This memo from the Cabinet and Commission on Equitable Compensation was emailed to pastors and local church leaders. It’s also available on the Conference website at wpaumc.org/formsandinformation.
Health Insurance Billing Rate The WPA CBOP approved the 2022 blended health insurance billing rate to the local church. Please be aware effective 1.1.2022, the rate will be $1481.00 a month. This rate includes medical, vision, and dental coverage. This represents a $28.00 a month increase over 2021. The member cost-share remains the same for 2022 at:
$20.00 single / $35.00 two persons / $70.00 family
Conference Benefits Officer
724-776-2300, Ext # 274
With flooding in Western PA and the Louisiana Conference and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Ida, our Eastbrook Mission Barn needs cleaning buckets and hygiene kits. These items can be brought to the Mission Barn or one of its satellites.
Get kit assembly instructions
Kits: If you can’t find an item(s) for the kits, please send the kit without the missing item. We can put it in when we verify it. The only two kits that UMCOR is currently collecting are: Cleaning and Hygiene kits.
The deadline to complete your Safe Gatherings Training is September 30, 2021.
The Quadrennial Training required for clergy in 2021 is on Safe Sanctuaries and Mandated Reporting. It's offered online through Safe Gatherings. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi emailed all clergy on July 6, provided instructions, and the link to register within 90 days. Details are also available at wpaumc.org/safesanctuaries.
CLERGY NOTE: Send a copy of your completion certificate to the District Office.
A SAFE SANCTUARY POLICY is a requirement for every church and will be reviewed at this year’s fall conferences. The wpaumc.org website has many resources and even a sample policy. Review your church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy. Check out the requirements on the conference website and talk to your church insurance company. Make sure that your policy is updated, is communicated, and especially, is intentionally adhered to by the congregation. While the conference has a policy, each congregation must also have your own policy
General Conference postponed until August 29 – September 6, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minn. After two postponements, organizers continue working to hold General Conference next year. The business manager says staff knows how important the coming legislative assembly is as the denomination weighs a potential split. However, the delta variant presents new challenges. Read story
Join in Active Waiting: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi suggests that United Methodists spend the time leading up to the next General Conference engaging in the spiritual exercise of active waiting. Rather than a time of anxiety and stagnation, active waiting for believers is a time to cooperate with what God is doing among us while preparing for new manifestations of God’s promises. Read her blog post
Update your calendar now!
Thursday, JUNE 2 – Saturday, JUNE 4, 2022
at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507
If your church would like to begin using Zoom to connect with members and those in your community, you can be a part of UM Communications’ Enterprise level account through April 19, 2022. Features include: up to 500 participants, no time limits, webinar functionality, and much more. Learn more & apply
29 Rev Darlene Ryniec
24 Linda(Thom) Scott
25 Michelle (Gary) Hilton
26 David Alleman
26 Tara Park
Safe Sanctuaries and Online Youth Groups: WPAUMC’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator Amanda Gilligan offers things for you to consider, as well as resources to help, as you adapt your church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy to include online gatherings. Read her blog post.
Upcoming Youth Events: Mark your calendars for these Conference youth events:
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.
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.
YOUNG ADULT OPPORTUNITIES
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.
WPA has a Young Adult Council who is available to encourage and resource local churches with your young adult ministry. Contact Amanda Mitchell at email@example.com for information.
Connecting with Young Adults: In a recent, 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.
Wesley Woods Open House: on October 9 from 11 am – 2 pm. at the camp, 1001 Fiddlersgreen Rd, Grand Valley, PA. Join us for a hot dog cookout and camp activities for the whole family.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to September 30
In this new article, you’ll learn about the history and significance of Hispanic Heritage Month. Discover how we should honor the Latino community, not only at an institutional level, but also with the practice we value the most—our FAITH. (Available in both English and Spanish) Learn More!
