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

We are here for you

Please know that each of you are in our prayers on a regular basis, but especially now as the church (and our world) navigates some new territory with the Corona Virus pandemic. 

I have appreciated hearing and reading of how you are helping your congregation understand the importance of self-care in the midst of the questions and fears that threaten to undermine people's sense of well-being and normalcy. 

For all of you who have suspended worship services, and ministries, you are also continuing to demonstrate the presence of Jesus outside the building to a world who is frightened and in need of Jesus' calming presence and blessed assurance. You are also trusting God to provide abundantly. Thanks so much for continuing to reach out to people in your congregation and community even as you comply with the government directives with social distancing. 

I wanted to alert you to two opportunities:
First - the conference center is compiling a list of online worshiping opportunities. PLEASE SEND ME THE LINK TO YOUR CHURCH'S ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES. I'll compile the information and forward it to the conference center. Jackie has requested that you do not send her an individual email, but send me the link. 
Second - there are a number of upcoming zoom informational meetings that are being initiated at the conference center. Some of the topics include: stewardship, nurture, connecting with people during this social distancing crisis, helping address fears and questions. Please go to the wpaumc.org website for the most current information; and watch your emails from Alyce, Amy, Jackie, etc as the conference staff rally resources for you to use to provide encouragement and support to your leadership and congregation. 

Finally, Joyce and I are working remotely. The district phone calls are being forwarded to my cell phone, and both of us are checking emails regularly; and keeping up with the work and responsibilities of the district. What is going on in your life and church is important to us. Please continue to stay in touch. 

I am grateful for your leadership and ministry. Please keep me informed as to the goings on in your congregation and community. Know that you are loved and appreciated. This is a time for the CHURCH to stand up and shine and trust God to provide! Thanks for setting the example. 

Continuing to pray for revival, 
Pat Nelson and Joyce Shaffer
 
 


Prayer Requests

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

Tom Kennedy -  was received into the arms of Jesus on Monday, March 23, 2020 with his family at his side. Please keep Lee Ann, Josh and Kiersten in your prayers as they grieve Tom's passing and their loss of a dear husband and father. Please also pray for Tom's extended family, and the Latrobe church family as they mourn their loss of a friend and pastor. Because of the social restrictions in place, the family will be having two memorial services after the restrictions are lifted. 
Joe Yurko - - is returning to full health and celebrating his return to ministry. 
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







March Birthdays
25- Mr. R. Duwane Waltenbaugh
28- Mrs. Lisa Pieringer
29- Rev. Joseph Yurko

March Anniversaries
26- Rev. Stephen & Lisa Bane

April Birthdays
1-Rev. Ronald Raptosh
2-Miss Holly Bane
2-Miss Kelly Bane
7-Mrs.Grace Choi
15-Rev. Ron Emery
15- Miss Cayleigh Gallagher
22-Rev. D. Chris Livermore
23-Mrs. Marsha Phipps
29- Rev. Kim Foos

March Anniversaries
12-Rev. Dennis & Christine Fetter
17-Rev. Joshua & Karen Ricketts
24-Revs. Ed & Kathleen Schoeneck
27-Mr. Paul (and Rev. Pat) Nelson 
 


Information about Coronavirus

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has relevant information that is updated regularly on its website at health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

The Center for Disease Control website offers information and downloadable resources on its main COVID-19 page and a page devoted to information for faith-based organizations.



Leading the Church in the Face of Coronavirus: How can the church provide timely and proactive leadership when there is no tried and true template? Bill Owen, a consultant and coach with the Center for Healthy Congregations, lists best practices, but more importantly stresses the importance of leaning in toward the challenge and into your values as the Body of Christ. Read more now.
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has relevant information that is updated regularly on its website at health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx


The Center for Disease Control website offers information and downloadable resources on its main COVID-19 page and a page devoted to information for faith-based organizations. Faith in Troubling Times: In an email to local church leaders this week, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi addressed the fear and anxiety affecting so many in our churches and communities now. Read her message.
 
