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Some North District churches reopen, while others wait

By John W. Coleman “It felt good. It did look strange in our sanctuary Sunday, with all our members wearing masks and sitting apart from each other. But it really… 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

Historic St. George’s UMC celebrates 250 years

Historic St. George’s UMC, founded in 1769, inaugurated what may become a yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary with an historic Sunday worship service Nov. 24. Ensuing events include a… Read more

Historic Zoar UMC honors its past, seeks its future

“Emboldened by our past and striving to fulfill God’s Purpose for our future” was Mother African Zoar UMC’s theme for its Nov. 9 luncheon banquet to celebrate its 225th anniversary…. Read more

Rev. Wendy Orzolek’s comments about ministry at newly chartered NorthStar UMC, Reading

We focus on meeting people where they are. We look at the people God has led to this church and ask what their needs are and how the gospel can… Read more

Newly chartered NorthStar UMC leads the way

By John W. Coleman “God has touched my life through this church,” said teenager Austin Boettlin, sharing how his life has changed during his five years at NorthStar United Methodist… Read more

Two historic Phila. churches mark milestone anniversaries

Two historic Phila. churches mark milestone anniversaries Two of the most historic United Methodist churches in America—Historic St. George’s UMC and Mother African Zoar UMC—will celebrate milestone anniversaries in November… Read more

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.

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