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.

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.

2017-2018 Advance Specials

The list of programs and ministries, as approved by 2017 Annual Conference, designated as a list of Conference Advance Specials for the year July 1, 2017 through  June 30, 2018. Continue

2018-2019 Advance Special Application Form

Dear pastors, project coordinators, and mission leaders,

On behalf of the missions’ team, I thank you for the ministries you are involved in. We trust that you had a great year of serving the Lord and his people.

Now is the time to submit applications for approval as an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Advance Special for the coming year.  Applications are needed now so that the advance special resolution can be prepared for 2018 Annual Conference.  Please fill out the enclosed application form and return it electronically to me at bedrake15@aol.com.

This year the deadline is March 7, 2018.

Thank you for your consideration and help.


Ms. Barbara Drake
Conference Secretary for Global Ministries.

Download the Application Form [.doc]
Board of Global Ministries

Barbara Drake
Eastern PA Conference
Secretary of Global Ministries


Volunteers in Mission

Eastern PA Conference
UMVIM 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

UMNS Food Drive

United Methodist Neighborhood Services distributes food to those in need in the Philadelphia area each Tuesday and Thursday. As of January 20, 2018, they are now facing a decreasing food supply and are asking for assistance from local churches.

UMNS will be accepting food donations on any Tuesday or Thursday between 9:30 AM and Noon. If these times don’t work for you, or you are unable to deliver the food, you may contact Millicent Clark at the agency to make other arrangements:

47 E. Haines Street
Jane UMC Nichols Building
Phila., PA 19144
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3477
Phila., PA 19122
Read the full letter to churches from UMNS, sent January 30, 2018. 

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.

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

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