Eastern PA Conference delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional conferences huddle in the sanctuary of First UMC Lancaster at a break during the joint briefing there Jan. 30 for delegates from five annual conferences.

Delegates prepare for General, NEJ conferences

April will be a defining month for Eastern PA Conference delegates to The United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference and Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, as they carefully consider both legislation and… Read more

Church members shave their heads in honor of young cancer victims

A group of men and women from the congregation of the New Birth Methodist Church volunteered to have their heads shaved Sunday to show support for two girls going through… Read more

2015 Year-end Financial Update

Overall, EPA billed $18.1 million to its churches in 2015, $11.6 million for benefits and insurance, and $6.5 million for Conference and Denomination ministries. Of this amount, the EPA churches paid $16 million to the Conference, leaving the Conference $2.1 million short of the amount billed. The Connectional Ministries Fund only received $3.156 million, limiting the funds available to pay for EPA ministries and the operation of the District Offices. This represents an 84.6% collection rate, the lowest rate that I can find in EPA’s recent history. Contributions toward Retired Clergy and Health Obligations was short by $337,100 and collections toward Property and Liability Insurance and Clergy Group Insurance were each short by over $200,000.  Read more

UM leadership twice featured in Lancaster press

Lancaster Online, the main online news publication serving the Lancaster area, reported twice on United Methodists leading in mission in its Feb. 26 issue. One article featured seminarian Jeremy Graeff,… Read more

He equips the called

A testimonial on the 2016 Youth Rally “WORD.” That was the theme of this year’s Youth Rally in Ocean City Md. My youth group, along with many others, spent the… Read more

Jenny Kang

Power in sharing one’s story

A testimonial on the 2016 Youth Rally The opportunity to attend the Pen-Del Youth Rally was the most amazing experience of my life. I didn’t know what to expect, but… Read more

‘WORD’ wisdom energizes Pen-Del Youth Rally

‘WORD’ wisdom energizes Pen-Del Youth Rally

In the beginning, and right up to the end, was the “WORD” at the 2016 Peninsula–Delaware Conference Youth Rally, Jan. 8-10. And it came bursting forth with prophetic power, undeniably… Read more

Call to Prayer for GC2016: Stewards of God’s Grace

As we continue to journey toward General Conference which will be held in Portland, Oregon (May 10-20, 2016), I ask that you pray about the finances that the delegates will be discussing  Read more

The Rev. John (Jack) C. Kulp

The Rev. John (Jack) C. Kulp, of West Brandywine, formerly of Wayne, a retired elder, passed away Feb, 22, 2016. He was 92. Rev. Kulp served in these churches and… Read more

The Rev. Frederick C. Lowery

The Rev. Frederick C. Lowery, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. He was 91. Lowery became the pastor of the three-church Jonestown circuit in Lebanon County in… Read more