Greensburg District News

District Superintendent: Rev. Paul Ritchey 724-461-7178 greensburg.ds@wpaumc.org
District Administrative Assistant: Patty Boyer 724-461-7178 greensburg.office@wpaumc.org
District Lay Leader: Mr. Paul Huey 724-787-7629 gbhue52@outlook.com

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Announcements

How to contact the District Office

Phone: 724-461-7178
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9:30am-3:30pm


$300 Special UMC Offer

Special UMC Offer

Fall is the perfect time to invite people back to church and celebrate back-to-school time with customized banners, yard signs, sandwich board signs, postcards, invitation cards and more. Use coupon code UMCFA22 for $300 towards Fall church tools! Click here to view resources


A Few Good Pews

Pews Need a New Home: Heritage, Ligonier

Heritage Ligonier has 2 nice looking pews for sale.  One approximately 12' long and one 10' long. $100 each. You haul. For more information please contact Heritage Church office at: office@ligonierhumc.org or 724-238-2627

 

 


3 Feet Closer to Water, Mhangura Water Borehole

The Greensburg District has had a long-standing partnership with the Harare West District of Zimbabwe.  Over that time the Greensburg District has been able to build relationships with the people and help provide for their community.  We have helped provide funds for safe drinking water, COVID-Kits, and build a church in Kajokoto.  Currently, we are raising funds to provide a second community with safe water and a church building. 

Our next focus in 2022 is water.


Why?  Zimbabwe is a country with political and economic instability. According to CARES, 67% of rural communities in developing countries do not have access to safe water.  We need water to survive.  The only solution is to walk to a water source, whether the water is safe or not. This job falls on women and children who will walk an average of 3.7 miles round trip to a water source with the added weight of the water on the way home. These walks can be done multiple times a day.
Our challenge is to raise $5000 for the Mhangura water borehole by August 2022.
We will do this 1 meter at a time by sponsoring 1 meter of drilling for $45. That’s the equivalent of a month of Starbucks’ tall black coffees or 1 nice dinner out with your loved one or your yearly membership to the bulk store.  
How many meters will you sponsor?

Send donations to:
WPAUMC Conference Center
1204 Freedom Road, Box 5002
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

Make your check payable to WPAUMC with GB Mhangura in the memo line.


Helping the People of the Ukraine through UMCOR    more info

UMCOR updates:
May 13 click here
April 1 click  here
March 28 click here


 

Financial gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:

  • Online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450
  • By toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174
  • By check made out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068 or given at or through any United Methodist Church.
Read a FAQ: The Crisis in Ukraine by clicking here.
 


“Things We Don't Talk About at Church”    more info


The “Things We Don't Talk About at Church” event was held in April 2021. This event was presented by the Franklin District Anti-racism Team. You can now watch the recording by clicking here.  
Featured Speakers:

  • Debra Mason: Racism in the Church
  • Alyce Weaver Dunn and Keith Dunn: Sexism in the Church
  • Wade Berkey: Toxic Relationships/Church Bullying


Events

Prayer and Action Challenge  (more info )

Sunday, June 19, 2022 to July 30

The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race invites you, the church, and your small group, to participate in a Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge. For six weeks beginning June 19 — Juneteenth — the agency will post daily prayers on social media for six weeks. They have provided resources for individuals and small groups.  

The challenge for you and your church is to join by doing each of the following:

  1.  Pray with us each day. Share the prayer on your social media and ask your friends to pray too.

  2.  Take action. Each week we will suggest anti-racist actions, pick one and do it.

  3.  Incorporate the liturgy in worship. We will offer liturgies for each Sunday during the challenge.

  4. Host a community prayer service for racial justice. Use the litanies, scriptures, and prayers below and invite other faith communities to participate.


For more information click here      Print the flyer here.


Craft Show: Monroeville UMC July 30
Where: Monroeville United Methodist, 219 Center Road, Monroeville PA 15146

Saturday, July 30, 2022 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

At Monroeville United Methodist, 219 Center Road, Monroeville PA 15146
Saturday, July 30, 10 am-4 pm
Join us for a spectacular sale of a variety of items to support local crafters, vendors, and artists.

For more information, go to the Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1BDchVuub

or email layleader@MonroevilleUMC.org
Vendors will be inside and outside!


Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster: Free Webinar
Where: Free Webinar

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 to August 4

In this 8-hour, DHS/FEMA-certified, tuition-free, management level course. This course covers emergency planning and brings together emergency managers and first responders with Faith-Based Community Organization (FBCO) leaders in a shared learning environment. This course facilitates effective communication to develop comprehensive local emergency plans.

Click here for more details       Click here to register by July 20


Who Can We Be Together? Mission U
Where: Jumonville Camp and Retreat Center 887 Jumonville Rd. Hopwood, PA 15445

Friday, August 19, 2022 to August 21

COMMUNITY is God’s desire for us!

