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2020 Tools for Ministry

Registration is now open!

For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge . . . For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   2 Peter 1:5-8
 
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Host Church:
Allentown: Asbury UMC
1533 Springhouse Road
Allentown, PA 18104
 
Registration & Cont’l Breakfast begins at 8:30 am
Welcome at 9:00 am
Session 1 – 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Session 2 – 11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Optional Chat Back with the DS Lunch – 1:00 pm
 

REGISTRATION COSTS
Standard          $8.00 – until February 24
Walk-in            $10.00
Lunch               $10.00 (optional)
Standard and walk-in fee includes continental breakfast, snacks, and materials
We will be pre-ordering lunches and available only for those who
pre-order. You may, however, come for the optional lunch session
and provide your own meal.
 
(Online Registration Preferred)
Credit & Debit Card payments accepted
Or
Make checks payable to “North District Office” with “Tools”
in the memo line and mail to:
North District Office
P.O. Box 820
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820
 
 Scholarships available upon request. 
Contact Sheri Kentner – skentner@epaumc.org
 

Statistical Report

The 2019 Statistical Report is now open.  Yahoo!!!!!  You should soon be receiving a mailing from the Conference office with information for completing the 2019 Statistical Report however wanted to email this information to you for those who would like to start sooner.  Deadline for Completing is April 10th.  I am also attaching a copy of the letter mailed to you as well as instructions.  
At least one of the North Churches has already completed inputting their information . . .  GREAT START!
 

A Message from D. S. Morton . . .
 
2020 is here! 
 ‘A new year with new desires and old fears, new decisions and old controversies, new dreams and old weakness.” (#294, Book of Worship) The recurring Prayer for A New Year in our denominational liturgy seems to be expressly written for THIS year. News about
our tensions (progress?) within United Methodism is getting national
attention right now.  At the same time, political tensions between our nation and folks in the Middle East have risen dramatically. 
And – oh, that’s right, too (!) – our President is on the cusp of an historical impeachment trial in the US Senate.  Is it just
business-as-usual?  It feels dramatic.
 
I love the line one New Testament author offers as a tribute to
the first of the great prophetesses in the Hebrew tradition,
Sarah; “You have become her daughters as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.” (I Peter 3:6b) ‘Steady
obedience in doing the right things. And keeping a level head,
while others around you are losing theirs. 
 
Some may claim that Rome is burning, but I’ll be spending all my
time this week fiddling around with pastoral appointments for our next Conference year, and finishing up the development of a brand new Bible Study curriculum for local church use in the upcoming Season of Lent.  If your prayer beads are not yet fully exhausted,
I request your attention to these matters which I believe (in the midst of national and international complexities) are still the right things for us.  Be a daughter of Sarah: steady and calm.   
                                                               ~ Steve

   

A Note from Pastor Jenny…
Rev. Jennifer Freymoyer is the Pastor at Shoemakersville: Salem 
and the North District Assisting Elder

 
“Joseph got up and, during the night, took the child and his mother to Egypt.” (Matthew 2:14, CEB)
~~~
 
In the face of genocide, Joseph was clearly and directly called to focus on one thing: protecting his son, Jesus. (verse 13)
 
I must confess that within me there is a battle about how to respond to this scripture. When I see evil or hardship in the world or in my community, my inner mama-bear cries, “focus on your children and make sure they are protected.” My inner save-the-world-type observes the systematic problems – no matter how overwhelming – and wants to go to work fixing all that is wrong. And my ego puffs out, “I want to make A BIG difference to A LOT of people.”
 
But here, Joseph models for us how to best participate in bringing about God’s vision for a better world: Stay open to hearing God’s voice and follow! In other words, stay in touch with your call, and take action – no matter how big or how small!
 
Manfredo Martinez Luna (La Trinidad at Allentown: Salem) and I were supposed to travel to Puerto Rico on the Conference Mission Trip this week. While we cannot travel this week (our trip has been postponed ’til the fall) and offer hands- on help to Puerto Rico, we can listen to the voice of God in the midst of this tragedy and ask what actions those of us that remain stateside can take:
 
First, we can pray: You may know that Manfredo’s family (including his wife) lives there while he attends Moravian Seminary. Please include them in your prayers for Puerto Rico. 
 
Second, we can give: Some churches might host special fundraisers. My church, Shoemakersville: Salem, will hold a special collection for the next couple of weeks.  We will share stories and celebrate successes. The Bishop has issued an appeal for donations to help the island recover! You can donate directly to UMCOR Advance # 901670. Or, You can also give through our conference’s Advance Special Project #0345PR for Puerto Rico, by sending your donations to the Eastern PA Conference Treasurer, at P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482.
 
While prayer and donations might feel like “small” offerings, consider Joseph again – in the face of horrific evil that few of us can even imagine – he saved one. And how many did that one save? 
 
In the earthquakes of Puerto Rico and in other areas of hurt around your communities and the world, I pray that you take some time this week to check in with God’s voice and listen for your specific call. You can make a difference!
 
The Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church Licensing School
Register now if you are interested in Pastoral Ministry as:
A certified and licensed Local Pastor  
A Growing Church Licensing School Pastor
Come to a Licensing School sponsored by the Eastern PA Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and held at the teaching pastor’s church or at the Eastern PA Conference Center. Course instructors are clergy in the Eastern PA Conference and/or from PATH 1, a church growth initiative of Discipleship Ministries, UMC.
 
Cost: $1,100 for all five segments toward licensing or $250 per segment.
 
Five Major Areas of Study:
  • Church Administration–Leading a Congregation: Larry Leister, March 7,21 April 4, 2020, Lititz, UMC, PA
  • Pastoral Care: Truman Brooks, June 6, 27, July 11,2020, West Chester UMC, PA
  • Congregational Development at EPA Conference Center, Norristown, PA
  • One day event – July 25, 2020 from 8:30 to 3 – Growing Church/SLI, Four Stations of the Holy Spirit, UM Polity : Gordon Hendrickson; Mission & Outreach/Tom Bandy: Peter Wernett & Gordon Hendrickson
For more information contact Gordon Hendrickson 
at 
ghendrickson@epaumc.org or gordonacts6@gmail.com  or by phone: 267-258-9507
 
 
 
Conference Leadership Opportunities for All
 
The Conference Leadership Committee asks all clergy and lay members to use the Leadership and Service Interest Form to indicate how and where they are willing to serve, or to indicate interest in knowing more about areas of leadership service.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFTS-BASED DISCIPLESHIP!
 

NORTH DISTRICT EPAUMC CALENDAR

New and Updated Events are in BOLD
  • 2/8/20 – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Event; 9am-2pm; Wharton-Wesley UMC 
  • 3/1/20 – SAVE THE DATE for a BIG Red Bird Celebration!
  • 3/7/20 – Tools for Ministry at Allentown: Asbury UMC
  • 3/28/19 – Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation for People of Color 
  • 4/20/20 – General Conference Listening Session by members of the delegation at Epworth UMC in Bethlehem (7-8:30) – Other sessions will be offered around the conference. See the flyer below for details.
  • 4/25/20- Evangelism workshop at Wesley UMC featuring Lisa Greenwood, from TMF (Texas Methodist Foundation)
  • 4/26-28/20 – Retreat for Associate Members and Local Pastors (Details Below)
  • 4/30/20 – Northeastern PA Pastor’s Seminar @ Quakertown UMC (See Below for Details)
  • **5/17/20 – North District Conference at Schuykill Haven : First UMC 
  • **6/18-6/20 – EPA Annual Conference
  • 8/14/20- Night at the Iron Pigs