WPAUMC enews - June 29, 2022



Mapletown UMC Rises from Ashes: The Observer-Reporter published a story about Mapletown UMC breaking ground on their new church building after a devastating fire in 2020. Read more

The Northeast Jurisdictional Conference: After the UMC Judicial Council ruled that Jurisdictional Conferences can elect new bishops this year, the Council of Bishops scheduled the elections for Nov. 2-5. Newly elected bishops take office on Jan. 1. The Baltimore-Washington Conference will host the NEJ Conference.

Mission u 2022 Scholarships: Registration for the 2022 Mission u and Youth Mission u, scheduled for Aug. 19-22 at Jumonville, should open by the end of this week. In the meantime, first-time attendees may want to download a form to apply for one of two scholarships. The deadline to apply is August 1. The Gene Stollings Memorial Scholarship will cover the cost of registration, room and board for a first-time clergy attendee. (Download in Word). The Evelyn Hull Memorial Scholarship will cover the cost of a first-time attendee sponsored by a UMW/UWF unit. Some districts also offer scholarships. Get details on Mission u and how to order the adult text book at wpaumc.org/missionu or here.

#BeUMC: At some point each of us chose to be a United Methodist. Watch and share We are the Church Together to remember why and see how you are a vital part of The United Methodist Church’s continuing mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

UM News

The Role of the Church in Addressing Gun Violence: Churches often feel overwhelmed with the idea of taking on potentially divisive issues, the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter acknowledges. However, she says churches have a positive role to play in addressing the tragedy of mass shootings. It starts with recognizing there is no single answer. Read commentary.

New Era for Church and Boy Scouts of America: The United Methodist Church will continue to partner with the Boy Scouts of America but in a new relationship that should lighten the load for local churches. The shift comes after a difficult two years that has included the BSA’s child sex abuse-related bankruptcy proceeding and the pandemic. Read UM News story

Bishops With Extra Workloads to Get Stipends: The board of The United Methodist Church's finance agency has approved a monthly stipend for active bishops who have led more than one episcopal area in this time of disruption. Read UM News story

Church Responds after Mass Death of Migrants: United Methodists are responding after the deaths of at least 50 migrants found in an abandoned tractor-trailer in Texas. Bishop Robert Schnase is among the church leaders grieving the loss and urging United Methodists to continue to work for justice for migrants. The United Methodist Church has long had a commitment to immigration reform. Read UM News story

Continuing Education 

Methodist Theological School in Ohio is offering two one-week courses for auditing during the summer term: African-American Religious History (July 19-22), and Field Theology: Water and Watersheds (July 25-29). Audit fees are $200 per class, with a reduced fee of $75 for those 60 or older. Auditors simply need to complete the brief non-credit application.

Church Administration 

Interested In Becoming a Certified Church Administrator? The 2022 Academy of Church Business Administration (ACBA) will be held August 22 – September 1 in Nashville, TN. Church administrators receive all the necessary in-classroom training to obtain their designation as a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) through The Church Network. United Methodist participants will also meet the requirements you will need to be a Certified United Methodist Church Administrator (CUMCA). Learn more and register.

Church Admin Retreat: Revs. Donna Doutt and Connie Hoeke will lead a retreat July 17-19 at Olmsted Manor. This retreat is designed for those who serve in a church, ministry, or similar organization in an administrative role. Prioritize this time to gain new skills, fellowship with folks who understand, and recharge your batteries. Register. 

Opportunities for Young People

UTH 4 Missions will be held July 18-22 at Jumonville. Register your youth for a week of outreach, worship and service.

Youth 2023: The Conference Youth Ministry Team is looking for 20 youth groups in our conference to attend Youth 2023 next summer in Daytona Beach, Florida! See more and register. Contact Amanda Mitchell at Amanda.mitchell@wpaumc.org with any questions.

United Women in Faith Travel/Study Grants: July 12 is the deadline for young women (age 21-35) to apply for a travel and study grant from United Women in Faith. The Theressa Hoover Community Service and Global Citizenship Award offers funds to travel to another country to explore and study. Priority will be given to projects addressing climate justice and the criminalization of communities of color. Learn more

Upcoming Events

Helping Small Churches Thrive: The National Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors will hold its annual gathering in person in Branson, MO from Sept. 14-16. An online option is also available. Rev. Bev. Roscoe of WPAUMC is secretary and membership chair of the group. Get details and register.  

Pastoral Care & Cultural Chaos: Pastor Garry Ingraham, Director of Transforming Congregations, will speak at Ashes to Life Ministries, July 8th, 8:30 till noon. Learn about the theology of sexuality in line with the Book of Discipline along with incredible grace to communicate it. We will begin with a light breakfast and end with a love offering. RSVP at ashestolife1@gmail.com.
Sacred Conversations to End Racism: This October 9-11, Olmsted Manor Retreat Center in Ludlow, PA, will partner with CCW Transformation Ministries to offer Sacred Conversations to End Racism, a contemplative retreat on the equitable treatment of all God’s people. This event is for both clergy and laity who hunger for a deep spiritual experience and who are interested in joining God in becoming agents of reconciliation. Leaders Claire Cox-Woodlief and Latercha McKnight will teach participants practical ways to have sacred and brave conversations towards ending racism. Learn more and register.
Olmsted Retreats: Olmsted Manor invites WPAUMC clergy and their families to get away during July and August for some respite, renewal, and time to grow. Pastors can come alone for an individual retreat or bring along immediate family to make some memories in the woods. This reduced rate is available through the Clergy Respite Retreat Scholarship. Apply here. Other retreats scheduled this summer include: