Erie-Meadville District News


Announcements

2021 Spring Lay Ministry School

The 2021 Spring Lay Ministry School will begin in mid-March via Zoom. Registration will be open from Friday, March 5th to Wednesday, March 10th. The cost of each course is $30, which includes the shipping of materials to each participant.

  • Lay Servant Ministries (Basic Course): This course is foundational for all courses in lay servant ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Taught by Pastor Jack Tickle.
  • Called to Preach (Preaching, Advanced Course): This course is designed for those who have not completed formal preaching training, for pastors seeking a basic refresher course, and for others who are called upon to preach in a pastor's absence. It is the required preaching course in the lay speaker track of study. Taught by Pastor Deb Rogosky.
  • Anti-Racism Course (Elective Course): Description coming soon. Taught by the Erie-Meadville District Anti-Racism Team.


Decennial Report

Some local churches received a postcard from the PA Department of State (Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations) requesting that a Decennial Report be submitted by December 31, 2021. This is a valid request and the Conference Treasurer suggests that churches complete the form and submit the $70 filing fee. The form and additional details can be found on the PA Department of State's website.


Upcoming Annual Forms    more info

  1. Fund Balance Report
    • ​​A physical or electronic copy is due to the District Office by March 1st.
  2. Clergy & Church Profiles


Resources

District Superintendent Sermons

"Persistent Prayer" - Coming soon!

"Transfiguration"

"Clear Expectations"


COVID-19 Presentation

Attached is the COVID-19 presentation from Tuesday, May 12th featuring Dr. Carol F. Encarnacion, MD, MPH, FACP, and Tammy Peters, BSN, RN, CIC, both of Meadville Medical Center.

COVID-19 Presentation Slides PDF


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 Updates (read more )

6/5/2020

Conference Announcements Updated Dec. 11, 2020.  Our Bishop and District Superintendents urge church leaders to follow current state and local health mandates and guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and to consider the risk to the most vulnerable in our churches and communities in determining whether to hold in-person worship services. On Dec. 11, 2020, after Gov. Tom Wolf issued a temporary executive order reducing the number of people permitted to gather both indoors and ... read more


Clergy Coaching Sessions Offered (read more )

5/6/2020

To assist clergy as they strive to meet the on-going challenges of ministry in the age of the novel coronavirus, the Western PA Conference is offering Coaching on Demand.  Trained coaches in the Conference are offering their skills at no charge as a ministry to their colleagues. "Right now, we are each navigating personal and professional challenges, new realities, and unexpected ministry opportunities," said the Rev. Amy Wagner, who took a lead role in organizing the Coaching on Demand ... read more


Conference Call to Prayer (read more )

4/13/2020

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?   (Psalm 27:1, NRSV)   As our world has become encased in fear and uncertainty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Western Pennsylvania Conference calls all laity and clergy to an intentional, daily time of prayer.  In the midst of the chaos, we need to stand in the power of prayer.   On March 24, 2020, Rev. Randall Bain, senior pastor at the Oakland United Methodist ... 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


Quick Links

Employment Opportunities and Internships

For employment opportunities throughout the Conference, visit www.wpaumc.org/classifieds.
For internship opportunities, visit www.wpaumc.org/internships.

Local Ministries

Stay up to date on the events and needs of our local ministries.

POSTPONED: 2020 General Conference

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

Publication Subscriptions

Subscribe to Conference and/or District publications HERE.

Scholarships and Grants

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

March Birthdays

Bill Hastings - March 10

Debbie Hills - March 11

Russ Hixson - March 15

Gary Wade - March 27

March Anniversaries

Jack Tickle and Carolyn Tickle- March 6

Larry Miller and Sharon Miller- March 21