WPAUMC enews --Oct. 3 2018


Unity in Christ: This Sunday, Christians throughout the world celebrate World Communion Sunday. At almost any moment in a 24-hour period, members of God’s family somewhere will be sharing in communion. Read more.

What’s Your Vision? When the Conference Connectional Leadership Table met for the first time  under a new leadership team and a new Director of Connectional Ministry, the focus was on vision. Learn more

Erie-Meadville DS Installation: Last Sunday Edinboro UMC hosted the service celebrating the installation of Rev. Dennis Swineford as superintendent of the Erie-Meadville District. Check out the photo album.

Changes at Wesley Woods: After a year of discernment and prayer, Wesley Woods announced some major changes in its camping programs. Learn more

Deaths: Rev. Dave Youngdahl, who retired in 1997 and was living at Wesbury, passed away on Tuesday. An obituary will be posted when available. Funeral services will be held Monday in Ohio for Beverly Webb, the surviving spouse of the Rev. James R. Webb. For details, visit wpaumc.org/obituaries.

Register Online for Dismantling Racism Seminar! Roxbury St. Paul’s UMC in Johnstown will host the event on Saturday, October 13. Get details and register.

Leadership Development/Mission

Chabadza Reverse Immersion:  A small group of laity from Zimbabwe will visit Western PA later this month and members of your congregation are invited to meet and hear from them. They'll present an evening program focusing on evangelism, discipleship and class meetings from a Zimbabwean perspective at three Western Pa churches: Glenwood UMC in Erie on Oct. 22; Calvary UMC in Pittsburgh on Oct. 24 and Calvary UMC in Windber on Oct. 25. Get details and register for one of the sessions.

Changing Lives with Nyadire Connection: The Nyadire Connection has helped to make a difference in the lives of many children and young adults through its sponsorship programs with the Home of Hope orphanage. Sounds like old news! But now, as some of the students graduate, TNC’s launching a scholarship program. Read more.

Mothers and Daughters: Jessica Tulloch, who began attending UMW meetings in Western PA as an infant and now in the United Methodist Women national office, will be the keynote speaker at the Conference UMW Annual Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at Oakland UMC in the Franklin District. Her topic is Mothers and Daughters: Passing the Flame of Faith Hope and Love.  Register online
Get brochure with registration form.

Unstoppable Day of Service: Young women age 14-25 are invited to join WPAUMC’s Unstoppable group for a Day of Service from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Olive Branch in Wexford. Get details and register

UMC News

Zilhaver To Participate in Judicial Council Hearing: Connellsville District Superintendent Bob Zilhaver will travel to Switzerland in late October to offer a response during the UMC Judicial Council’s hearing on a request for a decision on the "constitutionality, meaning, application and effect" of two paragraphs in the Book of Discipline dealing with involuntary change of status for clergy. The Judicial Councill will also hear requests related to three plans for A Way Forward headed to the 2019 General Conference. Learn more

The Future of the UMC: Rev. Adam Hamilton, who at the last General Conference asked the Bishops to lead the denomination in finding A Way Forward, and Bishop Robert Schnase, who served as a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, offered their perspectives on the future of the UMC during an optional session at the 2018 Leadership Institute last week. If you have some time, watch the video.

UMC Pensions: Whatever delegates decide at the 2019 General Conference, the denomination’s pension agency wants clergy and lay workers to know their accrued benefits aren’t going anywhere. But  Wespath Benefits and Investments is also looking at ways to ensure the benefits’ long-term sustainability. Learn more


Combat Hunger with Advent Devotional: The Society of St. Andrew, a United Methodist partner that combats hunger, has released its annual Advent devotional booklet.  The free booklet, titled “Surprises Along the Way,” features all new meditations for 2018. Learn more.

6 Ways to Have a Guest Friendly Worship Service: John Zehring, author of Get Your Church Ready to Grow, suggests six strategies that can make your worship more attractive to visitors, without requiring a major investment of time or resources. See what they are
Also check out 50 Ways to Welcome New People

#MeToo Toolkit: If your local church or ministry wants to address the #MeToo movement, consider using  the #MeToo Toolkit: Resources for a faithful response, developed by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. It is free and available to download on the GCSRW website here.