WPAUMC enews --Oct. 30, 2019



Daylight Saving Time Ending: Unless you want to be very early for church on Sunday, turn your clocks back before turning in Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. 

Connellsville Ministries Burglarized: Someone threw a rock through front door glass at Connellsville Area Community Ministries early Sunday morning and removed a donation jar and safe, among other things. “Please join us in prayer for those who committed the crime. They are obviously in a difficult place and need help,” said a CACM Facebook post later in the day. Read more.

Mission Team Heads to Guatemala: A Conference Volunteers in Mission team that includes representatives of' Encounter with Christ in Latin America and All God's Children Ministries heads to Guatemala on Thursday to connect with our missionaries there, as well as other partner groups. Please pray for them and all those they’ll connect with to share God’s love. 

Beware Email Scams/Spoofs!! Because of an increase in spoofed email purportedly coming from Conference leaders, as well as two incidents where a UMC agency and another Annual Conference fell victim to a spoofing scam, WPAUMC Communications has issued this warning. 
Read about Illinois Great Rivers incident

It’s Halloween:  Cultural celebrations for Halloween have evolved alongside church celebrations for All Saints' Day. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, takes a look at the history of these special occasions and what they mean to United Methodists today. Read story

Leadership Development

Scholarships for Certified UMC Ministry Candidates: Candler School of Theology in Atlanta is offering full-tuition scholarships to all students entering its master of divinity program who also are certified candidates for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. It's part of what Dean Jan Love calls an "unprecedented" expansion of financial aid at Candler, part of Emory University. Read press release


SPARK! The early bird registration discount for SPARK, our annual youth weekend event, ends Nov 4!! Get details at wpaumc.org/spark 

Youth Service Fund Weekend is Nov. 9-10! This Special Sunday/Weekend is a time to celebrate youth and receive an offering for the Youth Service Fund.  Learn more and get bulletin insert.

Is Jumonville Special to You? Enter a video contest and share why it’s special! You can win a free week of camp for summer 2020--and a sweatshirt! The videos must be 60 seconds or less and must be shared via Google Drive to jvillecampwise@gmail.com Contestants must also state their first name and age at the beginning of their video. The deadline for videos is November 11. 

Dismantling Racism

Teaching Tolerance: As a teen, Jennifer Wilson began to understand and be angered by the injustice of racism. Now a North East High School social studies teacher, she is a fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and has written a resource guide for educators titled “Teaching the Holocaust.”  In her classes her students explore how intolerance and marginalization of “the other” can lead to hate and genocide. Read Erie-Times News story
Listen to interview

UMC Vandalism A Hate Crime:  A second case of vandalism at Lincoln United Methodist Church in Chicago is being treated as a hate crime. On Oct. 15, a man attempting to enter the locked church kicked the glass front door, shattering it before fleeing as he shouted racial slurs while giving the Nazi salute, witnesses said. Read story

UMC News

UMC Judicial Council: A long-simmering investigation into improper voting during General Conference 2019 boiled over Oct. 30 as questions about lines of authority and a lack of information arose from several members of the United Methodist Judicial Council during a public oral hearing. Read story
See October 2019 Judicial Council docket

A Way Forward for Greater NJ:  By an overwhelming majority, the Greater New Jersey Conference in a special session voted to allow United Methodist churches to decide how to include and affirm LGBTQ people in every aspect of ministry while still allowing congregations the right to agree to disagree. Read more.


Podcasts Yesterday’s Big Thing?  Podcasts are seeing their biggest growth since 2006. The number of people who listen to one or more podcasts grew by an estimated 20 million in 2019. Why should you listen? 

Not the Only One! The United Methodist Church has launched the "Not the Only One" advertising campaign to offer encouragement through community. The new ads encourage people to visit a local UM church and share their faith journey with others. Read press release

Upcoming Events

Stressed Out? Why not attend Olmsted Manor’s Rest and Renewal Retreat from Nov. 10-12? Get details.

Safe Space Training:  Mifflin Ave. UMC will host Safe Space Training at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 for individuals, groups or congregations who want to move toward creating Safe(r) Spaces for those who have been marginalized. By engaging in difficult conversations, participants will become more aware of privilege, understand micro-agression, and determine action steps to create Safe[r] Space in their lives, workplaces and churches. Mitchell Hortert, MSW, Caseworker Supervisor for the Allegheny County Children/Youth/Family Services, will lead the session.

Olmsted Christmas Open House: Join the staff and board members of Olmsted Manor for an evening of live music, refreshments, conversation, and celebration of the birth of Christ. The Christmas Open House will be held from 3-8 p.m. on two Sundays, December 1 and 8. This free event is open to the whole family and will include tours of the historic manor and newly remodeled retreat facilities. For more info, visit olmstedmanor.org
Download flier

Volunteer Opportunity: The Palliative Medicine division of Allegheny Health Network seeks volunteers to offer spiritual/pastoral care for inpatients at its facilities in 2020. Locations are in the Pittsburgh region. Training will be provided. Get details

Take Note

Clarification on Health Insurance Costs: In last week’s e-news, we announced that the 2020 health insurance rates for clergy appointed full-time to the local church will be $1413, or $16,956 per year. (The words "per year" were inadvertently omitted. We apologize if anyone was confused by the error.) The rate includes vision, medical and dental care. Details at wpaumc.org/benefits