Erie-Meadville District News


The Next Step Conference: Discipleship  (more info )

Where: Erie: Asbury UMC (4703 West Ridge Road, Erie, PA 16506)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Sponsored by the Erie-Meadville District.
For more information about keynote speaker Andy Kerr, visit his website at

30 Hour Famine  (more info )

Where: Edinboro UMC (113 High Street, Edinboro, PA 16412)

Friday, March 20, 2020 to March 21

For ALL district youth and their friends in grades 6 through 12!

Pre-General Conference 2020 Protocol Briefing

Where: Saegertown UMC (620 Euclid Avenue, Saegertown, PA 16433)

Monday, March 23, 2020 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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. Appointed clergy are expected to attend unless they receive an excuse from the District Superintendent.

2020 Annual Conference

Where: Grove City College

Thursday, June 11, 2020 to June 13

The 2020 session of Annual Conference will be Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, June 13th at Grove City College.
Clergy, plan your vacations, weddings, mission trips, etc. around these dates and plan to attend.


Commit 2020 Confirmation Tours    more info

Commit 2020 Confirmation Tours offer an opportunity for local church Confirmation Classes to visit the Western PA Conference Center in Cranberry Township, meet our Bishop and staff, worship together and dive deeper into this thing we call Discipleship. Space is limited to 80 for each session. Register
Confirmation Class Dates:
  • Friday, March 20th, 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Friday, March 20th, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 21st, 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Friday, April 17th, 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Friday, April 17th, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 18th, 9 AM to 12 PM

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

District Office Winter Schedule

As a reminder, the District Office follows Penncrest School District winter-weather related delays and closings (

Parish and Community Development Grants    more info

Monday, February 24th is the deadline to apply for Spring 2020 New Places for New People grants. Grants are awarded in spring and fall and two types of grants are available.

Third Thursday Clergy Spouse Gatherings

Clergy spouses, please mark your calendars for the third Thursday of each month at 10 AM to gather with Deborah Swineford and other clergy spouses at the District Parsonage (3700 Kinter Hill Road, Edinboro, PA 16412).


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:

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.
Meet our new Camping Coordinator! (read more )


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 )


A Statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi (read more )


I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  ---- John 17:21  As one of our pastors has often said to me, “Bishop, sometimes unity takes on different forms.”  And sometimes to reach unity it takes time, repeated failures, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, ... read more

Diverse Groups Agree on UMC Separation Protocol (read more )


A 16-member group representing United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world have proposed an agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was reached on December 17, 2019 and announced today. The document’s signers include individuals from Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and the United States, ... read more

GC2020 Delegation December '19 Report (read more )


The Western Pennsylvania General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation met on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Slippery Rock United Methodist Church.   During the opening worship service, delegates paused to remember the lives of the Rev. Paul Taylor, retired Pittsburgh District Superintendent, and Brady Hunker, a college student who was active with the Conference Youth Ministry Team.  Memorial services for both were being held the same day.   Alyce Weaver Dunn, Chair, presented an ... read more

Quick Links

2020 General Conference

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

Camping and Retreat Ministries

View the latest news about Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries HERE.

Employment Opportunities and Internships

For employment opportunities throughout the Conference, visit
For internship opportunities, visit

Local Ministries

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Publication Subscriptions

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Scholarships and Grants

There are a variety of scholarships available at and at

February Birthdays

Jerome Alsdorf - February 8

Jonathan Fehl - February 8

Barb English - February 9

Kim Hummel - February 15

Sarah Roncolato - February 21

February Anniversaries

Bryon Switala and Joy Switala- February 5

Alan Morrison and Lois Morrison- February 17

Denny Belknap and RaeLynn Belknap- February 28