Welcome to our Greensburg District Connector


Last updated: Monday, July 22, 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.



District Contact Information:

 Summer hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am - 4 pm. 

The hours do vary from time to time, so if you need to come to the district office you may want to give us a call first.

District Superintendent: Rev. Pat Nelson 724-461-7178

District Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Joyce Shaffer  724-461-7178

District Lay Leader: Mr. Paul Huey 724-787-7629

District Director of Lay Servant Ministries: Miss Sherri Gambrill 412-823-4446



Renewal Leave for Rev. Pat Nelson

FYI - DS Pat Nelson will be on renewal leave from July 8 thru Aug. 12, 2019 and will return to the office on Aug. 13. She will not be available by phone, text, or email during that time. There will be pastoral coverage available. Please call the district office (Joyce) at 724-461-7178 or contact if you have need of a district superintendent and Joyce will contact the person on call. Otherwise, please keep Pat and Paul in your prayers as they enjoy some much needed time of renewal. Feel free to contact Pat after she returns on Aug. 13. Thanks so much. 


Annual Conference Recap

The information that happened at Conference is already posted on the conference website at WPAUMC.ORG. On it you will find pictures, summaries of action taken, decisions made, and celebrations related to our work and ministry as a body of United Methodists. There will also be a list of those persons elected as delegates (and alternates) to both General and Jurisdictional Conference. This information is useful for all persons who were not able to attend the Conference this year; but will be especially helpful to the lay delegates who were elected by their congregation to attend and submit a follow-up report. Local church delegates should plan to give their verbal report as soon as possible. Questions about the conference and the follow-up report can be directed to the District Office. 




Prayer Request... Lisa Bane (Mrs. Steve Bane) is healing from two broken ribs as a result of coughing.  Keep her in prayer and pray that the doctor receives God's wisdom.

*Updated* Prayer Request…. Cindy Raptosh (Mrs. Ron Raptosh) recently had surgery on her arm/elbow.. She is now home recovering. Cards of encouragement can be mailed to her home at 317 Jaclyn Court, Delmont, PA 15626.

                                 Prayers for the many 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.

                                                July Birthday's

22- Rev. Robert Green
23- Sarah Raptosh
23- Cindy Raptosh
25- Rev. Sharon Waltenbaugh


July Anniversaries

22- Rev David & Judith Eversdyke
28- Rev Paul & Jane Inks
31- Rev Hyung Suk & Shinhea Joe


*NEW* August Birthday's

3- Sarah Gallagher
4- Delores Hutchins
4- Rev. Franklin Bishop
8- Clarence Baldwin
11- Paul Nelson
11-Rev. Jay Pifer
12- Rev. Joshua Ricketts
13- Sharon Gallagher
19- Rev. Karen Hecht
28- Rev. Bruce Anthony


*NEW* August Anniversaries

2- Rev. Joseph & Adaina (Dana) Yurko
3- Rev. Chris & Kelli Whitehead
9- Rev. Tom & Leann Kennedy
10- Jim & Rev. Bev Gross
11- Rev. Jim & Carol Decker
16- Revs. John & Anette Gerber

16- Rev. Timothy & Angie Williams
17- Revs. Andrew & Bev Spore
21- Steve & Rev. Kim Foos



 Older Adult Ministries Questionnaire

On July 16th an email was sent from the Greensburg District Office to current Clergy and Secretaries with a request (from OAM Team) to complete an Older Adult Ministries questionnaire. Be sure to complete this questionnaire and return it to the district office by July 31, 2019. Also, those in your church who are active in this ministry area should complete one as well. (See attached survey below) If you completed this survey last year, and nothing has changed send an email to the Greensburg District Office to let us know so I can notify the OAM team! 



*NEW* Final Pre-Charge Conference Briefing

For both Clergy and Secretaries

If you have not yet attended one of our Pre-Charge Conference Briefings you will need to attend the last one which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13 at 6 p.m. At this briefing, you will be able to select your preferred dates for your 1:1 and church conferences. (No advance scheduling!) This briefing will be held at the District Office at 307 Freeport Street, Delmont, PA. 



