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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 234th Anniversary on June 2, 2019

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church
will be celebrating 234 Years at our Old Home Day Celebration.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Events for the day:

9:45 am: Coffee in John Boggs Hall

11:00 am: Church Service
Guest speaker  TBA

~12:30 pm: Luncheon

2:00 pm: Music Program TBA

Come join us!

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church Historic Site

The text below is the amended text of the Recommendation of Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church to be designated as a Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Historic Site. This was presented by Rev. Bill Wilson, Chair, Commission on Archives and History at the 2015 Annual Conference in the Wildwood Convention Center on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church Historic Site
(no financial impact)
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church is one of the oldest organized Methodist Episcopal Church congregations in New Jersey at two hundred and thirty years and was part of the original Salem circuit in southern New Jersey.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church started out as the Methodist Society at Morris’ River around 1778 during the American Revolution. Benjamin Abbott, southern New Jersey’s influential “War Time Evangelist” attended the quarterly meeting.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church was visited by Bishop Frances Asbury on September 17, 1785 at quarterly meeting. He would return on October 6, 1786 to an attentive crowd.  He returned for a last time on April 17, 1809 to preach and confer with Dr. Benjamin Fisler about building an academy on the church grounds.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church’s cemetery contains the remains of Richard Swain and his family. Swain served under Abbott and was appointed to several circuits in the New Jersey area until 1803. His leadership helped make Methodism successful in the southern New Jersey area.
WHEREAS, Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church erected the first building exclusively used by Methodists, completed in 1786. The present edifice dates from 1827.
THEREFORE, As one of the most successful southern New Jersey churches whose tremendous impact upon South Jersey Methodism since 1785 deserves to be recognized by this body as a Greater New Jersey Annual Conference Historic Site.
RATIONALE: Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church has a special place in southern New Jersey’s Methodist history. The fact that Francis Asbury visited three times and set in motion plans for an educational academy built later on the grounds gives proof to its expanding ministry and importance to Methodist work in the area. Port Elizabeth’s spiritual heritage through the years includes a famous 1869 revival and strong temperance stand in 1884.
Submitted and Presented by Rev. Bill Wilson, Chair
Commission on Archives and History
(856) 939-1007

Revised by Theodore F. Prohowich, Jr., Church Historian
Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church

March 31, 2015 Friends of Israel Presents Christ In The Passover

Friends of Israel presents “Christ In The Passover”

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm
John Boggs Hall
152 Port Elizabeth – Cumberland Road
Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348
(856) 825-2258

The Passover Seder is the oldest continuous religious service conducted in the world today. Given to the Jewish people some 3,300 years ago it still has relevance. Jesus was celebrating the Passover the night of the last supper. It was the elements of the Passover that Jesus used to introduce the Christian Communion. Christians have found that a better understanding of the Passover has greatly enhanced their understanding of Communion service. The Christ in the Passover presentation has served to improve the awareness and the worship of the Communion and has built bridges of understanding between Christians and their Jewish friends and neighbors.

Our presenter will be Rev. Mitch Triestman.

Mitch Triestman is serving the Lord with the Friends of Israel Gospel ministry. Mitch received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Bible from the Philadelphia College of Bible. After ten years of serving as the Philadelphia area director for the Chosen People Ministries, he returned to school at the Biblical Theological Seminary where he received a Master’s degree in Bible.

Mitch is the author of four books, the textbook Witnessing Biblically, an evangelistic Bible study book, Abraham the Committed Christian, a collection of sermons on Bible prophecy entitled Are we there yet? and Torah, Torah, Torah, a search for all the Christological teachings in the first five books of the Scriptures; as well as a multitude of articles in magazines and journals.

Rev. Triestman has been active in the field of Jewish Evangelism for more than forty years. His experiences in the field and his study of the scriptures from a Jewish perspective have made him a fascinating teacher. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous mission conferences. His extensive studies in the areas of Biblical prophecy and in Judaica make him an intriguing lecturer at a prophecy conference or in training on the feasts of Israel and Jewish customs in the Scriptures.

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)
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.