Conference News

WPAUMC enews - Jan. 26, 2022

January 27, 2022
It’s Appointment Season! In an email to clergy and church leaders, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi described the Cabinet’s priorities for the 2022 appointment season and invited prayers for wisdom and courage as they move through the process. See the email Meet in the Middle Focuses on Mission: This week’s podcast looks at what’s happening with our mission partnerships in Zimbabwe. Greensburg DS Paul Ritchey serves as host and talks with Sandra Matoushaya, WPAUMC Missional Engagement Coordinator, ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Jan. 19, 2022

January 20, 2022
Join in Prayer! Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20 at Elton Zion UMC for Ginny Butler, wife of the Rev. David Butler, and on Friday, Jan. 21 at Blairsville First UMC for Tom Krishart, a former pastor and husband of Pastor Dawn Krishart. Pray for their families and for the family of Jay Pifer, a retired elder who passed away on Jan. 16 in Aiken, SC. Get details at wpaumc.org/obituaries Bishop Offers MLK Day Message: In a sermon during Martin LUther King weekend, Bishop Cynthia ... read more

Peterson Gives Mission Barn Update

January 18, 2022
Despite the pandemic, the Eastbrook Mission Barn sent more than 3000 UMCOR Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits to needed areas around the country in 2021 and volunteers built 30 ramps in the area. In her January 2022 newsletter, Mission Barn Director Katie Peterson provided the numbers and gave an update on what's happening and how volunteers can help in 2022.  She also offered thanks for prayers, donations of money, supplies and kits, as well as service by volunteers.  "Your hands and feet are ... read more

MLK Services, Events Offered in WPA

January 17, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. weekend -- Jan. 15-17, 2022 -- has been a time to celebrate Dr. King’s life and remember how his work in the Civil Rights Movement prepared the foundation for dismantling racism. This year, due to the resurgence of the coronavirus, observances have been moved online or scheduled for later this winter.  In Western Pennsylvania, the Greensburg District Antiracism Team prepared the virtual service virtual service shown above. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi offered the message, ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Jan. 12, 2022

January 13, 2022
Clergywomen Share Hopes and Prayers for 2022: You may recognize two of the United Methodist clergywomen from across the U.S. who shared their hopes and prayers in this video.  Meet in the Middle: In this week’s Meet in the Middle podcast Rev. Drew Gordon talks with Rev. Leo Yates, Jr., an ordained deacon in the Baltimore-Washington Conference who has written several books and articles on Deaf ministry and services. Drew and Leo discuss personal experiences in the Deaf community and how churches... read more

Conferences Asked to Contribute to BSA Survivor Trust

January 10, 2022
Pending court approval of a settlement agreement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case, United Methodists have agreed to contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Survivor Trust Fund that will receive funding from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), insurance companies and charter organizations.  Every annual conference in America is asked to contribute toward the $30 million. The Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference has been asked to contribute $650,300 based on claims associated with... read more

WPAUMC enews - Jan. 5, 2022

January 6, 2022
Prayer for the New Year: The 2022 Prayer for the New Year from the East German -Western PA Partnership Committee is featured on the homepage of the Conference website. See the prayer   SPARK 2022! The first of two Spark events for Conference youth and their leaders will be held this weekend at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. Please pray for our Youth Ministry Team, as well as the youth and their leaders. Registration is open now for the April 9-10 SPARK event in Erie at the Bayfront ... read more

Connellsville Area Ministries Honors Volunteers

January 4, 2022
Connellsville Area Community Ministries held a special luncheon and Christmas celebration at its downtown store location on December 22 to honor its many volunteers for the thousands of hours given in support of the ministry. During the event a surprise announcement was made.  Barry Craig, the chair of the board of directors, told board members, staff and volunteers that the mortgage on the store location mortgage had been paid off five years early. He attributed the early payoff to the ... read more

Health Team Offers COVID-19 Update

January 3, 2022
As 2022 began, COVID-19 transmission remained high and the guidance issued by the WPAUMC Abundant Health Team on Nov. 22 before Thanksgiving and the start of Advent remains valid.  COVID-19 transmission remains high in much of the United States, including in Pennsylvania.  To keep yourselves, your loved ones, your communities, and your congregations safe and healthy, please take the following precautions:    1. Get vaccinated!   COVID-19 vaccines are available for those 5 years of age and ... read more

A Prayer for the New Year -- 2022

December 30, 2021
Each year, the East German Conference and the Western Pennsylvania Conference partnership committee shares a joint New Year's prayer, which can be offered during New Year's services in both areas, as well used in individual devotions. This year the East German Partnership committee has formulated the prayer.   Eternal God! You are the source of all life. We look back at the past year and remember so many things we were grateful to take from Your hand - how many times you surprised us ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Dec. 22, 2021

December 23, 2021
As we prepare to light the candles of the Advent wreath and declare that unto us a Savior is born who is Christ the Lord, we send wishes for a healthy Christmas filled with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. May you experience anew the power of Christ’s birth. Reflecting on God's Timing: Like many who experienced loss in this season, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi began wondering about God's timing. But during a celebration of life service for her aunt this week, and on the drive home, she realized again ... read more

UMs Reach Settlement in Boy Scout Bankruptcy Case

December 21, 2021
United Methodist leaders have reached a settlement as part of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) pending bankruptcy proceedings. It calls for the denomination to pay $30 million over three years into a trust to compensate survivors of Scouting-related sexual abuse and also provides United Methodist churches protection from future abuse-related lawsuits. The settlement, announced Dec. 21 after months of negotiations, is part of a BSA reorganization plan which still must be approved by a federal ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Dec. 15, 2021

December 16, 2021
Be An Instrument of God’s Miracles: In a statement after tornadoes carved a path through communities in the Midwest and Tennessee Valley, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi urged United Methodists in Western PA to make themselves available as instruments of God’s miracles.  Read her statement Responding to Deadly Tornadoes: United Methodists in Kentucky, Tennessee and neighboring states are coming to terms with the death and property devastation caused by the tornadoes, while also mobilizing quickly ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Dec. 8, 2021

December 9, 2021
Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Avery UMC for the Rev. George Dran, on Sunday, Dec. 12 at Karns City UMC for Kenneth Foster, and on Saturday, Dec. 18 at Somerset First UMC for Rev. Donald Krestar. Find details at wpaumc.org/obituaries.  A Message of Hope Today: Rev. Chuck Hildbold, pastor of Jennerstown UMC, appeared in a segment of Cornerstone TV Network’s Hope Today show on Tuesday. He talked with host  Tom McGough, a leader at Holiday Park UMC, about his ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Dec. 1, 2021

December 1, 2021
New Regional Coordinator Named: The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee began serving as the Regional Coordinator for Spiritual Formation for the Pittsburgh/Butler region, effective today. The part-time position is part of an experimental leadership model designed to get back to the basics of Christian faith -- Loving God and Loving Neighbor. Learn more.  Hope Today: Rev. Chuck Hildbold was interviewed this week for Cornerstone TV network program to air next Tuesday at 9 a.m. as part of the Hope Today ... read more

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