East District

CROSS_AND_FLAME_colorThe East District is one of 6 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 70 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 East District include: Ambler, Bensalem, Bristol, Doylestown, Fallsington, Glenside, Hatboro, Huntingdon Valley, Ivyland, Jarrettown, Jenkintown, Langhorne, Levittown, Morrisville, Newtown, Penns Park, Philadelphia (Northeast and Northwest), Trevose, Warminster, Warrington, Willow Grove, and Yardley.


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESOLUTION DIALOGUE ON MAY 20

Bishop Peggy Johnson will convene a one-time dialogue on the Religious Freedom Resolution (#2016-18) on Saturday, May 20 from 9 am to Noon at Asbury UMC in Allentown (1533 Springhouse Road). Resolution #2016-18 was debated, but not voted on, at the 2016 Eastern PA Annual Conference. The resolution was committed to the bishop with a request for representative dialogue and a report in lieu of legislative action. The meeting will end with a conversation on the Way Forward Commission. Please register your attendance using this link: Resolution2016-18 Dialogue.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE LOCATION ANNOUNCED

The East District Conference on Sunday, May 21 will be held in the Sanctuary of the UMC of Huntingdon Valley (3470 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley 19006) at 4 pm. Names of nominees to serve as Lay Equalizing delegates may be forwarded in advance to the District Office (cakrall@epaumc.org).

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.

EAST DISTRICT 2017 ANNUAL PASTORAL INTERVIEW SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

This year’s (2017) pastoral interviews for pastors who will be on the newly forming East District, effective July 1, 2017, are ALL calendared to take place prior to the 2017 Annual Conference (June 15-17). Click here to download the current schedule. 

Pastors who have been serving on the current East District will be meeting with District Superintendent Bass in cluster groups. If you believe your interview is erroneously placed within a particular cluster, please notify Clarita Krall (cakrall@epaumc.org or 215-914-2130).

Pastors who have been serving on the current Central and Northeast Districts, but who will be on the newly forming East District, will be meeting individually with Rev. Bass. Some interviews will take place in various church locations and some will take place at the Central District Office at Simpson House.

Deacons working out of the Conference area and extension ministers have telephone call appointments. The schedule shows the telephone number to use when calling in at the appointed time.

Click here to download the 2017 Clergy Profile. Be sure to complete it and return it 2 weeks prior to your interview to cakrall@epaumc.org.

If you have not done so already, please check the schedule now to be sure you know when and where your interview is scheduled to take place, and then please confirm your interview date and time via email to cakrall@epaumc.org

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERS
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Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation announces it has started accepting scholarship applications, now through April 15, 2017 with scholarships to be awarded in May 2017.  For more information and downloadable materials, visit www.churchmutual.com/cmcares-scholars.  

As part of its mission to Protect the Greater Good, Church Mutual Insurance Company believes helping young, vibrant religious leaders today will ensure strong faith-based communities of tomorrow. The newly formed foundation, CM CARES, is pleased to support the future of religious communities through a new scholarship program.

Offering 50 scholarship of $5,000 each to religious leaders of tomorrow

In 2017, CM CARES will offer $250,000 in scholarships for eligible religious scholars across the country. If you know someone who is currently enrolled in an advanced degree religious studies program, be sure to let him or her know about this opportunity. Interested students should apply as soon as possible.

THANK YOU

A heartfelt thank you from both Rev. Tracy Bass, District Superintendent, and Mrs. Clarita Krall, District Resource Assistant, for the generous Christmas gifts given to each of us just before the Christmas break. Thank you to each one who had a part in contributing to these collective gifts. Your thoughtfulness and your remembrance of us during this gift-giving time of year means a lot to each of us.

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.


Upcoming Events
  • April 29, 2017: East District Tools for Ministry training, 9 am-1 pm. Watch for further details.
  • May 6, 2017: East District Pastors’ FAMILY OUTING with Games & Prizes!! On the grounds of St. John’s UMC (820 Almshouse Rd., Warminster).  POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
  • May 7, 2017: CLM Recognition/Graduation, 3 pm-5 pm, Montgomery Square UMC (1900 County Line Road, North Wales PA 19454).
  • May 20, 2017: Open Dialogue on the Religious Freedom Resolution (#2016-18), 9 am-Noon, Asbury UMC, 1533 Springhouse Road, Allentown; Bishop Johnson, Convener. Register attendance (no cost) at Resolution2016-18_Dialogue.
  • May 21, 2017: East District District Conference, 4 pm, Sanctuary of UMC of Huntingdon Valley (3470 Huntingdon Pike, Huntingdon Valley 19006).
  • June 15-17, 2017: Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks PA. For details Annual Conference 2017, including submission deadlines, click here or here.  More details will be added to the website as they become available.
  • July 21-22, 2017: Mission u 2017 at The Inn at Reading. Click here for the “Save the Date” flyer.
  • September 12, 2017: New EAST DISTRICT CELEBRATION with Bishop Peggy Johnson, 4 pm-Mandatory Clergy Gathering; 5:30 pm-Dinner with Clergy & Laity; 6:30 pm-Laity Gathering at Christ UMC, 1020 S. Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale 19446.
  • October 4-7, 2017: Bread for the Journey: A Celebration of Poetry and the Human Spirit, Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center. Click here to register or for more information.
  • October 27-29, 2017: Changing Racism Workshop. Click here to go to the Conference website page for more information or to register.

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