Conference News

WPAUMC enews, Nov. 18, 2020

November 19, 2020
COVID Updates: With the resurgence of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania bringing a record high number of new cases daily in several counties, the following actions were taken this week: State officials announced new initiatives to mitigate the spread, including mandating masks be worn anytime someone leaves their home.  See details Allegheny County health officials issued a stay-at-home advisory in hopes of avoiding an order requiring enforcement. Read more. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi sent an email ... read more

Wesley Woods Storm Clean-Up

November 17, 2020
Sunday windstorms swept through Wesley Woods camp in Grand Valley, PA, knocking down a row of large pines that lined the parking lot of the camp store and office.  There was minor damage to a few buildings and power outages from the storms, said Shane Hinderliter, coordinator of camping and retreat ministries for the Western PA Conference.  A workday to help remove the trees and generally clean up after the storms was planned for Saturday, Nov. 21, he said. Lunch will be provided.  Those ... read more

WPAUMC enews, Nov. 11, 2020

November 12, 2020
Advent Prayer Initiative: Members of the Coordinating Cabinet invite laity and clergy to join them in daily devotions using d365, an online devotional that speaks to a broad audience, including youth and young adults. Cabinet Dean Pat Lenox said the hope is that using the same devotional material will help us all grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ, which in turn will make us more available to be used by God to share God’s love and the joy of salvation through Jesus Christ with ... read more

Reimagining the Christmas Angel Tree

November 11, 2020
Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park is in full holiday prep mode as Advent approaches, and that includes reinventing their traditional Angel Tree gift collection to keep people safe during the pandemic. In years past, congregation members could select a white angel from various trees in the church hallways that listed a ministry agency and an item on its wish list. After the gift was purchased, it was wrapped in white to be presented at the altar in early December. The white paper ... read more

WPAUMC enews, Nov. 4, 2020

November 5, 2020
Prayers for the Kim Family: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi today called for prayers for the family of Rev. Hae-Jong Kim, who served as Bishop in the Western PA Conference from 2000-2004. He passed away at age 90 on Nov. 3, just seven weeks after the death of his beloved wife of 57 years, Wha Sei Park Kim. Read more UMW Videos Posted: Videos from the Conference United Methodist Women's 2020 Annual Meeting -- Self Care, Soul Care and Caring for Others -- are posted on the Conference website in a UMW... read more

Partnership Offers 2020 Advent Devotional

November 4, 2020
United Methodists in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Germany have completed their 2020 Advent Devotional in English and German, which can be downloaded and copied.  Advent begins on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. The entries for each day contain scripture and the devotional thoughts in both English and German. Several Western PA clergy and laity, as well as Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Pittsburgh DS Dawn Hand, are among those who contributed meditations. The partnership between the United ... read more

A Word About the Election

October 30, 2020
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, in an October 30th email to Western Pennsylvania United Methodist leaders, stressed the importance of voting in the 2020 General Election, but emphasized that regardless of the outcome, the people of God must make sure that God wins. That will happen, she said, if "we treat each other with love and compassion ... engage in civil discussion..and respect diverse opinions when we encounter them."  The Bishop put it this way: As disciples of Jesus Christ, United ... read more

WPAUMC enews, Oct. 28, 2020

October 29, 2020
What Time is It? Be sure you know the correct answer on Sunday morning! Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday in PA and most other states. It’s time to Fall Back! See why in Farmers’ Almanac Join in Prayer Prayers for Peace and Unity:  As we approach the 2020 General Election, congregations are organizing opportunities to pray for a just and peaceful exercise of our civic responsibilities. WPAUMC’s Rev. Chad Bogdewicz will represent Protestants at a virtual Interfaith Vigil for Faith and ... read more

Bishop, DS to Speak at Advocacy Seminar

October 26, 2020
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Connellsville District Superintendent Robert Zilhaver will be among the speakers during the Associates in Advocacy online seminar scheduled for November 9, 2020.  Associates in Advocacy, which started in the civil rights era when clergy were often accused of violations of church law in order to stop their civil rights work, includes clergy and laity working in a variety of areas assisting those caught in unfamiliar disciplinary processes. In one workshop ... read more

WPAUMC enews, Oct. 21, 2020

October 22, 2020
Covid Update for Churches: The Conference Abundant Health Team has updated guidelines for churches to protect congregants and the community from the spread of COVID-19. It includes a link to recommendations from the CDC for upcoming holidays. See WPAUMC guidelines See CDC guidelines for holiday celebrations. COVID Report Prompts Olmsted Shutdown: The Fall Women’s Spirituality Retreat has been cancelled and Olmsted Manor Retreat Center has shut down at least until Nov. 1 to avoid potential ... read more

WPAUMC enews, Oct. 14, 2020

October 15, 2020
Annual Conference Wrap-Up: A story with links to videos is posted on the Conference website. See story  Strength for the Journey: Finding Balance in Challenging Times In our “new normal”, many people feel out of balance; this can eventually lead to loss of energy and joy. Laity and clergy are invited to join an interactive workshop presented by LifeSolutions Employee Assistance Program to discuss renewal, resilience and self-compassion (including yourself in the circle of care). The Zoom event ... read more

2020 Annual Conference Wrap-up

October 10, 2020
A one-day 2020 session of the Western PA Annual Conference was held virtually on Saturday, October 3. It was not possible to hold any part of the Annual Conference in person with the measures necessary to safeguard against spread of the coronavirus. Ordination and Commissioning services will take place in 2021. The Oct. 3 session, held via Zoom ,included worship with music by several local church groups, the Bishop's State of the Conference address, a financial update, and a question and answer... read more

Self Care: Nothing Selfish About It

October 9, 2020
“There are usually two reactions when someone suggests self care to me,” says the Rev. Debra Flint. “ First is ‘I simply don’t have time,’ and second is ‘Self Care isn’t the most important thing right now, given the needs that are in front of me.’”     But Debra's experience and training in trauma informed care has helped her reassess those thoughts and put them into perspective.    An ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, a licensed clinical social worker with extensive training in ... read more

WPAUMC enews, Oct. 7, 2020

October 8, 2020
Annual Conference: An estimated 900 people zoomed in to attend the plenary sessions of the 2020 virtual Annual Conference session on Saturday. There was meaningful worship, with music recorded by various local church music teams. The Bishop’s State of the Church message was inspiring and highlighted some of the excellent ministry that has continued throughout the pandemic. Videos of the State of the Church address and the Five Areas of Focus reports are posted at Watch and share ... read more

Join Us in Prayer!

October 1, 2020
In this time, much prayer is needed. Western Pennsylvania United Methodists and friends have two opportunities to join with others in prayer. Annual Conference Virtual Prayer Room Beginning tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 2, the Annual Conference Prayer Team invites you to the Annual Conference 2020 Virtual Prayer Room. The Virtual Prayer Room will be open from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3.  Personal prayer sessions are available during those hours. These private prayer sessions ... read more

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