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The spirit of Christmas giving lives!

Local church ministry reports Several churches generously responded to our appeal for information with news of their Advent and Christmas activities. Many thanks! Here are their lightly edited reports. Conshohocken… Read more

Church continues annual backpack ministry safely

Wesley UMC in Bethlehem, PA, wasn’t about to cancel its 8-year tradition of giving away thousands of back-to-school backpacks and other goodies to families just because of a daunting pandemic. While… Read more

Volunteers help Gilberton recover from flooding, but more aid is needed

Responding to major flood damage in the Schuylkill County borough of Gilberton, Eastern PA Conference Bishop Peggy Johnson and more than 30 other volunteers came to help Saturday morning, June… Read more

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