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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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 messagefrom 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.
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:
Visit the Resourceumc.org website and read General Conference news and related articles. All proposed legislation should be posted there.
Visit the www.epaumc.org website and find the General Conference 2020 page in the News and Events pull-down menu.
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.
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.
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.)