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to September 30
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). It is an opportunity to focus the citizens of Pennsylvania on preparing for emergencies. As part of National Preparedness month, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is encouraging citizens to sign up for the free “30 Days, 30 Ways” to be prepared event.
Everyone who wants to participate can register to get helpful hints and tips to get started on your journey to preparedness. Share the weekly updates with family, neighbors, and loved ones. At the end of the month, participants who fill out a brief survey about their experience will be entered to win a random drawing of a preparedness starter kit that includes a wind-up/solar radio and phone charger.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to September 30
It's an opportunity to invite your church family and community to get involved or do more in the mission to end hunger. The Society of St. Andrew, a UMC partner organization dedicated to feeding America’s hungry, offers a number of resources and ideas to observe Hunger Action Month. See and download them at endhunger.org/ham/
Monday, September 20, 2021 to October 2
An advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. September 20 - October 1. This course follows the required text, Let the Whole Church Say Amen! by Laurence Hull Stookey (Abingdon Press, 2001). Participants will need this workbook and should obtain it well before class begins. The book is not included in the fee. You will be expected to access the online workshop daily and stay current with the assignments. Obtain, read, and complete the workbook prior to the start of the course. You will also need access to a United Methodist hymnal during the course. Information and registration
Saturday, September 25, 2021 to October 17
The classes will be in person and by Zoom to help laity respond to their personal call in ministry and the life of the church. Each class is being held on different dates, allowing you to take more than one class if you wish. There is a $25 fee per class, which includes the book/materials. This flyer has more information. Register online here or through the flyer.
o The BASIC Course (Saturdays, September 25 & October 9, 9 am - 2:30 pm)
o Change of dates: Living Our UM Beliefs (Saturdays, October 2 & October 16, 9 am - 2:30 pm)
o Public Prayer (Sundays, October 3, 10 & 17, 2 - 5:30 pm)
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 1:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 to October 1
Leadership Institute 2021, focused on Mission, is offered as a live event at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS and online from September 29 - October 1. Registration for the in-person event is limited to 500 and nearing capacity. The price of an individual registration for the online experience is just $79 through Tuesday, August 17. There’s also a Watch Party option. Get details
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Discipleship Ministries offers a webinar at 2 p.m.ET on September 30 exploring how churches can be more intentional about being in ministry with retirees and helping disciples age 50 and older be intentional about living with purpose in a new phase of life. Get details
Thursday, September 30, 2021 to October 3
Healthy spiritual practices will be explored during an online conference designed to help participants be more resilient in the wake of difficult events like the coronavirus pandemic and racial upheaval. Learn more
Sunday, October 3, 2021
October 3. We have assembled a collection of resources that you can download to promote this Special Sunday. Pastor and Leader’s Kit.
Sunday, October 3, 2021 to October 5
October 3-5 with Rev. Sally Jo Snyder at Olmsted Manor. This annual retreat provides an opportunity for people with a disability and those who support them to engage in meaningful communication, build relationships, and grow spiritually together. Get details.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
The day has been called for by the Boarding School Healing Project and the Native American International Caucus (NAIC). Read more
Saturday, October 9, 2021
To increase understanding of what it’s really like to survive on poverty-level income, the Conference Poverty Team invites clergy, laity and community leaders to a Poverty Simulation on Saturday, October 9th at Clarks Mills UMC. Get details and register
Where: Olmsted Manor
Monday, October 11, 2021 to October 13
Olmsted Manor in October offers a delightful and instructive getaway for anyone who ever snapped a picture with a camera, or even just with a cell phone. Dean Ziegler’s fifth “I Wonder as I Wander” Casual Photographers Retreat has twin themes of "Composing a Better Picture” and “Cultivating the Habit of Wonder.”
Pastors and Leaders: Please feel free to share this with your congregations, at your discretion, via Worship bulletin announcement, Church Facebook page or Newsletter.
