Conference News

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Jan. 18-25

January 8, 2020
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25, 2020. It’s a time to remember Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17.21). The 2020 theme, “They showed us unusual kindness," is based on Acts 28:2.  During the week, congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services -- and there's something special planned at Sharon First United Methodist Church on ... read more

A Statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

January 3, 2020
I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  ---- John 17:21  As one of our pastors has often said to me, “Bishop, sometimes unity takes on different forms.”  And sometimes to reach unity it takes time, repeated failures, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, ... read more

Diverse Groups Agree on UMC Separation Protocol

January 3, 2020
A 16-member group representing United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world have proposed an agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was reached on December 17, 2019 and announced today. The document’s signers include individuals from Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and the United States, ... read more

Calendar Offers Ways to Help EUMA

January 2, 2020
Edinboro United Methodist Church has launched its annual collection of items for the Erie United Methodist Alliance (EUMA) using a Collection Calendar the church created in collaboration with EUMA. "This is a really fun, family-friendly way to provide practical help to veterans and families who are experiencing homelessness in our area and are being served by EUMA," said Erica Rushing, ministry coordinator at Edinboro UMC. "It's also incredibly easy to do! Throughout the years, we've found that... read more

A Prayer for the New Year 2020

January 1, 2020
At the start of each year, members of the Western Pennsylvania-East German Conference Partnership offer a Prayer for the New Year. It is available in both German and English.  The prayer is prepared in alternate years by a member of the partnership committee in Germany or in Western PA so that congregations in both areas can unite in prayer on the first Sunday of the year or another Sunday in January.  It may also be used by individuals or groups as the Spirit leads.  The 2020 prayer was ... read more

GC2020 Delegation December '19 Report

December 22, 2019
The Western Pennsylvania General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation met on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Slippery Rock United Methodist Church.   During the opening worship service, delegates paused to remember the lives of the Rev. Paul Taylor, retired Pittsburgh District Superintendent, and Brady Hunker, a college student who was active with the Conference Youth Ministry Team.  Memorial services for both were being held the same day.   Alyce Weaver Dunn, Chair, presented an ... read more

WPAUMC enews -- Dec. 18, 2019

December 19, 2019
As we celebrate the birth of Christ and the beginning of a new year, the Western PA United Methodist Conference Center will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. The e-news will resume on Jan. 8, 2020. We wish you a blessed Christmas!   A Christmas Message from the Council of Bishops explores what it means for followers of Jesus in the United Methodist Church to walk together in the light of the Lord. Read the letter. Olmsted Christmas Album: See the photos of the rooms at Olmsted Manor Retreat ... read more

WPAUMC enews -- Dec. 11, 2019

December 12, 2019
Refuge Christmas Story: An estimated 2.5 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren. The Erie UM Alliance’s Refuge came to the rescue of one grandma and four grandchildren. They are in their own home now. EUMA’s Executive Director Kurt Crays shared Diana’s compelling story.  Living Christmas Tree Concerts: The Meadville Tribune ran a story about the Living Christmas Tree performances at Trinity UMC in Conneaut Lake, which have become a tradition in the area. See photos and story. ... read more

Churches Decorate Olmsted Manor for Christmas

December 9, 2019
Volunteers from several Kane District churches pitched in to deck the halls (and rooms) of Olmsted Manor Retreat Center for the Christmas season. Their efforts were appreciated by many visitors who were welcomed for afternoon Open Houses Dec. 1 and 8.  Grace Lenox coordinated the effort She has worked with Olmsted staff on decorating the Manor House since her husband, the Rev J. Patrick Lenox, became Kane District Superintendent in 2014. This year, she invited some district churches to get ... read more

WPAUMC enews -- Dec. 4, 2019

December 5, 2019
Funeral Services for Rev. Paul D. Taylor, former Pittsburgh District Superintendent, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Grace UMC in Coal Center. Clergy are invited to wear stoles to the service. See obituary  Bishop Elected to Christian Associates Post: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has been elected to serve as president of Christian Associates of Southwestern PA, effective January 1, 2020. She currently is vice-president of the ecumenical organization whose board includes leaders of... read more

Parks' New CD "Feels Like Home"

December 4, 2019
Tara Park, whose music ministry has been a blessing to the Western PA Conference for over 25 years, and her husband Eric, the Butler District Superintendent, have released a new music CD entitled “Feels Like Home!” It includes eleven original songs along with three of their favorite hymns of faith, reimagined with evocative instrumentation.   Every dollar raised from the sale of the CDs, which are $10 each, will go directly to support the “Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching” campaign supporting ... read more

Bishop Elected Christian Associates President

December 3, 2019
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has been elected to serve as president of Christian Associates of Southwestern PA, effective January 1, 2020. She currently serves as vice-president of the ecumenical organization whose board includes leaders of denominations or organizations represented in 10 Southwestern PA counties.  “I am excited to welcome Bishop Moore-Koikoi as our next president! Her election comes at a pivotal time: Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania will celebrate our 50th ... read more

Mission Volunteer Opportunities

December 3, 2019
Mission Volunteers are individuals or couples (ages 18 and up) who seek long-term partnerships with communities around the world. Mission Volunteer opportunities are diverse and range from working with refugees, children and youth, serving as a teacher, pastor, camp director or health care professional. The length of service ranges from two months to more than two years.   Current Mission Volunteer placement openings with immediate need: Nepal- United Mission to Nepal Tansen Tutorial Group, a ... read more

A Season of Gratitude

November 28, 2019
From Resource UMC "Gratitude is at the heart of the Christian faith," says the Rev. Kent Millard, president of United Theological Seminary. While every day should be a day of thanksgiving to God, the seven weeks encompassing the Thanksgiving (U.S.), Advent and Christmas seasons call for a special outpouring of gratitude. A calendar of suggestions for daily acts of gratitude and kindness appeared in the  in the November 2019 issue of InFocus magazine for local church leaders. Download the ... read more

WPAUMC enews -- Nov. 20, 2019

November 21, 2019
There will be no eNews during Thanksgiving Week. We will pause to give thanks for many  blessings and pray for those struggling during this season.    Foundation Honors Beattys: The United Methodist Foundation of Western PA honored longtime Jumonville President Larry Beatty and his wife Jaye Beatty with its Founders' Day Award. It was presented during a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 15. Read more Pittsburgh Creche: The Christian Leaders Fellowship, an ecumenical group of bishops and denominational ... read more

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