Two Sections -- Section A
Vol. 156 No. 22
November 6, 2009
Our vision is to ignite a passionate, spiritual connection with Christ among all people in Western Pennsylvania.
WPA-Zimbabwe Connections Grow
By Jackie Campbell,WPAUMC News should produce crops to
feed children living at the
Western PA United Home of Hope orphanage,
Methodists and friends are help- as well as some vegetables
ing to plant seeds of hope among for elementary, secondary
the faithful Christians struggling and teachers’ college stu-
Edinboro Scholar dents and staff who live at
to feed, educate and provide
Thanks You on health care to people in and the mission.
UM Student Day around the Nyadire United Located about 100 miles
“I love bringing a smile Methodist Mission in a remote northeast of the capital city
to someone’s day,” says rural area of Zimbabwe. of Harare, via tar and dirt
Todd Sega, a A small volunteer team from roads, the Nyadire mission
Gift of Hope Western PA, representing The serves a rural population of
Nyadire Connection (TNC), was about 500,000 people in a
That plus a at the mission in mid-October region hard-hit by malaria,
drive to ensure when the first high-speed Inter- HIV/AIDs and other dis-
the best for the people he net connection was made by eases of poverty.The
serves will come in handy installing a satellite dish and 18 4,300-acre mission com- WPAUMC image by Jackie Campbell
as this pharmacy student
prepares for his career. He
boxes of books, many donated by plex includes a 240-bed Dorothy Kadiki, left, Nyadire Teachers' College librarian, and staff
hopes to earn a Doctor of a Pittsburgh-area Half-Price hospital, a nursing school, members sort books donated to start a community library by The
Nyadire Connection and Half-Price Bookstores in the Pittsburgh area.
Pharmacy degree from Books store, were unpacked at the orphanage, a nursery
Ohio Northern University the teachers’ college to serve as school, elementary school and cation is a privilege, with school Many goods are simply not avail-
in 2011. Grateful for gen- the nucleus of the first communi- secondary school, the teachers’ fees beyond the reach of many able.
erous gifts to the United
ty library. college and a United Methodist families.The Nyadire Connection HIV/AIDS is ravaging the
Methodist Student Day
offering, Sega thinks fre- The team also delivered veg- Church.There’s also a large coop- seeks sponsors for the 25 orphans country. An estimated 2,500
quently about the impor- etable seeds gleaned from area erative farm area, but production living at the Home of Hope and men, women and children die of
tance of faith in his life. retailers who discard them after has dwindled the past few years. many others who are cared for in HIV/AIDS-related illnesses every
-- from www.umcgiving.org the local growing season ends. Zimbabwe is impoverished, their villages and attend local week.There is much suffering
See page 3A for more The seeds, many donated by Rol- with more than 70 percent schools. Fuel is scarce and the and tremendous hardship,
scholarship winners. cost of basic commodities is high.
liers Hardware in Mt. Lebanon, unemployed and underfed. Edu- See NYADIRE/page 5A
come inside Find Fellowship, Fine Food, Fun at Mission Gala
By Jackie Campbell,WPAUMC News Erie United Methodist Alliance, Bethany House Academy in Pitts-
burgh, and United Methodist Human Services of Johnstown.
You hold the key to the future of three United Methodist mission Hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and a silent auction begin at 6:00
agencies struggling to serve the needs of pm. Among the auction items are sports memorabilia, including foot-
pg 4A the poor and marginalized in Western PA. balls signed by Pittsburgh Steeler stars Hines Ward and Santo-
You are invited to attend the first Mission nio Holmes.
Gala sponsored by the Western PA Confer- The $100 a plate cost includes a
ence on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Four Points $60 tax deductible gift to the
Sheraton in Cranberry Township. three agencies.To reserve a spot,
Enjoy an elegant evening of fellowship, register online at
food, and inspiration emceed by WTAE-TV news www.wpaumc.org or contact the
pg 5A anchor Sally Wiggin. Speaker for the event is Pitts- Rev. Beth Nelson at 800-886-3382
burgh Post-Gazette columnist Tony Norman. ext. 228 or
Proceeds from the first annual gala will support the email@example.com.
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young ruler life, hope, and possibilities that we can in be a blessing to others.
who chooses no way imagine. We have been set on this earth in the
his own wealth So, given the reality of our human con- midst of one holy mystery after another
over an oppor- dition, what IS the ‘good news?’ and have been told that even after life
tunity to follow The good news from the Old Testament on this planet ends, there is a promise
Jesus, and a dis- is that God consistently said and demon- of something more
ciple who strated to the Israelites that “I will be your We may, on some occasions, be lonely,
denies that he God and you will be my people.” but in Christ we are never, ever alone.
knows Jesus The ‘good news’ from the New Testa- Times are tough. Challenges abound.
and later hides ment is that Jesus consistently said such Choices are limited. And we are tempted
in shame.The things as, “I will never leave you or forsake to make decisions based on all of those
list goes on and you,” and “Father, forgive them, for they grim, human realities.
