Wayne Wentworth

Our church family morns the loss of Wayne Wentworth, husband of Pastor Patty Wentworth. Wayne was born on May 23, 1944 and passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his viewing Sunday, August 26 from 2 to 4pm at the MAHAFFEY-MILANO Funeral Home, 11 E. Kings Hwy. Mt. Ephraim, NJ 856-931-1628. A service will follow Sunday at 4pm, also at the Funeral Home. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at Brooklawn Diner, 297 Crescent Blvd, Brooklawn, NJ immediately following the service. 

Easter Egg Hunt 2018

An Egg-cellent time was had by all at our annual Easter Egg Hunt! Many thanks to all who participated and special thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a success! Please enjoy the photos!

Upcoming Events

Sparrow Craft Night - March 7th at 7:00pm

ONE Advocacy In Action - March 11th at 11:30am

Easter Egg Hunt - March 24th at 10:00am (Inside due to snow!)

Palm Sunday Worship - March 25th at 10:00am

Maunday Thursday (foot washing service) - March 29th at 7:00pm

Easter Sunday Worship - April 1st at 10:00am

Please visit us on Facebook @FirstUMCofMtEphraim for more info!

Teddy Bear Sunday 2018!

God is GREAT! 251 Teddy Bears and "friends" donated for the children at the Osborne Family Health Center in Camden, N.J.! We are blessed to be able to provide a little comfort to those chronically ill children. We may be a small congregation, but we are mighty! Thank you to everyone who donated bears, decorated, and brought food for the Teddy Bear Picnic!

PB&J, Warm Clothing, and God's Love!

This Friday (1/19) our church will join with the Sparrow Program to assist our friend in Christ, Jim Piscatelli, to care for the homeless in Camden City. They plan on making over 100 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to include in bag lunches that Jim and his team will deliver this weekend. It's a BIG job and we need the help of our church family who we know have big hearts for loving their brothers and sisters in need! There are SO many ways to help! Come make sandwiches at the Charles Dougherty Center on Lambert Avenue in Mt. Ephraim from 4:30-8:30pm; donate financially to the project and let us do the shopping for you; and PLEASE see if you have unwanted warm coats, sweatshirts/pants, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves that you can donate. For more info, please contact Judy Coble at 856-685-8754.

Christmas Eve Worship

Please join our church family for worship on Christmas Eve! We will have a morning worship service at 10am as well as our evening service at 7pm during which we will celebrate the coming of the Christ Child with carols, candles, communion, and a performance by our hand bell choir!

Upcoming events!


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 at 6:00PM

The Jacobs Brothers, veterans of gospel music, are dedicated to the ministry of spreading the Gospel through music. Since 1962 the group has traveled millions of miles, produced more than fifty albums, and hosted many international tours.

Presently the Jacobs Brothers weekly television program is seen by many Central Pennsylvanians on WGCB-TV, Channel 49, Red Lion, PA and on Direct TV. The King's Campground, another branch of their ministry, provides a Christian camping experience for many families year-round. Their ministry also brings thousands of people to Central Pennsylvania each July for a week of gospel music.

The group is comprised of two brothers, Bob and Mike Jacobs, who are original members of the group that started in the small town of East Berlin, PA in 1962. The third member, Mike Lawver, joined the group in 1972, and comes from McClure, PA.

The word "versatility" best describes the Jacobs Brothers program. Although they specialize in traditional and sacred music, their approach to the Gospel is varied by using the diversified talents of the singers throughout the concert. The end result is a program which is appealing to all ages in the audience. Many have testified that attendance at a Jacobs Brothers concert is truly an unforgettable experience.

We will have a time of fellowship and refreshments immediately following the concert!


...and the food pantry is in need of cereals (hot & cold), granola bars, canned soups, canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.) and other non-perishable foods for families who come to us for assistance. **Cans with pop top lids are especially appreciated as some families are in transit or homeless and don't have access to can openers to enjoy the food they receive** Please bring your gifts any Sunday morning and leave them in the basket at the entrance to the sanctuary. Help us feed a family and warm their hearts!


During the coming months, we have an opportunity to meet together and enjoy the evening making crafts to assist the Sparrow program with items to sell at their winter bazaar. Our first crafty night is Wednesday, Sept. 20th from 7-8:30pm in the social hall. Come join us and bring a friend for fun, fellowship, and crafts to help the Sparrow program! All craft items will be provided.


