WPAUMC enews - April 20, 2022



Annual Conference 2022: The Pre-Conference Booklet is now available through a link on the Annual Conference webpage wpaumc.org/AC
Order of Elder Meeting: The Order of Elder will hold a reorganizational meeting, with election of officers, on Thursday, May 12, following the adjournment of the Clergy Session at Dutilh U.M. Church. All members of the order are encouraged to attend and are eligible to vote. Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi will convene the meeting and preside over the election of new officers. Clergy session begins at 1 p.m., May 12 at Dutilh UMC. Register for Clergy Session
Update on Bishops’ Regional Gatherings: The final four Same Mission: New Hope gatherings for laity and clergy to hear from Bishops Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Sandra Steiner Ball will be held over the coming weekend and Monday evening. The Bishops will be at Life Church in Fairmont, WV and at Grace UMC in Grove City on Saturday, April 23; at Grace UMC in Somerset on Sunday, April 24, and at Mt. Nittany UMC in State College, PA on Monday, April 25. A recording of the presentation will be posted after the last session. Get details.
Bishop Steiner Ball to Lead GBHEM: The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has elected Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball as the president of its board of directors. Steiner Ball — who jointly leads the West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Susquehanna conferences with Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi — follows Bishop William McAlilly, whose term has expired. Steiner Ball “brings a wealth of resources and knowledge to GBHEM,” said the Rev. Greg Bergquist, the agency's top executive. Read press release
UMCOR Partners to Aid Ukraine Hospitals: The United Methodist Committee on Relief is collaborating with a Texas-based humanitarian organization focused on Ukraine and UMC-related Ohio Health to send 47,895 pounds of medical supplies and equipment worth $935,000.00 to two hospitals in Kyiv, Ukraine. The second of three shipments arrived on April 20, with a third to follow.  Learn more


Meet in the Middle: Meet in the Middle co-hosts Rev. Dawn Lynn Check and Rev. Renee Mikell discuss the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has been confirmed and, when sworn in, will become the first Black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Listen
Un-Tied Methodism: In the latest episode of Un-Tied Methodism, Dr. Ashley Bogan Dreff of the UM Commission on Archives and History talks with Alex Parrish, the Methodist Librarian at Drew University, about how the United Methodist tradition evangelized to non-white persons via the Woman’s Home Missionary Society. Listen

Caring for God’s Creation

Earth Day is April 22!  The theme is Weathering the Storm: Faithful Climate Resilience. Learn more and download Earth Day Sunday resources.
To join in an ecumenical worship service at noon, Friday April 22, register here.  
UM Net-Zero? It’s Complicated: There’s a delicate balance between meeting the goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and running effective ministries that use energy. A one-year progress report issued by the United Methodist Interagency Just and Equitable Net-Zero Coalition shows progress in measuring emissions, but the search continues for ways to judge how cutting emissions may inadvertently cause damage to people already struggling. Read UM News story
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Leadership Development

Keys for Vital Small Church Ministry: David Gilmore says the size of a congregation shouldn’t affect its ability to connect with its neighbors. Small congregations who are intentional about finding their niche, empowering laity, focusing outward, and collaborating can be just as vital as larger congregations. Read more in Leading Ideas
Connecting with Communities: How can your congregation connect with new people in both physical and digital spaces? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. interviews Jordana Wright on strategies for transforming congregations into vibrant community hubs. Watch or listen

UMC News

ZEA Adopts First Fruits Offering Concept: United Methodists in the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area are embracing the biblical concept of offering the first fruits of a harvest to God. What started as a small seed in one church has blossomed into big acts of worship across the area. Learn more
Judicial Council Rulings: The Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church's top court, released four rulings this week. Two stem from annual conference resolutions about LGBTQ inclusion. The other two dealt with procedural matters. Read story
UM Men Rebranding: The General Commission on United Methodist Men is launching a new ministry model and rebranding itself as United Men’s Ministry to reach new generations of men. Read more
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Native American Ministries Sunday is May 1: Learn why we celebrate it and find resources in the Pastors and Leaders Kit. 

Showing Respect for First People: The Greater Northwest Area Circle of Indigenous Ministries offers resources for local churches to show respect for the first peoples who lived where their ministries now stand. The Rev. Allen Buck of the Circle of Indigenous Ministries said that the circle’s land-acknowledgment resource can guide United Methodists in a journey of hope, healing and friendship. See resources 

Upcoming Events

Ecumenical Advocacy Days, an annual gathering of Christian advocates and activists, will be held virtually this year from April 25-27. Among the many faith-based sponsors of the national gathering are the UMC Board of Church and Society and United Women of Faith (formerly UMW). The theme for EAD 2022, "Fierce Urgency: Advancing Civil & Human Rights," calls Christians into solidarity to restore, protect, and expand voting rights in the United States and to realize human rights around the world. Get details
Refuge Golf Tournament: Help the Erie UM Alliance end homelessness for families with children by registering for EUMA's 26th Annual Refuge Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, June 20 at Riverside Golf Course in Cambridge Springs PA. It’s a four-person scramble with a shot-gun start at 1 p.m. Get details and register. 
UM Appalachian Ministry Network Celebration: Registration is now open for the 50th Anniversary Assembly of the UM Appalachian Ministry Network, set for Oct. 5-7 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, WVA.  Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton will participate. Download flier
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