November 2016 Financial Update

Dear Friends, below for your information is an overview of the EPA financial data for the period through November 2016. Church Giving Report Schedule 1 is the Church Giving Report. This… Read more

Bishop’s Blog: ‘Preach Social Justice on Sunday, Jan. 15’

Advent is a special time of waiting, anticipating and preparing for the sacred, birth of Jesus Christ. So in this appropriate time I want to call on all of you… Read more

The Rev. Sharon Kaye Paul 

The Rev. Sharon Kaye Paul passed away on Dec. 8, 2016.  She was a Local Pastor who retired in 2015. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14,… Read more

Nationwide Injunction on “minimum salary test” amount

We hope this message finds you well.  We wanted to provide the following information from the Legal Services Department here at GCFA.

Yesterday, Judge Mazzant of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in the case challenging the Department of Labor (“DOL”) revisions to the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Those revisions would have significantly changed the “minimum salary test” for determining whether an employee should automatically be categorized as a non-exempt employee, by raising the minimum salary threshold from $455 per week ($23,600 annually) to $921 per week ($47,892 annually).  The revisions would have also established an automatic updating mechanism to adjust the threshold every three years.  In the Opinion and Order, the Court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary, nationwide injunction. The injunction postpones implementation and enforcement of the revisions which were to go into effect on December 1, 2016.

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Be not afraid!

I invite you to picture this scenario: An economy with a huge disparity between rich and poor. Groups of people who fear persecution because of their ethnic identity. A government that is protective about its borders. A leader that is seen…  Read more

‘Faithful Partners in Ministry’, a message from Bishop Peggy Johnson

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus the Christ! I am writing to you during this season of giving with an important reminder about the paying of… Read more

Please help us greet folks in Philly Dec. 15-18

Need friendly volunteers to offer Christmas greetings and flyers to people, while we offer them a cup of hot cocoa. Let’s prove “church can happen anywhere.” Learn more…  Read more

Order your 2016 Conference Journal now!

A limited number of printed 2016 Eastern PA Conference Journals are available.  Order yours for only $30 each. Order and pay online or send a check.  Read more

UMs to offer gift of hospitality in Phila. Dec. 15-18

United Methodists can share a warm cup of hospitality—and warm cocoa—on the streets of Philadelphia Dec. 15-18, along with the message, “When we find the true meaning of Christmas church… Read more

Hurricane-battered Haiti ready for UMVIM teams in January

After Hurricane Mathew caused devastation in Haiti Oct. 4, the UM Committee on Relief (UMCOR) quickly responded with emergency supplies and other assistance to the Methodist Church in Haiti (L’Eglise… Read more