*NEW* Need Help for Flood Victims

Immediate Need for this coming

Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th

We have a request from the United Way for a family that had their home flooded two times on the 19th and 20th of June.  The initial contacts provided only a need to clean the basement that is used for their kitchen and living room. The family is requesting food assistance, clean fill dirt to prevent further flooding and help with rebuilding the basement areas (material and labor).  

That being said, I am contacting you to see if there is a church in the Yukon area that may be able to help this family.  Their names are Stacey Rose and Jason Hall, address is 115 Snipe Road, Yukon.  If a local church has a contractor that may be able to go and advise the family on preventative measures to take and or how to rebuild the basement.

If you can help this family please email Rich Ziegenfus at or call him at 724-238-3158



*NEW*Upcoming Event - Church Outreach Project

This event is quickly approaching and we have not had an overwhelming response of volunteers.

This is a fantastic outreach project that allows us to reach so many people. Call one of the numbers below and book

your time to share the love of Jesus!

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, 

-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 or call him at 412-596-2065.


Joyce Shaffer by emailing her at or call her at 724-461-7178.

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

This important ministry is a wonderful way to connect with the people attending the fair, offer them some cool water, an opportunity to pray and to offer them a Bible. This is a great opportunity for your church to reach out! 



*NEW* Prepare/Enrich Training 
has been the #1 premarital and marriage 
assessment tool for over 35 years.

Hey Pastors and Church Leaders,

We know you long to give couples the gifts of awareness, understanding, and skills to assist them on a path to a healthy, life-long relationship. With the divorce rate near 50 percent today, now more than ever, it is more important to invigorate your marriage ministry.

BUT to build better relationships, you are going to need the right tools.

On Thursday, August 22, Charter Oak Church

is sponsoring a one-day Prepare/Enrich training for any and all pastors. Prepare/Enrich has been the #1 premarital and marriage assessment tool for over 35 years.

Course Facilitator: Richard Hoffman Ph.D.,

Clinical Director of Christian Counseling Associates

From 8am-12pm at the Frye Farm campus

located at 449 Frye Farm Road, Greensburg, PA,

you will be equipped with resources to become

a certified facilitator of this

systematic marriage enrichment course.

The mission of P/E is to equip marriage champions, couples, and families with evidence-based skills and insights to foster healthy relationships. For more info, you can visit the website

The course material and certification are available right now for just $99, IF you register by August 1! The final registration deadline is August 15th for a cost of $125.

One day of learning could help you prepare and enrich countless marriages! Register NOW by clicking the button below:

Register Now!




Vacation Bible Schools

The time has come for the annual summer Bible School events. Please let us know the following: a) the date, time, and theme of your VBS and b) if you will share supplies, decorations, and resources to share with other churches. VBS is a wonderful ministry for the summer outreach into your local community. We'd love to help communicate this important event, and encourage you in this ministry. As you share the information with us about the dates and resources, we'll post it here on the webpage and help people connect with each other. Thanks so much!

Circleville U. M. Church, 11600 Parkway Dr, North Huntingdon PA 
July 29 - August 2   6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Theme: "To Mars and Beyond"  

For additional info or to register click here

First UMC in Greensburg, 15 East Second St, Greensburg PA 
July 28 - August 1    5:30 pm Dinner     6:00 - 8:00 pm VBS
Theme: "Roar"

For additional info or to register send an email to

Bethany UMC, 2415 Laveen Street, Latrobe PA
August 4 - 9     6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Theme: "To Mars and Beyond"

For additional info or to register click here



*NEW* Christ Church McKeesport



Greetings in the spirit of Jesus our Savior!

Over this past week, VBS has done successfully and safely! Many thanks to you for your

support in many ways -helpers/ teachers, food/ monetary donations, prayers, and so on.

High attendance was 51; low attendance was 41; average was 45-46. Lots of fun and joy along

with precious children that God has brought to our church. 


