Works of Faith, Labors of Love: Growing Vital Congregations

Connectional Ministries video celebrates ministry in many forms

One of the many highlights of the Eastern PA Annual Conference in May was an oral and video report from the Connectional Ministries Office with the theme Works of Faith,… Read more

Frank Schaefer reinstated as United Methodist clergy; transfers to Calif.-Pacific Conference

By Kathy L. Gilbert   June 24, 2014 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Editor’s Note: This story was updated June 25 to include comments from Jen Ihlo, the chair of the appeals… Read more

May 2014 Financial Update

Conference Budget – Schedules A & B   Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget through  May 2014.  As a result of the… Read more

Planning Acts of Repentance Services

  In a June 17 letter to all annual conferences, Cynthia Kent, Chair of the Native American International Caucus (NAIC) and of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Native American Ministries,… Read more

“More Grace”

“But He gives more grace…” – James 4:6 My most admired, effective, and Christ-centered professor Dr. Boucher stated these words in one of the first lectures, “Every morning I pray… Read more

Photo of saddled camels

“Diary of a Camel Rider”

The camel: one of the most revered animals in Arabian culture.  And this is the animal I found myself unsteadily sitting on a month ago in the deserts of Jordan,… Read more

Living Waters now a chartered UM church

LANCASTER, PA–Seeing the simple Sunday morning makeover of Lancaster County Christian School’s gymnasium into a temporary sanctuary, one might be tempted to tell the leaders of the Living Waters Christian… Read more

Death Notice: The Rev. Virgil G. Megill

We recently were informed of the death of the Rev. Virgil G. Megill, who passed away on June 12, 2014. He was 90. He was a full clergy member who… Read more

Death Notice: The Rev. Thomas William Ross

The Rev. Thomas William Ross, 68, of Wyomissing, a retired elder of the EPA Conference, died June 10, 2014, in Reading Hospital. Born in Scranton, Pa., Thomas was a graduate of… Read more


Although the weather had demonstrated otherwise, we are exiting the spring season. In the church, spring means the Lenten season and Easter are upon us. Spring also means flowers, the… Read more