Events

Printable Listing of Eastern PA Conference Events: 2019-2020 (Updated weekly. Last Updated: 10/18/2019)

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.


CONFERENCE EVENTS


October

October 18 – 20: Dismantling Racism Workshop

Friday, October 18, 2019 – Sunday, October 20, 2019
Begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner. Ends by 3:00 pm on Sunday

The Desmond Hotel Malvern
1 Liberty Blvd
Malvern, PA 19355

Registration fee – $300.00
This is not a commuter event.

This workshop will be led by a cross-racial, cross gender team of two facilitators from Visions, Inc. For more information on Visions, Inc. visit their website: visions-inc.org

2 Continuing Education Units are awarded upon completion of the training and this satisfies the requirement for Healing the Wounds of Racism. Learn more…

Oct. 19: UMW’S 46th Annual Celebration

Celebrating 150 years of women in mission!

9 AM – 3 PM at Grandview UMC (888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster, PA 17601)

Registration is $18 – includes lunch.

Download the registration form.

For registration information, contact Susan Dziuk at 215-637-7898 or dziuks1@verizon.net

Featuring:

  • Guest Speaker: Gail Douglas-Boykin, Chair of Governance Committee, UMW Board of Directors
  • Special Deaf Ministry Choir from Christ UMC: Fairless Hills
  • Continental Breakfast (8 AM – 9 AM)

Download the flyer!

October 19: HOPE! Talks 2.0: ReBoot!

Lighthouse Fellowship U.M.C.
137 North Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Inspiration for Small Congregations

Saturday, October 19, 2019 (9 AM – 12 Noon). Breakfast and walk-up registration will begin at 8 AM.

Seminar on Vital Small-Church Ministries, with Bishop Peggy Johnson. Download the flyer!

HOPE! Talks 2.0 on Saturday, October 19, 2019
Sponsored by Bishop Johnson and Lighthouse Fellowship UMC.

Registration is Free! But, registrations help us to plan for parking, food, etc. Please register at https://lfumcglenside.com/hope-talks

A link to live-stream the event on the 19th will be available on our website above. Afterward, people can access the videos from the talks via our website on YouTube.

Rev. Cynthia Brubaker
Rev. Cynthia Brubaker

The whole point of HOPE! Talks 2.0: ReBoot is to once again provide a venue where people in small congregations can come and hear a wide variety of voices (age, race, experience – 10 speakers) to gain new insight and inspiration from leaders working in and with small congregations. It’s a “ReBoot” because it’s our second event and also because we were inspired to host this event so that struggling congregations might discover tools and methods to rethink their situations and even start anew.

Learn more at https://lfumcglenside.com/hope-talks/

Oct. 19: ERT/UMVIM Training

The news in early September is flooded with stories about Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 hurricane, which struck the Bahamas on Labor Day, and threatened Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and other points on the United States’ East Coast. Help will be needed as The United Methodist Church responds:

  • Pray God’s peace for those affected and their families and friends
  • Make a monetary donation to UMCOR
  • Assemble flood buckets
  • Volunteer? Yes, yes, yes! You can be God’s hands and feet.

Saturday, October 19, @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | $45
Lansdale: Christ UMC

The Eastern PA Conference’s Disaster Response ministry team will sponsor two simultaneous training events for UM Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) October 19, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, at Christ UMC, Lansdale 1020 S Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446.

One training will be for people wanting to be UMVIM Team participants. The other will be for people wanting to serve on Early Response Teams (ERT), whose mission is to provide skilled support to disaster survivors as soon as communities allow response teams into disaster-impacted areas.

Open Enrollment for 2020

Open Enrollment for Actively Appointed Clergy (Not Retired Supply) begins on October 30th and runs through November 14th.

There are a few minor changes which will be outlined in the open enrollment packets you will receive from WesPath, but if you would like to attend a meeting to hear about the plans and any changes from last year, please register to attend a meeting. 

If the attendance is low at a specific event, Jo Fielding may make arrangements for one-on-one assistance with you.

