The 2021 session of the Annual Conference will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center.
Thursday, June 17 - Saturday, June 19, 2021
Returning to Church During COVID-19 Playbook: How your congregation joins in worship and community activities has changed significantly. Members want to come together for services but appreciate the flexibility technology offers. Shifting back to in-person services while maintaining a vibrant virtual ministry presents a unique challenge for churches. But you can make this transition as easy as possible. Vanco created the Returning to Church During COVID-19 Playbook to guide you through safely reopening your church and preparing for the future of worship. In this playbook, you will find essential guidance and recommendations on…
• Adjusting church practices to accommodate safe, contact-free activities, sacraments, events and giving.
• Communicating virtually with staff, volunteers and your congregation.
• Infusing technology into ministry.
• Maintaining a sense of community wherever members are gathering.
Welcome your congregation back to in-person worship with confidence and embrace the new hybrid church. Download your copy of our playbook today.
Church reopening? Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi said in a letter to clergy that you must follow governmental laws and official health guidelines. Continue to have conversations with your church leadership and your District Superintendent as you make decisions about how and when to reintegrate in-person worship to your ministry. You can find our reopening guidelines and a video discussing our reasoning at wpaumc.org/covid-19-whats-next-for-churches.
WPA Health Team Updates Reopening Guidelines: As some Western PA counties move toward the Green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Plan for Reopening Pennsylvania, the Conference Abundant Health Team issued updated guidelines for churches in “green” counties. Learn more
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 email@example.com
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
Rich & Lu Mroczka will be in Johnstown, PA from October 12 through the end of November. They would like to know if you want them to speak at your church about what has been happening in their missions ministry. You may email Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time for the couple to come speak at your church.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER???
We need you. Moxham needs you.
Dates needed: October 5, 12, 19, 25 and November 1, 9, 16, 23 and 30 – whenever you are available is fine (1 week or 9 weeks!!!) Please call Natalie Marionneaux at (814) 410-5457
Volunteer opportunities include:
1. Meal preparation and clean up (5-6:15pm)
2. Assist in supervising mom’s group – topics to include finance, parenting, health (physical, mental & spiritual) – Be a presence and support for the women. If you would like to lead a topic, that can be arranged. If you have ideas for topics, please share. Call Natalie to discuss.
3. Assist in youth activity – will usually be an art activity where youth will need supervision and guidance. Would you like to lead? Have ideas for activities?
4. Assist in childcare (up to age 4) – keep a watchful eye on the children as they play. (Youth and childcare will require clearances which all UMC churches follow. We will help with those requirements.)
If you are unable to be with us in person, there are other ways to participate:
1. Donate a meal one week (prepare it or donate cost of meal $25+)
2. Match saving account funds up to $100 for those who open savings accounts (we will verify accounts and deposit directly)
3. Donate art supplies one week ($20/week)
4. Donate to sponsor paid supervision for youth and childcare ($50/week)
5. Donate a turkey for Thanksgiving week – “Make a Meal” meeting
THANK YOU THANK THANK YOU for your consideration in being part of this new venture with Moxham Moms. We look forward to what may come and hope you will be a part of it with us. Please feel free to reach out to Natalie with questions and when you can volunteer. Call her directly at (814) 410-5457
6th Annual “Eunice Smith” Coat Giveaway, Sponsored by Scalp Level Trinity UMC will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 12:00PM to 4:30PM at the Windber Community Building, located at 1605 Graham Ave, Windber, PA 15963.
Nearly 1,500 coats have been distributed through the Coat Giveaway over the past 6 years. We expect that the need for this ministry will be greater than ever.
We welcome donations of new or gently used coats of all sizes, infant to adult! Monetary donations, as well as, donations of hats, gloves, and scarves are also appreciated. Donations can be brought to the church by October 13th. Call (814)467-9051 to arrange a time to drop off items. Monetary donations can be mailed to Scalp Level Trinity UMC, 751 Horn Road, Windber, PA 15963.
