What's Happening


Coronavirus updates from Pastor Tom

posted Mar 16, 2020, 12:10 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 8:24 AM ]

Church Services thru Easter Sunday, April 12 will be cancelled.  The links below are letters from Pastor Tom with more information about our church and the Coronavirus.  Café will be closed until further notice.

Two Plagues; One Reformer

In the year A.D.1527, the bubonic plague broke out in Germany.   In the midst of this terrible crisis, Martin Luther spoke words on personal responsibility and caring for one another:

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God”

I find this comforting and encouraging.  God will lead us if we seek His face, hear His voice, and follow.


Pastor Tom

Cafe will be Closed

posted Mar 14, 2020, 11:23 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 1:25 PM ]

Due to the Coronavirus situation, our café will be closed until further notice. 

Support LUMC at Amazon Smile

posted Mar 3, 2020, 7:45 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 7:53 AM ]

Support Leola United Methodist Church by shopping at Amazon Smile.   
Here are the directions, if you need help with the link below.

Change Your AmazonSmile Charitable Organization

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.

To change your charitable organization:

1.     Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.

2.     From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.

Select Leola United Methodist Church as the organization to support.

Luncheon and Game Day Feb 9

posted Jan 27, 2020, 6:07 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jan 27, 2020, 6:14 PM ]

Come join in for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and games. Following the 10 AM Combined Service and luncheon, our annual “Game Event” begins in Fellowship Hall. Bring your friends, family, a favorite game – we will provide lots of games also. A sign-up sheet is in the lobby, or sign up on the sheet below and return it to the church office. Info can also be found on Facebook and the website. 
We need some volunteers to make soup and dessert.
Click for a printable copy of the sign up sheet for this event.

Valentine Boxes for Conestoga View ends Feb 9

posted Jan 27, 2020, 5:54 PM by Lois Kerchner

2020 Valentine’s Day

It will soon be here! It is time to fill up the Valentine

Box with gifts for the residents of Conestoga View.


Please NO Denture Cleaner, Powder, Mouthwash or Bar Soap


Suggested articles include:


Hairbrushes / Combs / Shampoo / Toothbrushes

Toothpaste / Deodorant / Kleenex / Chapstick

Body Wash or Lotion / Hand Soap / Socks for

men and women / Costume jewelry

Puzzles under 100 pieces / Large print Word search

Sudoku or crossword books / Walmart gift cards


They may be wrapped or unwrapped.


The box will be in the Narthex until February 9th.  Thank you!


Any Questions, call the church office 717-656-7600 or

 Kathy Geltz, 717-295-5709 Thank you for your donations!


Thank You for Cookie Sale Combatting World Hunger

posted Jan 27, 2020, 12:38 PM by Lois Kerchner

Thank you so very much for your support again this year of the Cookie Sale to Combat World Hunger. I am sure those who received the trays as gifts were delighted and hopefully you had a chance to enjoy some of the cookies yourself and perhaps even share with Santa.

 Including donations, we “sold” the equivalent of 71 trays of cookies. This will provide 26,625 meals to children in Haiti. The trays we did not sell were donated to our church to distribute to organizations of our choice. After numerous calls to places unable to use these cookie trays, Garden Spot Village gratefully accepted them to give to residents who can no longer bake or are without family nearby. As the thank you note from Garden Spot Village reads, “You made their day!”

 Again, Thank You for your support of this cookie sale.

New Bible Study Coming in March

posted Jan 27, 2020, 12:33 PM by Lois Kerchner

You are invited to join a study from Maxie Dunnam entitled The Workbook for Intercessory Prayer. For seven weeks from March 8 to May 3 we will be meeting on Sunday evenings for approximately 60 to 90 minutes starting at 6:00p.m. During the week you will use the workbook to guide you into intercessory prayer. When we gather, we will share our experiences from the week. If you would like to join us, please let Joyce Hall know as soon as possible so that you can have your book to prepare the first session. Question, Joyce Hall.

Clarity on Possible Changes in the United Methodist Churches

posted Jan 27, 2020, 12:30 PM by Lois Kerchner

The link below gives you some clarity on the possible changes that may occur in the United Methodist Church.  This topic has been in the news, and Pastor Tom spoke of this in the services recently. This summary is written by Diane Hopkins

Click for link about Clarity on Future Paths for the United Methodist Church

Click for Bishop Peggy Johnson's Letter concerning a possible separation agreement

Combined Services, Lunches and Events 2020

posted Jan 27, 2020, 12:23 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 9:04 AM ]

February 9th - Games Day     

June 28th  or July 5th - Potential Post VBS     

July 26th  - HYSSONG concert    

December 6th - Christmas Dinner    


Other Events:  

April 10th - Ministerium combined Good Friday Service

June  - VBS     

September - Kensill Auction    

October 24th - Harvest Party    

November 7th - Craft Show

"Undecorate the Church" Day Jan. 11 at 10 AM

posted Jan 5, 2020, 5:12 PM by Lois Kerchner

Come join us to "undecorate" the sanctuary as well as the rest of the church.  Many hands make the job so much faster.

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