WPAUMC enews - December 7, 2022



After Fire Damages 200-year-old Stahlstown Church, Congregation Perseveres: The 200-year-old church in Stahlstown will need extensive repairs after it was damaged in a fire late Sunday. Read story
Bakerstown UMC Food Distribution: The Bakerstown United Methodist Church and the Lighthouse Foundation on Tuesday hosted a drive-through food distribution to combat food insecurity in the area. This Butler Eagle article can be viewed in the print publication or online. (Note: The online story is behind a paywall and requires a subscription). 

Matoushaya Honored as 40 Under 40: Sandra Matoushaya, missional engagement coordinator for the conference, was recently honored by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of their 40 Under 40. "As a Christian, I know that [serving others] is something I’ve been called to do,” she says. “There are people who are suffering and there’s ways in which I can help.” Read more.

Thanksgiving Partnerships: Check out the most recent Mission News, which highlights various food ministries around the conference for the Thanksgiving season. Read Mission News

UM News

The Recap, Episode 3: In this episode of The Recap, UM News looks back at favorite UMC.org stories, celebrates the gifts given to support Ukraine, teaches about Junius B. Dotson Institute for Music and Worship in the Black Church and Beyond, and shares the impact of the #BeUMC campaign. Watch

Apply for Scholarships through GBHEM: One of the major obstacles to students who are preparing for their calling at a college or university is a lack of financial resources. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry connects student with the resources needed to claim and flourish in their calling through higher education. Scholarship application open December 15 and runs through March 30, 2023. Apply


Ideas for When Christmas Falls on Sunday: Why worship on Christmas Day? The Revs. Jessica Anschutz and Doug Powe share important reasons for worshipping on Christmas Day and offer ideas for innovative, hybrid or virtual worship to celebrate the Savior’s birth. Read Lewis Center Resource

Six church projects for 2023: Mission projects don't have to be overly complex to be effective, says the Rev. Ken Sloane, director of stewardship and generosity for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. Sloan suggests six projects tied to six Special Sundays that are celebrated by congregations of The United Methodist Church. Read more


Is Christmas about peace and comfort? "The peace of Christmas Season is a sure and certain promise to those among us and those we have yet to connect with who have known anything but peace in their lives," writes the Rev. Taylor W Burton Edwards. Read commentary.

 A Conversation About Words We Use and Misuse: We hear terms such as gaslighting, implicit bias and cultural bias in the news, on social media, perhaps even at church. In the latest episode of the "Get Your Spirit in Shape" podcast, the Rev. Enger Muteteke from the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race shares how understanding the terms and viewing them through a scriptural lens can help build a culture of belonging in congregations and communities. Listen