Get Preferred Pricing at Staples through GCFA

published 11/20/2012
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has partnered with Staples to offer preferred pricing, rebates and services to all local churches, district and conference offices and general agencies of the United Methodist Church. Staples sells office and cleaning supplies, as well as furniture.   The program extends: • Preferred pricing on an established list of office and cleaning supplies across all UM churches • Preferred pricing on a custom list of office and cleaning supplies ...

Team Inspired, Energized by Zimbabwe Immersion

published 8/24/2012
When members of Western Pennsylvania’s Zimbabwe Immersion Team met at the Nyadire United Methodist Mission after living with families in different areas for nearly five weeks, none of the stories they shared seemed the same. “We even joked, wondering if we were all on the same trip,” said Ruth Ann Varrato, lay leader of the Kane District. As they talked more, though, Varrato said they all realized there was something common to all their experiences—love, kindness and relationships – and learning...

Campus Ministry Leads to New Churches in Ukraine

published 3/21/2012
 Michael Airgood, a member of First UMC in Kane, PA, is a General Board of Global Ministries missionary serving as a church planter and youth ministry developer in Western Ukraine. He’s based in the city of L’viv. The United Methodist presence in and around L'viv is growing rapidly after span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;Arial","sans-serif";">beingspan style="font-size:10.0pt; line-height:115%;Arial","sans-serif""> introduced through student ministry. University-based work led to ...

Bishop Travels to Africa to Fight Malaria

published 4/14/2010
 Western Pa. United Methodist Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, a South African superstar, government officials and other religious leaders have been helping to distribute 30,000 insecticide-treated bed nets in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where malaria is a leading cause of death.  The net distribution began with a public event April 16.   According to the World Health Organization, malaria infects an estimated 23.6 million people in the DRC each year, and causes an estimated 96,000 ...

UM Colleges Offer Strong Connection to WPA Students

published 3/1/2010
The United Methodist Church is connectional in countless ways. One of those ways is the connectional nature of United Methodist higher education. At the Christmas Conference of 1784, Bishop Francis Asbury had a vision that Methodists could educate the masses, opening their minds and forging an educated and enlightened population of church and community leaders for generations to come. Bishop Asbury’s legacy lives on in the 21st Century through church agencies and over 120 United ...

Volunteers in Mission: Why Not Send Money?

published 1/8/2010
Sunday, Jan. 10,  will be Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Awareness Sunday in Western PA United Methodist congregations. It’s a day to recognize participants on VIM teams, let the congregation know about VIM opportunities and receive a special offering. The offerings help to fund  “VIMships” for participants who need help to pay expenses for their VIM experience.  “Volunteers in Mission are not paid to do the work they do.  It’s costly to take a week off work, get to a mission location, and pay for ...

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