Greensburg District News

District Superintendent: Rev. Pat Nelson 724-461-7178 greensburg.ds@wpaumc.org
District Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Joyce Shaffer 724-461-7178 greensburg.office@wpaumc.org
District Lay Leader: Mr. Paul Huey 724-787-7629 gbhue52@outlook.com
District Director of Lay Servant Ministries: Miss Sherri Gambrill 412-823-4446 yeslove1@verizon.net

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Announcements

We are here for you

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. 
 
Blessings
Pat Nelson and Joyce Shaffer


Online Worship Services - Updated 5/26/2020


Prayer Requests

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.
 
click here to view their profile information

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.

 


Our Deepest Condolences - Updated 5/26/2020

Praise to the God of All Comfort

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
 
Join us in prayer as we lift up families of the following who have gone home to be with the Lord. Click here to view complete obituary information. 


Mrs.Gladys Beal passed away on April 30, 2020

Rev. Howard Hess passed away on April 26,2020

Mrs. Carolyn Hartley passed away on April 26, 2020

Rev. James Mowrey passed away on April 25, 2020

Mrs. Joan (Fogg) Sanchez passed away on April 19, 2020

Mrs. Margaret Karns passed away on April 17, 2020

Rev. George E. Tutwiler passed away on April 16, 2020
 
Rev. Bonnie Tyack Friend King passed away on April 8, 2020

Mrs. Shirley J. Shipley passed away on April 8, 2020
 
Rev. Kimberly H. King passed away on April 7, 2020
 
 


Kudos & Congratulations

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!"


 


District Birthdays and Anniversaries








May Birthdays
29- Rev. Lola Turnbull
 
May Anniversaries
no anniversaries

June Birthdays
2-Rev.Tammy Falcsik
2- Rev.Dennis Fetter
7-Rev.John Jefferis
7- Mr. Jim (Beverly) Gross
9-Rev.Sung Chung
11-Rev.Jeffrey Conn
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

June Anniversaries
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


 


Greensburg District UMW Meeting Updates

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.
 
Pat Wolfgang,
Secretary, Greensburg District UMW
 


Pastor, SPRC and Congregational Evaluations


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.  


 


Conversations with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Treasurer Roger White

 
Conversations with the Bishop: In last Monday’s Clergy Conversation Zoom call, Bishop Cynthia updated more than 100 participants on the changes for Annual Conference, the appointment process, and other items. You can see the Top Takeaways and watch some videos from the session on the Clergy Conversations webpage.

Conversations on Finance: Treasurer Roger White and Attorney Amy Bentz, our Conference Chancellor provided an update on what the Coronavirus Stimulus and Relief packages signed into law two weeks ago applies to churches. They stressed that information continues to change and advised church leaders to check with their local financial institutions and read the document posted on the Conference website that is updated with new information as needed. See the Coronavirus Stimulus and Relief Act page


New Appointments

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.


Changes to Annual Conference 2020

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. 

See Frequently Asked Questions.

 


2020 General Conference

Postponed - General Conference May 5-15, 2020
 
 
General Conference to move to 2021 Read the news release
 


News from the General Council on Finance and Administration:

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 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.

Click here to view previous and current newsletters
 


Older Adult Ministries

SPOTLIGHT  ON OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES 


Welcome to this new resource provided by the Greensburg District Older Adult Ministry Team to
 ‘shine a light’ on some of the meaningful ministries taking place throughout the Greensburg District.  We hope to provide you with basic information on a particular vital ministry as well as contact information if you would like to consider a that program to nurture and support your congregation and community.  All articles will be archived to draw from at any future time.

 Our first featured ministry article follows:
 
1. A Ministry for All Who Grieve
Grief is an experience that none of us can escape…it knows no age, gender, color, race or religion.  We know it as part of the ministry of pastors and church leaders, but you can be supported in this work by others in your congregation.    Although we are highlighting this as an Older Adult Ministry, this simple, yet powerful program provides a great opportunity for service BY, WITH and FOR older adults (and others) in your congregation.  The Journeying through Grief program at Monroeville UMC has been led for many years by older adults within the congregation.  Once the program coordinator is equipped with a supply of books and postage, this ministry can be handled from home when convenient for the coordinator(s).  What a great opportunity to serve even if a church member is home-bound.

2. Faces of Faith
In the summer/fall of 2018, DS Pat Nelson established a team of individuals interested in the spiritual well-being of older adults. This grew out of a two-day conference meeting on this topic held in April at Delmont Faith UMC. The OAM team sent out a survey questionnaire to the district churches to ascertain the needs and contributions of our older adults.

In the beginning of 2019, we began our first project; to obtain nominations of church parishioners over 85 whose lives exemplified service to Christ. This resulted in a "Faces of Faith" Recognition dinner held on May 3rd at Antonelli's in Irwin. All enjoyed good food, joyous singing and fellowship. The best was being in the company of six precious souls from our district and hearing their stories. They were John Bales (N. Huntington Christ);Dee Coleman (Leechburg First); Louise Cupcheck (Delmont Faith); Raymond Justham (Arnold); Jean Martin (Ligonier Heritage); Rich Rosenberger(New Kensington First).

The OAM team encourages all district churches to have a recognition dinner for their older adults. Leechburg has already done so and is willing to share their expertise. Contact Terry Snyder, Administrative Assistant at 724-845-8761.

Click here to view the "2019 Faces of Faith" honorees!
 
 


Youth News

YSF Grants!

Your church can apply for a Youth Service Fund grant! Need some money to help run or launch a youth-led program or mission trip? Apply at  www.wpaumc.org/ysfapplication. Applications are accepted all year long.

Looking to connect with
other UM Youth Leaders?

Be on the lookout for upcoming Youth Leader Networks! A small group regional program for you as a youth leader to grow and live life in
community with others who “get it.”
More info?
https://www.wpaumc.org/youth
On Facebook: Western Pa UMC Youth Leaders


Events

Pastoral Transitions Seminar
Where: TBA

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 News

Below you will find some conference news relevant to Greensburg District. To see all conference news, go to the News section at the very top of this page.
WPA COVID-19 Updates (read more )

5/22/2020

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


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


Resources

New look for our WPA Conference website

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.


Resources for Responding to Racism    more info

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


Quick Links

Mission Barn

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

 

Scholarships and Grants

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