GC Debriefing Sessions Scheduled

published 2/15/2019
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and representatives of the Western PA General Conference delegation, the WPAUMC A Way Forward Task Force, Cabinet members will conduct debriefing sessions in each of our ten districts following the special called session of General Conference.      The purpose is for lay and clergy members of local United Methodist churches to hear accurate information about the decisions made at the Special Called Session, as well as the process the annual conference will undertake ...

Church Celebrates Music Director's Ministry

published 2/13/2019
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things;...Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;  make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing...with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.                           --From Psalm 98: 1-6 The ministry of Tim Coles has enabled the people of First United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh to sing new songs, shout for joy, burst ...

GC2019: Faith Over Fear

published 2/8/2019
As The United Methodist Church prepares for a Special Session of the General Conference on Feb. 23-26, President Kent Millard, president of United Theological Seminary, offers an encouraging message for United Methodists and colleagues in ministry.  The Dr. Millard and the Seminary community invite you to join them in prayer for the 864 delegates who will be attending and voting on possible changes for the denomination.  Many Western Pennsylvania United Methodists began a concentrated prayer...

WPAUMC enews --Feb. 6, 2019

published 2/7/2019
Developing an Outward Mindset: Time is running out to register for the February 19 Developing an Outward Mindset training at Crossroads’ UMC’s Oakdale campus. The one-day workshop is for anyone who wants to improve leadership skills and make a positive difference by operating from an outward mindset. The training will also be offered at other locations in Western PA. Learn more and register. Pray for General Conference: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi yesterday forwarded a request from the ...

Discipleship Leader to Teach in Western PA

published 2/6/2019
Rev. Junius Dotson, the leader of Discipleship Ministries for the United Methodist Church, will preach and teach in Western Pennsylvania on March 20 and 21. Dotson's focus is on helping local church leaders develop a system for reaching new people and growing disciples. It starts with congregations getting to know and engage with those liviving in their communities. “We’re not talking about new ways of inviting new people to your church,” said Dotson. “It requires building relationships with ...

WPAUMC enews --Jan. 30, 2019

published 1/31/2019
New Jumonville President: Heather Withrow, a West Virginia native with more than 20 years experience in camping and retreat ministry, has been selected as the new President of Jumonville. Get details Plenty Good Room: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, director of connectional ministries, will lead a four-week Lenten study Plenty Good Room, based on African-American spirituals. Sessions will be held each Thursday in March from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bakerstown UMC. Learn more ...

Bishop, DCM to Lead Lenten Study

published 1/30/2019
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, director of connectional ministries, will lead a four-week Lenten study Plenty Good Room, based on African-American spirituals. Sessions will be held each Thursday in March from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bakerstown UMC.  The short-term Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals. It provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals  Ev'ry Time...

Way Forward Task Force Releases Report

published 1/29/2019
The final report from the Western PA Conference's Task Force on A Way Forward was released today along with a statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi. The Bishop created the task force of laity and clergy to develop ways to share proposals from the denomination's Commission on A Way Forward with local church members and receive their feedback. The Commission was formed by the Council of Bishops to find a way to get past long-standing disagreements over the full inclusion of homosexuals in ...

Jumonville Names New President

published 1/26/2019
Heather Withrow, a West Virginia native with more than 20 years experience in camping and retreat ministry, has been selected as the new President of Jumonville, our Conference camp and retreat center near Uniontown. Jeff Bees, chair of Jumonville's Board of Directors, made the announcement in an email Saturday, Jan. 26. "Heather comes to us most recently from Glacier Camp in Lakeside, Montana," the announcement read. "Originally hailing from Elkins, West Virginia, Heather answered God’s call ...

WPAUMC enews --Jan. 23, 2019

published 1/24/2019
Camp on the Go! Last summer the Conference provided funding to support day camp programs through partnerships between our three camps and local churches in their region. Camp Allegheny reported on their successful effort in their recent newsletter. Read story and see video. Johnstown MLK Service: Both the Tribune-Democrat and WJAC-TV covered the NAACP’s  Martin Luther King Day service hosted by Grove Ave. UMC. Chris Moore of KDKA was the keynote speaker. Read Tribune story and watch video Butler...

2019 Mission Teams Forming

published 1/23/2019
Several opportunities for Western PA volunteers, including young adults and youth, to serve on mission teams have been announced recently.  Three opportunities are available through WPAUMC's Volunteer in Mission program. They include:  Restoring Hope in Louisiana Baton Rouge, LA April 28-May 3, 2019 Most of the parishes in North and South Louisiana were slammed with up to 11 inches of rain, causing rivers to swell and thousands of homes to flood. Help us restore hope to those affected by ...

Camp on the Go!

published 1/23/2019
Camp On the Go! from John Zimmerman on Vimeo. Camp Allegheny's Camp On-the-Go program is looking for partner churches for Summer 2019. Last summer was the first year of the program and it went extremely well, with six different churches, primarily in the Johnstown area, partnering with Camp Allegheny to reach the young families in their community. Camp On-the-Go is a traveling Day Camp program. Camp Allegheny provides resources for every step of the process, from registration forms to parent ...

Churches Hosting MLK Day Services

published 1/18/2019
Update -- Ellwood City service cancelled Several United Methodist churches in Western PA planned to host services celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the weekend of the national holiday honoring him.  Pastor Raphael Koikoi, who serves as the Upper Allegheny Valley Director of Ministry and Community Development, will be the speaker at a 4 p.m., service on Sunday, Jan. 20 at First United Methodist Church in McKeesport. It is sponsored by the Pittsburgh and ...

WPAUMC enews --Jan. 16, 2019

published 1/17/2019
Pray for Zimbabwe: United Methodists in Zimbabwe request prayers for peace amid violence that has taken lives, shuttered businesses and led the government to block the Internet.  Students from Carnegie-Mellon University’s Engineers without Borders group who were at The Nyadire UM Mission returned home on schedule just before the protests.The Mission and its hospital are reportedly unaffected by the unrest. Read UMNS story. 40 Days of Prayer for General Conference: Beginning Tuesday, January 15,...

40 Days of Prayer for GC2019

published 1/15/2019
Beginning January 15, 2019 -- 40 days before the special called session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, local church members throughout Western Pennsylvania are invited to join in praying a special prayer each day until the February 23-26 gathering in St. Louis.  The following prayer was prepared by the Rev. Chris Kindle, WPAUMC Director of Discipleship, for use during the 40 Days of Prayer: p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px 'Franklin Gothic'} p.p2 ...

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