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 ...

Kidney Transplant "Engineered by God"

published 8/22/2018
--By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- Amy Scott, an active member and youth leader at First Bethel United Methodist Church in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park, got a priceless gift a few days after her August 3 birthday this year -- a new kidney donated by the pastor of a church in a neighboring community, the Rev. Cyndi Bloise of Jefferson UMC.  Amy Scott   The donor match was made as the result of United Methodist connections, but “it’s really God’s story,” said Rev Bloise. “...

WPAUMC enews --August 15, 2018

published 8/16/2018
Bike-a-Thon Underway! WPAUMC’s team of bicyclists made it from Cumberland to Hancock, Maryland on Wednesday, the third day of their 315-mile ride from the McKeesport area to Washington, DC, to raise money for camping scholarships. You can support them. Learn more and see photos See Chris Kindle's daily video updates at Facebook.com/wpaumc/ Pre-Retirement Seminar: Registration is now open for the 2018 Clergy Pre-Retirement Seminar, held every two years for those looking toward retirement in the...

Pgh-DC Bike-a-Thon Supports Camping

published 8/13/2018
-- By Jackie Campbell, Communications Director-- Thirteen United Methodists from around Western Pennsylvania jumped aboard their bicycles at the Boston United Methodist Church near McKeesport on Monday, Aug. 13 and headed onto the Yough Trail for the first leg of a 315-mile journey to Washington, D.C. They're raising funds to support the Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching capital campaign to ensure that funds are available so that anyone can have a camping experience regardless of ability to pay....

WPAUMC enews --August 8, 2018

published 8/9/2018
Clergy Pre-Retirement Event: The biennial Clergy Pre-Retirement seminar will be held on October 24 and 25 at the Pittsburgh North Marriott (Cranberry Twp., PA). It will feature  presentations from Wespath and EY advisors, as well as segments on Social Security, healthcare in retirement, financial planning and more. Participants will be able to sign up for one-on-one personal pension projections with Wespath. A tentative schedule will be on the Conference website when registration opens August ...

Preach Event Set for Sept. 24-25

published 8/8/2018
Five  clergy from the Florida, North Georgia, South Georgia and Baltimore-Washington  Conferences will be in Western Pennsylvania September 24-25 to offer workshops, preaching resources and inspirational messages on contemporary topics during Preach! A panel of Western PA preachers will discuss aspects of preaching and share their insights during this time apart for worship, fellowship and learning. The guests will address Preaching for Transformation, Vision, Spiritual Revival, Millennials, ...

WPAUMC enews --August 1, 2018

published 8/2/2018
Support Bike-a-Thon! Ten intrepid bicyclists leave Western PA from Boston UMC on Aug. 13 for the 315-mile ride to Washington, D.C. to raise money for camperships. The group includes Ellen Gainer of Central Highlands UMC, Lee Baker of Titusville First UMC and Michael Sahlaney of Seward UMC, Pittsburgh DS Dawn Hand, Mission Engagement Coordinator Sandra Matoushaya, Discipleship Director Chris Kindle, and Pastors Matthew Blake, David Ewing, Jason McQueen and Raphael Koikoi. Donate online through ...

Pray for Zimbabwe

published 8/2/2018
The Council of Bishops and Western PA United Methodists involved in long-standing partnerships with the UMC in Zimbabwe have called for prayer in the wake of deadly election-related violence that broke out this week in Harare. At least three people were reported killed August 1. Read UM News Service report Meanwhile, students and staff at United Methodist Africa University are safe, school officials said.    The following statement was issued for the Council of Bishops by Bishop Kenneth Carter,...

WPAUMC enews --July 25, 2018

published 7/26/2018
Two from WPA at Global Event: Two young women from Western PA were among more than 330 United Methodist young adults gathered for five days of conversation, worship and fellowship at the fourth Global Young People’s Convocation from July 18-22 in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are Mollie Landman, who serves as chair of the Northeastern Jurisdiction Council on Youth Ministry Ministry and on the Conference Board of Laity, and McKenna Keltz of Lakeside UMC, who serves on the UMC Division of Young...

WPAUMC enews --July 19, 2018

published 7/20/2018
How to Set Pastor’s Salary: The guidelines for 2019 are being mailed this week. To see the information now, click here. Albright Church Ruling Stands: July 8 was the deadline to file appeals to the PA Supreme Court challenging a Commonwealth Court ruling that a historic designation for Albright UMC in Pittsburgh was not legal. The City said it would not appeal and no other actions were filed in the case. Read Post-Gazette story AC Lost and Found: Some items left behind during Annual ...

Three Missionaries Return to Homes

published 7/17/2018
UPDATE 7/13/2018: The last of three United Methodist missionaries seeking to leave the Philippines after being placed on a government watch list arrived July 13 in her home country of Malawi. Miracle Osman, 24, of Blantyre, Malawi, has reunited with her family there, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and church representatives in Malawi announced. Read the latest. UPDATE 07/07/2018: A United Methodist missionary held 56 days in a detention center in the Philippines has arrived ...

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