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2021 Appointments

New Appointments posted at wpaumc.org/appointments.


2021 Annual Conference

Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19 - Hybrid Annual Conference Planned
Annual Conference Update: Clergy session was held via Zoom with members confirming the Board of Ordained Ministry’s approval of 2020 and 2021candidates for ministry. The 2020 class includes five Elders and three Deacons approved for full membership and two Provisional Deacons. The 2021 class includes 14 Elders and two Deacons approved for full membership, four Provisional Elders, and three Provisional Deacons. Ordination and commissioning services will be held on Friday evening, June 18th, at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center with a limited number of guests for each approved candidate. The service will be live-streamed. See candidate videos.

Clergy: Plan your vacation, weddings, mission trips, etc. around these dates and plan to attend

Happy Anniversary


6      Earl Dykes
13    Michael Coats
13    Nancy Mussehl
26    David Wilson

31    Bob (Kathy) Mikesell


9       Jan (Dan)  Owen
19     Laurie (Bruce) Gascoine
         Ken (Darlene) Ryniec
22     Karen (Kenn) Jacobs

Happy Anniversary

2       Thom & Sheiiegh Bonomo
3       Bob & Kathy Mikesell
10     Wayne & Patricia Schar
12     Glenn & Janet Kohlhepp
20     Rob & Denise Wilson
25     Joe & LuAnn Patterson
22     Kenn & Karen Jacobs
28     Jim & Kathy Young


Prayer Concerns and Joys

Please send us your prayer concerns and joys, to Butler.Office@wpaumc.org
2021 Annual Conference

Friday, JUNE 18 – Saturday, JUNE 19 - Hybrid Annual Conference Planned

  • * Rev Bruce Merritt is recovering at some, his mother is in poor health.
  • Safety for our students as school is out for the summer. 
  • 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. 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


Youth News


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:

  • Uth 4 Missions: July 19-23, 2021 at Jumonville
  • Youth Leader Retreat: Sept. 10-12, 2021 at Olmsted (Duffy Robbins will be the keynote speaker.)


Camps and Retreat Center Updates

At The Lake Ministries 2021 Charter Dates: At The Lake Ministries provides boating and fishing charters for those with special needs of all ages in Erie, Pennsylvania. Our goal is to share Lake Erie with those who otherwise wouldn't be able to enjoy the water via boat. We are wheelchair and therapy pet friendly! The cost is $40 per person that comes aboard for a charter experience. Contact us for more information regarding scholarships. (If you would like to reserve a date or schedule a private charter on a separate day, contact us at atthelakeministries@gmail.com.) 

Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching Campaign: I want to invite churches that haven't yet participated to help ensure that our ministries continue by launching a six-Sunday appeal program in your church this May/June. Dean D. Ziegler, Coordinator dean.ziegler@wpaumc.org or 724-504-7355(mobile)


Camp Allegheny Summer 2021: We are ready to provide a safe week of Fun, Faith and Friends for children and youth. We are preparing for another exciting summer of ministry. Contact Erika at 814-754-5122 or at Erika@campallegheny.org.

Summer Outdoor Services at the Cherry Run Camp Pavilion. The Rimersburg/Lawsonham Charge will be hosting outdoor services on the last Sunday of the month in June, July, and August.  Sunday School Devotional begins at 10:00 am with refreshments and the Worship Service begins at 10:45 am. Bring a lawn chair!

Camp Allegheny Women’s Retreat from August 27-29, 2021: The theme is “Becoming a Vessel for God’s Use” with Cookie White. 2 Corinthians 4:7. This weekend getaway is set at the beautiful camping and retreat center of Camp Allegheny and is designed to let women refresh and renew their walk with the Lord. It is filled with praise, worship, speaker sessions, great meals, and free-time activities. Come enjoy fun and fellowship on the mountaintop with fellow sisters in Christ. Open your heart to a weekend of encouragement, faith building, and God’s love.  Full weekend costs $110.00.