Resources: While your community copes with the COVID-19 pandemic, turn to resources that will support your church during this time of uncertainty and change:
•  ResourceUMC.org: Leaders will find virtual worship how-tos, congregational care ideas and ways to respond
•  UMC.org: Members will discover prayer tools, encouraging podcasts and comforting articles
 
In Such a Time as This: In an email to local church leaders and pastors on Wednesday night, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi offered some guidelines and information to help them address the current coronavirus situation. The letter included a link to an update prepared by Dr. Jessica Price, chair of the Conference’s Abundant Health Team.  Read more.


What Does the Stay-At-Home Order Mean? After Erie County was added to the areas with mandatory stay-at-home orders, GoErie published an article with a good explanation adapted from the Governor’s order by their county officials. Learn more
 
Chuck’s Back! He’s teamed up with #SeeAllThePeople for a “Chuck Knows Church” video series: “Things We Can Do-Covid-19.”  It suggests simple things to maintain and build community during this time of crisis. Share them with your congregation. Take a look
New- Leading the Church in the Face of Coronavirus: Bill Owens of the Center for Healthy Congregations offers some simple reminders and best practices in this Leading Ideas article. 
Helping Children Deal with Covid 19: Sheltering in place is confusing for children accustomed to daily contact with friends and teachers. Church leaders offer advice on how to help them. Read story
 
Announcements: Use the link on the WPAUMC.org homepage for announcements and resources related to coronavirus response in our Conference or find it here. 
 
Leadership Blog: It seems that church leaders must constantly take in information, make decisions and communicate plans to change familiar practices and rituals to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. Rev. Dr. Susan Moudry has some advice for leaders in these challenging times. She’ll be posting regularly.
 
Sources for Coronavirus Information: Keep up with information and advice from the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more localized information, check the Pennsylvania Department of Health website, your county Health Department or local officials.

 
Resources for Digital Ministry: The ResourceUMC Facebook page will post Local Church Learning Sessions at noon daily from Friday, March 27 through Thursday, April 2. Experts will discuss topics including: Online worship tools and platform options, copyrights and licenses, E-giving and Connectional Giving, Using Zoom for virtual small group meetings, and connecting through text messaging.
 
Worship Practices for Flu/Virus Season: With flu season in full swing and an increasing number of Coronavirus (COVID19) cases reported in the U.S., churches here and across the nation are modifying worship practices to guard against spreading disease. Read more
 
Coronavirus Info: UM Communications has compiled some information on what you should know and how to help as the Coronavirus spreads. Read it.
 
What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019. This is a concise one-page fact sheet.
 
Giving & COVID-19: Discipleship Ministries of the UMC sent out 10 Ideas for Church Financial Leaders Amid the COVID-19 Crisis. An article about electronic giving: Electronic Giving Allows Ministry to Continue in “Isolating” Times.


Youth News

 

Greensburg District Youth Meeting Schedule Click Here

Conference Youth Ministry Click Here 

Conference Youth News

           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. 
  • SAVE THE DATES!

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

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.


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 Announcements, Info (read more )

4/1/2020

Conference Announcements This page will updated as needed.  It is a work in progress. Check our Covid-19 Church Planning Resources page on Facebook. Get take-aways and other info from our twice weekly Covid-19 Clergy Conversations. Due to the March 15 recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and later state and local advisories to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Bishop and Conference leaders have taken the following actions. Conference Center Building Use The United ... read more


Bishops Ask to Postpone GC2020 (read more )

3/13/2020

UPDATE:  The Commission on the General Conference, in a March 16 press release said: As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continue to escalate, the Commission on the General Conference will meet on March 21 via teleconference to discuss plans for the 2020 General Conference, scheduled for May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn.  According to the United Methodist Book of Discipline, in the absence of a convened General Conference, only the full Commission, as the duly authorized ... read more


Worship in Virus/Flu Season (read more )

3/3/2020

UPDATED - 3/16/20 On March 15, the Center for Disease Control recommended that for the next 8 weeks, throughout the U.S., organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that involve 50 people or more. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will issue a statement on hope-filled ways United Methodists can offer ministry during this season. Updated CDC info on Mass Gatherings is at https://www.cdc.gov/…/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.ht… With the number of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19) cases increasing ... read more


Resources

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.