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2023 EPA Annual Conference Updates

Reserve Hotel Rooms Now Guests may reserve rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn at Valley Forge/Oaks. Call the hotel directly at 610-650-0880. Use the group code EMC. You can also use the hotel’s Annual Conference booking page.  Learn more. Volunteers NeededVolunteers are needed at ...

Uncovered Dish podcast serves up healthy wisdom

The resurgent Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast, produced by the Greater New Jersey Conference every Wednesday, offers a diverse weekly menu of informed, insightful conversations that can feed healthy wisdom to inquiring minds, bodies and souls. Our first episode explores ...

Tools for Ministry returns to onsite learning for leadership

The Eastern PA Conference will close its 2023 Tools for Ministry toolbox when the trio of leadership development events ends this Saturday where the sun sets, in the West District. It’s the first major, in-person training to occur there in ...

2023 Annual Conference Hotel Information

The Eastern PA Annual Conference returns to meeting in-person. Here are some suggested hotels.

Church court addresses disaffiliation questions

Adapted from a UM News story The United Methodist Church’s top court released nine rulings March 1 related to a church law that governs church disaffiliations outlined in paragraph 2553 of The Book of Discipline. Two of those rulings affirmed ...

When the past just doesn’t work anymore

No one pours new wine into old wineskins.   —Luke 5:37 In my role as bishop of EPA&GNJ, I lead or serve on the board of directors of eight nonprofit organizations. These include annual conferences, foundations, universities, social service organizations and ...

A path to answered prayer: Pastor invites all to 40-Day Lenten prayer challenge

People often wonder if God is listening to our prayers, if God hears us, and most important, if God will answer.  The Rev. Nova Villa Vitug-Thomas, pastor of Ignite United Methodist Church of Kenilworth, is giving us all an opportunity to ...

2023 Annual Conference to resume onsite mission efforts

When the Eastern PA Annual Conference returns to meeting in-person at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks May 18-20, it will also recapture the spirit and tradition of onsite, collective engagement in mission.  But to do that requires that ...

Register by April 1 to start Pathways in May

“I shall not fear the battle…nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.” (From “O Jesus, I Have Promised,” UM Hymnal, #396) More than 50 EPA congregations are currently involved in the Pathways to Congregational Fruitfulness & Health guided ...


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