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Rich & Lulu Mroczka to visit PA

Rich and Lulu Mroczka are coming back to Pa. for about 6 weeks, starting June 1, 2012 and if any church wants them to come and speak about what is going on in Guatemala at this time, you can email Rich directly at richmroczka@gmail.com...........Also, if anybody has an extra vehicle that they can borrow for the time they are here, they would surely appreciate it....


Mt. Olive: Croyle in Search of Ministry Assistant

Mount Olive UM Church in Sidman, Pa, is looking for a part-time Ministry Assistant.  Duties would include, but are not limited to, working with youth of the church and community.  Specifically, assisting in Sunday School and small groups, encouraging all to meet spiritual, social and emotional needs, and leading them in spiritual commitments and discipline. The Ministry Assistant would also implement community outings, outreach and mission projects while assisting the Pastor.  Please contact Pastor Tom Moore if you are interested in this position.  Pastor Tom can be reached through email at twmoore1957@gmail.com o4 by cell phone at 814-242-4132.

 


Olmsted Manor Upcoming Events

Upcoming Olmsted Events for Church Leaders
 
Telling Your Story: Fund Development Training I
May 9-11, 2021
Leader: Rev. Charles Maynard
https://www.olmstedmanor.org/telling-your-story-fund-dev-training-i.html
 
Pastors’ Academy
May 24-26, 2021
Leader: Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell
https://www.olmstedmanor.org/pastors-academy.html
 
Abundant Resources for Ministry: Fund Development Training II
June 13-15, 2021
Leader: Dr. Amanda Stewart
https://www.olmstedmanor.org/abundant-resources-fund-dev-training-ii.html
 
Music & Worship Week
June 27 – July 1, 2021
Clinicians: Sue Garton, Steve Woods, Bryan Timm, Rob Hernan
https://www.olmstedmanor.org/music--worship-week.html
 
Church Admin Training
July 18-20, 2021
Leaders: Rev. Donna Doutt, Rev. Sharon Schwab, Liz Lennox
https://www.olmstedmanor.org/church-admin-training.html
 
Youth Ministry Training
September 10-12, 2021
Leader: Dr. Duffy Robbins
https://www.olmstedmanor.org/youth-ministry-training.html  
 
 
 
 


Secretary Needed

South Fork First United Methodist Church would like to hire a new secretary/treasurer as soon as possible. Hours are Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 1PM.  Computer Skills in Word, Excel and Google sheets and docs is required. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please call the church office at 495-9633. Thank you!


MOXHAM FREE STORE

I think most all of you are familiar with the Free Store at Grove Ave. UMC in Moxham. We help families with things that cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits like toilet paper, diapers, shampoo, liquid detergent, dish liquid, toothpaste and more.
 
We would like to ask your church to do a TOILET PAPER AND DIAPER DRIVE over the next few weeks to help us supply our neighbors for a Free Store distribution day on Saturday, April 10. With the Free Store temporarily closed due to COVID, we haven’t been able to supply our folks like we usually do. Would your church like to help the good people of Moxham with this drive?
 
I am available to pick up donated supplies at your convenience (perhaps Easter week). Just call me and I’ll come over (814) 410-5457.
 
Natalie Marionneaux
Deacon, United Methodist Church


Church Pianist Needed

Calvary United Methodist Church - Johnstown is looking for a pianist!  If you can play the pipe organ, that's a plus!  Competitive salary with vacation time included.  For a detailed job description, please contact the church office at 814-535-1236 or email Rev. Matthew Williams at revmewilliams@gmail.com
 


Decennial Report

Decennial Report Required?  Some local churches have received a postcard from the PA Dept of State (Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations) requesting that a Decennial Report be submitted by December 31, 2021. This is a valid request.  The state requires a Decennial Report of Association Continued Existence form to be filed every 10 years - in years ending with the number 1. Conference Treasurer Roger White reports that the Conference has received the postcard as well, and will be completing the form and submitting the $70 filing fee to the state.  He suggests that churches do the same before the Dec. 31, 2021 deadline. The form and additional details can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website:  Decennial Filing


Camp Allegheny Summer Registration

Camp Allegheny Summer 2021 Registrations are OPEN!
We are ready!  We have the experience!  Whatever this summer looks like we are ready to provide a safe week of Fun, Faith and Friends for the children and youth of our conference.   We operated and served over 600 last summer and are preparing for another exciting summer of ministry.  
Summer brochures are in the mail, but you can register now at www.CampAllegheny.org.
“I know a number of people had misgivings about camp this summer (2020), but I was not one of them. I was certain that Camp Allegheny would take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of all attendees while still providing a great experience. Once again, you all knocked it out of the park.”   Parent 2020
 


Events

Annual Reviews/Evaluations

Monday, March 9, 2020

The due date for all three evaluations - May 15, 2021

Evaluation links were sent on week of March 1, 2021.  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 2021 evaluations.  If you need help, please don't hesitate to call the district office.  


