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Announcements

2021 Annual Conference

The 2021 session of the Annual Conference will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.
Thursday, June 17 - Saturday, June 19, 2021


2020 General Conference Dates Announced

Dates set for General Conference: August 29 - September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more.
 
 
General Conference to move to 2021 Read the news release
 


Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday




November

Active Clergy

Tim Goodman 11/11
Keith McIlwain 11/16
Mark Ongley 11/22
Jim Lewis 11/29
Floyd Barnhart 11/29

Spouse
Lauri Ongley 11/24
Patricia Schar 11/10
Christine Spencer 11/3
Martha Ann Sterling 11/24
Rachel Laura Whipple 11/1
Denise Wilson 11/13

Retired Clergy

Bob Fennell 11/11
Dan Stinson 11/2
John Magargee 11/21
Dave Vaughn 11/27
Dean Ziegler 11/28
Kathy Mikesell 11/8

Spouse

Janet Kohlhepp 11/19

 


Happy Anniversary


Howard & Carolyn Burrell  November 14
Chuck & Carol Fowler  November 18
 


Prayer Concerns and Joys

Please send us your prayer concerns and joys, to Butler.Office@wpaumc.org

 

  • Our schools and children as education takes on a very different look due to COVID-19 related issues
  • Rev Kathy Mikesell - surgery and recovery from a kidney stone
  • Our military and military families.
  • Our Country and our leaders
  • Those awaiting test results, surgery, and medical treatment.
  • Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the WPA Cabinet
  • Those who are at higher risk and those who are working on the frontlines of the Pandemic.
  • Rev. Bruce Merritt- health and son, Dan who has had a setback following recent surgery.                                                                                           
  • Rev. Eric Park, DS, as he cares for the churches and pastors of the district
  • Our Country and our leaders
  • The United Methodist Church/2021 General and Jurisdictional Conferences


Prayer Focus This Week

WPA Conference, and beyond as we deal with the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Youth News

Connecting with Young Adults: In this week’s Leading Ideas, Discipleship Ministries’ Chris Wilterdink says a critical strategy for engaging young adults is to create discipleship opportunities and build relationships in the online communities where they are active. Within these spaces, the church can provide young adults an opportunity to explore identity, belonging, and purpose. Read more.

50 Ways to Strengthen Your Ministry with Youth: This resource sheet from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership is available to read or download in PDF. 

UMC Ministry with Children: Discipleship Ministries has re-launched the Ministry with Children Facebook group. This private group allows space for UMC "connected" children's leaders to provide voice to programming resources, relationships, and support one another amid the challenges and celebrations  in ministry. Connect with group. 

SPARK 2021 has been rescheduled for April 17 at the Bayfront convention Center in Erie. Plans include options to attend in person or virtually. Details TBA.

Join the Youth Ministry Team: Let your youth know that there’s still time to apply to be part of the 2020-2021 Conference Youth Ministry Team. Watch video. Fill out the online YMT application

10 Youth Ministry Lessons: SMU's Perkins School of Youth Ministry offers free youth ministry lessons that make it easy to stay connected with youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the curriculum  
 

Online Devotions for and by Youth Workers: You need a recharge after a week of working with teens! Premieres August 6! Join us for a weekly time to be encouraged by a leading youth ministry trainer and spend a couple minutes focusing on how it is with your own soul around people who know what it's like to minister to teens! Join us every Thursday at noon Eastern, 9am Pacific to recharge!


YOUTH INFORMATION: on the web at https://www.wpaumc.org/youthevents

  • Resources for Youth Workers
  • Explore weekly updates, devotions, games, and lessons on the Youth Worker Collective. Some of the top UM youth workers offer free resources from their real-world ministries. 
  • Check out all of the Youth news at https://www.wpaumc.org/Youth
YSF Grants!
Your church can apply for a Youth Service Fund grant! Need some money to help run or launch a youth-led program or mission trip?
Apply at  www.wpaumc.org/ysfapplication.
Applications are accepted all year long.

