WPAUMC enews for June 20, 2018


Like to Bike? Like a Challenge? Join with bike-minded United Methodists for a five-day, 315-mile Bike-a-Thon from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. from August 13-17 and raise funds for the Bishop's Camping and Retreat Initiative. Bikers will begin at Boston UMC, travel the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Trail and complete the trip in Washington, D.C. Get details at wpaumc.org/bikeathon.

Mission Vision: Do you have old eyeglasses at home? Donate them to Mission Vision, a non-profit based in  Cranberry Twp. that equips mission volunteers to offer eyeglass clinics where people can be fitted and get glasses matching their prescriptions. Volunteers from Zion UMC in Sarver clean and categorize the used glasses. Teams from that church take them to Haiti and other locations. Others go with The Nyadire Connection teams to Zimbabwe. Used glasses are now being collected at the United Methodist Center in Cranberry and the Eastbrook Mission Barn. Learn more at mission-vision.org

Ministry With the Poor

UMs Welcome Executive Order: United Methodist leaders expressed relief at President Trump's executive order ending the separation of parents and children crossing into the U.S. illegally. But they said the details of any policy shift are important and stressed that the executive order isn’t enough. Read more

Sessions’ Action Draws Complaint: Three United Methodists from Western Pennsylvania signed onto a letter this week filing formal church law charges against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his announcement of the zero-tolerance immigration policy, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Read story

Aiding Refugee Women: Rev. Sandra Marsh McClain, who officially retires from active ministry this month after 25 years, was interviewed recently on WPXI about a new program she leads to assist immigrant and refugee women in finding employment. See video


The Commission on a Way Forward offers several videos to show how it built relationship and community, developed and worked to maintain hearts of peace as they developed plans for the Church. They share the videos hoping churches and groups can use them to approach General Conference 2019 with hearts of peace. Learn more and see videos.

The Millennial Church? Millennials will soon make up the largest segment of clergy. Wesley Seminary has launched a research project to learn with congregations what kind of church they will lead. See what they’ve discovered so far.

Welcoming a New Pastor? Here are some ideas you may want to try

Reflective Leadership Grants: Clergy or lay leaders of Christian organizations whose work is at a pivotal moment can apply for up to $15,000 to support space and time away from daily obligations to determine how to faithfully move forward. They’re available through Duke Divinity School’s Leadership Education program. The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2018. Get details.

Upcoming Events

Gift of Music Mission Concert: This concert, set for Sunday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at West Side UMC in McKeesport, will benefit the church’s August 1 mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Contact Kim Lettieri at 412-805-5884 for more info.

July at Jumonville: Openings are available at two adult retreats this summer. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will lead a retreat on Prayer from Wednesday, July 18 to Friday July 20. The cost is $190. Register at jumonville.org/event/adult-prayer-retreat.
Rev. Lance and Amy Tucker will lead a Discipleship Journey Retreat from Sunday, July 29 - Wednesday, August 1.  The cost is $280. Register at jumonville.org/event/discipleship-journey.

Save the Dates

PREACH! Five United Methodist pastors from across the U.S. who are known for their dynamic preaching will preach and lead inspiring workshops at this Sept. 24 - 25 event, sponsored by the Conference, at Dutilh UMC. Details and registration will open soon.

#See All the People: Megachurch pastor and author Jorge Acevedo will be the keynote speaker for Where Compassion and Evangelism Meet, a day-long workshop offered by the Conference Evangelism Team in two locations in late September. You can attend either Friday, Sept. 28 at Glenwood UMC in Erie or Saturday, Sept. 29 at Crossroads UMC’s main campus in Oakdale. Registration will open in July.

A Wesley Quiz! She how much you know about the founder of the Methodist movement. Take the Quiz