Missions & Outreach

CROSS_AND_FLAME_colorThrough its conference, district and congregational initiatives, the Eastern PA Conference is involved in mission and outreach locally, regionally and worldwide. United Methodists promise to support the church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. Thus, we are present in all these important ways wherever there is need–physical or spiritual–offering our minds, hearts, hands, feet and voices to foster healing, hope and wholeness in the name of Jesus Christ.

Our local churches–individually and through their districts and mission connexions–reach out with funds, volunteers, donated materials, advocacy, promotion and always prayer. And the conference promotes mission outreach and partnership especially with friends in Central Congo, Tanzania and other global areas, along with helping agencies in local communities. We are also renewing our mission efforts to eradicate a deadly, global disease through our involvement in the denomination’s Imagine No Malaria campaign.

We invite all to join our efforts, and we urge Eastern PA churches to tell Communications what they are doing in mission and outreach, so we can tell others through the pages of this Website.


Due no later than April 15

Dear Pastors, Program Directors, and Leaders of Mission and Ministry:

Greetings to you, in the name of our risen Christ. We hope you are having a good year in ministry.

Thank you, and thank God, for the ministries in which you are involved. We trust that they are fulfilling their mission in the service of God’s people. It is time again, as our Annual Conference approaches, for ministries and projects that wish to receive direct, second-mile funding support from our local churches to complete and submit applications for Advance Special status. That status must be approved by a resolution and vote at Annual Conference, which will meet June 15-17 this year.

But first, we must receive and examine all completed applications, and then decide which ones to recommend for approval. This year’s application deadline is April 15.

Please download, print, complete and submit the application form as soon as possible. You may submit your application in one of three ways: via e-mail, postal mail or fax. You should find all the information you need on the form.

Please start now, and make sure we receive your completed application forms before the April 15 due date. Thank you for your consideration and help.

Rev. David J. Davis. [dnavdave@gmail.com] Eastern PA Conference Secretary for Global Ministries

Download the 2017-18 Conference Advance Special Application Form

Conference Advance Specials

Conference Advance Specials is a missional stewardship program of second-mile giving by generous churches, groups and individuals to support primarily local ministries.  Churches that want to give to support Conference Advance Specials should first fulfill their primary connectional stewardship commitments to the conference and general church by remitting apportioned funds and direct bill payments.

2016-2017 Advance Specials

The list of programs and ministries, as approved by 2015 Annual Conference, designated as a list of Conference Advance Specials for the year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Continue

Board of Global Ministries

The Rev. David Davis
Eastern PA Conference
Secretary of Global Ministries


Volunteers in Mission

Greg Ellis
Eastern PA Conference
UMVIM Coordinator,
Disaster Ministry Coordinator


Lancaster United Methodist Inner-City Alliance, also known as LUMINA, exists to offer the impoverished in Lancaster County the light of hope: to encourage children and youth through Christian character building; to empower families through life skill education; and to equip those in need with basic necessities and proper clothing for work and school. luminaoutreach.org

Location: 20 E. Clay Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: 717-394-8412 Fax: 717-394-1435
Office Hours: Tues – Thurs, 9 AM – 5 PM
General Inquiries: office@luminaoutreach.org
Look us up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LUMINA.Outreach
LUMINA Newsletter: September 2016 Issue

Correen Russo
Executive Director

Melissa Artz
Administrative Assistant

United Methodist Neighborhood Services

During it transitional period, United Methodist Neighborhood Services (UMNS) operates under the management of the Board of Directors and volunteers. We receive continuing support from Bishop Johnson and District Superintendent Anita Adams Powell, as well as churches of the Eastern PA Conference, community organizations and non-profit agencies.

Our Purpose: “Serve the Needs of Poor and Marginalized Inner-City Philadelphia Inhabitants, Especially Women, Children and Youth”

Our Mission: “Meet Immediate Personal Needs, i.e. Food, Training, Clothing and Counseling, and to Produce a positive impact on the whole Community”

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3477
Phila., PA 19122
Physical Location:
47 East Haines Street, 3rd Floor
Janes Memorial UMC – Thelma Nichols Building
Phila., PA 19144
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 AM to 12 PM
Free Services: Food and Clothing
UMNS Newsletter: Fall 2016 Issue, Spring 2017 Issue

Mr. Carl Boyd
Vice-Chair, UM Neighborhood Services

Mr. Andrew Smith
President, UM Neighborhood Services

Congo Partnership

Partners in Mission through Christ

As an outgrowth of our Hope for the Children of Africa connection to the Central Congo Area, a Partnership was established the Central Congo Episcopal Area and now three US Annual Conferences: Peninsula-Delaware, W. North Carolina, and Eastern Pennsylvania. To learn more about the amazing things God is doing through the Congo Partnership, visit Congo-Mission.org for more information and updates!

You Can Make a Difference!

Pray for the Partnership and its outreach and share our stories giving others an opportunity to respond!

Remember, 100% of your contribution goes to the projects with no administrative costs.

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After we sent our missionary newsletter last week, a pastor contacted us with a BRILLIANT idea! He asked if we had a video that would include the same information that he could share with his congregation. And so, we created this video! As one of our Congolese friends stated, “Videos are a lot more interesting than just reading some words.”

We would truly appreciate any feedback you could provide for this idea. While this video evolved into a 6 minute view, our plan at this moment is to always create a shorter video (or multiples) that we can share with you and your congregation, family or friends.

Thank you so much for your support!

May God bless you!
Donna and Jonathan Baker

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EPA Congo Partnership
  • Chairperson: Dr. Annette Onema-Orbach
More Congo Partnership News

United Methodist Church of Tanzania

Mission News & Information