Camp Allegheny Adding Solar Power

published 10/13/2018
Thanks to Solar Samaritans of Somerset and some grant funding, Camp Allegheny will begin converting the Heartwood Center to use solar power and rely on more efficient lighting.  "God's creation is an amazing place and it is our responsibility to care for it the best we can," reads an announcement of the projects in the Camp's e-newsletter. That is why we were excited to get a $25,000 grant from the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies..." More than 60 ...

Praying Our Way Forward

published 10/12/2018
With about 17 weeks before the 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.  In the first phase, 84 members of the Council of Bishops prayed for The United Methodist Church’s...

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 10, 2018

published 10/11/2018
One Matters: The One Matters Award from UMC Discipleship Ministries was presented to Ebensburg UMC last Sunday.  Although the church just celebrated 175 years of ministry, it continues to grow in average worship attendance and other indicators of a vital congregation. Learn more For Retired Clergy: If you are enrolled in a WPAUMC-sponsored Medicare Plan, you and your spouse are invited to attend an Open Enrollment meeting at the Conference Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17. Get ...

Ebensburg UMC Receives One Matters Award

published 10/10/2018
When the Ebensburg United Methodist Church celebrated 175 years of ministry in June 2018, one of the most celebrated highlights was that the current average worship attendance is currently at an all-time high!  That one fact alone announces that this congregation is doing vital and important ministry in the name of Jesus Christ!  In addition to increased worship attendance, there has been a significant increase in recent years in the annual number of baptisms and professions of faith.  Over the...

Rural Advocates Begin Legislative Work

published 10/10/2018
Rev. Sara Wrona, pastor of the Kiski Charge and coordinator of the WPAUMC’s Licensing School, was among more than 35 individuals who participated in the United Methodist Rural Advocates gathering in Minneapolis from Oct. 2-5. During the meeting, the group, all of whom are passionate about small member churches and rural ministries, began working on legislation for the 2020 General Conference.   UMRA is an association of laity and clergy that deals directly with issues related to small membership...

Disaster Response Update -- 10/9/2018

published 10/8/2018
After several areas of southwestern and central Pennsylvania experienced flash flooding in early September and Hurricane Florence made landfall around Wilmington, NC on Friday, Sept. 14, the need for UMCOR cleaning buckets and hygiene kits became urgent.  Invitations came in early October for Early Response Teams from Western PA  (or teams lead by a trained ERT volunteer) to come to both North Carolina and South Carolina to help in Florence clean-up. Pastor Calvin Cook, WPAUMC Disaster Response ...

Franklin District Wraps Up UMCOR Challenge

published 10/5/2018
The results are in from a September challenge to churches in the Franklin District to collect UMCOR Cleaning Buckets, Hygiene Kits and donations for the Eastbrook Mission Barn during September.  The challenge was in response to an urgent request for more cleaning buckets because the Mission Barn had shipped out an estimated 1500 Cleaning/Flood Buckets during late summer/early fall flooding. Those buckets went to at least eight counties in Southwestern and Central PA.  Franklin District ...

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 3 2018

published 10/4/2018
Unity in Christ: This Sunday, Christians throughout the world celebrate World Communion Sunday. At almost any moment in a 24-hour period, members of God’s family somewhere will be sharing in communion. Read more. What’s Your Vision? When the Conference Connectional Leadership Table met for the first time  under a new leadership team and a new Director of Connectional Ministry, the focus was on vision. Learn more Erie-Meadville DS Installation: Last Sunday Edinboro UMC hosted the service ...

Christians Celebrate World Communion Sunday Together

published 10/3/2018
--by Rev. Stephanie Gottschalk *** Sometimes I need to know that communion is not just about me. Communion is always ‘other-focused.’ We can’t commune by ourselves; we commune ‘with’ something or someone else.  We join with others in a common experience, whether it be the same meal, the same actions, the same environment, the same struggle, or the same spirit.  God brings all of those elements together in the Christian sacrament of Holy Communion as we celebrate being Christ’s body and one ...

Wesley Woods Announces Program Changes

published 10/3/2018
After about a year of prayer and discernment, the Wesley Woods is making some changes in its camping ministry programs, including an end to the on-site horse program, a program overhaul for the 2019 summer camping season, and a partnership with Game Changers Sports Ministry. "Through this process, we have realized we are at a crossroads," Camp Director Nate Greenway said in a press release Tuesday. "As such, the board and staff together have made some decisions about the direction, mission and ...

Zilhaver to Respond at Judicial Council Hearing

published 10/3/2018
Connellsville District Superintendent Bob Zilhaver will travel to Switzerland in late October to offer a response during the United Methodist Judicial Council’s hearing on a request from the Council of Bishops (COB) for a decision on the "constitutionality, meaning, application and effect" of two paragraphs in the Book of Discipline dealing with involuntary change of status for clergy.  The paragraphs were added to the Book of Discipline by the 2016 General Conference acting on legislation ...

Changing Lives for 12 Years!

published 10/2/2018
--By Elsa Zollars**-- It has been 12 years since Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park commissioned a Volunteers-in-Mission team to visit the United Methodist Mission in Nyadire, Zimbabwe. In addition to identifying the needs of the once well-functioning Nyadire Hospital, the team visited the Home of Hope Orphanage (HOH) on the mission. Once they were back in Pittsburgh, The Nyadire Connection (TNC) was born. The group’s goal was to address some of the identified needs of both the ...

WPA Leadership Table Focuses on Vision

published 10/2/2018
When the Conference Connectional Leadership Table met for the first time on Sept. 17 under a new leadership team and a new Director of Connectional Ministry, the focus was on vision. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi asked the group to engage in a process of "upgrading" the Vision of the Annual Conference in the coming year in order to more effectively allow the Conference to provide the resources for the local churches and communities to fulfill the mission of "making disciples of Jesus Christ for ...

WPAUMC enews --Sept. 26, 2018

published 9/27/2018
See All the People: You can still register for one of this weekend’s #SeeAllthePeople events with Jorge Acevedo. Choose from Friday, Sept. 28 at Glenwood UMC in Erie or Saturday, Sept. 29 at Crossroads UMC’s North Fayette Campus. Click the session/date on the calendar at wpaumc.org/events for details or to register.   PREACH Gets Good Reviews: Thanks to Dutilh UMC for hosting WPAUMC’s PREACH event this week. Check out the photos and comments on our Facebook page.   Erie-Meadville DS Installation...

Seminary Interns Bring Unexpected Blessings

published 9/25/2018
Three seminary students served at churches in Western PA over the summer as part of an internship program that also included college interns. (See Internships Help to Define Ministry Calls) The program was funded through an ongoing partnership between the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Cabinet. Students went through an application and interview process before being matched with a church based upon their gifts and the sort of experience they were seeking.    Megan Miles of Coalport UMC in ...

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