on. And know not what Concerned about
One of my favorite sections of the Bible through it all, we choose our own they do.” how you will be fed
is the journey of God’s people from Egypt resources, ideas and solutions over the The good
to the Promised Land. Inside each story is
Check the new blog post on the back side of a
offer God consistently makes to be our news from then miracle? God will
a consistent and crazy reality – the chosen advocate, guide and savior. until today is in the Bishop's section provide the manna.
people just don’t get it.They witness the At The Great Escape, our annual clergy that God has of www.wpaumc.org. Tempted to melt
miracle of the parting of the Red Sea only retreat, I was handed a basket with ques- never given up down your gold and
to grumble about not being fed well less tions submitted by those in the crowd. on us, never (as build an idol or
than a chapter later.They lose patience One of the questions was, “Given all the Bill Cosby put it) whistled us out of the reluctant to walk boldly into the future?
with Moses’ absence and begin to melt bad news we have been hearing lately, give pool, never signaled an end to the game. God will still lead you through the wilder-
down gold and construct idols.They us some ‘good news.’” Is there good news today? If you seek ness.
exhibit a lack of trust in God’s direction It’s an interesting question, especially affirmation of human choices or a good Tempted to go your own way? Reluc-
and send spies into the land to determine given the reality that the story of God’s word about our resources or creative tant to sell everything and follow? Afraid
whether or not it can be conquered. At people in the Old and New Testaments is ideas, you might be disappointed. But if to stand up and proclaim your faith?
every point in the story they have an our story as well.Why? Week after week I you’re willing to look beyond our human That’s not ‘good news.’
opportunity to trust in the amazing pres- hear reports from our district superin- limitations and frustrations, then listen to But God’s love for you in the midst of it
ence and undeniable care of God, only to tendents on decisions being made in our this: all is.Thank God!
put their total focus on their own limited local churches – decisions not to move We are called, claimed and loved in
resources and answers. forward, but to retreat and hold on spite of ourselves The Journey Continues ...
Sadly, this same tendency exists when instead; decisions to not make substantive We have been blessed beyond compare
the story shifts from the Old to New Testa- changes that will bring growth, but to con- and given an awesome opportunity to
ment. Given the choice of depending on tinue in a pattern that will ensure
the Lord’s provisions or trust themselves,
one person after another demonstrates a
inevitable death; decisions that bear wit-
ness to the reality that we put more stock
shallow lack of faith: a prodigal who in our human solutions and resources than Major events are featured here. For a complete event listing, go to Calendar Events on
spends his father’s inheritance, a rich in the presence of the one who can give us www.wpaumc.org. Submit events/meetings there or call 800-886-3382.
Imagine No Malaria 7 Leadapalooza, youth ministry leadership seminar, Clarion First UMC, 8:30 am
Bishop Bickerton, chairperson of the to achieve that goal. 14 Laity Event-Living in a Deeply Changed Mission Field, Ingomar UMC
Global Health Initiative for the Council of A new campaign, Imagine No Malaria, 21 You Hold the Key Mission Gala Dinner, Four Points Sheraton,Cranberry Twp., 6 pm
Bishops, seeks nothing less than the elimi- will launch April 25, 2010. 26 Christ the King Sunday
nation of malaria – a treatable and pre- Imagine No Malaria will expand pro- 26 Thanksgiving, UM Center closed Nov. 26-27
ventable disease that still claims a life grams like Nothing But Nets and promote 29 UM Student Special Sunday, one of Six Special Sundays and offerings in The UMC
every 30 seconds — by 2015. prevention and education activities.
The reality, he said, is that it will take a For information, go to www.umc.org. December 2009
far greater effort than Nothing But Nets 25 Christmas, UM Center closed Dec. 24, 25
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WPA Scholars Benefit from UM Student Day Offering
The United Methodist General nated gifts. Scholarship recipients those pursuing theological stud- students to borrow up to $5,000 are available online at
Board of Higher Education and include United Methodist stu- ies, higher education administra- per calendar year at an interest www.gbhem.org.
Ministry administers more than dents working toward degrees at tion degrees or older adults rate of 5 percent. The following Western PA
50 scholarship programs funded any accredited institution within changing careers. The board also United Methodist student United Methodist students were
through Special Sunday offerings, the U.S. Most scholarships for administers 30 United Methodist scholarship and loan applications, awarded GBHEM scholarships
wills, annuities and other desig- graduate study are designated for loan funds, which generally allow as well as detailed information, and loans for 2009:
United Methodist Church Student Institution United Methodist Church Student Institution
Anne Ashley Christopher Golden Messiah College Bradford:First Hannah Swineford Houghton College
Bakerstown Emily Cramer Grove City College Bradford:First Rebekah Swineford Asbury College
Bryan Sara Zebley Westminster College Butler:First Scott Shaffer Duke Divinity School
Natrona Heights:Center Chelsea Fleischman Allegheny College Kane:First Kathy Long Univ. Pittsburgh, Bradford
Central Highlands Abigail Starr Westminster College St. Mary's:First Lindsay Hoffman Gannon Univ.