North District
Monday, October 28, at 3 PM
Grace St. Paul UMC
(40 Church Street, Jim Thorpe PA 18229)
Register now!

South District
Wednesday, October 30, at 10:30 AM
Downingtown UMC
(751 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335)
Register now!

West District
Wednesday, October 30, at 2:30 PM
Leola UMC
(7 West Main Street, Leola, PA 17540)
Register now!

East District
TBA

Interested in becoming a Certified Lay Minister?

Register now for an Orientation/Admission Session for the Certified Lay Ministry Class of 2020, which begins in April 2020. All prospective candidates must attend one of the Orientation/Admission sessions, which are held from September to December at locations in the four districts of the Eastern PA Conference. To register see the Orientation/Admission sessions schedule, and contact Judy Ehninger, CLM Program Coordinator at, 610-442-3140 or by e-mail at  judy.ehninger@gmail.com . Learn more about Certified Lay Ministers on the ChristServantMinistries.net website

Contact Judy to register your attendance preference, attendance at one orientation is required for program admission.

  • Thursday, October 24, 6:30- 8:30 pm Valley Forge Conference Office
  • Monday, October 28, 6:30 – 8:30 pm West Lawn UMC, Reading SD
  • Monday, November 4, 6:30- 8:30 pm Asbury UMC, Allentown ND
  • Saturday, November 23, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Christ UMC, Fairless Hills ED
  • Saturday, December 7, 10 am-12 pm Valley Forge Conference Office

Download program dates and information: https://www.epaumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/CLM-orientation-2020.pdf

November

Nov. 2: Four Stations of the Holy Spirit Training

The Eastern PA Conference Congregational Development Team (CDT) will offer its next Four Stations of the Holy Spirit training event on Saturday, Nov. 2,  8:30 AM to 12 noon at  Long Memorial UMC in Neffsville. The church will host this event and invites any other churches or individuals who would like to learn about offering enhanced outreach and witness, especially beyond the church, through:

  • Prayer to encourage hope and faith in agreement.;
  • Anointing to consecrate for healing and recovery;
  • Reaffirmation of Baptism to signify a new beginning; and
  • Holy Communion to encourage reconciliation.

To attend or for more information contact Gordon Hendrickson at 267-258-9507 or gordonacts6@gmail.com.  The cost will be $15 per person which includes books and materials.

Nov. 3: CONAM’s Native American Worship Service

EPAUMC CONAM Presents Native American Worship Service

Sunday, November 3, at 4:00 PM

  • Photos of the Mission Trip to Blackfeet UM Parish
  • Pastor Calvin Hill’s vision for BUMP Mission
  • Three-day Camp Meeting
  • Visit to Bighorn Battlefield and Crazy Horse Monument

Light refreshments served following program.

Download the flyer!

Camp Innabah
712 Pughtown Road
Spring City, PA 19475

Nov. 9: Mother African Zoar UMC’S 225th Anniversary

11:30 am – 3:30 pm, Mother Zoar UMC

Mother African Zoar will celebrate its 225th anniversary with a grand banquet on Saturday, November 9, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, at the Hilton Hotel at 4200 City Avenue in Philadelphia. Bishop Gregory Palmer, a Philadelphia native who leads the Ohio West Episcopal Area, will address the gathering. The Rev. Shayla Johnson is Zoar’s pastor and also president/coordinator of the Philadelphia Black Methodists for Church Renewal caucus.

Tickets to Mother African Zoar’s banquet and souvenir book ads may be purchased from Betty Henderson by calling 215-226-5268. Or write to motherzoarumc@gmail.com. Learn more…

Nov. 13: “Churches as First Responders to the Military and Veteran Population”

November 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at First UMC Phoenixville

Registration Cost: $10 per person.

  • Training in recognizing military or Veteran congregant families facing problems
  • Understanding military culture and its impact on families
  • Identifying pastoral roles in ministering to congregants with Moral Injury.

