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 ...

Join Walk Around the Conference

published 4/13/2016
Revs. Scott Gallagher and Justin Judy are inviting church members and friends to join them on a 520-mile walk around Western PA to the 2016 Annual Conference session.  Beginning on May 16 at the UM Conference Center in Cranberry Twp. and heading for Crossroads UMC in Oakdale, they’ll conclude on June 7 walking from Mercer UMC to Grove City College for Annual Conference. , The purpose of their journey is three-fold: To envelop our Conference in prayer;  to draw attention to the need for ...

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 ...

Pre-Teen Sings Praise in Paradise Band

published 3/30/2016
--By Leslie Uriss Spehar-- When Reagan Shick and her dad Brian sing and play guitar for the congregation during the contemporary praise service on Sundays at Paradise United Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant, it’s easy to see that musical talent runs in the family. For 10--year-old Reagan, however, there may be little nature and a lot of nurture in the mix. Brian and Cheryl Schick adopted Reagan from Kemerovo, Russia, in Siberia when she was 14 months old. Reagan started playing guitar and ...

Vital Congregations: Hopeful Signs in 3 Areas

published 3/21/2016
Highly vital congregations are focused on growing their vitality by making and maturing disciples, not achieving numbers. Highly vital congregations grow and support disciples and leaders through worship, small groups, lay and clergy leadership development and ministry and mission engagement. Highly vital congregations are in every geographic region of the U.S. and are of all sizes and ethnicity. Vital Congregations is a broad based movement within the church that is making disciples and ...

World Vision Leader to Speak at Ingomar

published 3/9/2016
--By Leslie Uriss Spehar-- Ingomar Church will welcome World Vision President Richard Stearns on Sunday, April 3. Stearns has traveled to more than 40 of the nearly 100 countries where World Vision works, and has a first-hand understanding of the issues that affect the poor. His message, “Somebody Else’s Kids,” is one that many members of the church have come to understand through small group studies of two of Stearn’s books.  “We did a church-wide study in 2011 of Rich Stearns’ book, The Hole...

2016 Zim Immersion Participants Named

published 3/2/2016
Three clergy and three lay people have been selected to participate in the fifth annual Zimbabwe Immersion Program (ZIP) this summer.  ZIP was developed to enable individuals from Western PA United Methodist churches to spend significant time in Zimbabwe to learn church growth, discipleship, and leadership dynamics. ZIP participants live with host families and most will be in Zimbabwe from about June 28  to August 4, 2016.  The 2016 ZIP participants include: Saundra McKee- Manorville UMC in ...

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