Greensburg District News

District Superintendent: Rev. Pat Nelson 724-461-7178 greensburg.ds@wpaumc.org
District Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Joyce Shaffer 724-461-7178 greensburg.office@wpaumc.org
District Lay Leader: Mr. Paul Huey 724-787-7629 gbhue52@outlook.com
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries: Miss Sherri Gambrill 412-823-4446 yeslove1@verizon.net

Announcements

Prayer Requests

Would you like us to pray for you or your loved ones? Please keep the following people in your prayers.

Tom Kennedy - is at home recovering from a hospital stay related to some blood infection and pneumonia. 

Cindy Raptosh - continues to deal with the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. 

Lisa Bane - continued prayer as she faces ongoing surgeries related to her rheumatoid arthritis.

Appointive Cabinet - is in the midst of reviewing clergy appointments. Prayer that both pastors and congregations who will be receiving new appointments will accept these changes with God's grace and peace.

 

Please feel free to share your prayer requests with

  Greensburg District Connector.

Just send us an email with your prayer concerns.

 


Birthdays and Anniversaries







January Birthdays
21- Rev. Olivia Graham
21- Rev. Frank Sherman
27- Rev. David Fetterman
29- Mrs. Betty Pifer

No Anniversaries in January!

February Birthday's
2- Mrs. Margaret Wilson
3- Rev. Anthony Fallisi
6- Rev. William Meekins
6- Rev. Bruce Keen
9- Rev. Richard Phipps
13- Rev. Sang Choi
23- Mr. John Nagle
26- Miss Mylie Landman
28- Rev. Dawn Lynn Check

February Anniversaries
11- Rev. Bruce & Bonnie Judy
 


ERT Certifications - Expiring


An opportunity for retraining is available if ERT Certification has expired or will expire this year. We are preparing for an ERT Re-Certification Class this year, likely in the spring. If you could please take a minute and send an email to rpz2@outlook.com or call Richard P. Ziegenfus by phone at 724-238-3158 on whether you would like to be recertified as an ERT. Your contact to us would help us determine the size of class or classes we need to arrange. Should you choose not to be recertified this does not mean that you could not help in the time of an emergency, you just could not be a team leader. Please contact Rich if you have any questions. Thanks. 

 


Tara & Eric Park Release New CD



Parks Release New CD: Tara and Eric Park share their musical gifts on a new CD with several original songs. It's called Feels Like Home. Eric is the Butler District Superintendent. Sales of the CD will benefit WPAUMC Camping and Retreat Ministries. Learn more


 


Youth News

Greensburg District Youth News

Greensburg District Youth Ministry is about youth leading youth alongside adult mentors in a community of believers committed to encouraging youth to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, influence the UMC, and promote youth leadership. Please click on the links below so that the youth in your church and in your life can participate in the meetings, and in the upcoming kickoff retreat at Jumonville. Call the district office with any questions. Thanks. 

Greensburg District Youth Meeting Schedule Click Here

Conference Youth Ministry Click Here 

A meeting time is being planned for all local church youth leaders (both paid and volunteer) and local church youth group officers to gather for a time of conversation, encouragement, and sharing of best practices in order to provide the resources necessary for local churches to best assist their youth in growing in their discipleship with Jesus. More information will be coming. Please contact the district office with the contact information (name, email, phone, church) for the youth leaders (adult and teen) in your congregation. Thank you! 

Conference Youth News

           YOUTH INFORMATION: on the web at https://www.wpaumc.org/youthevents
  • SPARK Registration Open! Sign up your youth for the annual weekend event at Pittsburgh’s Sheraton Station Square. Get details and register
  • 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. 
  • SAVE THE DATES!

Jan.24-26th: SPARK (Sheraton Station Square)
Sat, Feb. 29th: Soul Shop (Christ: Bethel Park)
June 9-13th: Annual Conference (Grove City College)
July 10-13th: NEJ Youth Convo (Hunt Valley, MD)
July 20-24th: Uth 4 Missions (Jumonville)
July 22-26th: Youth Mission U (CalU)
Sat., Sept. 19th: National Day of Volunteer YM Training (Dutilh)
Fri, Oct. 30th: Pitt Youth Workers Conference (Grove Farm)
Dec. 27-Jan 15th: Mission of Peace to China

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


Events

Created by God - a faith-based human sexuality study

Where: Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road, Monroeville PA 15146

Thursday, February 13, 2020 7:00 AM to Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:00 PM

Young people today are bombarded daily with information and misinformation. Created by God, a faith-based human sexuality study for students in 5th - 7th grades, has been offered at Monroeville United Methodist Church for over 20 years to help provide young people and their parents the opportunity to receive reliable, comprehensive and faith-based information about human sexuality. This program involves parents AND their children to help open the line of communication in families. Created by God seeks to create an intimate setting where young persons feel free to ask all of their questions.

Created by God, is co-sponsored by Cross Roads Presbyterian Church. It is open to all families in the area, regardless of church affiliation. Enrollment is limited to 30 students. The cost for registration is $25 if the fee and registration form are sent to Monroeville United Methodist by January 20, 2020. After the 20th, the fee is $50, and must be received by January 31, 2020. Registrations should be mailed to the church.