Email cawomensretreat@yahoo.com  for more information. You may also visit www.campallegheny.org  to download the Registration form. (Menu on right - Programs/women’s retreat/registration form).Please mail form and deposit to the registrar’s address listed on form

OLMSTED MANOR RETREAT CENTER- Stay in our modern hotel-style lodge or the historic Tudor-style manor house as you enjoy the peace and beauty of the Allegheny National Forest. Learn more. Call us today at (814) 945-6512. Calendar of Events:

New- Clergy Summer Getaway at Olmsted: 50% OFF lodging for WPAUMC pastors in July & August
Olmsted is inviting WPAUMC clergy and their families to get away during July and August for some respite, renewal, and time to grow. Details

Upcoming Olmsted Events

Telling Your Story:
Fund Development Training I
May 9-11, 2021
Leader: Rev. Charles Maynard
Pastors’ Academy
May 24-26, 2021
Leader: Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell
Abundant Resources for Ministry:
Fund Development Training II
June 13-15, 2021
Leader: Dr. Amanda Stewart

CANCELED  Music & Worship Week
June 27 – July 1, 2021
Clinicians: Sue Garton, Steve Woods,
     Bryan Timm, Rob Hernan
Church Admin Training
July 18-20, 2021
Leaders: Rev. Donna Doutt,
     Rev. Sharon Schwab, Liz Lennox
Youth Ministry Training
September 10-12, 2021
Leader: Dr. Duffy Robbins
Challenge Gift: Olmsted Family has blessed us with another $25,000 Challenge Gift. The goal is to raise at least $50,000 to pay down 10% of the debt on the new water treatment plant to continue offering life giving ministries in this sacred space. If you are able to help by making a gift, you can make a check payable to Olmsted Manor and write “Safe Water Project” in the memo. To give or to set up a recurring gift click here.

Greetings from the Jumonville mountaintop! 

We have good news!  The golf fundraiser is back for 2021! Come join us on Friday, August 27th for a great day of golf, fun, friends and fundraising!
Mark your calendars and please share with other golfers that you know that may be interested in both enjoying golf and supporting Jumonville at the same time!  If you are unable to attend, there are several sponsorships and opportunities to still donate.  We also have some volunteer opportunities available as well on the day of the event.    
More details regarding costs and prices will be coming soon! For questions, please contact Bob Boyle at rjboyle@consolidated.net or (724) 759-1403
Thank you so much for your support and consideration! We have counted on you in the past and you have helped make a difference for many lives.  We hope to see you on August 27th!
We hope you’ll consider joining us for this great, fun-filled event! 

Special Needs Events that we will be offering this summer.  Our special needs events are staffed with plenty of well-trained volunteers.  Activities are adapted based upon the individual campers' needs. More information on each event can be found at www.jumonville.org/schedule  

2021 Summer Camp Deans Needed! Jumonville is seeking several volunteers to serve as Deans.  Openings are available for: elementary sports, elementary adventure, dance, and family events.  For more information on a dean's responsibilities and the dates of the events, contact Rebekah by email at rebekah@jumonville.org


Jumonville Sports Camps will be offered this summer.  Sports campers will enjoy basic instruction, game time, and healthy competition in a variety of sports.  Fun drills and skill development are based on age appropriate abilities that allow for both basic instruction and plenty of time to play! Thanks to generous donors, financial aid and scholarships are available. More information on each event  Register online

The following weeks are available for Chaplains: June 13-18, June 20-25, July 18-23, and August 8-11.  The Chaplain’s role includes speaking at all-camp Tuesday night worship, being present at the Sunday opening campfire and closing ceremony Friday evening, leading a brief morning watch Monday-Friday, and being available to help lead Bible studies and answer questions when requested. For more information, email rebekah@jumonville.org

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!
2021 Jumonville Summer Camp Registration: We will be utilizing the same system as last year.  If you created an account last year, use the same account and login for this year.  You can register online by clicking here.  Remember a parent/guardian will create a single-family account and register the campers for the events that are available.  All required forms can also be completed here.  If you need assistance, contact the office. The brochure will be mailed when it is ready.  If you need extra copies of the brochure for either your family or your friends, you can call the Jumonville office (724) 439-4912 and we will mail them to you. We can also send them directly to your friends if you give us their contact information. 
Feel free to check out the 2021 summer camp schedule on the Jumonville website.
We've got some great new events planned for this summer!


