Christmas Cards for Inmates and Veterans

Once again, Epworth is signing Christmas Cards for Inmates in several local jails.  For the prisoners, we are using card styles that our Annual Conference.

For our veterans, notes of encouragement are placed on the back of card fronts.  These greetings are distributed at the Veterans Hospital in Lancaster County where they are placed on lunch trays during the holiday season.

Both card types are available in totes outside the front door of the church.  Completed cards can be returned to the same totes.  Final collection day will be November 1st.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Pastor Nina Patton-Semerod Ordained as Elder of the United Methodist Church

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At the 2019 meeting of Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Bishop Peggy Johnson ordained Pastor Nina Patton-Semerod as an Elder of the United Methodist Church. Pastor Nina was one of four candidates to be ordained at the conference. In addition, 9 others were commissioned as Deacons or Provisional Members.

For additional pictures from the Ordination Service, please see our Photo page.

Greetings Epworth,

In a letter to the Church at Philippi, Paul wrote, “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me…” (Phil 1: 3-7, NRSV)

I am so looking forward to returning to Epworth as your pastor this summer. This appointment feels more like a homecoming as Epworth was the place that affirmed my call to ministry and gave me opportunities to grow and learn. It was within the Epworth community that my call to ministry was affirmed through opportunities to preach and teach, serve as a worship assistant, and assist with the Epworth Youth Group. I preached my very first sermon at Epworth in July of 2010 as an undergraduate student at Moravian College. You have been formative throughout my call to ministry and it is with great joy that I return as your pastor.

Following my graduation from Drew Theological Seminary in 2014, I was appointed as pastor at Wooddale United Methodist Church in East Stroudsburg. For the past five years I have grown in ministry and love the work God has called me to. I especially enjoy preaching and teaching and working with the children and youth of our community. This June I will be ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church.

Scott and I were married in 2013 and we were blessed to welcome our son, Luke, into our family in 2016. Scott serves as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at East Stroudsburg University and enjoys kayaking. Luke is 2 and loves all kinds of trucks, especially garbage trucks. As a family we love to spend time outdoors and visit our families who live in Pottsville.

We look forward to seeing you very soon and getting reacquainted with the Epworth Church family. You have always remained in my prayers and I am so excited to see the good works God will continue to do at Epworth as we serve together.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Nina Patton-Semerod