Planning is under way for our first big project since Pastor Sandy's arrival! We are having a Rummage & Bake Sale on Saturday, October 14th! Clothing, toys, vintage items, jewelry, household items, books, arts & crafts supplies...and so much more! Come find some treasures, eat some goodies, and enjoy the friendliness of our church family!


...and the food pantry is in desperate need of cans of soup and canned meals such as beef-a-roni-ravioli, mac and cheese, etc. for families who come to us for assistance. Cans with pop top lids are especially appreciated as some families are in transit or homeless and don't have access to can openers to enjoy the food they receive. Please bring your gifts any Sunday morning and leave them in the basket at the entrance to the sanctuary. Help us feed a family and warm their hearts!

July 2017

We are excited to welcome Pastor Sandra Campbell as our new Senior Pastor! Sandy has an Associate degree in Human Services, a Bachelor degree in Communications and Marketing, and she completed the five year Course of Study at Wesley Seminary. Her ministries include serving six UMC churches in Pennsylvania and New York. She was born and raised in the beautiful town of Wellsboro, PA. Sandy has two sons - one on earth and one in heaven.

We invite everyone to come out for Sunday morning worship service to meet Pastor Sandy! 


Do you want to share an evening of discussion with your new pastor? We're hoping that everyone's response to this question is a resounding "YES, OF COURSE!". Then mark Monday, July 24th on your calendars and join the rest of your church family at the parsonage at 7pm that evening! This will be an evening of sharing our hopes, dreams, visions and plans for ideas that will help to shape the future of our church's ministry together. Bring your best thoughts and a willingness to be open to God's Spirit among us as we listen, share and plan ways to reach out into our community as well as among our own church family in ways that will make God's Love, Grace, Mercy and Presence known through us.

July's Sparrow Senior Luncheon is July 27th
The final senior luncheon of the Sparrow year is set for 11:30am Thursday, July 27th at the Charles Dougherty Center (508 Lambert Ave. Mt. Ephraim) The luncheon will be followed by a time of Line Dancing with the Sparrows! Call Judy Coble (856) 685-8752 for reservations. 

April 2017

Please join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! This year we will hold the event on Sunday, April 9th at 11:30am immediately following our morning worship service. We'll have nearly 1,000 candy filled eggs for the children to find. All are welcome to join in the fun and as always, all are also welcome to attend our worship service at 10:00am prior to the Easter Egg Hunt! Hope to see everyone there! 

February 2017

Thank you to all who participated in Teddy Bear Sunday 2017! We collected 248 teddy bears to be donated to the Osborne Clinic of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. These furry friends will be matched with chronically and terminally ill children who come with their families to Osborne for treatment. Each bear donated will carry with it the love and prayers of our church family. We ask that you continue to pray for the children and families who will receive your bears, and be mindful that everything we do in Jesus' name is a blessing of tremendous value! 

December 2016

Our Christmas Eve services will be at 4:00pm and 11:00pm. Since Christmas is on a Sunday this year, we will be having an informal service at 10:00am downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite breakfast item to share and we'll sing Christmas hymns and read the reason for the season from God's Word! Everyone is welcome! 

October 2015

What an exciting month October has been! We were honored to have members from both Mount Ephraim Fire Department and Audubon Fire Department join us for our Firefighter Appreciation worship service and coffee hour on October 25th. The firefighters even brought their ladder trucks for the kids to explore! Thanks to Gloucester City Fire Department and Miss Amanda for providing toy firefighter helmets and goodie bags for the kids! It was also the first performance of the year for the Heaven's Half Pints. Miss Sarah and the children did a fantastic job!

We had an energizing worship service for Laity Sunday on October 18th as well. Larry Barrar and his daughter, Barb, lead our service which included inspirational music and video message from Bono, Christian anti-poverty activist and singer for the band U2. The children also learned about the importance of electricity in our daily lives and that children in other parts of the world, particularly Africa, don't have access to electricity. Electricity is vital for global health, education, and the eradication of extreme poverty. For more info on energy poverty visit ONE.org

Be sure to stop in the church parlor to see the upgrades we've made. The 70's have left the building! With new carpet, blinds, and donated furniture the parlor is now bright and inviting for our church meetings and Bible study! We are in the early stages of planning a "painting party" to freshen up the walls in the sanctuary with a coat of paint. Contact Dan Crumrine if you are interested in helping.

Annual Church Conference will be this Saturday, October 31st, beginning at 8:45am. Conference will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, 149 Ganttown Rd, Turnersville, NJ 08012. If you would like to car-pool, please contact Pastor Patty.

