Events

Printable Listing of Eastern PA Conference Events (Updated weekly)

Academies, workshops, training events, convocations, retreats. The Eastern PA Conference is a vibrant, living organism that survives and indeed, thrives in community as we gather and grow together. Our connectional life is enhanced by these types of learning events and by other gatherings as well: worship and prayer services; concerts, theater, film viewings and other performances; celebrations; picnics; sports and recreation events–the list is endless.

We also provide access to a list of upcoming Conference meetings of boards, teams and committees, and to a list of recent and upcoming Local Church events. Please send us your complete information about meetings and events right away by using our Submit News page.


CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED EVENTS

Some reported events may be cancelled or postponed due to the current Coronavirus outbreak. We will announce those cancellations and postponements here as we receive word.

Conference Events
  • The March 20-22 Dismantling Racism Workshop has been cancelled. The event has been tentatively rescheduled to April 24 – 26, 2020. For more information/questions contact Amy Botti, abotti@epaumc.org.
  • The March 21 ERT/UMVIM Training has been cancelled. The next training is scheduled for Oct. 17, 8 AM to 4 PM.
  • Girls on the Go has been cancelled for March 21-22. This event may be rescheduled later.
  • The Clergy Financial Wellness and 2020 Retirement Seminar, scheduled for March 24, has been cancelled. Please read the message from Jo Fielding, Executive Director of the Board of Benefits.
  • The Order of Deacons gathering for March 28 will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • The March 28 “Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation” workshop has been rescheduled for Oct. 17 at Simpson House.
  • The March 28 Eastern PA Conference Youth Rally has been cancelled. The Conference Council on Youth Ministries invites all youth to attend the Camping at the Crossroads youth rally and retreat at Covenant UMC of Moore Township (2715 Mountain View Drive, in Bath, PA 18014) from April 21 (3 PM) to August 22 (7 PM).
  • Cancelled: Event to explore UMC separation proposal, March 28
  • The April 5 Loss of Turtle Island event by CONAM has been postponed. New date TBA.
  • CONAM’s April 19 Spring Program will now be held as a Zoom online meeting. View the flyer for access information.
  • The Historic St George’s 250th Anniversary Luncheon: “A Love Feast for the 21st Century,” set for April 18 is postponed and will likely occur in the fall. Check www.historicstgeorges.org for updates.
  • The April 25 Faith-Sharing Event has been rescheduled for Nov. 14. Location TBA.
  • The April 26 FAMLP Retreat at Camp Pecometh has been cancelled.
  • The May 1 LUMINA fundraiser event is being postponed until a later date, TBA.
  • The May 2 Advanced Sexual Ethics Workshop “Ministry with Registered Sex Offenders” at Elam UMC is being postponed. New date TBA.
  • The May 16 Urban Summit is being postponed. New date TBA.
  • The May 30 Latino Holy Convocation is being postponed until further notice.
  • District conferences are now scheduled to convene on Sunday afternoon, October 4.
  • The 2020 Eastern PA Annual Conference will happen October 13-14, a Tuesday and Wednesday, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.  Learn more…
Camp & Retreat Centers
  • Camp Innabah’s Community Easter Egg Hunt for April 4 has been postponed. New date TBA.
  • Camp Innabah’s Spring 5K Trail Run/Walk has been cancelled.
Other Events
  • The Fresh Expressions National Gathering, scheduled for April 1-3, at Heritage Fellowship Church in Reston, VA, has been postponed until March 2021, 
  • The NEJ UMW gathering in Baltimore, April 24-26, has been postponed. New date TBA.
  • The Northeastern Pastor’s Meeting, scheduled for April 30, will be postponed to this Fall.
GC2020 delegates listening sessions postponed

The Eastern PA Conference delegation to the 2020 General & Jurisdiction conferences has postponed its remaining listening sessions, scheduled for April 2, 4, and 20, until further notice. The sessions will be rescheduled when the UMC’s global legislative assembly is rescheduled. They will occur at least two months prior to the new General Conference starting date.  

The Eastern PA delegates agree with the General Conference leadership’s feeling that “a pause is needed at this unique time,” said delegation co-chair Judy Ehninger. “All are encouraged to continue in ministry, sharing God’s love and actualizing the church we are called to be.”  