Looking to connect with other UM Youth Leaders?
Be on the lookout for upcoming Youth Leader Networks! A small group regional program for you as a youth leader to grow and live life in
community with others who “get it.”
More info?     https://www.wpaumc.org/youth        On Facebook: Western Pa UMC Youth Leaders


SIGN THE “NOW, ACTION” ANTI-RACISM PLEDGE

"So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead." -James 2:17 (NRSV)

As followers of Jesus and as leaders in the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference, we lament that systemic racism, white privilege and prejudice continue to harm Black people in our country. We grieve the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd - and many others, named and unnamed, who have been victims of violence fed by racial injustice.

Many leaders have called in recent days for movement beyond words, including Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi in her Statement on Racism and the Cycle of Violence and the WPA Conference Anti-Racism Team in an article to be published in the Summer 2020 edition of the In Focus. The time is now to answer this call, move past words, and ACT.

Our faith compels us to act TOGETHER as faithful people of ALL RACES. Yet, many of us do not know where to start or how to learn new anti-racism skills on our own. Thus, we are pledging to learn and to act side by side to practice skills that disrupt white privilege, racial injustice, and systemic racism in our hearts, our churches, and our communities.

We invite you to take action by signing our pledge and committing yourself for one year to complete monthly education and action tasks focused on dismantling racism.

  Sign the Pledge


A Call to UMC Laity!

The executive team of the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, which includes our WPAUMC Lay Leader Sharon Gregory, called on all laity to witness, care and act in the midst of the “dual pandemic” that grips our nation. “As laity we are 99.2% of the church and our voices matter. We cannot sit as observers to these events, they said. “We are vital to the unfolding of God’s hope for us, to be people who hold one another and the communities around us, in love. Our acts of witnessing are not those of a spectator or to record history, but to take action and cause change.” Read more and download statement.
 


Camps and Retreat Center Updates

WPA Camps and Olmsted Retreat Center

Jumonville 2021 Tentative Schedule
 
 
2021 Jumonville Summer Staff Application is now open! Working at a summer camp will help you gain knowledge and skills that future employers will love to have! Check out the many positions we have to offer and complete the online application by visiting applyatjville.com Come have one of the best summers of your life!
 
Jumonville Grounds & Cross Information
The walk up to the Cross and our grounds and are now OPEN to the public! All buildings will remain closed, including restrooms. Also, when you leave, take all trash with you. Follow all COVID guidelines & social distancing while on the grounds. Thank you!
 

Upcoming Events at Olmsted:

   
  
 
 


Winter 2020 online CEU courses

Winter 2020 online CEU courses for UMC Clergy:  Fee: $25. Classes are one hour. Register before January 8 at clergyeducation.com,  for a 20 % discount using code: UMC20. CEU certificates following the session. Clergy who can’t attend a webinar at the scheduled time can receive a video of the session by registering for the class. A recorded video is sent to registrants. Questions?  kevin@marketsquarebooks.com
 


Calendar Items

Foundations for Ministry

Where: Online

Monday, August 31, 2020 to May 6

Foundations for Ministry online course August 31, 2020 – May 16, 2021: This course helps Certified Lay Ministers, first-time pastors, and District Superintendent assigned persons to develop best practices for serving the local church in sermon writing, developing relationships with their congregation, building mission and vision. The course focuses on a different aspect of ministry each month with all work and discussion forums taking place online, including monthly meetings.    www.larcm.org


Mediation Skills Training

Monday, October 5, 2020 to November 20

Mediation Skills Training: Registration is now open for sessions of Mediation Skills Training Institute scheduled for October 5-9 and November 16-20, 2020.  The institute is designed for clergy and church leaders to learn skills that will help them deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.  Registrants will attend remotely and will need a device with both a camera and microphone in order to participate fully.  Download brochure 


The Language We Use

Saturday, October 10, 2020 to December 16

Agreeing and Disagreeing In Love, a 90-minute webinar if you intentionally avoid conversations during holiday gatherings with relatives whom you find unreasonable.  Are certain "hot potatoes" off the table at Thanksgiving? Is the "good news" of Advent overshadowed by arguments over "fake news"? Three sessions available: October 10, December 2, or December 16 from 10:30am to Noon (Central Time). Contact us at 630-627-0507 or Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org, or register online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/720852. Information & Registration
 


Wise Women and Spirituality

Thursday, October 22, 2020 to April 15

: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers a monthly Community and Conversations Series with women who have found ways to anchor and sustain themselves spiritually in the midst of these times. Presenters  include Barbara Brown Taylor, Lerita Coleman Brown and Carrie Newcomer. Sessions are monthly Oct. 22, 2020-April 15, 2021. Get details and register.

