Welcome to our Greensburg District Connector

 Last updated: Thursday, January 17, 2019  10:30 AM

 

 

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Things to Know

We are so excited that many of you have reached out to the Greensburg District Office with suggestions, concerns as well as your positive feedback in reference to the NEW "Greensburg District Connector" web page. As we continue to adjust or tweak the layout and details, we will be using the following process: all expired events will be removed as the events are concluded, informational posts will remain for 30 days, and the 'three (3) day rule" will remain in place as the time frame in which the Greensburg District Office will need your information to post on the web page. Information that will be posted on the web-page is limited to the events and ministries of your local congregation, the district, and items pertinent to the UMC in general. 

All information will be reviewed by the district office prior to posting.

 

 

WEATHER AND WORSHIP

 WEATHER AND WORSHIP - As Christ-followers, gathering for worship is a priority for our spiritual well-being and growing in our discipleship. However, weather sometimes brings concerns. Here is the "unofficial policy" and "best practice" for churches and pastors related to decisions about church/worship cancellations:

1. It is up to each church (pastor and SPRC in consultation together) to decide the feasibility of worship due to extreme weather conditions.

2. Safety, geography of your area, and the age of the congregation must be taken into account. Safety is the priority.

3. Communication by all possible means the decision of the leadership for that particular Sunday - phone calls, social media, TV stations. Make sure that no one is missed. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk with your most vulnerable people and be sure they are safe. 

4. The pastor is to be present at the church and ready to worship - in case anyone does come for worship. 

 

 

 

*NEW* DISTRICT EPIPHANY PARTY 

 

WHEN: January 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (RSVP by mail, with your payment and using the attached sheet by January 23, 2019, so we can have adequate food and space available. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are preferred.)

WHERE: Delmont Faith UMC - 305 Freeport Street, Delmont, PA 15626 (the church is completely accessible and has ample parking) 

WHO: All clergy and laity in the Greensburg District are invited to come together for an "Epiphany Party" where we join hands and heart to "Rise Against Hunger" and assemble 10,000 meals in two hours for distribution to persons in need. Persons of all ages are welcome to join us and participate. Last year, our age range was from 3 years - 80+! 

COST: $15/per person or $45 per family (children under 10 years are free). Bring a $5-10 grab-bag gift to exchange. 

The clergy have participated in this event in the past, and the DS has determined that this will be a great opportunity to include the laity as well. We hope you will join us! Many hands make for more enjoyment. A soup/salad lunch will be included. 

If you are unable to join us in person, please support our "Rise Against Hunger" opportunity with your prayers and financial support.

Call the District Office with questions - 724-461-7178.  Epiphany+Registration+Form.pdf

 

 

 

 

 We ask that you keep Josephine Whitely-Field in your prayers as she recovers from a double by-pass.

*NEW* Prayer for Lisa Bane as she recovers from hand surgery. 

*NEW* Prayer for Cindy Raptosh as she faces foot surgery.

 

 

  

          Still in need of staff!!

Heritage UMC in Ligonier (Rev. John Flower) is hiring!  We’re looking for an organist, a nursery worker and a female co-leader for our youth group.  Anyone interested should send their resume and cover letter to office@ligonierhumc.org, or mail it to Heritage UMC, 107 S Market St., Ligonier PA  15658, Attn: Dan Fritz.  Apply ASAP; preferred start date is Jan. 2nd.  Call 724-238-2627 for more information.  Thanks! Posted 12/10/18

 

Latrobe UMC (Rev. Tom Kennedy) is in need of a contemporary worship leader for their Sunday morning worship. Please send your resume and cover letter to SPRC at Latrobe United Methodist Church <latrobeumc@nb.net> or call 724-537-8141 for more information. Thank you.  Posted 12/10/18

 

Port Vue United Methodist Church Christian Preschool is seeking a Director/Teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.  If interested, please send resume to PVUMC: 1565 Washington Blvd. Port Vue, PA 15133.  Associates Degree in Early Childhood or Elementary Education preferred.  Two years of experience working with children and clearances 33, 34, and FBI required. Posted 12/20/18

 

Port Vue United Methodist Church Christian Preschool is seeking Teacher’s Aide for the 2019-2020 school year.  If interested, please send resume to PVUMC: 1565 Washington Blvd. Port Vue, PA 15133. High School diploma and clearances 33, 34, and FBI required.  Experience in early childhood setting is preferred. Posted 12/20/18

 

*NEW* Redstone Highlands (North Huntingdon Campus) is looking for a chaplain. The position is listed at 25 hours/week, but may be able to become a full-time position. Please contact: Rev. Lisa Dormire at ldormire@redstone.org for more information or to apply for the position. 