As always, please check our Facebook page for more info on upcoming events https://www.facebook.com/FUMOFME

September 2015

The Heaven's Half Pints children's choir will have their first rehearsal of the fall Thursday, October 1st at 6:30pm.
Children Pre-K (age 4) to 4th grade are welcome to join the choir. The Heaven's Half Pints are scheduled to sing for us during the worship service on the fourth Sunday of each month.

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As cooler days sweep in, we reflect on a warm and wonderful summer! Children of all ages had a blast at our "Living Water Family Fun Night" event where we invited the community to come play on the church lawn. Lots of water games, snacks, and fun were had by all. We also enjoyed spreading information about our church while walking in the annual Mount Ephraim Fourth of July Parade. It was wonderful to be out among all the families celebrating our country's birthday! In August, we had another visit from our friends the Berry Pickers who treated us to their inspirational blue-grass gospel music!

We would like to thank Westwood United Methodist church for donating the display case for our thrift shop! We are also looking for additional volunteers to work the thrift shop on Saturday mornings.

Mark your calendars for our Annual Church Conference on Saturday, October 31st, beginning at 8:45am. Conference will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, 149 Ganttown Rd, Turnersville, NJ 08012.

We are also making plans for a special worship service and coffee hour on October 25th in honor of National Firefighter Appreciation Month to thank and celebrate the brave men and women who risk their lives to save others every day! Please visit our Facebook event page to RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1193060537377326/

Please check our Facebook page for more info on upcoming events https://www.facebook.com/FUMOFME

Our year has been full of grand events and we hope you are checking our facebook page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/FUMOFME

April 2014
Our annual Easter egg hunt will be April 19th from 10am-12pm. Join us for the fun free event. We will be expanding our egg hunting area this year to accommodate the growing number of children. There will be a craft, light refreshments and story time inside after the egg hunt!! Contact Sarah at 856-933-7540 or rtssmb822@comcast.net with any questions. 

Easter Flowers 2014

Lillies $6.50
Hyacinths $4.00
Daffodils $4.50

Deadline is April 13, see Janice or Pastor Patty to place your order. 

Sept 2013 

Undie Sunday!! We are collecting new Underwear and socks for the children at the neighborhood center. 

We have brought back out Heaven's half pints Choir group, this is for ages 2 1/2 -7 and they meet every Thursday night at 7. 

We are busy planning our first Trunk or Treat event. It will take place Oct 27 right after the Mount Ephraim Halloween Parade which begins at 6pm. 

Check our facebook page for up to date information on all out events and group meetings! 

July & Aug 2013 

We have started a prayer shawl group which meets every 1st wed of the month, everyone is welcome even if you do not know how to knit or crochet we have some great teachers! 

The UMW meets every 3rd wed of the month. 

June 2013

~ Here is a recap from the annual conference, it was shown last week during church in case you missed it...

~ We all very busy planning some up coming events. 
           * We will be marching in the 4th of July parade this year 
           * We will also be at the Craft and car fair September 28
           * Our trunk or treat event will be Oct 27th 

~ We have church t-shirts on sale for $6 each contact Sarah to order 856-933-7540. 

May 2013

~Screening of Mary and Martha Sunday May 19 at 11am at the church. 
Join us immediately following the 10:00am worship service for a screening of the HBO film "Mary and Martha" and discussion of how we can use our voices to make a difference in the fight against malaria. All are certainly welcome to attend the worship service prior to the screening!

~ Bake Sale May 18 8am-2pm During the town wide yard sale our thrift shop will be open and we will be hosting a bake sale! 

~The Audubon Apple's was nice enough to help us in hosting a dining to donate event May 15, 2013 in our church's name. 10% of any bill that has one of our flyers attached to it that day will be donated directly to the church. We are in need and this will really be able to help. You can print our flyer here from the website under Applebee's Flyer. 

April 2013

~ Our church has recently joined Good Search where we earn a penny for every search done in our name! Check it out here and help us earn some money for our church...

If you have questions about Good search you can always call or e-mail the church, here is the FQA page from Good Search. 

March 2013 

~ Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be March 30th this year at 12 noon!
There will be crafts, snacks and eggs for all! Hope you can join us for this fun, FREE event. If you have any questions or would like to donate contact Sarah at rtssmb822@comcast.net or 856-933-7540.