Update- Walk for the Woods Update: We were blessed by two beautiful days to walk!  Now is the time to receive pledge donations and send them in.  
1.  Checks should be made payable to "Wesley Woods", and sent to Table of Grace Church, 2113 Sassafras St.  Erie, PA  16502 for record-keeping by June 1st.  
2.  If you want to designate up to 50% to camp fees for your campers, the form (in the original packet) needs to be sent no later than June 15th to Table of Grace. 
3.  The on-line store for T-Shirts will be open until June 20th.  If you want to order the link is:
Thanks to all the congregations that participated, and to everyone who walked or donated.  If you have any questions, email Mary Alice at walk4wesleywoods@gmail.com.
Update- Walk for the Woods Update: We were blessed by two beautiful days to walk!  Now is the time to receive pledge donations and send them in.  
1.  Checks should be made payable to "Wesley Woods", and sent to Table of Grace Church, 2113 Sassafras St.  Erie, PA  16502 for record-keeping by June 1st.  
2.  If you want to designate up to 50% to camp fees for your campers, the form (in the original packet) needs to be sent no later than June 15th to Table of Grace. 
3.  The online store for T-Shirts will be open until June 20th.  If you want to order the link is:
Thanks to all the congregations that participated, and to everyone who walked or donated.  If you have any questions, email Mary Alice at walk4wesleywoods@gmail.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

National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

National Day of Volunteer Youth Ministry Training 2021 is happening September 18. This is conference level training for ALL your volunteers at one low price! More information Click here for registration

PAUMCS 2021 Online Course

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 to August 13

PAUMCS 2021 Online Course for Church Administrators will run from June 1 - August 13. Registration will open April 1. Take this time to get to know the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure and get certified today! What is PAUMCS?

SHALOM: Six Perspectives on Issues of Peace and Justice.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 to August 24

This new series of six stand-alone webinars explore issues of peace and justice from various perspectives relating to peace with God, peace with creation, and peace with others. The available dates are June 8, June 29, July 13, July 28, August 10, and August 24. For titles and brief descriptions of every individual session, please consult this SHALOM Flyer. Register for one session, register for several, or take all six and pay for just five (a savings of $30). Each webinar will run from 10:30 am to 12 noon Central Time. The sessions will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Registrants will receive their Zoom link approximately 24 hours before the webinar begins. These webinars are non-sequential, so feel free to register for whichever session is of particular interest to you, Learn more or register

MANUP Pittsburgh

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Two events: June 12, 2021 - Live and June 19, 2021 – Virtual. ManUp helps maximize your impact in your home, neighborhood, and city. Keynote speakers, local pastors, and sports personalities will challenge you to be the best godly leader you can be and raise awareness of the devastating impact of fatherlessness among youth today. Breakouts and meals are included with the live event. Recommended for ages 15+! REGISTER HERE!

Summer Spiritual Practice Webinars

Monday, June 14, 2021 to June 21

Teryl Cartwright, a writer, teacher and discipleship coach from the Susquehanna Conference who cruised the bay with At the Lake Ministries recently, is offering two free one-hour spiritual practice webinars in June. 

  1. Sailing through Life without Missing the Boat at 7 p.m. Monday, June 14 will show how simple experiential lessons in navigating, reading the water, and boat design actually take us deeper into discipleship. Need a sample spiritual practice you can use outdoors to help you focus and meditate on the Holy Spirit? The first lesson in sailing: Find and face the direction the wind is blowing. How? “You turn until you can feel the wind equally on each ear.” Come and see more by registering Register
  2. Fishing on the Fly AND Casting Calls on Monday, June 21 at 7 pm. Wade into the disciples’ world and see how hauling and mending nets offer more insights into making disciples than ever today. Register 

