Welcome to our Greensburg District Connector

 Last updated: Monday, March 25, 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 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.





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.


 Prayer Request..... Cindy Raptosh (Mrs. Ron Raptosh) is in the UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital because of a recent surgery on her leg, and for rehabilitation. Cards of encouragement can be mailed to 317 Jaclyn Court, Delmont, PA 15626.

Prayer Request.... for Morgan Emery (daughter of Rev. Ron and Sue Emery) as she recovers in Michigan from surgery. 

Prayer Request....for Sue Emery (Mrs. Ron Emery) about the recent passing of her father, Mr. William Northey


                                     Prayer Request..... I am asking for prayer for my dog "Leo". He is a very important part of our family.

                           He has been battling lime disease for a ​few now and on two occasions we thought we would need

                   put him down. God had other plans! We are on his medication and finally it looks like we are making progress.

                     Thank you in advance for your prayers! Joyce Shaffer - Greensburg District Admin  


  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.






March April
Birthdays Anniversaries Birthdays Anniversaries
3-Angie Williams 13-Ron & Linda Fleming 1-Ronald Raptosh 3-Craig & Kathy Peterson
4-Becky Sherman 16-Frank & Becky Sherman 2-Holly Bane 12-Dennis & Christine Fetter
5-Bob Wilson 20-Ron & Katherine Wanless & King 2-Kelly Bane 17-Joshua & Karen Ricketts
7-Edward Schoeneck 26-Stephen & Lisa Bane 2-Linda Moffat 17-John & Rev. Michele Nagle
9-Steve Foos   4-Timothy Williams 18- James & Rev. Karen Hecht
12-Stephanie Judy   7-Grace Choi 24-Ed & Kathleen Schoeneck
12-Andrew Spore   10-Kathy Peterson 24-Ken & Rev. Linda Chambers
12-Michele Nagle   15-Ron Emery 27-Bruce & Carol Anthony
20-William Weppelman   15-Cayleigh Gallagher 27-Paul & Rev. Pat Nelson
20-Gregory Butler   19-Jane Coul Coul  
20-Christine Fetter   20-David Eversdyke  
21-Kathleen Schoeneck   22- D. Chris Livermore  
25-Duwane Waltenbaugh 23-Marsha Phipps  
28-Lisa Pieringer   29-Linda Harrison  
29-Joseph Yurko   29- Kim Foos  




Special Called Session Debrief Schedule

 Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and representatives of the Western PA General Conference delegation, the WPAUMC A Way Forward Task Force, Cabinet members will conduct debriefing sessions in each of our ten districts following the special called session of General Conference.   
The purpose is for lay and clergy members of local United Methodist churches to hear accurate information about the decisions made at the Special Called Session, as well as the process the annual conference will undertake to implement the legislation that is passed.  Those who attend the debriefing sessions will have an opportunity to ask questions and respond to the decisions made. 

Last session: ​March 25 (Monday) 6:30 pm, Connellsville District, Christ UMC, 201 Market Street, Scottdale, PA 15683




  Recording: Special Conference Debriefing Session

The Holiday Park United Methodist Church 

The Special Conference Debriefing Session held at the Holiday Park United Methodist Church on Monday evening, March 11, is available through the link below:


Respectfully Submitted, Holiday Park UMC



*NEW* Lay School Graduation - April 13 at 12:00 (noon)

Lay School is underway! The class instructors are: Preaching (From Your Heart to Theirs): Rev. Bev Spore. Living Out Our Beliefs: Rev. Joel Garrett. Transformational Evangelism: Rev. Bruce Judy.  Personal Prayer: Mr. Richard Thomas (lay leader at Port Vue). The lay school graduation will be on Saturday, April 13 at noon at the Youngwood: Christ UMC, 100 Lincoln Street, Youngwood, PA 15697. Be sure and attend this important day in the life of our laity - especially the ones from your church.  



Save the Date....

Greensburg District Conference

May 4th - 10 a.m. 

 Location: Delmont Faith UMC, 305 Freeport Street, Delmont, PA 15626

Light brunch will begin at 9 with the meeting to follow from 10-1 p.m. 

*NEW* We will hear ministry reports, learn about some of the legislation for Annual Conference, elect equalization delegates to Annual Conference, elect district officers, and celebrate our life together as the Greensburg District. It will also be an opportunity to say goodbye to our retiring clergy as well as celebrate new appointments. Pastors, lay leaders, and church leadership is expected to attend. According to our Conference Rules 4.4.2, the membership of the District Conference consists of: "Clergy members, together with two professing lay members elected by each charge, district officers (UMM, UMW, Lay Leader, Lay Servant Ministries Director, Young Adult, Youth). In addition, the following local church leaders are eligible to attend as voting members: lay delegate to annual conference, lay leader, council chair, UMW, UMM, Youth." We are looking forward to seeing you there!  Everyone is welcome to attend. Pastors are expected, and local church leadership is invited. Please join us for this important annual meeting.



  *NEW* 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.

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



Developing an Outward Mindset

Developing an Outward Mindset is a wonderful continuing opportunity for both clergy and laity.  It is a One-Day Training Event, and is described as follows: "Anyone who wants to effect change and make a positive difference can benefit from understanding and operating from an outward mindset -- shifting from a focus on personal objectives to consideration of the impact on others. 

