Like so many artistic masterpieces, there was a lot happening across the sweeping, kinetic canvas of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference's 2015 Youth Rally that occurred Jan. 9-11, in Ocean City, Md.'s convention center.  The stage, bathed in iridescent lights, pulsated with the loud, lyrical music of several, impassioned Christian rock bands.

(From left) The Revs. Charles Cole, Lydia Munoz, Daniel Lebo and James McIntire, four of the 25 EPA Conference clergy at the Financial Leadership Academy’s first session, discuss their insights.  John Coleman photo.

Adapted from a story by Melissa Lauber, Communications Director, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Money has a deep and profound effect on how pastors do the work Christ calls them to do, the Rev. Phil Jamieson told 62 pastors embarking on a two-year learning experience through the Financial Leadership Academy. The way the church thinks about and addresses money will transform its future – for better or for worse.

Lives are being saved and changed every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to the ministry of the Peter D. Weaver Congo Partnership, which includes the Eastern PA Conference. But more support is needed to expand vital mission efforts there. That is the praise report of a mission team that traveled there Feb. 10 and has been posting updates on the Partnership’s Website, www.congo-mission.org, and its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Congo-Partnership/190059111024921.

As the U.S. marks the 50th anniversary of many landmarks in the civil rights movement, www.UMC.org features stories about heroic people and historic events and concerns that we recognize especially during Black History Month. The denomination's official Website, operated by UM Communications (UMCom), offers an updated and re-issued series featuring prominent United Methodists who shared the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s timeless dream for America and all humanity. 

"Each piece offers a unique perspective and beautiful insights about the lessons this leader gave to those who knew or knew of him," writes UMCom video producer Jan Walsh. You can find the whole series at the friendly URL: www.umc.org/mlk. It is featured also on the Special Coverage tab in the News and Media section of the site.

Lenora Thompson, with some members of her “Boys Book Club,” at the KYW Newsradio studios. Cherri Gregg photo, KYW Newsradio.

Former Eastern PA Conference Lay Leader Lenora Thompson will be honored this week by Philadelphia's KYW Newsradio as one its local Gamechangers, a program that celebrates Black History Month in February by recognizing local community heroes. Thompson, a member of Wharton-Wesley UMC in Philadelphia, will receive an award Wednesday night, Feb. 25, and then will appear on KYW TV's Talk Philly show at 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Preparations for the 2015 Annual Conference, May 14-16, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., are underway, and deadlines are fast approaching. All necessary information and forms are available on the conference's Website at http://epaumc.org/events/annualconference.

Online and mail-in registration for all members begins Feb. 23 and ends April 27. Meanwhile, Conference Secretary Lloyd Speer (at conferencesecretary@epaumc.org) must receive by March 10 all legislative resolutions and all nominations for delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference and Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Forms and instructions are the Website.

Emphasizing faithful stewardship, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference's 2015 annual session, May 14-16, will engage church leaders in exploring wide-ranging concerns that promote what presiding Bishop Peggy Johnson aptly calls "responsible living and giving."

"Faithful Stewardship of Our Time, Treasure and Environment" is this year's theme for the annual conference of representative lay and clergy leadership. Attendees will hear major addresses on these three aspects of holistic stewardship. They will also participate in worship, resolutions and reports, legislative debates (known as Holy Conferencing), and voting for delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon.

March 21: Please register now! The EPA Conference will welcome Thom and Joani Schultz, co-authors of the provocative book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore: And How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Church Irresistible, as keynote presenters at its 2015 conference-wide evangelism event on Saturday, March 21, at New Hanover UMC.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church

Welcome! The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is made up of about 465 churches, which serve nearly 125,000 members in 16 counties. Led by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, the Conference's mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Today, this mission is the focus of the conference’s 465 churches, congregations which speak to diverse and multi-generational populations in the many cities, towns, and rural areas throughout our area. The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and its sister Peninsula/Delaware Conference together compose the Philadelphia Area, with nearly 1,000 churches served by Bishop Peggy Johnson.

If you are a clergy person or member of one of our 465 churches, we invite you to explore this website for resources and information to support you in your effort to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for a welcoming faith family, we invite you to visit a United Methodist Church in your community: www.find-a-church.org.

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Office: 980 Madison Ave., Norristown, PA 19403; telephone 610-666-9090; fax 610-666-9093.

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