Chippewa Courtney Klein Allegheny College Girard Amanda Drury Baldwin-Wallace College
Uniontown:Christ Joseph Koe Messiah College Glenwood Rebecca Lenox Gannon Univ.
Concord Chelsea Alberth Slippery Rock Univ Green Valley Wendy Geib Ohio Northern Univ.
Concord Nicole Smilac Allegheny College Ingomar Susan Mullin Pittsburgh Theological Sem.
Cornerstone Samuel Clarke Lycoming College Ingomar Ian Rehn Baldwin-Wallace College
East Grove Michael Dulaney Penn State Behrend Ingomar Allison Rehn Ithaca College
East Kane Ross Nicholson Indiana Univ of PA Irwin:First Sara Odioso Allegheny College
Ebensburg Kelly Miesko Slippery Rock Univ Irwin:First Megan Runser Shenandoah Univ
Edinboro Todd Sega Ohio Northern Univ Kittanning:First Meaghan Volek Allegheny College
Fells Claire Berkley Allegheny College Lawrence Park Jackie Condon Penn State Univ., Erie
Fells Marissa Berkley Dickinson College
Seminary Students Win UMW Scholarship
Two students at Pittsburgh Theolog-
ical Seminary have received scholar-
ships in the past year from the United
Methodist Women Scholarship Fund Sunday, Nov. 29
for Christian Vocations. Andre M.
Flower was presented with a $1,000 Sundays
One of the six c hurc hwide Special Sundays of
scholarship at the UMW annual meet- Day fur-
The United Methodist Churc h, Student Day fur-
ing in October. In July, Susan Lyn students.
nishes sc holar ships and loans for students. Your
Mullin received $2,500, including Generous
Generous Gifts Suppor t:
funds from the Mary Edith Jewell UM sc holar ships and student loans, adminis-
scholarship. tered by Education
tered by the General Board of Higher Education &
Mullin, the daughter of John M. and Ministr y.
Patricia Mullin of Wexford, is a mem- Conferences through the Rebate Program
Conferences through Rebate Prog
ber of Ingomar UMC and served more ships.
aw ard one or more mer it sc holar ships.
internships with Mt. Lebanon UMC Image courtesy Susan Mullin
and the Conference Youth Ministry Susan Mullin, who won a scholarship from the Western PA Visit www.umcgiving.org to find Student Day stories/resources.
UMW, is shown on an archeological dig in Israel last summer.
Mullin, who expects to graduate from PTS next youth. He also has served on the staffs at Wesley
Doors to Learning
Conference Awards Scholarships
year, did an archeological project in Israel this past Woods and Camp Allegheny.
summer. She is a 2005 graduate of Edinboro Uni- His goal is to be ordained as a deacon or elder
versity. and to serve others through music. The Conference Higher Education Scholarship Committee awarded
Andrew is the son of the Rev. John E. Flower Jr., UMW Scholarships are available to students the following scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year:
pastor of Heritage UMC in Ligonier, and his wife and/or pastors who are United Methodists in the Conference Scholarship
Lynne. He is a 2008 graduate of Malone College in WPA Conference and plan to serve in a full-time Timothy Croskey (Fredonia UMC) to Allegheny College
Canton, OH, where he played first trombone with church-related vocation. They must be active in the
the college marching band. He also plays the piano church and community, have satisfactory academic
Marissa Berkley (Fells UMC) to Dickinson College
and organ. He has played for a number of churches ratings and need financial aid.
and been active in school and community praise For more information, contact Nancy C. Jones, Ruth Zitzman Schall Memorial Scholarship
teams. Currently Flower sings in the PTS choir and Ph.D., committee chair, at 117 Georgetown Ave., Jessica Kent (Union City:First UMC) to Allegheny College,
does work study in the archeological museum. With Pittsburgh., PA 15229, 412-761-6674 or Christopher Smith Memorial Scholarship
an undergraduate degree in adult fitness, he has firstname.lastname@example.org. Adam Graves (Aliquippa:First UMC) to Maine Maritime Academy
worked for the Ligonier YMCA as a certified train- The deadline to apply is Oct. 15 for the spring Grace Killian (Mt. Lebanon UMC) to Brandeis University
er. term or April 15 for the fall term. Requirements Megan Saxman (Bridgeville:First UMC) to Otterbein College
Andrew has traveled with a WPA Conference letters of reference from the academic advisor/pro- For information contact George Gerhart, chairperson of the Higher
mission team to the Komi Republic of Russia, fessor, pastor and district superintendent. Education Scholarship Committee, at 724-981-5880 or ggerhart@
where he taught Vacation Bible School to Russian roadrunner.com.
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Palestine VIM Team Harvests Olives
WPAUMC News -- A Western PA Conference Volunteers in Mission team
made up of 13 people from nine churches has returned safely from
Israel/Palestine, and the 13 members are changed people because of the
experience, said Conference Mission/VIM director Diane Miller.
“We saw traditional and historical holy sites, and got to know wonder-
fully holy people,” she explained. “Three priests in particular are among
the most amazing people I’ve ever met: Elias Chacour, author of Blood
Brothers and Archbishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of
Galilee; Ra’ed Abusahlia, the Latin Parish Priest in the Christian Palestin-
ian village where we harvested olives; and Manuel Musallam, Latin parish
priest who spent the past 14 years in Gaza and is recently retired and liv-
ing in a home built for him by his family in Ramallah.
“Palestinian Christians in Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Taybeh
(Ephraim), Ramallah, and Haifa expressed deep gratitude that we were
visiting them, that we were willing to hear their stories, that they were
not forgotten,” she added.
Miller said the team donated well over $3,500 to the projects we visit-
ed – money given by our VIM team members, and donations from their
churches, other individuals and UM churches around Western Pennsylva-
WPAUMC image by Mark Rehn nia. “We carried 12 extra suitcases filled with over-the-counter medi-
Members and friends of the Western PA Conference had the unique opportunity to dialogue cines, toiletries, toys, art supplies, beach towels, children’s clothing,
with the Jim Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Board of Church & Society, on
key social issues recently. On Oct. 10, Winkler spoke at First UMC in Erie about the plight of the toothbrushes and toothpaste, and school supplies,”
poor and marginalized. “Many of our members do some work to feed the poor and house the she said. “Those suitcases were distributed to a
homeless, but do not address the needs of the marginalized,” he said. "We are not going to end
hunger in this country until two things happen: 1) Give everyone healthcare. 2) Provide home for the elderly, schools, a medical clinic, a
employment with a living wage to everyone." home for severely physically and mentally retard-
ed, and the Shepherd Society of the Bethlehem
Bible College for distribution to the poor in Beth-
lehem and Gaza.”
Miller said the team was blessed with dry, hot
weather, so their olive picking went smoothly.
“Our team was parceled out to different families
Image by Mark Rehn
for four days and we picked from about 8 am to
1 pm – with numerous breaks for water and food.
“This was a bad year for the olive harvest,” she noted. “Even though
there were not many olives, every branch still needed to be picked by
hand – quite labor intensive. Five dry winters have taken their toll.
“Typically, people in Palestine (the West Bank) live in villages and their
olive groves surround the village,” Miller said. “They do not irrigate.
By Jackie Campbell,WPAUMC News www.wpaumc.org. we never lose it. Holiday weight Water to the villages is often shut off certain days of the week by Israeli
“Highmark’s Maintain Don’t gain adds up over the years, and authorities. Our hosts pointed out that water is not shut off to the illegal
As Thanksgiving and Christ- Gain program was well received with the extra weight come Israeli settlements that dot the hillsides.”
mas approach, the Western PA in the Conference last year, so associated health burdens. VIM team members represented nine different churches and many are
Health as Wholeness Team has a we’re pleased to recommend “That’s why it’s important to ready to share their stories with others in Western PA.
plan that can help you not only this year’s program,” said Health lighten up your holiday season For more information, contact Miller at MissionVIM@wpaumc.org or
avoid weight gain, but also may as Wholeness Team coordinator and maintain rather than gain,” 800-886-3382, ext. 241. Read Tina Whitehead’s blog about the trip at
feed your soul. Barbara Lewis. “Our goal is to according to Highmark. www.wpaumc.org.
The team will provide encourage and provide The nine weekly Maintain
resources from Highmark’s resources for wholistic health. Don’t Gain newsletters each develop as a leader and Christian
nine-week wellness campaign, Bonnie’s weekly meditations are contain tips to maintain a
Maintain Don’t Gain:‘Tis the Sea- a great addition.” lifestyle that supports good
son to Lighten Up, along with a The nine-week program will health and well-being; whole-
weekly guide to spiritual reflec- kick off Nov. 15 with a Getting
Started newsletter, and new
some recipes for holiday food;
plans for getting and staying
THE Laity Event
tion tied to the season and the
Highmark program. The guides resources will be posted weekly. active; stress management
were written by team member According to Highmark, our strategies and more.
with Gil Rendle
Bonnie D. Harr, a clinical nurse Conference health insurance The weekly spiritual guides author, speaker,
renowned author, speaker, pastor
specialist and counseling psy- provider, research shows that include: A Matter of Balance;
chotherapist from Charter many Americans gain at least Thanks-Living; and Finding Suc- Nov. 14 at Ingomar UMC
Oak UMC. Harr is a student in one to three pounds during the cess in God. in Pittsburgh
the Spiritual Formation certifi- time between Thanksgiving and Find it all in the Health as 9:30 am-4:40 pm
cate program at Pittsburgh The- the New Year. While a few Wholeness section of
pounds may not seem like www.wpaumc.org, under The www.wpaumc.org
Register at www.wpaumc.org or 800-886-3382, ext. 236
ological Seminary. The resources
will be available on much, research also shows that Latest. by Laity Team
Sponsored by the Conference Laity Team
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Volunteer NOW for Pittsburgh
By the Rev. Beth Nelson,WPAUMC Training & Resources
Volunteer NOW to help with our booth at Santa Spectacu-
Conference’s biggest sidewalk evan- lar, too. Needed are:
gelism event of the year – the Santa Thousands of indi-
Spectacular area of Light-Up Night vidually wrapped
in downtown Pittsburgh, 6-9 pm, fresh-baked cook-
Friday, Nov. 20. ies -- label each with a
Evangelism is a powerful tool in greeting, church pro-
making disciples for Jesus Christ.The gramming/worship
harvest is vast at this event. Okay, information or a Bible
Mission Intern Blogs Home many people do come for the free, verse along with your WPAUMC image by Mark Rehn
homemade cookies, but others are church name. Drop The Rev. David Keller entertains and chal-
Erin Eidenshink, second from left, of Mars UMC, really looking for something more. lenges with his “magic” coloring book.
