District Superintendent: Rev. Pat Nelson 724-461-7178 email@example.com
District Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Joyce Shaffer 724-461-7178 firstname.lastname@example.org
District Lay Leader: Mr. Paul Huey 724-787-7629 email@example.com
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries: Miss Sherri Gambrill 412-823-4446 firstname.lastname@example.org
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life. During this time, we wanted to reach out and update you on how we’re approaching the situation here in the Greensburg District.
First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who's been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery. And we're truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world who are on the front lines working tirelessly to care for people in need. Please know that each of you are in our prayers on a regular basis, but especially now as the church (and our world) navigates some new territory with the Corona Virus pandemic.
I am excited to announce that since our County has been moved from the Red Zone to the Yellow Zone, the district office will now be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Of course, you can still contact us through email or telephone.
Pat Nelson and Joyce Shaffer
Would you like us to pray for you or your loved ones? Please keep the following people in your prayers.
Family of Tom Kennedy - requesting continued prayer for his family.
Cindy Raptosh - requesting continued prayer for Cindy and her family.
Please join us in praying for those who are in the midst of appointment changes within the Greensburg District. All appointment changes are effective on July 1, 2020 (unless otherwise noted).
Daniel D. Cunkelman – (from Indiana District) is appointed to Pitcairn: Center Avenue and Turtle Creek: McMasters.
Corben M. Russell – (from Indiana District) is appointed to Latrobe: Bethany
Benjamin A. Phipps – (from Pittsburgh District) is appointed to Charter Oak (Jeannette Campus)
Kathleen A. Schoeneck – (from Pitcairn: Center Avenue and Turtle Creek: Masters) is appointed to Oakmont (still in GB District)
Leslie A. Hutchins Jr. - (from Latrobe: Bethany) is appointed to Fallowfield (Franklin District)
D. Christopher Livermore – (from Charter Oak: Jeannette) is appointed to Latrobe UMC (still in GB district)
John K. Jefferis – (from Oakmont) to retirement in Grove City! Congratulations!
Seth R. McPherson - (from Pittsburgh district) is appointed to Harrison City community effective May 26, 2020.
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Also, please thank the following people for their service to the church:
Rev. Paul Wise - interim at Latrobe UMC
Rev. Joel Garrett - interim at Harrison City: Community
Please feel free to share your prayer requests with to
Greensburg District Connector.
Just send us an email with your prayer concerns.
This new feature on our web page gives opportunity for you to share your God-sightings and yay-God shout outs with the rest of the district. In an age of anxiety and uncertainty, there are many unsung heroes (both laity and clergy) in our churches for whom we want to say thanks and celebrate. Please send your messages of kudos and congratulations to us at the District Office, and we'll do our best to post them. Here's two to get you started:
Kudos for Rev. Tammy Falcsik (from a church member):
"I am continually amazed at the stamina and caring energy Pastor Tammy shows her congregations....(encouraging Bible verses, short devotionals, prayer, phone calls daily to the congregation, private prayer for the congregation...)...."
Kudos for a local church member: "I would like to pass on a story of how God is using this pandemic to spread his word by using a simple phone call to share a Bible verse...it's an awesome honor to be used by God. During one of the calls to pass on the day's Bible verse, I felt prompted to ask if the person had a Bible...she said she had her sister's old Bible, but the writing was so tiny she could barely read it and it was hard to understand. Now she has a large print Study Bible....she is reading the verses over several times and is thankful for being able to understand what they mean. She ended the call by saying she is getting comfort from the Bible! God works in mysterious ways!"
29- Rev. Lola Turnbull
2- Rev.Dennis Fetter
7- Mr. Jim (Beverly) Gross
15-Mrs. Kelli (Chris) Whitehead
15-Rev. Beverly Gross
15-Rev. Jerrad Peterman
17- Mr. Jared Bane
18- Mrs. Elise (John) Jefferis
18- Mr. Alexander Foos
26- Miss Abigail Foos
28-Rev. Craig Peterson
29- Miss Lillian Hartland
3-Rev. Sung & Jihye Chung
6-Rev. Bill & Lisa Pieringer
13-Rev. Sang & Grace Choi
20-Rev. Justin & Stephanie Judy
22-Robert & Rev. Donna Gabler
24-Rev. Jerrad & Becky Peterman
Dear United Methodist Women and All Clergy:
Because of the Corona 19 Pandemic, the Greensburg District United Methodist Women meetings have been curtailed.
Our next scheduled event will be our Day Apart, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Camp Allegheny.
Of course, this will depend on the status of the virus at that time, and any restrictions on large gatherings that may be in place. The plans are to hold the Day Apart and Fall Meeting together. More info to follow as we get closer to the date.
