We’re excited to include these three sections–Inform, Inspire, Involve– on our new Website. Here we intend to recommend helpful information, hopeful inspiration and opportunities for involvement that can offer nourishment and possibly direction for your faith journey. Please return to visit these sections again soon and often. And please contribute ideas, information, insights and resources that might be helpful to others. Thanks!

Rev. Jonathan Wesley Hall of First UMC Frackville

From the Pastor’s Desk

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being…”


‘Open wide your hearts’

Some years ago The United Methodist Church had a welcoming slogan that was all about opening wide our hearts, to quote the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:13. The denomination paid for a number of TV spots…

Long-detained immigrant families in PA arouse concern, protests

‘Loving the Stranger’

Deuteronomy 10:19 reminds us, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Have you ever been a stranger and found welcome? I remember the overwhelming welcome…


‘Be a Saint’

This week Pope Francis formally canonized Mother Teresa at St. Peter’s Square. She was the tireless worker from the Sisters of Charity, who worked with the dying poor of Kolkata. Her ministry, which began in 1950…

Bishop Peggy Johnson Preaching

Water Works

A sermon preached at the Eastern PA Conference Service of Ordination– “There are few things more important to life than water. Humans are composed of 70-80% water. Water has everything to do with our body temperature…”

To Whom much is Given

To those who have been given much

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are an amazing event, full of wonderful stories of people overcoming adversities and adversaries with sacrifice, determination and love. One story I… Read more



Bishop Peggy Johnson’s Blog: At the United Methodist Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lancaster, Pa., July 11-15, our demonstration of hospitality exceeded my wildest expectations!

Carrying the Cross

Bearing the Cross of Love

This walk in which we find ourselves as Christians is not an easy one, nor was it meant to be. We are told to take up our cross to follow Jesus. We are not told to take up this light and easy vacation, but rather a cross.

Quilted by Connection: Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference

NEJ Conference: Calling us to pray and be ‘salty’

I call the pastors and members of the Philadelphia Area (both Eastern PA and the Peninsula Delaware Conference) to a time of prayer for the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference…

Julia Singleton, Commissioning


If this sounds like a “Dear Diary” entry, I apologize. I was asked to write a reflection on the ordination service, and I am now going to invite you into sacred space. You may have seen me there. Red hair, white robe, crying…