News from the Pittsburgh District

Dates to Remember


1 District Office Closed
5 Orientation to Ministry
20 Martin Luther King Jr. Service, 4 pm @ First UMC of McKeesport
21 District Office Closed (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
27 Pittsburgh District Clergy Gathering, 4 pm @ Pittsburgh Presbytery


15 Registration Deadline - Spring Commuter Licensing & Certified Lay Minister School
23-26 2019 Special Session of the General Conference
28 Spring Commuter School


1-2 Spring Commuter School
9 Spring Commuter School
16 Spring Commuter School
23 Spring Commuter School
30 Spring Commuter School



5 Spring Commuter School
13 Spring Commuter School
13 Pittsburgh District Conference @ Bakerstown UMC (5760 William Flinn Hwy, Gibsonia)
18-22 District Office Closed (Easter)
25-27 Spring Commuter School Ending Retreat

Upcoming Events & Information

Pittsburgh District Clergy Gathering

A mandatory meeting of Pittsburgh District clergy will be held on Sunday, January 27, 4 pm, at Pittsburgh Presbytery (901 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233).  The main topic will be "The Way Forward."

Martin Luther King Jr. Service

A combined Greensburg-Pittsburgh District MLK Service will be held Sunday, January 20 at 4 pm. at First UMC (1406 Cornell St., McKeesport).  Pastor Raphael Koikoi will be the keynote speaker at the 4 p.m. service on Sunday, Jan. 20.  Parking is adjacent to the church and on the street.  A special offering will be collected for the MLK Scholarship Fund.  Refreshments will be served after the service.

District Conference

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

Spring Commuter Licensing School

2019 Spring Commuter LICENSING SCHOOL TRAINING and CERTIFIED LAY MINISTRY TRAINING is being held various days February through April at  Manorville UMC (800 Water Street, Manorville, PA  16238).  Registration and $100 (non-refundable) deposit must be received before February 15.  Click here for the registration form.

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.

Prayer Initiative 

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. If you can, please contact your churches and lay leadership of the following Conference Prayer nights. 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.


  • 7th - Saegertown
  • 9th - St. Marys
  • 15th - Crossroads main (1000 Crossroads Dr., Oakdale)
  • 22nd - Somerset Grace
  • 23rd - Punxsutawney 1st 


  • 5th - Warren Grace
  • 11th - Meyersdale
  • 12th - Trinity McMurray (530 Center Church Rd, McMurray)
  • 19th - Marion Center
  • 26th - Edinboro

March - May will be announced in February. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Kindle @ 724.630.3965 or Adam Stump @ 412.855.6920

Spring Lay Servant School - Washington District

Classes will be on Sundays, March 10, 17, 24 & 31 and April 10, 2 - 4 pm at First UMC (29 N. College St, Washington, PA).  Classes being offered are 1) Basic Course, 2) Called to Preach, 3) U.M. Polity: Life Together in the U.M. Connection, 4) Social Justice, 5) Ministry to the Boomers and Aged, and 5) Exploring Faith for Today’s Teen.  The cost is $20.  Click here for the registration flyer.  

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.  

Full Time Office Manager Needed

Faith United Methodist Church is a dynamic Christian community located 10 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, with a wide variety of programs including Fox Hill Preschool and the Roots of Faith Ministry Center in Sharpsburg. The Office Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing administrative systems to support all areas of our church’s ministry.  Click here for more details.

Seeking “Director of Spiritual Formation”

First UMC of Pittsburgh is seeking a “Director of Spiritual Formation.”  Being the Director of Spiritual Formation provides the opportunity for an individual to affirm one’s commitment to Jesus Christ by actively nurturing the spiritual formation and engagement of the congregation at all levels and in all settings. Our Director of Spiritual Formation embraces the gift of information, formation, and spiritual disciplines as resources for strengthening and deepening the spiritual life of individual Christians and our community of faith.  For more information, click here.

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

Director of Youth Ministry & Coordinator of Contemporary Worship

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC is seeking a full-time Director of Youth Ministry and Coordinator of Contemporary Worship.  Click here and here for more details.

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

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:


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.