Resources from the Conference

DISABILITY AWARENESS SUNDAY

DISABILITY AWARENESS SUNDAY

Disabilty Awareness Sunday is set for Sunday, January 14, 2018 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. This is the same day as Human Relations Sunday, which pairs well with Disability Awareness Sunday as many people with disabilities are often on the margins. Alternatively, Disability Awareness Sunday may be celebrated on any other Sunday of the year that will work for particular churches. Click here for worship resources for Disability Awareness Sunday.

GRANTS TO ASSIST IN DEFRAYING HIGHER EDUCATION COSTS

The Education Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church began accepting grant applications on May 1 to assist worthy individuals with defraying the cost of higher education for the 2017-2018 school year. The application is available on the Conference website. It can be accessed as “Grants to Defray Higher Education Costs.” at the following website address:

www.epaumc.org/administration/finance/higher-education-scholarships

All applications received in the Conference Office (between and including) May 1 to May 22 will be considered for a grant.  Like last year, all applications will be considered. Unless there is some disqualification, grant recipients will be randomly selected.

It is important that this information be provided to church members who plan to attend an institution of higher learning in the fall of 2017. Please communicate this grant opportunity to your congregation as soon as possible.

If you have questions, please contact the Education Society Chairperson, Al Adey at ahadey@verizon.net.

Application

2017-18 Education Society Grants Information and Application

WELLSPRING MARCH/APRIL 2017

The regularly scheduled newsletter of the Health & Healing Council of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference is available here. Please distribute it to your parishioners and others interested in health and healing. If your church has not joined the 10,000 Church Challenge to find Abundant Health, members of the Council hope your church will join the challenge soon. More information on this challenge is in the Wellspring newsletter.

RE-ENVISIONING CONGREGATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

“What can we do to create an environment where making transformative disciples becomes our priority and our passion, true to our Wesleyan DNA?”asksCongregational Development Coordinator the Rev. Gordon Hendrickson, writing about our conference’s new leadership initiative, SLI (Spiritual Leadership, Inc.). “Churches, as well as conference and district leaders, must go back to abiding in Christ by spending time in spiritual formation.  Unless we are spending a huge amount of time growing together in the Spirit of Christ we will never develop the environment to make the adaptive changes and develop the MAPs needed to grow.”  Learn more…

A WHOLE LOT OF LEARNIN’ GOIN’ ON

Click here to read about workshops being offered around the Conference.

FIND ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEWS AND PHOTOS HERE

Click here for information about key legislation being deferred.

Click here to read about opening Service of Repentance for sins committed against Native peoples.

Click here to view more Annual Conference photos.

CONFERENCE RESOURCES  FOR CHURCH BULLETINS AND WEBSITES

Share the following Conference resources with your congregation:
Conference website: www.epaumc.org
News: www.epaumc.org/news-events
Past issues of NEWSpirit Digest: http://www.epaumc.org/news-events/newspirit-digest/
EPA Scholarships for UM students: www.epaumc.org/administration/finance/scholarships/
Bishop Johnson’s blog (words of faith and life): bishoppeggyjohnson.blogspot.com
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference on Twitter: http://twitter.com/epaumc, @epaumc, #epaumc
The United Methodist Church: www.umc.org

 CHURCH TREASURERS

Click here and here for resources helpful for church treasurers in their roles with the local church.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

The EPA Conference UMW newsletter, “Flame,” is available on-line. To read the latest edition, click here and scroll down the page to “The Flame.”

YOUNG PEOPLE’S PAGE ON CONFERENCE WEBSITE

Click here.

COPYRIGHT ALERT

Recently there have been a number of claims of copyright infringement involving Eastern Pennsylvania churches and organizations. The explosion of the internet makes it easier to create copyright infringements and also to find them. Some companies make it a business to search the internet for possible violation. What follows is some brief information on the copyright rules to be aware of. Continue Reading

COUNCIL OF BISHOPS

Click here to read about the United Methodist message to Charleston neighbors after the church massacre.

EPA CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES RESTRICTIONS

Effective May 18, 2015, and until further notice, new lay applicants for Eastern PA Conference scholarships must be attending–or planning to attend–a theological school approved by The UMC’s University Senate to be considered for a scholarship. At this time only students in theological school are being considered. The Committee apologizes for any inconvenience; but currently the Committee is restricted in how the current source of funds can be distributed. Click here for Scholarship Resources.