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New panel may soften the blow, but a Methodist schism is still likely

For the past 44 years, the United Methodist Church has debated church rules on sexuality. At the quadrennial General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon, Wednesday night,… Read more

As United Methodists talk of splitting over gay equality, top bishop pleads for unity

Amid talk of a split over LGBT inclusion, Bishop Bruce Ough of the United Methodist Church called for unity on May 17 and addressed conversations from the church’s General Conference… Read more

Pre-surgery hospital wedding requires all hearts on deck

Pre-surgery hospital wedding requires all hearts on deck

LancasterOnline keeps publishing heartwarming feature stories about United Methodists in our conference (probably because we’re such heartwarming folks); and we keep posting links to them in our Website’s new Methodists… Read more

Trainer congregants play good Samaritan to crash victims

By Patti Mengers, Delaware County Daily Times

Sunday morning services took on a new meaning April 3 for the faithful of Trainer United Methodist Church. They spent the day playing host to more than 200 passengers displaced from an Amtrak train bound for Savannah, Ga., that derailed after striking a backhoe on the tracks near Booth Street in Chester just before 8 a.m. Two Amtrak workers were killed and close to 40 people were injured.

The train came to a halt about 300 yards behind the church that is on the 3700 block of West Ninth Street in Trainer. Marcus Hook Trainer Fire Marshal Tony Capasso saw it as a potential place of sanctuary for the stunned travelers. At about 8:45 a.m. he contacted Trainer Borough Council President Jean Beck who in turn called the church’s administrative board chairperson, Marie Bowman.  Read more…

NOTE: The local CBS station also aired a TV news report on the Amtrak crash, including an interview with the Rev. James Ford, pastor of Trainer and Trinity UMCs.  And the News Journal online news outlet,, produced a short video interview with Sandy Hulton, a lay member of Trainer UMC, who recounts how the church served its Amtrak passenger guests.

Also see what a  Delaware County Daily Times editorial said about the much-appreciated hospitality Trainer and Trinity UMCs offered to the Amtrak crash survivors in Editorial: Delco opened its arms to train wreck victims.

Church members shave their heads in honor of young cancer victims

A group of men and women from the congregation of the New Birth Methodist Church volunteered to have their heads shaved Sunday to show support for two girls going through… Read more

UM leadership twice featured in Lancaster press

Lancaster Online, the main online news publication serving the Lancaster area, reported twice on United Methodists leading in mission in its Feb. 26 issue. One article featured seminarian Jeremy Graeff,… Read more

New winter shelter opens in surprising location

There is a new place for folks in Lancaster County to escape the cold this winter. This is the first year for the winter shelter at Saint Paul’s United Methodist… Read more

Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Germantown brings past to present with archives room

GERMANTOWN >> Janes Memorial United Methodist Church contributes to Germantown’s rich history. Once the premiere church for the city’s African-American professional community, the church has evolved into a family centered… Read more

Youthful fervor revitalizing intergenerational congregation

Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 E. Haines St., is one of Germantown’s historic treasures. Though the stone church with stained glass windows does not have the overflow crowd it… Read more

Churches responding to increase in cremations

Steve Morton read a few years ago that changing religious views, convenience and the recession were leading more people to choose cremation. As the senior pastor of Hopewell United Methodist… Read more