Join Western PA laity and clergy at Jumonville for Mission u 2022 to reflect on the community that Jesus is calling us to be! Participants will arrive on Friday afternoon, Aug. 19 and the event will open with dinner followed by worship at 7 p.m. It will conclude with lunch on Sunday, Aug. 21.

There will be programs for adults, youth (13-18), and children (3-12), all based on the theme of community. 

Scholarships are available.  Registration opens soon.

Mission u is an annual event offering opportunities for adults, youth, and children to grow spiritually, learn about issues affecting society, and experience the Christian mission in its many forms. Mission u is sponsored jointly by the Conference Global Ministries team and the United Women of Faith.

Click here for more details.


Camp Allegheny Women's Retreat

Friday, August 26, 2022 to August 28

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.  The full weekend costs $125.00.  Attendance for Saturday only is also available. See the registration form for full details.

 

  Our speaker this year is Jennifer Cadamore. with the theme “Don't Worry. Be Happy”. 
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)


Mark your calendars! Come and be blessed!
 
Email cawomensretreat@yahoo.com   for more information or visit www.campallegheny.org 

 Print a paper registration form here.
 
 


Sacred Conversations to End Racism  (more info )
Where: Olmsted Manor, 17 East Main St., Ludlow, PA

Sunday, October 9, 2022 to October 11

Olmsted Manor Retreat Center in Ludlow, PA, will partner with CCW Transformation Ministries to offer Sacred Conversations to End Racism, You are invited to participate in this contemplative retreat as we explore practical ways to have sacred and brave conversations toward ending racism. This retreat is for clergy and laity who hunger for a deep spiritual experience and who are interested in joining God in becoming agents of reconciliation. $200 covers tuition, private lodging, and all meals. Register by September 25, 2022

Click here for more information


Find more events at Olmstead Manor by clicking here.


Fall Women's Retreat with Dawn Hand  (more info )
Where: Olmsted Manor, 17 East Main St., Ludlow, PA

Sunday, October 23, 2022 to October 25

You are invited to come away to Olmsted this fall and immerse yourself in rich study and seeking with a cohort of other powerful Christian women. Olmsted's women's retreats offer inspirational speaking, encouraging group discussions, quiet time with God, opportunities to enjoy stillness and nature, and Christian hospitality that will make you feel welcome and cared for. Come and attend to your mental, emotional, and spiritual health.


News Articles

2020 General Conference Postponed until 2024 (read more )

3/9/2022

After the announcement late Thursday that our denomination's postponed 2020 General Conference cannot be held until 2024, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi shared her thoughts in a brief video message for the clergy and laity of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.     A press release from the Commission on the General Conference, which is charged with organizing the global gathering, explained the reasons for the decision to again postpone it.  Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, President of the ... read more


Zimbabwe Partnership (read more )

12/22/2021

It has been wonderful to celebrate the partnership our Greensburg District in WPA has held with the Harare West District in Zimbabwe for a number of years. As a district, we have completed work on the construction of the Kojakoto UMC, we have provided COVID-kits to the local churches, we have underwritten the purchase of a borehole (a water well) within the Kojakoto community, and have made significant efforts towards the completion of the Kariba UMC. As a district, we have lived into our ... 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.
Chenda Lee Named Coordinator of Clergy and Lay Excellence (read more )

4/24/2022

The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee, a lifelong United Methodist and ordained elder in the Virginia Conference, has been selected by the WPA Conference Personnel Committee to serve as the new Coordinator of Clergy and Lay Excellence.  Rev. Lee has been serving as the Regional Coordinator of Spiritual Formation in the Pittsburgh/Butler area since December 1, 2021. She will begin her new position on the Conference Program Staff on July 1, 2022.   “Rev. Lee has a quiet confidence and a deep spiritual ... read more


Pastor Creates Study Guide for "Loneliness Epidemic" Book (read more )

2/16/2022

Rev. Tom Parkinson Rev. Tom Parkinson, senior pastor of Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry Township, published a book last summer entitled The Loneliness Epidemic: How the Church Can Cure Our Gravest Sickness. Now, just in time for Lent, he's created a study guide for use by small groups. The book, Parkinson's first, has been lauded for its insight, authenticity, and practical guidance. “Parkinson blends pastoral sensitivity and deep intelligence. This is important for a ... read more


MLK Services, Events Offered in WPA (read more )

1/17/2022

Martin Luther King Jr. weekend -- Jan. 15-17, 2022 -- has been a time to celebrate Dr. King’s life and remember how his work in the Civil Rights Movement prepared the foundation for dismantling racism. This year, due to the resurgence of the coronavirus, observances have been moved online or scheduled for later this winter.  In Western Pennsylvania, the Greensburg District Antiracism Team prepared the virtual service virtual service shown above. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi offered the message, ... read more


Resources

Resources for Responding to Racism    more info

Sacred Conversations to End Racism: This October 9-11, Olmsted Manor Retreat Center in Ludlow, PA, will partner with CCW Transformation Ministries to offer Sacred Conversations to End Racism, a contemplative retreat on the equitable treatment of all God’s people. This event is for both clergy and laity who hunger for a deep spiritual experience and who are interested in joining God in becoming agents of reconciliation. Leaders Claire Cox-Woodlief and Latercha McKnight will teach participants practical ways to have sacred and brave conversations towards ending racism. Learn more and register.

