Bishop's Statement on Charlottesville Events

published 8/14/2017
From Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:29-30)             The events in Charlottesville this past weekend were horrific.  As I heard the stories and saw video of the march, counter-march, fighting and other violence, I was ...

Volunteers Key to Prison Outreach Ministry

published 8/12/2017
--By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- Nearly every Tuesday evening, 87-year-old Marie Stumpf leaves her home and drives about seven miles to the State Correctional Institution at Pine Grove to see her "guys." For 11 years, she has taught Disciple Bible study classes for small groups of male prisoners. More importantly, she said, she offers them love, letting them know that she cares about them.   Some of her guys call her “Miss Marie,” others call her “Grandma.” But Marie points out ...

Volunteers Needed for Flood Clean-Up

published 8/8/2017
United Methodist disaster response volunteers have been conducting assessments in areas hit by recent flooding in southwestern PA and have put out a call for volunteers to help with clean-up in the Washington and Butler areas. "We are collaborating with our partners in the Western PA V.O.A.D. (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to respond as the church and offer care and clean up in the name of Jesus Christ to many individuals who have been affected by the flooding in Butler, Fayette, ...

Derailment Affects Hyndman Clergy, Churches

published 8/4/2017
UPDATED 8/5/17 at 1 p.m. Two United Methodist pastors and their family members were among the residents of the Bedford County community of Hyndman who were evacuated Wednesday, August 2 when a CSX freight train derailed, sparking fires when liquefied natural gas leaked from one and molten sulphur leaked from another. Most residents were allowed to return to their homes Saturday afternoon, August 5.    About 32 cars of the train tumbled from the tracks, prompting the evacuation. The train was ...

Justice Theme Runs Through Mission u

published 8/2/2017
--By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- Justice was a common theme at Mission u 2017, which wrapped up Sunday at California University of Pennsylvania. The effects of action – or lack of action -- by one person or group on another could be seen in the classes and study material on God’s covenants, climate justice, and the native people in the Missionary Conferences of the United Methodist Church.   Before the official opening worship, Missionary Tina Whitehead talked about the current...

Young Adults Invited to Exploration 2017

published 7/5/2017
Adults age 18-26 are invited to attend Exploration, a three-day event held every two years to help young adults explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. It's a program of the office of young adult discernment and enlistment at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).   This year’s event will be held November 3-5 in Portland, Oregon. Young adults who have a sense that God might be calling them to ordained ministry, who have wondered ...

Two UM Pastors Receive PTS Awards

published 7/4/2017
Two United Methodist pastors were among members of the Class of 2017 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary who were awarded prizes during graduation exercises. The Rev. Darryl S. Lockie, pastor of College Hill UMC in Beaver Falls and provisional elder in the Western Pennsylvania Conference, received: The Jennie Rigg Barbour Memorial Prize, for second highest class rank  The Henry A. Riddle Fund for Graduate Study The John Watson Prize in New Testament Greek Shane Joseph Siciliano, who began ...

Bishop Leads Worship at Ballpark

published 7/1/2017
Click photo to see more In a twist on Jesus's direction in Matthew 10:27 to proclaim his Word from the rooftops, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi preached from atop the third-base dugout during a 4:30 p.m. worship service before the evening Erie SeaWolves baseball game Sunday, July 2, at UPMC Park. She also threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the SeaWolves game against the Altoona Curve.  While the worship service was free and open to the public, tickets were required for the baseball game ...

Ramping It Up in Erie-Meadville

published 6/26/2017
Ramp-building ministries are thriving in several areas of the Western PA Conference, making a difference in the lives of many who face difficulty with mobility.  The Ramps of Hope Ministry in the Erie-Meadville District, which helped "give birth" to some of those in other districts, is particularly active. Rev. Debbie Hills, an ordained deacon who guides the ministry, describes an amazing amount of activity by various volunteer teams that came after a planned blitz-build.  By Rev. Debbie Hills ...

Volunteers Still Aiding Connellsville Recovery

published 6/26/2017
First came the flood, than came the volunteers. Both were life-changing for Connellsville residents hit by a devastating storm ten months ago. The good news is that volunteers are still coming.  “If you've never seen a flood, you have no idea,” said John Allen, 62, of Breakneck Road. He rushed home to beat the storm as three wind systems converged overhead and vividly remembers what he saw: “There was a hole in the sky, it was weird looking, spooky!”   Five inches of rain fell in the next two ...

Grant to Fund Ministry Discernment Internships

published 6/21/2017
The Western Pennsylvania Conference will receive a grant from the Young Clergy Initiative of $30,000 over the next two years for Ministry Discernment Internships. If the effort goes well, the Conference may reapply for another two years of funding.  The application process was completed earlier this year, and word came last week after a period of waiting and praying, said the Rev. Susan Moudry, Conference Coordinator of Clergy Excellence, pictured above with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi.       ...

Annual Conference Wrap-Up

published 6/14/2017
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, presiding at her first Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference session June 8-11, 2017,  told the 1250 clergy and laity gathered at Grove City College to put aside their anxiety, fear and disagreements and declared the campus “A Love Zone.” The annual conference theme was WPA Chic: Dressed in Love, taken from Colossians 3:12-17.   “If you’ve come here ready for a fight, you are totally out of order!” she said, adding that anxiety and fear are an addiction in our ...

Camping Initiative Spurs Generosity

published 6/12/2017
As she opened her first Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi referred to “all the miracles that God has performed that let me know sure enough that this is exactly where God would have me be today.” Two days later, participants witnessed what several people saw as a miracle after she announced her initiative to raise $5 million over the next four years for camping and retreat ministries.   One man stood up, walked forward and put a donation at her feet on the ...

AC2017: Bishop Declares Love Zone

published 6/8/2017
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, presiding at her first Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference session from June 8-11, declared the campus of Grove City College a “Love Zone. The official attire for this Love Zone is Western Pennsylvania Chic…Dressed in Love!”   “Wherever you go on this campus, you must be dressed in love,” she said, referring to Colossians: 3:12-17.  “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not ...

Event Aims at Revitalizing BMCR in WPA

published 5/24/2017
--By Dianne Glave-- National and jurisdictional leaders of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) visited Pittsburgh May 20-21 to share their stories with black Methodists and allies from the Western Pennsylvania Conference.  Sharon Gregory, WPAUMC Lay Leader, organized the gathering and issued an open invitation in an effort to revitalize the BMCR in the Conference. Rev. Antoine Love    Rev. Dr. Dred Scott Rev. Antoine “Tony” Love, the vice chairperson of the national BMCR, and Rev. ...

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