2013 Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: November 1-30, 2012.
Individualized enrollment letters were sent to eligible participants on November 2, 2012.
Coupons will be sent in late December or early January.
Pre-funding, if eligible, is required to enroll in retired health insurance with Eastern Pennsylvania Conference UMC.

2012-13 Winter Safety Newsletter


Snow Day

With winter weather fast approaching, it's important for your church to be prepared.  Snow, ice and freezing temperatures can pose as a potential threat for both your members and your church.  It is for that reason your church should consider developing a winter weather maintenance plan.  Some suggestions for developing this plan are available in the 2012-13 Winter Safety Newsletter.  

Special Interest Articles:

  • Snow and Ice Removal - Some churches have their own members or volunteers perform snow and ice removal.  In those cases these important tips should be considered.
  • Frozen Pipes - Freezing temperatures can result in frozen pipes inside your building, which may burst and cause extensive water damage. Tips to prevent this are included.

Fall Session

Adjourned Session took place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Hempfield UMC in Lancaster.

About 400 members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference attended. Approved was a budget for 2013:

Seeking director for Camp Innabah


Farewell:  Christy Heflin is leaving Camp Innabah after 12 years as Director to take a new position as a camp Director at Wesley Acres Camp and Retreat Center, Dazey, North Dakota. Her husband, Jim, has served as Camp Innabah’s food manager, and will fill that same position at Wesley Acres.  The Heflins will be leaving be leaving for North Dakota early next week. 
We thank God for Christy and Jim’s leadership at Innabah over the years and ask for God's blessings upon their family as they move to North Dakota.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announces the following opening:
Director: Camp Innabah
Camp Innabah, a United Methodist Church camp in Spring City, PA, is seeking a Director.  
Founded in 1929, Innabah is comprised of 179 acres of meadows and woodlands in historic Chester County.

Financial Update - October 2012

Financial Update

Conference Budget
Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget for October 2012. 

The total annual budget for 2012 shows revenue of $3,400,000 and expenses of $3,050,136. The conference expense budget for 2012 is 8.6% less than total spending of $3,337,689 in 2011. The local churches support the conference budget through the CMF bill. 

Through ten months of 2012, revenue from church giving to CMF totalled $2,698,571. This was $134,762 or 5% less than budget, and $77,124, or 3% less than the October 2011 total.  The amount churches paid to CMF for the month of October was $283,074 and this was $48,708 less than the amount churches paid in October 2011.   To reach the 2012 budget goal of $3.4 million, $701,429 is needed over the remaining two months.  In 2011, a total of $754,066 was paid by local churches toward CMF over the last two months.  

2013 Retiree Open Enrollment Meetings

Retiree Open Enrollment

A representative from Aetna wil be on hand to go over plan design.

The majority of the meeting will be for the Medicare Supplement Plan, followed by inforamtion for anyone currently in the Advantage Plan.

Stuff this Bus (With relief supplies)



Mission Central, part of the UMCOR Relief Network, has put out a call for :
New Blankets, New Socks, New Coats, New Batteries, New Diapers, Baby Formula, New Toys

….and we just happened to have a bus.  This Saturday there will be a big yellow school bus parked at Hempfield UMC!

We invite all who are coming to the Fall Conference on Saturday, November 10 to bring any of the above items to the bus. Volunteers will pack it in and send it on its way to Mission Central.

Questions? Call Rev. Chris Eden, Willow Street: Boehms, 717-598-8495 OR or  Info on Mission Central:

World AIDS Day is December 1


Pictured at the Sistas' Tea about HIV are (left to right) Cheryl Miles, H.U.B. of Hope Advisory Chair, Lillian DeBaptiste, Director of Milestone Events, and Deborah Tanksley-Brown, Ministry Director.

Read below for more information on World AIDS Day, December 1.
The H.U.B. of Hope HIV/AIDS Interfaith Ministry and Lincoln University’s Counseling Services and Women’s Center sponsored the Sistas’ Tea About HIV, a community interfaith gathering to acknowledge National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th at Milestone Events in West Chester, PA.  Participating HIV community service providers were, Family Service of Chester County-Project ONE and Camp Dreamcatcher.  

Church launches donation drive to help Staten Island


Stuff the Bus

PHOTO (left to right): Ricardo Matamores, Josh Cuebas, Jeremy Rivera, and Alayna Cuebas arrive in Staten Island to deliver donations.

For one Lancaster family, the tragic loss of a friend in New York turned into a church-hosted donation drive and a small trailer full of supplies headed for Staten Island. Now two area churches have united to collect and deliver items that will keep desperate Staten Islanders warm and clean, keep cleanup workers equipped, and provide infants with needed nutrition. Thanks to a local bus company, they’ll be bringing more. A lot more.

"Companies get asked frequently, especially after a storm like this one," says Mike Kramer, president of Shultz Transportation. "When we found out that Alex and his church had done it once, the right way; we decided to change it from 'stuff the minivan' to 'stuff the school bus'."

Disaster Assistance Available

Emergency Declaration:
Governor Corbett had issued a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Any damages cause by Hurricane Sandy may be covered by FEMA.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Administration (PEMA) has to report all damages done in our state to FEMA. This helps FEMA determine the funding that will be made available to Pennsylvania for our recovery. If we do not report the damages, monies that could help our community recover will be diverted to other states.

EVERYONE is asked to report any storm damage to their borough or town officials so that statistics can be gathered including:


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