The Western PA Annual Conference has a strong connection with the Nyadire Connection in Zimbabwe. This year, Lenten Fines will be collected and applied to the Hearing Impaired (HI) Program at the Nyadire United Mission.
The Bishop is holding debriefing sessions in each district so lay and clergy members of the United Methodist Church in Western Pennsylvania hear accurate information about the decisions made at the Special Called Session of General Conference and the process we, as an annual conference, will undertake in order to implement the legislation that passed. The Pittsburgh District Debriefing is Sunday, March 24 at 2 pm at Salem UMC (350 Manor Rd, Wexford, PA 15090).
Donations of nonperishable food are welcome and help the Sewickley Community Center Food Bank provide help to those in need. Look for the cart in the front of the sanctuary on Sunday. Thank you for helping local families in need.
Please join Pittsburgh area United Methodists for an ecumenical prayer vigil for justice and healing in the wake of the death of Antwon Rose, Jr. and the trial of Michael Rosfeld, this Sunday, March 24 at 6:30 pm at Warren UMC, 2604 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh.
The SUMC Youth Group will be selling prayer rocks as a fundraiser to support our various activities. We will be selling the prayer rocks before and after each service on March 31st, April 7th, and April 14th for $10 each.
The annual SUMC Youth Lock In will take place on March 29th and 30th from 7:00 pm until 9:00 am. All youth from 6th to 12th grade are invited to attend for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship. Contact Susie Moffett or Johnathan Burnett for more information.
Church Family Feud returns for the 6th year as part of our Lenten Program on April 7. This year, the 4 teams are Youth, Clergy, Leap of Faith, and the Salad Luncheon crew. To prepare for Church Family Feud, 100 people need to be surveyed. Please fill out the survey here.
Coraopolis UMC (1205 Ridge Road, Coraopolis) is hosting a recital series Wednesdays during Lent at noon with a light lunch following. Dr. Edward Moore, Music Director of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, will bring tomorrow’s (March 13) concert.
We will be offering Kids Night Out as part of Sunday evening's Lenten Dinner program. The children, ages preschool through fifth grade, will join their families and the church family for dinner in the Simpson Room at 5. At approximately 5:45, we will gather the children who want to join us for a Bible story, craft, activity and prayer. The children will then rejoin their families in the sanctuary for the final songs in the hymn sing.
Our Lenten fellowship on Sunday evenings begins this coming Sunday, March 17. We meet for dinner at 5 pm and a program at 6 pm. This week’s dinner theme is “St. Patrick’s Day” with the UMW serving as dinner hosts and providing Irish Stew. Please bring a side, salad or dessert to share. The program on March 17 is a hymn sing.
I don’t think it is a secret that if you looked up “party animal” in the dictionary, you will NOT find my name or picture there. However, this lackluster kind of guy has a very odd allure to the festival of Mardi Gras.
The name of this month has associations with the concepts of beginnings, doorways, openings, gateways and transitions. There’s little doubt that the name derives from the Roman god Janus, who is usually depicted as having two faces, one looking to the past and one to the future. This year, I can’t help but wonder what the United Methodist Church will look like after February.