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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!

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

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

The February 2013 Lamplighter is published.

Hello to our in-state and out-of-state members, friends and constituents.

This is the first time we have published The Lamplighter, a newsletter for Port Elizabeth United Methodist Church on the Internet.

https://portelizabethnjumc.org/publications/lamplighter/

More will be added. The next newsletter goes out before Old Home Day.