~Saturday March 16th District day of learning Hope UMC 700 cooper rd 
Voorhees, NJ 08043
8 am - Fellowship & Registration
9 am - Worship
Session 1 - 10:15 am to 11:30 am
Session 2 - 11:45 am to 1 pm
This will be a very unique learning session, like no other Day of Learning we've
ever done. Come and be surprised, enlightened and inspired. Please read 
the brochure,
pick out your workshops and then register online. It's easy. It's quick.

~Easter flowers are now on sale...
Lilies $6.50 each
Hyacinths single bloom $4.00 each
Daffodils $4.50
Deadline is March 24

~7 week course for Hospice Ministry see Shellie for details. 

~We have begun collecting plastic Easter eggs and candy for our annual 
Easter egg hunt for the children. You can bring donations with you Sunday 
morning or drop them in the bin on the side of the church! (\ /)
                                                                                     (. .)

~Our Lent Bible study is in full swing. If you would like to attend it 
begins right after church down stares after coffee hour.

~Our holy Thursday service will be held March 28th at 7pm with communion. 

~Remember Easter Sunday service is March 31st at 10am. 

~The bishop has written a letter on what the Methodist church is doing 
for the Sandy victims here it is...

The wind blows where it chooses, you hear the sound of it, 
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with 
everyone who is born of the Spirit. Jesus (John 3:8)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Jesus encountered the forces of nature. 
He calmed storms on the sea, faced parched lands in the desert, 
and braved the heat of the sun in the wilderness. While he experienced 
nature’s wrath, Jesus also saw the movement of the Spirit. People born 
of the Spirit move to the places where God needs them.

For the four months following Superstorm Sandy, we have witnessed 
the Spirit’s winds of hope, healing and relief blow in our midst. People 
from Greater New Jersey and across the Nation have been Holy Spirit 
winds for those impacted by the storm.

Together, we have responded by:


    Providing more than 50,000 meals

    Providing day and night shelter for more than 5,000 people

    Distributing more than 11,000 cleaning buckets (flood buckets), more 
than 3,000 health kits, tons of clothing and other material supplies such 
as non-perishable food, heaters, and blankets

    Assessing community needs and mucking out nearly 2,000 homes


The Greater New Jersey Disaster Relief Team and congregations 
throughout the conference have done an outstanding ministry. The
 Middletown congregation, under Pastor Derrick Doherty's leadership, 
has been active in areas like Union Beach assisting people with food, 
cleaning out their homes and providing home assessments. The Atlantic 
Highlands & Navesink congregations, under the leadership of Pastor Jill 
Hubbard-Smith, drove through communities immediately following the 
storm providing coffee and meals to impacted residents and volunteers.

Pastor Jevon Caldwell-Gross of Hamilton Memorial UMC in Atlantic City
 has volunteered to be the secretary of the Atlantic City long term 
recovery group that will assess needs and channel resources to repair 
hundreds of homes.  Lacey UMC in Forked River provided meals, 
material distribution and housing for those without homes and still 
continues to provide housing for three families.

These are only a few of the many Spirit winds that have been blowing 
throughout Greater New Jersey. I give thanks to God for each of you as 
you volunteer, donate money and pray for the long term recovery of 
those impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

Today we begin to move from relief ministry to long term recovery 
ministry. Our recovery ministry will have three aspects:


    Repair - repair 300-500 homes of low income, elderly and disabled 
individuals. A significant part of the repair ministry is recruiting and
 housing as many as 15,000 volunteers.

    Rebuild - using the Communities of Shalom strategy, we will identify at
 least three communities where we will work with residents, businesses 
and elected officials to develop sustainable communities. Our rebuild
 ministry also includes repairs to church property. We had 113 church 
properties impacted by the storm. Most of these are covered by 
insurance but 12 properties will need our assistance.

    Renew- providing case management, spiritual renewal and counseling 
for the most hard hit families and individuals.


To support this ministry we are establishing host sites to house 
volunteers. These sites include three large capacity host sites; 
Highlands Church, First UMC of Belmar, and Pinelands Center, as well as 
several other local churches who can host anywhere from 15 to 30 
people. Through these host sites we will house up to 200 volunteers a 
week which will allow us to support the work of repairing as many as 
20 homes at a time.

Some have been asking why we have not moved to the repair phase more
 quickly. There are several reasons:


    Homes must be mold free before we begin repairs.

    Homeowners must have their resources secured (FEMA and insurance 
companies have a tremendous back log of cases).

