Missionary Requests Prayer for Peace in Jerusalem

published 11/18/2014
Conference missionary Tina Whitehead of Oakmont UMC is in the Holy Land, where tensions have been escalating in East Jerusalem.  She asks for prayers for peace and sent the following report of what she has experienced. I’ve been in Jerusalem for one month now and should have written long ago.  Where to start?  At present, the situation is very tense in East Jerusalem and has been since July.  While the world was focused on Gaza this summer, life in Jerusalem became more and more difficult.  ...

Conference Evangelist Named My Hope Coordinator

published 11/12/2014
Conference Evangelist John Zimmerman has been selected as the Pennsylvania coordinator for My Hope with Billy Graham. Regional coordinators were named across the nation this year to encourage local pastors in their efforts to share the Gospel. The My Hope organization on Nov. 7 released a new film called “Heaven,” which includes a never-before-seen message from Billy Graham that was filmed last year at his home in Montreat, N.C., as well as the impactful stories of writer and speaker Laurie ...

Bishops Issue Statement on Human Sexuality; Call for Prayer

published 11/7/2014
Oklahoma City, Okla.: The Council of Bishops has issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing their diverse perspectives and calling the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer, both for their leaders and for one another. The statement reads: As bishops of The United Methodist Church, our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the church.  We have been in constant prayer and conversation and affirm our consecration vow “to guard the faith, to seek ...

Crossroads Launches Campus in Weirton, WVA

published 10/29/2014
By Jackie Campbell Crossroads UMC officially launched a new campus on Oct. 25, something not all that unusual for the small-group-based congregation that developed a multi-site strategy about nine years ago. But this time the campus is in a different state and a different annual conference.  It’s in the city of Weirton, West Virginia—about 25 miles due west of Crossroads’ North Fayette campus near Greater Pittsburgh Airport. The groundwork for the launch was done over several months by Barry ...

Students Raise $40,000 for Zimbabwe Clinics

published 10/29/2014
By Jackie Campbell Two United Methodist college students from the Pittsburgh area have raised $40,084 through a seven-week online campaign to help rebuild the rural Nyahuku health clinic in northeastern Zimbabwe. Because they surpassed their $30,000 goal, Natalie Geer, a junior at Ohio Wesleyan College, and Jessi Mazzoni, a senior at Allegheny College, will take the 2014 Pittsburgh Polar Bear Plunge into the frigid waters of the Allegheny River in December -- and they'll be shouting out the ...

Strengthening Black Church Event Set for Oct. 31-Nov. 1

published 10/22/2014
The Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen, national director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21), will speak to leaders from multi-racial and African-American congregations in Western PA at a seminar Oct. 31-Nov. 1.  It will begin at 3 p.m., Friday, and run through Nov. 1 at the Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry Twp.   The intent is to assist leaders with strengthening churches in Western PA, said the Rev. William B. Meekins, Jr., assistant to the Bishop, who organized the event.    ...

Enlow to Retire from Jumonville

published 10/20/2014
Being in charge of all of the programming at Jumonville requires energy, patience, motivation, and a strong desire to serve the Lord. Ree Enlow has all of that in spades. For over twenty-five years, Enlow has been planning, directing, counseling, and coordinating everything from programming, to risk management, to staff training at the camp. Though her official title is Director of Program Services, she also serves as the camp nurse, camp store manager, and Challenge Course manager. As if all ...

Kephart Church Celebrates 100

published 10/15/2014
It's 1914.  Woodrow Wilson is in the White House; the Boston Braves and Philadelphia Athletics are in the World Series; lucky drivers are in $200 Model T's and the members of the Fawcett Avenue United Brethren Church are finally in their new house of worship.         On October 19, 2014 at 10:30 am, members and friends of the now Kephart United Methodist Church will hold a special service to mark the centennial of their church and parsonage.  Pastor Deborah Kociban and retired pastor John K. ...

Protecting your identity is a full time job!

published 10/14/2014
Last year it was Target. More recently, it was Home Depot. Now, Kmart has experienced a credit card data breach. Protecting your identity has become an issue that everyone needs to make a priority. The problem is that most of us do not have the time, the knowledge, the skills, or the technology to monitor our personal information around the clock. Many times, victims don’t even realize that their identity has been stolen until months or years later. The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates ...

Ministry Goes to the Dogs at First UMC, Johnstown

published 10/13/2014
By Leslie Uriss Spehar The music ministry at First UMC in Johnstown has gone to the dogs. Though the female responsible isn’t saying a word, everyone else is quick to sing her praises. Emmy, a 9-year-old Scottish terrier, has been part of the church choir for several years. It all started one Easter morning when Tom Ferguson, the church organist and bell choir director, had to be at church very early for a sunrise service.       Realizing that he would be away from home until later that ...

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 ...

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