 


Advocacy Seminar

Monday, November 9, 2020 to November 10

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Connellsville District Superintendent Robert Zilhaver will be among the speakers during the Associates in Advocacy online seminar scheduled for Monday, November 9. Associates in Advocacy, which started in the civil rights era when clergy were often accused of violations of church law in order to stop their civil rights work, includes clergy and laity working to assist those caught in unfamiliar disciplinary processes. Learn more


"MOVEMENT" Series from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 to November 13

"MOVEMENT" Series from United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM). The series offers teams and church leader’s tools to begin conversations about missions, theology, and effectiveness. Join in on some Virtual Missions, get your feet wet and get a feel of what being on a mission journey is like.
 

  • Motown Mission- You and your group are invited to embark on a virtual service opportunity with Motown Mission (Online) Experience without going to Detroit! Through Motown Mission, your group will take a dive into the city of Detroit including its history and current issues, and hear from project partners about how you can help Detroit from home. Your group will participate in a virtual service activity, devotions and prayer, along with fun games and activities led by Motown Mission staff!
 
  • Sacred Doors is an urban ministry of Bethany UM Church in Denver, Colorado. You are invited to experience a virtual mission journey to learn about the Denver Metro Area people on the margins. 
    • Register for the Virtual Mission. Tuesday November 10, 2020 - Friday November 13, 2020 Noon MST each day with an additional 1pm-3pm on Friday.
 
  • Kenya 2020 - Maua Methodist Hospital. Each team is asked to work on a designated project on the hospital compound. For more information, contact Kathie Mann.


Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 to November 12


Virtual Itineration-Katie Peterson

Where: Zoom

Thursday, November 12, 2020 1:00 PM

Each week, three to four missionaries from around the world are sharing their stories. Katie Peterson will be sharing how the Joy of Missions has and continues to be with her through Eastbrook Mission Barn - UMCOR relief Supply Network and ramp ministries. Her assigned day and time is November 12 at 1 pm by Zoom.  Connection information will be sent the week before and should be shared with your local UMW units, small groups and congregation


Wurtemburg UMC Soup "Quarts to-Go"

Where: 1240 Portersville Rd, Ellwood City PA 16117

Saturday, November 14, 2020 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

 
First of all....Our sincere apologies to those who did not get soup last month.  We will be cooking MUCH, MUCH more this month!!!
 
The November Soup "Quarts To-Go" at Wurtemburg United Methodist Church will be Saturday, 11/14/20.   
The serving hours:  4 - 6pm (or until sold out.)
 
Once again, we will be using the Drive-Thur Method; to ensure the safety of our customers and volunteers.
 
Price will remain $6.00 per Quart.
 
November Soups are:    Broccoli Cheese and Veggie Beef.
 
Process: 1.  Order & Pay at the Front of the church from your vehicle.  (also, return empty jars.)
               2.  Then, drive to the back of the church to Pickup your order.
               3.  Enjoy our home-made soups in the comfort of your home.
 
To keep our costs down, we ask that you return your jars, lids & rings for use another month.
 
Pre-orders can be emailed to Clara no later than Wednesday, the 11th.     cmccabe27@yahoo.com 
 
Also, bring your Thanksgiving non-perishable food donations for City Rescue Mission; and we will give you a $1 off your soup order as a Thank You! 
 
Thank you for your continued support.       We look forward to serving you!!
 


