WPAUMC enews - May 26, 2021



This week’s enews was delayed due to a power outage from Wednesday’s storm. 

AC2021 Updates: To receive a ballot for voting you must register for Annual Conference before May 31. If you did not receive the registration link mailed on May 6 or a reminder last week and believe you should have, email conferencesecretary@wpaumc.org.
Get details on AC2021

 Walking for EUMA: Kurt Crays, the executive director of the Erie UM Alliance, his daughter Cora, and several other EUMA supporters are walking to end homelessness THIS weekend! Join them on the walk, at any of the stopping locations, or support walked virtually by donating! The goal is to raise $8,000 before May 31st and they are 57% of the way there! Get details at euma-erie.org/ or on Facebook
Relaunch Playbook with Kay Kotan: Registration is open for our June 21 Ultimate Relaunch Playbook with church consultant and author Kay Kotan. It’s from 6:30-8 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more and register
Scholarship for Military Chaplaincy: The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation invites students preparing for chaplaincy in any branch of the U.S. military to apply for the Samuel Grover Powell Scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited theological seminary and meet other requirements. The deadline to apply is July 1. 
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Global Ministries

 Pray for the People of DRC: The eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano May 22 resulted in the deaths of at least 15 people and left many homes and a United Methodist church buried under lava. Of the people who were killed in the May 22 eruption, nine died in a traffic accident, four died trying to escape from Munzenze central prison, and two others were charred by lava, according to a report by Patrick Muyaya, the minister of Communication and Media for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many people are missing, possibly including 170 children, the BBC reported, citing UNICEF. Learn more 

Dismantling Racism

Church Door and Cross Vandalized:  When people drive past University United Methodist Church, they see a series of doors that proclaim "God's Doors Are Open To All" and "Black Lives Matter." Recently, the Black Lives Matter door was torn from its frame and the church's wooden cross knocked to the ground. The door is now reinstalled. Jay D. Locklear reports.
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Returning to Congregational Singing? Practical Resources for Churches offers a panel discussion via Zoom with ideas and resources to help your congregation return to singing in a way that is safe and practical for you. Leaders will be Brian Hehn, Director of the Center for Congregational Song, and Karrie Rushing, Music Director, First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, NC and board member for Presbyterian Association of Musicians.It’s Tuesday, June 1 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Register for webinar
Copyrights and the Church: Nate Scott, Director of Publisher and Songwriter Relations at Christian Copyright Licensing International, and  Deanna Rose, Operations Manager at Christian Copyright Solutions, will lead a Practical Church Resources webinar at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 2 for Practical Resources for Churches. They’ll discuss individual blanket licenses and bundles. Get details
See WPAUMC’s guide to copyrights and licensing Navigating the World of Digital Media: Practical Copyright Licensing & Digital Media Strategies for Virtual Ministries, prepared by copyright attorneys with the firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. 
It is available in PDF in a two-page reading spread or an 8.5x11" single-page format.

Do’s & Don’ts of Digital Worship: Tim Snyder of the Lewis Center staff suggests it’s a good time for congregations to reassess their approach to online worship. He offers five “dos and don’ts” for churches looking to make digital worship a permanent element of their ministry. See what they are

Not Wesley’s Cup of Tea? The Rev. Rebekah Miles remembers visiting the World Methodist Museum as a child and coveting its collection of Wesley-themed teapots. These days, the Perkins School of Theology professor says she is most eager to see the museum’s collection of John Wesley’s original letters. That’s where Methodism’s founder often revealed precisely what was — and was not — his cup of tea. Learn more