    We have to wait for towns to identify repair and rebuilding plans (this 
has been slowed because of issues of elevating homes and waiting until 
environmental work is completed because some communities are prone 
to re-flooding).

    Developing our capacity to host volunteers, provide case management 
for homeowners, and manage worksites.


We will begin our first four homes in April. We will use these first four 
homes to test our volunteer enrollment, host sites, material acquisition 
and delivery, construction management, orientation and safety 
procedures, and logistics.

Here are ways you and your congregation can help:


    Volunteer to be a part of a work week or weekend work team. 
The online registration will be open March 15 and will be made available 
at www.afuturewithhope.org.

    Volunteer to staff and support a host site. This includes welcoming 
guest volunteers, cleaning, providing a meal, and supporting volunteer 
needs. The online registration will be open March 15 and will be made 
available atwww.afuturewithhope.org.

    Provide names of families that need our assistance to repair their 
homes or need counseling support.  .

This information can be emailed to 
SandyRecovery@afuturewithhope.org    .



    Contribute money to our ministry. The GNJ Sandy Relief Fund has
 raised more than $1.5 million. We are also requesting grants from 
UMCOR, the Red Cross, the Robin Hood Foundation, Governor Christie 
Fund, the State, and a variety of other sources. We have set a budget 
of $23 million dollars. You can contribute online at www.gnjumc.org or 
by sending a check to:


GNJ Sandy Relief Fund

1001 Wickapecko Drive

Ocean, NJ 07712

God’s wind blows where it chooses. There are fresh Spirit winds blowing 
the church into a ministry of relief, repair, rebuild and renew throughout
 GNJ. Thank you for choosing to be a Spirit movement.

Keep the faith!

John Schol, Bishop

The United Methodist Church

Greater New Jersey Conference

February 2013

Fed 13 Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7pm in the chapel

Feb 17 is Teddy bear Sunday. We will be collecting teddy bears for children who 
are being hospitalized at Kennedy in Washington township.  

Our Prom gown count is up to 23 we have until the end of March to get them in for
 girls in need!

We will continue to collect items for Sandy see below under January for a full list of items needed. 

Pastor has started a lent bible study that will pick up after next Sunday. If you are interested see Pastor Patty for details. The bible study takes place after church on Sundays. 

We are asking everyone to remember to conserve when using the church facilities! 

Feb 28 Resource 7pm Virginia Burrus, Presenter-Spiritual Disciplines, Kemble 
UMC in Woodbury

Remember our food pantry every little bit helps! 

January 2013

Souper Bowl Sunday Feb 3, 2013:
We are asking everyone to remember our food pantry and bring a canned good
 with them to the service this week! 

Prom/evening gowns:
We are collecting prom/evening gowns for girls in need until the end of March. The dresses will go to the Osborn Center and benefit girls in Camden planning to go to
 their prom. 

Sandy Relief:
We are collecting items to complete buckets for victims of Sandy. The items are...
5 gallon bucket with lid
Liquid Landry Detergent (25 or 50oz)
Liquid House Hold Cleaner (12-16 oz, something that can be mixed with water)
Dish Soap (16-28oz)
Air Freshener (aerosol or pump)
Scrub Brush (plastic or wooden- no toilet brushes or kitchen or dish brushes)
Cleaning wipes (handi-wipes or other reusable wipes, no terry cloth)
Sponges (no cellulose)
Scouring pads (no steel wool)
Cloths pins (wooden 50 count)
Clothesline (50-100 foot)
Rubber Cleaning gloves (no latex)
Work Gloves
Dust Masks
Heavy Duty Trash Bags (30-45 gallon) 

Teddy Bear Sunday Feb 17, 2013:
Our annual Teddy Bear Sunday will take place this week, We will collect 
Teddy Bears for sick children. We will also have a lunchin/Teddy Bear picnic 
following the service. 

Check out the great work the organization ONE is doing and become a part of the movement! 

December 2012

Sunday December 23rd during our worship service the children will be preforming a Christmas song. After the service we will be having a birthday party for Jesus! All are welcome for cake, crafts and games!! Our service begins at 10am.

Our Christmas eve services will be December 24th at 6pm then again at 11pm. Our 6pm service is our family service where the children will reenact the Christmas story. Our 11pm service is our candle light service. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both! 

We are collecting air fresheners for the sandy relief effort (aerosol and pump). All donations can be brought to church Sunday morning or dropped in the bin next to the side door anytime.