Where: Whitehall Camp & Conference Center, 580 Whitehall Rd, Emlenton, PA 16373
Friday, October 7, 2022 to October 8
Where: Olmsted Manor, 17 East Main St., Ludlow, PA
Sunday, October 9, 2022 to October 11
Where: Apache Pavilion, Settlers Cabin Park, 608 Ridge Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Sunday, October 9, 2022 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, October 15, 2022 to October 27
All clergy currently serving in an appointment are required to participate in a 2-hour online training entitled Connecting Neighbors: A ‘Disaster Ready Congregations’ Curriculum of the United Methodist Church. The online Zoom training will be conducted by consultants from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). There are only 3 training dates available, so register today. (Saturday, October 15, 9:30-11:30am; Tuesday, October 25, 6:30-8:30pm; Thursday, October 27, 10am-12noon).
Where: Olmsted Manor, 17 East Main St., Ludlow, PA
Monday, October 17, 2022 to October 19
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 to October 19
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022 to October 22
Where: Dutilh UMC, 1270 Dutilh Rd, Cranberry Twp, Pa 16066
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Where: Olmsted Manor, 17 East Main St., Ludlow, PA
Sunday, October 23, 2022 to October 25
The Fall 2022 Pittsburgh District Lay Servant Ministry School is pleased to be offering the classes listed below to help laity respond to their personal call in ministry and the life of the church. Each class is being held on different dates, allowing you to take more than one class if you wish. There is a $15 fee per class plus you need to purchase the class book. This flyer has more information. You may register online here or through the flyer. The Book of Discipline (¶251) urges Church Lay Leaders to become Certified Lay Servants.
Here are links to documents for your 2022 Charge Conference:
Effective January 1, 2023, the 2023 health insurance billing rate to the local church will be $1493.00 a month. This rate includes medical, vision, and dental coverage. The new rate represents a $12.00 a month increase over the 2022 rates. Member cost share remains the same for 2023 at $20.00 single / $35.00 two persons / $70.00 family. This information is for all active clergy and laity enrolled in our WPA conference-sponsored UPMC Health Plan.
Join the 3-week study of Heather McGhee’s book, “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.” This study via Zoom will be led by Jay Pendleton and Rev. Don Blinn, Jr., co-chairs of the Pittsburgh District Anti-Racism Team, Thursdays, October 6, 13 and 20, at 6 pm. Please contact Jay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Don (email@example.com) to register and secure the ZOOM link. For the first session, please read the introduction through chapter 3 of the book. Session 2 will cover chapters 4 to 6, and session 3, chapter 7 to the end.
A generous couple in the Pittsburgh District has made a challenge grant to TNC: They will match every dollar the organization raises up to $25,000, which means we can receive $50,000 if they "meet the match." Money raised will help build the Chindenga clinic. Learn more and donate.
The Incubation Lab, for church leaders who desire the development of social Christian entrepreneurial skills, is an experiential opportunity to explore social innovation that intersects and integrates with Kingdom impact. Register here. It takes place October 26, 9 am - 2 pm, at the Rice Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs in Atlanta, Georgia. Throw on your lab coat and join us if . . .
North Hills Community Outreach is in need of volunteers in a number of capacities, including driving seniors to appointments, doing yard work for seniors, and family law attorneys for pro bono legal consultatons. Learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities at www.nhco.org/volunteer.
North Hills Community Outreach is collecting and distributing new coats to children ages infant to 18-years-old. New hats, scarves and gloves are also being accepted. Gift cards to purchase coats are also greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at any of our three offices (Allison Park, Millvale and Avalon), or you can order from our Amazon Wish list and have the coats shipped directly to us.
Mifflin Avenue UMC is seeking an organist (preferred) or pianist for weekly worship. This position is currently open. Interested parties can email Barbara Cooley Thaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and/or set up an appointment. $150/week.
Education, Skills and Ability: Be able to display a professional level of musical talent from training and experience. Have a working knowledge of high liturgical worship service’s musical needs.
Requirements: Provide organ and piano music for Sunday morning worship including hymns, prelude, postlude and choral responses. Choose a prelude, postlude and offertory music and convey this information to the church office no later than the Wednesday before worship. Music to begin at 11:10 AM with worship beginning at 11:15 AM. Occasionally (as available) provide organ and piano music for weddings and funerals.
Do you know a youth who is a strong leader in your church and is entering 7th-12th grade? Encourage them to join our conference Youth Ministry Team, which plans events like SPARK and Uth 4 Missions and is part of the youth caucus at Annual Conference. The team has opportunities to serve our jurisdiction and in national and global ways. Contact Amanda Mitchell at the conference office for more info and share the YMT application with a youth you know.
