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

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Announcements

DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. During this time, we wanted to reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation here in the Greensburg District.

We continue to adhere to the government and denominational guidelines for gatherings which include social distancing and wearing masks. We are resuming regular office hours as listed: 
Effective July 1, we will resume our normal office hours of Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 
Hours can vary from time to time. 

 
The district phone at 724-461-7178 is always on and available for messages if we are unable to answer directly; and of course, your emails are always welcome. Joyce can be reached at: greensburg.office@ wpaumc.org and Pat can be reached at: greensburg.ds@wpaumc.org. 
 
Blessings
Pat Nelson and Joyce Shaffer


Online Worship Services - Updated 6/29/2020


Prayer Requests

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

The Rev. Judy family - please keep the Revs. Bruce and Justin Judy families in your prayers as they grieve the recent passing of Bruce's sister (and Justin's aunt) in Florida. Please also keep Bruce in your prayers as he recovers from a number of kidney stones.
Mrs. Cindy Raptosh who is recovering from a successful vein bypass on her leg in order to improve circulation.
Mrs. Becky Peterman who has received a cardiac valve replacement.
Rev. Chris Livermore whose mom is suffering with some health problems.
Mrs. Judi Hodges whose mom recently suffered a stroke

Please join us in praying for those who are in the midst of appointment changes within the Greensburg  District.  All appointment changes are effective on July 1, 2020 (unless otherwise noted).

Daniel D. Cunkelman – (from Indiana District) is appointed to Pitcairn: Center Avenue and Turtle Creek: McMasters. 
Corben M. Russell – (from Indiana District) is appointed to Latrobe: Bethany
Benjamin A. Phipps – (from Pittsburgh District) is appointed to Charter Oak (Jeannette Campus)
Kathleen A. Schoeneck – (from Pitcairn: Center Avenue and Turtle Creek: Masters) is appointed to Oakmont (still in GB District)
Leslie A. Hutchins Jr. - (from Latrobe: Bethany) is appointed to Fallowfield (Franklin District) 
D. Christopher Livermore – (from Charter Oak: Jeannette) is appointed to Latrobe UMC (still in GB district)
John K. Jefferis – (from Oakmont) to retirement in Grove City! Congratulations!
Seth R. McPherson - (from Pittsburgh district) is appointed to Harrison City community effective May 26, 2020.
 
click here to view their profile information

Also, please thank the following people for their service to the church: 
Rev. Paul Wise - interim at Latrobe UMC
Rev. Joel Garrett - interim at Harrison City: Community 

Please feel free to share your prayer requests with to 

 Greensburg District Connector.

Just send us an email with your prayer concerns.

 


District Birthdays and Anniversaries








July Birthdays
15- Rev. Chandler & Shelia Wolf
18-Shannon Wasser
19- Rev. Rex Wasser
22- Rev. Robert Green
23-Sarah Raptosh
23-Cindy Raptosh
25- Rev. Sharon Waltenbaugh

July Anniversaries
  9- Rev. Ron & Cindy Raptosh
18- Rev Chris & Carla Livermore
31- Rev Hyung Suk & Shinhea Joe



 


Virtual - Vacation Bible School ****Registration Required to receive Zoom Link****

Dear Parents,
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time of Covid-19. We
recognize that summer may look very different for many of you and your children with sports,
camps, and vacations being postponed or cancelled. The good news is that Monroeville UMC
will still be holding Vacation Bible School! The main difference is that we will hold a virtual VBS
this year. Here are the details:

-VBS will be held July 13-17 from 10-11:30 am.

-We will meet on Zoom during that time for the kids to hop on and join us for an interactive
time of learning. That link will be emailed to you once you register.

-Each day during the Zoom call, kids will experience different stations such as Bible Stories,
Imagination Station, open/close, and games. These will be a combination of previously
recorded videos and live activities.

-Even though VBS will be virtual, Safe Sanctuaries will still be followed by having at least 2
cleared adults on the Zoom call at all times.

-Each child will receive a VBS Rocky Railway bag with materials needed for the week. These
can be picked up at the church and those specific details will be communicated to you once
your kids are registered.

-You have two options to register: using our online Google form or sending in a paper form (or
emailing it to mumdiscipleship21@gmail.com) Please register by July 5th.

