Erie-Meadville District News


Events

District Book Club

Where: Erie-Meadville District Office (341 Main Street, Suite 3, Saegertown, PA 16433)

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 10:00 AM

The District Office will cover the cost of the book Praying to Change Your Life by Suzette T. Caldwell so please notify the office by Friday, March 27th if you would like to receive a copy. The meeting will be discussion-based so please take notes on your insights and questions as you read.


2020 District Conference

Where: Erie: Christ UMC (2615 West 32nd Street, Erie, PA 16506)

Sunday, April 26, 2020 3:00 PM

The 2020 session of District Conference will be Sunday, April 26th at Erie: Christ UMC. Currently appointed clergy are expected to attend unless they receive an excuse from the District Superintendent.


District Book Club

Where: Erie-Meadville District Office (341 Main Street, Suite 3, Saegertown, PA 16433)

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:00 PM

The District Office will cover the cost of the book Praying to Change Your Life by Suzette T. Caldwell so please notify the office by Friday, March 27th if you would like to receive a copy. The meeting will be discussion-based so please take notes on your insights and questions as you read.


Announcements

Upcoming Annual Forms    more info

  1. Fund Balance Report
    • ​​OVERDUE
    • Please submit this form to the District Office.
  2. Annual Clergy Reviews
    • ​​Due Friday, May 15th
    • Links for the annual clergy reviews were emailed to pastors on Monday, March 2nd. Senior pastors should have received three separate links (congregational ministry, pastoral performance, and SPRC) while associate pastors should have received one link (pastoral performance). Please make sure these links are sent to those responsible for completing them.
    • If you have any questions, please contact the District Office. These forms are submitted online and do not need to be sent to the District Office.
  3. Annual Parsonage Inspection
    • Due Friday, May 15th
    • Please submit this form to the District Office.


Annual Corporation Meeting

With the beginning of a new year comes the reminder that all incorporated churches need to have an annual corporation meeting. This is a PA law and should be done to protect assets as well as trustees from potential liability. Please keep a copy of the minutes for your records; the District Office does not need a copy. The meeting should consist of a call to order, a vote to approve corporation officers, and a motion for adjournment. It should not happen in the context of a council meeting (it can happen either before a council meeting is called to order or after the adjournment of a council meeting). Sample Meeting Minutes
 


Resources

COVID-19 Update

As we, the Erie-Meadville District Office, receive updates concerning the coronavirus, we will send you updates. Share this information with your congregations.

In Such a Time as This: In an email to local church leaders and pastors on Wednesday night, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi offered some guidelines and information to help them address the current coronavirus situation. The letter included a link to an update prepared by Dr. Jessica Price, chair of the Conference's Abundant Health Team. READ MORE 

Sources for Coronavirus Information: Keep up with information and advice from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more localized information, check the websites for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, your county health department, or local officials. UM Communications has also compiled some information on what you should know and how you can help as the coronavirus spreads. READ MORE

Online Worship: In areas such as Seattle, local authorities imposed restrictions to contain a flare-up of COVID-19, saying congregations (or other groups) with more than 50 attendees should not gather. Some have moved to online worship. Rev. Jeremy Smith, a UMC elder serving in Seattle, posted some suggestions on his Hacking Christianity blog for how to pull together an online service. READ MORE


Local Church Communications Guide    more info

United Methodist Communications can help you communicate all the good you can. Use the new guide to find training courses, outreach tools, marketing support, giving resources, web ministry tips, grant opportunities, information sources, inspirational ideas, and more.


UMC Resources

New source for leadership products, resources, and more: www.umcgiving.outreach.com


Conference News

Below you will find some conference news relevant to Erie-Meadville District. To see all conference news, go to the News section at the very top of this page.
WPA COVID-19 Announcements, Info (read more )

4/1/2020

Conference Announcements This page will updated as needed.  It is a work in progress. Check our Covid-19 Church Planning Resources page on Facebook. Get take-aways and other info from our twice weekly Covid-19 Clergy Conversations. See our Coronavirus Stimulus and Relief Package information for churches. Due to the March 15 recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and later state and local advisories to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Bishop and Conference leaders ... read more


Bishops Ask to Postpone GC2020 (read more )

3/13/2020

UPDATE:  The Commission on the General Conference, in a March 16 press release said: As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continue to escalate, the Commission on the General Conference will meet on March 21 via teleconference to discuss plans for the 2020 General Conference, scheduled for May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn.  According to the United Methodist Book of Discipline, in the absence of a convened General Conference, only the full Commission, as the duly authorized ... read more


Worship in Virus/Flu Season (read more )

3/3/2020

UPDATED - 3/16/20 On March 15, the Center for Disease Control recommended that for the next 8 weeks, throughout the U.S., organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that involve 50 people or more. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will issue a statement on hope-filled ways United Methodists can offer ministry during this season. Updated CDC info on Mass Gatherings is at https://www.cdc.gov/…/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.ht… With the number of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19) cases increasing ... read more


Meet our new Camping Coordinator! (read more )

2/4/2020

Shane Hinderliter, a Western PA native currently serving as director of student ministries at a large-membership church in Houston, Texas, will be the new Conference Coordinator of Camping and Retreat Ministries, effective March 1.  He follows Jessica Gamache, who left the camping coordinator position Nov. 4 to become executive director of the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association. “I am excited to come home,” Shane said. “The camps have always been home to me.”  He was a coun... read more


Watch Developers Discuss Separation Protocol (read more )

1/13/2020


Quick Links

Employment Opportunities and Internships

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For internship opportunities, visit www.wpaumc.org/internships.

Local Ministries

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POSTPONED: 2020 General Conference

Read the latest news about the May 2020 session of General Conference HERE.

Publication Subscriptions

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Scholarships and Grants

There are a variety of scholarships available at www.umc.org/resources/scholarships and at www.wpaumc.org/scholarshipforms.
 

April Birthdays

Matt Judd - April 14

Tom Hoeke - April 15

Frank Weingard - April 20

Terry Brown - April 21

April Anniversaries

Gary Wade and Brenda Wade- April 21