Annual Conference 2013 Business


Tellers count and tally votes on several resolutions at Annual Conference 2013.

Conference members voted on four Constitutional Amendments, instructed to vote either yes or no.  The results of the vote will be combined with all the other conferences of the denomination.  Results be announced later in the year.

Here are the results of voting on the 2013 Resolutions:

2013-02 Resolution Relating to Creating a Mission ConneXion presented by the Cabinet.  Approved.

2013-12 Related to Creation of Task Force to Review and Revise Housing Allowance Guidelines submitted by the Cabinet.  Approved.

Service of Ordination

During the Service of Ordination on Friday, May 17, one person was commissioned for Deacons Orders, eight were commissioned for Elders orders, one person was ordained Deacon, and three were ordained Elders:

Rev. Gary Harke - PA Council of Churches

Rev. Gary Harke, Pennsylvania Council of Churches, spoke to the clergy and lay members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference on Thursday, May 16.

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference partners with 41 other churches in PA Council of Churches.  Rev. Harke thanked Bishop Peggy Johnson for her participation in and counsel to the PA Council of Churches Executive Committee. 

He said, "Ecumenism is a gift exchange – each brings gifts to the table and each receives gifts in return."  He added, "We need to break down walls that divide so God’s good news can be displayed to all."  

Denman Award Recipients

By Suzette James
For more than thirty years, The Foundation for Evangelism has worked with annual conferences to celebrate outstanding personal evangelism ministry of United Methodist Clergy, Laity and Youth by sponsoring the prestigious Harry Denman Evangelism Award. Evangelist Harry Denman formed the Foundation in 1949. His vision grew out of his conviction that it was possible, in God’s time, for the whole world to turn to our Lord. 

Since 1998, the EPAUMC has answered the call of the foundation by honoring the outstanding evangelism efforts of clergy and lay persons who enable The United Methodist Church to fulfill its mission of transforming the world through the making of disciples for Jesus Christ. 

Bishops to Oversee UMAdvocacyPA

Stephen Drachler speaks to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference about the upcoming changes for UM Advocacy in PA.

Steve Drachler announced that changes are coming for UM Advocacy in PA, the advocacy arm of the three Pennsylvania annual conferences in the state capital.  For 20 years UM Advocacy in PA has been related to, but not part of the annual conferences.  With the changes, there will be a place at the table within each AC to engage together in advocacy ministry, and to work more efficiently and more effectively.  Drachler announced that Advocacy Action Teams will be formed within each Annual Conference.

Arrival at Annual Conference

"There is no place like home... there is no place like home," said Bishop Peggy Johnson as she models her sparkling new shoes, presented to her by the young adult clergy to give spring to her step throughout the three long days of annual conference.  She is at home here in Eastern Pennsylvania, as she continues in her second quadrennium as bishop of The Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Peggy Johnson, before the arrival of conference members, went around and blessed the 1,000 chairs where clergy and lay delegate will sit as they worship, celebrate ministry, and discuss important legislation over the next three days.

Annual Conference 2013

Bishop Peggy Johnson looks over the worship bulletin for the Service of Ordination at the pre-conference ordination practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

The 2013 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference will be held May 16-18 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA.

You can still register at the door as a walk-in.  On-site (Walk-in) Registration:  Registration with payment will be processed at the event, but no meals will be included. Additional meals may be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to arrive early!

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Financial Update for April 2013


Conference Budget
Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget for April 2013.
As a result of the faithful giving of EPA local churches to the connectional ministries fund or CMF we ended 2012 surpassing the $3,400,000 budget. Total receipts were $3,401,619 and December 2012 was another outstanding month with receipts totaling $432,684. Thanks to all of the congregations who continue to support this ministry.

Bishop Johnson takes part in border immersion with Council of Bishops


Bishop Johnson prayers during a service of communion as part of a border immersion with the Council of Bishops.  

As the United States Senate prepares to consider a major bill on immigration policy reform, local United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson has just returned home from a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, where she joined 69 other bishops from around the U.S., Africa, Asia and Europe.

The purpose of the bishops' visit on May 7 was to immerse themselves in the reality of life at the border and sharpen their focus on how The United Methodist Church can be in ministry with border residents. 

Preliminary Annual Conference Agenda

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Thursday, May 16, 2013
8:30 a.m. - Registration
10:00 a.m. - Welcome by Bishop Johnson
       - District Celebrations
       - Awards Ceremony
       - How is it with your soul?
12:00 noon - Lunch
1:45 p.m. - Gathering Music
2:00 p.m. - Opening Devotion
       - Holy Conferencing
       - Constitutional Amendments (vote)


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