WPAUMC enews --Dec. 12, 2018

published 12/13/2018
Bishop Calls for Prayer: After spending time in Central Africa with five other United Methodist bishops meeting church and government leaders last month, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi called for a Day of Prayer for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Dec. 23, the day set for a long-delayed presidential election there. Learn more Clergy Health Insurance Rate: Thanks to the efforts by the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, the 2019 rate local churches will be billed...

Bishops Urge Prayer for Congo on Dec. 23

published 12/12/2018
After spending time meeting with church and government leaders in Central Africa last month, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has called for a Day of Prayer for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Dec. 23, the day set for a long-delayed presidential election there. The election should lead to the country's first democratic transfer of power in 18 years. Outgoing President Joseph Kabila, 47, has governed the large, mineral-rich, sometimes violent nation since 2001. He took over ...

WPAUMC enews --Dec. 5, 2018

published 12/10/2018
Fires Destroy Parsonage: Two fires, one Saturday afternoon and the other about 12 hours later, destroyed the parsonage at First UMC in Cambridge Springs over the weekend. No one was injured in either blaze. Get details.   Way Forward Feedback: The last of 20 Listening Posts led by members of the WPA Way Forward Task Force was held Dec. 2. Many attended the events to learn about legislation submitted for the 2019 special session of General Conference in St. Louis, February 23-26, and to give ...

Fires Destroy Cambridge Springs Parsonage

published 12/2/2018
Fire severely damaged five rooms of the parsonage at First United Methodist Church in Cambridge Springs early Saturday afternoon, and a second fire early Sunday morning caused much more extensive damage. No one was injured in either fire. Pastor Joe Samalenge and his family escaped from the first fire and were being cared for by the local congregation with assistance from The Red Cross, said Erie-Meadville District Superintendent Dennis Swineford.  "Many people have been reaching out asking ...

WPAUMC enews --Nov. 28, 2018

published 11/29/2018
Show Gratitude During Advent: Gratitude is at the heart of the Christian faith. As we move into Advent try some of the daily suggestions in this gratitude calendar.   Church Treasurers Webinar: The UM Foundation of Western PA offers a free webinar “Top Ten Tips for Completing Your Pastor’s W-2”. Designed for local church treasurers and others responsible for completing their pastor’s Internal Revenue Service W-2 Form, it is scheduled for  Thursday, December 13, from 10-11 a.m. Register through ...

WPAUMC enews --Nov. 21, 2018

published 11/21/2018
Give Thanks with with a grateful heart; Give thanks to the Holy One; Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son. Give Thanks! Truck Slams Wellersburg Truck: Wellersburg UMC on hilly PA Route 160 was knocked off its foundation early Monday when a tractor-trailer descending Savage Mountain slammed into it. The congregation has been meeting elsewhere and was awaiting a demolition permit since a similar incident in 2017. Learn more Church Safety: Rev. Larry Homitsky of Calvary UMC in ...

Truck Hits Wellersburg Church - Again!

published 11/20/2018
Historic Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church, which sat about 10 yards off PA Route 160 in the community of Wellersburg, was hit by tractor-trailer for the fifth time in six years on Nov. 19, 2018. No one was injured in the early morning crash. Mount Harmony UMC, a 168-year-old white-frame structure, was condemned after a similar incident in April 2017, and the congregation was awaiting a demolition permit. They have been worshipping elsewhere and  hoping to rebuild on the same property, ...

Season of Thanks

published 11/19/2018
Adapted from November-December 2017 Interpreter Magazine article "Gratitude is at the heart of the Christian faith," says the Rev. Kent Millard, president of United Theological Seminary. While every day should be a day of thanksgiving to God, the weeks encompassing the seasons of Thanksgiving (U.S.), Advent and Christmas call for a special outpouring of gratitude.  Here is a  calendar to help you engage in daily acts of gratitude and kindness. Most of them can be done alone or with family or ...

Partnership Offers 2018 Advent Devotional

published 11/16/2018
United Methodists in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Germany have completed their 2018 Advent Devotional in English and German, which can be downloaded and copied.  Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. The entries for each day contain scripture and the devotional thoughts in both English and German. On even dates (Dec. 2,4,6 etc.) the selection is in English first, followed by the German, On odd dates, the German writings are first and the English translation follows.  The partnership, ...

WPAUMC enews --Nov. 14, 2018

published 11/14/2018
Foundation Honors Millers: The Rev. Dr. John Miller and Diane Miller received the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania’s 2019 Founders Day Award during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 9 in Pittsburgh. Learn more.   Welcoming Children: The Conference Connectional Leadership Table’s meeting this coming Saturday will be the first for which childcare will be provided. It’s an effort to welcome and support parents of young children who share their gifts by providing leadership for ...

UM Foundation Honors John, Diane Miller

published 11/14/2018
The Rev. Dr. John Miller and Diane Miller received the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania’s 2019 Founders Day Award during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 9 in Pittsburgh.  UMF Board Chair Tom Heisey, shown at left above, presented the award to the Millers.   The Founders Day Award pays tribute to individuals of vision who have supported and enhanced the ministry of the Foundation, and demonstrated good stewardship of spiritual and financial gifts in service to Christ and the Church....

WPAUMC Group Focused on Native Americans

published 11/13/2018
Native American does hoop dance at Dorseyville powwow. Because November is Native American Heritage Month, the recently revived Conference Committee on Native American Ministries has offered an update on their activities.  “Your Annual Conference Committee on Native American Ministries is still growing into this important ministry,” said the Rev. Bob Wilson, a retired elder. “We are seeking to become aware of Native American realities in our area both in our congregations and beyond.  Our ...

WPAUMC enews --Nov. 7, 2018

published 11/8/2018
Bells of Peace: This Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, is  the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Churches throughout the nation are invited to mark the event at 11 a.m. local time by ringing their bells in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed. Learn more about Bells of Peace. Reach Out to Veterans: UMC.org offers 20 Ways to Reach Out on Veterans Day. See what they are. Synagogue Shooting Response Stand Together at the Point! Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has arranged for a city-wide ...

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 31, 2018

published 11/2/2018
'No Words' After Synagogue Killings: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi issued a powerful lament and called United Methodists to 17 minutes of silent, reflective prayer for seven days as a way of expressing our profound grief and listening for God’s guidance in how to support the Jewish community in the Pittsburgh area. Read more. Near Miss for Holocaust Survivor: Judah Samet drove into a parking space at Tree of Life Synagogue about four minutes late for services, but  in time to see shots being ...

Praying Our Way Forward

published 11/1/2018
As we move toward the February 2019 special session of the General Conference, United Methodists throughout the world are engaged in the third phase of Praying our Way Forward.  The Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, launched the effort after being asked to lead the denomination through the impasse over issues related to the role of homosexual people in the life of the church.  During Phase 3, which began June 3 and continues through the Special Session of General ...

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