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 9:30 am-3:30 pm

November 24 - 27: the office is CLOSED for Thanksgiving
December 6:  out of the office, call to reach the office at 724-461-7178
December 23 - January 2, 2023: the office is CLOSED for Christmas

**Faith Delmont office is open until 2 pm.  If you plan to visit the district office AFTER 2 pm please call beforehand as the church doors are kept locked and the district office does not open the doors for unannounced visitors.**


District Calendar

Inclement Weather

Our office will run on the Burrell School District weather closure schedule during the winter season.  Our office will be closed if the school is closed due to the weather.  If there is a 2-hour school delay, the office will open at 11:30 am.  Any messages left on the answering machine will be answered the next day the office is open.  If you should have an emergency, please call Rev. Ritchey on his cell phone.  Thank you!
 


Is The UMC really....?

The United Methodist Church has published informative articles relating to frequently asked questions related to the future of The United Methodist Church.  Please take a moment to read these articles: 
Part 1: Theology
Part 2: Human sexuality
Part 3: Misprecpetions and misinformation
Part 4: Misprecpetions and misinformation

What is the United Methodist Trust Clause?

You can find additional resources and information at Ask The UMC-FAQs


Wanted: Spiritual Care Volunteers for Allegheny Health Network

Spiritual care volunteers are needed to visit inpatients of Allegheny Health Network’s palliative care division at  Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley, Forbes, Jefferson, and West Penn hospitals. As well as, telephone call volunteers.  No prior experience needed. Training and ongoing support is provided. Adults 22 and over are invited to apply. For more information, contact:

Pastor Kim Rapczak
Spiritual Care Coordinator for Palliative Care
412-738-4650   Or Kimberly.Rapczak@ahn.org


Local Church Audit aka: Fund Balance Report

Fund Balance Report due March 1, 2023
Please send reports to the Greensburg District Office 

by email: greensburg.office@wpaumc.org
or
by mail: Greensburg District Office
307 Freeport Street
Delmont, PA 15626

Section 258.4(d) of the Book of Discipline makes it mandatory that every local church finance committee “shall make provision for an annual audit of the financial statements of the local church and all its organizations and accounts. The committee shall make a full and complete report to the annual charge conference.” 
Below are resources to help you through the process:


Mentor Reports

  Annual Mentor Reports are due on December 15.  If you are a Provisional Member or a Local Pastor who has not yet completed the Course of Study, you must complete and file this report every year.  The 2022 UPDATED form and instructions are available here.
In addition to keeping a copy for yourself, send a copy to:
 DCOM registrar
District Superintendent and,
 Rev. Sara Wrona, 

Get the 2022 mentoring report here.
 


Bethel UMC's Let it Shine Blacklight Puppetry

Bethel UMC's Let it Shine blacklight puppetry show is now accepting bookings for the 2023 season! An entertaining show of your favorite Christian sing-a-long songs sung by your soon-to-be favorite puppets.  This one-of-a-kind show is performed by the youth of Bethel UMC and is enjoyed after dark when the puppets truly shine.  To schedule Let it Shine blacklight puppetry for your church contact, Erin Pattison, at 724-882-8790 for more information.  
Let it Shine Blacklight Puppetry Flyer


Events

Grief Support Class: Port Vue
Where: Port Vue UMC, 1565 Washington Blvd, McKeesport, PA 15133

Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM


When someone you love passes we want to believe the grief we feel will be gone in a short time.  However, grief is a journey and sometimes we need help navigating this season of life.  
Port Vue UMC is offering a 6 week grief support class that will provide the opportunity to learn new ways to cope with your grief and find comfort with others on a similar journey.  Classes will be Saturday mornings from 10 am - 12 pm starting October 22 for 6 weeks, excluding Nov 26.  To register call 412-672-7289. 

View a flyer for the Grief Support Class at Port Vue UMC here.
 


SPARK 2023
Where: Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, January 27, 2023 5:30 PM to Sunday, January 29, 2023 12:00 PM

January 27-29, 2023 WPAUMC will be hosting the annual youth rally for 6th-12th graders in Station Square, Pittsburgh.  An entire weekend of worship, messages, and fun dedicated to the next generation! This year's speaker is Charlie Condor and worship leader is Joshua Price.  
SPARK 2023's registration and information about the speakers can be found here. 
FAQ about the SPARK event can be found here.


News Articles

General Conference 2024 (read more )

11/17/2022

The Commission on the General Conference announced that the 2024 United Methodist General Conference will be held April 23 - May 3, 2024, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.  Read more about the 2024 General Conference announcement here. 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.
Jesus Christ is Our Anchor (read more )

9/6/2022

We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf has entered, having become a high priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek.  Hebrews 6:19-20 Siblings in Christ,   I pray that all our souls are anchored in Christ, who is our hope.    This past summer I had the opportunity to rest and relax with my husband and fur baby, be educated around leadership and my African American ... read more


Episcopacy Committee Thanks Bishop Moore-Koikoi (read more )

7/7/2022

The 2021-2022 Committee on Episcopacy today released a statement thanking Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi for her continued care and leadership of the Western Pennsylvania Conference, while she also served with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of West Virginia as Interim Bishops of the Harrisburg Area, which includes the Susquehanna Conference. The shared leadership model was announced shortly before Harrisburg Area Bishop Jeremiah Park retired in 2021. The 2021-2022 Committee on Episcopacy of The ... read more


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


Resources

Resources for Responding to Racism    more info

"What Is?" Series: In its new series, the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race offers a compilation of concise definitions, examples and biblical/theological foundations to create common vocabulary for Christians engaging in anti-racism work. Topics addressed include ableism, cultural bias and gaslighting. See resource. 

Facing the Future Virtual Conference: The "Be Still as a Spiritual Practice: Online Event" is for pastors serving in cross-racial, cross-cultural, and multicultural contexts and anyone engaged with or discerning cross-racial/cross-cultural/multicultural ministry. Participants learn skills to support the CRCC ministry context, personal self-care, and professional development. November 16, 2022, 1-7 pm. Learn more

Racial Justice Prayer Service Outline: The General Commission on Religion and Race recently released a a prayer service outline aimed at helping churches host a racial justice prayer service in their ministry context. Download the prayer service outline

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

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 


Youth News

Ministry with Teen and Young Adults: free live workshops

I remember when I was a kid, I never thought the adults had any clue what the kids of the time were going through.  Now I'm the adult. Register today for free live workshops on engaging with teens and young adults through ministry. 

Workshops include:
Oct 11: Assessing Your Youth Ministry: 3 Big Questions that Change Teenagers
Oct 25: Helping Youth Hear God's Voice
Nov 8: Innovation in Youth Ministry

Find out more about the live ministry with teen and young adults workshops and register here.


Youth Anti-Racisim Summit: October 22

Youth who are currently involved in anti-racism learning and are ready to move into action and/or those currently involved in advocacy activities are invited to a one-day Youth Anti-Racism Summitt on October 22, 2022.  The event will be held at Healthy Village Learning Institute, McKeesport.
Read about the 3-day Anti-racism Summit here. 
Register for the one-day Youth Anti-racism Summit here.

 


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.
 

More info?

https://www.wpaumc.org/youth
 

Connect with other youth leaders:

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


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   


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.