Conference News

Partnership Offers 2019 Advent Devotional

November 19, 2019
United Methodists in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Germany have completed their 2019 Advent Devotional in English and German, which can be downloaded and copied.  Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. The entries for each day contain scripture and the devotional thoughts in both English and German. Some Western PA clergy and laity, as well as Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, are among those who contributed meditations. The partnership, formed in 1988 before the fall of the Berlin Wall, has been... read more

Foundation Honors Beattys

November 18, 2019
The United Methodist Foundation of Western PA honored longtime Jumonville President Larry Beatty and his wife Jaye Beatty with its Founders' Day Award at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 15. The Beattys retired in the Spring of 2019 after 37 years of service at the camp and retreat center, recognizable to many for the Great Cross of Christ which sits atop the mountain and can be seen from miles away. "Larry and Jaye have had a significant impact upon the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference through... read more

WPAUMC enews -- Nov. 13, 2019

November 15, 2019
Fire Damages Punxsutawney Church: The state police fire marshal was investigating the cause of a four-alarm fire that broke out Monday evening Nov. 11 at Albion Heights UMC in Punxsutawney. The blaze severely damaged a wood frame addition to the back of the red brick church, built in 1905. There were no injuries reported. Read more A Celebration of Life Service was held on Sunday at Calvary UMC in Pittsburgh for the Rev. Bob Richards, former Franklin DS, the first pastor of Charter Oak UMC, and ... read more

Fire Damages Punxsutawney Church

November 11, 2019
No injuries were reported in a four-alarm fire that broke out early Monday evening, Nov. 11 at Albion Heights United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney and severely damaged a wood frame addition to the back of the red brick church. The church was built in 1905.  Punxsutawney Fire Dept. photos "The fire was kept out of the sanctuary and we removed as much as we could from it," Punxsutawney Fire Chief Bryan Smith said in a Facebook post thanking all who came out to assist in fighting the blaze. ... read more

GC2020 Delegation Report

November 11, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation met on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the United Methodist Conference Center, with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi as a special guest for the morning session.   Bishop Moore-Koikoi shared a message and presided over the sacrament of Holy Communion at the opening worship service.  The Bishop then shared information about what has been happening around the denomination as General Conference 2020 approaches.  A question and answer... read more

WPAUMC enews --Nov. 6, 2019

November 7, 2019
Looking for an intern? Apply now to provide field education for a Wesley Theological Seminary student this summer. To be approved as an internship site, a clergy person and lay person must be willing to meet with and mentor a student weekly. Wesley will advertise potential sites to their students if they receive your material by early December. If selected, you can join in the Conference's larger seminary internship program where funding, orientation and support are provided. For information, ... read more

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 30, 2019

October 31, 2019
Daylight Saving Time Ending: Unless you want to be very early for church on Sunday, turn your clocks back before turning in Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.  Connellsville Ministries Burglarized: Someone threw a rock through front door glass at Connellsville Area Community Ministries early Sunday morning and removed a donation jar and safe, among other things. “Please join us in prayer for those who committed the crime. They are obviously in a difficult ... read more

Beware of Email Scams!

October 30, 2019
Because of a recent increase in spoofed emails, your Conference Communications Team wants to remind you of the following information: Spoofing is when the sender’s name and/or email are altered to hide its true origin. Phishing emails try to entice you into disclosing personal information, such as your username, password or bank account details. These practices are used by virus and spam authors to make their emails look legitimate and lure people into clicking on links, downloading ... read more

Connellsville Community Ministries Burglarized

October 28, 2019
Someone threw a brick through front door glass at Connellsville Area Community Ministries (CACM) early on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 27 and removed a donation jar and a safe, among other things. CACM is one of the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference's six regional mission agencies. “Please join us in prayer for those who committed the crime. They are obviously in a difficult place and need help,” said a CACM Facebook post on Sunday.  On Monday evening, John Batronis, 54, of ... read more

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 23, 2019

October 24, 2019
Methodist Tower Mural: Methodist Towers, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded by the First United Methodist Church in downtown Erie, is the canvas for a spectacular 8-story-tall mural portraying resident Rudy Daniels, 71. The work by renowned Miami-based street artist Evoca2 (Elio Mercado) was completed recently. Read more and see photos Health Insurance Rates: The 2020 cost of health insurance for clergy appointed full-time to the local church will be $1413.00 per month or $16,956.00. That’s... read more

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 16, 2019

October 16, 2019
Farewell, Jessica Gamache! Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries Coordinator Jessica Gamache has accepted a position as Director of the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association, effective November 4. Learn more See Camping Coordinator Job Posting at Appointment Change: The first appointment announcement of the “new” season is more of an adjustment than a change. The Rev. Chris Kindle will serve as associate pastor at Concord UMC while continuing to ... read more

Ethnic Clergy Gather for Retreat

October 15, 2019
Fifteen members of the WPAUMC Ethnic Clergy Caucus gathered October 14-15 for a retreat at the Hilton Garden Inn, Cranberry Township, PA. heard the Rev. Dr. Kendrick Weaver discuss the meditative practices of Jesus.  Dr. Weaver, who is himself a contemporary mystic, drew on scripture, the writings of Howard Thurman, and his own book Meditate like Jesus: Uncover the Meditative practices of Jesus, in his presentation. In addition to his teaching, he led the clergy  through meditative practice ... read more

Gamache To Lead UMC Camping Group

October 10, 2019
Jessica Gamaché, camping coordinator for the Western PA Annual Conference, has accepted a position as Director of the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association, effective November 4.  The position is new, made possible by a foundation grant awarded last spring.  Jessica was recommended by the Director Search Task Force after a 3 ½-month process that began with more than 300 initial applicants, was narrowed to 50 who completed essays and video requirements, and ended after three ... read more

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 9, 2019

October 9, 2019
Deadline for Mission Support Grants Near! The deadline to apply for Mission Support Grants is October 21. Grant amounts vary, with half of the funds designated for WPAUMC Regional Mission Agencies. The remaining grants are available for new outreach ministries started by local churches; ongoing local church outreach ministries; mission churches, and outreach ministries of ecumenical agencies affiliated with UMC.  An evaluation form must be submitted if the applicant received a grant in 2019. ... read more

WPAUMC enews --Oct. 2, 2019

October 2, 2019
Whew! Despite 96 degree temperatures on the C&O Canal trail, our 27 Campership Bike-a-Thon cyclists and support team made it to Hancock, MD today. Two more days to go on the 315-mile trek--with slightly cooler weather predicted. The team includes Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Pittsburgh DS Dawn Hand and several pastors. Support them with daily prayer and donations. Learn more Camping Sunday: Whether you have a rider in the Bike-a-Thon or not, local churches are encouraged to celebrate Camping ... read more

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