The Commission on Equitable Compensation of WPAUMC issued this letter on how to set your pastor's salary for 2023.
Our counties have returned to a HIGH transmission level. Please follow CDC guidelines, which includes wearning masks indoors in public settings. Please continue to monitor risk factors as the pandemic is still ever-changing.
Roots of Faith is serving "Grab-N-Go" meals. Even though they had to make some modifications, they are excited to see the community again! This is a perfect opportunity for you and your family to get involved. Won't you join them? When: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays @ 6pm. *Masks are required, gloves are provided. * Social distancing is a must. More info: Kathleen Stanley - Director of Outreach at 412-977-9136
Save the Dates! SPARK 2023 – January 27-29 at Pittsburgh Station Square. A weekend retreat for youth in 6th-12th grade and their leaders! Contact email@example.com
This part-time position is charged with the responsibility of equipping and calling church members and community volunteers into lives of active service. Through training, recruiting, and prayerful discernment, the Leadership Development Coordinator will help individuals discover their spiritual gifts and passion for ministry at Baldwin Community UMC and the larger world. View the full job description at bit.ly/BCUMCLeadership and send your resume/letter of interest to Pastor Pam Gardner at pgardner@baldwincommunityumc.
Roots of Faith is seeking a part-time Circles Program Coach. Circles Sharpsburg is a chapter of the Circles USA anti-poverty program, located at the Roots of Faith Ministry Center (800 Main St., Sharpsburg PA 15215). The Circles Program Coach is responsible for collaborating with the Director of Outreach Ministries in the planning and implementation of the Circles Sharpsburg anti-poverty program. Click here for more information.
Roots of Faith is seeking a part-time Worship Leader for their worship service that gathers on Sundays at 11:30AM. Roots of Faith in Sharpsburg, PA, is a location of Faith United Methodist Church in Fox Chapel. A guitarist and/or keyboardist is preferred with strong vocals, leadership skills, and a willingness to work with persons from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Worship Leader will be paid $130 per week. To apply, please send resume to Rev. Angelique Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar now! 2023 Annual Conference will be Thursday – Saturday, June 8 - 10, 2023, at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. Clergy: Plan your vacation, weddings, mission trips, etc. around these dates and plan to attend.
Any United Methodist student of the Western Pennsylvania Conference who plans to enter a full-time, church-related vocation and is in need of financial assistance may apply. The student may apply for their junior or senior year of college, graduate school year or seminary study. Applications due October 15 for Spring Term. Christian Education Scholarship Application.
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.
We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf has entered, having become a high priest for ever according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20 Siblings in Christ, I pray that all our souls are anchored in Christ, who is our hope. This past summer I had the opportunity to rest and relax with my husband and fur baby, be educated around leadership and my African American ... read more
The 2021-2022 Committee on Episcopacy today released a statement thanking Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi for her continued care and leadership of the Western Pennsylvania Conference, while she also served with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball of West Virginia as Interim Bishops of the Harrisburg Area, which includes the Susquehanna Conference. The shared leadership model was announced shortly before Harrisburg Area Bishop Jeremiah Park retired in 2021. The 2021-2022 Committee on Episcopacy of The ... read more
The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee, a lifelong United Methodist and ordained elder in the Virginia Conference, has been selected by the WPA Conference Personnel Committee to serve as the new Coordinator of Clergy and Lay Excellence. Rev. Lee has been serving as the Regional Coordinator of Spiritual Formation in the Pittsburgh/Butler area since December 1, 2021. She will begin her new position on the Conference Program Staff on July 1, 2022. “Rev. Lee has a quiet confidence and a deep spiritual ... read more
By Liz Lennox, WPAUMC Communications Staff Nearly 80 people gathered at Dutilh UMC in Cranberry Twp. on Feb. 28 for I Go On Singing: Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words and Songs, a multimedia musical presentation written by Andrew Flack and performed by Anthony Brown. Brown’s rich baritone voice combined with piano accompaniment, narration, and photo/video archival footage made for an entertaining yet profoundly moving look at the life of singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson. Anthony Brown ... read more
Rev. Tom Parkinson Rev. Tom Parkinson, senior pastor of Dutilh United Methodist Church in Cranberry Township, published a book last summer entitled The Loneliness Epidemic: How the Church Can Cure Our Gravest Sickness. Now, just in time for Lent, he's created a study guide for use by small groups. The book, Parkinson's first, has been lauded for its insight, authenticity, and practical guidance. “Parkinson blends pastoral sensitivity and deep intelligence. This is important for a ... read more
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