 Please print the brochure/registration below for additional information or call Amanda Gilligan at 412-372-7474.  
                                                 

registration form
schedule


Rise Against Hunger

Where: Christ UMC,100 Lincoln St, Youngwood, Pa 15697 Cost: $10 per person for 8 years of age and older. No childcare available. Minimum registration of 30 persons is required for the event to take place. Payment Methods: Paypal or Check (make check payable to Greensburg District and mark Rise Against Hunger on the memo line), addressed to the Greensburg District Office, 307 Freeport Street, Delmont PA 15626. Payment must be received prior to event. No payments will be accepted day of event. Register Here

Saturday, February 29, 2020 10:00 AM

The Greensburg District is proud to support the mission and ministry of Rise Against Hunger. This opportunity to assemble over 10,000 meals will be open to all clergy (active and retired), and all laity (children and adults), of the Greensburg District. Bring a carload from your church! Join us in this mission engagement that "feeds the body and soul" through our partnership with Rise Against Hunger. After the meals are assembled, we will have a light lunch and fellowship together. The fellowship time will include a "grab-bag gift exchange." Once the registration date has closed, all persons who have registered will be contacted with details about the gift exchange. Our time together will conclude around 2:30 p.m. We are looking forward to being with you! If you are unable to join us, your financial contribution towards offsetting the overall cost (approximately $3000) of providing 10,000 meals will be appreciated. 

Register Here
 


new Visionary Leadership Event (added 12/19/2021)

Where: TBA

Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Visionary Leadership
 
An Equipping Helpshop For
Church Leaders Who
Want to Grow
(Sponsored by the Butler District of the
WPA Annual Conference)
 
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00am-3:00pm
 
Crossfire Campus of Butler First UMC
1802 North Main Street Ext
Butler, PA 16001
 
 
Keynote Presentation:
Rev. Dr. Jacqui King
Director of Leadership for Congregational Vitality at Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church
 
 
This event is for both laity and clergy.   Lunch and childcare will be provided.

Please mark your calendar now for the Visionary Leadership Event coming in March, 2020.
An Equipping Helpshop For Church Leaders Who Want to Grow, sponsored by the Butler District.


 


Pirates 8th Annual Faith Night

Where: PNC Park

Saturday, June 6, 2020 4:00 PM

Saturday, June 6, which is a 4:05 pm game against St. Louis.  After the game, fans are invited to stay and see a more personal side of our players and coaches where a large number from the team come back out to the field to discuss how faith has impacted their careers and personal lives.  Groups of 10 or more are on sale now, and Groups can be reserved with a deposit. You can reach me directly at (412) 325-4756. Chad Glover, Pirates Account Manager & Seating Sales
 


2020 Annual Conference

Where: Grove City College

Thursday, June 11, 2020 to June 13

The 2020 session of Annual Conference will be Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, June 13th at Grove City College.
Clergy, plan your vacations, weddings, mission trips, etc. around these dates and plan to attend.
 


News Articles

2020 General Conference (read more )

General Conference May 5-15, 2020     Chart of Proposed UMC Plans summarizes and compares proposals that have been submitted from various groups to General Conference 2020 about the future of The UMC. It doesn’t include plans from individuals and may be updated later. Read chart   Young People’s Address at General Conference: Three university students have been selected to present the Young People’s Address at General Conference in 2020. Congratulations to Alejandra Salemi, Senesie Rogers, and ... read more


Conference News

Below you will find some conference news relevant to Greensburg District. To see all conference news, go to the News section at the very top of this page.

Watch Developers Discuss Separation Protocol (read more )

1/13/2020


A Statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi (read more )

1/3/2020

I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  ---- John 17:21  As one of our pastors has often said to me, “Bishop, sometimes unity takes on different forms.”  And sometimes to reach unity it takes time, repeated failures, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, ... read more


Diverse Groups Agree on UMC Separation Protocol (read more )

1/3/2020

A 16-member group representing United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world have proposed an agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was reached on December 17, 2019 and announced today. The document’s signers include individuals from Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and the United States, ... read more


GC2020 Delegation December '19 Report (read more )

12/22/2019

The Western Pennsylvania General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation met on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Slippery Rock United Methodist Church.   During the opening worship service, delegates paused to remember the lives of the Rev. Paul Taylor, retired Pittsburgh District Superintendent, and Brady Hunker, a college student who was active with the Conference Youth Ministry Team.  Memorial services for both were being held the same day.   Alyce Weaver Dunn, Chair, presented an ... read more


Bishop Elected Christian Associates President (read more )

12/3/2019

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has been elected to serve as president of Christian Associates of Southwestern PA, effective January 1, 2020. She currently serves as vice-president of the ecumenical organization whose board includes leaders of denominations or organizations represented in 10 Southwestern PA counties.  “I am excited to welcome Bishop Moore-Koikoi as our next president! Her election comes at a pivotal time: Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania will celebrate our 50th ... read more


Resources

Faithful Giving

Watch new connectional giving videos: A new video series, "Faithful Giving in a Time of Change," features financial leaders from all levels of the church participating in a discussion about connectional giving, including apportioned funds, the current state of funding and giving, and more. Watch now


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.


Quick Links

Camping and Retreat Ministries

View the latest news about Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries HERE.


Mission Barn

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


Scholarships and Grants

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