WPAUMC enews --March 20, 2019


Eyeglass Clinics Improve Vision, Lives: More than 4,000 people in rural Zimbabwe now can see a little better with new glasses provided through a Nyadire Connection program coordinated by Don Ziegler in Pittsburgh and Dr. Larry Tanyaniwa at the Nyadire UM Mission in Zimbabwe. Read UM News story

Zimbabwe Hit by Cyclone, Flooding: United Methodists in Zimbabwe were mobilizing to assist those affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai and the accompanying rain, mudslides and flooding that continues to cause destruction in eastern Zimbabwe. At least 102 were reported dead and others were missing, thousands of homes have been destroyed. Mozambique and Malawi were also affected.  Learn more

Clergy Pray Outside Courthouse: Pittsburgh DS Dawn Hand and a group of UMC clergy gathered to pray Wednesday outside the Allegheny County Courthouse, where former police officer Michael Rosfeld was on trial in the shooting death last summer of 18-year-old Anton Rose II. The clergy offered prayers for the city, community, the family of Rose, Rosfeld and his family, police officers, jurors and all involved in the trial. A prayer vigil is scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 6:30 PM at Warren United Methodist Church, 2606 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh. See photos at facebook.com/wpaumc

Scholarships Available: Undergraduate college students or those entering college for the 2019-2020 academic year may apply for WPAUMC Board of Higher Education Scholarships! The deadline is April 30. Get more info about scholarships.
Get application here

Denman Awards: The Conference Evangelism Team is soliciting nominations of laity, clergy and youth for 2019 Harry Denman Evangelism Awards. Nominate someone you know who consistently shares the Good News of God’s Love.  Get details.

Church Security/Emergency Preparedness: Church Mutual Insurance Co. will lead seminars on security, emergency preparedness and protecting youth at three locations in Western PA the week after Easter. The event is free and are open to church and agency leaders. It’s offered April 24 at Christ UMC in YOungwood; April 25 at Dutilh UMC, and April 26 at Clarks Mills UMC. Get details and register.

Leadership Development

Worship!! Time's running out for laity and clergy, particularly worship leaders, to sign up for Worship!!, scheduled for April 29-30 at Ingomar UMC. Great speakers and inspirational worship. Get details

New Places for New People

Deaf Culture Workshop: Caleb Wysocki, a local ASL interpreter will lead a workshop on Thursday, April 11 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Otterbein room at Christ United Methodist Church. It will cover topics such as deaf community and culture, the basics of sign language, resources to support deaf vocation and education, and the deaf community in Pittsburgh. It’s sponsored by The Nyadire Connection’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Sponsorship Program. All are welcome. Click here to register online

Deaf Ministry Boot Camp: Rev. Leo Yates, a consultant with Global Ministries’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministry will lead a Deaf Ministry Boot Camp hosted by Trinity UMC in McMurray on Saturday, May 18. It’s geared to clergy and laity, as well as interpreters, who want to learn the basics of ministry with the Deaf. Get details.

GC 2019 Reaction and Updates

In the News: Coverage of Western PA reaction to the 2019 General Conference continues. The Bradford Era interviewed Kane DS Patrick Lenox and Rev. Seth McClymonds, pastor of Tower Church (Bradford First UMC). Read story

GC2019 FAQs and Review Chart: Many United Methodists have questions after General Conference 2019. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, offers answers to frequently asked questions and a chart of petitions under review. Read the FAQ
See list of GC2019 petitions under court review

Wespath Pension FAQs:  Wespath, the United Methodist pension agency, has updated answers to frequently asked questions related to the special General Conference.
Read FAQs

Improper Voting at GC2019? General Conference organizers have appointed a task force to investigate possible improper voting at the special session. The multinational Commission on the General Conference held an emergency meeting by teleconference March 16 after a limited review showed “a small number” of ineligible people may have obtained credentials to vote. Read UM News Service report.

Mission/Disaster Response

Flood Recovery Volunteers Needed: The Susquehanna Conference is working with the Susquehanna County Long Term Recovery Committee (SCLTRC), the New Milford UMC, and VOAD partner
organizations to provide help to residents of Susquehanna County who were affected by flooding in July/August 2018. The area is in Northeastern PA about 35 miles north of Scranton and 25 miles south of Binghamton, NY. Volunteer teams will be needed through the summer to help with debris removal, small home repair, appliance repair/replacement, roofing, electrical, and plumbing. To volunteer a team or for more info, contact Doug Hoy, Susquehanna Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, at 717-766-7441, extension 3402 or drc@susumc.org.

Meet Katie (if you haven’t already)! Katie Peterson, a deaconess who serves as executive directior of Eastbrook Mission Barn, is featured in this Global Ministries video.

Cleaning Buckets are needed to help those affected by flooding throughout the Midwest. Completed buckets, ingredients or monetary donations are welcomed at the Mission Barn, one of its satellites or the Conference Center in Cranberry Township. Links to Relief Kit/Bucket instructions, as well other information are available at wpaumc.org/missionbarn

Midwest Flooding: When their power went out and they could no longer pump water from their basement or the church basement next door, he Rev. Catie Newman and her husband John knew it was time to leave. They realized their struggle against the West Fork of the Little Sioux River was over and they evacuated with the other 250 residents of Hornick, Iowa. The Newmans are the Disaster Response Coordinators for the Iowa Annual Conference. Read more about their situation.

UMCOR Sunday is March 31! With “bomb Cyclones” and flooding in the Midwest, Tropical Cyclones in East Africa and other untold natural disasters this year, the importance of offerings to support the administrative costs of the United Methodist Committee on Relief may be more important than ever.
See UMCOR Sunday Video.
Promote UMCOR Sunday with resources in this Leader's Kit.

United Methodist Women

Pioneering Women in the Church: Since the time of Susanna Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley, women have been shaping The United Methodist Church. In 2019, United Methodist Women marks 150 years of commitment to issues that affect women and children around the world. Videos tell the stories of some of the pioneering women. Watch videos

Help the Smith Center! The Ruth M Smith Center in Sheffield appreciates your donations of items from paper towels to double wide strollers.  When you donate them, money in the Center’s budget can be re-directed to other needs. See the Smith Center Wish List.

Resources and Ideas

How to Stay Connected After Conflict: Our disagreements don’t have to separate us. United Methodist experts share tips for remaining in relationships with others when our opinions differ. Learn more

#300 Cups of Coffee: Can A Cup of Coffee Change Your Ministry? Find out through Christian Associates of SW PA’s  #300 Cups of Coffee Project. Learn more at casp.org/300cups.

Ministry With the Poor

John Wesley on the Amazon: Since 2001, the “John Wesley” Methodist Medical Boat has sailed the waters of the Amazon River and several of its tributaries, providing faith, hope, love and health to many indigenous communities living in northern Brazil.It’s a mission of the Methodists Church of Brazil and UMC Global Ministries and some annual conference provide support. Award-winning UM News photographer Mike Dubose documented its work in this multimedia story.