WPAUMC enews --Aug. 28, 2019


The Conference Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday.

Honor Workers on Labor Day Weekend: Here are some ways to do that from Resourceumc.org.

2020 Delegation Report: WPAUMC’s delegation for the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences met last Saturday and issued a report on their session. See it. 

Apply for New Places/New People Grants by Sept. 16! That’s the deadline for Fall 2019 grants administered by the Conference Parish and Community Development Committee. First-time micro-grants of less than $1500 and regular one-time grants for church renewal are available, although they cannot be used for church capital or operating expenses. Get details in application.
New Faith Community Grants may be renewed for up to three years. See application with details.


Fiji Mission Team Returns: After nearly two weeks in Fiji, members of a WPAUMC Mission team are back in the U.S. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Rev. Raphael Koikoi were with the team for the first week, working to update and improve facilities at the Methodist Church of Fiji’s Laity Training Center, where Rev. Dale Shunk led a pilot solar project to provide hot water. During the second week, the team attended the church’s annual conference, where Connellsville DS Bob Zilhaver and Rev. Dr. Renee Mikell, representing Bishop Moore-Koikoi, and team leader Rev. Bev Roscoe presented the Partnership Agreement signed at the 2019 WPAUMC Annual Conference to the President of the Methodist Church of Fiji for his signature. See photos from the trip -- with more to come--in WPAUMC’s Flickr albums.

Global Mission Revival: Rev. Ron and Bonnie Hipwell will be the keynote speakers for the Conference’s Global Mission Revival on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Crossroads UMC’s North Fayette Campus. The Hipwells served as missionaries in Costa Rica for one year and in Mexico, where Ron taught for six years at the John Wesley Methodist Seminary. Ron retired as WPAUMC elder in 2015 after 42 years of service and now serves in congregational care and adult discipleship for a Presbyterian church in Florida. Get details on Mission Revival

The Nyadire Connection Update: Despite reports of critical shortages of cash, fuel and electricity in Zimbabwe, there was good news coming out of The Nyadire Connection this week. Thirteen Nyadire students who have been part of TNC’s Home of Hope or Home of Hope Outreach sponsorship programs have begun their advanced studies in vocational or academic schools and are being helped through TNC’s Sister Rut Scholarship Fund. Also, as of August 19, 2019, more than 7000 patients in Zimbabwe have now been served in the Eyeglass Clinics, which have been held at all six of Nyadire’s rural health clinics! Read about clinics. 
Learn more about TNC at Nyadire.org.

Dismantling Racism

#HispanicHeritageMonth celebrations kick off on Sept. 15 in the U.S. It's a great time to remember those whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America who have had a positive impact on the UMC and our communities. Learn more and get resources

Breaking Down Barriers: Relationship-building across lines of race and ethnicity is challenging at best and can be painful, say two Baylor University social scientists. Simply increasing contact may not be enough to break down barriers. But a growing number of multicultural churches are becoming part of the solution and communities and organizations can learn much from them about cultivating a sense of true friendship between people of different races and ethnicities. Read more. 

Join in March to Unite: United Methodists are invited to join those from other Methodist traditions and civic groups in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning, September 7 for a March to Unite. Participants will gather at one of two locations in the city at 8:15 for for prayer, then symbolically walk across bridges (on sidewalks) to Market Square to hear speakers and enjoy entertainment. Get details.


Time, Talents, and Stewardship Campaigns: Should commitments of time and talents be part of your stewardship campaign? “It depends,” says Ann Michel, who teaches stewardship at Wesley Theological Seminary.  Read more.

Discipleship Ministries has developed a new infographic which might be helpful for church members trying to understand apportionments in the United Methodist Church. See and download it.

Practical Planning: Need help planning special events in the church? In“Practical Planning,” a recent episode of the MyCom Church Marketing Podcast, experts unpack a variety of tips, ideas and best practices that can apply in any church setting. Listen

Upcoming Events

Franklin District Concert:  Red Letter Hymnal will be in concert on September 14 at 4 pm at Cherry Run Camp, 2855 Cherry Run Road, Rimersburg, PA. All are welcome. Bring the whole family. Red Letter Hymnal started as a local worship band out of Pittsburgh. Over the years, they began began writing and performing their own music in a high energy, interactive live show. Picnic style food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5. For tickets contact Julie at 814-437-5857 or franklin.office@wpaumc.org.
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