Winter 2018 NEWSpirit

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

Laity learn to share gift of Holy Spirit through sacraments

Ironically, while two groups in the Eastern PA Conference were considering The United Methodist Church’s future—and the work of its Way Forward Commission—on Jan. 27, another group was trying to… Read more

Lent: Preparing for something better

Christians celebrate and engage the 40 days of Lent as a holy season of preparation, through study, self-denial, sacrifice and finally, spiritual renewal. We remember Jesus’ difficult life-journey of submission… Read more

Abundant Health, Abundant Life

Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b) Our God is not a God of scarcity but of abundance. Nothing could be more precious than life: abundant life…  Read more

Church leaders to take the field with Tools for Ministry

While Philadelphia’s Super Bowl-champion Eagles are nesting, and the 76ers and Flyers are in mid-season, the Phillies are enjoying baseball’s spring training. Hundreds of Eastern PA Conference church leaders will… Read more

‘Pass the Dream Act Now!’ immigration advocates urge

Many of the approximately 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers were brought to the U.S. as children without proper documents; but they are trying to remain here legally to live… Read more

Mission tour reveals Congo Partnership’s lifesaving impact

“Now I can see and know.” A smiling Dr. Adolphe Yamba Yamba, director and lead physician at Mpasa Medical and Nutrition Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), offered… Read more

Resilient hope arises from hurricane’s horror

Eastern PA team visits Puerto Rico churches By John W. Coleman The Rev. Nicolas Camacho (right) saw and heard about extensive damage and destruction done by Hurricane Maria to many… Read more

Frigid trek to youth rally yields heart-warming inspiration

For many Eastern PA Conference youth and adults who braved ice and windswept snow en route to the 31st Peninsula-Delaware Conference Youth Rally, Jan. 5-7, the event’s guiding scripture verse,… Read more