Communications

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Staff Contacts

John ColemanJohn W. Coleman
Director, Communications
484-762-8227
jcoleman@epaumc.org

Lindsey CotmanLindsey Cotman
Desktop Publisher
484-762-8215
lcotman@epaumc.org

Chairman, Communications Ministry Work Team

Rev. John Bletsch
pastorjohn@stmatthewsvf.org

Submit news and events for consideration on the Eastern PA Conference website or the weekly NEWSpirit Digest to communications@epaumc.org

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. — Matthew 5:16 

John Bletsch teaching a church website and social media workshop at the NW District Tools for Ministry.

Communications Ministry Team Chairman, Rev. John Bletsch

In the Eastern PA Conference, Communications is a powerful resource to help members and churches keep informed and connected, and to help them shine their lights and tell their stories of faithful ministry to the world.

We produce and publish a robust menu of multi-media resources that includes: NEWSpirit, our quarterly newspaper offered in print and online; NEWSpirit Digest, our weekly online newsletter; Jobs Digest, the monthly online bulletin of employment openings; E-blasts, occasional bulk e-mails transmitting news alerts, clergy death notices, and official letters and statements from the Bishop’s Office; Our conference Website, which covers a wide range of activities across the conference, offering news, event listings, resources, contacts and other information; and Our several social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, YouTubePinterest, and Instagram. And finally we produce occasional videos to inform, interpret and promote a variety of ministries and the people who make them happen.

The Office of Communications works closely with an elected Communications Ministry Team and with other conference offices, ministries and leadership. Most of all, however, we depend on the districts, pastors, leaders and members of our many churches to keep us informed about their ministries and concerns, so that we can inform and indeed, enlighten the world.

One of our key goals is to do more to resource and help local church communicators do their work more effectively by offering information and training, both online and face-to-face. In doing so, we will use and pass on valuable information and resources from United Methodist Communications and other helpful sources.

John Bletsch teaching a church website and social media workshop at the NW District Tools for Ministry.

Rev. John Bletsch teaching a church website and social media workshop at the NW District Tools for Ministry.


NEWSpirit Quarterly Newspaper

Front Page of the NEWSpirit, Spring 2015 IssueA quarterly publication (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall issues) offered in print and online. NEWSpirit reports up-to-date news and views of the conference, including important concerns, events, resources, ministries and personnel. Featured are insightful, inspiring opinion columns written by Bishop Peggy Johnson (Faithfully Yours) and our Director of Connectional Ministries, the Rev. Christopher J. Kurien. Also included are recent clergy death notices and lots of colorful, revealing photos, including vivid photo displays of major events like Annual Conference. Subscriptions are only $12 a year, which may be sent to the EPA Conference Treasurer at the conference center. Subscribe here.

NEWSpirit Weekly Digest

Header screenshot of the News Digest, February 13, 2015 IssueA weekly, pictorial online newsletter reporting the latest in conference news and announcements, including new clergy appointments, key events, resources, ministries and personnel. Most stories are brief, but introductions to longer stories link to our Website or other media sources for more information. A great publication to forward to others. Better yet, encourage them to subscribe. It’s free. Subscribe here.

Follow us on Social Media

Social media is a crucial communication outlet for reaching diverse audiences, within and beyond the membership ranks of our churches and conference. So we eagerly share information, insights and colorful images about our ministries and concerns through our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube pages, while also welcoming feedback from our followers. Please visit our various social media sites regularly. Follow us, “like” us, respond to and retweet our content, and tell us what you think and also what you care about.