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Relaunch Playbook with Kay Kotan

Monday, June 21, 2021

Registration is open for the June 21 Ultimate Relaunch Playbook with church consultant and author Kay Kotan. It’s from 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

Monday, June 21, 2021 to June 25

Conflict is normal and inevitable; unfortunately, the church is not immune! Participants in MSTI acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. This workshop will also be presented on August 2-6, October 11-15, and November 15-19

Canadian Wilderness Canoe Trip 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021 to August 4

Join us for a week of wilderness canoeing and camping in the north woods of Ontario. (The trip will be relocated to the Adirondacks if the Canadian border does not reopen in time). For seven days and nights, travel through a rugged and beautiful land of lakes, rivers, and forests. Look for wildlife and camp on the lakeshore. Around the campfire, we learn about God, the wonders of his creation, and what it means to follow Jesus in community. This trip is physically demanding and involves primitive camping. Previous canoeing and camping experience is helpful, but not necessary. The cost includes canoeing and camping equipment, transportation and most meals. Open to adults and teens at least 15 years old (14 with approval of trip leaders). If you are 19 or older, you must have a passport. Cost: $475 for adults 18+, $445 for under 18. If registered and paid in full by June 1 there is a $25 discount. Trip will be led by Revs. Scott Hamley, Doug Burns, Craig Lindahl and Paige Townley. For more information, contact: Rev. Scott Hamley, enonvalleyinc@hotmail.com

UMVIM 2021 Mission Academy from July 27 – August 7

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 to August 7

Learn and prepare to Witness and Serve responsibly. Keynote presentation: Mission in a Post-pandemic World by Roland Fernandes, General Secretary of Global Ministries. Multiple presenters and sessions. All sessions begin at 6:30 pm EDT. Details TBA

Leading Public Prayer for Lay Leaders

Monday, August 2, 2021 to August 13

The course follows the required text, Let the Whole Church Say Amen!  by Laurence Hull Stookey (Abingdon Press, 2001). Each participant will need a copy of this workbook and should obtain it well before class begins. The book is not included in the course 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 for better time management when the course begins. You will also need access to a United Methodist hymnal during the course. Price: $75.
This class has been approved by Discipleship Ministries as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries. It is the “prayer” class required for Lay Speaker certification. One (1) CEU for clergy and staff is also available.

News Articles

Postponed until 2022-General Conference (read more )


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

Global Ministries (read more )


Please take note of the next episode dates and share with others.   #StillinMission Episode 30, April 29, 2021 @12pm EDT Register #StillinMission Episode 31, May 27, 2021 @12pm EDT Register #StillinMission Episode 32, June 24, 2021 @7pm EDT Register   Registration is required. To hear recordings of previous meetings visit the Vimeo Channel. read more

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 )


Conference Announcements Updated Dec. 11, 2020.  Our Bishop and District Superintendents urge church leaders to follow current state and local health mandates and guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and to consider the risk to the most vulnerable in our churches and communities in determining whether to hold in-person worship services. On Dec. 11, 2020, after Gov. Tom Wolf issued a temporary executive order reducing the number of people permitted to gather both indoors and ... read more

Clergy Coaching Sessions Offered (read more )


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



New- How sweet it is: United Methodists across the connection share how beekeeping is a way to care for God's world and deepen their faith. Read

New- UMCOR is Responding to Several Humanitarian Crises: In the month of May, UMCOR’s humanitarian response has expanded to include:
•   Distribution of hygiene and dignity kits to people affected and displaced by violence in Gaza.
•   Provision of food, water, sanitation, and temporary shelter material to people affected by the eruption
     of Mt. Nyiragongo in East Congo.
•   Meeting the basic human needs of people affected by flooding in western Angola.
While these man-made and natural disasters are impacting Africa and the Middle East, COVID-19 is overwhelming partners in India, prompting UMCOR to reopen its COVID-19 Response Fund . As a partner with UMCOR, your financial support is needed today in many regions around the world to embody the love of Christ to those in need. “Be there” with UMCOR as it responds. Please give to International Disaster Relief.

