WPAUMC enews --July 11, 2018


Offering Help, Hope in Puerto Rico:  Don't miss this report on the joint East Ohio-Western PA Conference mission trip to Puerto Rico from Rick Wolcott, East Ohio UMC's Communications Director. See story and video

Emergency Response Trainings: Because of extensive flooding recently in Western PA, an UMCOR training session for Early Response volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at Roots of Faith, 800 Main Street, in Sharpsburg, PA. Get details and register.
A recertification training for UMCOR Early Responders is set for this Saturday, July 14 in Latrobe. Details

Flood Clean-Up Update: As clean-up efforts continue and plans are made for longer-term recovery, tetanus shots were offered at Roots of Faith in Sharpsburg today. And UM Disaster Response leaders will be part of a Multi-Agency Resource Center from 1-7 p.m. on June 12 at the Millvale Community Center. Those affected by flooding in any area may come to connect with a variety of relief agencies. Read more
 Watch KDKA-TV Report

A Way Forward

Way Forward Listening Posts/Resources: A section of the WPAUMC.org website has resources and information on listening posts that have been scheduled in Western PA beginning in mid-to-late August. Get details at wpaumc.org/A-Way-Forward.

Way Forward Translations Coming Soon! The organizers of General Conference say they expect translation of the report from the Commission on a Way Forward from English into three other official languages will be completed by July 30. After the work is done, the report can be made public. Learn more

Leadership Development

Earn M.Div. at No Cost? Methodist Theological School in Ohio and its donors say every qualified applicant who pursues United Methodist candidacy can earn a master’s degree with no out-of-pocket tuition expenses. Learn more

PREACH! Registration is now open for this Sept. 24-25 event sponsored by the Conference and held at Dutilh UMC. See the line-up of leaders and get details.

Feel Like You’re Paddling Upstream? Spend a day with Todd Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory. Bring a group. The event, scheduled for for Friday, Sept. 21 at Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Twp. WPAUMC is a co-sponsor with the Beaver-Butler Presbytery, the Pittsburgh Presbytery and the ELCA Synod. Get flyer.
Learn more about Canoeing the Mountains

Join A Clergy Community of Practice! Looking for an opportunity for accountability, learning and encouragement with fellow clergy?  Did we mention 4 CEUs! Clergy Communities of Practice begin in a few weeks! Don’t miss your chance to sign up; some of the groups are almost full.  Questions:  contact Susan Moudry. Sign up now

More on Missions

Urgent Need for UMCOR Kits: Katie Peterson of the Eastbrook Mission Barn says there is an immediate need for cleaning buckets and health kits after severe flooding in Western PA. From Jan. 1 - July 5, the Mission Barn sent out 972 hygiene kits and 891 cleaning buckets to flood-affected areas in the greater Pittsburgh areas. The latest shipment of buckets went to Roots of Faith in Sharpsburg, which distributed them to families whose homes were hit by flooding twice last week. See photos on the Mission Barn Facebook page.

Drop off buckets and kits at the Eastbrook Mission Barn, the Conference Center in Cranberry Twp. or one of the Mission Barn satellites

What’s in a Cleaning Bucket (or Health Kit)? Cleaning buckets are 5-gallon round buckets with lids. No paint, car oil, or chemicals buckets can be used. Get the latest list of Cleaning Buckets and Health (Hygiene) Kit ingredients.  

$$$ or Buckets? The contents of Cleaning Buckets are now valued at $75, while hygiene kits are valued at $12. Often church members pool resources to put buckets together. Last week the churches of the Bradford area worked together to make cleaning buckets. Monetary donations are always welcome. Mail a check to the Mission Barn or donate through your local church using Advance Special # s on this page.

Upcoming Opportunities

Bishop’s Prayer Retreat: There is still space at Jumonville’s Inn for a few more adults to join Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi for a prayer retreat. It begins next Wednesday afternoon, July 18, and ends Friday morning. The cost is $190. Get details.

Pedal for a Purpose: The 19th annual Ride for the Refuge to benefit Erie UM Alliance’s ministry to homeless families is set for Labor Day, Sept. 3, in two Erie- area locations -- Shades Beach or Albion Park. There are rides of varying lengths and difficulty to choose from. Get details

Want to Pedal Farther? Sign up for the 315-mile Bike-a-Thon from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. to benefit the Bishop's Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching campaign to raise funds for WPAUMC camping and retreat ministries. It is August 13-17.  Get details.

Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: First UMC in Pittsburgh will host a seminar on Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5. A portion of the day will also focus on advocacy to reduce gun violence. It’s sponsored by the PA Council of Churches and the Mennonite Central Committee. Get details.


Racial/ Ethnic Ministry Grants: Applications for grants of up to $10,000 to help local United Methodist churches build ministries that strengthen and support racial and ethnic church concerns are due on Sept. 1. The grants are available from UMC Discipleship Ministries to strengthen the ethnic local church. Get details.

Justice Grants: Applications are due August 10 for two different grants administered by the General Board of Church and Society. The Human Relations Day and Ethnic Local Church grants are open to local churches and organizations. Get details.

UMC News

United to Love: United Methodists in the Baltimore-Washington Conference will stand against hate at a United to Love Rally between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 12 on the U.S. Capitol grounds. The date is the anniversary of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, and the National Park Service has granted a preliminary permit for a "white civil rights rally" in Lafayette Park on Aug. 11 - 12. Get details of United to Love.

School of Congregational Development: Register by July 15 for the School of Congregational Development, a premier event for equipping conference leaders, clergy and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, and Path 1, this year’s event in San Diego is hosted by the California-Pacific Conference. Get details.

Zimbabwe UMs Weigh In on Social Principles: Hearing the global voices of the UMC is essential as the denomination’s Social Principles undergo the first revision in 50 years. Staff from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society traveled to Africa for a listening session with lay and clergy of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area. Read story

Megachurch Leaving UMC? The congregation of Windsor Village UMC, The largest predominantly African-American United Methodist church in the denomination, is spending the month of July in discussion, prayer and fasting about leaving the denomination. Learn more.

Detained Missionary Home! Tawanda Chandiwana, who spent 56 days in a detention center in the Philippines, is finally home in Zimbabwe. Two other missionaries--Adam Shaw and Miracle Osman--also had not been allowed to leave the country. But Shaw arrived back in the U.S. on July 4 and Osman, who is from Malawi, was in Manila and had her passport, said a spokesman for the Board of Global Ministries. Learn more.

AC2018 Report Resources

Need Resources for AC2018 Report? The Annual Conference summary report, photo albums and video pages have been updated. These resources, along with the pre-conference Journal and daily proceedings may be used in congregational reports. Links to all  resources, as well as several report booklets, are available at wpaumc.org/AC.A direct link to the Annual Conference News Report  is here.See and download items from the photo collection.