United Methodist Student Day

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Churches are encouraged to use this day to raise awareness of scholarships and loans available to help young people of faith further their education and make a difference in the world. Offerings received on UM Student Sunday fund loans and scholarships for United Methodist college, university, and graduate students.  Use the link to get videos, bulletin inserts, Facebook graphics, a PowerPoint presentation and other resources to promote student day at umcgiving.org.


First Day of Advent:

Sunday, November 29, 2020

First Day of Advent: Sunday, November 29th

Extend Advent Invitations: People will be yearning to connect with a loving community this Christmas. Extend warm invitations to online and/or in-person worship services with the help of customizable outreach resources, such as banners, postcards, invitation cards and more. A wide variety of designs, messages and languages is available.
Save $300 off your order by using code UMCA20.
Order resources.
 


United Methodist Student Day

Sunday, November 29, 2020 to September 30

Sunday, November 29, 2020. Churches are encouraged to use this day to raise awareness of scholarships and loans available to help young people of faith further their education and make a difference in the world. Offerings received on UM Student Sunday fund loans and scholarships for United Methodist college, university, and graduate students.  Use the link to get videos, bulletin inserts, Facebook graphics, a PowerPoint presentation and other resources to promote student day at umcgiving.org.
 


"Towards Educational Equity: Investing in the Beloved Community” seminar

Where: Zoom

Monday, November 30, 2020 to December 3

Returning to school in the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for students, teachers, and parents. These challenges have been compounded by the disproportionate availability and access to resources, highlighting the inequities of our education system. This four-day series of seminars will feature discussions with experts on what an equitable education system for all can truly look like. Registration is free and open to all. Advance registration is required for all events. Closed captions and ASL interpretation will be available for all webinars. Available upon request for December 2 and 3 events. Participants will also have an option to hold virtual meetings with their Congressional offices on December 3. To participate in this and the team building session on December 2, please register by November 11.
 


Leadership and Anxiety in the Church

Where: Zoom

Thursday, December 3, 2020 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Participants will look at the challenges presented by the rising levels of anxiety experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership plays in calming such anxiety. Works of fine art are integrated at various points to facilitate theological reflection. The deadline to receive a discount of up to $50 per person is November 20. https://lmpeacecenter.org/brochures/


new SPARK! (added 5/24/2030)

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Plans are being made to hold SPARK, the annual WPAUMC Youth gathering, in the Spring of 2021. The event is usually held at a Pittsburgh hotel in January. Details to be announced.
 


Conference News

Below you will find some conference news relevant to Butler District. To see all conference news, go to the News section at the very top of this page.
WPA COVID-19 Updates (read more )

6/5/2020

Conference Announcements Updated June 12, 2020.  Read Bishop's Update on Reopening Churches See What's Next for Churches video with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Dr. Jessica Price. Download our Guidelines for Church Reopening  Download Green Phase Guidelines    Get take-aways and other info from our twice weekly Covid-19 Clergy Conversations. See our Coronavirus Stimulus and Relief Package information for churches. Check our Covid-19 Church Planning Resources page on Facebook. Due to ... read more


Clergy Coaching Sessions Offered (read more )

5/6/2020

To assist clergy as they strive to meet the on-going challenges of ministry in the age of the novel coronavirus, the Western PA Conference is offering Coaching on Demand.  Trained coaches in the Conference are offering their skills at no charge as a ministry to their colleagues. "Right now, we are each navigating personal and professional challenges, new realities, and unexpected ministry opportunities," said the Rev. Amy Wagner, who took a lead role in organizing the Coaching on Demand ... read more


Resources

Resources for Responding to Racism    more info



The Conference Anti-Racism Team (ART) compiled a list of suggestions for Western PA churches to address racism. Download it from the Conference's Discussing Racism page.

