Category Archives: Port Elizabeth UMC

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.

Vacation Bible School at Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church

Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love

MAURICE RIVER – Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 152 Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road, welcomes all to its “Surf ShackCatch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love” Vacation Bible School…Lessons are especially suited to the 2-12-year-old age group, but infants, teenagers and adults are guaranteed to have a good time!

Activities are free from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday thru Friday, July 18-22, in John Boggs Hall, Please arrive at 5:45 to sign in. Watch a nightly continuing adventure video, sing and dance, do science experiments, create a shell bracelet, giant sun glasses, a crab headband, sun catcher, and wind chimes; and play outdoor games. Dinner included.

For more info, call (856) 825-4386 or visit our Facebook Page.

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!

“Journey to the Cross” – Sunday School Project

The project “Journey to the Cross” was organized by Lou Hyson our Sunday School Superintendent in 2015.  For many weeks, the Sunday School Students created each of the stations on three-fold displays. On Palm Sunday after Church, all of us went to the John Boggs Hall to see the Stations of the Cross along two walls of the room. The Sunday School Students at each of the stations taught the adults what Jesus went through. Each station consisted of a reflection, a passage from the Bible, and an action or actions to take. It was a very moving experience involving all senses, along with your mind, heart, soul and spirit.


 

Station 1: Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
Luke 22:39-46
Jesus Prays on the Mount of OlivesGive Concern to JesusWe reflected on the suffering Jesus was about to experience, sensing His anguish and struggle.
Jesus says to God, “Your will be done.” He chose to go to the cross.
Is there an area of your life where you need to make a choice to love and sacrifice – even if it comes with a cost?

Write your fear or the area of your life keeping you from God’s love.
Take a red stone to remind you of Jesus’ struggle, love and sacrifice for you.


Station 2: Jesus Arrested, Betrayed By Judas
Luke 22:47-48
Jesus Betrayed By JudasReflect that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
How would you feel if one of your closest friends?
How much is your honesty worth? Would you betray a friend for money or gain?
The action was to pick up a bucket of coins, count them as you put them back.
Pray that you will never compromise your values for money or gain.
Take a chololate coin, when you taste its sweetness think about the bitterness of betrayla by a friend.


Station 3: Peter Disowns Jesus
Luke 22:54-62
Peter says I DO NOT KNOW HIMReflect on being a Christian and acknowledging Jesus in word and in your actions. This will help others who do not know him.
The most difficult action for some of us to do was to write this about Jesus:
“I do not know him!”


 

Station 4: Jesus Is Condemned To Death
Luke 23:13-25
Washing HandsReflection
The action was to wash your hands.


 

Station 5: The Guards Mock Jesus
Luke 22:63-65,
Crowned with Thorns
John 19:2-3

Guards Mock Jesus

Action was to write with a red marker and a piece of paper. This symbolized the blood Jesus shed.


 

Station 6: Jesus Takes Up The Cross
Mark 15:20, John 19:16-17

Our Crosses Jesus carried all our crosses

Contemplate the wood of the life size cross and image how heavy that is. Jesus carried that for YOU and for ME!

On the cross shaped paper, write a word of sorrow, a word of gratitude and a word of hope. Tape it to Jesus’ cross.


 

 

Station 7: Jesus Falls
Matthew 27:31-33, Mark 15:20-22, Luke 23:26-32, John 19:16-18

Jesus Falls

Between the emotional draining of prayer at Gethsemane, then being beaten, and carrying a heavy cross.  Jesus fell. How could Jesus enter our lives without surrendering to the crushing weight of the life on all on earth.

The action was to move Jesus along a path. Video to follow.


 

Station 8: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
Luke 23:26

Simon the Cyrene

The Cross is a reminder that there are many times we must depend on others with humility.  We must depend on Jesus.


 

Station 9: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Luke 23:27-31

Jesus meets the Women

The women cried for Jesus, but Jesus gasped,
“Don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves.”

Jesus was not looking for sympathy. He was looking for surrender.


 

Station 10: Jesus Is Crucified
Luke 23:33

Jesus Crucified

Nails

The action was to take a hammer and drive in one nail. The nail here was way smaller than the nails driven into Jesus.


 

Station 11: Jesus Promises His Kingdom To the Good Thief
Luke 23:39-43

Good Thief

Three men were being crucified.
One was sarcastically calling for salvation.
One defended Jesus as an innocent victim.
To that, Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Action: Pray.


 

Station 12: Jesus on the Cross, His Mother and His Disciple
John 19:25-27

Mother and Disciple

Jesus wanted his mother Mary to be taken care of.

 


 

Station 13: The Death of Jesus
Luke 23:44-46

Death of Jesus

Reflection light a candle, because that pierces the darkness.


 

Station 14: The Burial of Jesus
Luke 23:50-54

Jesus laid in tomb

Jesus laid in the tomb at that time seemed so final…


The whole picture.

But on the third day, JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD. HE IS ALIVE!!!

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
pastorbill@chewsumc.com

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.