Ehninger recommends  several ways to prepare for General Conference while awaiting the rescheduled dates:

  1. Visit the Resourceumc.org website and read General Conference news and related articles. All proposed legislation should be posted there.   
  2. Visit the  www.epaumc.org website and find the General Conference 2020 page in the News and Events pull-down menu.
  3. Subscribe to UM News Daily Digest and to our conference’s NEWSpirit Digestonline newsletter, at communications@epaumc.org
  4. Pray for The United Methodist Church and our Eastern PA Conference delegation. A roster of delegates with email addresses is posted on our conference website . If you would like to send an individual note of encouragement or ask a question, please do so. We are available to answer your questions as best we can.

CONFERENCE EVENTS


April 2020


Join in Conference-wide Holy Week Worship, April 8

Bishop Peggy Johnson and the Eastern PA Conference Cabinet will lead conference churches and members in a mid-Holy Week online worship service on Wednesday, April 8, at 11:30 AM. The service should last about 45 minutes. Cabinet members offer this invitation to everyone:

We hope you will join us for this unique, virtual experience. Friends and families are welcome. Together, we will pause in the midst of Holy Week to remember Jesus’ walk to the cross amid those who likely understood what God was doing and those who did not.

We will pray together and remember our connection as sisters and brothers in Christ. You can join us via computer, tablet, smartphone or landline with the Zoom video-conferencing link below. We can host up to 1,000 people for this mid-week service.

Eastern PA Conference Cabinet
Back Row: The Rev. Tracy Bass, The Rev. Steve Morton, The Rev. Bumkoo Chung. Middle Row: The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, The Rev. Evelyn Kent Clark. Front: Bishop Peggy Johnson. (Not Pictured: The Rev. Andrew Foster III. Foster and Clark will both join the Cabinet in July 2020.)

We hope you will join us in celebrating the Christ, who is the balm in Gilead and will not leave or forsake us.

Topic: Holy Week Worship
Day/Time: Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020, 11 AM Eastern Time (Length: about 45 minutes.)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://epaumc.zoom.us/j/786016706

Telephone participants in the Eastern PA region should use: +1 646 558 8656

Webinar ID: 786 016 706

The Cabinet plans to record the worship service for later viewing also.

Download the flyer to share!

April 19: CONAM’s Spring Program

April 19, 2020 at 4 PM – Zoom online meeting

EPA CoNAM Presents Indian Country’s Hidden Figures: Outstanding Native American Women

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You may know Pocahontas or Sacajawea, but do you know Elizabeth Peratrovich? Ada Deer? Mary Golda Ross?  Maria Tallchief? Gertrude Simmons?

These and many others lived meaningful lives and accomplished much, but their invisibility is a loss to our cultural awareness and our historical knowledge.

Their invisibility will be no more. Join us to learn their stories and be inspired by their tenacity, determination, and spirit.

An online worship liturgy and PowerPoint presentation: Join us on Zoom! View the flyer for access information.


DISTRICT EVENTS


2020 District Conferences

District conferences are now scheduled to convene on Sunday afternoon, October 4, at 3 PM.


Save-the-Dates


  • April 8: Conference-Wide Holy Week Worship Service via Zoom webinar
  • April 19: CONAM’s Spring Program, Zoom online meeting
  • April 21: Connectional Table Meeting, 7 PM, via Zoom video-conference
  • May 16: UMW’s Spiritual Life Retreat
  • May 16: Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop, 9:30 AM – 3 PM, Faith UMC
  • May 30: Clergy Transition Workshop, 9:30 AM – 2 PM, West Lawn UMC
  • June 6: CRCC Training, 8:30 AM – 3 PM, at Covenant UMC in Lancaster, PA. Cost: $10. Download the flyer. Register online.
  • July 24 – 25: Mission U
  • July 28: Connectional Table Meeting, ZOOM
  • July 31 – August 2: Laity Academy
  • August 20: Advanced Sexual Ethics Workshop
  • August 21 – 22: “Camping at the Crossroads” Summer Youth Rally
  • September 12: Annual “Celebrating our Cultures” Picnic
  • September 26: Basic Sexual Ethics Workshop
  • October 3: Connectional Ministries Leadership Training Event, Location: Cedarville UMC.
  • October 4: District Conferences
  • October 10: Domestic Violence Seminar, Time TBA
  • October 17: ERT/VIM Training, 8 AM – 4 PM, Eastwick UMC
  • October 17: UMW Annual Celebration
  • October 17: “Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation”
  • October 23-25: Dismantling Racism Training, Friday 5 PM – Sunday 3 PM, Desmond Hotel
  • October 24: UMW Annual Celebration
  • November 11: Annual Faith-Sharing Event–Evangelism in a Changing Landscape

Printable Listing of Eastern PA Conference Events (Updated weekly.)