Save the Date: Antiracism Summit: Hosted by the Conference Commission on Religion and Race and scheduled for October 20-22, 2022, this summit will offer workshops, Bible study, panels, self-care, action and more. This event will also include a youth antiracism component and will connect with United Women in Faith. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will lead opening worship. More information and registration to be announced soon.

Resources to Address Racist Shootings:  As people in the U.S. struggle to understand deadly shootings at a New York grocery store and a California church, United Methodist Discipleship Ministries is suggesting resources to help leaders undo the work of racism. Among the recommendations are videos on decolonizing the church, a book edited by prominent United Methodist pastor the Rev. Rudy Rasmus and an online anti-racism course from the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. See the resources herehttps://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/resources-for-responding-to-systemic-racism
Read Churches condemn hate, urge action after shootings here https://www.umnews.org/en/news/churches-condemn-hate-urge-action-after-shootings

Report on Indian Boarding Schools: The United States operated 408 boarding schools for Indigenous children across 37 states or then-territories between 1819 and 1969 — half of them most likely supported by religious institutions including United Methodist predecessors. Emily McFarlan Miller reports for Religion News Service on the first volume of an investigative report by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Read story here https://religionnews.com/2022/05/11/department-of-interior-releases-first-report-detailing-u-s-indian-boarding-schools/
See UM News story: Pastor reflects on abuses at Indian boarding schools here https://www.umnews.org/en/news/pastor-reflects-on-dark-days-at-indian-boarding-schools

Asking the Hard Questions About Race: The Rev. Giovanni Arroyo poses a difficult question to white United Methodists who say they want an end to racism. “Do you want racial justice enough to voluntarily relinquish some of your power?” A native of Puerto Rico, he knows firsthand what it’s like to be a minority in America, and that experience informs the way he pursues his mission as The United Methodist Church’s point person on inclusion. Read UM News story.  here https://www.umnews.org/en/news/asking-the-hard-questions-about-race
Listen to Our Conexión podcast with Arroyo on racism and Christianity here https://www.resourceumc.org/en/content/our-conexion-episode-1

Racial Justice Prayer and Action Challenge: The General Commission on Religion and Race will launch its Racial Justice Prayer and Action Challenge on Juneteenth, but now’s the time to sign up. Rev. Debbie Hills has submitted one of the prayers. You and your congregation are invited to join in the challenge. Learn more  here https://www.r2hub.org/racial-justice-prayer-action-challenge

Racial Justice Prayer/Action Challenge: The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race invites you to participate in a Racial Justice Prayer & Action Challenge. For six weeks beginning June 19 — Juneteenth — the agency will post daily prayers on social media for six weeks and include worship liturgies and weekly challenges to help put prayers into action. All materials are also available for download. View resources 

African American Methodist Heritage Center: The African American Methodist Heritage Center in Madison, NJ needs money and attention so it can continue to preserve the history of African American Methodists. The center is prioritizing fundraising in 2022 and considering a name change. See UM News story. here https://www.umnews.org/en/news/preserving-black-church-history

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. 

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 

 

 


Meet in the Middle, podcast

WPAUMC has a podcast and it's interesting! 
The podcast is brought to you by the WPAUMC Anti-Racism team and covers a variety of topics. There is a new episode each week. You can subscribe to the Meet in the Middle podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, or online here https://meetinthemiddle.buzzsprout.com/1838961   


Youth News

Youth 2023 

Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UMCyouthevent/?ref=page_internal

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.
 

2022 U.M. ARMY (Action Reach-out Mission by Youth) Northeast Mission Schedule

Centerport, NY May 29 - June 4, College/Young Adult 
Wethersfield, CT - June 26 - July 2, Mixed Age
Trucksville, PA - July 10 - 16, Mixed Age
Etters, PA -July 17 - 23, Mixed Age
**College/Young Adult Age: 18-21 years old (Graduated at least one year out of high school) **Mixed Age Grades: Graduated 6th grade-12th grade

For more information click here            to register click here

More info?

https://www.wpaumc.org/youth
 

Connect with other youth leaders:

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/464033750613583/


Quick Links

Continuing Education for Clergy

2/23/2022

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.