New- Pastoral Transitions: Many new appointments were announced in Western PA. If your church will be experiencing a pastoral transition, the Rev. Rick Vance, director of United Methodist Men’s Center for Men’s Ministry, offers some tips for how churches can support both the incoming and outgoing pastor. Read them

New- Act Now for Free/Low Cost Zoom: United Methodist Communications invites local churches who did not receive a Zoom grant last year to be part of its group Zoom Enterprise-level web conferencing license through April 19, 2022! Participation is limited and will be on a first-come, first served basis. Learn more

New- Addiction Recovery: Brandon Murphy found help for his struggle with addiction through a ministry called Breaking Bonds. That was in Arkansas, and now he and his wife, Michelle, are bringing the same faith-based recovery program to New McKendree United Methodist Church in Missouri. Read story

New- Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance: A Transformational Guide to Church Finance focuses on the necessity of “thanking, telling, and asking” - and so much more. It’s loaded with both great theological underpinnings and easily implemented tips. While Generosity, Stewardship, and Abundance is valuable for any church leader, certain committees or groups will find particular sections especially useful:
•    “Generosity” will be helpful to the Stewardship Committee.
•    “Stewardship” will be beneficial to the Finance Committee.
•    “Abundance” will be useful to Trustees.
It’s sure to become one of the “go to” stewardship resources. By reading it, you will be inspired to see your church’s finances in a new way – a way that will encourage more generosity, more stewardship, and more abundance. Buy it on Amazon

New- The Generosity Audit: Ready for a Stewardship Reset? on July 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm CDT. While the UM Book of Discipline requires an annual financial audit, this summer might be an ideal time to start a Generosity Audit. Join Rev. Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship & Generosity and his guest, Rev. Clayton Smith, author/pastor and former Executive Pastor of Generosity at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Clayton will walk us through a process of assessing your church’s strengths and weaknesses, to see what opportunities this strange time of isolation has brought us, and what pitfalls may be lurking just beyond our sight. What has worked in the past may not be what will carry us into the future. You may decide it is time for your church to do a stewardship reset! Register

New- Digital Media Tools: United Methodist Communications is offering Outreach Social free for one year to the first 250 United Methodist churches that sign up. This service provides over 3,000 graphics, a scheduler and reporting. You can even set up automated posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for the entire year in a matter of minutes! Learn more or sign up

New- Engaging the Community for Social Transformation: Are you seeking ways your congregation can more fully engage your community and work for justice? Are you getting stuck thinking about what steps to take, in identifying the issues, or wondering where to start? Introducing a new monthly webinar series that will answer those questions and more! Starting Thursday, June 24th you’ll receive insight on how the local church can engage the community and build relationships in ways that bring about tangible change. Register




Youth Resources

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. 

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

Resources for Responding to Racism    more info


Methodist Response to Tulsa Massacre: Bishop Jimmy Nunn, whose area includes the Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Missionary conferences, has released a pastoral letter about the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. It includes the good and bad of local Methodist response to the horrific event. The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference offers a Facebook video suggesting ways to observe the anniversary. Read the letter here https://www.okumc.org/blogdetail/pastoral-letter-regarding-the-tulsa-race-massacre-15262185
Watch Facebook video here https://www.facebook.com/OIMCUMC/posts/10159838112682845

May 20, 2021
Understanding Other Cultures: The Commission on Religion and Race has designed two new infographics for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to help churches provide information about these cultures. “Ten Things to Know About Asian Americans” and “Ten Honorable Traits of Pacific Islander Culture” are available for download on the GCORR resource library. Download resources here https://www.r2hub.org/library?mkt_tok=MDc4LUpYUS02NDMAAAF9Gxo3JHKJmfRvtlw1VTXRbMgf4zXr9A7oGx51N1_fcSe-8jVgaeEIfWEgsLik_IH-0Vr4BcyQE40lLdC_ZYFNB27zaylH9vyXHlrk1LgN-PGsZA

