WPAUMC enews - April 13, 2022



As we continue through Holy Week, we invite continued prayers for all those affected by the war in Ukraine and unrest elsewhere in our world, as well as for our Bishop and her family. Her mother, Joan Lee Simms Moore, was laid to rest today. See Mrs. Moore’s obituary

SPARK Update: The youth had a great time at SPARK in Erie last weekend. In addition to worship, Gaga-ball and other activities, they put together Blessing Bags for those in need in the Erie area. See photos at facebook.com/wpaumc

Update from Raising Hope Ukraine: In an email last month, one of the ways Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi suggested churches might help the people of Ukraine was by donating to Raising Hope Ukraine.  The ministry, launched by Archana (an American) and Ruslan Tkachuk (a native Ukrainian), has long-standing ties to First UMC of Hershey in the Susquehanna Conference. Several churches made contributions and received a video update this week from the Tkachuks, who have been ministering to those on the ground by providing food, fuel, and other supplies as well as a safe place to sleep for those who are displaced by the war. See video 
WPAUMC churches who sent donations include Timblin, Monroeville, Circleville, Teepleville and Brown Hill UMCs, Center Ave. in Pitcairn and Mt. Lebanon UMC. 

Ukrainian Egg Decorating Class: To raise awareness and funds for Ukraine relief efforts, Galloway UMC held Ukrainian egg decorating classes. Pastor Roy Gearhart reports that donations from class participants along with others sharing special gifts total over $2300. These will be sent to UMCOR.  UMCOR Ukraine response

Holy Week/Easter

Social Media Memes: UM News offers two Easter-themed memes to download and share on Facebook or other social media. One features a sculpture of the Last Supper from Bolivia and the other the cross at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, S.C. 
Download Maundy Thursday meme
Download Easter meme

Simone the Cyrene Musical: The Rev. Henry Masters has had a long-standing interest in Black church history, and he's lived a lot of it, too, as pastor to prominent Black United Methodist congregations in Dallas and Los Angeles. At age 76, he's officially retired — but still busy. Masters' latest project is a musical about Simon of Cyrene, the African man compelled to carry Jesus' cross. Read more

UMC News

Did Jesus laugh? Did he find humor with his friends, the disciples, as they moved through the region? In the latest episode of the "Get Your Spirit in Shape" podcast, Robert Darden, Baylor University professor and religious humorist, explores how humor can be a part of your faith journey.  Listen to podcast

Campbell to Lead Discipleship Ministries: The Rev. Jeff Campbell will become the permanent chief executive of UM Discipleship Ministries on April 18. He has been serving as acting CEO since February 2021. “Jeff Campbell brings a pastoral heart and a rich understanding of the role of the local church in making disciples of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Mark J. Webb, president of the Discipleship Ministries board of directors. Read press release

Provisional Conference Votes to Leave UMC: The Bulgaria-Romania Provisional Annual Conference has voted to leave The United Methodist Church for the Global Methodist Church when the new theologically conservative denomination begins operations May 1. United Methodist Bishop Patrick Streiff said the disaffiliation vote — as conducted by conference members — was “without legal basis in the Book of Discipline.” Read UM News story

Heritage Sunday is May 22 this year, and United Methodist Archives and History plans to release several resources around the theme of "Splits, Separations and Reconciliations." The materials will look at church splits over the past 250 years, beginning with the original split from the Church of England in 1784. There will be an interactive timeline, online course, podcasts and more. Learn more

Dismantling Poverty

A Fresh Start After Abuse: There's a safe space at the New Beginnings, Navajo United Methodist Center for survivors of abuse and stalking. The center is a national mission institution for United Women in Faith. Participants can reside for a year rent-free while they work to become emotionally and financially independent. Learn more

Strengthening Urban Community: When faced with inability to pay for food, rent or utilities, families or individuals are often asked to fill out lengthy forms to determine eligibility for financial assistance. An Indiana nonprofit with United Methodist ties takes a different route — by focusing on talents and gifts instead of poverty. See Faith and Leadership story


Ideas for Native American Ministries Sunday: Since 1989, United Methodist congregations have observed the third Sunday after Easter as Native American Ministries Sunday. This year it’s  May 1. The purpose is to elevate and support the contributions and voices of Native/Indigenous people in our church. The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has suggestions for congregations and individuals to honor native/indigenous people, as well as offering a new downloadable infographic. View resource

Olmsted Spring Women’s Retreat: Rev. Ginger Thomas will be the leader for this year’s retreat at Olmsted Manor, which begins with dinner on Friday, May 20 and concludes with lunch on Sunday, May 22. For more information, click here.

Pastors Academy: The theme for the 2022 Pastors Academy, scheduled for May 23-25 at Olmsted Manor, is Life Together: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Quest for Community. The Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, pastor of Epworth UMC and Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, will lead the Academy sessions. Get details and register

Annual Conference UMCOR Collections: The Mission Barn will collect UMCOR hygiene kits and cleaning buckets –or ingredients for the kits–during annual conference. Volunteers are needed to help with the collection. To help, contact Katie Peterson at missionbarn@gmail.com or 906-630-1519

The Conference Center will be closed from Maundy Thursday through Monday, April 18 for Easter.  May you be blessed and rejoice in the good news and hope of Easter.