Who’s Invited to Attend:    Laity and 
Cost: $95
Time: 9am-4pm - Arrive at 8:45am
Dates and Locations Remaining:
March 30: Saegertown UMC
April 4: St. Mary’s UMC
Facilitators: Renee Mikell, Pat Nelson, Brad Lauster
Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset
Why Mindset Matters
Two Mindsets 
How We Turn Inward                                                       
Inward Styles
How to Turn Outward                                                                    
Influence Pyramid
The Outward Mindset Pattern                          
Persons who complete the training will receive 50 CEUs. Register through the website. 



Fish Fry 

Faith United Methodist Church

305 Freeport St., Delmont, PA  15626

Lenten Fish & More Dinners

Fridays During Lent (except Good Friday)

April 12, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Cafe Style


Adults  $10  *  Children  10 & under  $5

Dinners include:

1 entree, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert & 1 drink

Apple Dumplings & Clam Chowder

Dine In / Carry Out available

No orders by phone



 ​"Faces of Faith"     

 Older Adult Ministry "Faces of Faith" nominations are being accepted until March 25. The GB District Older Adult Ministry Council wants to recognize one individual (aged 85 years and above) from each church on our district whose life "shines for Jesus." See the attached nomination form. Contact Rev. John Flower at jflower5@verizon.net ​with questions or for more information. Nomination Form




 Men's event coming March 30, 2019

Holiday Park UMC. 81 Sandune Drive, Plum Borough, PA 15239


On behalf of the Holiday Park United Methodist Church and All In Men’s Committee we are asking

United Methodist Church in the Greensburg District to consider contributing $50 or more to ​the cost.

All In Men will give your church three tickets for Sponsorship.

Please send your registration to Christian Sports International at above address by March

18, 2019. Please notify your men about the All In Men Breakfast & Program to take place March

30, 2019 from 8:00 am-10:30 am. Thank you for your consideration and be blessed!

Online Registration: All In Men Breakfast Registration




"Conference Prayer Initiative"

Wanted to keep you all in the loop regarding our conference prayer initiative,

"Hearing From Prayer”.

April 1 - Mt. Lebanon UMC, 6:30

April 2 - First UMC Union City, 6:30

April 8 - Brookville Evangelical, 6:30


May 7 - Grace UMC Somerset, 6:30

May 14 - Crossroads main, 6:30

May 15 - First UMC St. Marys, 6:30

May 21 - Grace UMC Punxsutawney, 6:30



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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.  


*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 Florence UMC (located at 200 9 Florence) is looking for a piano player for Sunday worship (10:30 am), and choir practice. To obtain a full job description you can contact Pastor Sharon Hamley at saint_sharon@hotmail.com or call the church office at 724-235-9961 for more information.


*NEW* Sudley United Methodist Church in Manassas, Virginia is seeking a full-time Director of Next Generation and Outreach Ministries. This leader would oversee the discipleship of middle school, high school, and college-aged persons along with coordinating all outreach connections for the church. Sudley is looking for a person grounded in a firm faith in Jesus who is energized through serving and connecting with the community and is passionate about discipling the next generation of young people. Located about 30 miles from Washington, D.C. and near North Virginia Community College, Sudley Church is made up of members who are becoming fully devoted followers of Christ to bring hope and healing to their community and the world. Some at Sudley embrace a traditional Methodist theology and others are more centrist. Worship is experienced in a variety of styles. This position would report directly to the pastor. Click here for additional Information: Sudley+Next+Gen+-+Job+Posting.docx





 Music Ministry

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

See flyer for additional information. 




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 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 27 - 6:30  Saegertown

March 30 - 3:30   Online Webinar




Escape to the Mountains / Women's Retreat 2019

 The Women of Community UMC—Harrison City invite you to “Escape to the Mountains” for their annual Women’s Retreat, April 26-28.  Join over 50 women from various churches as we fellowship, refresh and grow together in Christ.  To learn more and register click here:  https://communitycentral.info/retreat.

Questions call Elizabeth S at 724-744-3413 or send email to www.CommunityUMChurch.com.





*NEW* Come Join our NEW support group: 
Caring for children with special needs

Port Vue UMC, 1565 Washington Boulevard, Port Vue, PA 15133

April 4th & 27th at 7:00 pm

See attachment: Social+skills+and+support+group.pdf

For more information, call Marnie Gregory at 412-901-8491





5th Annual Craft

Vendor Show

Where: Port Vue United Methodist Church

1565 Washington Boulevard, McKeesport, PA. 15133

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Variety of Crafters and Vendors
Lunch items for sale
Bake Sale
Raffle Baskets
Free Children’s games and snacks!
Bring the family and make a day of it!




ERT - RE-Certification Training Class 

If you have not been re-certified in the past three years and desire to maintain the ERT Certification, an ERT RE-Certification training class will be conducted at Heritage UMC, 107 South Market Street, Ligonier, PA 15658 on Saturday May 18, 2019.  The class will begin with sign-in at 7:30 am and will end at 12 noon. Please pre-register on the conference website or by contacting   Rich Ziegenfus at rpz2@outlook.com or 724-238-3158.

The cost of training is $25.




 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.

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  





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: