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UMCOR – Special Offering on Sunday, March 11

Sunday, March 11 during worship


When disaster strikes around the globe – Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or all the natural disasters that happened last year – so many watching the drama unfold on our living room televisions feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is prepared to act.

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S4 Game Night – Sunday March 11

Sunday, March 11 @ 6 p.m.
Tyson Hall

Bring a dish to share with church family and friends. Leonia Church will provide drinks and paper goods. The XBox Kinect will be ready for play on the BIG screen. Come show us your mad gaming skills! Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to join us!

Administrative Assistant on Vacation February 15 – March 2

Leonia Church Administrative Assistant, Yevgeniya Przhebelskaya, will be on vacation to pursue medical treatment from Thursday, February 15 through Friday, March 2. During that time church office hours will be maintained by Pastor David Wehrle and Associate Pastor Aiden Lee. You can continue to contact our church staff via email ( or phone (201-944-2970).

2018 Scholarship Opportunities

Greater New Jersey Annual Conference
Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries

The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is committed to providing quality educational opportunities for higher learning. They offer scholarship opportunities through the conference and oversee campus ministries.

You are encouraged to consider attending a United Methodist university or college. A complete list of United Methodist colleges can be found at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry website:

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GNJUMC Northern Region Day of Learning: Take the Lead – Tools for Laity

March 3, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.
Bethany Wayne United Methodist Church
491 Alps Road
Wayne, NJ 

$10 per person by February | $20 per person after February 15
Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Leonia Church will provide scholarships for registration and trasnportation to/from event upon request

Register Online

Keynote Speaker | Rev. Mike Mather
Rev. Michael Mather has served as pastor of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana for the past 13 years and has been a United Methodist pastor for 31 years.

Before graduating from Drew Theological Seminary, Michael grew up in small towns in Southern Indiana.

He is a faculty member of the asset-based Community Development Institute at DePaul University and is the author of an upcoming release titled “Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places.”

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Introducing the Art Page

Leonia Church is made up of many talented and gifted people. This page will showcase painting, photography, poetry, prose, music and other works of art by Leonia Church. Sunday morning isn’t the only time to share your artistic gifts! If you want to share something, email what you’ve got to us at

Please click here to go to the Art Page




Artistic Baskets by Rosemary Zander

I began basket making a year ago, signing up for the winter semester class offered at the Art School at the Old Church in Demarest.  All my life, I have worked in the areas of knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint.  My thirty-year-long professional career was in the field of psychiatric social work:  first as a clinician and then as the Chief Psychiatric Social Worker at what was, at that time, Bergen Pines County Hospital in Paramus.  A major element in such a profession is the absence of closure.  Very seldom does such work include a tangible beginning, middle, or end of a specific goal.  People don’t live their lives in such dimensions.  Working with my hands and creating objects was a helpful way to achieve “touchable” results – whether successful or not.

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Writing by Marina Firestone

Marina Firesone was born in Italy in 1927, came to the U.S.A. after the war and studied at Illinois Wesleyan Un. and later at the Columbia School of Social Work.  I got married to Nat Firestone in October 1951, had two children and now 4 grown grandchildren.  Nat died in 2007. I have been a member of the LUMC since early 2004 or 5.

The Story of La Befana

In a far away country in the east, there lived a very old woman. She loved children but did not have any because she had never married – she had always been too busy: she took good care of her house that was spotless and of her garden where she planted her vegetables and where she also kept a couple of chickens so she could have an egg for supper once in a while.

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We’re Hiring!

Job Opportunities
The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey is growing, developing its ministry and looking for people who are committed to excellence. Want to be a part of making a difference through the church? Are you passionate and seek to work with a dedicated and welcoming team of people? Find out more and apply today!

Available Positions:

Communication Department: Administrative Assistant
Executive Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries
Next Generation Ministries Engagement Specialist
Next Generation Camping and Retreats Director

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Poetry By Yevgeniya Przhebelskaya

Yevgeniya Przhebelskaya has been writing poetry since she was 15. Her first poems were in Russian, and she transitioned to writing English poetry when she immigrated to the USA in 2001. Yevgeniya’s poems have been published in Ancient Paths, A Blind Man’s Rainbow and The Penwood Review literary magazines. Yevgeniya works as the Administrative Assistant of Leonia Church.


of Love and other Gifts

Inspired by writings of Emily Dickinson and archimandrite Victor (Mamontov)


I prayed for Love and Peace and Faith

in Doubt and Distress.

I cried, I called, I knelt, I wept

and asked for Holiness.

I was Confused, Alone and Lost –

but never Lost for long.

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