WPAUMC enews - June 15, 2022



Let Us Remember in Prayer all the high school and college graduates beginning a new phase of life, those beginning retirement, pastors moving to new appointments, and the churches experiencing a pastoral change. 

Mission u 2022 will be held at Jumonville the weekend of Aug. 19-21, with programs for adults, youth and children. All will be focused on Building Community. The adult study will be led by Revs. Beth Nelson and Terry Shaffer, while Rev. Bev Roscoe will be dean for Youth Mission u and Peggy Ward will lead the children’s program. Rev. Ricky Nelson is Dean.  Get details.

Summer Residential Licensing School and Certified Lay Minister training will be held July 24-August 3, 2022  at Olmsted Manor Retreat Center. Applicants must be certified candidates for ministry. Get details and download application.

Annual Conference

AC Videos and Photos: Videos of the Bishop's State of the Church Address, as well as the Five Areas of Focus videos to share are available on the WPAUMC YouTube channel. 

Additional  photos of the Ordination Service are posted on the WPAUMC Flickr feed

 A written wrap-up of the 2022 Annual Conference is posted in the news section of the Conference website here.

Dismantling Racism

Juneteenth–A Cause for Celebration and Call to Action: As much as Juneteenth should be a moment of celebration, it is also a moment to remember the violence Black Americans have endured and how much work remains to be done, writes author and Pastor Michael W. Waters in a piece for Faith and Leadership. Read it.

Juneteenth events are being held in cities around the Conference. Johnstown DS Sung Chung participated in a panel discussion on June 13 sponsored by the Johnstown NAACP. See their Facebook feed for activities. 
Pittsburgh's celebration is planned for June 17-19 downtown. Details are here
The City of Erie will celebrate with a block party and celebration of African-American culture. Get details

PA Churches Juneteenth Worship: The PA Council of Churches will hold an virtual Juneteenth observance at 7 p.m. , Sunday, June 26. Registration is now open via eventbrite at eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-2022-virtual-service-tickets-367094097327
The service will streamed on the PA ChurchesAdvocacy Facebook page at facebook.com/PAChurchesAdvocacy/live 
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Racial Justice Prayer and Action: The Challenge begins on Juneteenth (6/19). You are invited to sign up and participate. Learn more.  


BSA Affiliation Agreements: The United Methodist Men said Tuesday that a new “Affiliation Agreement” has been finalized and approved by The UMC Ad Hoc Leadership Team, BSA top executives and GCUMM top executives. Learn more

Meet in the Middle: In this week's Meet in the Middle podcast, the Rev. Dawn Lynn Check talks with Linda Thayer, President of the Conference United Women in Faith. They talk about the 150-year history of the organization formerly known as United Methodist Women and how it is moving forward in service to God and their community under a new name. Listen

Church Administrators Training: Rev. Donna Doutt and Rev. Connie Hoeke will lead the annual Church Admin Training at Olmsted Manor on July 17-19. This retreat is designed for those who serve in a church, ministry, or similar organization in an administrative role. Get details. 

Churches and the Pandemic Webinar: A webinar about how churches and clergy are faring in light of the COVID-19 pandemic will take place at 7 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on June 27. United Methodist Communications is a partner in the study, which received input from 5,000 churches.
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Leadership Institute 2022: Super Early Bird pricing for the Leadership Institute 2022 is currently available, offering a discount of up to 30% off the regular price until July 1. The event, scheduled for Sept. 28-30 in Leawood, KS, online, or via simulcast, offers meaningful worship, eight well-known keynote speakers, as well as time for prayer, reflection, networking, and team building. Learn more

Dismantling Poverty

New Non-profit Aiding Hunger in Ere: Lake Erie Food Rescue, patterned after the 412 Food Rescue in the Pittsburgh area, is picking up extra food from residential facilities in the area and transporting it to shelters and other organizations feeding those in need. Second Harvest provides similar services, but the need in the area has increased. Read more

World Refugee Day is June 20. The United Methodist Committee on Relief began its work with refugees in the 1940s and it remains a strong focus today. Together with ecumenical partners, UMCOR’s work is rooted in the biblical mandate to welcome the stranger. The denomination’s relief agency offers resources for churches and individuals to raise awareness and advocate for refugees. View resources

UMC News

Megachurch, North GA Conference Reach Settlement: The North Georgia Conference and its largest-membership church have reached a multimillion-dollar settlement to end a high-profile legal battle.  Mt. Bethel Church in Marietta, Georgia, has agreed to pay $13.1 million to the conference trustees to leave The United Methodist Church with property and become independent. Mt. Bethel must pay that amount within 120 days and has embarked on a fundraising campaign to do so. Read more