the cookies at the
was one of six mission interns commissioned by the As cookies and camp Bibles are dis- UM Center in Cranberry Twp. or Choirs of angels (singers) to
General Board of Global Ministries on Oct. 13 at a serv- tributed, a great opportunity arises bring them on Nov. 20 to the carol in the midst of the hustle
ice in Stamford, CT, that was broadcast live over the to share our faith. Last year, a woman booth in Point State Park. and bustle of the evening.
Internet.The mission interns were among 40 persons stopped by the United Methodist Friendly United Methodists People maybe waiting for Santa to
blessed and sent to mission vocations in a powerful serv- booth, just to say thank you. Last willing to genuinely wish passers- arrive, but we know the Christ child
ice of celebration and commitment. year, she was challenged by the Rev. by a merry Christmas and, per- is already here. Let’s share that joy!
The interns serve half of a three-year term outside David Keller and his coloring book haps, engage in genuine dialogue. This is our seventh year.
the U.S. and half in a domestic assignment. Eidenshink, outreach to “get back to her faith.” Balloon twisters, evangelists, Volunteer for any part of the
a journalism graduate of Southern Methodist University, Some people are awaiting such a and Christian illusionists to three-hour period.
is serving along with Holli Vining of Alabama with the challenge from a friendly soul. captivate and engage through For information, contact 800-
Mongolia Mission Initiative in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. You can play a crucial role in the their gifts. 886-3382, ext. 228 or beth.
Erin’s blog is at www.ouatinreallife.blogspot.com. success of the United Methodist email@example.com.
The Nyadire Connection Now Stronger
From NYADIRE/page 1A
although residents say conditions hospital strives to deliver quality Salaries are also
have improved over the past year. health care services and improve an issue. Because
Power and water were in short the quality of life in the commu- government med-
supply at the mission when the nity while facing serious social ical personnel are
Western PA volunteers visited in and political pressures, and taxed at a lower
October. Power outages occurred severely limited resources. rate than mission
almost nightly, disabling pumps The most common patient ail- staff, there is a dis-
that supply water to the complex. ments include tuberculosis, incentive for doc-
The Nyadire Connection is work- malaria, pneumonia, malnutri- tors, nurses and
ing with UMCOR to provide a tion, and hypertension. aides to work at
water system for the mission and HIV/AIDS is also commonly seen mission hospitals.
team members met with the mis- at the hospital, especially in preg- Though the
sion water committee members nant mothers.The hospital pro- hospital is kept
and engineering firms during vides a range of primary and pre- meticulously clean
their visit to ensure completion ventative health care services, by the the staff, WPAUMC image by Jackie Campbell
of a functioning system in the including general medicine, the building Using the new Nyadire satellite Internet hookup and a webcam for the first
near future. women’s health, surgery, pedi- infrastructure is time, Dr. K. Tshiani talked with Dr. Cherian Thomas, the head of health and wel-
fare ministries for GBGM, on Skype, a program that enables video calls. Skype
Before the satellite dish was atrics, tuberculosis and malaria in need of repair. is being used by missionaries around the globe to connect with partner congre-
installed, Dr. K.Tshiani and oth- treatment, an immunization out- Supplies that are gations.
ers relied on sporadic dial-up reach program. considered essen-
connections to communicate with In Zimbabwe rural hospitals tial in U.S. healthcare, such as paper and pens are limited. In expanding connections and part-
those outside the area, including customarily provide their staff gauze, gloves and sutures, are in mid-October, excitement built as nerships with United Methodists
leaders of The Nyadire Connec- with living quarters.While there short supply.There is a need for the mission hosted the first nurs- in Western PA.
tion, which is providing the satel- are some homes in Nyadire for pharmaceuticals, including antibi- ing school graduation ceremony With the satellite hook-up,
lite link.With the link, he was the doctors and more senior otics, painkillers and anti-retrovi- in three years. In attendance were plans are moving forward to open
able to talk live online with Dr. nurses, there are not enough for ral drugs for HIV patients. church and government health an Internet Café to further con-
Cherian Thomas, executive secre- all of the staff. On the mission The Nyadire School of Nurs- officials, as well as numerous nections between Western PA
tary of health and welfare min- site, volunteers work in large ing boasts a reputation for train- graduates who returned for the United Methodists and our broth-
istries for the General Board of groups making and firing bricks ing some of the best nurses in celebration. ers and sisters in Christ at
Global Ministries. to construct additional homes, Zimbabwe, despite the lack of Hospital personnel, clergy in Nyadire.
