Annual Conference Blog!

Annual Conference BlogOur Theme this year for our annual conference is Health: Head-to-Toe; Heaven-to-Earth; and Heart-to-Heart (physical – spiritual – relational).We are excited to invite you to participate with us before, during, and after conference on matters relating to physical, spiritual and relational health!

Between now and annual conference each month you will be invited to share (God moments) stories/experiences online. In our first month you will be invited to share your God moments relative to physical health and wholeness followed by postings in the second month when our focus will be on spiritual growth and health, and finally we will devote the last month prior to conference to growth and health in relationships. This will lead us right into conference week which will be filled with additional fun and surprises to help us build on the relationships we have already established and help us as we seek to develop new relationships!

CONAM Worship Service


CONAM Worship Service

Guest speaker:   Homer Noley
Former Director of the National United Methodist Native American Center, on the campus of Claremont Lincoln University/Claremont School of Theology.  Established in 1983, NUMNAC aims to strengthen the self-sufficiency and self-determination of Native American churches and Native American in ministry. The Rev. Homer Noley is the author of First White Frost:  Native Americans and United Methodism and co-authored Native American Theology, addressing issues faced by Native Americans today.

Celebrate World Missions on April 6

Please join the World Missions Celebration on April 6, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Olivet UMC in Coatesville.

Print the flyer to distribute in your church.



Come and Celebrate Our Missions

Meeting missionaries and learning about their work will be among the highlights of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Mission Celebration on Saturday April 6 from 9 am to 4 pm at Olivet United Methodist Church in Coatesville.  Bishop Peggy Johnson will be the keynote speaker at this special event, co-sponsored by the Conference Mission Committee and United Methodist Women.

Town Hall Meetings Completed, Preliminary Draft Resources still available

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson would like to thank all laity and clergy for attending the town hall meetings.

2013 Annual Conference Exhibitors

2013 Annual ConferenceThe Commission on Conference Sessions is pleased to offer table space for exhibitors at Annual Conference – May 16-18, 2013, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA  19456.

EXHIBITOR TABLE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! We reserve the right to approve all vendors and items available for sale in compliance with UMC policy and Social Principles.  

A $50 charge for United Methodist affiliated groups and a $125 charge for non-United Methodist Church groups must be paid for each exhibit table. All requests must be received by Friday, March 15, 2013.  Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Absolutely no last minute requests can be honored since the table layout must be finalized with the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center prior to Annual Conference.

Deadlines for Annual Conference 2013

Information and deadlines for Annual Conference 2013

This year Clergy and Laity Sessions will be held at Asbury UMC in Allentown, PA on May 4, 2013 beginning at 9:30 am – Noon.

At 10:00 am on Thursday, May 16, 2013 Bishop Johnson will open Annual Conference with a brief devotion followed by a time of sharing the wonderful ministries that are happening on each of our districts. Because the emphasis of this annual conference will be on wholeness, there will be specific time built into the schedule for fellowship/prayer/reflection to invite you to ponder the question: How is it with your soul? Labyrinths and prayer rooms will also be available for your use.

On Thursday evening, May 16th at 7:00 pm, we will have our Memorial Service and Communion. Bishop Violet Fisher will preach at this service.

2013 Urban Summit: "God Has Not Left His Cities"

2013 Urban Summit"And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare." (Jeremiah 29:7)

The purpose of the Urban Ministry Summit is to provide opportunities for both clergy and laity representatives from all Urban Centers throughout the EPAUMC to come together to address the many issues faced in urban areas and to provide these leaders with the resources to enhance and to revitalize the methodology  in which ministry is carried out.  Also to purpose action plans to address vital concerns and develop working groups to create a catalyst for change.

Who Should Attend:
Urban Pastors, Laity, Deacons, District Superintendents, Missioners and All Persons Interested in Urban Ministry.

Faith Sharing Training and Rally

The Faith Sharing Training and Rally will be held SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013 at Wescosville: Bethany UMC. We hope that you will be able to join us on March 9 at Bethany UMC to hear Dr. Eddie Fox.

If you had previously registered for the postponed November 9 event, but cannot attend the March 9 training, please e-mail and we will process your refund. Otherwise, we will hold your current reservation for March 9.

Dr. H. Eddie Fox, Executive Director, World Methodist Evangelism Institute will be the presenter. PLEASE NOTE: The Faith Sharing Training will begin promptly at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 9.

This is a unique event which will help train your church leaders to share their faith in Christ with others.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!!! You can also register at the door - $10/person; $12/book (recommended 1 book per church).

Nominations for Denman Award

Send in your nominations for the Denman Award: Each year the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church recognizes the personal evangelism and ministry of Clergy and Laity during annual conference by presenting the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. The award is given in appreciation of the efforts of exceptional leaders who possess a passion to help persons experience God's transforming love through Jesus Christ. The Denman award honors those who have a special gift to accomplish this task with passion and outstanding results.

The Denman award is made possible by The Foundation for Evangelism, which was founded in 1949 by Dr. Denman. The award was established in 1980 as a national award, and was then introduced to the annual conferences so they could have the opportunity of honoring one clergy and one lay person annually.

Prayer Request for UM Advocacy in PA


I write today to ask you to join me in fasting and prayer on Thursday, Feb. 7 as I prepare to meet with our three bishops – Tom Bickerton, Peggy Johnson, and Jeremiah Park – to focus on the future of United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania.

My prayers will be simple: “Guide us, O Lord, as we seek to follow you. Guide us O Lord, as we strive to serve you in speaking out against injustice, and standing up for those who have no voice in the halls of power. Guide us, O Lord, to open our hearts to do what is right in your eyes. Amen.”


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