WPAUMC enews --Sept. 5, 2018


Cabinet Retreat: Stephanie Hixon, executive director of the JustPeace Center for Mediation and Conflict Transformation in The United Methodist Church, shared tools and insights with members of the WPAUMC Coordinating Cabinet during an Aug. 28-30 retreat at Camp Allegheny. See photo album

Bishop’s Bible Study Update: There is no need for a reservation to join in the four-session study led by Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Rev. Keith McIlwain, pastor of Slippery Rock UMC, on Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and  the United Methodist Church. The sessions are Tuesday evenings Sept. 11,18, and 25 and Oct. 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Slippery Rock UMC. The book may be ordered from Cokesbury online or  Amazon.com.

DS Installation Services: The Rev. Eric Park will be installed as superintendent of the Butler District during a service at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 at Chippewa UMC.  The following Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Paul’s UMC in Allison Park, the Rev. Dawn Hand will be installed as superintendent of the Pittsburgh District.

Plan Your Legacy! Rev. Ed Bailey of the United Methodist Foundation of Western PA will offer 10 Steps for Developing and Enhancing a Legacy Gift Plan in your church or agency during a webinar from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, October 11. Register on the Foundation’s website at www.umfoundation.org.

Deaths: The Rev. Harold L. "Sammy" Knappenberger Jr., 93, of Washington, PA, died Sunday, September 2, 2018. He was to be presented with the Thoburn Cane signifying his status as longest-serving clergy member of the Conference at First UMC in Houston, PA on Sept. 23. Funeral arrangements were incomplete as of Wednesday and were under the direction of Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Washington.

New Places/New People Grants: Sept. 21 is the fall 2018 deadline to apply for New Places for New People grants.  Get application.

Leadership Development

Equipping Disciples: See All The People, a 90-second daily radio series, provides Christians with a simple thought of the day as they work with their congregation to see all the people in their community. The series features the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. Listen to the series

Program to Cut Seminary Debt Making a Difference: A scholarship program launched in 2017 by several UM agencies with the Lily Endowment to significantly reduce seminary debt for those seeking ordination seems to be working!  Learn more.

Ecumenical Institute Scholarship: The Council of Bishops (COB) offers a $10,000 scholarship to one student to participate in the World Council of Churches’ certificate in ecumenical studies program at Bossey in Geneva, Switzerland. Applicants must be active members of The United Methodist Church between the ages of 22 and 30, be preparing through an approved seminary for vocational ministry in The UMC, and be accepted by Bossey. Completed applications for the scholarship must be received by the Council of Bishops’ office by September 14, 2018. For more information about the Certificate in Ecumenical Studies, go to institute.oikoumene.org
Get details and application here.

UMC News

New UM News Site: United Methodist News Service, the official newsgathering agency of The United Methodist Church, has launched its new stand-alone website, UMNews.org. United Methodist News Service produces about 400 pieces of original content yearly that are shared through weekly and daily news digests, through annual conference websites and e-newsletters and social media. About 2 million readers a year in 219 countries stay informed through UM News content. Learn more

Gaining Perspective as Local Pastor: Moses Kumar, the top executive of the denomination’s finance agency, looks at church life from both sides now. Licensed as a local pastor in 2018, he’s now serving part-time at a small country church in Tennessee. Read more

Dismantling Racism

Getting Out the Vote: As a follow-up to the rally to end racism, The National Council of Churches offers a free webinar series to train church members to get out the vote in mid-term and local elections, where only 40 percent of voters go to the polls.  Learn more

Disaster Response

30 Days/30 Ways: September is National Preparedness Month. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) invites you to join the ReadyPA Team and learn 30 ways to prepare in 30 days.  Each week in September, you will receive an email that includes easy tips and tools - one for each day of the week - that can help you be better prepared. It’s free. To sign up, go to surveymonkey.com/r/30days-30ways.


Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15. New tools are available to help your church celebrate the contributions of Hispanic-Latino individuals in your community. Learn more.

Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated annually the last full week of September (Monday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 30). Resources include a guide to Deaf Awareness Sunday.
Get more info and resources at umdeaf.org/index.html

World Communion Sunday will be celebrated Oct. 7. It is one of United Methodism's six special Sundays with offerings. Learn more and download resources.  

Upcoming Events

Community Solar Webinar: Affordable solar energy is helping families, schools and churches lower energy bills and be good stewards of the earth. When rooftop solar isn’t an option, community solar may be. Join UM Advocacy in Pennsylvania, the PA Council of Churches and other faith-based groups for a free webinar at 7 p.m., Sept. 20 to learn more about community solar is, how it works, and how you can get involved in expanding solar opportunities. Get details and register

Energy Star Workshops: PA faith communities are hosting Energy Star workshops presented through a voluntary federal government program to help congregations save energy and water (and $$) A session is scheduled Sept. 25 from 7-9:30 pm in the John Knox Room of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and another at 9 a.m., Sept. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Meadville, PA. Get details
For session in Meadville, contact Cricket Hunter at chunter@paipl.org.

Join Messiah Sing-Along Choir! You don’t have to be a member of Calvary UMC in Pittsburgh to sing in the choir for the popular annual Sing-along performance of Handel’s Messiah. There will be two performances this year -- Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 pm and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 pm. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays evenings from 7:30-9 pm beginning October 2. If you’re interested contact CalvaryPittsburgh@gmail.com.