News from the Pittsburgh District

Dates to Remember

March

1 2018 Fund Balance Reports due to District Office
1-2 Spring Commuter School
9 Spring Commuter School
16 Spring Commuter School
22 We Are Called! Worship Service @ Calvary UMC (971 Beech St, Pittsburgh)
23 Pittsburgh District UMW Spring Day Apart @ Sewickley UMC (337 Broad St, Sewickley)
23 Spring Commuter School
24 Bishop's General Conference Debriefing @ Salem UMC (350 Manor Rd, Wexford)
24 Stories From The Lion’s Den @ Garden City UMC (500 Laurel Drive, Monroeville)
30 Spring Commuter School

 

April

5 Spring Commuter School
6 Reconciling Ministries Network Seminar @ St. Paul's UMC (1965 Ferguson Rd, Allison Park)
13 Spring Commuter School
13 Pittsburgh District Conference @ Bakerstown UMC (5760 William Flinn Hwy, Gibsonia)
18-22 District Office Closed (Easter)
25 Risk Seminar @ Dutilh UMC (1270 Dutilh Rd, Cranberry Township)
25-27 Spring Commuter School Ending Retreat

May

15 Evaluations due (Clergy, SPRC & Congregational)
15 Clergy Continuing Education Report due (via Clergy Dashboard)
15 Annual Parsonage Inspection Report due
27 Memorial Day - District Office Closed

June

1 Pastoral Transitions Seminar @ TBD
6 - 8 Annual Conference @ Grove City College

Upcoming Events & Information

 District Conference

SAVE THE DATE:  Our Annual District Conference will be held on Saturday, April 13 at Bakerstown UMC, 10 am - noon.

4.4.1 DISTRICT CONFERENCES — The district conference shall be held annually in each district and shall be composed of members pursuant to ¶658 as follows: 4.4.2 The District Conference shall be composed of clergy members as defined by the General Conference (“clergy membership of an Annual Conference shall consist of deacons and elders in full connection, provisional members, associate members, affiliate members, and local pastors.") (2016 Discipline ¶ 602), together with the two professing lay members elected by each charge, the diaconal ministers, the active deaconesses and home missioners under Episcopal appointment within the bounds of the Annual Conference, the district president of United Methodist Women, the district president of United Methodist Men, the district lay leader/Chairperson of the District Board of Laity, the district director of Lay Speaking (Servant) Ministries, the president or equivalent officer of the district young adult organization, and the president of the district youth organization. 
4.4.3 In addition to the clergy and ex-officio membership, each Charge Conference shall elect two principal and two reserve delegates. In addition, the following local church personnel shall be eligible to attend the District Conference as voting members: lay member(s) to Annual Conference, local church lay leader, chairperson of church council (or equivalent), president of the United Methodist Women, president of the United Methodist Men, and president of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship.  

Risk Seminar

Church Mutual is offering a free seminar, "Security and Emergency Preparedness & Protecting Your Youth."  There are three locations, with the closest to the Pittsburgh District being held on April 25, 6 pm, at Dutilh UMC (1270 Dutilh Rd, Cranberry Township, PA 16066).  See the attached flyer for more information and to register.

Mission u 2019

Mission u 2019 offers opportunities for adults, youth and children to learn, explore, grow spiritually, enjoy fellowship, and participate in hands-on mission work.  Adult & family Mission u runs Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, 2019.  Youth Mission u is Tuesday, July 16 to Sunday, July 21.  For more information click here.

Abolitionist Tour

The Wrestling with Racism Team of Warren and First United Methodist Churches  is sponsoring an Abolitionist Tour of the Pittsburgh area and Washington County on May 4th, 2019! Those who have taken previously this tour have given it rave reviews!  Please read the attachment to learn more and for information about the registration process! Registration will be open to churches affiliated with the Wrestling with Racism Team and United Methodists until April 1st. Please share this information with your churches! In April, other groups will be invited to join the tour! Since space is limited, we expect the tour to fill up very fast. Please register soon!

 Reconciling Ministries Network:  "Now What?"

