Conference News

WPAUMC enews - Sept. 15, 2021

September 16, 2021
Join in Active Waiting: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi suggests that United Methodists spend the time leading up to the next General Conference engaging in the spiritual exercise of active waiting. Rather than a time of anxiety and stagnation, active waiting for believers is a time to cooperate with what God is doing among us while preparing for new manifestations of God’s promises. Read her blog post Facilities Use Agreement for Scouting: In a Sept. 3 email, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi advised ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Sept. 8, 2021

September 9, 2021
Prayers for the 9/11 Anniversary: Discipleship Ministries offers a prayer and resources for the 20th anniversary of 9/11. See the prayer Visitation and a Memorial Service for Gail Donaldson, wife of the Rev. Gary Donaldson, will be held Saturday morning, Sept. 11 at Asbury UMC in Waterford. She passed away August 31. See obituary Faith in Action How Faith Communities Support Migrants in PA: In a Facebook Live discussion, Joyce Davis, Coordinator for United Methodist Advocacy in PA, talked with ... read more

Thoburn Cane Presented

September 7, 2021
On July 12, 2021, Erie-Meadville District Superintendent Dennis Swineford presented the Thoburn Cane to Rev. Reed Hurst, 92, in a ceremony held at the Conference Center in Cranberry Township. The Thoburn Cane, named for Bishop James Thoburn, is presented to the oldest clergy member of the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the UMC with the most years of service. During the ceremony, Rev. Hurst listened as gathered family and friends described his ministry and influence. As they thanked him for ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Sept. 1, 2021

September 1, 2021
Mission Barn Needs Flood Buckets, Hygiene Kits: With flooding in Western PA and the Louisiana Conference and other areas hard-hit by Hurricane Ida, our Eastbrook Mission Barn needs cleaning buckets and hygiene kits. These items can be brought to the Mission Barn or one of its satellites.  Get kit assembly instructions Hurricane Ida Recovery: Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and the Rev. Bob Deich, disaster response coordinator, have done video updates on how the Louisiana Conference has been ... read more

Pastor Grateful to Ramps of Hope

September 1, 2021
By Rev. Debra Rogosky, pastor Wesley United Methodist Church, Erie, PA When life takes a turn and accessibility becomes necessary who do you call? If you are part of the Erie-Meadville District, you call Ramps of Hope, part of All God’s Children’s Ministries. I know, I called them.  When my spouse, Ed, was rendered a paraplegic this June, I had many difficult decisions to make and there were many things I had to learn.  As a United Methodist pastor, I asked the church I serve, Wesley in Erie, ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Aug. 25, 2021

August 26, 2021
Back to School Anxiety and COVID: To help parents and students better understand the issues and the risks involved in returning to the classroom, PennLive and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will co-host a “Back to School” webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, featuring educators as well as parents and experts in mental and emotional wellness. Nicole Kirksey, MSW, Associate Lay Leader in the Susquehanna Conference, will be one of the panelists. Joyce Davis, coordinator of UM Advocacy in ... read more

UMCOR Grants Provide Help for Haiti

August 25, 2021
In response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on August 14, The United Methodist Committee on Relief has awarded grants to provide urgently needed medical supplies. The quake, which particularly damaged the southern and western regions of the island, has left more than 2,200 dead and 12,000 injured. Several hospitals have been damaged or destroyed. Those still open are completely overwhelmed, lacking sufficient personnel and medical supplies.  The first UMCOR grant, to the ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Aug. 11, 2021

August 12, 2021
Head to the Ghost Town Trail on Saturday! Walkers, runners and bikers will gather at 9 a.m. in Blacklick to raise funds for camperships and the Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching Camping Campaign. Ask your family, friends or church to sponsor you per mile or per event. Get details Don’t forget to register Download a sponsor form. Clergy Spouse Retreat: Register by August 16 for this getaway at Olmsted Manor, scheduled for Aug. (26) 27-28.  Get details. Diverse Abilities Retreat: Rev. Sally Jo ... read more

Leadership Series Launched

August 7, 2021
Dawn Wiggins Hare, chief executive of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), led the first session of WPAUMC's new series of virtual Leadership Development Workshops on Saturday, August 7.  The focus of the session was on empowering women as leaders in their ministry context. After offering some background and statistics on women clergy and leadership in the denomination, she encouraged participants to look at the situation in their local churches, districts and ... read more

WPAUMC enews - Aug. 4, 2021

August 5, 2021
How To Set Your Pastor’s Salary for 2022: This memo from the Cabinet and Commission on Equitable Compensation was emailed to pastors and local church leaders last Friday. It’s also available on the Conference website at or you can download it directly here. WPA-Zimbabwe Partnership: A story featured in Monday’s UM News Daily Digest highlighted the ministries of WPAUMC’s Zimbabwe Partnership. Mission Engagement Coordinator Sandra Matoushaya is quoted in the story ... read more

WPAUMC enews - July 28, 2021

July 29, 2021
Licensing School Underway at Olmsted: Pray for the 11 students, coordinator Sara Wrona and other leaders teaching sessions of the Summer Residential Licensing School at Olmsted Manor this week.  See photos  Read post from DS Eric Park Considering Ministry in the UMC? Time’s running out to register for the Aug. 3 Orientation to Ministry, where you can learn more about the various types of set-apart ministry in the United Methodist Church. The orientation is a requirement for anyone pursuing ... read more

Panel Looks at Use of Social Principles

July 27, 2021
Joyce Davis, the new coordinator of United Methodist Advocacy in Pennsylvania, has launched a webinar series to help United Methodists learn about the denomination's Social Principles, which form the basis of much of its Christian witness on contemporary issues.  The video above is an edited recording of the first webinar in the series Understanding the Social Principles. Held on July 22, the discussion focused on how the Social Principles were developed and how they can be used by clergy and... read more

WPAUMC enews - July 21, 2021

July 22, 2021
Prayers and Praise for Uth4Missions: Fifty youth and 10 adult leaders are out and about doing hands-on mission work of all kinds this week in the Connellsville District.  It’s part of Uth4Mission, based at Jumonville and led by the Conference Youth Ministry Team. See photos on the WPAUMC Missions Facebook page  Read story and see photos in this week’s Mission News. Celebrating 15 years of Fruitful Ministry! Started after a mission trip by Pittsburgh-area United Methodists to The Nyadire UM ... read more

WPAUMC enews - July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021
Join Chris Kindle on the GAP Trail! Meet Chris and other supporters of our Camping and Retreat Ministries at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 24 to walk, run or ride all or part of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail between Rockwood and Confluence. It's the first of five Saturday outings that make up the 2021 version of the event formerly known as the Campership Bike-A-Thon. Get details and register.  Leadership Development Series: Dawn Wiggins Hare, the chief executive of the General Commission on the ... read more

WPAUMC enews - July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021
Clergy Communities of Practice will launch in August. CCOPs are designed to help clergy build community, learn together, share ideas and concerns, and support each other. Clergy who have participated in a CCOP say they have been inspired to refresh their preaching, practice new prayer rhythms, use study material in other small group settings and engage in difficult conversations. Groups are offered all around our Conference, and now include two online groups and two focused on innovative ... read more

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