Pandemic of Hatred: An article in the Patheos Evangelical newsletter points out the need for Christians to stand up to what it calls the “pandemic of anti-Asian hatred” that has been seen across the U.S. in an increasing number of incidents since March 14. Read more

Call to Action vs COVID-19: United Methodist black church leaders issued a call to action in the fight against COVID-19 in light of recent findings that African Americans are dying from the disease at disproportionate rates in the U.S. Learn more

Stay at Home Opportunity: Many of us are taking time these days to watch movies or read books. Why not take this opportunity to learn about other cultures and increase your intercultural competence? GCORR has compiled links to lists of movies and books that will help you do that. See the lists


Leadership Development

Online Attendance Metric Myths: Churches often make worship attendance a primary measure of effectiveness, but counting is very different in a digital world, writes Rev. Ben Gosden. The counting process is much more complicated. Read more

Overinvest in Young People? “Working harder at what we have always done will not engage vast groups of unaffiliated millennials,” says Bishop Janice Huie. The Sunday School to youth group to campus ministry to principled Christian leader pipeline only works in larger healthy churches with a critical mass of younger people and resources for all aspects of ministry. For others, she calls for redirecting some church resources to reach unaffiliated young people in communities, a plan she admits may not be popular in many churches.  Read more from Leading Ideas

Did Your Church Charter a Boy Scout Troup? Because of the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) bankruptcy litigation, if your church is or ever was a chartering organization, file a proof of claim request. You do that by following the links in the notice on the Finance Announcements page of the Conference website.

 


Resources for Responding to Racism    more info

Dismantling Racism: As we work to educate and dismantle racist systems, an FBI analyst speaking at a symposium on domestic terrorism last week said it’s important to be aware that the Pittsburgh area has become a hub for white supremacy and extremists. Read Post-Gazette story. 

Racism and Faith: Three theologians from across the U.S. wrestled with how Christianity can overcome racism at a time when polls show that many white Christians don’t see racial injustice as a problem. Heather Hahn reports on the most recent online panel in the UMC series on dismantling racism. Read story 

New Online Course for Christians on Race & Racism: You Are Here: First Steps for White Christians on Race and Racism is an online course for Christians who want to acquire a fundamental understanding of race and racism from a biblical perspective. This four-part self-directed course offers videos featuring Robin DiAngelo and Rev. Dr. Anderson Hooker, reflections, and activities to help people of faith to recognize racism and begin to challenge it in their lives. Enroll here.

Seminary Dean Discusses Racial Justice: Leah Gunning Francis, author and dean of the faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, bases her anti-racism work on the concept of imago dei — that all beings are created in the image of God. In the latest episode of the "Get Your Spirit in Shape" podcast, she and the Rev. Joe Iovino discuss where The United Methodist Church is already at work in the area of racial justice and what more needs to be done. Listen to episode.

Wake Up Call for White Christian America: By confronting their faith’s legacy of racism, white Christians can build a better future for themselves, and their fellow Americans, writes Robert F.  Jones, author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity. Read more. 

The Conference Anti-Racism Team (ART) compiled a list of suggestions for Western PA churches to address racism. Download it from the Conference's Responding to Racism page.

Listen First! As congregations work toward equality for all, it may be helpful to hear from some local church experts on how to improve communication with people from different racial and ethnic groups. Here are some tips about listening, language choices and more. Read story

Talking About Race: No matter where you are on your journey of understanding, the resources on the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture can help. Explore Talking About Race

Be Part of the Change! How can the church reach out with sensitivity about race and injustice? To effectively communicate beyond your congregation and culture, try to forge a true, interpersonal connection with those you want to reach. It would help to also do some homework, says John Coleman, Communications Director in the Eastern PA Conference. Read more.

United Methodists stand against racism: A new campaign is uniting the denomination against racism. Church leaders can turn to ResourceUMC.org to find the latest diversity and inclusiveness information and tools, including downloadable campaign graphics. Resources to engage members as they listen, act, speak and pray are available at UMC.org/EndRacism.

Learn how United Methodists are taking a stand against racism at UMC.org/EndRacism

Race and Protest: Two relevant resources regarding race and protest for young people: How to Acknowledge Hurt in Youth Ministry  and Tools for Processing Protests with Teens

Racial Justice Conversations: GCORR offers excellent resources to help churches discuss and learn more about racial justice. See Racial Justice Conversations Guide.  


Resources

Resources for 2021! With all of the challenges 2020 presented, one of the biggest was the shifts we made in how we worship. This required us to revise and adapt our current resources to meet new needs. Learn more about the new resources and tips on how to use them. Learn more.
 