A seminar presented by the WPA Reconciling Ministries Network will be held on Saturday, April 6 at St. Paul's UMC (1965 Ferguson Rd, Allison Park).  The seminar will provide opportunities to learn accurate information, ask questions, engage in reflection, and think intentionally about options for moving forward in the wake of the February General Conference vote.  Click here for the brochure and here to register.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Library

All clergy are invited to visit the Barbour Library at PTS and complete the form to become a member of the library.  The $15 fee is waived for 2019.  Learn more about the library at their website, calling 412-924-1354 or emailing reference@pts.edu.  PTS is located at 616 North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

WPAUMC Facebook Page for Church Communicators

Liz Lennox, Visual Communications & Social Media Coordinator at the Conference Center, created a Facebook group on the WPAUMC Facebook page specifically for church communicators (social media managers, newsletter writers, admins, media directors, etc). The purpose of the group is to connect communicators and to share resources and advice and to give a place for communicators to ask questions and connect with one another:  www.facebook.com/groups/wpacommunicators 

Clergy Book Study

The Pittsburgh District hosts a Clergy Book Study that is open to any pastor who wishes to join.  The study meets on the first & third Thursdays of the month, from September to May.  The study meets at Baldwin UMC (5001 Baptist Rd, Pittsburgh).  Dale Reese is the current coordinator of the study.  Our simple plan of study is to gather between 11 - 11:30 am, then start the study at 11:30 am.  We finish with prayer at 12:30 pm.  For the months of February, March, April & May, will complete a study on "Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke," by Kenneth E. Bailey.  Please consider joining the group.

Each month, January through May, there will be 5 prayer gatherings near the 5 “centers” of our Annual Conference. The five centers (St. Marys, Oakdale, Punxsutawney, Saegertown and Somerset) are all areas that everyone in our AC can reach in an hour (or an hour and half) of driving. Would you please plan on coming out to one of our prayer gatherings as we "Hear from God through Prayer"? Each night begins at 6:30 and will run about an hour and a half (6:30-8). The churches in bold are the closest to the Pittsburgh District.

April

  • 1 - Mt. Lebanon UMC, 6:30pm (3319 W Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh)
  • 2 - First UMC Union City, 6:30pm
  • 8 - Brookville Evangelical, 6:30pm
  • 24 - Bradford 1st, 6:30pm

May

  • 7 - Grace UMC Somerset, 6:30pm
  • 8 - Summit UMC, 6:30pm tentative
  • 14 - Crossroads main, 6:30pm (1000 Crossroads Dr., Oakdale)
  • 15 - First UMC St. Marys, 6:30pm
  • 21 - Grace UMC Punxsutawney, 6:30pm

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Kindle @ 724.630.3965 or Adam Stump @ 412.855.6920

Mission Opportunities in East Ohio

There are mission opportunities in east Ohio with the Epworth Mission Center (in the Appalachian area around Bethesda, OH), The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland, and Urban Mission Ministries (in Steubenville, just 40 minutes from Pittsburgh).  Click here from more details.  

Western Pennsylvania Prison Outreach Ministry

Click here to see the Winter 2019 Western PA Prison Outreach Ministry Newsletter.

Children's Ministry Director Needed

McKnight UMC is looking for a part-time Children's Ministry Director.  Click here to see a blurb about the job, and here for a fuller job description.  If you can refer people our way, it would be greatly appreciated!  Yours in collegiality, Bruce Stollings


2019 Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference will be Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8, 2019.
 

The United Methodist Church Handbook

The new United Methodist Church Handbook, for 2017 - 2020, is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination’s beliefs, mission, structure, and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about the church and is helpful for leaders and new members. Click here to order.

Mission Vision

 Do you have old eyeglasses at home? Donate them to Mission Vision, a non-profit based in Cranberry Twp. that equips mission volunteers to offer eyeglass clinics where people can be fitted and get glasses matching their prescriptions. Volunteers from Zion UMC in Sarver clean and categorize the used glasses. Teams from that church take them to Haiti and other locations. Others go with The Nyadire Connection teams to Zimbabwe. Used glasses are now being collected at the United Methodist Center in Cranberry and the Eastbrook Mission Barn. Learn more at mission-vision.org.

Circles Sharpsburg

Roots of Faith (800 Main Street, Sharpsburg) hosts this anti-poverty campaign that surrounds and empowers families living in poverty with positive relationships of accountability on Tuesdays at 6 pm.  This program is part of Circles Greater Pittsburgh.

Sharpsburg Rocks   

Join us as we paint rocks, make new friends, and help spread joy in Sharpsburg. Mondays, 10:30 am at Roots of Faith, 800 Main Street, Sharpsburg.   Sharpsburg Rocks is a group that paints rocks with inspirational phrases and hides them around Sharpsburg. Residents find them and can connect with Roots of Faith. We encourage people to re-hide them, and we’ve had a few rocks travel long distance – Kenya, Switzerland, across the US. You can see more about it here: facebook.com/sharpsburgrocks.

 

The Neighborhood Table

Roots of Faith (800 Main Street, Sharpsburg), invites everyone to a free community dinner the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 6 pm.  A free legal clinic is available on the 1st Thursday and free health clinic on the 3rd Thursday.