Johnstown District News


Johnstown District Clergy Sweetheart Dinner

Our Johnstown District Clergy Sweetheart dinner will be on February 8, at 6 pm at the Italian Oven in the Galleria Mall.  We will order off of the menu at our own expense.  Please join us by RSVP to Darlene Bain at 814-266-2174.  We hope to see you there!

W.A.C.K. Menu

A free community dinner, served at the Windber Area Community Kitchen, will be held from 4 pm-6 pm Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave in Windber PA.

The menu will be Chicken Alfredo, Vegetables, Fruit, Assorted Desserts and Coffee/Punch.

Meal will be served by Troop Pact #611


Johnstown District Conference

Our Johnstown District Conference will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at the South Fork: Mount Hope United Methodist Church, 258 Mt. Hope Road, South Fork, PA  15956.  Light refreshments will be served at 2:30 pm and the conference will begin at 3 pm.  All are invited to attend and Pastors are requested to attend.


Lay Speaking Classes Available

The following classes will be offered in our district.  Please contact J.R. Virgin, instructor, if you are interested in joining!  J.R. can be reached by calling his cell phone at 814-244-5654 or the church office at 814-472-7923.

Basic Lay Servant/Speaking

Ebensburg UMC
February 2 - February 23
1pm - 3:30pm
Cost $30

Spiritual Gifts
Ebensburg UMC
March 1 - March 29
(No class March 22)
1pm - 3:30pm
Cost $15

Now Hiring Church Secretary at Beulah

Church Secretary – Beulah UMC:

Our office is currently accepting applications to fill our church secretary position. The successful candidate will perform skilled clerical work and provide general secretarial support to the pastor and church members.  Must be proficient in MicroSoft Office and have strong organizational skills.  Candidate will be required to obtain federal and state clearances. This is a part-time position consisting of 20 hours/week.  This position is ideal for someone who likes people and can work congenially with staff and church members.  All interested parties should send a resume along with 3 references to Pastor Wanick Fayette, 716 Bedford St., Johnstown, PA 15902.

Tara & Eric Park Release New CD

Parks Release New CD: Tara and Eric Park share their musical gifts on a new CD with several original songs. It's called Feels Like Home. Eric is the Butler District Superintendent. Sales of the CD will benefit WPAUMC Camping and Retreat Ministries. Learn more


Korea Trip

Consider Korea Trip
The UM Foundation of Western PA invites clergy and laity to apply to take an educational and spiritual journey to South Korea from September 2-10, 2020.  Participants will see firsthand how Methodism, brought to Korea by Methodist missionaries, is thriving as a faithful conduit of strength and grace for a nation. Get detailsDownload flyer.  Sample the host church’s worship music

Just a reminder...

It's that time of the year once again.  Please note that when Johnstown School District closes due to snowfall and road conditions, our District office will be closed also.  When the school district runs on a delay, we will also be running on a delay.  Thank you for understanding.

District Notables

2020 Annual Conference

Where: Grove City College

Thursday, June 11, 2020 to June 13

The 2020 session of Annual Conference will be Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, June 13th at Grove City College.
Clergy, plan your vacations, weddings, mission trips, etc. around these dates and plan to attend.

News Articles

Olmsted Manor Upcoming Events (read more )


Spiritual Formation Retreat – January 26-28 Leader: Rev. Howard Greenfield Cost: $160/person includes class, two-night stay, and all meals This retreat is offered to church leaders who seek to be more intentional in refining their “listening skills” with God. Is it time to recognize and articulate the new ways God may be whispering in one's ear? Whisper – How to Hear the Voice of God, by Mark Batterson, will be the primary resource for this retreat. This work covers the seven “love languages”... read more

Hope Filled Relationships (read more )


A wonderful ministry taking place in the Moxham Area! Mission Statement:  Inspiring the hope of Christ and building trusting relationships with the community on person at a time. Vision:  Hope-Filled Community Our Tag Line - MOXHAM PROUD!  What we are about:  relationships with Christ, with each other - trust, sincere; safe & healthy space, empowering, connection - mutual, ecumenical, community - looking out for each other; walking WITH along the way, encourage, tell the story, collaboration ... read more

Conference News

Below you will find some conference news relevant to Johnstown District. To see all conference news, go to the News section at the very top of this page.

Watch Developers Discuss Separation Protocol (read more )


A Statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi (read more )


I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  ---- John 17:21  As one of our pastors has often said to me, “Bishop, sometimes unity takes on different forms.”  And sometimes to reach unity it takes time, repeated failures, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, ... read more

Diverse Groups Agree on UMC Separation Protocol (read more )


A 16-member group representing United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world have proposed an agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was reached on December 17, 2019 and announced today. The document’s signers include individuals from Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and the United States, ... read more

GC2020 Delegation December '19 Report (read more )


The Western Pennsylvania General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation met on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Slippery Rock United Methodist Church.   During the opening worship service, delegates paused to remember the lives of the Rev. Paul Taylor, retired Pittsburgh District Superintendent, and Brady Hunker, a college student who was active with the Conference Youth Ministry Team.  Memorial services for both were being held the same day.   Alyce Weaver Dunn, Chair, presented an ... read more

Bishop Elected Christian Associates President (read more )


Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has been elected to serve as president of Christian Associates of Southwestern PA, effective January 1, 2020. She currently serves as vice-president of the ecumenical organization whose board includes leaders of denominations or organizations represented in 10 Southwestern PA counties.  “I am excited to welcome Bishop Moore-Koikoi as our next president! Her election comes at a pivotal time: Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania will celebrate our 50th ... read more


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.

Quick Links

Camping and Retreat Ministries

View the latest news about Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries HERE.

Diversity Development

Mission Barn

The Eastbrook Mission Barn is one of six UMCOR Relief Supply Network depots across the United States.

Scholarships and Grants

There are a variety of scholarships available at and at