WPAUMC enews --Jan. 30, 2019


New Jumonville President: Heather Withrow, a West Virginia native with more than 20 years experience in camping and retreat ministry, has been selected as the new President of Jumonville. Get details

Plenty Good Room: Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn, director of connectional ministries, will lead a four-week Lenten study Plenty Good Room, based on African-American spirituals. Sessions will be held each Thursday in March from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bakerstown UMC. Learn more

WPA Way Forward Report: The final report from the WPA Task Force on A Way Forward was released Tuesday along with a statement from Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi. Learn more

UMC News

The Movement Continues: UM Communications has launched a campaign to help church members and leaders to feel hopeful about the future of the denomination. It notes that the foundation of the UMC has always been to follow God’s call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Learn more
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WCA Post-GC Plans: Some leaders of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, an unofficial advocacy group, have begun publicizing plans for the immediate aftermath of the special General Conference. The plans, which include the possibility of departure, are getting some pushback. Read UM News story

Rural Advocates Voice Concerns: A group representing the interests of rural UMC congregations has sent a letter asking delegates to the upcoming special General Conference to be aware of the “potential harms” for rural and town and country churches while considering plans for the denomination’s future. Learn more.

2021-24 UMC Fund Allocations: The allocations team of the UMC Connectional Table issued its report on the 2021-2024 quadrennial budget on January 29, 2019. It reflects a 23 percent reduction in allocated funds. The CT is mandated to review the program and missional priorities, the estimated amount available to the UMC program agencies, and establish amounts to be distributed to those agencies from the annual World Service allocation. The group also reviews funding priorities and estimated amounts available to the other funds and establish amounts to be distributed to each. Learn more 


February is Black History Month! Resources are listed at wpaumc.org/blackhistorymonth.
UM Communications offers social media posts to download 
Mission moments, prayers, and other tools are at umcgiving.org

Resource UMC: The new ResourceUMC Facebook and Twitter channels provide info on helpful resources and important updates from across the United Methodist connection. Follow on Facebook

The Money Autobiography is a tool from Discipleship Ministries to help church members explore factors that impact their relationship with money and focus on personal stewardship. It offers a question-a-day for four weeks. Read or download PDF

Upcoming Events

Have Plans for Valentine's Weekend? You have one more day to sign up for the Marriage Retreat with Paul and Sue Fields at Olmsted Manor. It is February 8-10. The last day to register is February 1. Learn more

Addiction Crisis Workshop: Olmsted Manor will host a workshop March 3-5 to equip churches and individuals to address the addiction crisis in their communities. Participants will hear from experts on addiction and those involved in Christian  recovery efforts. Get details at olmstedmanor.org/addiction-crisis-workshop
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Download poster of 2019 Olmsted Events

2019 Bike-A-Thon Dates: If you're not busy from September 30 to October 6,  save the dates to ride in the 2nd Annual Bike-A-Thon from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. It raises money to send children and youth to camp! This year’s itinerary includes worship in a multi-ethnic church in Georgetown and the African American Heritage Museum. Watch for details.  See video

Public Service Announcements

Cancellation Request: If the name of your church is Christ, Trinity, First, Otterbein, Grace or another “popular” United Methodist name, please include your community when notifying news outlets that services are cancelled. At least one church had parishioners who missed worship on a recent Sunday because there was a cancellation announcement on TV for a church with the same name. 

Your Credit Union Can Help! If you have church members struggling financially in situations like the recent federal government shutdown, the Keystone UM Federal Credit Union to wants you to know that they are willing and able to help. Get contact info at keystoneumfcu.org/