of only about a hundred miles. But their daylong tour also took them back more than a hundred years into the difficult history of that institution.

Carlisle was the first of 26 off-reservation industrial schools created by the U.S. government to acculturate Native American children and youth by teaching them acceptable customs of mainstream American society in place of their own.  It opened in 1879 with 82 boys and girls. By the time it closed in 1918, more than 10,600 students, ages 6-25, had passed through its gates, their lives and even their families back home forever changed, and for many, changed for the worse.

The visitors who boarded a yellow school bus to journey there on June 24 were treated to the adventure by the EPA Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CoNAM).

At United Methodist Day at the Phillies baseball game, June 28, a choir from Kockenderfer UMC, Lebanon, sang "America the Beautiful" and the National Anthem. Then Gen. Charles Bailey, a United Methodist chaplain and weekend guest of the EPA Conference UM Men, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.   A Phillies photo by Heddy Bergsman

About 30 United Methodists, with family and friends, relished a night named in their honor at the famed Philadelphia Museum of Art June 25. Co-sponsored by St. Luke's UMC in Bryn Mawr and Tindley Temple UMC, the pay-what-you-want visit featured a gathering with Bishop Peggy Johnson and a volunteer museum docent who inspired discovery and discussion on the profound relationship between art and faith.

United Methodist Men attending a breakfast event at Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia, June 28, applaud the keynote speaker, General Charles Bailey (right), Deputy Chief of  U.S. Army Chaplains.

Bailey, a United Methodist chaplain and 30-year Army veteran from Central Texas, is stationed at the Pentagon, He shared testimonies of courageous chaplains rendering selfless service and soldiers uniting as comrades in prayer and worship during respite from battle. "No one hates war more than a soldier," he said, " because we know what it feels and smells like."

Whether your church's community is urban, suburban or rural, you can get valuable demographic info about it for free from MissionInSite—free because your conference's Congregational Development Office pays for it, thanks to your apportionment giving.  

We will sponsor two MissionInSite workshops, led by Peter Wernett (shown here) to show you how to acquire and use the info. A Webinar is scheduled for Aug. 20 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Also, West Chester UMC will host an onsite workshop on Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..  

The Aug. 20 Webinar is limited to 20 online participating locations. The Rev. Gordon Hendrickson, Congregational Development Coordinator, will need the names and e-mail addresses for all who plan to participate by Monday Aug. 18.

 

'It takes a village' 

Ronald G. Neal Jr. (seated left) and Brandon Mangum (seated right) received scholarships from BMCR and BUMP, along with words of wisdom from the Rev. Anita Powell and Bishop Peggy Johnson (seated between them). Also there to support them were their families, pastors and presidents of the two sponsoring organizations: Lawrence Lee (far right) of BMCR and the Rev. Herbert Coe (center) of BUMP. Standing to Coe's left is new EPA Conference Lay Leader David Koch.   John Coleman photo

Black Methodists for Church Renewal and Black United Methodist Preachers together gave two promising young men much needed help in paying for college recently by awarding them each $1,000 scholarships. Brandon Mangum of Janes Memorial UMC, Philadelphia, and Ronald G. Neal Jr. of Eastwick UMC received their awards at a June 28 luncheon in the company of their family members, pastors and leaders of the two organizations. 

Two young women from the EPA Conference will journey to the Philippines, enduring 22 hours in flight, to gather with nearly 400 other United Methodists from 34 countries at the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly July 16-20. They will worship, pray and serve in ministry together, as they also explore and help create the future of their church.

Lauren Lomas (left), 20, of Lima UMC, and Ashley Thompson, 17, of Wharton-Wesley UMC, will join other youth, young adults and adults who work with youth at the Center for Community Transformation, a retreat center in Tagaytay, Philippines.

Lomas is a junior at Penn State University's Brandywine Campus. Thompson is a senior at Upper Darby High School. Both are longtime active members of their churches, and the two just met weeks ago for the first time.

The Rev. James Todd leads the June 15 ceremony to charter Living Waters UMC in Lancaster, along with (from left) SPRC Chair Genice Wade, the Rev. Jody Sambrick, pastor, and Bishop Peggy Johnson     --John Coleman photo

LANCASTER, PA--Seeing the simple Sunday morning makeover of Lancaster County Christian School's gymnasium into a temporary sanctuary, one might be tempted to tell the leaders of the Living Waters Christian Fellowship, "I love what you've done to the place."

Neatly facing rows of blue chairs are a small lectern and a side table with a Bible, band instruments, a screen for PowerPoint visuals and six vivid banners. All of it is portable and quickly packed up and loaded onto a truck each Sunday at the end of worship. Adorning one banner is a thin wooden cross with a vision statement: "To know Jesus and make him known." The other five proclaim individually the ways that vision is achieved: "Worship," "Connect," "Grow," "Serve" and "Share."

 

Moving Forward in Faith, Hope, and Knowledge

 

We are moving forward in faith, hope and knowledge at the thirty-first Academy for Laity, sponsored by the Board of Lay Ministry of the EPA Conference

 

Click here to REGISTER!

 

This year’s Academy features twelve courses taught by some of the best instructors in our denomination. The Basic Course is the first step to becoming a Christ Servant Minister or a Certified Lay Minister. All other courses qualify attendees for advanced credit as a Christ Servant Minister, but are open to anyone wishing to extend one’s knowledge of our Lord and His teaching. These are full-length courses that are ten hours long, so there is only time to take one course.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson announces the following 2014 appointments and retirements, effective July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted:

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church

Welcome!  The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of about 465 churches, which serve nearly 125,000 members in 16 counties.   Led by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, the Conference's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Today, this mission is the focus of the conference’s 465 churches, congregations which speak to diverse and multi-generational populations in the many cities, towns, and rural areas throughout our area.  The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and its sister Peninsula/Delaware Conference together compose the Philadelphia Area, with nearly 1,000 churches served by Bishop Peggy Johnson.

If you are a clergy person or member of one of our 465 churches, we invite you to explore this website for resources and information to support you in your effort to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a welcoming faith family, we invite you to visit a United Methodist Church in your community: www.find-a-church.org.

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Office: 980 Madison Ave., Norristown, PA 19403; telephone 610-666-9090; fax 610-666-9093.

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