WPAUMC enews --Oct. 16, 2019



Farewell, Jessica Gamache! Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries Coordinator Jessica Gamache has accepted a position as Director of the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association, effective November 4. Learn more
See Camping Coordinator Job Posting at wpaumc.org/classifieds

Appointment Change: The first appointment announcement of the “new” season is more of an adjustment than a change. The Rev. Chris Kindle will serve as associate pastor at Concord UMC while continuing to serve as Conference Coordinator of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation. See appointment announcement

Deaths: Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 19 for two retired clergy members. Services for the Rev. Lionel E. Sayers, who died Oct. 11, will be at Evans Memorial UMC. A service of death and resurrection for the Rev. Ed McElroy, who died at his home this week, will be at Savannah UMC in New Castle at 2 p.m.  Get details at wpaumc.org/obituaries

Wespath Highlights Moore: Wespath recently launched its 3-Month, 1% Challenge. Learn about the challenge and hear how Reverend Brandon Moore of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference decided to become one of the nearly 600 clergy challenge participants. See Hark feature

Time's Running Out! If you want to nominate an ordained elder to be considered for endorsement by WPAUMC's General/Jurisdictional Conference delegation, you have until 11:59 p.m. October 25 to do so. At least one new bishop is expected to be elected at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July.  Learn more.  

Diversity Development

Ethnic Clergy Retreat: Fifteen WPAUMC ethnic clergy heard a presentation on the meditative practices of Jesus from the Rev. Dr. Kendrick Weaver, an author and UMC elder, during a retreat this week. Learn more and see photos

Pray and Engage! Central Texas Bishop Mike Lowry issued a statement in response to a Fort Worth police officer’s fatal shooting of a woman in her home last weekend, an incident that led to the officer’s resignation and arrest on a murder charge. The bishop called for putting prayers into action through greater engagement in community life across racial lines. Read statement

Abundant Health

Need Sparks New Ministry: When Pat Scrogham's mother was living with dementia, Scrogham looked high and low for something to keep her mother's hands busy. The Joyful Stitchers at Sparks UMC in Georgia created the activity mat she envisioned and gave rise to a new ministry. Read story

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Laurens Glass asked several United Methodist clergy for suggestions on how churches can show their appreciation. Read suggestions


ERT Training: Disaster Response leaders will provide a training for those seeking UMCOR certification as Early Response Team members on Friday, Nov. 1 at Mill Run UMC in Connellsville District. Clearances are required on the day of the training.  Register

UMCOR Seeks Executive Director: The United Methodist Committee on Relief is seeking an executive director to lead programming and operations, overseeing a multidisciplinary team of 40+ staff members. UMCOR is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.  See job description

Aiding Asylum Seekers: A three-year, $2 million pilot project by the United Methodist Committee on Relief will support asylum seekers in the U.S.  Grants to Church World Service and National Justice for Our Neighbors, partners in the project, were approved recently by UMCOR directors. Read story
Global Ministries' Thomas Kemper focused on migration during his semi-annual report.  Learn more 

Ministry with the Poor

Guatemala Mission Team: Pray for the WPAUMC Volunteers in Mission team heading to Guatemala on October 31. The team will work with the indigenous Mayan people who live in the Guatemalan Highlands. 

Be a Global Mission Fellow! This two-year program is a way for young adults — ages 20 through 30 — to engage with local communities outside of their home context, connect the church in mission and grow in personal and social holiness. The application deadline is January 7. Get details

UMC News

UMC-Episcopal Dialogue: The United Methodist-Episcopal Church Dialogue Committee has released a series of videos about the committee’s full communion proposal. The videos include a conversation between UMC Bishop Gregory Palmer and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Read press release
See  videos

Leadership Resources

God vs Money: Horizons Stewardship offers a free webinar with Cliff Christopher, author of God v. Money and several other books on stewardship and generosity, and Ken Sloane, director of stewardship and generosity at UMC Discipleship Ministries. It’s scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time, Oct. 24. Register now
Download Horizon’s 25 Big Ideas for Growing Church Giving
Communicating Hope: UM Communications has a new Church Leader Guide to show how they can help local church leaders communicate more effectively. You’ll find training courses, outreach tools, marketing support, giving resources, web ministry tips, grant opportunities, information sources, inspirational ideas and more. See and download