Welcome to our Greensburg District Connector


Last updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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 "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.



Appointment Changes

Please be in prayer for the pastors and congregations of our district who will be experiencing appointment changes this year.

You can read more information on the churches and pastors affected by appointment changes in the WPA UMC by going to: https://www.wpaumc.org/appointments

Circleville UMC - says "happy retirement" to Rev. Ray and Kathy Lyon and welcome Rev. Ea Kyoung "Amy" Jun

Manor and Electric Heights - says "happy retirement" to Rev. Linda Dinger. Manor UMC

Manor: First will welcome Rev. Justin Judy a ​charge re-alignment with Trafford: First.

Rev. Anette Gerber will be appointed to the Butler: Christ Community UMC (Butler District)

Rev. John Gerber will be appointed to the Cabot, UMC   (Butler District)

Rev. Beth Meier will be appointed to the Elderton Charge (Indiana District)

Rev. John Flower will be appointed to Clarion First (Franklin District)

Rev. Kevin Haley will be coming to the Greensburg: First UMC

Rev. Frank Hodges will be coming to Ligonier: Heritage UMC

Rev. Sharon Waltenbaugh will be appointed to the New Alexandria/Saltsburg Charge 

Rev. Jeff Conn will add Turtle Creek: Electric Heights to his ministry with the Dravosburg and McKeesport: West Side Charge

Amanda Gilligan (WPAUMC Conference Staff) is being assigned to also work part-time at Monroeville UMC as the Director of Christian Discipleship (with an emphasis on youth/young adult ministries) 

Rev. Pam Ramsey will be appointed to Youngwood: St. Paul UMC

Rev. Joe Yurko will be appointed to a charge realignment consisting of South Greensburg in addition to his current appointment at  Youngwood: Christ

Rev. Randy Sweet will remain Madison: Hilltop and add the Arona UMC to his ministry in that community.





Praises... Lisa Bane (Mrs. Steve Bane) is still in therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, but is able to pursue her passion of her painting. Continued prayer as she faces ongoing pain and future surgeries.

Praises... Cindy Raptosh (Mrs. Ron Raptosh) is home recovering, and doing well. Cards of encouragement can be mailed to her home at 317 Jaclyn Court, Delmont, PA 15626.

                                 Prayers for the churches and pastors who are experiencing appointment changes this year! 


  Would you like us to pray for you or your loved ones? Please feel free to share your prayer requests with

  Greensburg District Connector.

Just send us an email with your prayer concerns.



 If your birthday or anniversary is missing, please contact the district office.

                                                May Birthdays

                                                                                     23- Nicole Gallagher

                                                                                     29- Rev. Joel Garrett

May Anniversaries

25- Rev. Jonathan & Erin Hartland

June Birthday's

 2- Rev. Tammy Falcsik

 2- Rev. Dennis Fetter

 7- Rev. John Jefferis

7- Jim Gross

 9- Rev. Sung Chung 

 9- Adaina Yurko

 11- Rev. Jeffrey Conn

 15- Kelli Whitehead

 15- Rev. Beverly Gross

 15- Rev. Jerrad Peterman

 16- Shelia Wolf

 17- Jared Bane

 18- Elise Jefferis

 18- Alexander Foos

 25- Keith Dunn

 26- Abigail Foos

 28- Rev. Craig Peterson

 29- Lillian Hartland

 30- Sandra Schmeling

 30- Rev. Robert Moffat


June Anniversaries

3- Rev. Sung & Jihye Chung

5- William & Karen Kemp

6- Rev. Bill & Lisa Pieringer

8- Clarence & Rev. Audrey Baldwin

13- Rev. Sang & Grace Choi

20- Rev. Justin & Stephanie Judy

22- Robert & Rev. Donna Gabler

24- Rev. Jerrad & Becky Peterman

27- Rev. John & Patsy Ciampa



Meet Our 2019 "Faces of Faith" Honorees

These individuals have been selected by their pastor and congregation as one whose life shines for Jesus! 

                             John Bales, Jr.- North Huntington Christ                                
Rich Rosenberger - New Kensington First 
     Louis Cupcheck - Faith Delmont           
Raymond “Ray” Justham - Arnold
Dolores “Dee” Coleman - Leechburg First   
Jean Martin - Ligonier Heritage    

Get to know our honorees by clicking here to read their stories of faith.

The newly formed District Committee on Older Adult Ministries decided to honor the faith and witness of our older adults by giving every congregation the opportunity to nominate a "Face of Faith" member of their congregation. This first annual celebration was an exciting time to celebrate these older adults, and how far their witness for Jesus shines!  




The deeds for all church related property were due in the district office by May 1. Thank you to everyone who submitted them in a timely way. The following deeds still need to be submitted: Lower Burrell: Bethel, Pitcairn: Center Ave.; Charter Oak - all campuses; Youngwood: Christ, Harrison City: Community, 



 Clergy Evaluations -  Due May 15.

You can access the form online (wpaumc.org)  or contact Joyce at the district office for specific help. It's an online evaluation, and you/SPRC need to use this designated form for your evaluation. If you choose to use another evaluation tool for your own purposes, you may; but this form still needs to be completed, signed, and submitted by May. 15. Thanks for your cooperation. Several evaluations have been submitted, but most have not yet been submitted. This is an important conversation and needs to be held between the SPRC and clergy - even when the clergy is being reappointed or entering into retirement. 