This year our VBS has collected $682.48 to benefit the both Norwin Kitty Sack Project" (free meals for 

the needy youngsters every weekend of the school year) and 'Alex's Lemonade Stand" (prevention and 

cure of childhood cancer through research projects and programs). What a great and amazing monies 

given through our children!


As a pastor I've felt we adults would also participate at this great cause of outreach projects for our

communities this Sunday. During our both services, children will offer VBS presentations; besides that, we will 

collect monetary donations to benefit these projects with our grateful hearts and caring minds. Please feel free to 

share your blessings with those who are in need living around us through these projects. I often feel blessed to 

serve our Christ church along with you all. Have a relaxing and refreshing weekend in the Lord. Stay cool!


In Christ's love,

Pastor Sang 



   Vendor Show



Revival Fest

Bethany UMC, 2415 Laveen Street, Latrobe PA 15650
August 24 , 2019    
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worship Service @ 6:30 PM, crafts, games, bounce house and more!

Click here for special guests 




*NEW* Exploration 2019

Exploration 2019 will be at Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, FL on Friday, November  1 - Sunday, November 3, 2019.  The event is open to anyone ages 18-26 who is in any way considering a call to ministry.  The cost of the event and travel is covered by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.  If you or someone you know, is interested please contact Rev. J.R. Virgin at 814-244-5654.  Registration is open until Sunday, September 1, 2019.




*NEW* Safe Sanctuary Workshop

On September 18, 2019, Pastor Chris Kindle, from the WPAUMC’s conference staff for Discipleship and Spiritual Formation,

will present a Safe Sanctuary Workshop at the Greensburg First United Methodist Church.

Members of the Greensburg District Churches are invited to attend.

Address: Greensburg First United Methodist Church, 15 East Second St., Greensburg, PA

Date and Time — September 18, 2019, at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Entrance is on Maple Ave.

Planning to attend? — Please contact the church office at 724-834-3111 to let us know by September 8, 2019.

We need as accurate a count as possible so that we have materials for everyone.



Evangelism Leader’s Training

 The Conference Evangelism Team is holding an Evangelism Leader’s Training (ELT) event in the Greensburg District. A maximum of fifteen persons from the district will participate in a two-week course on evangelism using an online educational platform. The course will be completed at home with time flexibility. Following the online course, the 15 students will attend a one-day, on-site practical training at a location on district. The day will focus on leading a local church Evangelism Team. John and Christine Zimmerman of About Face Church Outreach will facilitate all the training.

Please share this information and encourage a person from your church to register and attend! See the attached flyer.
Cost: $60.00/Student. Online course, on-site class, meal and all materials included.
Dates and Location:
Online Course: September 16-27, 2019
On-site Class: September 28, 2019   9 am to 2 pm  (Location to be determined)

Laity – Certification as an Advanced Course in Lay Servant Ministries
Clergy – 1.5 CEU’s
- WPAUMC Conference Evangelism Team
- About Face Church Outreach
- Bishop Wilke Institute for Discipleship
- United Methodist Foundation
- Discipleship Ministries Lay Servant Ministries
More Info: 
John Zimmerman


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 position: organist.  Anyone interested should send their cover letter and resume to 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 <> or call 724-537-8141 for more information. Thank you.  

MUM Preschool at Monroeville United Methodist Church, 219 Center Road, Monroeville PA 15146 is seeking:

Preschool Aide - part-time hourly position working with the morning 4 year old preschool class. The position will assist and support the classroom teacher. The hours are 8:30 a.m. MWF. 

Preschool Substitute Aide/Teacher - Part-time hours, may include mornings or afternoons (8:30-12 p.m./12:15-3:15 p.m.). MUM is looking for sub teachers/ to provide coverage for regular classroom teachers/and or aides in the 2, 3, and 4 year old classrooms on an as-need basis.

All positions require current Act 33, 34, and FBI clearances. Please email a cover letter and resume to by June 26 or mail it to MUM Preschool at 219 Center Road Monroeville, PA 15146  Attention: Rebecca Weiler


 ​ Music Ministry

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

See flyer for additional information.