Wesley Woods Announces Program Changes

published 10/3/2018
After about a year of prayer and discernment, the Wesley Woods is making some changes in its camping ministry programs, including an end to the on-site horse program, a program overhaul for the 2019 summer camping season, and a partnership with Game Changers Sports Ministry. "Through this process, we have realized we are at a crossroads," Camp Director Nate Greenway said in a press release Tuesday. "As such, the board and staff together have made some decisions about the direction, mission and ...

Zilhaver to Respond at Judicial Council Hearing

published 10/3/2018
Connellsville District Superintendent Bob Zilhaver will travel to Switzerland in late October to offer a response during the United Methodist Judicial Council’s hearing on a request from the Council of Bishops (COB) for a decision on the "constitutionality, meaning, application and effect" of two paragraphs in the Book of Discipline dealing with involuntary change of status for clergy.  The paragraphs were added to the Book of Discipline by the 2016 General Conference acting on legislation ...

Changing Lives for 12 Years!

published 10/2/2018
--By Elsa Zollars**-- It has been 12 years since Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park commissioned a Volunteers-in-Mission team to visit the United Methodist Mission in Nyadire, Zimbabwe. In addition to identifying the needs of the once well-functioning Nyadire Hospital, the team visited the Home of Hope Orphanage (HOH) on the mission. Once they were back in Pittsburgh, The Nyadire Connection (TNC) was born. The group’s goal was to address some of the identified needs of both the ...

WPA Leadership Table Focuses on Vision

published 10/2/2018
When the Conference Connectional Leadership Table met for the first time on Sept. 17 under a new leadership team and a new Director of Connectional Ministry, the focus was on vision. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi asked the group to engage in a process of "upgrading" the Vision of the Annual Conference in the coming year in order to more effectively allow the Conference to provide the resources for the local churches and communities to fulfill the mission of "making disciples of Jesus Christ for ...

WPAUMC enews --Sept. 26, 2018

published 9/27/2018
See All the People: You can still register for one of this weekend’s #SeeAllthePeople events with Jorge Acevedo. Choose from Friday, Sept. 28 at Glenwood UMC in Erie or Saturday, Sept. 29 at Crossroads UMC’s North Fayette Campus. Click the session/date on the calendar at wpaumc.org/events for details or to register.   PREACH Gets Good Reviews: Thanks to Dutilh UMC for hosting WPAUMC’s PREACH event this week. Check out the photos and comments on our Facebook page.   Erie-Meadville DS Installation...

Seminary Interns Bring Unexpected Blessings

published 9/25/2018
Three seminary students served at churches in Western PA over the summer as part of an internship program that also included college interns. (See Internships Help to Define Ministry Calls) The program was funded through an ongoing partnership between the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Cabinet. Students went through an application and interview process before being matched with a church based upon their gifts and the sort of experience they were seeking.    Megan Miles of Coalport UMC in ...

WPAUMC enews --Sept. 19, 2018

published 9/20/2018
Pittsburgh DS Installed: Clergy and laity from Western PA, Washington, DC area and North Carolina gathered at St. Paul’s UMC in Allison Park Saturday for the installation of Rev. Dawn Hand as superintendent of the Pittsburgh District. The focus was on being one in Christ and building bridges between the church and those who are isolated for whatever reason. See the photo album Wesley Heritage Tour: A limited number of spaces are available for individuals to join the April 7-16, 2018 tour of John...

Bishop, Pastor Lead Study on Sexuality and the Church

published 9/14/2018
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Rev. Keith McIlwain, pastor of Slippery Rock United Methodist Church launched a four -session study based on Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and  the United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Slippery Rock Church. Future sessions are set for 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2.  Living Faithfully, a four-week, small-group study that is part of the Faultlines collection of books, was created especially for United Methodist ...

WPAUMC enews --Sept. 12, 2018

published 9/13/2018
Call for UMCOR Kits! With flooding in many areas of Western PA and Hurricane Florence making landfall, the Eastbrook Mission Barn put out a call for cleaning buckets and hygiene (formerly known as health) kits. For up-to-date kit recipes, visit umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. Drop buckets and kits off at the Mission Barn or one of its satellites. Locations are at www.wpaumc.org/missionbarnsatellites. Disaster Response: Disaster Response Coordinator Calvin Cook reports that cleaning buckets and...

Apply to be WPAUMC Mission Amabassador

published 9/12/2018
--By Jodale Barnhart**-- Oh, the places you’ll go… Will you visit a college or hospital in India… or hang out with a missionary in Brazil or Zimbabwe… or learn about the United Methodist Church in Lithuania… or help at a refugee relief center in Texas… or learn how Methodists are combatting human trafficking in Hawaii?  There are lots of places to go and lots of people to meet!   As a 2019 – 2021 Mission Ambassador you will help choose what world-wide locations you visit that are tied to the ...

Bishops Select Young Adults for Ecumenical Training

published 9/10/2018
Two young adults with ties to Western PA are among 10 selected by the Council of Bishops to participate in United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training. They are the Rev. Jack Tickle, pastor of Fairview UMC in the Erie-Meadville District, and the Rev. Michael Mullin, who grew up at Ingomar UMC and now serves as a pastor in the Upper New York Conference.  The 10 participants selected for the UMEIT Young Adult Network (UMEIT: YAN) will be trained in group leadership skills, the history...

WPAUMC enews --Sept. 5, 2018

published 9/6/2018
Cabinet Retreat: Stephanie Hixon, executive director of the JustPeace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation in The United Methodist Church, shared tools and insights with members of the WPAUMC Coordinating Cabinet during an Aug. 28-30 retreat at Camp Allegheny. See photo album Bishop’s Bible Study Update: There is no need for a reservation to join in the four-session study led by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Rev. Keith McIlwain, pastor of Slippery Rock UMC, on Living ...

WPAUMC enews --August 29, 2018

published 8/31/2018
Bishop’s Bible Studies: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will team with Rev. Keith McIlwain, pastor of Slippery Rock UMC, this fall to lead a four-session study based on Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and  the United Methodist Church. The sessions are set for Tuesday evenings Sept. 11,18, and 25 and Oct. 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Slippery Rock UMC. In the Spring, the Bishop and the Rev. Alyce Weaver-Dunn, will lead a Lenten Bible study Plenty Good Room, based on African-American Spirituals. ...

Internships Help to Define Ministry Calls

published 8/29/2018
Thanks to generous funding from the denomination’s Young Clergy Initiative and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, four college students served as interns in the Western PA Conference this summer. Students applied for the program because they felt some sense of call to ministry.  The internships were designed to give them opportunity to explore that call and discern the next steps.  Noah   Noah Manalo, a Pitt student from Christ UMC in Bethel Park,  says he applied because the...

WPAUMC enews --August 22, 2018

published 8/24/2018
Transplant “Engineered by God”: On Aug. 7, Rev. Cyndi Bloise, pastor of Jefferson UMC, donated a kidney to Amy Scott, an active layperson at First Bethel UMC. Both are recovering well. Bloise said she never intended to be an organ donor, but God engineered the whole thing. Read more. Listening Posts: The first of 20 listening posts to discuss recommendations for A Way Forward for the UMC was held Monday at Somerset Grace UMC with 183 attending. Sessions in other districts continue through ...

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