Please contact Rev. Pat Nelson with any questions or concerns.  


Parsonage Inspections - Due May 15

This form is available online at wpaumc.org and must be completed, signed, and submitted to the district office, with a copy kept in the church files. This "walk thru" of local church parsonages is required to be a joint conversation between the SPRC Chair (or rep),  Trustees Chair (or rep), and residing Pastor in order to properly maintain and review the conditions of the parsonage and address any needed repairs or renovations. If the church parsonage is not being used by a pastoral family, and is being rented to another, the inspection is still to be completed. A copy of the inspection form and a copy of the signed lease are to be submitted to the district office by the May 15 deadline. Under no circumstances is the parsonage 00nspection form to be completed with a physical walk-thru of the parsonage by the persons listed above. Less than half of the inspections have been submitted to date. Please care for this ASAP. Questions may be directed to the district office. 



 ​​Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA

Celebrate Veteran MOM's!!

Donation Drive

New Items ONLY Please!

Give Something Impactful This Mother's Day

To Benefit Women Veterans and Their Children!

May 1 - 31, 2019

Click Here for a list of items being collected and drop off location information

For questions, call Patti Gerhauser at 412-481-8200 



 ​Donate Your Gently Worn, Used and New Shoes 

7th Annual Used Shoe Drive to Benefit Erie, United Methodist Alliance and All God's Children Ministries

Collect now through July 1, 2019

Collect shoes from your closet and those of your friends and family members (condition: new or gently used)

1. Help support outreach services to those affected by homelessness in Western PA. 

2. Help support services to those affected by disability here in Western PA and around the World.

3. Help keep the hazardous chemicals in shoes out of our soil and water supplies.

4. Help support micro enterprise in developing countries.

5. You may even save a life.

Bags and  kits are available in the Greensburg District Office (there are only 3 kits remaining).

Each kit will hold 150 pairs of shoes. Bagged shoes should be taken to Annual Conference in Grove City by the clergy or delegates from each congregation; or they may be delivered to the Conference Center in Cranberry. Please do not bring bags of shoes to the district office. 

If you have questions in reference to the shoe drive you can email Debbie Hills at deacon.dhills@gmail.com or call 440-812-4624.



Murrysville 1st United Methodist Church
3916 Old William Penn Hwy
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
8 am to 3 pm

Kids and Adult Clothes · Home Decor · Books · Video Games · Toys · Kitchen Accessories

Collectables Room!

All proceeds benefit Rise Against Hunger 



Clergy Spouse Brunch

Retirees and widows

June 6, 2019 at 9:00am

Rathburn Hall

Grove City College

100 Campus Drive

Grove City,  PA

Join us as we celebrate and recognize these beloved members of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Registration required by May 21st

Click here to register, view registration fee and additional information

Click here to take advantage of the discount coupons



Addiction Response Ministry Seminar

Saturday, June 22, 2019
  9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.
First United Methodist Church
  200 East North Street
    Butler, PA 16001

We invite you to join a movement to save lives as we respond to the addiction epidemic in our region! The Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church is offering a seminar designed to help individuals and churches gain knowledge about how to support persons in addiction and/or in recovery and their families.   Learn practical information about how to make connections in your own community and make a positive difference in the name of Jesus Christ.  The seminar will include worship, a panel discussion, and sessions.  All persons – both clergy and laity – are invited to attend!  Please invite friends and family to join you for this inspiring seminar!  

Click here for registration details, agenda for the day along with additional information.



Youth Journey to Zimbabwe

Our youth have 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. Financial help is being accepted for the youth at the Greeensburg District:  Elisha Schoeneck (Monroeville), Abby Fry (Latrobe), Andrew Fry (Latrobe), and Alex Barch (Holiday Park). Contact pastor of the church whose youth you wish to support and offer your generous contribution. Thanks so much.

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  




Youth Outreach Project

Westmoreland County Fair

August 16 - 24

Hours are noon - 10p

Volunteers Needed! For 2 hour shifts)

We provide hospitality by giving away cool air (the only air conditioned building on the grounds!),

(Only free water on the grounds), plus we provide private nursing and baby changing areas, 

, free age appropriate Bibles, and free candy to kids of all ages!

If you think you may be interested in staffing the Hospitality Center, please contact

Pastor Joe Yurko by emailing him at revjoeyurko@gmail.com or call him at 412-596-2065.

Also, if you or your congregation would like to make a donation to help cover the cost of the Bibles​!




District Ministry Teams

"We are interested in partnering with you in ministry and would love for you to participate in any of our district ministry teams that fit into your interest and gift mix. Please review the attached list and contact the District Superintendent with any questions, or to volunteer yourself for these ministry teams. Thanks so much." Gbg+2019+DCOM+List 

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 WPAUMC Church Communicator 


Church communicators, we have created a closed group on this page to share resources, inspiration, and advice to help you manage your social media and other church communications. To join this group, click the "join" button on our main page or find the group by clicking "groups" in the menu on the left. This group is for people who are managing social media, websites, newsletter creation, etc. A local church professionally or in a volunteer capacity.



          Still in need of staff!!



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

*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.  



 ​ Music Ministry

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

See flyer for additional information.