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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 Connexion 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 connexion.

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

Blest be a broken tie that binds

St. George’s UMC worships at St. Thomas African Episcopal Church The Rev. Mark Salvacion, the new pastor of Philadelphia’s Historic St. George’s UMC—and its first non-white pastor—preached at St. Thomas… Read more

Churches celebrate Super Bowl Sunday

Ackermanville UMC just north of Easton is having two events in conjuction with Sunday’s Super Bowl. First is their annual Soup Bowl. For $10.00 people are able to eat all the homemade soups… Read more

Churches use Super Bowl to score fellowship and mission goals

The annual NFL Super Bowl, like all big, televised sports contests, offers a great opportunity for churches to gather members and guests to enjoy fellowship, fun festivities and even some… Read more

Eastern PA committed to ‘Helping Puerto Rico Rise Again’

With a new missional fundraising campaign underway to support Puerto Rico’s recovery from hurricane devastation, Eastern PA Conference leaders plan to tour Methodist churches and their communities there in February,… Read more