Category Archives: Pastor

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.

What is Corporate Prayer?

What is Corporate Prayer?

  1. It is a focus on our relationship with God as opposed to a vending machine approach where we pray primary to get personal things from God.
  2. We spend time telling God what we like about Him and His character.
  3. We spend time in thanking Him for what he has done in our church as a whole.
  4. Sometimes we wait in silence before Him just soaking up His manifested presence.
  5. If we ask for things, the focus is on the big picture, the progress of our church as a whole:
    • leading people to a personal relationship with Jesus,
    • making faithful disciples of converts,
    • who will in turn, train other disciples,
    • so that the world is transformed into the character of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Pastor Care while Pastor Phil is away 2014

Pastor Mark O’Shields [Phone: 856-785-2877] will provide pastoral care on the following dates while Pastor Phil is away:

Monday, July 21 through Thursday, July 31, 2014 for seminary and
Friday, August 8 through Monday August 18, 2014 for vacation.

Pastor Phil’s Summer Bible Studies 2014

Pastor Phil is starting Summer Bible Study on Tuesday Morning and Tuesday Evening.

10:00am to 11:15am at Cumberland UMC
5218 Route 49; Millville, NJ 08332
Topic: “5 Truths that Make or Break a Personal Relationship with God”
July 1, 8, 15 and August 5, 19, 26.

7:00pm to 8:15pm at Port Elizabeth UMC
152 Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road; Port Elizabeth, NJ 08348
Topic: “When we study the Bible, what is supposed to happen to us?”
Subsequent sessions may offer study formats that can be used on one’s own daily personal study.
July 1, 8, 15 and August 19, 26.

Both Bible Studies are open to everyone.

Pastor Phil Pelphrey is the continuing Pastor at Cumberland UMC and new Pastor at Port Elizabeth UMC.

Pastor Philip Pelphrey appointed to Port Elizabeth UMC – July 1, 2014

Pastor Phillip PelphreyWe welcome Pastor Philip Pelphrey as Pastor here at Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church, Port Elizabeth, NJ effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014. He will serve our church in addition to his current appointment at Cumberland United Methodist Church, Millville, NJ.

Philip Pelphrey was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up in a God-centered Christian family. At age 7 having been moved by God’s grace, Phil responded to a gospel altar call, and began to consciously trust Jesus as his Savior and Lord. As early as age 9, he began to teach younger children about Jesus through a creative puppet show. Having served the church in a pastoral role for over 28 years, he has by God’s grace equipped many lay people to effectively share their faith and in turn disciple others.

Pastor Phil will be leading his first Bible Study here on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:00pm.

On Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 11:00am, Pastor Phil will be administering Communion.
After the Sunday Service we will hold a welcome luncheon for Pastor Phil in John Boggs Hall.

Pastor Carber Appointed to Pinelands UMC – July 1, 2014

Pastor Dave Carber has been with us as a local pastor since November 2009. He has been appointed to Pastor the Pinelands United Methodist Church, Sweetwater, NJ effective July 1, 2014. We are thankful for his service as pastor of our church.

The Pinelands United Methodist Church is a Charge consisting of four church buildings located in Atlantic and Burlington counties in the Pinelands of South Jersey. There are two services and two Sunday schools, one on each side of the river. The service is contemporary and Bible based. The current ministries include UMW, Food Pantry, VBS, Bible study, Sponsor a Child, Youth Ministry and Impact Sunday. The community knows Pinelands through the Impact Sunday, which delivers food to those in need and the monthly music ministry called Saturday Nite Alive.

Pastor Carber will lead the Bible Study with us one last time on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:00pm.
His final Sunday Service will be on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 11:00am followed by a sending off luncheon.