WPAUMC Group Focused on Peace, Justice in Palestine

published 8/11/2014
Eleven Western PA United Methodists who attended the Walking With Palestinian Christians conference at Ginghamsburg UMC in Ohio have committed themselves to working in their churches and the Conference to share the message of the untold suffering of all Arabs, including Christians in Israel and Palestine. The two day conference, co-sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries and the Ginghamsburg UMC, centered on education and United Methodist relations with the Palestinian Christian ...

Young People Call for UMC Unity

published 7/23/2014
MANILA, Philippines July 20, 2014/GBOD* – United Methodist young people from around the world have urged leaders of the denomination to “seek solutions that promote our global unity” and not be divided by issues such as homosexuality. The Global Young People's Convocation & Legislative Assembly, attended by more than 300 young people and observers, including four delegates from Western PA, adopted the unity statement the night before ending its quadrennial gathering with a worship service ...

Church Reaches Out with Banana Splits

published 7/16/2014
On Tuesday evening in Oil City, members of Grace UMC grabbed buckets of ice cream, bananas and toppings and set up 160-feet of banana splits to share with anyone who came by.  It was the second year for the Banana Split Extravaganza, which last year drew about 250. This year not quite as many came, but the Rev. Byron Myers said it was still well worth the effort. “We have been doing these kinds of things for several years because we want to create events that give us a chance to meet the people...

WPAUMC Mission Fellows, Youth, Young Adults in Philippines During Typhoon

published 7/16/2014
Forty-two young adults from 11 countries, including two from Western PA, were gathered in Tagaytay in the Philippines to get ready for service as Generation Transformation Global Mission Fellows when Typhoon Rammasun, known locally as Glenda hit. The group, along with delegates to the Global Young People's Convention, including for from WPAUMC, initially sheltered in place when the typhoon hit, but damage forced a move to Island Cove near Manila. The event was to open today.  Polly Zilhaver ...

Ridgway Flood Cleanup: Unfolded

published 6/25/2014
After flash flooding hit Ridgway, Pa., on March 21, Trinity UMC, which was not affected by the flooding, became the center of United Methodist disaster response efforts. Trinity's pastor provided this description of the efforts and an update on the current situation.  By Rev. Roger Peterson The evening of May 21st, as the flood waters of the Clarion River receded, Lance Tucker, pastor of First UMC in DuBois who coordinated the 2013 flood response there, arrived with a trailer full of flood ...

Annual Conference 2014 Wrap-Up

published 6/11/2014
By Jackie Campbell Against the backdrop of fishing nets and a dock, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and other speakers at the Western PA Annual Conference emphasized the need to be Drawn Deeper beneath surface issues and beyond ourselves to seek and follow God’s will in our lives. In the opening worship, Bishop Bickerton used the story from John 4 of the Samaritan woman at the well to illustrate how Jesus reached out in love across traditional boundaries regardless of the cultural rules. Followers ...

Unstoppable Young Women Organize Summer Retreat

published 6/11/2014
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25   A group of young United Methodist women have coordinated Unstoppable, a summer retreat to bring women from ninth grade to age 25 together to worship, serve the community, learn about important issues in our world, and to have fun! Unstoppable will be held at Grove City College from 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 until 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014.   In 2012, the United Methodist Women (UMW) sent ...

Bridge Elected Conference Treasurer

published 6/5/2014
Larry Bridge, a former corporate financial executive who joined the Conference staff as controller in 2007, was elected as Conference Treasurer by members of the 2014 Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference. Bridge has been serving as interim treasurer since Patricia Morris retired in October, 2014. "I am grateful to you for placing this significant trust in me," Bridge told the Conference members. "We will seek as a Conference Center staff to serve you to the best of our abilities so that we ...

South Georgia Bishop King Preaches at AC2014

published 6/4/2014
Bishop James R. King, Jr., episcopal leader of the South Georgia Conference, was guest preacher for the 2014 Western PA Annual Conference June 5-8 at Grove City College.  Bishop King preached at the Friday evening worship service and during the commissioning of new clergy on Saturday.  Bishop King was nurtured in faith at his hometown church, Pleasant Grove UMC in Ashland, Alabama. After answering God’s call to ministry, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Clark College and a Master of ...

Allegheny College Offers Discount to Clergy Children

published 5/28/2014
Allegheny College has announced that it will offer a 50 percent discount on tuition to children of clergy under full time appointment, as well as children of retired or deceased full-time elders or deacons. The discount will take effect with the 2015-16 academic year and apply to the class entering that year.   The recently adopted Allegheny College Ministerial Discount Policy:  Applies to unmarried legally dependent children under age 24 of UMC Elders or Deacons in full connection, good ...

Disaster Response Teams Needed in Ridgway

published 5/23/2014
Updated 5/28/2014 Conference Disaster Response coordinators have issued a call for volunteer teams to help muck out, sanitize and and do "triage repair" on about 20 homes in the Ridgway area that were affected by flash flooding last Wednesday, May 21. The Red Cross in the area has been working with homes where utilities have been affected and referred others to Trinity UMC in Ridgway for assessment to determine what response is needed, according to the Conference Disaster Response ...

Youth Clean Up Park Just in Time for Big Event

published 5/22/2014
From Behind the Pew, I’m Here for You was the slogan on the T-shirts worn by youth volunteers from Port Marion UM Church who helped clean up a community park that had been vandalized in time for the Albert Gallatin Regatta, the biggest event of the year in Point Marion. “It’s a big deal here in town,” longtime resident Diane Watson told the Uniontown Herald-Standard newspaper. “From what I understand, it’s the worst vandalism they’ve had down there.” Watson, who chairs the church council on ...

College Honors UM Foundation's Leasure

published 5/14/2014
The Rev. Frederick H. Leasure, who retires this year as executive director of the United Methodist Foundation of Western PA, was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree by West Virginia Wesleyan College at its commencement May 10.  The degree recognizes Leasure's exceptional life-long contributions and commitment to faith, service, and The United Methodist Church. After graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan and completing post-graduate work at the Theological School of Drew University, Leasure ...

Spotlight on Camping: Jumonville

published 5/14/2014
This week the focus is on Jumonville near Uniontown, PA. At Jumonville everyone is excited about both the classic camps that have been a part of the the place for years, and the events that are new and keeping things fresh.  If you love sports then Elementary Sports Camp with Tim Piper is the place to be. Jumonville's sports events feature a well-rounded camp program with both basic instruction and time to play. Careful attention is paid to age-group abilities and interests. Typical Sports ...

UMW Awards Christian Vocation Scholarships

published 5/14/2014
The Conference United Methodist Women announced three winners of the Scholarship for Christian Vocation given this spring. They are: Michael Airgood, Nicole Crouch and Samantha Penwell. Michael Airgood has returned this week from Ukraine, where he was a General Board of Global Ministries Missionary working with a student ministry in L'viv. . Michael will attend the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while serving as pastor of Pine Run UMC in Clairton PA. Nicole Crouch graduated from college in ...

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