Thanksgiving Praise

Bishop Peggy Johnson led annual Thanksgiving devotions for the Eastern PA Conference Staff and Cabinet on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Conference Office. She began with a PowerPoint devotional on praising God that offered richly illustrative visuals along with an inspiring call to worship and exaltation.

We share her PowerPoint devotional presentation with you here:

Thanksgiving Staff worship [.ppt download]

The gathered staff then sang the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth,” heard Psalm 148 and a brief meditation, and then celebrated the Eucharist together.

In her meditation Bishop Johnson spoke of our responsibility to care for nature and all that it entails. She shared wisdom from Burst: Green Church by Tim Gossett, a youth group resource that shows Christian teens how caring for the earth is a way to honor God and show love for our neighbors. It takes the usual “three Rs” of conservation– reduce, reuse, and recycle–and adds three more: reclaim, repent, and rejoice.


Special Thanksgiving, Advent events

Listed below are special Thanksgiving events and November Advent events that churches were kind enough to send us. They are featured on our Thanksgiving/Advent webpage. If you want your church’s Thanksgiving event added to this page, please send us the information by 11 AM on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

We will publicize more Advent and Christmas events as we receive them throughout the season.

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    INSTRUCTIONS

    All Charge Conference forms are to be downloaded to your computer, saved in your computer, completed (don’t forget to save again!). For submission of forms, your District Office will provide instructions on the preferred method. The forms are designed to be completed on a computer and the answer boxes will expand to accommodate the length of your response. This is the “off year” for submitting the “Safety and Accessibility Inspection” form. The Action Plan does not have to be submitted. All Safe Sanctuary policies should be updated according to the Resolution 2016-09. The Accountability Agreement between the EPA UMC and the BSA was introduced in 2016 and must be completed every three years. Therefore this must only be completed this year:
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