Challenged and Inspired


Challenged and Inspired

by Sally W. Ott

When 9 year old José was given the opportunity to participate in an outing which one of our country churches provides at a park in their community each summer, his mother quickly returned his registration form in an envelope on which  she wrote, “Thank you so much.  I appreciate the chances you guys give José.  I can’t really do much with him but you guys give him a chance.”  (This mother loves her children dearly, but has health issues.)

LUMINA’s ministries with children have an impact on children and their parents alike. 

Each Monday night during the school year, inner-city children gather for Kid’s Night in the fellowship hall at El Redentor & St. Paul’s UMC in Lancaster.  We have Bible Stories, music, crafts, games, and refreshments - all in a caring Christian environment.

Conference Office closed on Monday, October 29, 2012

The Conference Office will be closed on Monday, October 29, due to Hurricane Sandy.

Bishop Johnson has cancelled the Order of Elders meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 at Innabah.

United Campus Ministry reaches young adults

United Campus Ministry - Millersville University

By Kristin Shrom-Rhoads

“Peter, If you love me, feed my sheep!”  This summer, it became known to United Campus Ministry that many of our Millersville University students are going without food for 1-3 days a week. While we know that this scripture was talking about spiritual feeding, we are now planning to work together with Millersville University staff and students, other campus ministries, and community churches to make sure that our students have enough to feed their physical selves too.  It can simply be the student does not have enough money to buy food.  In some cases, a crisis has resulted in short term poverty.  Many of our students are looking for work.  

You can provide food items like pasta, red sauce, soup, granola or fruit bars, lance crackers, canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, canned fruit or fruitcups, and canned veggies.  We will be collecting them through September and October.  A cash gift is also welcomed.  Contact me at 717-872-6840 to arrange a drop off time.

Biblical teaching of "gleaning" in practice


Morrisville UMC

On Saturday, October 20, a truckload of 42,000 pound of potatoes donated for the hungry arrived at Morrisville United Methodist Church from Wisconsin.   Volunteers helped load the potatoes onto trucks and cars for 38 local churches, food pantries and area programs to distribute to those in need.   The organizations receiving the potatoes are in Lower Bucks, the Trenton area, and Philadelphia.

According to Pastor Catherine Bowers "During these times when it is so hard for many people to feed their families, it is more important than ever to answer the expectation of our God that we care about those in need. The Bible is very clear in saying that God cares about the poor, and if we care about what God cares about, we will be concerned for the poor as well." 

UMC Lay and Clergy Invited to Walk in the Footsteps of the Wesley Brothers


Wesley Pilgrimage

All United Methodist lay and clergy leaders are invited to participate in a 10-day Wesley Pilgrimage to England next spring where they can walk in the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley.

Participants will immerse themselves in the Christ-centered leadership of the Wesley brothers during the pilgrimage April 15-24, 2013, which will be offered by the General Board of Discipleship.

“We will learn, pray and explore places where the Wesleys lived and served,” said Dr. Steven Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership at GBOD, who will co-lead the adventure.

“On the pilgrimage, we will worship daily and make connections between the Wesleyan heritage and missional leadership for today.” 

Lancaster Seminary approved for theological education

Lancaster Seminary

By Charles Yrigoyen

We are pleased to announce that Lancaster Seminary has received an invitation from the University Senate of The United Methodist Church to continue to prepare students who have been called by God into the ordained ministry of our church.  Under the leadership of the seminary's new President, Dr. Carol E. Lytch, the Seminary moves ahead to provide the theological training for ministry in the 21st century.

For several generations Lancaster Theological Seminary has trained candidates for ordination in our Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and our neighbor Conferences.  In the academic year just concluded sixteen United Methodist students pursued theological education at LTS.

Every one of those students benefits from the Seminary's strengths and its commitment to offer United Methodists outstanding educational and spiritual growth experience.  It does so by providing 

Evangelical Theological Seminary trains United Methodist pastors

by Rev. Christopher Fisher

Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS), located in Myerstown, PA has been officially re-approved by the United Methodist University Senate to educate UM ministerial candidates.  The decision, received at the  beginning of February, 2012 in response to a thorough re-evaluation of the school, contains no caveats, conditions, or time limits, and certifies ETS’ continued approval to train UM ministerial students for the next quadrennium (non-UM schools must be re-certified every four years by the University Senate as a matter of normal procedure). The Senate’s approval letter expressed gratitude for the Seminary’s “faithful work and commitment  commitment to theological education” and sent “warm greetings and prayers for a fruitful ministry.”

October 2012 Safety Newsletter


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On Christians sharing their faith

Eddie Fox

Caption: The Rev. Dr. Eddie Fox, keynote speaker for Faith Sharing Training and Rally at Wescosville: Bethany UMC on November 3, 2012

By Christopher Kurien

Communicating with one another by Email,Texting, Facebook, or Tweeting seems to be our preference over face to face conversations; even phone calls.   In some ways this has contributed to a loss of vitality in human relationships and community life in the U.S. – even in church life.  In other parts of the world, where technology may not be so advanced, there continues to be a sense of community. This is very evident in the church, where the community of believers gathers to worship and then disperses into their neighborhoods to share their faith in face to face conversations.  One must ask if there is a connection between our preferred means of communicating and the dwindling membership of churches in  the West  compared to the growing membership in places where faith-sharing  is a face to face experience.


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