WPAUMC enews for Feb. 19, 2020



Delegation Endorses Two for Bishop: WPAUMC's 2020 General/Jurisdictional Conference delegation has endorsed the Rev. Robert Zilhaver and the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn as candidates for Bishop in the Northeastern Jurisdiction. Learn more.

Lausters Compile Jones Lenten Devotional: Washington DS Brad Lauster’s life has been so impacted by the writings of E. Stanley Jones that he and his wife Karen compiled a daily devotional booklet with 18-weeks of daily entries drawn from Jones’ writing. Lauster received permission from the E. Stanley Jones Foundation to share the devotional with his colleagues and friends in ministry. Entries begin with Ash Wednesday. Download Above All Else devotional.

Join Us for Ash Wednesday Worship! All are invited to join the Conference Staff and Cabinet for an Ash Wednesday service at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, at the Conference Center. The service, led by the Rev. Amy Wagner, will include communion and imposition of ashes.
Free Lenten Resources: With Ash Wednesday a week away, UM Communications offers free downloadable social media content for Lent and Holy Week. See what’s available 

Developing Christian Leaders

Jumonville Seeks Camp Deans: Jumonville is seeking several volunteers to serve as Deans for various programs for summer 2020.  A musically inclined individual is needed to dean the Rock the Mountain music camp from July 5-10. There are several openings for elementary adventure camp deans.  One is for the week of July 12-17 and the other for the week of July 19-24. To volunteer, email Rebekah at rebekah@jumonville.org

Know Your Spiritual Gifts? You and others in your congregation can discover their spiritual gifts and how to use them with a new online tool and other resources from Discipleship Ministries. Learn more 
Take Spiritual Gifts Inventory

UMC News

Exploring New Ways to Process GC Legislation: General Conference organizers have established a think tank to explore different ways to process legislation. “This is not a General Conference as usual,” said Kim Simpson, chair of the Commission on the General Conference. Some delegates are pushing to consider proposals to split the denomination before any other legislation at the May 5-15 gathering. Learn more

Not So Bad News on UMC Giving: Immediately after the 2019 General Conference, giving to general church ministries plummeted. But by the end of 2019 the collection rate had rebounded somewhat and the General Council on Finance and Administration received nearly 85% of requested giving — below recent years but exceeding the most dire projections. Learn more

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In the News

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy: United Methodist Men announced continued support for Boy Scouts of America amid its bankruptcy filing to address hundreds of lawsuits related to abuse accusations. The bankruptcy will not affect local Scout meetings or programs for youth. However, United Methodist Men stressed that children's safety is paramount.Read UMM press release
Read AP story on BSA bankruptcy filing
See Erie-Times News story with Boy Scouts council for northwestern Pennsylvania’s statement. Read story


Missionaries to Visit WPA: Missionaries Lourdes and Rich Mroczka, who serve in Guatemala, will visit Pennsylvania and other states from April 16 to June 30, 2020. If you’d like them to speak to your congregation or group about Guatemala, send an invitation from your church to richmroczka@gmail.com

Rural Zim Clinic #5 Groundbreaking! The Nyadire Connection reports that a groundbreaking ceremony was held Feb. 17 to kick off the work to rebuild the Mashambanhaka Rural Health Clinic. The God-led journey to rebuild the six clinics administered by Nyadire UM Mission Hospital began in the spring of 2013 with the rebuild of Chikwizo. Next was Nyahuku, then Dendera, then Dindi. Mashambanhaka will be number 5! See photos and more news on The Nyadire Connection Facebook page

Ministry with the Poor

Hunger Advocacy Workshop: The president of Bread for the World will be the keynote speaker at the organization’s 2020 Hunger Advocacy Workshop, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 19 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Download flier to share

Dismantling Racism/Social Justice

Glave Featured on Fierce: Rev. Dianne Glave, WPAUMC coordinator of diversity development, is featured in a post on the Fierce: Healthy- Fit-Fabulous website highlighting her advocacy efforts to combat climate change. See post.

Turn Strangers into Neighbors! How do you build trust between a community and its immigrants? In a Faith and Leadership article, a non-profit offers four steps to make connections and build community. Read more 


Faith Talks: On Thursday, February 20, your invited to join a ZOOM webinar as the UMW’s  #FaithTalks podcast recording will focus on state and national efforts to pass “time to care” laws supporting paid family and medical leave. Register