News from the Pittsburgh District

Dates to Remember


November

17 Safe Space Training @ Mifflin Avenue UMC
17 Laity Meeting with the DS @ Baldwin Community UMC

December

15 Clergy Family Christmas Gathering @ Mt. Lebanon UMC at 4 pm

Upcoming Events & Information

Laity Meetings with DS Dawn

All laity in the Pittsburgh District are invited to meet with our District Superintendent, Rev. Dawn Hand, to discuss the results of the 2020 Vision Survey and to develop goals for future cooperative ministry in our District.  There is one final meeting:

  • Sunday, November 17, 3 pm at Baldwin Community UMC (5001 Baptist Rd, Pittsburgh, 15236)

RSVPs are encouraged - contact Pam Honeychurch in the District Office at pittsburgh.office@wpaumc.org or 412.281.7152

Safe Space Training

Everyone interested in taking steps in creating “Safe[r] Spaces" for those who have been marginalized, is invited to this training on Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm, at Mifflin Avenue UMC (905 Mifflin Ave, Pittsburgh).   By engaging in difficult conversations, you will be made more aware of your privilege, understand microaggressions, and determine some action steps on how you can create a Safe[r] Space in your life, workplace and church.  Here is an event flyer.

Seeds of HOPE

Rev. Anais Hussian, Aftercare Mentor Coordinator at Foundation of HOPE, is hoping raise the level of consciousness regarding issues of incarceration and reentry in Allegheny County and is always happy to speak to congregations about this reality. This brochure provides information about the Seeds of HOPE program and how individuals and congregations can help.  
Many former inmates lack the informal and formal support systems (“seeds”) needed to help them reintegrate back into their communities. The HOPE Aftercare Program is an interfaith pre- and post-release adult reintegration program for inmates and reentrants that helps ensure their successful return to the community. HOPE Aftercare Provides basic needs assistance, information resources, referrals, and guidance regarding employment, housing, education, food assistance, mental health services, clothing, and furniture.  Foundation of HOPE website.

Handbells Available

Carnegie UMC has Malmark handbells, including cases and tables available. The church is planning on putting them on the open market at some point, but would be happy to give a good deal to a local UM church if anyone could use them. Interested, leave a message at the Carnegie UMC office at (412) 279-3020 or email umc.carnegie@yahoo.com.

Christmas Open House

Join the staff and board members of Olmsted for an evening of live music, refreshments, conversation, and celebration of the birth of Christ. The Christmas Open House will be held two Sunday evenings, December 1 and 8, from 3-8 pm. This free event is open to the whole family and will include tours of the historic manor and newly remodeled retreat facilities. For more information visit olmstedmanor.orgHere is a flyer for posting.

2019 Charge/Church Conferences

Pittsburgh District Charge/Church Conferences will be taking place in October, November and December.  Here is the schedule and instructions for using the Church Dashboard.  Use this checklist to ensure all required reports are included.  The Charge Conference Summary Form should include all of the requested information, including complete contact information where applicable.  Even if information is duplicated in other reports submitted, be sure to include all requested information on the Charge Conference Summary Form (i.e. don't write something like "see page # of the report to the church").  Direct any questions to the District Office.

Urban Ministry Opportunity

First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh (FUMC) (5401 Centre Avenue, Pgh, PA 15232) offers a great opportunity for folks from your congregation to be personally involved in urban ministry. Every Saturday, First Food & Friends, a ministry begun by FUMC, provides a tasty and wholesome lunch to 60-100 neighbors. This ministry also includes devotional and fellowship time, clothing, blood pressure readings, take-home meals, and hot showers. The teams from various churches and civic groups who assist this ministry value the enriching personal experience they have in helping to prepare and serve the meals.  Some groups also give vitally needed financial support for this ministry. To learn more about this ministry and how your church can be a part of it, call the director, Patrick Haver (412-580-1522) or David Keller (412-215-8652). Send  financial support to:  First Charities Inc., 5401 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA  15232, Attn:  Patrick Haver

First Place for Health

Living strong and healthy is about freedom, not perfection. Join us as we focus on your wellness.  This Virtual Health Group for Clergy runs Sept 18 - Dec 11.  Click here for more information.

Continuing Education Opportunities for Clergy

Click here for upcoming opportunities for Continuing Education for clergy.

Resources for Responding to Racism

The Conference Anti-Racism Team (ART) compiled a list of suggestions for Western PA churches to address racism. Download it from the Conference's Discussing Racism page.

2019 Olmsted Events

Here's a listing of upcoming events at Olmsted Manor Retreat Center:

  • Nov 15 – 17 Youth Ministry Training w/ Perkins School of Theology
  • Dec 1 & 8 Christmas Open House: “Olmsted Fashioned Christmas”

Come join us as we celebrate 50 years of Olmstead Retreats!  Space is available throughout the year for personal or group retreats, meetings, and events. Click here to register for an event
OLMSTEDMANOR.ORG | 814-945-6512

   UMC Resources

UMC resources have changed the location of their online store: Your new source for leadership products, resources and more is UMCGiving.Outreach.com.  (Orders can no longer be fulfilled from the former online store: shop.umc.org.) Questions, please contact call 800-991-6011 or email: csc@umcom.org. If you wish to order calendars, please call the Cokesbury Christian Bookstore at 1-800-672-1789 or visit Cokesbury.com.

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.

Office Manager

Warren UMC (2606 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) is seeking an Office Manager to work 20 hours per week .  Click here for the job description.  Contact Rev. Dr. Angel De La Cruz @ corycork42@hotmail.com.   

Church Nursery Attendant Needed

Sewickley United Methodist Church (337 Broad Street, Sewickley) is hiring a nursery attendant.  To apply, or for more information, please contact Pastor Russel Shuluga: pastor@sewickleyumc.org or SPRC Chair Mark Benjamin, mcbenjamin92@gmail.com,
610-577-5833.  For a job description, click here.
Sundays, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm     Ages: infant - 5 years old     Attendant is assisted by a church volunteer.

 

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.