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Welcome celebration for Bishop Schol to be livestreamed only
The Eastern PA Conference celebration to welcome Bishop John Schol as its next episcopal leader, on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 AM, will be livestreamed only; and only key participants in the program will be present at West Chester UMC. That decision was made on August 19, “out of an abundance of caution,” due to the present surge in COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, caused mostly by the virus’ lethal delta variant. All persons who have registered to attend will be notified.
Bishop Schol, who leads the Greater New Jersey Conference, will also lead the Eastern PA Conference beginning Sept. 1, at least until the next Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference and election of bishops in November 2022. He will be welcomed by conference leaders Sept. 18.
A diverse assemblage of clergy and lay leaders, along with children and youth and guests from the Greater New Jersey Conference Cabinet, was to participate in the welcome celebration. Many of them, as well as Bishop Schol’s wife Beverly Schol, will still be there to participate, but not the expected congregation, which will now watch via livestreamed video. The program will include a covenant service, presentation of symbolic signs of the episcopacy, Holy Communion, special music and a message in response by Bishop Schol.