Next spiritual retreat for busy pastors, April 3

The next Pastors Spiritual Retreat will happen April 3 at Hope UMC in Ephrata and online via Zoom, at 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.  REGISTER. Participate via Zoom. (Meeting ID: 964 2192 0885. Passcode: 236569.) The Rev. Peter Jamieson will lead the retreat; and …

2 Sexual Ethics courses offered: Basic, Advanced

EPA’s Board of Ordained Ministry will offer an Advanced Sexual Ethics course on Friday, April 12, and a Basic Sexual Ethics course on Friday, May 3. The Advanced Sexual Ethics course will be taught April 12, 9 a.m. to 3 …

Salem-Orwigsburg celebrates 200 years

Salem UMC in Orwigsburg is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2024. Organized as Salem Evangelical Church with its first 24 members in 1824, the church grew through several denominational mergers until it became Salem United Methodist in 1968. For its …

2-part Laity Academy to begin with our beginnings April 27

‘Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design’ Eastern PA laity will get another double portion of the conference’s annual Laity Academy in 2024—a biannual pairing that has succeeded in drawing participants since late 2021, when online and onsite courses were offered as …

Leadership Academy adds 4 new Teachable courses, now totaling 7

The EPA&GNJ Leadership Academy has launched four new online courses to help church leaders learn more about the challenges and growth opportunities in church leadership, United Methodist racial history, community outreach for missional engagement, and the work of lay leaders …

Church invites all to come ‘Help Build Hope’ again

Bethel Hill United Methodist Church in Lansdale invites all to come “Help Build Hope” April 5-7 through an inspiring homebuilding mission project jointly sponsored with Christ United Methodist Church Lansdale. The annual, weekend project began in 2021, when the Covid …

Churches honor Black History Month in special ways

A number of Eastern PA churches, especially in Philadelphia, saved the best for last by culminating their Black History Month celebrations on the last Sunday of February. There were oral and visual presentations of African diaspora history and culture, remarkable …

EPA’s takes steps on its Path Towards Wholeness

The Eastern PA (EPA) and Greater New Jersey (GNJ) conferences share a common goal and collaborative strategies to End the Sin of Racism*. While GNJ calls its endeavor a Journey of Hope, for EPA it’s “A Path Towards Wholeness,” the …