 

*NEW* Heritage United Methodist Church, located on the Diamond in Ligonier, is hiring for the following part-time positions:  nursery worker, female youth co-leader and organist.  Anyone interested should send their cover letter and resume to office@ligonierhumc.org or call 724-238-2627 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

January Birthdays February Birthdays February Anniversaries
     

4- John Gerber  

4- Josephine  Whitely-Fields  

5- Kathy Butler  

9- James F Bray  

17- Rev. Beverly Spore  

20- Jonathan Hartland  

21- Olivia Graham  

21- Rev. Frank Sherman  

27- David Fetterman  

29- Betty Pifer  

30- Ray Lyon  

1 Lynne Flower
2 Margaret Wilson
3 Anthony Fallisi
3 Bonnie King
4 Beth Meier
5 Judith Eversdyke
5 Jim Decker
6 William Meekins
6 Bruce Keen
6 Linda Fleming
8 Kathy Lyon
8 Gretchen Hulse
9 Richard Phipps
13 Sang Choi
14 Paul Inks
14 William Kemp
23-John Nagle
26 Mylie Landman
26 Beverly Phar
28-Rev. Dawn Lynn Check
8-Rev. Franklin & Mary Jane Bishop
11-Rev. Bruce & Bonnie Judy
14- Rev. Ray & Kathy Lyon
16-Rev. Kenneth & Paula Bossart
 

  

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Prayer Ministries

 

Each month there will be 5 prayer gatherings from Jan-May near the 5 “centers” of our Annual Conference. The five centers are (St. Marys, Oakdale, Punxsutawney, Saegertown and Somerset) which is all within one hour to one and a half hours.  

If you can, please contact your churches and lay leadership of the following Conference Prayer nights. Each night begins at 6:30 and will run about an hour and a half (6:30-8). 

January

  • 15th - Crossroads main
  • 22nd - Somerset Grace
  • 23rd - Punxsutawney 1st 

The first is a 40-Days of Prayer for the General Conference taking place in February. There will be more information will be provided at a later date.

February

  • 5th - Warren Grace
  • 11th - Meyersdale
  • 12th - Trinity McMurry
  • 19th - Marion Center
  • 26th - Edinboro

 March - May will be announced in February. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Kindle @ 724.630.3965 or Adam Stump @ 412.855.6920

 

 

 

 

 

 Music Ministry

Music Ministry is available to all churches in the Greensburg District for all types of events.

See flyer for additional information. Posted 11/25/2018

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 *NEW* Christians Uniting Security Program

Christians Uniting, the ecumenical group of Pastors and Priests from the Norvelt area, is concerned about incidents that are on the rise regarding attacks by individuals in places of worship. Resulting from this concern, Christians Uniting is sponsoring a security workshop for colleagues. More details here: Christians+Uniting+Security+Program.docx

 

  

 

 

 

*NEW* Community Family Roller Skating Party!!

Sponsored by the Port Vue UMC Family Life Enrichment Committee

Where: Eden Park Roller Rink, 428 Eden Park Blvd, McKeesport, PA 15132

Phone: 412-751-3200

When: Tuesday, January 29 from 6pm to 8pm

Admission is FREE but all children attending MUST rent skates. Skate rental is $3.00 per child.

**DOOR PRIZES** You must be present when the winner is announced.

Family Fun For All- Children under 12 should be accompanied by a parent.

Questions call: Port Vue United Methodist Church
Office hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am - Noon
1565 Washington Blvd, McKeesport, PA 15133
Phone: (412) 672-7289

 

 

 

 

 IMPORTANT UPCOMING REPORTS TO BE SUBMITTED!! 

 

STATISTICAL REPORTS for every congregation are due by January 30, 2019. Clergy have received an email from John Wilson with log-in information and instructions. Please be intentional at getting that information completed and submitted before January 30. 

ANNUAL FUND BALANCE REPORT 08_fund_balance_report+2019.pdf is a review of the various funds/accounts/and the financial status of your congregation. That document is due in the district office by March 1, 2019. Please do not send it to the Conference Center in Cranberry or to Evanston, Illinois. The annual fund balance report needs to include all of the financial accounts related to the ministry and operation of your local congregation (including special accounts like: youth account, building fund, women's ministry, memorial, etc), be signed by a responsible person in your church who does not handle any of the money, and sent to the GB District Office at 307 Freeport Street, Delmont, PA 15626. 

If you have questions about either of these forms, please contact the DS Pat Nelson as soon as possible. It's imperative that these documents be submitted in a timely manner.