News Articles

Umcor Updates to Cleaning Kit (read more )

2/10/2020

Cleaning Kit Value: $75.00 per kit Cleaning Kit Materials One five-gallon round bucket with lid (14.35” h x 12.19” w x 12.19” d) o No screw lids o May be used, but must be free from all residual product o Advertisement on the outside acceptable One 32–64 oz. bottle liquid laundry detergent One 16–40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner o No spray cleaners One 16–34 oz. bottle liquid dish soap One 4–8 oz. pump spray air freshener One 6–14 oz. pump spray insect repellant (pack of 10... read more


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.
WPAUMC enews - Aug. 25, 2021 (read more )

8/26/2021

Back to School Anxiety and COVID: To help parents and students better understand the issues and the risks involved in returning to the classroom, PennLive and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will co-host a “Back to School” webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, featuring educators as well as parents and experts in mental and emotional wellness. Nicole Kirksey, MSW, Associate Lay Leader in the Susquehanna Conference, will be one of the panelists. Joyce Davis, coordinator of UM Advocacy in ... read more


Bishop: Be Cautious in Re-Opening (read more )

6/28/2021

Although Pennsylvania's mask mandate was lifted on June 28, some businesses and public facilities such as mass transit still require masks. Overall, the latest advice from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Abundant Health Team still applies: Exercise caution and consider the vaccination rate and other conditions in your area and among your congregation in resuming worship and other group activities.  In a May 17 e-mail to church leaders, the Bishop shared guidelines to consider.  Here is the ... read more


WPA COVID-19 Updates (read more )

6/5/2020

Conference Announcements Updated Dec. 11, 2020.  Our Bishop and District Superintendents urge church leaders to follow current state and local health mandates and guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and to consider the risk to the most vulnerable in our churches and communities in determining whether to hold in-person worship services. On Dec. 11, 2020, after Gov. Tom Wolf issued a temporary executive order reducing the number of people permitted to gather both indoors and ... read more


Resources

Resources for Responding to Racism    more info

7/22/2021

Justice, Inclusion Efforts in Erie: An Erie Time-News columnist writes about methods Erie and other cities are using to examine racial justice and inclusion. Read column

Methodists Who Integrated Baseball: The man who integrated Major League Baseball had a little-known ally in his quest. Jackie Robinson had his Methodist faith, something he shared with Brooklyn Dodger executive Branch Rickey, who recruited him for the task. Robinson never publicly lost his composure while dealing with death threats, racial abuse and physical danger. Read UMNews story

Discipleship and Anti-Racism: Realize the connection and learn how to have courageous conversations on a difficult topic through a new online course from Discipleship Ministries. There’s no cost. See video and learn more here https://discipleship-ministries.teachable.com/p/courageous-conversations-racism-free

UMC Dismantling Campaign Hits One-Year Mark: The anti-racism work of the UMC is just getting started after one year of a Dismantling Racism campaign, say bishops and others. Upcoming initiatives include an anti-racism social justice agenda, more educational materials and an Advent devotional series. Read story here 

2021 Native Immersion Experience: Registration is now open for The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) Immersion, scheduled for October 24-28, 2021 in Oklahoma City. The immersion experience provides history, context, and unique perspectives on Native peoples in the OIMC and their involvement with The United Methodist Church.  In addition, their Native communities will proudly share their traditions and culture throughout the event. Learn more here http://www.umc-oimc.org/2021-immersion-experience-registration-now-open/

Expanding the Table is GCORR's new podcast on practicing anti-racism. In episode 2, three Asian-American Christian theologians examine the history and current realities of anti-Asian racism in the United States and what every Christian should know and do.
Listen or Watch video here https://www.r2hub.org/library/podcast

 


Quick Links

Diversity Development
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.