News from the Pittsburgh District

Dates to Remember


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
16-20 Uth 4 Missions @ Jumonville
18-20 Prayer Retreat @ Jumonville
18 Pre-Charge Conference Briefing @ Faith UMC (261 W Chapel Ridge Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238)
27 6th Annual Faith Night @ PNC Park
29-1 Discipleship Journey Retreat @ Jumonville


2 Pre-Charge Conference Briefing @ The Presbytery (901 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15233)


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

Upcoming Events & Information

Pre-Charge Conference Briefings

All District churches are required to have a clergy representative at one of the pre-charge conference briefings.  The briefings begin at 11 am.  Lunch will be served. Click here to register for one of the following briefings:

  • Wednesday, July 18 @ Faith UMC (261 W Chapel Ridge Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238)
  • Thursday, August 2 @ The Presbytery (901 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15233) across from Calvary UMC

Installation Service for DS Dawn Hand

The installation service for Rev. Dawn Hand, incoming Pittsburgh District Superintendent, will be Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1 pm, at St. Paul's UMC.

Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform

August 5 / August 9, 2018 @ First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh (5401 Centre Avenue)
Why You Should Attend:  Come to this program to learn why, as people of faith, we engage in advocacy—in broad terms, but with emphasis on why from an Anabaptist perspective. Come to learn more about this important legislation and why it is so important that people of faith support a bill that opens doors for our brothers and sisters who have served time. Come to learn how Pennsylvania governing structures work, and how to engage with your legislators and policy makers to support reforms.  Then join with your neighbors to visit your elected officials to make your case.  For more information, click here.

Criminal Justice Advocacy Group

On September 12th, the First UMC Criminal Justice Advocacy Group will meet for the first time.  Anyone interested in working on criminal justice reform from a faith perspective is welcome to participate in this group.  If you are interested or have questions regarding this group, please contact Tracy Merrick at

Choir Robes Free to a Good Home

Dutilh Church, in Cranberry Twp., has a number of choir robes available to any church that needs them.  They are free to a good home!   Available are 40 blue adult-size robes, 3 smaller robes, 40 blue/white reversible stoles and 28 red/reversible stoles.  Contact Jim Gascoine at 724-776-1094 or

Prayer Retreat @ Jumonville

Join Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi on an adult prayer retreat this summer.  There will be times of learning about prayer and how to pray.  There will be great conversations, free time to explore Jumonville, campfires, fellowship and wonderful food.  Participants will be staying in private rooms at Jumonville's Inn, so space is limited to 9 rooms.  The cost of this event is $190. July 18-20, beginning Wednesday afternoon and ends Friday before lunch. For more information and to register, click here.

Discipleship Journey Retreat @ Jumonville

Join Rev. Lance and Amy Tucker for a Discipleship Journey July 29-August 1.  it will be a time for refreshing and rejuvenating for your soul. We will enjoy fellowship, reflection, and discussion to deepen our own personal spiritual journey. Topics will include a Spiritual Gifts Inventory for help discerning personal spiritual strengths. There will be evening campfires, time at the Cross, free time for hiking, reading, journaling, and experiencing the Prayer Walk. Come away from the chaos of the world for a bit; leave refreshed, renewed, uplifted and encouraged with the knowledge that no Disciple walks the Journey alone.​​​​​​​ Participants will stay in the Inn so space is limited to 9 rooms.  Click here to register and for more details

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 21See 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 Summer 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:


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.