What's Happening


Hoina Update

posted Apr 15, 2019, 12:11 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 12:20 PM ]

 The Children at Hoina, one of our missions that we support in India, recently took on a project to paint the cement walls that surround this school in India.  The pictures and part of the article in their newsletter is written by Darlene Large, a Leola resident who founded this school.


"On my most recent trips to India, word “got around” that I had arrived. A good number of our graduates whom we call HOINA Tigers called me, visited me, telephoned me, and emailed me. They brought me up to date on where they are now and what they are doing. They thanked me and said they are praying for HOINA and all of us as well as America and its wonderful, generous donors. Thankfully, I was able to accomplish much in the short time I was overseas on this trip, just about seven weeks, rather than my usual three months.

While in India, I had an idea. We have 24 acres, and we are surrounded by high cement walls as many properties there are. Since I am a retired art teacher and I know that our students are not offered art classes in school, I decided the children needed art to develop the right side of their brains. Besides, looking at high whitewashed walls is boring. We broke up into teams of two and three. The children drew their ideas on the walls with pieces of charcoal, and then the children began painting their wall space. We have a few murals left to do, but about three-fourths of them are finished as you can see in the photos this month. The 12- to 21-year-olds did this work.

We then invited 40 teachers from their schools to come for tea and be the judges. We gave awards to both the first place boys’ team and the first place girls’ team. (See photos for details.) Many teachers said it was a difficult task for them as so many were excellent. Since some of the murals weren’t finished in time for the judging, those students will complete their projects once the summer holidays arrive in May. Our children will spend March finishing their school year as they prepare for April’s annual exams. The break in May will be welcome just as summer vacation is here in the U.S."



Egg Hunt April 13 at 10 AM, Rain or Shine

posted Mar 26, 2019, 3:03 PM by Lois Kerchner



This year the Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 13 at 10 AM' rain or shine.  This is always an exciting event for the children, ages 2 - 12. 

Holy Week Services and Activities

posted Mar 26, 2019, 2:40 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 2:49 PM ]

The table below indicates the Services and Activities for Holy Week this year.
 April 18
 Holy Thursday Service
 7 PM
 April 19
 Good Friday Service
7 PM 
Breakout Ministries, 
 April 21
Easter Sunrise Service followed by Easter Breakfast 

6:30 AM 

 April 21
 Combined Service
10 AM 

Fundraisers for Spring Fling

posted Mar 26, 2019, 2:28 PM by Lois Kerchner



On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, GREENFIELD ISAAC’S is hosting a fundraiser benefiting Leola UMC’s Spring Fling Party. Bring your family and friends to enjoy great food and great company while supporting this free community event, sponsored by Leola United Methodist Church. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the cost of your meal will go directly to the Spring Fling Party Fund. We hope to see you!


WHERE:        GREENFIELD ISAAC’S—Valid at this Isaac’s only.

The Shoppes at Greenfield, 565 Greenfield Road, Lancaster

Call 717-393-6067 to place your takeout order

WHEN:          Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. HOW:      Bring this flyer with you or show it on your phone, complete the information and hand in when paying.


    This form can be used for Dine-In, Takeout & Online Orders at www.isaacrestaurants.com

Use coupon code FUND for online fundraiser orders.

Please complete this information for your server.


Name: __________________________# of People in Party:             ____ Cost of Meal (excluding tax): ________                                                                                       

In order to maximize the amount of donation for the organization, we ask our Loyalty members to kindly refrain from using their number during fundraisers. Meal Deals, Coupons, Discounts, and Loyalty Perks are not valid during Fundraisers. Want to help us earn even MORE? Add an Isaac’s Gift Card to your check and 15% of the gift card sale will be added to the fundraiser! Gift card must be used on future visit.   

Click for a printable document of the above info.



Spring Fling Sub Sale

All proceeds will be used for the Spring Fling and other outreach events.


Subs will be available for pick up only.  Saturday May 18th, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.,

at Leola United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 7 West Main St, Leola, PA  17540.

All subs are $4.00 for a  6 inch and from Eby’s Store in Martindale, they will have lettuce, tomato,

onion and a mayo pack.



