Find the True Meaning of Christmas..in Ebensburg!

published 12/5/2017
Anyone looking for the true meaning of Christmas might get a glimpse when a big red tour truck pulls up in front of the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg on Dec. 14 offering free hot cocoa, a chance to help neighbors, and an invitation to connect with a faith community. The van, resembling a giant wrapped gift, will visit 16 states this month as part of The United Methodist Church's “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour”. It will be the centerpiece of the festivities from noon until 3 p.m. ...

Bishops: Oppose Gambling in Your Community

published 12/1/2017
Pennsylvania’s three United Methodist bishops have signed a letter urging United Methodists who oppose expansion of gambling in their communities to contact their local government officials and request they pass a resolution banning mini-casinos within their borders. The resolutions must be submitted to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board by Dec. 31, 2017.   In late October, both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature passed a bill that significantly expands opportunities for gambling ...

Church Jury Revokes Former Pastor's Credentials

published 11/29/2017
The ministerial credentials of a former Beaver County pastor were revoked on Monday after he pleaded guilty at the start of a church trial to three charges: immorality, committing a crime, and Disobedience to the Order and Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. The charges stemmed from allegations of missing or misappropriated funds at Chippewa United Methodist Church.   After Rodney Smith entered the guilty plea, a jury of his United Methodist clergy peers heard testimony, with ...

Pastor Publishes Christmas Eve Resource

published 11/29/2017
A retired elder who focuses on using the arts to communicate theology has published a Christmas book entitled “O Night Divine: Celebrating Christmas Eve in Home, Church, and Imagination.” The book by Rev. John Scott of Erie is a collection of original stories, narrative poems, and a song that celebrates the mystery, wonder, awe, and joy of the birth of Christ.   Scott said the collection is “ideal for Christmas worship services,” with some of the stories created specifically for a Christmas ...

Bishop's Message of Hope and Gratitude

published 11/20/2017
In a video message to Western Pennsylvania United Methodists, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi said she is filled with gratitude and hope for the future of The United Methodist Church after discussions of an interim report from the Commission on the Way Forward at the recent Council of Bishops (COB) meeting at Lake Junaluska, NC. “As the result of the dialogue that the members of the Council of Bishops had at our meeting, I am more convinced than ever before in the hope-filled future of the United...

Pittsburgh Churches Celebrate 137th Anniversary

published 11/20/2017
Photos by Rev. Dr. Dianne Glave Warren United Methodist Church, a historically black congregation in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, celebrated its 137th Anniversary with a weeklong series of gatherings held jointly with First United Methodist Church in Shadyside, a predominately white congregation. Pittsburgh Area Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi preached during the concluding Nov. 19 combined worship service at Warren. The combined celebration is an outgrowth of friendships formed among people of ...

Partnership Offers Advent Devotional in English, German

published 11/17/2017
United Methodists in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Germany have completed their 2017 Advent Devotional in English and German, which can be downloaded and copied.  Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. The partnership, formed in 1988 before the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been producing the Advent devotional annually since the late '90's,  said the Rev. Joe Stains, who co-chaired the Western PA/ East German partnership group for many years. It offers daily devotionals for the beginning of ...

Dress for Hope, Bishop Tells UM Women

published 11/1/2017
  After a year focusing on WPA Chic, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi told Conference United Methodist Women gathered for their annual meeting that it’s time to Dress for Hope! “Unfortunately the feeling of hope is scarce in our culture today,” she said. “We are in the midst of a despair epidemic. It’s an epidemic of pessimism...all the opposites of hope. The good news is that, I believe, women of faith have the antidote to hopelessness! “There’s something about the way that God made women to make us...

Nicaragua Partners Launch Stove Project

published 11/1/2017
As a joint Western PA-East German Partnership mission team heads to Nicaragua to do a reforestation project, the Western PA - Nicaragua partnership has launced a new project that will ease some conditions that cause deforestation. The Nicaragua partnership will distribute high efficiency  wood-burning cooking stoves in Nicaragua.  The "rocket" stoves use less than half the amount of wood required for an open fire and create less than 10 percent of the smoke.  They are also cool to the touch to ...

Save the Date for Clergy Ethics Training

published 11/1/2017
As part of their covenant with one another and with the church, the Book of Discipline requires that every clergy person participate in ethics training every quadrennium.    To address this ongoing need, a WPAUMC team will offer five regional trainings in January and February of 2018. The team is intentionally made up of a deacon, two local pastors and an elder; each of whom has received thorough training through Faith Trust Institute for facilitating this sort of program. Team members are ...

Pittsburgh Seminary Celebrates UM Connections

published 10/31/2017
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, although it is a Presbyterian institution, President David Esterline told about 50 United Methodist alumni, students and friends gathered at Calvary UMC in Pittsburgh in late October to celebrate the relationship between the seminary and the United Methodist Church. President Esterline, who also serves as a professor of cross-cultural theological education, said he sees the seminary as a place for people learning with one another.  You’re “not properly properly ...

Larry Bridge to Retire as Treasurer

published 10/20/2017
Larry Bridge, who joined the Western PA Conference staff as controller in 2007 and has served as director of administrative services and treasurer since 2014, has announced plans to retire in June 2018.   The Conference Personnel Team has engaged the Shared Services Division of the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration as a consultant in the search for Bridge’s replacement.  The goal is to complete the hiring process by April 1 to allow adequate time for transition.   A ...

Men, Women Welcome at UMW Gathering

published 10/18/2017
You don’t have to be a United Methodist Woman to celebrate women in mission at the Conference UMW annual meeting. Men are welcome too!  Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will be the featured speaker at the gathering from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28 at Faith UMC in Delmont. It will be a day of learning about empowering women, the UMW, and making a difference in our world. In addition to the Bishop’s address, those attending will select a breakout session from the following options: ...

The Schmetterlinge Are Here!

published 10/4/2017
The East German children's choir walked the labyrinth at the United Methodist Center in Cranberry Twp. and offered a few songs on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Click the photo to see an album and hear them sing in two videos. The Schmetterlinge (butterflies), a choral group of about 50 children from the East German Conference of the United Methodist Church, flew into Western Pennsylvania on September 30 to tour and offer concerts at churches in the Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Indiana and Erie areas. The ...

Bishop's Response to Las Vegas Gun Violence

published 10/3/2017
From Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi In times like these, our response must be grounded in prayer. I urge every United Methodist in Western Pennsylvania to commit to pray for the next 59 days for the families who were impacted by this violence.   I am still in a state of disbelief regarding the massacre in Las Vegas.   I have been vascillating between disbelief and feelings of anger, grief, and profound sadness.  I have tried to make sense of a senseless act and that has left me frustrated.  I ...

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