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Philadelphia Church Adopts a Grass-Roots Approach to Community Outreach

John Brice was a young, energetic man, fresh out of seminary when he was appointed as senior pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in urban Philadelphia. Eager to meet his first… Read more

Olivet United Methodist Church holds bicentennial celebration

Olivet UMC in Coatesville observed “Generations of Faith,” a bicentennial celebration Oct. 6–8 , celebrating the missions and ministries of the church with worship, music and testimony. Included were: a “Celebration of… Read more

Church connects through Art

Children shared creativity and laughs at Fritz United Methodist Church (in Bethlehem) during the church’s first summer art camp. Twenty-one children ages 5 to 12 spent each night learning different art… Read more

Churches build up their communities

As welfare reform debates continue, people of faith are making tireless efforts to meet the needs of those less fortunate in their communities, making a far-reaching impact in a way, church leaders say, the government never could.

Local church leaders say providing food, clothing, service projects and the like to the struggling in their communities is simply part of what they are called to do as followers of Christ.

“I think that’s what the Lord would have us to do—demonstrate our love,” said Steve Shirk, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Milton.

“It’s really about building relationships and friendships, and giving our church people a chance to meet our neighbors.”  Read more

Phila. pastors explain increase in voters of color

The Rev. Gregory Holston, the new pastor of Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia (moving from New Vision UMC), and two other Philadelphia pastors co-authored an encouraging commentary in the Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer… Read more

Church’s new mission featured in local media

Hopewell UMC’s newest mission effort was featured this week in the Daily Local News. “Local church establishes ‘The Well’ in Downingtown” reports on the Downingtown congregation’s new mission enterprise that’s… Read more

St. James UMC named ‘Church of the Week’

The Philadelphia Tribune named St. James UMC in Philadelphia its Church of the Week on May 15 and published a May 13 feature article about the resurgent congregation, “St. James… Read more

Philadelphia Tribune features UM churches

The Philadelphia Tribune has highlighted a number of our Philly UM churches in frequent religion articles, including its regular Church of the Week feature. Recently it lifted up Janes Memorial… Read more

Stained-glass saints bless two UM flocks, now joined as one

Rev. Timothy Thomson-Hohl, pastor of Ardmore United Methodist Church, rejoices in the Easter Sunday unveiling of four stained glass windows of gospel-writing saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John that came… Read more

Home furnishing ministry finds new home

Allentown newspaper The Morning Call recently shared some great news about Wesley UMC in Bethlehem—great for them and for the many people they serve through their Lehigh Valley Outreach Depot. … Read more