 
Methodist Church of Puerto Rico: ReHace, the social ministry and disaster response arm of the Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Rico, is making plans to receive long-term recovery teams again in January 2021 to continue their response to 2017's Hurricane Maria.  Contact Tymera Jackson, Stateside Volunteer Coordinator for the project at 914-615-2248 or puertoricovols@umcor.org for more information.  PowerPoint
 
 
More Than a Sermon: Tips to Become a More Effective Preacher on January 14, 2021 with Quincy Brown who will discuss the many hats worn by a pastor and how you can wear them more effectively. Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit. Attendees will receive a certificate for 60-minutes CEU credit.
 
 
Free Chaplain DMin Offered: Wesley Theological Seminary is offering a tuition-free Doctor of Ministry program for military chaplains. The first cohort meets on Wesley's Washington, D.C., campus the first week of March 2021 (subject to COVID-19 policies) and includes a second on-campus week the following March. All other coursework will be completed online. Learn more and Apply
For more information, contact Special Assistant to the President, Dr. James Driscoll, CH (COL-Ret), US Army

Responding to God’s Generosity: In the second part of our video series on Generosity in the Local Church, Rev. Tom Parkinson, talks about the ultimate motivation for generosity. Take a look.
 
Generous Church Leadership Course for Pastors, Treasurers, and Finance Committee Members: Learn how to talk finance with your congregation! During these uncertain times, it is imperative as a leader to develop a vision and action plan of creating a culture of generosity in your congregation. This online curriculum is designed to help clergy develop their understanding and build their confidence for leading congregations toward growth in generosity. Strengthen Generosity!
 

 
Create a Plan for Re-Engaging Your Community: Now is the time to have a plan for re-engaging our communities. Now is the time to create intentional disciple making systems. #SeeAllThePeople will give you the foundation for you and your congregation to get started! Learn More!
 

 
2021 Revised Common Lectionary Sundays: This two-page listing of Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings and liturgical colors is one of Discipleship Ministries’ most popular worship planning resources. The 2021 resource includes Sundays and Special Days, along with space for your own notes. Download Today!
 

 
Introducing New People New Places! A movement to go out into physical and digital spaces to meet new people in new places and share the good news of Jesus Christ! A yearlong experience that includes live webinar training, independent team learning, and an ongoing cohort to help you set goals and encourage you in this process. Learn more
 

 
Urgent Message on Boy Scout Bankruptcy: Church pastors should have received an email from the Conference Treasurer’s office about the status of the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) bankruptcy litigation. If your church is currently, or ever was, a Chartering Organization, be sure to read the email, then use the BSA Proof of Claim Authorization link to authorize the Bentz Law Firm to file a proof of claim on your behalf. 
 



Reimagining Christmas? Reimagine Christmas Update: As part of our Reimagine Christmas package of resources, we’re posting videos shared by pastors and church leaders on creative ideas they are using to celebrate and remain safe. First up is a video from Pastor Sara Wrona. Watch 
See WPAUMC’s Reimagine Christmas package
 

 
Advent Books and Resources: The United Methodist Publishing House has books and resources to help churches and individuals prepare for Advent in a spirit of hope during this year of uncertainty and anxiety. The new resources cover a variety of topics and themes for individual or small group study or in classrooms. See what’s available.
 
 
 eeking Jesus: The Advent of Justice and Peace is a 5-week Advent study package for 2020 from the General Commission on Religion and Race. It includes Sermon starters, Lectionary texts, Suggested hymns, Children’s messages & activities. Get details
 

 
Seeking US2 Missionaries: United Methodist Global Ministries is now accepting applications for the 2021-23 cohort of Global Mission Fellows on the US-2 track. The Global Mission Fellows program places young adults, ages 20-30, in social justice ministries for two years of service. The US-2 track offers the opportunity in the United States. Learn more and apply

 

 
End Hunger Advent Devotional: The Society for St. Andrew, a UMC partner whose mission is to end hunger, offers its 2020 Advent devotional book Peace Be With You. The print copies are gone, but it is available for download as a PDF or you can register to receive it as a daily email. Visit endhunger.org/Advent
 

 
Safe Seasonal Celebrations: Creative ideas for reimagining seasonal events and celebrations for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. See what they are
 

Grant Pool: The Conference Committee on Disability Concerns maintains a fund to assist churches in their quest to make their buildings accessible to those with disabilities. Every penny of the Grant Pool comes from donations.  Read the attached letter and see how your church can participate.
 