Monday, October 11, 2021 to November 19
Registration is open for training to deal with conflict offered by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center on October 11-15 or November 15-19, 2021. The two identical sessions will be held remotely via Zoom. This workshop is designed to help church leaders deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. For details consult this MSTI Brochure. Register at lmpeacecenter.org/all-events.
Where: Dutilh UMC, Cranberry Twp
Saturday, October 23, 2021
WESTERN PA CONFERENCE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN ANNUAL MEETING
Saturday, October 23 at Dutilh UMC 1270 Dutilh Road Cranberry Twp, PA 16066-5108
Registration at 9:30 am, program at 9:45. The cost is $8 per person for morning beverages and lunch. We will also have an online option. You must register if you are planning on attending either option. This can be done on the Conference website at www.wpaumc.org/UMWomen . The deadline for registering is midnight October 8.
An offering will be put toward our pledge.
Sunday, October 24, 2021 to October 28
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) Immersion is from October 24-28, 2021 in Oklahoma City. The immersion experience provides history, context, and unique perspectives on Native peoples in the OIMC and their involvement with The United Methodist Church. Their Native communities will proudly share their traditions and culture throughout the event. Learn more
Where: Dutilh UMC
Sunday, November 14, 2021
The Nyadire Connection will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at Dutilh UM Church in Cranberry Township on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 6 pm. They hope to have some guests from Nyadire attend. Get details.
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Save the date! More details coming soon!
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi today addressed the postponement of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church and what it means for the denomination. The Bishop's remarks came after the Council of Bishops (COB), in response to the Commission on the General Conference's announcement that the postponed 2020 General Conference could not be held until 2022, called a Special Session of the General Conference to be convened online on May 8, 2021. According to the call letter signed by COB ... read more
Back to School Anxiety and COVID: To help parents and students better understand the issues and the risks involved in returning to the classroom, PennLive and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will co-host a “Back to School” webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, featuring educators as well as parents and experts in mental and emotional wellness. Nicole Kirksey, MSW, Associate Lay Leader in the Susquehanna Conference, will be one of the panelists. Joyce Davis, coordinator of UM Advocacy in ... read more
Although Pennsylvania's mask mandate was lifted on June 28, some businesses and public facilities such as mass transit still require masks. Overall, the latest advice from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Abundant Health Team still applies: Exercise caution and consider the vaccination rate and other conditions in your area and among your congregation in resuming worship and other group activities. In a May 17 e-mail to church leaders, the Bishop shared guidelines to consider. Here is the ... read more
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 each year in the United States. The UMC Commission on Religion and Race has an infographic with facts about Hispanics' impact on the UM Church and suggestions for ways to celebrate. UM News’ overview about the month is in Spanish, but you can read it in English with Google Translate. See What is Hispanic Heritage Month? https://www.umnews.org/es/news/que-es-el-mes-de-la-herencia-hispana
See infographic https://www.r2hub.org/library/hispanic-heritage-month
A Day of Truth and Repentance: On Oct. 6, 1879, Gen. Richard Pratt forcibly removed First-Nations children from their homes and placed them in the Carlisle (PA) Indian Industrial School, which he founded. This year, the Church is called to observe October 6 as a Day of Truth and Repentance for Our Children. Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Sandra Steiner Ball suggested some concrete acts we can take as followers of Christ to begin a process a healing. Read more here https://www.wpaumc.org/newsdetail/oct-6-day-of-truth-and-repentance-15467482
Poverty Simulation Postponed: The Poverty Simulation scheduled for Oct. 9 at Clarks Mills UMC has been postponed by the Conference Poverty Team. Facilitators hope to reschedule in early 2022.