American Sub


Turkey Sub


Roast Beef sub


Italian Sub


Ham Sub


Total Due








Please include payment with order form and make checks payable to Leola UMC.



Phone # :_____________________________________________________


Last Sunday for orders is Sunday, April 28, 2019, please give form and payment to

Church office or place in the offering plate on Sunday morning. THANKS! 

Click for a printable document of the Sub Order Form

Spring Fling May 18, 4 - 6 PM

posted Mar 26, 2019, 1:50 PM by Lois Kerchner

Our committee has met to start planning this year’s Spring Fling event.  The Spring Fling committee is: Laura Summerson, Kathy Geltz, Grace Kieley, Adrienne Gorman, and Kim O’Heher.  We are busy planning music, games, fun, and food. More info to follow.

VBS June 23 - 27

posted Mar 26, 2019, 1:44 PM by Lois Kerchner

Well rumor has it that a game show is coming to Leola UMC. Mark your calendars now for the week of June 23 to June 27, 2019. This year’s VBS is Studio Go. This is going to be packed with extra games for the children to play at the opening, during, and at the closing of each night. The children will learn what it means to Go Lead, Go Risk, Go Tell, Go Obey, and Go Serve. We need your help to prepare and make this years VBS memorable. Please consider volunteering your time and talent in teaching the bible lessons, become one of our cast, we need stage crew members to help with walking the children, or perhaps you’ll enjoy our decorating committee which will transform the Narthex and Sanctuary into a sparkly game show stage. Watch your newsletters for more information or contact Lori Strickler.

Save Bottles for Bible School Craft

posted Mar 26, 2019, 1:35 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 1:39 PM ]

Your help is needed for VBS Crafts.

Please save your 48 oz. wide mouth juice/drink bottles and small 4 - 8oz. water bottles and bring them to church for us to use as a craft at VBS!

Combined Services for 2019

posted Mar 1, 2019, 11:10 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 1:23 PM ]

Combined Services, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - Luncheon and Game Day.  

March 24, 2019 - Combined Service & Luncheon.  

April 21, 2019 - Easter Combined Service  - Breakfast, brunch.  

May 19, 2019 - Combined Service - Luncheon.  

June 30, 2019 - Use VBS video and songs - Combined Service - Luncheon.  

July 28,  2019 - Combined Service, Luncheon, Concert.  

October 13, 2019 - Combined Service, Luncheon.  

December 8, 2019 - Combined Service & Christmas Dinner.  

Other Dates for 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Easter Egg Hunt.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Spring Fling.

Sunday June 23 - Thursday, June 27 - Vacation Bible School.

Saturday, August 17- Church Picnic.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Harvest Party.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - Craft Show.

Get to Know You Form

posted Mar 1, 2019, 11:06 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 11:08 AM ]

We would like to encourage members to get to know each other more at Leola United Methodist Church. With 2 different worship times, this should help us get more familiar. The link below is available for printing. Please fill this out and return it to the church office or place in the offering plate.  The monthly newsletter has been featuring different members for our "Get to know you" effort.

Operation Christmas Child for 2019 at LUMC

posted Mar 1, 2019, 10:49 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 1, 2019, 10:51 AM ]

For 2019
we would like to collect items year round for Operation Christmas Child.  We need your help in collecting donations to fill our shoeboxes, which go to children around the world. Last year we filled 50 shoeboxes with donations.

What ages are the children?  Ages 2 to 14
Where do donations go?  A collection box near the mailboxes in the narthex.
Monetary Donations?  Yes. Shipping is $9 per shoebox. Place monetary donations into a pew envelope marked OCC, and place it in the offering plate.  The children will be taking a collection at the combined services this year for Operation Christmas.

Items that cannot be included in Shoeboxes.  Candy; gum; used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military toys; chocolate or food; seeds; fruit rolls or other fruit snacks; drink mixes (powdered or liquids); liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers, aerosol cans.

Suggestions for Items to Donate by Month






Combs, Hair Brushes & Hair Ties


Coloring Books & Stickers




Wash clothes & Bar Soap


Toothbrushes & Dental Floss


Colored Pencils, Crayons


Jump Rope & Toy Cars


Pencils, Pens, Pencil Sharpeners


Legos & Baby dolls


Handwritten Note to Recipient


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