 
Online Attendance Metric Myths: Churches often make worship attendance a primary measure of effectiveness, but counting is very different in a digital world, writes Rev. Ben Gosden. The counting process is much more complicated. Read more
 

 
Council of Bishops Meets Next Week: The opening session of the Council of Bishops virtual meeting on Monday, November 2, will be streamed live on the COB Facebook page. The Bishops’ will meet in executive session Tuesday, Wednesday and part of Thursday. Get details.
 


Re-examine Your Goals! “God has specific goals for your church and your ministry and you need a plan for how you will meet those goals,” writes Amanda Gilligan, coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Her post on the Conference blog looks at why and how to do it. Read it

Responding to God’s Generosity: In the second part of our video series on Generosity in the Local Church, Rev. Tom Parkinson, talks about the ultimate motivation for generosity. Take a look.

 

Seeking Jesus: The Advent of Justice and Peace is a 5-week Advent study package for 2020 from the 


 
Sermon by Phone service: Need to stay connected to people who don't have easy access to the internet, or who just don't want to deal with Zoom, YouTube and Facebook Live? We’re providing FREE Sermon by Phone service to the first 50 churches who register for one year! You’ll receive a local phone number that congregants can call to listen to the week's sermon or a devotional – no meeting IDs, no passcodes, no computer needed! Register now for this first-come-first-served opportunity. Register today
 

 
 UMC Ministry with Children: Discipleship Ministries has re-launched the Ministry with Children Facebook group. This private group allows space for UMC "connected" children's leaders to provide voice to programming resources, relationships, and support one another amid the challenges and celebrations in ministry. Connect with group. 
 

 

 


Advent Resources

WPA Missions Advent Calendar. This year, WPA missions has decided to come up with something different to spread the joy of Christmas. We are launching a Missions Advent Calendar! This is an exciting opportunity for us to learn about something mission related, pray for a ministry, and donate. Share it with your ministries and group, friends and family. How powerful is it when we can all get together and pray for the same cause? That is POWERFUL! Let's spread the light and Joy of Jesus Christ this Advent.
 
Reimagine Christmas: As church leaders face the prospect of preparing for an Advent and Christmas that will look very different in 2020, the Conference staff offers something to help ease the stress a bit. It’s a bundle of tools, ideas and resources to help you Reimagine Christmas. 

Partnership Advent Devotional: United Methodists in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Germany have completed their 2020 Advent Devotional in English and German.  Read more. Download devotional.

 
Extend Advent Invitations: People will be yearning to connect with a loving community this Christmas. Extend warm invitations to online and/or in-person worship services with the help of customizable outreach resources, such as banners, postcards, invitation cards and more. A wide variety of designs, messages and languages is available. Save $300 off your order by using code UMCA20. Order resources.


Quick Links

WPA Facebook Page
Diversity Development
Mission Barn

The Eastbrook Mission Barn is one of six UMCOR Relief Supply Network depots across the United States.

Mission Barn & UMCOR Supplies- Due to Annual Conference in June being cancelled and therefore the UMCOR collection, Mission Barn Director Katie Peterson is looking for a church willing to be the collection point for their district for UMCOR supplies, cleaning buckets, and hygiene kits on a one or two time basis this summer.  Preferably they can keep track of what church brought the donations and then store the kits and supplies in a secure location. People can bring the kits and supplies from the collection directly to the barn or the conference center, or she can arrange to send a truck or trailer to pick them up. Contact: Katie Peterson

 

Scholarships and Grants

There are a variety of scholarships available at www.umc.org/resources/scholarships and at www.wpaumc.org/scholarshipforms.