Sponsored by: EPAUMC Connectional Ministries, Committee on Disabilities Concerns

Nov. 16: Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Training

Nov. 16: CORR Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Training, 9:30 AM to 4 PM

  • Offered by CORR and the EPA Conference Office.
  • Presenters: Rev. Dr. Anita Powell & Pastor David Piltz.
  • 0.6 CEUs available.
  • Location: Bethel UMC, Spring City, 952 Bethel Church Road, Spring City, PA 19475
  • $10 Registration Fee

Download the brochure!

Contact David Piltz at 814-883-0118 or dpiltz@epaumc.org with questions.

Nov. 24: Historic St. George’s UMC 250th Anniversary

10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Historic St. George’s UMC

On Sunday, November 24, Historic St. George’s UMC will celebrate in worship at 10 AM. The Rev. Fred Day, former pastor and now head of the denomination’s General Commission on Archives and History, will preach.

Bishop Peggy Johnson will join Day and the Rev. Mark Salvacion, pastor, in celebrating Holy Communion. A light lunch will follow, along with tours of the church’s building, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and its historical museum. St. George’s is the home of the Eastern PA Conference’s cherished archives.

At Historic St. George’s celebration, worship, lunch and tours are open to the public. But an RSVP for attendance is requested by October 25 to Caitlin Gordon at caitlin@historicstgeorges.org.  The church office can be reached at 215-925-7788 weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM. Learn more…

2020

2020 General Conference Delegation Listening Sessions:
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 7 pm to 8:30 pm  Church of the Good Shepherd,  1500, Quentin Rd., Lebanon PA
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 7 pm – 8:30 pm  Downingtown UMC751 East Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, PA. This event will be streamed and accessible by ZOOM
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 10 am to noon  Simpson House, 2101 Belmont Ave.,
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Monday, April 20, 2020 – 7 pm to 8:30 pm  Wesley UMC, 2540 Center St.,  Bethlehem PA
Post-General Conference Review Sessions with Bishop Johnson
  • Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10 am – 12 noon, West Lawn UMC, Reading, PA
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020  10 am – 12 noon  Aldersgate UMC, Wilmington, DE

DISTRICT EVENTS


October 23: North District Spiritual Retreat

For all those assigned or appointed as Pastors, and all Clergy (Deacons, Retirees, and Extension Ministers)

Join DS Morton for what we hope will be a beautiful day in the mountains central to our District. Located just 1 hr and 11 minutes from Shamokin AND Stroudsburg, 1 hr 2 min. from Easton, and 57 minutes from Quakertown, we hope ALL will come and join us at Blue Mountain Christian Retreat Center this October 23rd from 9:30 – 3:30.

Rev. Mike Johnson will leading us in a day of Spiritual Refreshment filled with Prayer, Worship, Holy Communion, Bible study, and more… Lunch will be provided.

It is DS Morton’s hope that this day will be a gift to you before the schedule demands of Advent preparations and Advent itself pick up!

Note: We understand that many of you have kids to get on the bus, Bible Studies, and other early morning commitments, so if necessary, please feel free to register and let us know you’ll be a bit late!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!


OTHER EVENTS


Oct. 18-19: reCall Summit 3.0

The reCall Summit (3.0) to address racial justice, equity and reconciliation, as part of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Call to Action, will happen Oct. 18-19, at St. Mary’s Seminary and Ecumenical Institute, 5400 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, Md. The reCall summit “is a time of brave conversation as the church explores racial justice and reconciliation.” 

The Rev. David Anderson Hooker will keynote the event and lead worship, followed by workshops, plenary events, a panel discussion and table talks. Hooker is an expert in conflict transformation, community building and generational trauma. With degrees in law and theology, he had been  Assistant Attorney General of Georgia, a civil and human rights attorney, and a staff and board member of the UMC’s JustPeace Center for Conflict Transformation. 

Registration fee is $99. Limited lodging is available at St. Mary’s Seminary for $87 per night.  Learn more…


LOCAL CHURCH & MISSION LINK EVENTS


See more on our Local Church Events page.


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Printable Listing of Eastern PA Conference Events: 2019-2020(Updated weekly. Last Updated: 10/18/2019)