East District

CROSS_AND_FLAME_colorThe East District is one of 4 districts in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. The East District Superintendent is The Rev. Tracy Bass. The District Lay Leader is Mrs. Karen Fisher.

The East District’s 96 churches are engaged in their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world both in their own communities and around the globe.

Communities in the new East District include: Ambler, Bensalem, Bristol, Conshohocken, Doylestown, Fallsington, Glenside, Hatboro, Huntingdon Valley, Ivyland, Jarrettown, Jenkintown, Lafayette Hill, Langhorne, Lansdale, Levittown, Morrisville, New Berlinville, New Hanover, Newtown, Norristown, Penns Park, Perkasie, Philadelphia, Springtown, Telford, Trevose, Warminster, Warrington, Willow Grove, Woxall, Yardley, and Zionsville.


CHRIST SERVANT MINISTER FORMS

Following charge conference, a copy of completed and signed Christ Servant Minister (CSM) forms should be provided to the District Superintendent, one is to be retained at the church by the Church/Charge Conference Secretary (at the local church), and one is to be retained by the CSM for his/her own records. After the charge conference, a copy is to be mailed to the East District CSM Director, Ms. Ruth Portzline, 216 Eagle Court, Jamison PA 18929 and one to the Conference CSM Director, Mr. George Hollich, 212 Orchard Drive, Palmyra PA 17078. Please do not send the form to the Rev. Lloyd Speer, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Secretary.

NATIVE AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE

The Eastern Pennsylvania Committee on Native American Ministries (CoNAM) appreciates the support of Bishop Johnson and the District Superintendents for “Continuing the Journey Toward Healing and Wholeness with Indigenous Peoples” established by the Act of Repentance. However, the Committee looks for intentional and specific actions to follow the guidelines in the Discipline and in the EPA Resolution to the 2017 Annual Conference.

Resources for following through on the resolution have been posted on the Conference website (www.epaumc.org) and can be found at the links below:

Promotion video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR-ekvO3rfs&t=20s
CoNAM brochure:  https://www.epaumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/conam-brochure.pdf

These resources will help your churches see the purpose and importance of planning a Native American Sunday worship service and to become part of the process of healing with our Native American brothers and sisters.

The primary responsibility of the local church representative is to plan a Native American Sunday service once a year. The EPAUMC website has all the information needed – liturgy, songs, prayers – and CONAM can help provide a speaker as well as field any questions. Click here for a document called “Role and Responsibility of the Native American Ministries Representative in the Local Church.” At the charge conference, each local church should elect a representative for Native American Ministries and include the name on the Nominations and Leadership Development Report. Where this is not possible, a representative may be elected to serve a group/cluster of churches or a Mission Connection. These names, with contact information, may be sent, as soon as possible after the charge conference, to epaconam@gmail.com.

CHURCH PROPERTY AND LIABILITY INSURANCE

It has come to our attention that some of our churches have received a letter from United Methodist Insurance offering property and casualty coverage. Please discard this letter! All churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference have property and liability insurance through Church Mutual Insurance Company. To access church insurance coverage contact information, click Journal and scroll down to page 712.

NEW CONNECTIONAL GIVING TRAINING COURSE

United Methodist Communications has revised its training course, “Creating a Culture of Generosity,” which offers church leaders a chance to learn about holistic, meaningful giving experiences. “Connectional giving is vital to the church’s work around the world,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “It begins with local church members understanding the scope of church ministries that are made possible locally and globally because of their support.” The course empowers training participants to become storytellers who can inspire others to give generously by sharing honest, compelling accounts of ministry opportunities.

The training is composed of three parts:

  1. Why we give: explore the biblical and theological basis for giving
  2. The United Methodist connection: understand more about how The United Methodist Church is a connectional church
  3. Creating a culture of generosity: learn how missional storytelling impacts giving and how to ask others to contribute gifts as well as prayers, time, talents and witness

Sessions begin with a centering moment of inspiration and prayer, and include videos and interactive exercises.
The training is free and is available online.


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