Serving approximately both for the hospital and college money, supplies and space. Basic the region, and teachers all For more information, visit
150,000 patients each year, the staff members. materials such as textbooks, expressed hope of continuing and www.nyadire.org.
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Beware Credit Card Industry Rate Increases
If you have a credit card, watch lending declined during that peri- struggling to make ends meet.”
for changes in fees and rates. od. Credit card companies are Keystone, like most credit
According to American Bank- racing to beat a February deadline unions, have lower interest rates
ing News, “credit card issuers are for changes imposed by the Cred- fees and less punitive policies for
sending customers letters inform- it Card Accountability, Responsi- credit cards.
ing them that their interest rates bility and Disclosure Act, recently “We’ve never practiced that
would be jumping dramatically.” passed by Congress. type of at-will policy change that
Citibank customers with per- “We’re very concerned about you see with the large institu-
fect credit are being told interest our members, and all United tions,” said Columbe, “and we
rates will go to 29.99 percent. Methodists in Western PA,” said don’t intend to start now.” KUM-
A study by the Pew Charitable Patti Columbe, CEO of Keystone FCU is offering an interest rate of
Trust shows that interest rates on United Methodist Federal Credit 7.99 percent on new balance
credit cards rose an average of 23 Union. “These rate increases can transfers and purchases. WPAUMC image by Mark Rehn
percent from December 2008 to cause serious financial hardships To learn more, call Columbe at
Kathy White, Camping director, center, receives a $1,000
July 2009 though banks’ cost of at a time when many people are 800-886-3382, ext. 223. check for Conference camperships from Keystone UM Federal
Credit Union President Dennis Henley and CEO Patti Columbe.
The gift came from the proceeds of the Keystone Skip-a-Pay
program. To date, the credit union has donated $5,000 to send
children and youth to United Methodist summer camp events.
By the Rev. Emma Smith, WPAUMC Media Resource Director
It's barely November - yet Christmas is Two new Advent-calendar-themed
in the air! Gifts, sales, travel, sales, parties videos are available for all ages. Advent
and more sales are here. But what's the Calendar on DVD and the Christmas Fund the Future
true purpose of Christmas? There are peo-
ple in the world that don't know it's the
Carol edition of Advent Calendar on
DVD each has 25 segments (3-4 minutes).
through Planned Giving A UMFWPA image
celebration of the birth of Christ. Advent includes the stories behind Christ- By Paul Sylves, Field Staff Representative Sykes
The Purpose of Christmas -- Author mas angels, the origins of Christmas
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas
Rick Warren teaches Christmas can change wreaths and trees, and the symbolism of
(which means son of encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought
lives forever and why we celebrate Jesus’ the Twelve Days of Christmas gifts. An Advent
the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. -- Acts 4:36, 37 (NIV)
birth.The three-session DVD and study coloring book, daily Bible readings, and
guide explore the purpose of the state- discussion questions are included. Christ- For two months this column has addressed legal, financial, and communica-
ments by angels at the first Christmas as a mas Carol contains the stories behind car- tion issues related to eldercare. Another consideration during these years of life
time for: ols. Song lyrics, a coloring book, Bible is support for your church and its ministries.
1. Celebration readings, and new arrangements of tradi- Selling assets or protecting funds for a designated use is planned giving. Barn-
2. Salvation tional Christmas carols are included. abas, according to the scripture, provided a model for planned about 2,000
3. Reconciliation years ago. He sold an asset and generously used the money to support the mis-
Visit the Media Center online for
The True Christmas sion of the apostles.
other available seasonal resources, or
Story -- Ray Vander Laan Through planned giving from accumulated assets, you can make a faith state-
to begin planning for 2010. Look
uses biblical, archeological ment, either during your lifetime or after your death. Often, people choose to
under the Quick Links at
and historical truths to remember family, friends, and their church through bequests in a wills. Howev-
www.wpaumc.org. Annual member-
examine the contrast er, many other ways exist to make a planned gift that take into consideration
ship in the Media Resource Center is
between King Herod and your life-income needs and also provide tax advantages. Planned gifts can be
$40, or rent videos on an as needed
Jesus.Though creator of funded with cash, securities, life insurance, IRA funds, or through a charitable
basis.Visit me at the UM Center in
the universe, Jesus was gift annuity.You may be surprised to learn the advantages of such foresight and
Cranberry Twp., 8:30 am-4:30 pm,
born in a shepherd’s cave in the the possibilities for supporting the Kingdom and the ministries of The United
weekdays. Contact me at 800-886-3382,
shadow of the magnificent palace of Methodist Church.
ext. 259 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Herod, possibly the most wealthy and A recent example of a modern-day Barnabas was a single woman who gave
powerful ruler of all time. funds to the UM Foundation at the end of her working career in exchange for a
"Bah Humbug!" Scrooge said in MRC OPEN HOUSE charitable gift annuity. In her retirement she received checks each year for 5.5
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol percent of her contribution. She died last summer after over 20 years in retire-
Come to the Media Resource Center ment. Her gift for children’s camperships upon her death had grown over five
Bible Study from Entertainment Ministry.
Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 times the original investment! What a wonderful faith statement and enduring
Engage and energize your class with this
am-4:30 pm, in the UM Center, Cran- legacy.
four session DVD study based on the ever
berry Twp. Representatives of the United Methodist Foundation of Western PA are pre-
popular Christmas classic.With the release
Introduce members of your congre- pared to help extend a connection between faith and finances throughout and
of the new animated Disney movie A
gations to the MRC, preview and learn beyond your lifetime. Give us a call and take the first steps toward becoming a
Christmas Carol this month, take this oppor-
more about available resources.Claim modern-day Barnabas.
tunity to adapt the leader and participant
media resources no longer in use for
guides for children and youth.The main Fund Your Faith is provided by the United Methodist Foundation ofWestern Pennsylvania.
your personal or church library. FREE
themes of selfishness, regret, repentance, To learn more on discover how the Foundation can assist in funding ministry in your congregation,
refreshments will be served.
and salvation apply to ALL ages. visit www.umfoundation.org or call 800-743-2128.
November 6, 2009 InterLink edition of the United Methodist Reporter 7A
Flip Your Worship Workshop In Memory Help Wanted
into Facebook! Offers Hands-On Ruth LaVerne Bishop, 95, of Organist/pianist, sought by
Loveland, CO, died Oct. 14.In Greenstone UMC.in Avalon
Submitted by the Rev. Jeff St. Clair, Baldwin Community UMC Training for addition to church work, Ruth (north of Pittsburgh). Send a
Sound Systems enjoyed baking cookies, garden-
ing, music, and reading. She is the
resume/brief faith statement to
This is so neat! I can market. After recording,
still listen to your message you just plug the gadget’s Christ Community UMC in But- widow of the Rev. Kennard M. Contemporary music/
even while I’m at Penn built-in USB port into the ler will host a hands-on training session Bishop and survived by her daugh- worship leader, PT, sought by
State! computer. by nationally-recognized How-To Church ter Laurene Clemmer of Love- Bradford:First UMC for Sunday
Sound Ministries, a leading provider of land; son David Bishop of mornings. Send resume to
This is such a great idea My first thought was,
audio workshops, on Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 Louisville, CO; six grandchildren, email@example.com.
for people like my dad who “Could it be that simple?”
am-6 pm. and three great-grandchildren. A Keyboardist/accompanist
can’t make it to the service. The answer is yes! Once the
Workshop attendees operate mixing funeral service was Oct. 22, at sought by Punxsutawney: First
These are the video is converted
consoles at up to 30 individual worksta- Loveland Good Samaritan Chapel. UMC. Contact the office at
comments our on your computer,
Facebook page you can log on to tions, and learn the techniques necessary The Rev. Dean A. Pizer, 82, of firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-
for them to become familiar with the Stoystown, died Oct. 10. He is 938-7500.
received in the Facebook, upload
operation of a sound system.The work- survived by his wife of 55 years, Organist/pianist sought by Eliz-
first week of post- your video and put
shop leaders bring more than $120,000 Betty Sheets Pizer; children, Dean abeth UMC. Inquire at 412-384-
ing Our Asbury your weekend wor-
of equipment, including analog and digi- Pizer Jr. of Stoystown and Jody 7050 or clearywayne@ yahoo.com.
@alternative ship or other pro-
tal mixers, wireless/wired microphones, Weigle of Somerset; four grand- Music director sought by New
worship services gram online! It children; and five great-grandchil-
using Flip video really is that sim- compressors, equalizers, personal moni- Brighton UMC. Send resume to
dren. A former high lift operator email@example.com or NBUMC,
technology! ple! toring systems — and equipment for
and weigh master, he was a 1033 6th Ave., New Brighton, PA
The Asbury @lternative, Comments like those musicians to help lower stage volume.
licensed minister with the Confer- 15066.
a new worship start at Bald- above continue to come in Participants receive a workbook, liter-
ence. He enjoyed hunting, fishing,
win Community UMC, from many people in our ature, continental breakfast, snacks and Administrative assistant, PT,
preaching, family, and the Steelers.
lunch, plus eight hours of up-close-and- sought by Greensburg:Otterbein
launched in September church and from those who The funeral service was Oct. 14 at
personal, hands-on training. Register 14 UMC starting Feb. 1, 2010. Go to
2007. But in the last two do not attend church. Face- Mostoller UMC.
days in advance and get special pricing. www.gbgotterbein.org to learn more.
months, we’ve taken the book and Flip video tech- The Rev. Howard Melvin Contact 724.834.4060 or
ministry to the online com- nology allows the church to Attendance is limited to 60 people, so
Shultz, 94, of Hopwood, died firstname.lastname@example.org.
munity of Facebook. Face- share the joy that’s “behind register today at www.howtosound.
