Conference News

WPAUMC enews - July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021
Join Chris Kindle on the GAP Trail! Meet Chris and other supporters of our Camping and Retreat Ministries at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 24 to walk, run or ride all or part of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail between Rockwood and Confluence. It's the first of five Saturday outings that make up the 2021 version of the event formerly known as the Campership Bike-A-Thon. Get details and register.  Leadership Development Series: Dawn Wiggins Hare, the chief executive of the General Commission on the ... read more

WPAUMC enews - July 7, 2021

July 7, 2021
Clergy Communities of Practice will launch in August. CCOPs are designed to help clergy build community, learn together, share ideas and concerns, and support each other. Clergy who have participated in a CCOP say they have been inspired to refresh their preaching, practice new prayer rhythms, use study material in other small group settings and engage in difficult conversations. Groups are offered all around our Conference, and now include two online groups and two focused on innovative ... read more

Living Through 2020: Covered by Prayers and Hats

July 6, 2021
Rev. Martha Orphe, a former Pittsburgh District Superintendent who returned to her native Louisiana to help lead churches through recovery after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, wants to help us pray for the world. Her newly released book Living through 2020: Covered by Prayers and Hats, published by AuthorHouse,  offers a collection of prayers, poems and nearly 100 photos with a message of gratitude that inspired, encouraged and connected those who contributed them to God and their neighbors. At ... read more

WPAUMC enews - June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021
Pray for Our Pastors:  Using familiar words from Ecclesiastes, the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn urges prayer for pastors who will begin a new season in their ministry as they move to new appointments this week. Read her post. See new appointments 2021 Bike-a-Thon Offers Options: Registration is open for the 2021 Campership Walk/Run/Bike-a-Thon to raise funds for the Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching Campaign supporting  WPAUMC’s camps and retreat ministry sites. This year one-day events will be offered ... read more

2021 Bike-A-Thon Offers Walk/Run Options

June 29, 2021
Do you enjoy walking, running or riding a bike? Do you want to help send children and youth to camp? Come be a part of the 2021 Walk/Run/Bike-A-Thon!   After a pandemic hiatus, leaders of WPAUMC's annual Campership Bike-a-Thon have planned five regional events for walkers, runners and bikers who want to raise funds to help children and youth attend one of our Conference camps. Rather than the five-day Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. trek, each event this year is designed so that anyone, ... read more

Leadership Model Pairs Two Bishops, Three Conferences

June 29, 2021
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -- Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) United Methodist leaders in the Susquehanna, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Conferences are preparing to move forward in faith, cooperating in ministry and mission across geographic boundaries as two bishops share leadership of all three areas beginning September 1, 2021.    Bishops Sandra Steiner Ball of West Virginia and ... read more

Bishop: Be Cautious in Re-Opening

June 28, 2021
Although Pennsylvania's mask mandate was lifted on June 28, some businesses and public facilities such as mass transit still require masks. Overall, the latest advice from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Abundant Health Team still applies: Exercise caution and consider the vaccination rate and other conditions in your area and among your congregation in resuming worship and other group activities.  In a May 17 e-mail to church leaders, the Bishop shared guidelines to consider.  Here is the ... read more

WPAUMC enews - June 23, 2021

June 24, 2021
AC2021 Celebrations: During opening worship of the 2021 Annual Conference on Friday, June 18, members at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center and others viewing online celebrated new clergy received into membership: Two Deacons and 17 Elders were ordained; seven Provisional Elders and five Provisional Deacons were commissioned; one Associate Member was received and the orders of four clergy from other denominations recognized and they were received into full membership in the Western PA ... read more

WPAUMC enews - June 16, 2021

June 17, 2021
Annual Conference 2021 gets underway with Opening Worship and the Ordination and Commissioning service at 7 p.m., Friday, June 18 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. The service, along with the Saturday's events --8 a.m. Bible Study, 8:30 official opening plenary session and closing worship with memorial service at 11:30 a.m. -- will be live-streamed through a link at wpaumc.org/AC.  AC Prayer Opportunities: The Conference Prayer Team will support both onsite and virtual prayer ... read more

WPAUMC enews - June 9, 2021

June 10, 2021
Annual Conference Prayer Opportunities: The Annual Conference Prayer Team will offer both in-person and online prayer opportunities as the hybrid Annual Conference session gets underway on Friday, June 18. They’ll also open a Virtual Prayer Room on Thursday evening, June 17 and all day Friday. Get details and see how you can participate. Get Annual Conference updates and watch at wpaumc.org/AC. We're Doing A New Thing! The Cabinets of the West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Susquehanna ... read more

WPAUMC enews - June 2, 2021

June 3, 2021
Pastoral Transitions: Many new appointments were announced this past week in Western PA. If your church will be experiencing a pastoral transition, the Rev. Rick Vance, director of United Methodist Men’s Center for Men’s Ministry, offers some tips for how churches can support both the incoming and outgoing pastor. Read them See 50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Read or download Funeral services will be held Friday at Jennerstown UMC for Cheryl Hildbold,... read more

WPAUMC enews - May 26, 2021

May 27, 2021
This week’s enews was delayed due to a power outage from Wednesday’s storm.  AC2021 Updates: To receive a ballot for voting you must register for Annual Conference before May 31. If you did not receive the registration link mailed on May 6 or a reminder last week and believe you should have, email conferencesecretary@wpaumc.org. Get details on AC2021  Walking for EUMA: Kurt Crays, the executive director of the Erie UM Alliance, his daughter Cora, and several other EUMA supporters are walking to ... read more

WPAUMC enews - May 19, 2021

May 20, 2021
AC2021 Updates: Conference Secretary John Wilson sent an email to all voting members of the annual conference reminding them to register as soon as possible. To receive a ballot for voting you must register before May 31. If you did not receive the registration link on May 6 or a reminder earlier this week and believe you should have, email conferencesecretary@wpaumc.org. Get details on AC2021 Annual Conferences Go Online or Hybrid: Rev. Alan Morrison, chair of our Conference Sessions Team is ... read more

WPAUMC enews - May 12, 2021

May 13, 2021
Meet our Regional Coordinators: Two laywomen and two clergywomen have been selected to coordinate our Regional Staff Pilot Project in two areas of the Conference. The regional leadership model is designed to get back to the basics of the Christian faith -- Loving God and Loving Neighbor-- through local church ministries. Learn more Transforming Evangelism: The Conference Evangelism Team has funded a limited number of seats for WPA laity to take the online “Transforming Evangelism” class that ... read more

Introducing Our Regional Staff Coordinators

May 12, 2021
Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, Conference Director of Connectional Ministries, has announced the names of the clergy and laity who will serve as regional Conference staff in an experimental leadership model designed to get back to the basics of Christian faith -- Loving God and Loving Neighbor--through local church ministries. "As the Director of Connectional Ministries who will be supervising our Regional Staff Pilot Project, and as a member of the Sustainability Task Force which developed this new ... read more

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