Three Missionaries Return to Homes

published 7/17/2018
UPDATE 7/13/2018: The last of three United Methodist missionaries seeking to leave the Philippines after being placed on a government watch list arrived July 13 in her home country of Malawi. Miracle Osman, 24, of Blantyre, Malawi, has reunited with her family there, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and church representatives in Malawi announced. Read the latest. UPDATE 07/07/2018: A United Methodist missionary held 56 days in a detention center in the Philippines has arrived ...

WPAUMC enews --July 11, 2018

published 7/12/2018
Offering Help, Hope in Puerto Rico:  Don't miss this report on the joint East Ohio-Western PA Conference mission trip to Puerto Rico from Rick Wolcott, East Ohio UMC's Communications Director. See story and video Emergency Response Trainings: Because of extensive flooding recently in Western PA, an UMCOR training session for Early Response volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at Roots of Faith, 800 Main Street, in Sharpsburg, PA. Get details and register. A recertification ...

MTSO To Cover Clergy Candidate Degree Expenses

published 7/10/2018
Methodist Theological School in Ohio and its generous donors are offering a bold new commitment to every qualified applicant who pursues United Methodist candidacy: an opportunity to earn a master’s degree with no out-of-pocket tuition expenses.  MTSO’s pledge has two parts: First, the school’s financial aid experts will assist each applicant in locating and applying for scholarships from numerous sources. Second, if scholarships from those sources don’t cover an applicant’s full tuition, MTSO ...

National United Methodist Church

published 7/3/2018
The United Methodist Church is a global denomination, so many may be surprised to know that there is a National United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Its history dates to May of 1852 when a group of Methodists from the Washington, D.C. area began an effort to create a church to represent the Methodist Episcopal denomination in the nation’s capital.  The following is from the National UMC website history: After gaining approval from the Methodist General Conference and raising funds ...

WPAUMC enews for June 27, 2018

published 6/28/2018
Disaster Response: United Methodist Disaster Response Team leaders and volunteers were mobilized after severe rain and flash flooding hit areas of Southwestern PA on the evening of June 20. Among the hardest hit was the borough of Bridgeville south of Pittsburgh, where one woman died and between 60 to 80 homes and businesses were damaged. Learn more. UMCOR Kits Needed: Although the Eastbrook Mission Barn received a good number of cleaning buckets and hygiene kits during annual conference, more ...

UMCOR Aids Bridgeville Flood Response

published 6/27/2018
United Methodist Disaster Response Team leaders and volunteers were mobilized after severe rain and flash flooding hit areas of Southwestern PA on the evening of June 20.  Among the hardest hit was in Bridgeville, south of Pittsburgh, where one woman died and 60 to 80 homes and businesses were damaged.   Many described it as the worst flooding in 65 years. Wendy Abbott of Upper St. Clair was swept away by the floodwaters of McLaughlin Run in Upper St. Clair. Her body was found the next morning ...

WPAUMC enews for June 20, 2018

published 6/21/2018
Like to Bike? Like a Challenge? Join with bike-minded United Methodists for a five-day, 315-mile Bike-a-Thon from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. from August 13-17 and raise funds for the Bishop's Camping and Retreat Initiative. Bikers will begin at Boston UMC, travel the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Trail and complete the trip in Washington, D.C. Get details at wpaumc.org/bikeathon. Mission Vision: Do you have old eyeglasses at home? Donate them to Mission Vision, a non-profit based in ...

Annual Conference Offers Hope

published 6/13/2018
Update: ​More photos and videos have been added since this story was originally posted. See links at the end. --By Jackie Campbell-- Western PA United Methodists gathered from June 7-9 at Grove City College for the 2018 Annual Conference session heard Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi assure them that despite disagreements, the United Methodist Church in the region "is doing well and each day is being perfected in love."   “We have much to smile about because in the midst of the distractions and ...

Conference Celebrates Ministry of 26 Retiring Clergy

published 6/11/2018
Western PA clergy and laity celebrated the ministry of 26 retiring clergy with an evening worship service at the 2018 Annual Conference session at Grove City College. The service was highlighted by the engaging, enthusiastic, spirit-filled preaching of the Rev. Paul D. Taylor, who is retiring as Pittsburgh District Superintendent effective June 30.   Rev. Paul Taylor's Message   The clergy retiring from active ministry in 2018 represent a combined total of 774 years of ministry. Most ...

Table of Grace Shares Blessings

published 5/23/2018
Each year the people of Table of Grace in Erie give their observance of Mothers Day an outward focus. Rather than honoring the women of their congregation with gifts, they find a way to make the day special for women in the area who may not otherwise be celebrating.   This year was especially wonderful, said Mary Alice McGinnis, who spearheaded an effort to collect gently used clothing for Dress for Success. The organization provides interview outfits and a beginning wardrobe for women ...

WPA Leaders React to UMC Amendment Votes

published 5/9/2018
5/11/18 UPDATE: An error discovered in the ballot wording of Amendment #1 led to the May 10 announcement of a re-vote that will take place this year.  When results of denomination-wide voting on five constitutional amendments were announced on Monday, some Western PA Conference leaders offered their thoughts on the results. Two  amendments addressing gender equality failed to receive enough votes from annual conference members across the denomination to be ratified.    “My sister bishops and I ...

Get Involved in Older Adult Ministry!

published 5/7/2018
Leaders in the Greensburg District are inviting clergy and laity from across Western PA to help explore ways to be in ministry "by, with, and for" older adults."     About 20 people from around the Conference, along with a pastor from the Susquehanna Conference of  met at the Delmont: Faith UMC in Delmont, PA to learn about Older Adult Ministry in the local church from the Rev. Dr. William Randolph, who for several years focusing on older adult ministries for Discipleship Ministries. "In order ...

Bishops Recommend One Church Plan

published 5/4/2018
United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago this week, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward for the denomination. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Motion: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes: All three plans (The ...

Join in May 24 Prayer Walk

published 4/25/2018
Western Pennsylvania United Methodists are invited to join in prayer on Thursday, May 24 (Aldersgate Day) to lift up our Camping and Retreat Ministries and everyone involved in them. A Prayer Walk, with two-hour segments scheduled consecutively at the camps and ministry sites, is planned so that those in each area  have an opportunity to visit and join in. Others are encouraged to pray wherever they are throughout the day. “Prayer matters! We want to lift up everyone who makes these ministries ...

Shoebox Ministry with a Twist

published 4/25/2018
After leading her congregations in filling and sending shoeboxes filled with goodies to children around the world through Samaritan's Purse, Rev. Katrina Laude and the people of Homer City UMC did something different. "I got in touch with the Committee on Native American Ministries through the North Carolina Conference of the UMC. Members of the Lumbee Tribe live in Pembroke, NC and the surrounding area, struggling in poverty," she said. Pastor Laude and a few others from Homer City delivered ...

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