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Feb. 8: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event

Did you know? African Americans accounted for 43% of all HIV diagnoses in the United States and 6 dependent areas,* despite making up 13%…  Read more


As we commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over the past week, I have pondered his life and witness, and the word “courage” comes to mind. Dr. King had incredible courage to lead the Civil Rights movement that ultimately…  Read more

Tax Exemption Status

We’ve received questions from churches looking for the tax exemption forms that need to be renewed by the end of March. Please note that the local churches fall under the… Read more

Jan. 25: Dismantling Racism Level II Workshop

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggression The Eastern PA Conference Healing the Wounds of Racism Commission will…  Read more

Bishop appeals for donations to help Puerto Rico recover from earthquakes

Bishop Peggy Johnson is asking members and friends of the Eastern PA Conference to offer heartfelt prayers as they…  Read more

Cabinet visits a humble home to celebrate Christ’s birth

Yes, Advent and Christmas are long over. But pardon us for sharing with you one last glimpse of a very special visit by a contingent of wise travelers, royalty of… Read more

Eye of the Needle: A Case for Unburdening in 2020

Jesus said “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to gain eternal life.” (Matthew 19:24). Scholars have contemplated…  Read more

2019 Statistical Report

January 2, 2020 Subject:  2019 Statistical Report Dear Pastor: Grace and peace to you.  It’s once again time for your church to prepare your Statistical Report. As Senior Pastor, you… Read more

IRS Mileage Rate for 2020

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on… Read more

Two churches celebrate a new home for their Advent tradition

By John W. Coleman Mid-Town Parish UMC located in North Philadelphia for 183 years is a church at the heart of the city with the city at heart. The small… Read more