WPAUMC enews - June 30, 2021



Pray for Our Pastors:  Using familiar words from Ecclesiastes, the Rev. Alyce Weaver Dunn urges prayer for pastors who will begin a new season in their ministry as they move to new appointments this week. Read her post.
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2021 Bike-a-Thon Offers Options: Registration is open for the 2021 Campership Walk/Run/Bike-a-Thon to raise funds for the Deeply Rooted, Upward Reaching Campaign supporting  WPAUMC’s camps and retreat ministry sites. This year one-day events will be offered at five rails-to-trails sites in Western PA. Get details

Annual Conference Update: Wednesday was the last day to return ballots on four legislative items submitted to the members of the annual conference. They included: A motion to suspend the Conference rules requiring in-person voting; the budget for 2022, the slate of nominees for Conference boards and committees, and items related to the merger of the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of the Susquehanna Conference into the United Methodist Foundation of Western PA. All four passed, with about 94 percent of members voting in favor. Find details of the legislation and other annual conference reports and videos at wpaumc.org/AC


Do Everything for Christ! That’s one of the Top 10 principles recommended by the speaker at a Women’s Leadership Lunch and Learn event presented by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Rev. Dr. Susan Moudry wrote a blog post about it.  

Welcoming a Woman Pastor: Mark your calendar for GCSROW’s next Women's Leadership Summit Lunch and Learn on Thursday, July 8 at 1PM ET. The discussion will focus on  Welcoming a Woman Pastor. Download flyer with connection info

Abundant Health

Addressing Environmental Risks: In a blog for the Abundant Health Team, Rev. Lynette S. Moran suggests educating about the risks and advocating for action to reduce exposure to asbestos and lead. While both have been outlawed, they remain in many older homes and structures, including churches. Read more

Clergy Summer Getaway: Olmsted Manor offers WPAUMC clergy the opportunity to have some time away for a personal retreat or to spend time with immediate family with a 50 percent discount on lodging during July and August. Get details

Dismantling Poverty

Sharon Parish Community Garden: Vegetables are appearing in the raised beds of the free community garden built and planted on a vacant lot by the churches of the Sharon Parish. Rev. Doug Dyson was interviewed on the site by WFMJ 21, the NBC affiliate in Youngstown today. See video story


Mission Updates: This week’s WPAUMC Mission News has lots of new information and opportunities to learn and get involved as a mission volunteer. Read it.
Mission u Zoom Study: Finding Peace in an Anxious World, the Mission u Spiritual Growth study, will be offered as a free zoom course in July. It uses the book of Proverbs and “The Serenity Prayer” as guides to help Christians find their way through anxiety, worry, and fear and move towards God’s peace that surpasses  all understanding.  Particularly appropriate in these times, the study will be offered on four Saturday afternoons beginning July 10 from 2-4 p.m. Leaders will be Barb Hess and Diane Miller. Register

Dismantling Racism

Expanding the Table is GCORR's new podcast on practicing anti-racism. In episode 2, three Asian-American Christian theologians examine the history and current realities of anti-Asian racism in the United States and what every Christian should know and do.
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Resources and Training

Online Ministry Podcast: A new weekly podcast with tips on improving online ministries launched with five episodes on June 17. Produced and hosted by the Rev. Ryan Dunn of UM Communications, "Pastoring in the Digital Parish" should serve as "the digital ministry class you missed in seminary." The podcast is available via Apple, Google, Spotify and Amazon, as well as on the ResourceUMC website. Read press release
See episodes at ResourceUMC

8 Financial Lessons for the Post-Pandemic Church: Lovett Weems and Ann Michel share eight key lessons to help churches deal with the financial aftershocks of the COVID crisis. Now is the time to create a healthier financial future by managing resources wisely, engaging givers more effectively, and seeking more creative approaches to economic sustainability. Read more now.

The 2021 Academy of Church Business Administration will be held September 20 – 30 in Nashville, TN. It’s hosted by the General Council on Finance and Administration and offers a high-quality education and certification program for church business administrators. Through the Academy, church administrators receive the necessary in-classroom training to be designated a Certified Church Administrator (CCA). Get details

UMC News

Church for Gamers: When a video game-playing pastor realized the strong communities that gamers were building online, he saw an untapped opportunity for ministry. CrossFire: faith + gaming utilizes a number of online platforms to host both religious and informal discussions to build community. Learn more

UMs Step Up in Miami Condo Disaster: United Methodists in Florida are stepping up to help however they can after the catastrophe at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside. Sometimes, help means taking action. Other times, it is offering an open ear to those trying to make sense of what just happened. Read story