open arms 2016 ac logoJoin Deacons in preparing UMCOR Health Kits

DeaconsOrderLogo-2The United Methodist Church’s General Conference will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Order of Deacons next week; and the Eastern PA Annual Conference will do likewise in June. But fittingly, deacons in our conference will focus their celebration on serving others when they coordinate the collection and assembly of basic supplies for UMCOR Health Kits to help survivors of disasters.

“Through this service project at Annual Conference we want to help our churches connect with the world in a very tangible and practical way,” said Tiffany Manning, who chairs the conference’s Order of Deacons. Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Collect supplies for UMCOR Health Kits
    Before Annual Conference, invite members of your congregation to donate materials for UMCOR Health Kits. Here are the supplies we’ll be collecting: bathroom hand towels, washcloths, combs, nail clippers, bath-size bar soap, toothbrushes, adhesive bandages, and gallon-size plastic bags. Monetary donations would also be appreciated so that we can purchase additional supplies in order to complete kits.
  2. Bring supplies to Annual Conference
    On Thursday, collection bins will be available on the Freedom Hall level for your donations during registration and break times.
  3. Help assemble the Health Kits
    On Friday, June 17, the UMCOR Health Kits will be assembled beneath Freedom Hall B during the lunch break. Many hands make light work; so please stop by during lunch to help us prepare the kits for shipment to UMCOR’s depot.

Contact Tiffany Manning at for more information.

Photo: The Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware conference Orders of Deacons and deacon candidates met for a day apart on Saturday, April 9, at St. Paul UMC in Wilmington, Del. The retreat-like gathering’s program was based on 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (what does it mean to have the “mind of Christ”). They engaged in Bible study, reflective coloring and worship, featuring a message by Bishop Peggy Johnson, who also served them Holy Communion. Photo courtesy of  Tiffany Manning