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 ...

Nyadire Mission School Aids Hearing Impaired

published 5/13/2014
By Vicki Brown* The 27 deaf or hearing impaired students at the Nyadire Primary School in Zimbabwe have found more than an education at The United Methodist Church mission near Mutoko. The children and their parents have found hope. “Now I can do what other kids can do. I thank God!” said Maclean Masimo, one of the students. Her grandmother said the program has been life-changing for Maclean. “I did not know how to handle my child as I did not where to go with her. Coming to Nyadire and ...

AC2014 Stop Hunger Effort Yields 44,600 Meals

published 5/7/2014
In downtime during the 2014 Western PA Annual Conference packed 44,670 meals for Stop Hunger Now, nearly 20,000 more than during the 2013 annual conference session.  Every day, an estimated 25,000 people across the world die from hunger and related illnesses. To address the situation in a hands-on way, our Conference partnered with Stop Hunger Now, the international relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to countries in need around the world. “...

UM Women Ready to Make It Happen!

published 4/29/2014
By Jackie Campbell Fifty-two United Methodist Women from Western PA were among the nearly 7,000 from all over the world gathered in Louisville, KY April 25-27 for Assembly 2014. The event included inspiring worship,music by a diverse all-female band, many workshops, a march in support of a living wage, and a Saturday address by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a lifelong United Methodist. UMW Board President Yvette Kim Richards introduced Clinton as “a daughter of The ...

Thanks for Helping Us Imagine No Malaria!

published 4/25/2014
Today on World Malaria Day, Imagine No Malaria moved forward with plans to distribute nearly 400,000 life-saving insecticide-treated bed nets in the Bo District of Sierra Leone on June 5, 2014. Trained volunteers plan to distribute nets door-to-door, as well as educate people how to use and maintain them properly. Such efforts have made a big difference. “We know this ministry is working,” said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, who chairs the United Methodist Global Health Initiative. “In the past ...

Wagner to Lead Congregational Development

published 4/16/2014
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has announced that the Rev. Amy Wagner, pastor of Coraopolis United Methodist Church, will be appointed to the Conference staff as Director of Congregational Development, effective July 1.  She’ll step into the post currently held by the Rev. Jim Walker, who will move to Oakland, CA to serve an urban congregation. “We are very excited about Amy Wagner’s appointment to the Congregational Development office.  Amy brings a passionate desire to see congregations thrive in...

Orientation to Ministry Scheduled for June 7

published 4/15/2014
An Orientation to Ministry, sponsored by the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2014 in Rathburn Hall at Grove City College.   Two tracks are offered:  Track A:  9:30-noon:  The Orientation is a requirement for anyone pursuing licensed or ordained ministry.  However, this initial gathering is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the various types of set-apart ministry that exist within the United Methodist Church.  Information will be ...

Imagine No Malaria Hits 80% of Goal

published 4/14/2014
United Methodists are 80 percent of the way toward reaching their goal of raising $75 million to end deaths from malaria in Africa by 2015, according to an announcement from Imagine No Malaria leaders. In the past year alone, the people of The United Methodist Church have made contributions and pledges of more than $28 million, boosting the total raised to more than $60 million. In the coming weeks, five annual (regional) conferences will launch fundraising efforts, joining 19 other active ...

Bishop, Churches Respond to School Stabbings

published 4/9/2014
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton called upon all people of faith to be in prayer for the students and families of Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, where 21 students and one adult were stabbed as the school day began. Police said a 16-year-old sophomore was tackled and disarmed by an assistant principal and security guard and taken into custody.  The injured were taken to several area hospitals.  At least four required surgery, among them a member of First United Methodist Church in ...

Camps, Olmsted Invite Clergy for Easter Renewal

published 4/8/2014
Lent and Holy week are times of focus, fasting, preparation, and introspection. On Easter Sunday, our spirits are uplifted as we remember the resurrection and the new life that comes with it. This season brings a sense of renewal for the coming seasons.   This is true for many of us in the pews; however the exhaustion, stress, and anxiety of work that is done in this season leaves many of our clergy feeling drained and run down. Post-Holy week is the perfect time to encourage your Pastor to take...

Mt. Lebanon Missionary Serving with Refugees in Jordan

published 3/24/2014
By Jackie Campbell Grace Killian, a member of Mt. Lebanon UMC who until mid-March was a mission intern in Israel/Palestine, will serve the next few months at a Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan. She will work at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church's Ministry to Syrian Refugees at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, about 15km from the Syrian border. Nearly 107,000 refugees are living at the camp. Grace was serving with the Wi'am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center when her tourist visa ...

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