News from the Pittsburgh District

Dates to Remember

April

2 District Office & Conference Center Closed
6 Commit 2018 - Confirmation Class @ Conference Center
7 Commit 2018 - Confirmation Class @ Conference Center
10 Clergy Retirement Seminar
14 Commit 2018 - Confirmation Class @ Wesley Woods
14 Deadline to register for Career in Ministry Scholarships through CM CARES
15-16 Nuts and Bolts of Boomer & Older Adult Ministries Seminar (register by 4/2)
19 Pittsburgh District Camping Event @ Coraopolis UMC (7 pm)
21 "The Many Faces of Poverty" Conference Event @ Kittanning First UMC
22 Pittsburgh District Conference @ St. Paul's UMC (4 pm)
26 Bishop's Day on the District

May

5 Pastoral Transitions Seminar
6-8 Disability Retreat @ Jumonville
15 2018 Clergy Evaluation Due
15 Clergy Continuing Education Report due to District Office
15 Annual Parsonage Inspection Report due to District Office
28 District Office & Conference Center Closed

June

6-9 Annual Conference @ Grove City College

July

4 District Office & Conference Center Closed
6-8 Unstoppable Women at Olmsted Manor
10-15 Youth Mission u @ Cal U
12-15 Mission u @ Cal U
15 Quick Reference Form (for newly appointed pastors) due to District Office
27 6th Annual Faith Night @ PNC Park

September

15 Installation of District Superintendent, Rev. Dawn M. Hand
28-30 Annual Autism Retreat @ Jumonville

Upcoming Events & Information

Bishop's Day on the District - April 26

  • 12 - 2 pm - Clergy Lunch & Conversation @ Roots of Faith (by invitation only)
  • 2 - 5 pm - Site Visits (Roots of Faith and The Cove) and Travel
  • 5 - 7 pm - Laity Dinner & Conversation @ Greenstone UMC (by invitation only)
  • 7:30 - 9:30 pmBishop Moore-Koikoi invites all laity and clergy to join her in conversation as she shares exciting news about the camping and retreat campaign and provides updates on other Conference and Denominational initiatives in the Conference.  She will also respond to your questions and concerns.  This event will take place at Sewickley UMC (337 Broad St., Sewickley 15143).  Parking is available in neighboring St. Stephen's lot, plus there is ample free street parking.

The Nyadire Connection Home of Hope Orphanage Crowdfunding

Your friends at the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, The Nyadire Connection (TNC), are fundraising to complete a new orphanage facility in Zimbabwe, and are ready to do whatever it takes to reach the $20,000 needed to finish the project!  Visit here for more information and to donate.

Let Your District Know

We want to hear from you!  As you have programming and/or events that in any way support any of the Five Areas of Focus or the Bishop's Camping Initiative, let us know what you are doing and the impact it is having.  Please keep your District updated at pittsburgh.office@wpaumc.org

The Five Areas of Focus:

  1. Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world
  2. Creating new places for new people by starting new congregations and renewing existing ones
  3. Engaging in ministry with the poor
  4. Stamping out killer diseases by improving health globally
  5. Dismantling racism

Clergy Spouse Brunch

The Annual WPAUMC Clergy Spouse Brunch will be held on Thursday, June 7 during Annual Conference at Grove City College.  Registrations are due by May 21Click here for the registration form and additional information.

Credo Confirmation Journals Available

Dutilh Church has 12 copies of the Credo Confirmation Journal available for free.  Please contact Dutilh at 724-776-1094 to claim them.

Summer 2018 Chaplains in the Park Needed

PA Council of Churches, Chaplains in the Parks is seeking individuals to fill our Part-time and Full-time Chaplain slots for Summer 2018. Chaplains need only be a Christian with a heart for serving God who want to bring worship services, provide a listening ear and visit with people from different religious traditions. Students, retired, laity and clergy are all welcome to apply.  Click here to visit the Campground Ministry website for more information.  Deb Koretzky, Campground Ministry Coordinator, PA Council of Churches 900 S. Arlington Ave. Harrisburg, PA 17109 email: d.koretzky@pachurches.org

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.

