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VBS Scheduled for July 25,26,27 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

posted May 17, 2022, 5:27 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated May 23, 2022, 8:49 AM ]

Come join us for 3 nights of Bible School in July. There will be stories, music, games, crafts and, of course, snacks.  It's sure to be a lot of fun! Pastor David Ryan will be participating in some of the activities. 

Pastor Tom Fries' Retirement Celebration

posted May 7, 2022, 5:05 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated May 13, 2022, 8:56 AM ]

We enjoyed having Pastor Tom Fries and his son Eric join us for his retirement service and luncheon on May 8.. It was a treat to see him again.

Retirement Service for Pastor Tom Fries

posted Apr 27, 2022, 8:27 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 27, 2022, 8:30 AM ]

A Farewell Retirement Service

Reverend Tom Fries

Retiring Pastor, Leola United Methodist Church.

Sunday, May 1-10 am

Special combined communion service.

Service followed by

11:30-1pm   Luncheon Reception at the Church

 to celebrate Tom’s career and life of service to the Church


Welcome Jessica, our New Worship Accompanist

posted Apr 5, 2022, 11:39 AM by Lois Kerchner

Please welcome Jessica Bertolino to the Leola UMC family. We are excited to announce that she has joined our team as the worship accompanist. Jessica is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and earned a Master of Arts in Music Therapy & Counseling from Drexel University. In addition to playing multiple instruments including saxophone, guitar, and organ, she is also a singer-songwriter.

She has most recently worked as a Worship Pianist at a Baptist church north of Philadelphia. While she enjoyed that experience, she is looking forward to joining a church much closer to her home and getting back to her Methodist roots. Jessica will be joined by her family at church: Sam, Avery and her husband, Mike, as soon as her youngest child(born at the beginning of 2022) gets a little older. We look forward to sharing your passion for music and getting to know your family. Welcome Bertolino Family!

Easter Drive-Thru Give Away April 9th

posted Feb 26, 2022, 10:48 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 26, 2022, 10:49 AM ]

Last year was a success, so we are repeating the Easter Event giveaway.  In order to keep socially distant, we will be having a drive thru giveaway at 10AM on Saturday, April 9th.  Every family will receive the ingredients to make a breakfast casserole with instructions.  The families will be given Easter candy to enjoy at home.  Through this outreach event, we hope to encourage family time together.  The Easter Bunny will be available to take pictures with at the event.  We are looking for helping hands for our donations to help make this event a success. Look in the Narthex and take a hand or two and bring back the item listed on the card.

(Cash may be put in the offering plate, marked for Easter outreach.) 

*      8 oz. bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese (yellow)

*      Eggs – 1 dozen packs

*      Individually wrapped candy (no nuts please!)

*      Money to buy needed items not donated

Please put donations in the kitchen, perishable in designated area in the refrigerator.

Thank you for your support in helping to reach out to the community

Pastor David Ryan

posted Feb 26, 2022, 10:40 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated May 13, 2022, 8:18 AM ]

We are pleased to welcome Pastor David T. Ryan to Leola United Methodist Church as our new pastor beginning this summer. His first Sunday here is  July 3rd, and his welcome service is July 10th. 
For the last six years he has been serving two churches in the Chestertown, MD community. He and his wife, Jeannette, will move here to our Fellowship House midsummer as he takes over. If his name sounds familiar, you are not wrong as he served in our church nearly twenty years ago. While he was previously here, we saw great growth in the life of our church. It was a fruitful time of ministry in which he and the leaders of our church developed the reputation of our congregation as warm and loving with particular emphasis on the youth. Pastor David writes, ”I want my life and ministry “to count” for something. I want to expend my energy serving the church and helping the church be all that they are called to be. I don’t do this as a “lone ranger” but as part of the people of God.” As he prayed about a move back to Leola, he said it felt like a gear slipping into place. God most certainly has been at work here. Leola United Methodist Church is on the cusp and with Pastor David’s passion for ministry, engaging leadership, and gifts of joy, great things are ahead for us. Both he and his wife are extremely excited and honored to be returning to their Leola United Methodist Church family.

New Bible Study Begins March 13

posted Jan 27, 2022, 6:19 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Feb 26, 2022, 10:04 AM ]


This Study is a total of 30 sessions which we will be dividing into 7 or 8 weekly segments.  Each week will involve reading scriptures and the study manual.  Each session will include a video presentation and discussion of the past week's readings lasting approximately 2 hours.  The first session will be Sunday, March 13, with time to be determined.  If Sundays do not work for you, please suggest another day and time.

This Bible Study is entitled Christian Believer.  BELIEVER concentrates on the classical doctrines of the Christian faith-those that emerged in early Christianity as it struggled to understand its Scripture and its experience of Jesus, and that have remained central to church teaching through the centuries.  These basic Christian beliefs distinguish Christians from other people and Christianity from other faiths.  BELIEVER emphasizes the relationship of worship, belief, and daily life.

Questions, please ask.  If you would like to join us, please let Joyce Hall know by February 20,2022. Joyce's contact info is in the Church Directory.

A Message from Pastor Tom

posted Jan 7, 2022, 4:45 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 5, 2022, 12:07 PM ]

Nov. 2015 From The Pastor's Desk - Reformation Lutheran Church

Sisters and Brothers in Christ

        Today is the first day of the year 2022.  It is a day where I find myself reflecting upon a new stage in life.
         I wish to express my thanks to our Lord for the honor of coming into your lives, if ever so briefly, to serve as pastor these recent years.  It was another of the many great blessings God has bestowed upon me.  I shall miss you.  But will never forget you.  A wonderful congregation, with exceptional leadership.

Pastor Beverly is there now, I could not be happier for you! She has been a most wonderful disciple and servant of our Lord for many years. And you are most fortunate to have someone like her come among you. She has so much to teach and to offer, as you will discover as you get to know her.

I shall miss you. But you are in the best of care, from our Lord, and Pastor Beverly.

So, I wish upon you grace and peace.  And, as always, I wish ... Shalom.

                                Pastor Tom

Nativity Scene with the Children

posted Dec 24, 2021, 5:27 AM by Lois Kerchner

The children did such a great job on December 19 with the Nativity Scene between our two services!

Cookie Sale to Combat World Hunger Dec 12

posted Dec 2, 2021, 5:33 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Dec 2, 2021, 5:34 PM ]


As you read this article, December is here and your plans for the holidays are probably underway.  You may want to add baking cookies to your list of things to do, as this year our church will not be selling cookie trays.  But please mark your calendars for Sunday, December 12.  That is the Sunday when special envelopes will be distributed and collected for the “cookie” fund raiser.

Each $15 donated (the cost of a tray of cookies) provides 250 meals of a rice based product called Vita Food to children in Haiti and parts of the US.  This food is distributed through Cross international and Blessings of Hope to children at their school and may be the only meal they receive that day.  This also encourages them to attend school and with increased education, may lead them to a way to break their cycle of poverty as well as fight against malnutrition.

When we last sold cookie trays two years ago, we raised enough to provide 26,625 meals.  Well done all you cookie lovers!  Let’s see if we can provide as many meals this year – or more – through your generous donations.

If you will not be attending church services on December 12 to receive your special envelope for your donation, you may donate by following the directions below.

Mail check/money order payable to “The Cookie Sale” to:  Cookie Sale, 533 Janet Ave, Lancaster, PA  17601

Place check payable to “The Cookie Sale” in an envelope designated “The Cookie Sale” and place in our church offering plate.

Thank you in advance for your caring and generous donations.


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