Latin@s, Hispanics, Latinx: ¡Si! To All of it!  Latino/Latinx people in the United States are diverse in many ways, including theologically, writes the Rev. Lydia E. Muñoz. She gives an overview of the rich diversity and cautions against assuming that all Latino/Latinx United Methodists would go in the same direction if the denomination were to split. Read commentary here https://marchaumc.org/voices-latins-hispanics-latinx-si-to-all-of-it/?mkt_tok=MDc4LUpYUS02NDMAAAF9IFvaTaLivyvH4wZ6GoMQxx0ruumVfB0Q4FcBT1ukjZRalYqCmzhOs3DmXxnNlF6g2452bgCuxreCzc_FBsqcGIqPA5idFsZCRThF0eMKW8NqMA

Healthy Village Learning Institute (HVLI) in McKeesport continually adapted through the pandemic to support the community and connect youth and families with needed services. HVLI played a big role in providing PPE equipment and encouraging social responsibility and healthy practices. To highlight the effort, Keith Murphy, HVLI executive director, is featured in the Spring edition of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s quarterly magazine Forum. He’s one of 11 community and non-profit leaders and activists who helped the Foundation develop a grant-making program for racial justice. Read Keith Murphy’s HVLI story here https://pittsburghfoundation.org/keith-murphy

Diversity Linked to Church Growth: A recent study of the United Methodist Church by Baylor University found that racial diversity is linked to church growth. In a UM News story, Dr. Mark DeYmaz and Rev. Chip Freed, leaders of the Mosaix House of Studies at United Seminary, shared why they are committed to growing the multi-ethnic church movement. Read UMNews story
Learn more about Mosaix House of Studies at United 

Film Looks at Lives of Korean Americans: United Methodists Julian Kim and Peter Lee didn't see their lives represented in Hollywood films, so they did it themselves. Their film "Happy Cleaners" takes a look at the lives and struggles of working-class Korean Americans. Read UM News feature

Diversity Linked to Church Growth: A recent study of the United Methodist Church by Baylor University found that racial diversity is linked to church growth. In a UM News story, Dr. Mark DeYmaz and Rev. Chip Freed, leaders of the Mosaix House of Studies at United Seminary, shared why they are committed to growing the multi-ethnic church movement. Read UMNews stor here https://www.umnews.org/en/news/racial-diversity-linked-to-church-growth
Learn more about Mosaix House of Studies at United  here http://united.edu/mosaix-house-of-studies/

Film Looks at Lives of Korean Americans: United Methodists Julian Kim and Peter Lee didn't see their lives represented in Hollywood films, so they did it themselves. Their film "Happy Cleaners" takes a look at the lives and struggles of working-class Korean Americans. Read UM News feature here https://www.umnews.org/en/news/film-puts-korean-americans-center-stage

Advocate to End Hunger! Learn more about the connections between racial inequity, policy, and wealth at this year’s Bread for the World Hunger Advocacy Workshop on Saturday, May 15 from 9:30 to noon via Zoom. It offers an opportunity to participate in an online version of Bread’s Racial Wealth Gap Simulation. It’s a tool that helps participants understand how federal policies created structural inequalities and how those policies have differently impacted black and while communities in the U.S. The session will also offer details of Bread’s 2021 Offering of Letters, an opportunity for churches to advocate to end hunger by reaching out to elected officials. Learn more and register.  here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bread-for-the-world-hunger-advocacy-workshop-racial-wealth-gap-simulation-tickets-149220872647          


Making Room for the Other: A three-part blog series with entries by staff from Perkins Theological Seminary and UM Young People’s Ministries, explores the theological and practical importance of making space for the new, for strangers, for what some might call the “other.” Become familiar with discipleship strategies and processes that can help turn strangers into friends and unfamiliar outsiders into cared-for peers. See posts

Racism in Church Ranks? Anonymous letters criticizing the appearance of an African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a "Do Not Harm" campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church. The hairstyle, clothing and accessories of the Rev. Chenda Innis Lee became an issue at Fairlington UMC. Read story


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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


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