Church News


We are delighted to announce that Salem United Methodist Church has a new Pastor! Bishop Peggy Johnson appointed Rev. Stacy Gonzalez to be Pastor here at Salem United Methodist Church beginning July 1, 2021.  Pastor Gonzalez, her husband, and their two children moved here from Tennessee where she attended Seminary.  Pastor Gonzalez is originally from Boyertown, PA and still has some family that currently reside there. The church has been eagerly awaiting Pastor Gonzalez’s arrival. Let us welcome Pastor Gonzalez and her family to our church family! Please take time to join us for worship on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 and welcome Pastor Gonzalez before / after worship in our church. Remember to offer God’s love and grace to Pastor Gonzalez and her family as they settle into life in our community.

Acknowledging that we are truly not back to normal, the Laity Academy will be hosting 2 different events for 2021. The first is August 6-7 over Zoom. On October 1-2, in-person classes will be hosted at several churches across the conference. Please pay attention to the class method and corresponding dates when selecting your course. Full Course Descriptions & Registration


Full Course Descriptions & Registration Available
2021 Laity Academy | Eastern PA Conference of the UMC 

August 6th – 7th – Courses Held Via Zoom

See Brenda Binns for more information about the Laity Academy and how to register for online courses or simply click the blue line above to go directly to the linked registration page.

ANYONE attending a UMC Church may attend any of the classes except Speaking 1 and 2, for which there are prerequisites. Click here for the EPAUMC Laity Academy Web Page See Pastor Stacy Gonzalez ([email protected])if you are interested in taking the Basic Course or becoming a Christ Servant Minister.

October 1-2 – Courses Held at In-Person Locations. Registration for the October in-person courses will open by mid-August.


Sunday, July 25th at 10:30 AM Albright’s Woods

Join us for our Annual Worship in the Woods on Sunday, July 25th at 10:30 AM held at Albright’s Woods. This will be one combined service at 10:30 AM. Worship will consist of a combination of traditional and contemporary liturgy and music, as well as communion. Albright’s Woods is located on Grove Street in Orwigsburg. We hope to see you there!

We are delighted to announce that Salem United Methodist Church has a new Pastor! Please consider wearing nametags during worship while Pastor Gonzalez and her family acclimate to Salem UMC.


Bishop Peggy Johnson will be retiring at the end of August. On Monday, July 26 at 6.30 p.m., we will be holding a special retirement celebration via Zoom. In addition, we would like to bless her with abundant expressions of gratitude for all she has meant to our conference. You can express your words of appreciation by uploading your comments on kudoboard at Or you can send cards and other expressions of thanks to:
Bishop Peggy Johnson   
P.O. Box 820   Valley Forge Pa 19482-0820


Please review the Church Directory at the back of the sanctuary and make any corrections to your information. Please update your information by the end of July 2021. We will be revising a new directory over the Summer. You can also email your up-to-date contact information to the office at [email protected] Thank you for your help in updating our church directory!

ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY 2021 – Save the date for our Community Block Party on August 29th, 2021. This year, The Keck family and the Booher family are co-leaders of the event. They are asking for YOUR input to make this year’s block party COVID-safe, full of family fun and enjoyable! We need YOUR help to make this a success. Think about the following…

  • What do you enjoy most at the Block Party event?
  • Would you be willing to help volunteer?
  • How do you think this event could be improved?
  • Which location is preferable to you for this event?
    (Outside Salem Church or Orwigsburg Memorial Building) Please choose one location.

Your responses are important to our planning. Please consider the following questions and send your thoughts to [email protected] by Wednesday, April 26, 2021. Any and all ideas / feedback is helpful and welcome!