Youth Leader Skill Day

Saturday, April 28th, Dutihl UMC, Cranberry Twp, 9 am-3 pm
Worship by Bay Allen
Keynote Speaker: Brad Fiscus, Author of Smaller Church Youth Ministry: No Money, No Staff, No Problem!
Click here to register
Breakout options presented by our own Western Pa Youth Leaders! Topics include:

  • Creating Safe Spaces
  • Social Justice and Youth
  • Creative Fundraising
  • Speaking to Youth
  • Community Youth Ministry

   Convergence: Where Faith and Science Meet

Convergence: Where Faith and Science Meet is a 9-day program (June 23-July 1, 2018) that allows rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to come to Randolph-Macon’s campus in Ashland, Virginia and learn about the intersection of science and Christian faith.  They will dive deeper into their religious beliefs, deeper into the study of science, and will meet other high school students and Randolph-Macon College student leaders with those same interests.  There will be time in the classroom and outdoor experiences throughout the region.  The cost to participate is only $100 for this 9-day program.  Upon high school graduation, if a Convergence participant chooses to attend Randolph-Macon, they will receive a $1,000 annual scholarship for each year they participated in Convergence. Please visit the website to learn more. For questions about the program, please email convergence@rmc.edu.

Unstoppable Women

Unstoppable Women: The Unstoppable retreat for young women (high school - mid-20s) is scheduled for July 6-8 at Olmsted Manor retreat center. The cost is just $25 because Unstoppable Scholarships are available. Email Laramie (l.cowan@setonhill.edu) or Denise (dnstone24@gmail.com) for scholarship details.
Visit the Unstoppable Facebook page: facebook.com/umwunstoppable.

6th Annual Faith Night

The 6th Annual Faith Night will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 following the Pirates-Mets game at 7:05 p.m.  Enjoy discounted tickets for the Pirates-Mets game and stay after the game to hear Manager Clint Hurdle and your favorite Pirate players and coaches share their personal experiences with how their faith has impacted both their lives and their careers in baseball specifically.  Being that Faith Night is being held on a Friday for the first time, we expect the event to be even more popular than ever!  Therefore, it is highly recommended securing seats with a deposit.  Groups of 15 or more can secure a block of seats with a deposit, then will have until June 11 to give your final ticket count and pay the balance. Contact Chad Glover at chad.glover@pirates.com or 412-325-4756.

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.

Youth Mission u

Youth Mission u is a mission camp for youth in grades 6-12, July 10 - 15. Youth stay in dorms at  California University of PA, participate in various hands-on mission projects in the California area, learn, experience innovative intergenerational worship and have fun.  Youth do not have to come with a group or have an adult chaperone attend with them in order to participate.  Click here for more details.

Mission u 2018

Mission u, which will be held July 12 - 15 at California University of PA, is an annual event offering opportunities for adults, youth and children to grow spiritually, learn about issues affecting society and experience Christian mission in its many forms. Mission u is sponsored jointly by the Conference Global Ministries team and the United Methodist Women. Set up as a long weekend, it begins on Thursday evening, but the  schedule allows for participation for those who can't arrive until Friday. Families are encouraged to attend and discount rates are offered for family members who room together.   Click here for more details.

Uth 4 Missions

Uth 4 Missions will be held July 16-20, 2018 at Jumonville Camp and Retreat Center.  $220/person and includes meals, lodging, and all programming costs.  Outreach and work sites will be in the Connellsville area.  Registration will open in the Spring!

Disability Retreat

"We Belong" will be held May 6 – 8 at the Jumonville Retreat Center.  This retreat is for adults who are affected by disability, whether it’s having a disability yourself, having a close family member living with one, or by being a caregiver. To register, contact Anais Hussian at Anais.firstchurch@gmail.com or 215-776- 0353 for a registration form.  The cost is $125 per person; Financial assistance is available. For a grant application, contact Anais Hussian.  Registration deadline – April 23, 2018.  Click here for the brochure. 

Autism Retreat

A family retreat will be held at Jumonville, September 28-30.  All ages are welcome.  The cost is $125 per adult / $65 per child (3-11 yrs).  The registration deadline is September 21.  See the flyer here.  For more information and to register, click here.

Western Pennsylvania Prison Outreach Ministry

The WPA Prison Outreach Ministry hopes churches will promote the prison ministry throughout Western Pennsylvania.  Here is a link to their 2018 Winter Newsletter.

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.

Summer Camp Open House @ Jumonville

We are hosting a special day, especially for new campers to visit the campus on Sunday, May 20th. Over 50 different summer camp events are offered each summer. This Open House is designed for you to come and see for yourself what Jumonville and its many programs have to offer. Free tours and camp activities will help your child become familiar with a day at camp and and the types of camp that may interest him/her.  Registration for the Open House must be made by May 11th to guarantee dinner reservationsClick here for more information.

 

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.