Bishop Peggy A. Johnson This time of year, the word “Believe” shows up in curious places. It’s printed on glossy department store shopping bags and sewn on wooly Christmas sweaters. … Read more

‘Joy to the World’: Accidental Christmas hymn

Our most popular Christmas song “Joy to the World,” from a 1719 poem, isn’t about Christmas. Its lyrics, based on Psalm 98, are about the second coming of Christ. Learn more…

Join Celebrating our Cultures at Christmas on Sunday

Download the Event Program It’s been a tough year. But the Eastern PA Conference’s Celebrating our Cultures at Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 3 to 5 PM, will bring… Read more

How will your church celebrate Advent, Christmas in COVID-tide?

What are your church’s Advent and Christmas celebration plans, in light of—or in spite of—the relentless and deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Infections are increasing and taking a terrible toll everywhere. More… Read more

Bishop’s Video for the New Year 2020

“Go for the Gold” (Adapted from a video script by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson) Many of us make New Year’s resolutions in January every year. Health clubs and diet plans abound; but often we forget…

Let us make 2019 “The Year of Civility”

I bid you grace and peace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I celebrate with you this special time of the year: Advent, Christmas and the New Year: 2019. May your churches and homes be filled…

Bangor First UMC is Spreading the True Meaning of Christmas

Often many Christians struggle with the thought of Santa Claus at Christmastime. If Jesus is the reason for the season, then why should we celebrate Santa Claus? Pastor Chris Hardy… Read more

Christmas card outreach to inmates grows

The Eastern PA Conference’s Christmas Cards to Inmates Project scored another record-breaking year in December 2017. Nearly 9,500 Christmas cards were, in the words of a popular song, “signed, sealed, delivered,” mostly to recipients in 11 of our region’s county and state correctional facilities.

Some Christmas reading to inspire your spirit of the season

Are you “all in,” or want to be, when it comes to having and sharing the spirit of Christmas? Got time to do some light reading that just might bolster… Read more

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