Help us to share God’s warmth and love with the community!
In light of the last several months, it is clear that the future of ministry will rely on technology. These tools have helped us to continue serving our congregations through a pandemic and have opened doors to allow the church to reach wider and serve better. After a season of “just figuring it out,” Olmsted is offering a Ministry Technology Training on September 13-15, 2020 to help church leaders become experts at all things virtual. Topics will include utilizing virtual spaces for all of church life, software, equipment, social media, legality, and best practices. Have a specific skill you are looking to master? Bring your questions and go home ready for the future!
Speakers: Bill Jacka, Liz Lennox, Alan Morrison, Sean Lewis
Location: Olmsted Manor Retreat Center, 17 East Main St. Ludlow PA 16333
We are again offering Clergy Communities of Practice—a type of covenant-learning group for pastors in various locations around our Conference. This year we’ve even offered added an online group which will meet in the evening so that more clergy can be involved. The groups meet together monthly beginning in September. Each meeting includes worship, conversation, learning and accountability. Now is a great time to be involved, as pastors can connect with other clergy and hear new ideas, while supporting one another! Each meeting focuses on a different topic such as: worship, leadership, mission, diversity, etc. Questions can be directed to Susan Moudry: email@example.com.
For more information and to register visit: https://wpa-reg.brtapp.com/
Please consider making a donation on behalf of United Methodist Human Services, for their Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community fundraiser. All proceeds go to support Project Shoes, providing new, seasonally appropriate, well fitting shoes to under-resourced kids in close to 50 schools and agencies across five counties. This year we participated in a Virtual Walk! A real walk, but on our terms, with photos submitted of our journey. You can go to our Highmark Page to give by no later than July 15th: http://hcf.convio.net/site/TR?
Monday, March 9, 2020
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.
Saturday, April 17, 2021 (1-Start date exaclty the same as end date)
This annual Conference Youth Event is now scheduled for one day--April 17, 2021-- at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. Registration to attend in-person is limited, but the worship will be livestreamed so that churches can organize their own watch parties. Check out all the details and register your youth at wpaumc.org/spark.
As autumn unwinds its days and leads us toward winter, many people start thinking about year-end festivities and responsibilities. We plan cheery parties, hang glittery decorations, and mostly, we spend money. We spend it on our families and friends, coworkers and neighbors. We even spend it on strangers through various charitable campaigns. If you’re looking for a way to give this holiday season, may we suggest the Conference Committee on Disability Concerns Grant Pool? What Is the Grant Pool? ... read more
ACTS 29 Study In the book of ACTS (with 28 chapters), we read about the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of believers & about his power unleashed in the communities in which they lived & traveled. How did that happen? It all began with prayer! Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples to stay in Jerusalem & wait for his gift, promised by the Father. As they waited, they all joined together constantly in prayer. And, God sent his Holy Spirit to fill them. God is the ... read more
Camp Allegheny is already known as the “Best Retreat Value” around. Camp Allegheny has had a successful summer of ministry serving over 600 folks. We have worked hard to be able to provide a safe camping and retreat experience. But now the best is even better.! Thanks to a generous bequest and during this unfortunate pandemic, Camp Allegheny is able to offer our United Methodist Churches the following opportunity. Schedule your retreat NOW! The Best Retreat Value is now even better! ... read more
View this email in your browser University of Pittsburgh's Tech Support for Teachers/Community-Based Organizations Editor’s note: This information was originally shared in an email from Lina Dostilio, Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement We’ve been hearing from within our networks that in many cases our teachers are the front line of helping students and families navigate ... read more
5x1000 Campaign: $5 is all it takes to change lives! A small way to make a big difference! We all want to do good with our money, but sometimes there just isn't much left at the end of the month! A little can go a long way with the Power of Multiplication! The 5x1000 Campaign for UMHS $5 a month is all it takes to change lives! Your $5 monthly gift will help put shoes on children's feet and food on the tables of families and senior citizens. You'll help provide diapers and hygiene kits to ... read more
