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 …

Celebrating Clergywomen during Women’s History Month

Part 1: EPA, GNJ clergywomen witness to their ‘Wow’ moments in ministry During Women’s History Month in March, we typically commemorate women who have shaped the history of Methodism, beginning with Susanna Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley. …

Tanzania missionaries share gospel of faith in action

“And I will show you my faith by my works.“  (James 2:18b) The Rev. Mutwale wa Mushidi and Kabaka Alphonsine, United Methodist Global Ministries missionaries in Tanzania, have shared an inspiring gospel of faith in action in their visits over the …

EPA&GNJ staff work together on Undies for Easter campaign

“Can you imagine a life with only one pair of underwear?”  This poignant question, posed by the Rev. Marilyn Schneider of the Eastern PA Conference Prison Ministries & Restorative Justice Team, underscores the circumstances faced by incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia. …

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 …

Undies for Easter: An act of love and a new challenge

People are responding to our Undies for Easter campaign to provide needed underwear for those entering incarceration in Philadelphia. We are halfway towards our goal for 2.000 total packages of underwear purchased. Thanks to all who have participated thus far! But …