Olmsted Offers Funds for Israel/Palestine Journey

published 10/1/2014
Olmsted Manor has activated The Perry Trust for Educational Travel to offer scholarships for clergy and spouses  to travel to Palestine and Israel from March 2-12, 2015 along with students from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and laity from Shadyside Presbyterian Church. The trip is offered in cooperation with the seminary and the World Mission Initiative.  The trip will be led by Dr. Steven Tuell, the James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and ...

Dunbar Flood Disaster Response Work Complete

published 9/23/2014
Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Calvin Cook reported Sept. 23 that the response work in the Fayette County community of Dunbar has been completed.  At least 25 homes were affected when Dunbar Creek overflowed its banks on Aug. 23. The Rev. Terry Teluch, pastor of Uniontown Larger Parish, which includes two Dunbar churches, was a daily presence as residents requested help and teams worked on nine homes, Cook said.  “The flooding had an effect on the entire downtown area of Dunbar,” ...

Edinboro UMC Launches Speaker Series

published 9/16/2014
If you ask 100 people about how faith impacts their lives you will get 100 different answers. We often think that faith only plays a part in our Sunday morning schedules or in how often we say our prayers. But faith is a dynamic force behind so many of the decisions we make and the ways in which we approach obstacles that occur in our lives. With this in mind, the Edinboro United Methodist Church (EUMC) has scheduled a six-part speakers' series to dig deeper into the interaction of faith and…   ...

Students Raising Funds for Zimbabwe Clinics

published 9/8/2014
By Jackie Campbell Two United Methodist college students from the Pittsburgh area have launched an online campaign to raise $30,000 to help rebuild the rural Nyahuku health clinic in northeastern Zimbabwe. Natalie Geer, a junior at Ohio Wesleyan College, and Jessi Mazzoni, a senior at Allegheny College, said that if they reach their goal, they’ll take the 2014 Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge into the frigid waters of the Allegheny River in December. Jessi, a member of Dutilh UMC in Cranberry ...

New York Bishop Martin McLee Dies

published 9/7/2014
United Methodist Bishop Martin D. McLee, 58, who has served the New York Area since his election to the episcopacy in 2012, died on Saturday, Sept. 6. He had been on leave due to illness since July. Known as a champion of marginalized people, Bishop McLee was superintendent of the Metro Boston Hope District of the New England Conference before being elected a bishop. He was a native of Brooklyn, New York. Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton asked for “thoughtful and earnest prayers for the family of ...

Struchen Seminary Scholarship Fund Established

published 9/5/2014
Family and friends of a retired Western PA elder, the Rev. Donald Struchen have established the Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. It recognizes Struchen's "outstanding ministry and significant contributions to the church and our world," according to a press release from Garrett-Evangelical.  A graduate of Garrett Biblical Institute (1948), one of the three institutions that formed Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Struchen has been in ...

Books Benefit Zim Libraries, Imagine No Malaria

published 9/2/2014
By Jackie Campbell Eleven members of The Nyadire Connection (TNC) spent a recent Saturday sorting and boxing about 30,000 children’s books that will be sent to libraries in Zimbabwe. The books were donated or gathered by Western PA United Methodists this summer from their homes, public libraries, school libraries, a bookstore and Brother's Brother Foundation. Joan Bowser of Faith UMC in Delmont coordinated the TNC collection. In addition, to the opportunity to provide books, the collection ...

Fire Damages Pittsburgh Hill Top Church

published 8/29/2014
“It’s pretty devastating, but God is bigger than any fire,” the Rev. Sue Hutchins told the news media after a three-alarm fire burned through the roof of Hill Top United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh’s Allentown neighborhood.  The blaze, which broke out shortly after 4 p.m., August 28,  “was caused by workers who were using propane torches to repair the roof and gutters,”according to a Pittsburgh Public Safety Department news release.  “The fire caused heavy damage to the roof structure and ...

AC2014 Stop Hunger Meals Go To Haiti

published 8/27/2014
Stop Hunger Now has reported that 44,600 meals packed by volunteers at the 2014 Western PA Annual Conference have been shipped in a container filled with a total of 285,120 meals from the organization's Philadelphia warehouse to Haiti. "These meals will be distributed through our partners, The YouthBuild Haiti Rebuilding Academy (YHRA). The YouthBuild Haiti Rebuilding Academy (YHRA) is a five-year initiative designed to improve the livelihood prospects of Haitian youth and mobilize young people...

Walmart Helps Connellsville Ministries Fight Hunger

published 8/20/2014
The Walmart Foundation awarded the Connellsville Area Community Ministries $35,000 to help CACM continue its mission to feed the hungry in Fayette County. The grant, announced recently, was used to purchase a new, larger delivery truck that will be used to transport fresh fruit and vegetables for the people CACM serves. “Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have a mission to fight hunger, especially in the communities where we operate,” said Jack Yard, Connellsville Walmart Store Manager. “...

WPAUMC Youth, Adults Join Zimbabweans for Ebenezer Celebration

published 8/13/2014
UPDATE: The Western PA contingent of youth, leaders and Zimbabwe Immersion Program participants returned home on Thursday, Aug. 21.   A contingent of about 30 United Methodists from Western PA joined up to 50,000 others for the three-day Ebenezer revival in Harare, Zimbabwe, from August   This year the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area (ZEA) celebrates 117 years of Methodist ministry in the southern Africa nation and the Ebenezer event in the National Sports Stadium drew 15,000 the first day and built to...

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 ...

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