Advent


Sharing good news through good deeds—Churches celebrate Advent

The Christian season of Advent that culminates in Christmas is such a wondrous time in the lives of many churches. Throughout this month churches across the Eastern PA Conference have… Read more

2018: The Year of the Migrant

In the midst of the joyous celebration of Christmas there is a backdrop of suffering around the globe in the form of migrants. Studies indicate that there are as many… Read more

Purple or Blue: What color is your Advent?

When I go to various churches on Sundays during the season of Advent I always ask the pastors, “Do you wear purple or blue stoles?” In recent years we have… Read more

Sharing UMC’s warmth in frigid Philadelphia

A handful of spirited church members joined a young street-marketing team on the shivering sidewalks of Philadelphia’s Center City last weekend to offer hot cocoa and a warm Christmas welcome… Read more

Churches celebrate Advent, Christmas in many ways

It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas. Not so much from the wintry weather arriving this weekend, but from the Advent activities happening all over the Eastern… Read more

Even in frigid Philly, ‘church can happen anywhere’

We believe that for United Methodists “church can happen anywhere,” and it’s happening this weekend in and around Philadelphia’s chilly Center City. But we need more volunteers to come share… Read more

UMs to offer gift of hospitality in Phila. Dec. 15-18

United Methodists can share a warm cup of hospitality—and warm cocoa—on the streets of Philadelphia Dec. 15-18, along with the message, “When we find the true meaning of Christmas church… Read more

Bishop’s Blog: ‘An Inconvenient Christmas’

Soon we will be singing Advent hymns in our churches and wondering where this passing year has gone. December 25th falls on a Sunday this year, and I am already… Read more

DS Rev. Tracy Bass, with inmate

‘I was in prison and you visited me.’

Cabinet emulates Matthew 25:36 The terrible human cost of high incarceration rates–among the highest in the world–became a critical concern in 2015 for U.S. politicians, the media and other social… Read more

Solid Rock UMC Christmas Play and Candlelight Service

Celebrating Advent, Christmas in so many ways

The many events leading up to–or rather, preparing the way for–the humble but awesome birth of Jesus Christ might be described as God’s second act of Creation. So many moving… Read more