-We will celebrate the end of VBS with a car party on Friday, July 17th in the evening (specific
time will be announced as we get closer when we know more about what restrictions may be in
place or lessened in July). We will have popsicles and a review of the week right from your car
in the church parking lot!

-If you miss a day on Zoom or just aren’t able to make that time, don’t worry! Your kids can still
participate as we will be putting the pre-recorded videos on YouTube so you can tune in
anytime!

-The best part is that it is completely free!

I hope you will join us for a great week of fun, friends, and faith!
In Christ,

Contact Information: 
Monroeville United Methodist Church
Communications@MonroevilleUMC.org

Amanda Gilligan                                                                           Stacy Mazak
MUM Dir of Discipleship                                                                VBS Chair

Virtual+VBS+Registration.pdf

NOTE: if your congregation is interested in obtaining more information about hosting a virtual VBS, contact Amanda Gilligan at the contact information above. 


Pastor, SPRC and Congregational Evaluations


The due date for all three evaluations has been extended to - June 30, 2020
Evaluation links were sent on Monday, March 2, 2020.  Reminder that the links to all three evaluations have been sent to the senior pastor.  Please make sure the links are sent to those responsible for completing the 2020 evaluations.  If you need help, please don't hesitate to call the district office at 724-461-7278 or greensburg.office@wpaumc.org. Those links are specific and limited to your congregation.

Please remember to update your clergy profile and continuing education on the clergy dashboard by June 30th as well.


 


The United Methodists Stand Against Racism

 
As United Methodists, we promise to stand against evil and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. Here are some resources you are welcome to use in your work and ministry to fight against racism. Our Greensburg District Anti-Racism Team (DART) is working diligently to provide resources and support for our churches to have practical tools in order to begin to stand together. If you have questions, contact Rev. Jeff Conn, Greensburg DART chair. Please also explore and utilize the resources on the WPAUMC.org website for additional contacts, resources, and helps.

 To view the Bishops' announcement of this denominational focus, please click here: 
https://www.umc.org/en/how-we-serve/advocating-for-justice/racial-justice/united-against-racism 
 
United Methodists Stand Against Racism
We recognize racism as a sin.
We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access.
We will work for equal and equitable opportunities in employment and promotion, education and training; in voting, access to public accommodations, and housing; to credit, loans, venture capital, and insurance; to positions of leadership and power in all elements of our life together; and to full participation in the Church and society.
 
What can you do?

Pray

We listen for the voice of Jesus in our private acts of devotion and our public acts of worship. 

Connect

We begin our work by joining hands and hearts to journey side by side. 

Act

Jesus calls us not only to speak, but to join in the work of liberating the oppressed.  
 


Greensburg District UMW Meeting Updates

Dear United Methodist Women and All Clergy: 
 
Because of the Corona 19 Pandemic, the Greensburg District United Methodist Women meetings have been curtailed.
 
Our next scheduled event, which was our Day Apart, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Camp Allegheny, has since been canceled as well.

Please keep our local church units, and our district UMW in your prayers, as we continue to explore the ways and means to do the work of ministry in this new season of our life together.
 
Pat Wolfgang,
Secretary, Greensburg District UMW
 


Changes to Annual Conference 2020

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, after consultation with her Coordinating Cabinet, Conference Secretary John Wilson and Conference Sessions Team leaders, cancelled the Annual Conference session scheduled for June 11-13, 2020 at Grove City College. The business of the Conference will be cared for in different ways. 

  • A one-day session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center.

  • The Clergy Session will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Ingomar United Methodist Church. 

  • Ordination services will be held regionally. The Ordination Service closest to the Greensburg district will be held at the New Stanton UMC on November 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. 

See the Bishop's email about the changes sent on April 3, 2020. 

See Frequently Asked Questions.

 


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
 


News from the General Council on Finance and Administration:

Like many of you, GCFA is staring at the stark reality of our nation attempting to flatten the curve and spread of Covid-19 by engaging in social distancing. For many of us, that may mean your weekly worship services are going to look a bit different than they have in the past. To support our United Methodist churches as we continue to make disciples, we have pulled out relevant articles that we feel may help during this time. We invite you to look through these, and we pray they may be of some help as we all face this uncertainty.
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT eGIVING: In response to Covid-19 and social distancing, many churches many close as they put the health of their congregation first. This may lead to stress around the collection plate. Check out this handy guide to understanding electronic, text, and other forms of online giving.
 
