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Church benefits as partner in conference’s Capital Campaign

By John W. Coleman Capital Campaign Final Giving Report (as of 4/15/2019) Faith UMC in Manheim Township, Lititz, welcomed about a hundred worshipers on a recent Sunday, far above its… Read more

Church survives tornado, helps community recover

Tabor UMC in Woxall, PA, (2209 Hendricks Station Road) sustained modest damage and no injuries from the 112 mile-per-hour winds in an E-2-rated tornado that struck May 29; but its community took more of a beating, especially from downed trees and power lines.   Read more

Church offers Conference Office an lasting light of peace

The Rev. Donald Keller, pastor of Scottsville UMC, brought a lasting gift of light to the Eastern PA Conference Office Feb. 6; and it shines still, more than a week… Read more

Bangor First UMC is Spreading the True Meaning of Christmas

Often many Christians struggle with the thought of Santa Claus at Christmastime. If Jesus is the reason for the season, then why should we celebrate Santa Claus? Pastor Chris Hardy… Read more

2 immigrant families find sanctuary at Philadelphia church

Two immigrant families, both with children who are American citizens, have taken sanctuary inside First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) to resist deportation orders from the federal Immigration and Customs… Read more

Churches in two cities partner in (Kingdom) building ministries

“If you want to do Kingdom-based ministry, you have to learn to love your zip code.” The Rev. Kevin Babcock, pastor of Clifton Heights and Swarthmore UMCs, credits theologian Len… Read more

Putting out welcome mats for Palm Sunday worship

While churches traditionally welcome special guests for worship on Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, that welcome is happening a week sooner for some of our congregations. And that seems appropriate, since… Read more

Youth outreach ministries nurture young lives

Perhaps two of the most fundamental experiences necessary for a healthy childhood are self-discovery and self-expression. If those self-experiences are grounded in Christian faith and discipleship and elevated by self-less… Read more

Methodists Make News
Churches help stock school’s Clothing Closet  

Methodists United, the Shamokin Area Mission Connection collected and donated much-needed school uniforms in January to the Clothing Closet at Shamokin Area Jr./Sr. High School. The Rev. Zachary Hopple, pastor of First UMC Shamokin, and Karyn Fisher, pastor of St. John’s UMC Coal Township, led the effort, which is an ongoing ministry of First UMC.

“Most of the donations came from the 11 churches of Methodists United,” said Fisher, who is president of the coal country mission connection.

The News-Item local newspaper and WNEP-TV both reported on the donation delivery to the school’s students and teachers. Students from low-income families often cannot afford to purchase the required school uniforms.

“This is a great story about how our Methodist connection can work” said Fisher. “The whole project was motivated by a project that originally came out of First UMC.”  Read more

Church invites all to Black History Explosion

Haven-Peniel UMC in Philadelphia invites everyone to come learn about “the African American experience from then till now” during its “Black History Explosion” on Saturday, Feb. 24, 5 to 7 PM, followed by dinner.  Read more