Category Archives: Old Home Day

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Video: Dedication of Port Elizabeth UMC as United Methodist Historic Site No. 511

See the video from the dedication of Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church as United Methodist Historic Site No. 511.

Dedication of United Methodist Historic Site No. 511

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church Recognized as
United Methodist Historic Site

Maurice River Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey –
Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 142 Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road, celebrated its 231st anniversary on its annual Old Home Day, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Speaker at the morning service was Rev. Brian Roberts, District Superintendent of the Cape Atlantic District.

A special luncheon was hosted by Elaine Morton-Rankin and her hospitality group. Locals and out of state visitors had a great time socializing.

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The unveiling of a plaque recognizing the historic significance of Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church is attended by (from left) trustees Roosevelt Smith, Grace Rapp, and Richard Tomlin; Maurice River Township Mayor Andrew Sarclette and his wife, Janice; trustee chair Diane Prohowich; the Rev. Dr. William B. Wilson Sr. of the Commission on Archives and History; Pastor Phil Pelphrey; and church historian Ted Prohowich Jr. -Photo by Betsy Chance Irvine

A plaque was dedicated by Rev. Dr. William B. Wilson Sr., Chair, Commission on Archives and History commemorating the church as United Methodist Historic Site No. 511, as approved by the 2015 Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. There are currently 530 United Methodist Historic Sites in the world of which 19 are non-numbered Heritage Sites.

United Methodist Historic Site No. 511

This plaque recognizes Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church as United Methodist Historic Site No. 511.
-Photo by Diane Prohowich

Ted Prohowich, Jr. and Rev. Bill Wilson

Ted Prohowich, Jr., Church Historian for Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church; and Rev. Dr. William B. Wilson Sr., chairman of the Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church.
-Photo by Diane Prohowich

Pastor Phil Pelphrey of Port Elizabeth United Methodist emceed an afternoon music program, including Carolyn Fitzgerald at the organ, the Port Elizabeth Choir, The Old Home Day Singers, and members of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Port Norris, New Jersey.

Old Home Day 231st Anniversary on June 5, 2016

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church
will be celebrating 231 Years at our Old Home Day Celebration.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Events for the day:

9:45 am: Coffee in John Boggs Hall

11:00 am: Church Service
Guest speaker Rev. Brian Roberts, District Superintendent at Cape Atlantic District of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

~12:30 pm: Luncheon

1:30 pm: Dedication of Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church as a Historic Site of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey by Rev. Bill Wilson, Chair Commission on Archives and History.

2:00 pm: Music Program
Port Elizabeth UMC Choir
Old Home Day Singers from Port Elizabeth UMC
and
John Wesley UMC Choir

~3:15 pm: Corporate Prayer
An hour to praise God, reflect on what He has done for us and pray.

Come join us!

Old Home Day: Celebrating 229 Years

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church will celebrate its 229th anniversary on Old Home Day, Sunday, June 1, 2014.

At 9:45 am, join us in John Boggs Hall for Coffee, bagels, danishes, orange juice and apple juice.
At 11:00 am, we will have our Morning Service in the Church with the sermon given by our own Pastor Carber.
At 12:30, following the service, we go back to John Boggs Hall for the Luncheon.
Finally, at 2:00pm, come back to the church for an afternoon musical program featuring Melanie Garuffi, Gary Trull and Mike Kost.

Share stories, join with friends and praise God!

What was going on in 1785?

Who was President?

Richard Henry Lee:
(Born: January 20, 1732 – Died: June 19, 1794)
The 12th President of the Continental Congress / Confederation Congress
(Term: November 30, 1784 – November 4, 1785)

John Hancock:
(Born: January 23, 1737 [O.S. January 12, 1736] – Died: October 8, 1793)
The 13th President of the Continental Congress / Confederation Congress
(Term: November 23, 1785 – June 5, 1786)

How Many States were there?

Each of the thirteen colonies has been considered to have been a member State of the United States from one of two dates:
1) The date of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
2) The date on which they ratified the Articles of Confederation. New Jersey was the 11th to sign on November 19, 1778. Today the number of states (50) is based on when they ratified the present United States Constitution.

Who was Governor of New Jersey?

William Livingston:
(Born: November 30, 1723 – Died: July 25, 1790)
First Governor of New Jersey during the Revolutionary War and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
(Term: August 31, 1776 – July 25, 1790)

How Many Counties were in New Jersey?

There were thirteen counties, today there are twenty-one:
Bergen (Present: Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson)
Burlington (Present: Burlington and southern tip of Ocean)
Cape May
Cumberland (Present: Cumberland and NW corner of Cape May)
Essex (Present: Essex, Passaic, and Union)
Gloucester (Present: Gloucester, Atlantic, and Camden)
Hunterdon (Present: Hunterdon, NW Mercer)
Middlesex (Present: Middlesex and NE Mercer)
Monmouth (Present: Monmouth, E Mercer, and most of Ocean)
Morris
Salem
Somerset (Present: Somerset and Mercer)
Sussex (Present: Sussex and Warren)

What kind of money was used?

The Old British £.s.p (Pound . shilling . pence) system was used in each of the colonies.
4 farthings = 1 penny, (farthings were rarely used)
12 pence = 1 shilling, (Pence was the plural for penny)
20 shillings = 1 pound.

Proposed a decimal currency system based on the Spanish dollar, with coins for:
10 dollars (Eagle),
1 dollar (units),
1/10 dollar (dismes or tenths),
1/100 dollar (cents or hundredths), and
1/1000 dollar (milles or thousandths).

The original church property was bought for five shillings.

What was the population of the following?

The World:
1785: 975,000,000 est., 2013: 7,088,000,000 est.

The United States:
1785: 3,300,000 est., 2013: 315,900,000 est.

New Jersey:
1785: 155,250 est., 2013: 8,900,000 est.

Cumberland County, NJ:
1785: 6,600 est., 2013: 158,000 est.

Old Home Day: Celebrating 228 Years

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church will celebrate its 228th anniversary on Old Home Day, Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Coffee will be held at 9:45 am in John Boggs Hall.
Morning service is at 11:00 am in the Church with the sermon given by our own Pastor Carber.
Luncheon follows the service at 12:30 pm in John Boggs Hall.
Finally, at 2:00pm, an afternoon musical program will feature the Haleyville Liturgical Dancers and the Pineland Trio.

The May 2013: Old Home Day Newsletter is here

We are celebrating 228 years as a church on Old Home Day. That will be on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Check out the Old Home Day Newsletter.  Follow this link to the May 2013 Newsletter.

https://portelizabethnjumc.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/201305_lamplighter_complete_oldhomedayissue_rev.pdf