Bishops Recommend One Church Plan

published 5/4/2018
United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago this week, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward for the denomination. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Motion: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes: All three plans (The ...

Join in May 24 Prayer Walk

published 4/25/2018
Western Pennsylvania United Methodists are invited to join in prayer on Thursday, May 24 (Aldersgate Day) to lift up our Camping and Retreat Ministries and everyone involved in them. A Prayer Walk, with two-hour segments scheduled consecutively at the camps and ministry sites, is planned so that those in each area  have an opportunity to visit and join in. Others are encouraged to pray wherever they are throughout the day. “Prayer matters! We want to lift up everyone who makes these ministries ...

Shoebox Ministry with a Twist

published 4/25/2018
After leading her congregations in filling and sending shoeboxes filled with goodies to children around the world through Samaritan's Purse, Rev. Katrina Laude and the people of Homer City UMC did something different. "I got in touch with the Committee on Native American Ministries through the North Carolina Conference of the UMC. Members of the Lumbee Tribe live in Pembroke, NC and the surrounding area, struggling in poverty," she said. Pastor Laude and a few others from Homer City delivered ...

Amendments, Way Forward on Bishops' Agenda

published 4/24/2018
The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet in Chicago from April 29-May 4 to celebrate leadership through the passing of the gavel, certify constitutional amendments and finalize their recommendations to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. The April/May meeting of the Council of Bishops will also hear leadership reports regarding immigration, ecumenical relations, racism, disaster relief and other mission and ministry work around the global denomination. “As leaders ...

Out of Adversity, Church Finds Hope

published 4/18/2018
The people of Trinity United Methodist Church in Brackenridge are emerging from a cold winter of disruption, anxiety and adversity with renewed hope and energy.  Trouble started around mid-day on Sunday, Jan. 7, when the key drive pump impeller for the church's heating system failed dramatically, separating from its secure mountings and shaking the entire boiler system. As the temperature dropped, alarms went off. Texts were sent, and an emergency plumber was dispatched. Within 15 hours, a ...

Wanted: The Strong and Courageous

published 4/5/2018
                           At a service honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi said that strong and courageous leaders like Dr. King are needed today to usher God’s people into the promised land.   “It has been 50 years and we are still dreaming about the promise,” she said. “We are still dreaming and hoping for - we are still crying about and yearning for, we are still protesting about and working for the promise. The ...

The Importance of Holy Week, Easter

published 3/30/2018
On Good Friday morning, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi was interviewed on KDKA Newsradio 1020 by host John Shumway, who asked what was the most important time of the year for Christians – Christmas or Easter. Referring to Ecclesiastes 7:8, which says the finish is better than the beginning, the Bishop said Easter time is most important.  “It marks the finish of the work of salvation in Jesus Christ,” she explained. “The most important day is Good Friday because Jesus finished the work God set ...

Roger White Selected for Treasurer Post

published 3/28/2018
After a five-month nationwide search for a new Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services, Bishop Cynthia Moore Koikoi has announced that Roger S. White has been selected and will be recommended for election as Conference Treasurer and DAS at the 2018 Annual Conference session in June. Roger White White joined the WPAUMC finance staff in September 2014 after a 30-year career in the financial services industry in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as the assistant treasurer and ...

Church Shelters Fire Survivors

published 3/23/2018
--By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- When they heard sirens and saw first responders rushing past New Virginia United Methodist Church to a fire, people gathering for their regular Faith and Fitness session immediately mobilized to offer help.   Two of them walked up to where first responders were stationed told them they were more than welcome to use the church building for anyone who needed to come inside, said Marcia Grim, an active member of the church and the Faith and Fitness ...

Evangelism Team Seeks Denman Nominations

published 2/28/2018
  The Western PA Conference Evangelism Team is seeking nominations of clergy or laypersons to receive a Denman Award for Evangelism. The awards honor those who consistently reach others with the good news of God's love.  Three nominees will be selected for an award in 2018 -- one clergy person, one lay person and one youth.  The WPAUMC Evangelism Team encourages pastors, congregations or individuals to submit nominations. An award winner's ministry should be innovative or exceptional for the ...

Community Supports Student Targeted on Social Media

published 2/27/2018
--By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- An unfounded rumor posted on social media in southwestern Pennsylvania just days after the mass shooting at Florida’s Parkland High School accused the son of the local United Methodist pastor of planning to shoot up Carmichaels Middle-Senior High School the following Monday. The post, which included a photo apparently taken by a classmate, went viral over a weekend. Parents reposted it, prompting multiple calls that sent local police to the home...

Latrobe UMC Presents J-Notes for Camping Initiative

published 2/26/2018
--By Liz Lennox-- During Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi's Day on the Greensburg District Day in mid-February, representatives from a Latrobe UMC Sunday School class presented her with a gift bag. Inside was a pile of one-dollar bills--308 of them--for her camping initiative. Each bill bore a printed seal with the letter J. Inspired by the Bishop’s “Leap of Faith” from a balcony at the 2017 Annual Conference, Ellen Piper of the Latrobe church knew that she wanted her active Sunday School class to ...

WPA Youth Elected to NEJ Board

published 2/26/2018
Two members of the Western PA Youth Ministry Team have been elected to leadership positions on the Northeastern Jurisdiction Council on Youth Ministry (NEJ CYM) for the 2018-19 school year.  At an NEJ CYM meeting held Feb. 23-24 at Concord UMC in Beaver Falls, Mollie Landman of West Newton and Herminie UMCs was elected to chair the group and Ally Benn of Lakeside UMC in DuBois was elected as Youth Service Fund coordinator. Amanda Gilligan, Western PA Conference Youth and Young Adult ...

Price Serving on Wespath Advisory Board

published 2/16/2018
Matthew Price, lead pastor of the South Hills Partnership of churches, is serving on the denomination's Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) inaugural Young Leaders Advisory Board (Y-LAB). Wespath is the UMC general agency responsible for administering benefits and investing retirement plan assets. Wespath created Y-LAB last year to engage and better serve young adults dedicated to the Church. Members are partnering with Wespath to identify gaps in connecting with young clergy and lay ...

Laity Invited to Stewardship Academy

published 2/14/2018
The United Methodist Foundation of Western PA invites laity to participate in a Laity Academy for Stewardship and Leadership. This two-year program kicks off with a multi-day generosity event in Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio, then the group will meet quarterly on Saturday mornings to focus on local church leadership and stewardship issues. The Laity Academy for Stewardship and Leadership mirrors the Foundation’s successful Pastor’s Leadership Academy for Stewardship Formation.  "The Laity Academy ...

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