A response to the opioid epidemic

When we hear the word “epidemic” we typically think of a disease like Ebola or some virus or infection that spreads rapidly and causes much illness and death. In the case of the current opioid epidemic…

Study commission to follow Bishop’s forum  on religious freedom, LGBTQ rights, church unity

Bishop Peggy Johnson convened on May 20 a forum in response to the *Religious Freedom Resolution (#2016-18) “committed” to her by the 2016 Annual Conference in lieu of legislative action…. Read more

6 new Certified Lay Ministers graduate (Class of 2017)

Six lay members of the Eastern Pa Conference became Certified Lay Ministers (CLM) May 7 in a service of recognition at Montgomery Square UMC. They are the seventh class to complete the… Read more

Getting ready for AC 2017

You can find Annual Conference 2017 information and links on two pages of this website. Visit our AC 2017 News Articles Page for access to recent Annual conference-related news and feature articles. Visit our  AC 2017 Information Page for information and resources.

Church’s new mission featured in local media

Hopewell UMC’s newest mission effort was featured this week in the Daily Local News. “Local church establishes ‘The Well’ in Downingtown” reports on the Downingtown congregation’s new mission enterprise that’s… Read more

Earl E. “Hess” Gehres, Jr.

Earl E. “Hess” Gehres, Jr., 83, of Donaldson, the husband of the Rev. Nancy A. Gehres, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  A U.S. Army veteran, he was a… Read more

The Rev. William A. “Bill” Miller

We have received word of the death of the Rev. William A. “Bill” Miller, 83, a retired Elder in the Eastern PA Conference, who died Friday, June 2, 2017, in… Read more

Bishop’s Blog: ‘June is Gun Violence Prevention Month’

Violence is such huge part of our world right now that one can rarely listen to the news on radio or TV without learning of a new incident of horrific violence. We are still reeling from the recent terrorist bombings and mass stabbings…

St. James UMC named ‘Church of the Week’

The Philadelphia Tribune named St. James UMC in Philadelphia its Church of the Week on May 15 and published a May 13 feature article about the resurgent congregation, “St. James… Read more