Cyclists Find Welcome at Boston UMC

published 5/27/2016
The people of Boston United Methodist Church in McKeesport, PA are used to seeing unfamiliar faces around the church, which sits along the Greater Allegheny Passage (GAP), a bike trail that runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD and connects to the C&O Canal Towpath to Washington, DC. The church attempts to reach out to those who pass by on the trail. Karen Prescott, a retired pastor who is part of the congregation, said she has passed out bottles of water to people on the trail. “I have met a ...

Northeast to Keep Nine Bishops

published 5/25/2016
A proposed reduction in the number of bishops for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has been put on hold until 2020 by action of the General Conference.  As a result, delegates to the NEJ Conference, meeting in Lancaster, PA from July 11-15 are expected to elect two new bishops – one to replace Bishop Marcus Matthews, who is retiring, and the other to replace the late Bishop Martin McLee.   After the election, bishops will be assigned to episcopal areas. Because Bishop...

Monitors Need for Annual Conference

published 5/18/2016
The Commision on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) has monitored Annual Conference the past 5 years to gather information about who is present and who has a voice and to raise awareness awareness about the need to be inclusive. In that time, said Peggy Ward, a COSROW leader, "We have learned that female clergy have the least voice in our legislative sections, which are a very important part of decision-making in this conference. We want to continue the work we have done in the past, but this...

Join Walk Around the Conference

published 5/16/2016
RECALCULATING: Our intreped walkers have made some adjustments in their method of walking 500 miles to annual conference. It's providing more opportunities to connect with others on the journey. Read their daily journal at  occasionalthoughts.org UPDATE - Day 2:  Rev. Scott Gallagher was sidelined at a Med Express for awhile Tuesday, May 17 after experiencing intense pain in his ankle. Rev. Justin Judy continued to move forward, walking with others through Canonsburg and other areas of ...

Healing Communities Training Set for June 5

published 5/11/2016
The Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, the founder of Healing Communities, a national program that helps congregations become Stations of Hope for those impacted by the criminal justice system, will lead a training session in Pittsburgh on June 5. For clergy and church leaders interested in starting a Healing Community in their congregation, it's scheduled from 1:30 - 5 p.m. at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The training is co-sponsored by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Christian...

Ground-Breaking Celebrates Missions, Building Project

published 5/3/2016
A ground-breaking ceremony Sunday, May 1 at Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park celebrated the Giving Hope missions and building project, which will benefit local and global missions, as well as update the church campus.   The $500,000 mission portion of Giving Hope will substantially impact several local ministries and rebuild a health clinic in rural Zimbabwe, affecting the lives of thousands of people otherwise without health care.   The construction at Christ Church includes ...

Morgan Speaks at Ecumenical Training

published 4/27/2016
Dai Morgan, director of United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania and pastor of Swissvale UMC, led a workshop last week at the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training event in Louisville, KY.   The gathering was part of the 52nd National Workshop on Christian Unity, organized jointly by the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church (ELCA), and the United Methodist Church.   Morgan’s presentation was entitled United Methodist Ecumenism 101.   UMEIT includes ...

Song Celebrates United Methodist Fight vs Malaria

published 4/25/2016
Donations from Imagine No Malaria to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2015 were more than double that of combined donations in the previous four years, according to the annual report issued by the Global Fund to The United Methodist Church. That’s thanks to the generosity of United Methodists. According to the report, The United Methodist Church is one of the most significant non-government donors to the Global Fund and is unique within the global community of ...

Heath to Give Albright-Deering Lecture at PTS

published 4/20/2016
Elaine A. Heath, a theologian and preacher who will become dean of Duke Divinity School on July 1, will deliver the Albright-Deering lecture at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 19. She also will speak during the 11:30 a.m. chapel service that day. Both events are free and open to the public.  Currently a professor of evangelism at Southern Meth­odist University’s Per­kins School of The­ology, Heath has titled her lecture What Would Wesley Do? Reclaiming Apostolic Vision ...

Online Payment System Expands

published 4/13/2016
The Conference has expanded its online payment capabilities to enable local churches to submit payments electronically for connectional apportionments, special Sunday and advance collections, pension and health benefits, workers compensation, special offerings, and events. The newly added capabilities will also allow individuals to pay Annual Conference registrations fees and contribute to the Annual Conference special offerings, whether they attend or not. Three separate web pages have been ...

Evangelism Team Seeks Denman Nominations

published 4/12/2016
The Conference Evangelism Team invites nominations of individuals who make an outstanding effort to reach others for Christ to receive a 2016 Denman Award.  Each year at Annual Conference, the team presents the Harry Denman Award to a clergy person, layperson and youth who are excelling in the work of increasing the Kingdom of God, said the Rev. Al Kimmel, who coordinates the award process. "The folks at the district and local church level are the ones who work with these “soul-winners” and it...

Bishops Back PA Safe Harbor Bill

published 4/11/2016
Pennsylvania's three United Methodist Bishops have endorsed legislation designed to ensure that minor children who come under the care of the state as victims of human trafficking will be managed by the Dept. of Human Services, rather than being placed in the juvenile justice system.  On Tuesday, April 5, Rev. Dai Morgan, Coordinator of United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania, delivered a letter from the bishops in support of Senate Bill 851 to  Pennsylvania Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf's ...

Orientation to Ministry Set for June 8

published 4/8/2016
The next Orientation to Ministry (Track A), sponsored by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry will be held on Wednesday, June 8, from 9:30 a.m. – noon in Rathburn Hall at Grove City College.  The Orientation is a requirement under the 2012 Book of Discipline for anyone pursuing licensed or ordained ministry.  However, this initial gathering is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the various types of set-apart ministry that exist within the United Methodist Church.  ...

2016 Confirmation Students Explore Kingdom-Building Roles

published 4/6/2016
God is building a home. He’s using us all... in what he is building. He’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. – Ephesians 2   The 2016 round of Confirmation Class visits to the United Methodist Center in Cranberry Township is over. A total of 437 individuals from 47 churches throughout Western PA explored their roles in “Building the Kingdom.”   Ephesians 2 provided the theme and in the opening segment ...

Pastor's Academy: Ministry in the Madness

published 3/31/2016
The Rev. Grace Imathiu, noted pastoral leader and preacher who was popular here as the 2009 Annual Conference Bible Study teacher, will lead the 2016 Pastors' Academy at Olmsted Manor. Her topic will be: “Ministry in the Madness: Preaching Through Any Circumstance.” The Pastors’ Academy at Olmsted is set for Monday, May 9 (5:30PM dinner) through Wednesday, May 11 (lunch), and provides 1 Continuing Education Unit. Clergy continuing education scholarships are available. (Forms are online at ...

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