Secretary, Greensburg District UMW
The due date for all three evaluations - May 15, 2020
Evaluation links were sent on Monday, March 2, 2020. Reminder that the links to all three evaluations have been sent to the senior pastor. Please make sure the links are sent to those responsible for completing the 2020 evaluations. If you need help, please don't hesitate to call the district office.
The Bishop and Cabinet are meeting online, but still working on appointment changes for this year. Any changes are being announced to congregations via email or postal mail, then posted at appointments.
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, after consultation with her Coordinating Cabinet, Conference Secretary John Wilson and Conference Sessions Team leaders, cancelled the Annual Conference session scheduled for June 11-13, 2020 at Grove City College. The business of the Conference will be cared for in different ways.
A one-day session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center.
The Clergy Session will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Ingomar United Methodist Church.
Ordination services will be held regionally. The times and dates have not yet been determined.
See the Bishop's email about the changes sent on April 3, 2020.
Postponed - General Conference May 5-15, 2020
General Conference to move to 2021 Read the news release
Like many of you, GCFA is staring at the stark reality of our nation attempting to flatten the curve and spread of Covid-19 by engaging in social distancing. For many of us, that may mean your weekly worship services are going to look a bit different than they have in the past. To support our United Methodist churches as we continue to make disciples, we have pulled out relevant articles that we feel may help during this time. We invite you to look through these, and we pray they may be of some help as we all face this uncertainty.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT eGIVING: In response to Covid-19 and social distancing, many churches many close as they put the health of their congregation first. This may lead to stress around the collection plate. Check out this handy guide to understanding electronic, text, and other forms of online giving.
UNDERSTAND LIVE STREAMING NOW TO BENEFIT YOUR CONGREGATION: As churches, theatres, and sporting events all press the pause button, churches across the nation will turn to live streaming to give their churches an option to worship. Download this guide to understanding different components of live streaming.
IN FOCUS Newsletters
In Focus is designed with the church leader in mind. Revived and expanded in January 2019, each month In Focus brings news and feature stories from around Western PA, messages from our Bishop and other leaders, and information on upcoming events. The content relates to our Five Areas of Focus: Leadership Development; Abundant Health; Ministry with the Poor; New Places for New People and Dismantling Racism. Most articles are written by volunteer writer/reporters in each district. The goal is to equip church leaders with information and resources to make a difference for Christ in their churches, communities, the Western Pennsylvania Conference and beyond.
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Saturday, May 30, 2020 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A formal invitation with complete details will follow. We look forward to the opportunity to support one another in this season of transition.
Conference Announcements Updated May 22, 2020. Read Bishop's Update on Reopening Churches See What's Next for Churches video with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Dr. Jessica Price. Download our Guidelines for Church Reopening Get take-aways and other info from our twice weekly Covid-19 Clergy Conversations. See our Coronavirus Stimulus and Relief Package information for churches. Check our Covid-19 Church Planning Resources page on Facebook. Due to Pennsylvania and local government actions ... read more
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
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
Conference website has a new look. It should be easier for you find what you are looking for using the dropdown menus across the top -- and the responsive features with the new design should make it easier to view on cell phones or tablets. Check it out at wpaumc.org.
The Conference Anti-Racism Team (ART) compiled a list of suggestions for Western PA churches to address racism. Download it from the Conference's Discussing Racism page.
Millennial Pastor Holds Senior Church Together: Rev. Bryant Phelps is a 29-year-old millennial shepherding a senior-citizen congregation in one of the Dallas zip codes hit hardest by the coronavirus. His efforts to hold the church together and speak prophetically about inequities affecting his African American community drew the attention of columnist Sharon Grigsby. Read column
Standing in Solidarity-6 Ft. Apart! The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us that injustice is routine, too – ingrained in the fabric of society, writes Rev. Susan Henry Crowe of the Board of Church and Society. The systems and structures that routinely oppress have continued to disproportionately impact the most marginalized during COVID-19. See why
The Eastbrook Mission Barn is one of six UMCOR Relief Supply Network depots across the United States.
Mission Barn & UMCOR Supplies- Due to Annual Conference in June being cancelled and therefore the UMCOR collection, Mission Barn Director Katie Peterson is looking for a church willing to be the collection point for their district for UMCOR supplies, cleaning buckets, and hygiene kits on a one or two time basis this summer. Preferably they can keep track of what church brought the donations and then store the kits and supplies in a secure location. People can bring the kits and supplies from the collection directly to the barn or the conference center, or she can arrange to send a truck or trailer to pick them up. Contact: Katie Peterson