2018-19 Advance Specials

RESOLUTION 2018 – 21: Advance Special Applications

Presented by Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Secretary of Global Ministries (CSGM)

WHEREAS, the Conference Advance Special is a program of ministry which can seek funds from a local church that keeps its financial commitments to the Conference and General Church in full in the previous year’s budget and has a desire to extend its support of the mission of the church through designated giving; and

WHEREAS, a list of Conference Advance Specials would resource local churches, either in need of support for their programs and ministries, or local churches eager to extend their support of the mission of the church; and

WHEREAS, practicality indicates a change in the time period covered by a list of conference advance special to as soon as possible after they are approved;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following program and ministries of the annual conference having completed the appropriate applications, be designated as a list of Conference Advance Specials for the year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

ANCHORAGE BREAKFAST PROGRAM …………………………………….. $10,000.

Applicant: Rev. Joseph F. DiPaolo

Director: Patty Eastep

717-682-9976                    director@anchoragebreakfast.org

This 501c3 organization provides free breakfast meals at First UMC, Lancaster from Monday through Friday, 52 weeks per year.  An average of 4000 hot meals are served per month to over 120 people of Lancaster who are low income, unsheltered, and socially-excluded.  Social Service agencies are invited to be present as a resource.  Volunteer chaplains are available for those seeking spiritual counsel.

COKESBURY SUMMER READING AND LUNCH PROGRAM …………………$3,000

Applicant: Sandra M. Cislo

307 Market Street, Marcus Hook, PA 19061

610-416-5112. 610-485-6162, smcislo@yahoo.com

This is a ministry of Cokesbury UMC, in its 6 th year of providing a 4 week, free summer

reading program and healthy lunch for children entering grades K-5, who live in high

poverty areas of Marcus Hook, Trainer, and Lower Chichester. Funding is for stipends

for certified teachers and trained instructional assistants.

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP FUND ………… $15,000

Applicant: Lenora Thompson

215-472-8219, 215-666-1000, lenorathompson@hotmail.com

Provides scholarships twice a year in various amounts to lay and clergy persons in EPA who are full-time students attending approved colleges, universities, or seminaries.  They must be active members of a UMC for at least 2 years, and they must maintain a 2.5 grade point average

4th GENERATION CHILDREN’S MINISTRY  …………………………………….… $5,000

Applicant: Rev. W. Matthew Whayland

164 Black Oak Road, Lebanon, PA 17043

St. John’s UMC, 1709 Center Street, Lebanon, PA 17043

Director: Madaline Amill

717-980- 7189, madylove64@gmail.com

This ministry is an outreach to children of the Pleasant Hill section of Lebanon, by members of St. John’s UMC and New Birth UMC, who staff the Monday evening program of scripture stories, art, drama, media, and a hot meal.

HELPING HANDS MINISTRY ……………………………………………….. $100,000

Applicant: Rev. William J. Ritzenthaler

7860 Center Street, Emerald, PA 18080, 610-767-6233.    ritz007@verozon.net

This ministry of St. Peter’s UMC, Emerald, provides food to food banks, soup kitchens, individuals facing emergencies, and food back packs to middle school students.  Clothing and furniture are provided to families in need.  A community center is run in Parryville with Wednesday Bible study for elected officials and business owners and with a Saturday night Lifetree Café.  A teen center is planned for June 2018.

HOPE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING ………………………………………………. $3,000

Applicant: Rev. Susan L. Worrell

Mail: P.O. Box 91, Unionville, PA 19375.  Location: UMC of West Chester, 129 High St. West Chester, PA.  610-436-9298.      484-732-8269      484-883-7628. HopeChristianCounseling@gmail.com

This non-profit ministry offers professional counseling, spiritual direction, retreat and workshop facilitation and training for individuals and groups by qualified, certified, or licensed professionals and/or ordained clergy who have expertise in areas including but not limited to addictive/compulsive behaviors, mental health concerns, grief, loss, life transitions, relationship issues, visitation ministry, and small group ministry.  Service is available to all regardless of ability to pay a full fee.

LIGHT OF MARNIE ………………………………………………………………… $10,000

Applicants: Jennifer and John Lafferty

John: 610-470-1369    JohnL@lightofmarnie.org.  Jennifer: 610-766-0944     JenL@lightofmarnie.org

Office: 610-384-4228

SHALOCA Christian Academy is an elementary school, grades K-6, in Liberia, West Africa, providing basic education and Christian education for 75-100 children annually for over 10 years.  The ministry will be working with the government of Liberia to bring clean piped water to the school property, and raising funds to install bathrooms.  The Board of Directors does fundraising through presentations to churches and community groups to urge support for the school.  Rev. James Coleman, founder and President of SHALOCA Ministries is a member of First Media UMC. Light of Marnie is supported by Thorndale UMC.

LUMINA ……………………………………………………………………………. $10,000

Applicant: Correen M. Russo

20 E. Clay Street, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-394-8412, 717-808-8633, correen.lumina@gmail.com

This ministry serves nearly 1,000 economically disadvantaged individuals in Lancaster annually using volunteers from 75 churches in West District.  The program has 3 focus areas:

  • Children: weekly Kids’ Nights, summer day camp, field trips, scholarships for residence camps.
  • Clothing: professional for work and school uniforms.
  • Nutrition education.
SHORES OF GRACE ………………………………………………………………. $5,000

Applicant: Luke Billman

2223 E. York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19125, 215-259-3554, 267-549-1746, luke@shoresofgrace.com

This ministry is primarily with victims of sex-trafficking, prostitution and abuse, providing a safe house and education, worship and counsel with the goal of bringing the love of God to those who are trapped in this vicious cycle in the city of Philadelphia.

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL MINISTRIES ……………………………………………. $10,000

Applicant: Rev. Sara Davis-Shappell

P.O. Box 724 Southeastern PA 10399, 610-873-3988, 610-873-8328, 610-613-6253  SpiritualRM@aol.com

This ministry celebrates 25 years as a growing and integral part of EPC, providing retreats, spiritual direction, seminars, prayer circles, and preaching.  Financial donations are used for scholarships to companion churches, groups, and individuals desiring to deepen their relationship with God in Jesus Christ and overcome racism, poverty, and injustice which are destructive to relationships with God, others, and self.


Note: Church treasurers are advised to remit contributions through the monthly remittance.  Funds will then be forwarded to the approved Conference Advance Special