WPAUMC enews --July 3, 2019


Serving in a New Appointment?
As you settle into your new ministry setting, we offer prayers and two reminders for you:

  1. If you have a new address, you must update your clearances. Clearances are tied to your address. Get details on getting clearances at wpaumc.org/safesanctuaries
  2. If you have a new email, mailing address or phone numbers, be sure to update your records through the WPAUMC clergy dashboard.

Navigate! If you’re ready to go deeper in your ministry, bring a team from your church or come on your own to Navigate, a regional training event from Aug. 22 -24 in Harrisburg. There are  tracks for conference leaders, lay pastors, small churches, young leaders and those seeking revitalization. CEUs available. See the line-up of speakers and get details.

Evangelism Online Training: Rev. John and Christine Zimmerman will offer Evangelism Leader’s Training for up to 15 people in each of our 10 districts this fall. The training will include 10 hours of online class time over two weeks and a one-day on-site session in the district. Check dates, get details and secure your spot. 
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Jesus is My Rock! Butler District Lay Leader Jerry Rectenwald has  a new music video called Jesus Is My Rock that features kids of all ages from the Ellwood City First UMC VBS. Jerry and his wife Sandi hope that the song with the motions will touch hearts and joyfully minister the good news that Jesus IS our rock. See the video


Uth 4 Missions: The annual Uth 4 Missions experience for youth groups (Grades 6-12) and their leaders is July 29-Aug. 2 at Jumonville. Registration will close July 15. Cost is $220/person. Get details.

Looking Ahead: The Perkins School of Theology will offer Youth Ministry Training at Olmsted Manor Retreat Center from Nov. 15-17. The event is co-sponsored by the Conference. Get details.


Mission at the Border: Mission Ambassadors Sandy McKee and Lynn Sibley report again from the U.S. Mexico border in Texas, where they visited UMC mission sites. Learn more. 

Mission u:  The Mission Ambassadors will lead a class at 2019 Mission u from July 18-21 at Calfornia U of PA. Other leaders include Butler DS Eric S. Park, Julia Tulloch and Elmira Nzombe. The Rev. Bev Roscoe and Peggy Ward will lead the Children’s School. Get details and register 

UMC News

GC2020 Petition Process Opens: Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary now through September 18, 2019. Get details.

U.S. Delegate Election Results: U.S. annual conferences elected more delegates opposed to the Traditional Plan, but traditionalists estimate they still have the majority overall for General Conference 2020. But the top lawmaking assembly isn't the only place where delegates have an impact. Read story

Seven Mississippi Churches Leave UMC: The Mississippi Conference voted to approve the departure of seven churches that asked to leave the denomination. The bishop and one of the pastors involved agree the connection had been fraying for some time. Sexuality is an issue, but it goes deeper than that, said Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. Read more

Opioid Response: The latest in a UM News series on the effects of the opioid crisis in West Virginia features a profile of Rev. Matt Johnson, who was commissioned as a probationary clergy member in the Western PA Conference before transferring to the Kentucky Conference, and his wife the Rev. Beth Johnson. They were foster parents and later adopted two young children who came from a home where drugs were abused. West Virginia has one of the highest rates in the nation of children removed from homes due to drug abuse. Read story
See video interview with the Johnsons.

Abundant Health

Partnerships Aid Rural Zimbabwe Clinic: The Nyadire Connection, a partnership between United Methodists in the Pittsburgh District and those at The Nyadire UM Mission in Zimbabwe, is mentioned in a UM News story detailing how various partnerships have improved conditions at the rural Dindi clinic. Despite the improvements, though, more is needed. Some patients seeking care arrive in wheelbarrows. Read story

Clergy Well-Being: The results of Wespath’s latest Clergy Well-Being Survey are in. The 100-question online survey was sent to 4,000 UMC clergy—1,240 responded, representing a cross-section of active clergy by jurisdiction, gender, race/ethnicity, age and clergy status. It looked at several dimensions of well-being, including physical, emotional, financial, social and spiritual factors. To see the results, view this short video