WPAUMC enews --August 29, 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. Times, date and place TBD.

2019 Health Care Rates: The Conference Board of Pensions has approved a 2019 healthcare insurance rate of $1,536 per month for full-time appointed clergy This rate includes the UPMC Health Plan (including WorkPartners EAP), MetLife Dental and EyeMed Vision benefits. The participant cost-sharing will remain the same as 2018. Churches are billed for the health insurance rate plus the participant cost-share tier selected by the member on their enrollment application. The participant cost-share is a pre-tax payroll deduction. See details at wpaumc.org/benefits.

Be a Mission Ambassador: Applications are being accepted until October 15 for the 2019-20 Mission Ambassador program, which offers an opportunity to travel and learn about mission in a particular area of the world. Learn about Mission Ambassador program.

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Child Protection Seminar: NIxon UMC will host a serminar,  Protecting Children from Child Predators, at 6:30 p.m. , Monday, Oct. 15. There is no cost and child care will be provided. Download flyer with details.  

Developing Christian Leaders

Interns Define Call: Four young adults have completed summer internships at local churches and have learned more about themselves and their calls to ministry. Read about them.

Young Adult Workday @ Mission Barn: The WPAUMC Young Adult Council invites young adults from around the conference to join in a workday at the Eastbrook Mission Barn on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10a.m. - 1 p.m. The Barn is an UMCOR Depot.  Bring a lunch!

Laity Too Busy to Serve? Ann A. Michel of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership says people who think they are too busy to serve at church should be challenged to reexamine their priorities and make first fruits commitments of their time. Helping people steward God's precious gift of time can free them from chronic busyness and allow them to experience the joy of serving. See how.

Clergywoman’s Book Benefits Future Pastors: Royalties from the upcoming devotional, “We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead,” to be released Sept. 4, will fund scholarships for young women pursuing a seminary education. Read press release

Dismantling Racism

BMCR Gathering: The Northeastern Jurisdiction Black Methodists of Church Renewal will hold their annual meeting Oct. 11-12 at St. Marks UMC in Hanover. The event will be hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Conference chapter of BMCR. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

VBS for Adults: Looking for a creative Adult/Senior Adult ministry? Come as an observer-participant to Coraopolis UMC’s Adult VBS program led by Singer/Soryteller/Folk-Theologian Ed Kilbourne. It runs from 10 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sept 17-19 and ends each day with a catered hot lunch at noon. It’s the second year for the program, which drew rave reviews from participants. Call 412-264-3727 for info or to register.

Clergy College: Jumonville will hoar its Clergy College from 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 - Tuesday morning, Oct. 16.  Rev. Jeff Greenway, pastor of Reynoldsburg UMC in Ohio, will be the leader. Get details at Jumonville.org.

Listening Posts:  Listening posts to discuss recommendations for A Way Forward for the UMC continue in the coming weeks. They are open to laity and clergy. Please register to assist in planning. Use the green button at wpaumc.org/A-Way-Forward.