Conference News


WPAUMC enews --April 17, 2019

April 23, 2019
Holy Week Pastoral Letter: In a pastoral letter for Holy Week, the president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops notes, “The conclusion of Lent historically led to readiness for baptism (or new life) and confession of our sin. As United Methodists, we would benefit from a greater capacity to forgive one another, and to ask for this same forgiveness in return. Jesus models this for us, from the cross (Luke 23). Read Bishop Kenneth Carter’s letter Nurture Relationships After Easter: Often,... read more

WPAUMC enews -- April 10, 2019

April 11, 2019
At the Lake Ministries is accepting reservations for its first full season  providing fishing and boating opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families. Get details. Annual Conference News: Registration for the 2019 Western PA annual conference session will be live next week on the Conference website. You’ll also find an online form to request space in the display area and forms to download to request special meals or rooms for special meetings. Visit The ... read more

WPAUMC enews --April 3, 2019

April 4, 2019
Commit 2019: A few hundred Confirmation students and their leaders visited the United Methodist Center last Friday and Saturday to meet Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and learn about mission and ministry. The sessions focused on the commitments the students will make when they are confirmed -- to support the church with their presence, prayers, gifts, service and witness. See the Commit photo albums, including some shots of the fabulous Name 5 game, at InFocus: The... read more

Team Seeks Nominees for Evangelism Awards

April 1, 2019
UPDATE: Nomination deadline extended to May 1, 2019! 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 2019 -- 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 ... read more

WPAUMC enews --March 27, 2019

March 29, 2019
General Conference Debriefing: The final three of 10 General Conference debriefing sessions with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, the WPAUMC Way Forward team and GC2019 delegates were held last weekend. All 10 sessions were well-attended. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the event at Salem UMC in Wexford last Sunday. See story More GC Reaction: Explore Clarion posted a story with area pastors’ response to the actions of the 2019 General Conference.  Read it. Engaging Your Community: Rev. Junius... read more

WPAUMC enews --March 20, 2019

March 22, 2019
Eyeglass Clinics Improve Vision, Lives: More than 4,000 people in rural Zimbabwe now can see a little better with new glasses provided through a Nyadire Connection program coordinated by Don Ziegler in Pittsburgh and Dr. Larry Tanyaniwa at the Nyadire UM Mission in Zimbabwe. Read UM News story Zimbabwe Hit by Cyclone, Flooding: United Methodists in Zimbabwe were mobilizing to assist those affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai and the accompanying rain, mudslides and flooding that continues to cause... read more

Church Mobilizing After Cyclone, Flooding

March 20, 2019
From UM News Service and U.N. Humanitarian Relief Agency Reports March 22 UPDATE: United Methodists are starting to respond to those affected by Cyclone Idai, which left devastation in parts of three African countries and killed 500 people, with hundreds more still missing. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has allocated three $10,000 grants for immediate, emergency short-term funding to meet basic human needs in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Those needs include water transportation ... read more

WPAUMC enews --March 13, 2019

March 14, 2019
In Our Prayers: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Hill Memorial UMC for the Rev. Ron Lindahl, husband of the Rev. Marjorie Lindahl and father of the Rev. Craig Lindahl. See obituary Services also will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Monroeville UMC for Edward Gascoine, a church leader and father of the Revs. James and Bruce Gascoine. See obituary Plenty (Good) Room for you to join Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn for a Lenten study Plenty Good ... read more

WPAUMC enews --March 6, 2019

March 7, 2019
After GC2019: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, General Conference delegates and A Way Forward Task Force members have held three of 10 scheduled debriefing sessions after GC2019. Space has been extremely limited at some. The next two are Saturday,, March 9. See schedule GC2019 Video: United Methodist Communications put together a five-minute summary video with footage from the Feb. 23-26 special called General Conference. Watch video Bishops Seek Decision on Disaffiliation Action: The Council of ... read more

WPAUMC enews --Feb. 27, 2019

February 28, 2019
Bishop's Letter: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi emailed a letter to clergy and church lay leaders Wednesday night outlining what happened at the Special Called Session of the General Conference. The letter is designed to be shared with congregations this weekend. Read letter. After GC2019: Most Western PA delegates and volunteers returned home from the special called session of General Conference in St. Louis tonight. In the coming weeks, some will join Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and A Way Forward... read more

WPAUMC enews --Feb. 20, 2019

February 20, 2019
Prayer for General Conference: A prayer has been written as part of the Praying Our Way Forward process and will be part of the worship liturgy at the opening of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. The Council of Bishops invites you to use it in your churches during worship services on Sunday, February 24. Download prayer in PDF Download prayer in Word Denominational Divorces: As United Methodists prepare for the special General Conference they might learn from the experiences of... read more

Team Offers Leadership Training

February 20, 2019
Training in leadership, team building, parliamentary procedure and facilitating discussion is available to clergy and laity on two Saturday this Spring.  It's offered by the team that recruits, trains and coordinates leaders for annual conference legislative sections, but is open to anyone who wants to develop their skills. The trainings are scheduled for Saturday, April 6 and Saturday, May 4 at the UM Conference Center in Cranberry Twp. The schedule will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch ... read more

WPAUMC enews --Feb. 13, 2019

February 15, 2019
Fire at Vandergrift Church: Fire damaged the bell tower at First UMC in Vandergrift on Monday.  Activities in the building have been suspended until repairs can be made. No one was injured. Pastor Sara Wrona was interviewed by KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti. See video InFocus: The February issue of InFocus, our Conference magazine, is out. It’s mailed to clergy and local church leaders serving in positions such as lay leader, but it’s also available online at Confirmation Events and... read more

GC Debriefing Sessions Scheduled

February 15, 2019
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and representatives of the Western PA General Conference delegation, the WPAUMC A Way Forward Task Force, Cabinet members will conduct debriefing sessions in each of our ten districts following the special called session of General Conference.      The purpose is for lay and clergy members of local United Methodist churches to hear accurate information about the decisions made at the Special Called Session, as well as the process the annual conference will undertake ... read more

Church Celebrates Music Director's Ministry

February 13, 2019
Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things;...Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;  make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing...with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.                           --From Psalm 98: 1-6 The ministry of Tim Coles has enabled the people of First United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh to sing new songs, shout for joy, burst ... read more

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