 

 

 

 

*NEW* 2019 GREENSBURG DISTRICT SCHOOL FOR LAY  SERVANT DEVELOPMENT

Hosted by Christ UMC

100 Lincoln Street Youngwood, PA 15697

March 16, 23, 30 & April 6

 (April 13th class & graduation) 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Families and friends are invited for graduation and

reception on April 13th at 12:00 pm at Christ UMC Youngwood, PA

Course Offerings 

                                             Basic Course                                                  

     *From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon              

       *Living Our United Methodist Beliefs         

                        *Transforming Evangelism                            

*Embracing Personal Prayer

*Leading Worship 

Lay Servant Registration

Lay+Servant+Ministries.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

*NEW* Martin Luther King, Jr. Service

The Martin Luther King, Jr. service will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 4 p.m. The McKeesport First UMC (1406 Cornell Street) has graciously opened their hearts and building to the district so we can gather in praise and celebration; and with an eye towards continued work to be done! The Pittsburgh District has been invited to participate in this time of worship with us. Rev. Raphael KoiKoi will be the keynote speaker. Please join us in this inspirational time of worship and thanksgiving. Posted 12/20/18

 

 

 

 

 

Social Skills Group 

Port Vue United Methodist Church

 

This group is designed for children ages 4 through 8 that needs some extra help with social interaction. We will be meeting over a 10-week period on Sundays starting on January 20, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:30. Each week a new topic will be introduced and practiced. A bible story similar to our topic will also be utilized to reinforce the subject.

Some topics included:

Making Friends

Taking Turns

Bullying

Active Listening

Police

       and so on......

Please contact Traci for more information

Text 412-980-7411

Email tracinmayah@yahoo.com

* If your child is over 8 years old and you feel something like this would benefit them please contact Traci and we will try to make arrangements.* Posted 12/10/18

 

 

 

 

 

Discipleship open to pastors for CEUs and in your congregations. 

 You were MADE FOR ME!

Location : Charter Oak Church (crossroads campus)

Starts January 22, 2019 - May 7, 2019 

See flyer for additional information. Posted 11/3/2018

Class+Flyer+Perspectives.pdf

Registration

 

 

 

 

*NEW* Bus Trip to Pascarella

Performing Arts Center (Johnstown, PA)…

 

What: The Church Basement Ladies in 'Rise Up, O Men’ 

When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 (Registration Deadline: Feb. 4, 2019)

                                                 Time: 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm, 2:00 pm Matinee, 4:45 pm Dinner (Rizzo’s in Windber)

                                                 Cost: $99.00 per person    

                                                  Registration Form 

 

Men in the parish basement? What’s a church lady to do?

This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans, who audiences first fell in love with in 2005, is the 6th chapter of the story begun in the original THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES. ‘Rise Up O Men’ gives the gents a chance to shine in the latest installment of The Church Basement Ladies musical comedy series.

 

As the Church prepares for participation in the town’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, we get to see their comings and goings from the eyes of the menfolk, who have their own problems to solve.

 

 

 

 

*NEW* ZimCamp

ZimCamp offers youth a chance to visit and fellowship with young people in Zimbabwe and help build relationships through assisting with District-to-District partnership projects. Youth are given the opportunity to witness life in urban and rural settings.

Dates: July 22 - August 7

For Ages 15 -18

Trip Cost: $2,500

Includes round-trip flight to and from Pittsburgh, Meals, Lodging, and Transportation  

Watch here for additional details

 

 

 

 

 

*NEW* BISHOP CAMPING INITIATIVE 

"Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching Campaign" is making great progress because of your faithful giving and intentional support of our conference camping ministries.

We anticipate being able to celebrate the $2 million mark by Annual Conference and continue to need your prayerful and financial support and encouragement going forward. 

There are a number of upcoming Congregation Leader Training sessions available to help every local church have the knowledge, the resources, and the expertise to be able to contribute to the campaign in the way that fits best into the ministry of each congregation. Please encourage at least one person from your congregation to attend one of the trainings, and then apply what they learn to any current or future capital campaigns or stewardship drive you are doing now or in the future. 

Upcoming Congregation Leader Training (go to wpaumc.org/CongregationLeaderTraining for more information)

March 11 - 6:30 p.m.  Canonsburg: First

March 13 - 6:30 p.m. Online Webinar

March 22 - 6:30  Somerset: Grace

March 27 - 6:30  Saegertown

March 30 - 3:30   Online Webinar

 

 

 

 

*NEW* LENTEN DRAMA 

Rev. Bill Kemp has written a full-length Lenten Drama called "I Believe." 

He is making the script available to local churches to use this Lenten season. 

There is a copy of the play in the District Office for your review. 

Contact Bill at contact@billkemp.info for more details: 

purchase the play kit (scripts, promo material, production resources)

get ideas for staging and costuming

permission for adaptations 

 

 

 

Church Mutual

Safety and security at your organization

In the wake of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Pittsburgh, we grieve with those who have lost their friends, family members and neighbors to another act of violence at a house of worship. If you need help making your organization and people more secure, please visit our safety resources at churchmutual.com/armedintruder.