Olmsted Names New Director: The Rev. Al Hammer, an ordained deacon in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, will begin serving as the new executive director of Olmsted Manor Retreat Center on July 1. Jody Larson, the current director, informed the board last year that he hoped to retire in the summer of 2019 after serving 41 years at Olmsted. Learn more
Going to the Autism Spectrum Workshop on Wednesday, May 1 at Ingomar UMC? Have you registered? Get details and register ASAP.
Seeking Renewal after Easter? Space is still available at Olmsted Manor for Mini Mission u with Rev. Lisa Grant on April 28-30. The focus will be on Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective for Covenantal Living. (Book available at Olmsted). One CEU offered. Call Anne at 814-945-6512 to reserve your space or register online at olmstedmanor.org/mini-mission-u.
Evangelism Award Deadline May 1: Know Someone Who Excels at Sharing Christ? Nominate that pastor, lay person, or youth for a 2019 Denman Award for Evangelism. But do it before May 1. (The deadline for nominations has been extended by two days!) You can nominate someone in each category. Learn more
Download nomination form.
Youth4Mission: Registration is open for Youth4Mission, a five-day youth group work camp for Grades 6-12, based at Jumonville with work projects in the Uniontown area. It’s scheduled for July 29- August 2. Get details and registration link at wpaumc.org/youthevents (Scroll down)
Love and Commitment: Two seniors on the Conference Youth Ministry Team, best friends since seventh grade, got engaged last weekend. Brady Hunker and Mollie Landman love each other and want to be together as Brady continues to fight a rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma. WPXI-TV shared their story.
Apply to be GC2020 Young People’s Speaker: United Methodists ages 12-35 are being sought to deliver their messages to the church at General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis. Learn how to apply to give the Young People’s Address on Young People’s Ministries website.
Prayers for Judicial Council: The Council of Bishops invited prayer for members of the UMC Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, as they began meeting April 23-26 to review the Traditional Plan adopted by the special General Conference, along with an exit plan that would allow local churches to leave the denomination. Read story
Read Letter by Council of Bishops President
UMC Responds to Sri Lankan Attacks: Thomas Kemper, who heads the UMC Board of Global Ministries, was among many church leaders condemning the bombings that took more than 300 lives in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday morning. “Such violence is an attack on both the Easter celebration of life and hope and an affront to the human aspiration for a world of peace and reconciliation,” he said. Read statement
Dealing with Opioid Crisis: “Not one family in my congregation doesn’t have firsthand experience with addiction,” says The Rev. Chip Bennett, pastor of Bellemead UMC in Point Pleasant, WV. Bennett talks his church's ministry with those in recovery in a UM News Service series about how churches in West Virginia are dealing with the opioid crisis. Read story
See series, The Road to Recovery
National Drug Takeback Day: This Saturday, April 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration, working with local law enforcement agencies, invites you to help prevent addiction and overdoses by turning in unused prescription drugs you may have in your home. Learn more and find a location
WPA Mission Ambassadors Sandy McKee and Lynn Sibley learned a bit about addiction in rural areas from talking with other volunteers at Henderson Settlement, where the ministries are aimed at “creating opportunities for better lives through Christ-centered service.” They share some insights in their second blog post from their visit to Henderson. Read it.
Mission Barn Collections: The Eastbrook Mission Barn will collect UMCOR hygiene kits and cleaning buckets during the WPAUMC Annual Conference at Grove City College from June 5-8. Get updated kit recipes at UMCOR.org.
Waiting Mothers’ Shelter at Mutare: A new state-of-the-art shelter at Old Mutare Mission Hospital is a blessing for expectant mothers. The Waiting Mothers’ Shelter allows pregnant women from remote communities to comfortably await the birth of their child without the risk of traveling long distances after labor begins. The 60-bed shelter and outpatient department at the hospital were completed with a $350,000 grant from the Board of Global Ministries. Read story
NE Camp Seeks Mission Teams: The New England Conference’s Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, Maine, is looking for summer missions teams, and offers half-week missions camps for $150 per person. The camps run from Sunday afternoon until after breakfast Wednesday or Wednesday afternoon until after breakfast Saturday. Enjoy the camp facilities, along with two days of local mission. Get details, see a short video, and apply at mechuwana.org/missions.html
Resources for Pastors, Church Leaders: The new ResourceUMC.org website offers a host of resources, ideas and information to support ministry in the local church. It’s updated regularly. You can keep track of what’s new or timely by subscribing to The Source, a twice-monthly e-newsletter. Check out www.ResourceUMC.org.
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Discussing Disabilities: The United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities has elected two new co-chairs and released a statement with advice for discussing people with disabilities.
Special Sundays/Mission Moments: Native American Ministries Sunday is May 5 and Golden Cross Sunday, which benefits Conference mission agencies, is May 12. For each of these special Sundays, our denomination offers Mission Moments and More.
Reimagine Your Church’s Relationship with Money! Despite hardships, Edgar Villanueva's church always gave, taking significant risks, supporting missionaries, responding to natural disasters, and helping hungry families. It was scary, but God always provided, says the author and member of the Lumbee Tribe in NC. He encourages faith communities to revitalize the ways that they approach money, wealth and philanthropy. Read more.