The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of nearly 400 churches, which serve over 80,000 members in 16 counties. Led by Bishop John Schol, the Conference’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Phone volunteers needed to aid Hurricane Ian survivors

The EPA Conference’s Project Restoration disaster recovery service is offering an easy way for people to help survivors of Hurricane Ian, which devastated communities in Florida last week. All you need are a telephone, a computer, some free time during ...

Disaster Response leader urges prayers, patience in response to Ian

The Eastern PA Conference’s Disaster Response Coordinator asks for prayers but also patience as Hurricane Ian wreaks havoc and extensive damage in Florida and heads north on course to attack other states–including South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. “Please keep ...

Camp director shares wisdom about relating to youth

When Terry Bridges, Coordinator of Urban Ministries and pastor of Midtown Parish UMC, was looking for ideas to bolster his church’s new youth ministry program, he turned to someone who works with young people a lot and knows them quite ...

Prayers, support urged for Puerto Rico’s Fiona victims

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is calling for prayers and donations to support its disaster relief efforts, as we wait to learn the full severity of Hurricane Fiona’s destruction in Puerto Rico. The storm, a Category 1 hurricane when ...

New superintendents urge courage, vision for their 2 districts

Invoking God’s call to courageous, visionary leadership, the Eastern PA Conference celebrated the installation of two new district superintendents on Sunday, Sept. 18, in two places—outdoor and indoor sanctuaries—just 74 miles apart.

New video introduces Pathways to foster fruitful congregations

The new Introduction to Pathways video begins by asking the questions churches will ask themselves, as they consider participation in the new EPA Conference initiative to help congregations envision and work toward forging a more vital, hopeful future.

Advent planning workshop for children, family ministries, Oct. 3 via Zoom

Elizabeth Christie, education director at Fritz UMC in Bethlehem, will offer EPA churches a free, interactive Advent planning workshop for children’s and family ministries on Monday, Oct. 3, from 7 to 8:30 PM on Zoom.  Register to attend this helpful online event. See and share the event flyer.

A sacred reunion

For me, it was always just a stopping point for a whitefish sandwich and a refreshing drink 13 hours into the 14-hour drive to see my wife Joan’s parents in the UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan.  For the indigenous peoples of that region, however, St. Ignace is sacred...

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month 

National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed annually Sept. 15-Oct. 15, highlights the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic-Americans. Communities honor the achievements of Hispanic and Latino Americans with festivals and educational activities...