UNDERSTAND LIVE STREAMING NOW TO BENEFIT YOUR CONGREGATION: As churches, theatres, and sporting events all press the pause button, churches across the nation will turn to live streaming to give their churches an option to worship. Download this guide to understanding different components of live streaming.
 


IN FOCUS Newsletters

IN FOCUS Newsletters

In Focus is designed with the church leader in mind. Revived and expanded in January 2019, each month In Focus brings news and feature stories from around Western PA, messages from our Bishop and other leaders, and information on upcoming events. The content relates to our Five Areas of Focus: Leadership Development; Abundant Health; Ministry with the Poor; New Places for New People and Dismantling Racism. Most articles are written by volunteer writer/reporters in each district. The goal is to equip church leaders with information and resources to make a difference for Christ in their churches, communities, the Western Pennsylvania Conference and beyond.

Click here to view previous and current newsletters
 


Older Adult Ministries

SPOTLIGHT  ON OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES 


Welcome to this new resource provided by the Greensburg District Older Adult Ministry Team to
 ‘shine a light’ on some of the meaningful ministries taking place throughout the Greensburg District.  We hope to provide you with basic information on a particular vital ministry as well as contact information if you would like to consider a that program to nurture and support your congregation and community.  All articles will be archived to draw from at any future time.

 Our first featured ministry article follows:
 
1. A Ministry for All Who Grieve
Grief is an experience that none of us can escape…it knows no age, gender, color, race or religion.  We know it as part of the ministry of pastors and church leaders, but you can be supported in this work by others in your congregation.    Although we are highlighting this as an Older Adult Ministry, this simple, yet powerful program provides a great opportunity for service BY, WITH and FOR older adults (and others) in your congregation.  The Journeying through Grief program at Monroeville UMC has been led for many years by older adults within the congregation.  Once the program coordinator is equipped with a supply of books and postage, this ministry can be handled from home when convenient for the coordinator(s).  What a great opportunity to serve even if a church member is home-bound.

2. Faces of Faith
In the summer/fall of 2018, DS Pat Nelson established a team of individuals interested in the spiritual well-being of older adults. This grew out of a two-day conference meeting on this topic held in April at Delmont Faith UMC. The OAM team sent out a survey questionnaire to the district churches to ascertain the needs and contributions of our older adults.

In the beginning of 2019, we began our first project; to obtain nominations of church parishioners over 85 whose lives exemplified service to Christ. This resulted in a "Faces of Faith" Recognition dinner held on May 3rd at Antonelli's in Irwin. All enjoyed good food, joyous singing and fellowship. The best was being in the company of six precious souls from our district and hearing their stories. They were John Bales (N. Huntington Christ);Dee Coleman (Leechburg First); Louise Cupcheck (Delmont Faith); Raymond Justham (Arnold); Jean Martin (Ligonier Heritage); Rich Rosenberger(New Kensington First).

The OAM team encourages all district churches to have a recognition dinner for their older adults. Leechburg has already done so and is willing to share their expertise. Contact Terry Snyder, Administrative Assistant at 724-845-8761.

Click here to view the "2019 Faces of Faith" honorees!
 
 


Youth News

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


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.
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


Conference Call to Prayer (read more )

4/13/2020

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?   (Psalm 27:1, NRSV)   As our world has become encased in fear and uncertainty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Western Pennsylvania Conference calls all laity and clergy to an intentional, daily time of prayer.  In the midst of the chaos, we need to stand in the power of prayer.   On March 24, 2020, Rev. Randall Bain, senior pastor at the Oakland United Methodist ... read more


Resources

WPAUMC Mission News

The Cove **Newsletter** click here to review 

The Cove is an arts-based youth drop-in center at Greenstone UMC in Avalon. It is an accessible, magnetically designed space for youth to experiment with various art expressions, all within an environment that cultivates discipleship. 

Area young people, ages 12 to 18 are welcomed into the space Monday - Friday, 3pm to 6pm, by artists-in-residence that reside at Greenstone UMC's Home of the Nomad. The Home of the Nomad is an artistic hub for touring musicians & artisans as well, which has facilitated growth in Greenstone's young adult ministry. 

