What's Happening


AmazonSmile Prime Day Deals Oct 13, 14

posted Oct 9, 2020, 6:56 PM by Lois Kerchner

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-1476313 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Leola United Methodist Church.

Autumn Free Lunch Drive Through Oct 24 at ll AM

posted Oct 3, 2020, 4:56 PM by Lois Kerchner

Due to COVID 19, we will not be holding our annual Harvest Party this year.  To meet the needs in the community, we will be holding an Autumn Free Lunch Drive Thru at the Carport at Leola UMC. Anyone in the community can drive up and receive a lunch of hot dog, chips, dessert, and bottle of water (until we run out).  Each car will receive a pumpkin to decorate for a chance to win a family prize.  We will also be giving a small bag of candy to each child.
LUMC Outreach Committee.

Back to School Prayer in Parking Lot Aug 23 at 1 PM

posted Aug 16, 2020, 12:12 PM by Lois Kerchner

Join us in the parking lot at Leola UMC at 1 PM on Sunday, August 23rd.  Stay in your car(to maintain social distance) and tune into 88.9 FM to hear our broadcast of prayer for returning to school.  Whether you are attending virtually or in person this year, we all need some extra prayers for health and safety.

We will also be collecting for the local schools.  If you would like, we are collecting touchless thermometers, tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.

Hope to see you there!

Kensill Fund for Hope Auction Cancelled

posted Aug 3, 2020, 11:40 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Aug 4, 2020, 9:57 AM ]

The Kensill Fund for Hope Auction scheduled for September 26, 2020 has been cancelled. The Kensill Fund for Hope is a foundation established to provide both educational services and scholarships for students who need financial aid for their studies and who participate in the ministries of the Mid-Town Parish UMC in North Philadelphia.  We will miss our time of fun and fellowship, the delicious food and great treasures to be had at the auction.  We will also miss the main source of income for the scholarship fund this year.  It is our hope and prayer that you will continue to support KFH with monetary donations this year.  (Save those other donations your unearthed from your storage areas and closets during your stay-at-home weeks until we hold our next auction!)  Checks made payable to KFH may be sent to Leola UMC.  The foundation is a 501(c)3 and you will receive a receipt for your donation.  Thank you for your support.

Face Masks- Share the love, not the germs

posted Jul 29, 2020, 12:47 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jul 29, 2020, 12:47 PM ]

News about Church Sanctuary Opening, Trustee Report

posted Jul 12, 2020, 3:20 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Sep 1, 2020, 11:44 AM ]

Trustee Report for Church Council

July 8, 2020

We are reprinting the July Trustee Report (with some updates) as a reminder!  July 8, 2020

A special meeting of the trustees was held virtually on July 5, 2020, to get ready for the first inside-church Sunday worship service. These are the items, steps and requirements that must be adhered to in order to accomplish that.

1.   The equipment that has been collected includes masks, gloves, face shields, spray bottles, a None Contact Thermometer, microfiber cleaning clothes, and hand sanitizers.

2.   The sanctuary will have to be cleaned and disinfected after each service.

3.   It will take 10 volunteers to effectually disinfect the church. We had a good response from the survey that was sent to our members. There were approximately 16 volunteers who are willing to help us. We will be training the volunteers to disinfect the sanctuary, the narthex, the elevator, all entrances, exits and railings.

4.   The first inside worship service, for members of the congregation, will be on Sunday July 26th at 10:00 am. We will continue to offer Facebook Live, Youtube video, Zoom service and the drive-up option.

5.   There will be only one entrance into the sanctuary and three or four exits out.

6.   There will be ushers to help in assuring the social distances between different groups and guidance markers to assist in the distancing.

7.   All worshipers will be required to follow social distancing and wear masks at all times.

8.   Families with children are welcome to attend the worship service.  The children will need to remain in their seats with their parents.  There will not be nursery or Sunday school provided. 

9.   Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and all exits.

10.        Collections plates will be at the entrance to the sanctuary

11.        Bulletins and song sheets will be on the tables at the entrance of the sanctuary.

12.        When the sanctuary is cleaned and disinfected, it will be locked until the next service.


The Trustees have struggled with making these decisions.  It is not what we are accustomed to or how we would like to continue. This is a very uncertain and challenging time with a lot of unknowns.  Our focus has been and will always be the safety of our members and until we have more definitive answers, we have no options but to follow the rules.


Other decisions made going forward.

1.   We will do only one service until more information is available.

2.   Children’s Sunday School Classes are currently being evaluated.  There are currently no plans to open Sunday School. Trustees will work with Children’s Ministry to develop a path forward.

3.   The education building is currently not open for Sunday School Classes.  The Trustees will communicate with Leaders as the situation changes. Conducting classes via Zoom is encouraged.   

4.   No other events in the church are being planned.


The Trustee’s Committee is submitting this request to the Church Council for approval to begin having in-church Worship services on July 26th, with the recommended regulations. 


Please feel free to contact me If there are any questions or concerns


Respectfully submitted,       Mary Clinton – Chair, Trustees Committee

 *This proposal was accepted and endorsed by the council on July 8, 2020

Drive-In Church Service June 21, Photos

posted Jun 18, 2020, 11:20 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jun 21, 2020, 8:16 PM ]

LUMC held their first Drive In Service on June 21.  Thanks to all who helped plan it.  So good to actually see our worship leaders and members of our congregation in person.




Upper Room, Envelopes, Communion Elements for pick up

posted Jun 18, 2020, 11:15 AM by Lois Kerchner

Members Envelopes, Upper Rooms and Communion elements are available to be picked up at the church Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., If you would like them to be delivered, please call the church office during the times listed above. 

Noon Zoom with Pastor Tom begins May 27

posted May 21, 2020, 5:10 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jun 10, 2020, 1:02 PM ]


Friends. Each Wednesday at 12 I host “Noon Zoom with Pastor Tom”. We cover a variety of topics from discussion of current events to matters of Scriptural interpretation, and more. It is a safe zone where all opinions are respected.      Pastor Tom

Leola UMC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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E-giving Option for LUMC

posted Apr 8, 2020, 5:25 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 23, 2020, 7:30 AM ]

With the limitation of no in-person services, LUMC has added a way for you to give online without leaving your home.

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