Bishop John Schol (center in purple shirt) visits Otterbein UMC in Mont Clare Sept. 11 to visit members and see recovery efforts there after storms from Hurricane Ida damaged much of the church and homes in the community Sept. 2. Here he joins (to his left) the Rev. Evelyn Kent Clark, South District Superintendent, and the Rev.Catherine Bowers, pastor, along with church and community members for prayer in the sanctuary, which was undamaged. Photo by Rev. Thomas Brooks
Conference seeks to help churches recover from Ida’s storms

The Eastern PA Conference wants to help hard-hit local churches and communities recover from severe damages inflicted by the remnant of Hurricane Ida as it swept through the Northeast region Sept. 2.

Several churches and numerous communities were ravaged by flooding and high winds, as one of the strongest hurricanes in recent memory wreaked havoc and historic destruction...

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CONAM busily advocates for Native American justice concerns

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October 1-2 Laity Academy now online only

Diana Wrisley, Dean of the 2021 Laity Academy, announced Sept. 9 that all classes for the Oct 1-2 academy session will be held online only, using Zoom video-conferencing. Classes intended to be held in-person at various churches are now canceled.

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    Video Message from Bishop John Schol - September 10, 2021

    Bishop John Schol, who became Eastern PA’s episcopal leader Sept. 1, met with the conference Cabinet and disaster response coordinator to learn about reported damages and relief efforts for Hurricane Ida, and to explore how the conference might respond to the ordeal both immediately and in the long term.

    That response should include funds raised through the conference’s ongoing Disaster Response Advance Special Fund (#0345). Bishop Schol appealed for generous donations and other aid in a new video message addressed to Eastern PA Conference members and churches.

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