Risky Discipleship: Watch a video to learn the story of The Village at Glencliff, a unique respite care community for persons experiencing homelessness, and the risky discipleship required by the United Methodists who made it happen. Watch here https://www.umc.org/en/content/risky-discipleship-the-village-at-glencliff
Tips for Building Relationships: Elizabeth Mae Magill wanted to create a food ministry that wasn’t a charity, but a demonstration of Christ’s radical welcome. For months, she did street ministry to get to know food insecure neighbors, hear their stories, and build relationships. In Leading Ideas, she shares nine practical tips for meeting people and learning their needs. Learn more. here https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/9-strategies-for-meeting-people-and-learning-their-needs/
Justice, Inclusion Efforts in Erie: An Erie Time-News columnist writes about methods Erie and other cities are using to examine racial justice and inclusion. Read column
Methodists Who Integrated Baseball: The man who integrated Major League Baseball had a little-known ally in his quest. Jackie Robinson had his Methodist faith, something he shared with Brooklyn Dodger executive Branch Rickey, who recruited him for the task. Robinson never publicly lost his composure while dealing with death threats, racial abuse and physical danger. Read UMNews story
Discipleship and Anti-Racism: Realize the connection and learn how to have courageous conversations on a difficult topic through a new online course from Discipleship Ministries. There’s no cost. See video and learn more here https://discipleship-ministries.teachable.com/p/courageous-conversations-racism-free
UMC Dismantling Campaign Hits One-Year Mark: The anti-racism work of the UMC is just getting started after one year of a Dismantling Racism campaign, say bishops and others. Upcoming initiatives include an anti-racism social justice agenda, more educational materials and an Advent devotional series. Read story here
2021 Native Immersion Experience: Registration is now open for The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) Immersion, scheduled for October 24-28, 2021 in Oklahoma City. The immersion experience provides history, context, and unique perspectives on Native peoples in the OIMC and their involvement with The United Methodist Church. In addition, their Native communities will proudly share their traditions and culture throughout the event. Learn more here http://www.umc-oimc.org/2021-immersion-experience-registration-now-open/
Expanding the Table is GCORR's new podcast on practicing anti-racism. In episode 2, three Asian-American Christian theologians examine the history and current realities of anti-Asian racism in the United States and what every Christian should know and do.
Listen or Watch video here https://www.r2hub.org/library/podcast
Sweet Hour of Prayer: “The first time I participated in fixed-hour prayer, I felt like I had come home to a place I had never been and yet a place in which I truly belonged,” writes Ruth Hayley Barton. In a Beyond Words reflection, she explains how fixed-hour prayer nourishes the soul. Read more here https://transformingcenter.org/2016/05/sweet-hours-of-prayer-how-fixed-hour-prayer-nourishes-the-soul/
Disciple-Making Resources: Discipleship Ministries offers a variety of free resources for church leaders and individuals to use. See what’s available and download here https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/annual-conference-virtual-presence
Leading Amid Mask and Vaccine Controversy: Navigating the complicated and divisive issues of vaccines and mask-wearing has made ministry during this pandemic even more fraught for many pastors and congregations. Doug Powe and Jessica Anschutz of the Lewis Center say the key question is how we can be God’s ambassadors in the midst of this tension. They outline four strategies to reframe the debate. Learn more here https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/leading-amid-controversy-over-masks-and-vaccines/
Need Help with Social Media? Using social media to reach new people might seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. If your church could use some help with social media marketing, apply to UM Communications to receive free one-on-one coaching and/or Facebook Ads assistance tailored to your church’s unique needs. Learn more and apply here https://www.resourceumc.org/en/agencies/communications/services/local-church-marketing-services
Resource UMC shares a collection educational and practical resources gathered by the Virginia Conference that will boost our understanding and ability to care for refugees. See resources
Church World Service, a UMC partner organization, is one of the agencies actively working to welcome refugees. Learn more here https://cwsglobal.org/take-action/afghan-siv-and-refugee-program/
Rebuilding Church Choirs after a Pandemic: As churches begin to re-open, it's time to think about how we will welcome back our choirs. Several guest writers share their experiences as we plan for rebuilding church choirs after the pandemic. Read More!
