Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday inspire gratitude, generosity

The gratitude-inspired generosity of the nameless woman who poured costly perfume over Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:44-50) was a central theme of a pre-Thanksgiving worship service sponsored cooperatively by six East District churches.

St. Andrew’s UMC in Warminster hosted the service on Tuesday, Nov. 23, jointly with St Paul’s UMC Warrington, Lehman Memorial UMC Hatboro, Willow Grove UMC and St. John’s UMC Ivyland. In addition to music, prayers and John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer, seven clergy—the Revs. Andrew Krpata, Betty Murphy, Irving Cotto, Nancy Ludwig, Lorelei Toombs and host pastor David Piltz—offered inspiring homilies based on the Luke scripture... Read More

Two Phila. churches awarded grants to help serve their communities

Two Philadelphia United Methodist churches—Arch Street and Calvary UMCs—will receive grants from the National Fund for Sacred Places, which awards capital grants and other support to community-serving congregations across the country.

The fund, a collaboration between  Partners for Sacred Places and  the National Trust for Historic Preservation, provides capital and planning grants, training, technical assistance coaching. Its goal was to award roughly 50 houses of worship a total of $10 million over four years. Now, with additional funding... Read More