Young people continue to be engaged through The Cove's ministry called "Skill Share."  These are individual lessons in visual & performing arts that seeks to build disciple-making relationships between a young person and artist.  

I am excited to announce that The Cove has a WPAUMC Advance Special Number. To support The Cove, checks can be made out to WPAUMC with the advance special "COVE" or "The COVE Art Center" in the memo line. Mail to 1204 Freedom Road, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066.

Follow the cove on Facebook and Instagram.



Eastbrook Mission Barn Resources click here

The Eastbrook Mission Barn is one of six UMCOR Relief Supply Network depots across the United States. Our WPAUMC has supported the Mission Barn, in New Castle, with UMCOR kits, a ramp ministry, and on-site tours and assembling of materials for use as needed. 

In 2000, Eastbrook United Methodist Church acquired a former dairy barn as part of its purchase of a new parsonage. In 2008, the church began using the heated office space to store UMCOR cleaning buckets. Today, it is dedicated to storing relief supplies year-round, as well as to providing a work space for volunteers.

Teams of volunteers show up every week at the barn to verify kits, make kits from scratch, sew tiny nightgowns for infants or school bags for children in some far off place. There are teen-agers, elderly women and men. Sitting and sewing or checking kits is something easily done by even those with handicapping conditions.

The facility has also served as a center for building UMVIM-designed modular handicap-access ramps for residents of Lawrence and Mercer counties.

Mission Barn Address:

  • 226 Church Lane,  New Castle, PA 16105    

  724-856-8241                         Directions to the



 


Western Pennsylvania Prison Outreach Ministry***NEWSLETTER***





MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to empower inmates to grow in discipleship and accountability through an interactive Bible study, and to provide the opportunity to build healthy relationships through God's Word as they prepare to re-enter society.
 
The intention is to have our Missionary make presentations of this ministry in the local churches in Western PA asking for prayer, leadership, and financial support.
 
The goal is to eventually have the ministry primarily funded by the local churches as we move out into the many prisons in Western PA.
   
New Ministries
We continue collaboration with Prison Fellowship Ministry in order to help provide after-care for the inmates who have completed our program and are being released.
 
Another aspect of the ministry is to provide supplies for children and youth leaving shelters or detention centers in Western PA including a backpack with a puzzle book, toiletries, and a prayer bear.
 
We are also striving to find nursing home placement for the elderly inmates who have completed their sentences and need special care.
 
We have discovered a need for clothing for men and women leaving the PA state facilities
Matthew 25:36
 
THE VISION
1. To provide interactive prison ministry throughout Western Pennsylvania
2. To help come against the detrimental forces that the men, women and youth in prison have to deal with, and to help them grow spiritually and in accountability.
3. To continue working on designing shorter term study programs for the County, State and Youth prisons.
4. To gain access to even more facilities for Women, Juveniles and Hispanics in Western PA.
5. To involve more trained laity, pastors and inmates as Volunteer Leaders in the prisons.
6. To address the literacy and language issues in the choice of Bibles and study materials.
7. To involve Districts, local churches and individuals in prayer, financial support, and in providing volunteers to enter the prisons on a weekly basis to study and pray together with the inmates.
8. To continue to assist in providing relational after-care and clothing and information on churches for inmates preparing for release .
9. To train inmates in leadership skills to lead Bible study classes in their prisons.
10. To collect bags, crayons, craft supplies and clothing and puzzles for youth, children and women in detention centers in Western PA.

Click here to view the most recent Western Pennsylvania Prison Outreach Ministry ***NEWSLETTER***


New look for our WPA Conference website

Conference website has a new look. It should be easier for you find what you are looking for using the dropdown menus across the top -- and the responsive features with the new design should make it easier to view on cell phones or tablets. Check it out at wpaumc.org.


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.

Bishops Vow This Time Will Be Different! Watch and learn more about the official launch of the UMC’s renewed effort to dismantle racism and press on to freedom. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi is one of five bishops in the video announcement on Juneteenth. See video and 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

Grant Available: Applications for Racial Ethnic Local Church Grants to strengthen ethnic congregations, are due September 1. Learn more

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


Quick Links

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.