New- Clergywomen Still Under-compensated: Since the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women began monitoring disparities in compensation for UMC clergy by gender, things got worse for women clergy before getting slightly better in 2020. In 2011, clergywomen, on average, made 13% less than clergymen did. In 2015, it was 16% less. The 2020 study shows clergywomen made, on average, 11% less in salary. See the details
Boy Scout Bankruptcy Affects Churches: As Boy Scouts of America moves through a bankruptcy process, it recently reached a tentative settlement agreement with survivors of sexual abuse. Questions remain about how that agreement might affect chartered organizations, including thousands of United Methodist congregations that have sponsored scouting programs. An ad hoc committee established to represent United Methodist interests is actively engaged in the bankruptcy process and related negotiations. That committee has some recommendations for chartering congregations as the process continues. Read press release
Rural Churches Can Thrive! While the demise of small, rural churches sometimes seems irreversible as United Methodist faithful grow older, there are ways to revitalize these congregations by focusing on what their communities most need. Bigger and younger is not always better, say some United Methodist experts. Read story
What’s Critical Race Theory? Our denomination’s Religion and Race resource library has a page that defines the construct and offers some information that Christians should know about it. There’s a video and some helpful infographics to download. Check it out here https://www.r2hub.org/library/what-is-critical-race-theory
World Photography Day: For World Photography Day on August 19, United Methodist Communications offers a variety of photographic resources for local churches. There’s a searchable media library of downloadable images, a training course on Capturing Better Smartphone Photos, a video tutorial on making photo slideshows and articles with tips for taking better pictures. Take a look
Facing Emotional Chaos? Men who find themselves in emotional chaos can find a way out. Prayer, forming an intentional relationship with Christ and engaging in accountability relationships with other men are key steps toward emerging from a dark stretch, the Rev. Rick Vance said during a presentation at a retreat sponsored by the Commission on United Methodist Men. Read report on retreat here https://www.gcumm.org/news/weekend-retreat-helps-men-cope-with-chaos?mkt_tok=MDc4LUpYUS02NDMAAAF-1hiugPzXB2JfmaKdXdz3yeWDg0Wk3wxxERBrKQLm1vLhTsC718rLRmJA_Du78Atdur3iC1qkXHX4qyo7gPwQKrA17mznW6nLTc5KmOnCeYHfQw
Jesus' Model of How to Unplug: When Jesus took time for spiritual renewal, he went into the wilderness, writes the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter. She suggests that to connect with God, Christians take some time away from their laptops, calendars and smartphones. Read commentary here https://rebekahsimonpeter.com/unplugged-like-jesus?mkt_tok=MDc4LUpYUS02NDMAAAF-0PJRg3cwBGhBsQC4r1PnDITL8AQuO7Zd6JSlr3TTKvDJ0MLLl4ktV_bc4flHe8PfuivbwyrX8_A579JHPhPeunNESo7L8u-JwismZBjWpuIeJw
Talking About Money in Church: Ann Michel of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership writes that churches can promote financial transparency and enhance generosity by addressing the often-taboo subject of money more openly and faithfully. She offers seven practical strategies to improve the tone of your conversation around money and giving. Learn more.here
Cultivating Generosity: One of the best ways to inspire giving to fund ministry is sharing stories of how lives have been changed, but there are pitfalls, says Joe Park of Horizon Stewardship. See what they are here https://www.horizons.net/blog/eight-common-pitfalls-in-offering-talk-storytelling
Discussing Christian Nationalism-Carefully: The Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol spurred a new Courageous Conversations resource from Discipleship Ministries. It is designed to help United Methodists talk about Christian nationalism while maintaining civility. Read more here https://www.umnews.org/en/news/discussing-christian-nationalism-carefully?mkt_tok=MDc4LUpYUS02NDMAAAF-p78nBblPcyPDDZr4NT3JNOticqvBbhoXwNedJM_n_BRuSw7K62eSzM_eqla5pWOlYR0l8l1hH1V0-43Ulsm2kSuJnGnnaIVRU-yOsyl1v7Vh_A
The Caring Congregation offers guidance on the best Christian practices to help people move through life’s challenges. The method of care is based on a team approach that empowers both pastors and laity (serving as Congregational Care Ministers or CCMs) working together to support the congregation and community. Learn more and listen to podcasts at thecaringcongregation.com