Revs. John & Patsy Ciampa invite you to join them in a journey to the Holy Land on February 16-26, 2021. Have you ever considered walking where Jesus walked, or sailing on the Sea of Galilee, how about walking the streets of Old Jerusalem? What it would be like to visit the birthplace of Jesus, or stand at the site of the crucifixion, or better still, the empty tomb? An opportunity to do these things and much more is coming. Pastors John & Patsy Ciampa will lead a Holy Land Tour early next ... read more
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 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
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
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
Council of Bishops Devotions: The Council of Bishops is offering a weekly Lenten devotional series focused on Dismantling Racism. Each Wednesday during Lent and every day during Holy Week, a 15-minute recorded devotion, led by a bishop and leaders from their episcopal areas, will be released. Learn more
Sharing Stories: The East Ohio Conference Black Pastors' Fellowship and the office of Multicultural Vitality have produced a new video series aimed at creating discussion and moving all of us towards racial justice. Each video is accompanied by questions to be answered either for personal reflection or as part of small group discussions. See the videos
Justice or Just Us? is a new four-week study that explores what it means to be faith community that’s committed to anti-racist and justice-seeking work. A Feb. 25 Amplify Live webinar will feature a conversation with Pastors Jevon Caldwell-Gross, Nicole Caldwell-Gross, and Rob Fuquay, who all serve at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, and developed the study based on their experiences in leading the church to confront racism. Learn more and register
Resources and A Quiz: United Methodist Women has put together a list and links to church resources for observing Black History Month, including prayers, worship resources and a United Methodist Black History Quiz.
UMC Archives Resources: The General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) has resources for Black History Month on its website. They include two videos from the Television, Radio, and Film Commission of the Methodist Church which dealt with race in the 1950s and over a dozen audio recordings of the call-in radio show, "Night Call," which discuss race in the mid to late 1960s. Check what’s there.
De-Colonizing the Church: A Commitment to Anti-Racism, a new 5-part weekly webinar series beginning Feb. 18 will provide a time to learn about the inherent racism in the church, as well as an opportunity for commitment to de-colonizing The United Methodist Church in the U.S. Anti-racism scholars and practitioners will lead each session. Get details and register.
One Man, Multiple Perspectives: Cam Belk has an African American mother and a white father. The United Methodist works in a Mexican restaurant where he speaks Spanish most of the day, and he has dreams of using his language skills as a missionary. Annette Spence profiles a college student who is trying to expand his world and that of others.
Antiracism Tips for White Christians: M. Garlinda Burton, the interim top executive for the General Commission on Religion and Race, offers some Do’s and Don’ts for white Christians starting on the antiracism journey. Read her commentary
Talking About Race: No matter where you are on your journey of understanding, the resources on the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture can help. Explore Talking About Race
Be Part of the Change! How can the church reach out with sensitivity about race and injustice? To effectively communicate beyond your congregation and culture, try to forge a true, interpersonal connection with those you want to reach. It would help to also do some homework, says John Coleman, Communications Director in the Eastern PA Conference. Read more.
United Methodists stand against racism: A new campaign is uniting the denomination against racism. Church leaders can turn to ResourceUMC.org to find the latest diversity and inclusiveness information and tools, including downloadable campaign graphics. Resources to engage members as they listen, act, speak and pray are available at UMC.org/EndRacism.
Learn how United Methodists are taking a stand against racism at UMC.org/EndRacism.
Race and Protest: Two relevant resources regarding race and protest for young people: How to Acknowledge Hurt in Youth Ministry and Tools for Processing Protests with Teens
Racial Justice Conversations: GCORR offers excellent resources to help churches discuss and learn more about racial justice. See Racial Justice Conversations Guide.
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