2016 Annual Conference

Act of Repentance to open 2016 Annual ConferenceOpen Wide Your Hearts!

*In 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, the Apostle Paul urges his reticent followers to recognize his boundless love and passion in sharing the gospel of salvation with them. He implores them to not restrain their affection for him nor their acceptance of God’s gift of grace, but to embrace both with full, open and willing hearts. Indeed, “Open Wide Your Hearts!” is a theme of passionate outreach and perfect love that casts out fear. It seeks repentance and reconciliation for the past, and the promise of rebirth for the future, a future with hope. Logo design by Lindsey Cotman

Embracing that expansive theme, borrowed from 2 Corinthians 6:13, the Eastern PA Annual Conference will seek to open hearts, minds and doors of welcome and witnessing during its 230th annual session, June 16-18, at the Lancaster (Pa.) Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in historic Penn Square. Continue reading


Photos from 2016 Annual Conference

Day 1

AC 2016 Day 1

Day 2

AC 2016 Day 2

Day 3

AC 2016 Day 3


No UM Men’s Potato Drop at this Annual Conference session

The UM Men will not receive and distribute free potatoes (“potato drop”) at this Annual Conference because the Lancaster Convention Center facilities cannot adequately accommodate that operation.

However, they do plan to do the potato drop, a recent UM Men’s tradition, at the site of the Adjourned Session of Annual Conference, Allentown: Bethany UMC in Wescosville, scheduled for Oct. 1.


Disability group to serve, educate conference members

At the Eastern PA Annual Conference, June 16-18, the Disability Concerns Committee will have a  registration table to offer large-print materials and audio headsets for those who have expressed those needs. We have received a list of folks who would like to be seated in the end of an aisle, who use walkers or have mobility issues; so we will try to designate seats as “Reserved for Handicapped,” plus one companion. Of course, some committee members will be a part of the conference’s inclusiveness monitoring team. Read more…