Want to Connect with New People? Focus on the people God has already put in your path, says Ann MIchel of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Learn more here
Want to Use Zoom to connect with church members and the community? If you don’t already have an account, you can be a part of United Methodist Communications’ Enterprise-level account. Features include up to 500 participants, no time limits, webinar functionality and much more; licenses are valid through April 19, 2022. Get details here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfiEU0OXGR432ZEdD2BjGGReFeptUZIVEQsyAeGzcIsLveFPg/viewform
Facilitating Hybrid Worship: The global pandemic has changed the way we think about and do worship. The new reality is there are congregants who are as comfortable at home in their pajamas as others are sitting in the pews. If you’re trying to figure out a hybrid worship model, Jeremy Steele has some tips. here https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/hybrid-worship
NEW - CLERGY TITLES
Earlier this year, because of a number of questions, the Bishop clarified some confusion over the titles used for various types of clergy. Here is a copy of her letter that was distributed. Please use it for your reference and for clear communication:
Pastor - In the United Methodist Church, this title is reserved only for those who are under appointment by a bishop. It also can be used in retirement by those who have been ordained or have completed the Course of Study. This title cannot be used by persons hired by local churches.
Reverend – Use of this title is not necessarily governed by United Methodist polity. However, historically it is reserved for those who have earned a Master of Divinity or Master of Theological Studies degree or completed the requirements for Associate Membership.
Licensed Local Pastor - This term applies to those who have been issued a license by a bishop in the United Methodist Church.
Minister - This term can be used to refer to persons hired by churches to provide ministerial type services. For example, Minister of Music, Youth Minister, Minister for Pastoral Care would be appropriate for laypersons or clergy from another denomination who are not serving under appointment, but, rather, have been hired by the local congregation. This title can also be used for Certified Lay Ministers who volunteer in local churches or are hired by District Superintendents to provide pulpit supply.
Deacons are a diverse population of clergy. If a Deacon has been appointed to serve as pastor of a local church, the title of pastor is appropriate. If a Deacon serving in extension ministry has been granted sacramental rights, they can be referred to as a pastor. Beyond these absolutes, Deacons can use the title of pastor if they choose because they are, in fact, under appointment in a clergy role. Some Deacons, however, prefer not to be referred to as pastor, so when in doubt, ask. It is always appropriate to refer to a Deacon as Reverend.
I hope that these descriptions provide clarity as we seek to be more consistent and transparent in all that we do as an annual conference. As always, if you have any questions you may ask your District Superintendent. Members of the Board of Ordained Ministry can also answer your questions regarding appropriate titling - particularly regarding changes in the title as persons navigate the ordination process.
-Copyright Extended: The United Methodist Publishing House is extending full permission to all churches for use of its copyrighted worship materials through December 31. This includes the use of the Common English Bible. Read the press release.
Benefits of Conducting an HR Assessment for Your Ministry: Improving the basic functions of your ministry will help you improve the effectiveness of your work. Performing a Human Resources assessment will help your ministry identify areas of improvement and growth. Benefit #1 is....
Youth Leader Retreat from Friday, September 10, 2021 to Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Olmsted Manor, Ludlow, PA 16333. Duffy Robbins will be the keynote speaker. Contact person: Amanda Gilligan
Connecting Faith and Justice: A new curriculum to help junior and senior high students actively engage the intersection of faith and justice and explore why our faith compels us toward justice. It is available to download today for free. Learn more and download
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.
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
WPAUMC Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pg/wpaumc/notes/
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