News from the Pittsburgh District

Dates to Remember


9 Clergy Ethics Training @ Asbury UMC, Erie
10 Clergy Ethics Training @ Warren First UMC, Warren
9 - 11 Love and Respect Marriage Enrichment Retreat @ Jumonville
17 Local Pastors and Associate Members Meeting @ First:Butler
24 Clergy Ethics Training @ Trinity UMC, Indiana


1 Fund Balance Report due to District Office
3 Commit 2018 - Confirmation Class @ Jumonville
7 Deadline for UMC Scholarship Applications from UM Board of Higher Education
9 Commit 2018 - Confirmation Class @ Camp Allegheny
31 2018 Workers' Comp due to Conference Center


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)
22 Pittsburgh District Conference @ St. Paul's UMC (4 pm)
26 Bishop's Day on the District


5 Pastoral Transitions Seminar
15 2018 Clergy Evaluation Due
15 Clergy Continuing Education Report due to District Office
15 Annual Parsonage Inspection Report due to District Office


6-9 Annual Conference @ Grove City College


15 Quick Reference Form (for newly appointed pastors) due to District Office

Upcoming Events & Information

My Racial Ignorance / Bonnie Mettler Painting Exhibit

The Wrestling with Racism Team of First United Methodist and Warren United Methodist churches is elated to announce that an amazing art display by Bonnie Mettler entitled My Racial Ignorance will be on display at First United Methodist Church this year during Lent (February 14 - April 1). These paintings were previously displayed for a year at Historic St. George's United Methodist Church in Philadelphia.  Click here to view the list of events related to the exhibit, which will be conducted at First United Methodist and Warren United Methodist churches. All events are open to the public. For additional details, please visit or call the church office at 412-450-8532.

Section Leader Training

March 17 & April 14, 9 AM - 2 PM at Dutilh UMC, Cranberry Twp
Clergy and laity are invited to learn skills to facilitate Christ-centered discussion, debate and decision-making during training sessions. Teens are welcome. Those trained will have the opportunity to serve as a section leader during Annual Conference from June 7-9. For more information or to register, contact Ms. Guinevere Gregory at or Rev. Greg Spencer at or 724-224-2370.

Nuts and Bolts of Boomer and Older Adult Ministries

Sunday, April 15 from 2:30 - 9 p.m. & Monday, April 16  from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $60/person              RSVP Deadline: April 2, 2018

This practical time will be led by Rev. Dr. Will Randolph. Formerly of WPA, Rev. Will Randolph is the Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the United Methodist Church.  To register online, please click here to be directed to the district website.  To download a brochure and print out a registration form, click here.

   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

      Unite to End Racism

The National Council of Churches and partners invites you to the April 4th A.C.T. to End Racism rally on the National Mall in Washington DC.This landmark event, held 50 years to the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination, is part of a movement to change the horror of the assassination into a strong witness for ending racism. In spite of that awful act, Dr. King was not silenced. We and others are picking up the torch and carrying on with a multi-year effort to finish the work Dr. King began.  Please visit the event website,, to learn more.

Mission of Peace

Calling all youth! Mission of Peace applications are available now. Mission of Peace is a yearly trip sponsored by the Northeast Jurisdiction of the UMC. It is on or about Dec. 28, 2018 - Jan. 15, 2019 to the Philippines. Up to 4 youth can be accepted from each conference. On this trip, youth will get an immersion experience in another culture. Youth will meet other youth in churches and other civic organizations as well as worship with others in that country. Applications are due March 1 to the conference coordinator of young people’s ministry, Amanda Gilligan. For the application and more info, click here.

Clergy Retirement Seminar (for Clergy Retiring in 2018)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9 AM- 4 PM   United Methodist Conference Center- Hickman Room  (1204 Freedom Rd, Cranberry Twp.) Contact Alexis Soohy to register or for more information at:

2018 Confirmation Program

The Conference is revamping its programming for Confirmation Class visits. To emphasize programming related to youth and allow for more significant time with our Bishop, leaders can choose one of five dates to bring their group to one of four locations around Western PA from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch included). Click here for more information and to registerDownload flyer.

Choices include:

  • 3/3 - Jumonville
  • 3/9 - Camp Allegheny
  • 4/6 - UM Conference Center, Cranberry Township
  • 4/7 - UM Conference Center, Cranberry Township
  • 4/14 - Wesley Woods

Lay Servant Ministries School

The Greensburg District 2018 Lay School is ready for the laity in your church to participate! 
Dates and times: Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5  9-11:30 a.m.
McKeesport First UMC - 1406 Cornell St, McKeesport, PA 15132-4799
Graduation: will be included in the May 5 schedule
Cost: $25/class
Classes: 15 is the maximum enrollment for each class. These classes are appropriate for self-improvement and progressing toward certification as lay servants, lay speakers, or lay ministers.
Registration:   Click here to register online.  
Classes Offered:

  • Basic Course
  • You Can Preach
  • Leading Bible Study
  • Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
  • Leading in Prayer 
  • Lay Servant Leader 

Clergy Peer Learning Group Study

4 Tuesdays, February 20 – March 13, 2018, 4 locations
Overview: Organized around four questions: 1) Is the practice of homosexuality incompatible with Christian teaching; 2) Is same-gender marriage compatible with Christian teaching; 3) Is ordaining practicing homosexuals compatible with Christian teaching; and, 4) Where are we now? “Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and The United Methodist Church” is a small group study designed to look at the background of the Bible, Christian theology, Church history, and The United Methodist Church’s structure and practice in an atmosphere of openness, humility, grace and love.

Materials:  Please purchase Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and The United Methodist Church, which is available through Cokesbury
: ALL active and retired clergy, including local pastors, deacons, elders, and clergy serving in extension ministry appointments.
Continuing Education Units Awarded for Attendance at All Sessions: .5

Central Highlands Community UMC, 10:00 am – Noon, Steve Morse, Facilitator
First UMC Washington, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Kelley Schanely, Facilitator
Crossroads UC, North Fayette Campus, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Dale Roddy, Facilitator 
First UMC Carmichaels, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Dayton Mix, Facilitator

Disciple Making Training

Learn to help others begin a relationship with Jesus Christ through sharing the Gospel in a natural way.
March 24, 2018, 9 am-12 pm  Led by Pastor Steve Cordle at Crossroads UMC-Boyce Road Campus (1120 Boyce Rd, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241).  ALL Conference clergy and laity, including youth, are welcome.  There is no cost.  Registration deadline is March 21, 2018.  Register by clicking here.

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.

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:


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. 

Christ UMC (44 Highland Rd, Bethel Park)              Flyer:  ChristUMCFishFry.pdf
Fridays, February 16 - March 23, Lunch 11 am - 2 pm and Dinner 4 pm - 7 pm

  • Meals $9: Fish Sandwich, Baked Fish, Fried Shrimp, Boom-Boom Shrimp, Boom-Boom Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Fingers (Include one side and coleslaw)
  • Sides $2 or $3: Fresh Cut Fries, Mac n’ Cheese, Haluski, Coleslaw
  • Dessert $2: Varies from week to week
  • Beverages $1: Variety of sodas and bottled water (complimentary coffee, tea, water dine-in only)
  • Cash, Checks, Credit Cards Accepted