Oct. 25. After 18 years working as Custodian, PT, sought by Mifflin
book, in the last year alone, the walls!” com/register or call 732-741-1275 or a coal miner, he was called to the
301-739-5721. Ave. UMC in the Regent Square sec-
has grown from 170 million Bishop Bickerton ministry in 1946 and served as a tion of Pittsburgh. Contact pastor@
users to over 300 million appointed clergy not just to For information, contact Donald Conference elder. He is survived mifflinave.org or 412-215-4648.
users! It allows users to local churches, but to the Boardman, director of technology at by his wife of 69 years, Ednah
Christ Community UMC at 724-287- General secretary sought by
create pages for causes, communities these local Frost Shultz; daughter Norma General Commission on UM
events, etc...The Asbury churches serve.The online 4462. Husk and her husband, the Rev. Men. For details, go to
@lternative created a page social network is our com- Arnold Husk, pastor of Walnut www.gcumm.org. Apply by Nov. 16.
Hill UMC, of Uniontown; two
on Facebook for online munity! Board Holds Health grandchildren; and two great-
Director, 2012 General Con-
worship and discussion. Use the technology God ference Worship & Music
Have budget problems has given us to share God’s Care Costs to ‘09 Levels grandchildren. Shultz served as
(Nashville) sought by the Commis-
and still want to move for- love to the world via the Conference secretary and a direc-
Pat Morris, conference treasurer, sion on the General Confer-
ward with spreading the online communities you are tor of the Keystone UM Federal
reports that the Board of Pensions has ence. Responsible for overall worship
Good News via the Inter- a part of! Credit Union.The funeral was
agreed to hold the line on health care & music program management at
Oct. 28 at Calvary UMC in
net? You can! Technology is To find out more about costs for 2010. GC2012.To learn more, go to the clas-
getting simpler by the day! Facebook and Flip video "This is great news for our church- sifieds on www.wpaumc.org. Apply by
A new gadget that can technology, go to es: says Morris.The board has been Feb. 1.
record 120 minutes of HD www.facebook.com and frugal with its reserves and feels it can Director sought by Ruth M.
video with the press of a www.theflip.com. maintain the 2009 income level in to Smith Home (Sheffield), For
simple button is now on the 2010. details, go to the classifieds on
The weekly e-news, www.wpaumc.org. Send resume to
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ries important, concise,
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Beth Nelson at 800-886-3382, ext. 228 or beth.nelson@ after this date will be included
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8A InterLink edition of the United Methodist Reporter November 6, 2009
Bishop Cites Need for Change
in Appalachian Ministry
By Jackie Campbell,WPAUMC News leaders, he said. op said. “It means
“Appalachia has a wonderful getting out of our
The Appalachian Ministry Net- history of raising up excellent box long enough
work, like The United Methodist leaders who go somewhere else to recruit new
Church and other mainline to lead,” he noted. “I believe it is leaders so they
denominations, has a narrowing critical for us to take the lead in can be devel-
window of opportunity to shed providing opportunities for peo- oped.”
some baggage, make substantive ple within the region to think Bishop Bicker-
changes, and grow into the creatively, dream boldly and learn ton also cited a
future, Bishop Thomas J. Bicker- consistently.”Taking the creativity need to create
ton told participants at the 2009 that abounds in Appalachia and new places for
Appalachian Assembly in Bethany, using it to bring forth new lead- new people – to
WV, on Oct. 28. ers, he said, will demand a will- spend time in
Developing new leaders and ingness to step outside the box. places where
adapting to reach new people in “In the local church,” he Christians don’t
changing culture are crucial, he explained, “we have a deep-seed- normally go to
Image by John Phipps
said in the keynote address of the ed propensity to sit in the same connect with peo-
At the recent Appalachian Assembly, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton presents a
gathering at Bethany College. pew, giving the same position of ple with whom gift of recognition to Sharon Leatherman, who in the last year retired as exec-
“In my work over the past 11 leadership to the same person at they may not be utive director of the Appalachian Ministry Network.
years as a district superintendent the expense of not training those comfortable.
and now a bishop, I have become who need to know what we know There’s also a need, he said, to engage in ministry WITH the five-year period.The results will
resigned to the fact that some – and expecting new leaders to re-examine the traditional poor.” be provided to local, state and
local churches will make a con- conform to our established meth- approach to alleviating poverty – Megan Shreve, a trainer with federal policy makers.
scious decision to die rather than ods.This is NOT leadership to move from ministry TO the Move the Mountains Leadership Bishop Bickerton noted that it
to make the substantive changes development!” poor to ministry WITH the poor. Center, led a plenary on Circles, will take similar collaboration to
necessary in “One of the practical crises an innovative model program give new life not only to the
order to grow,” facing The United Methodist being piloted in several areas or Appalachian Ministries Network,
he said. “I pray Church in its effort to move Pennsylvania and other states. It’s but to the entire Appalachian
that this will from survival to ‘thrival’ is designed to mobilize a communi- region. “A collaboration,” he said,
not be the case our inability to invite the poor ty to end poverty.This initiative “with one another as we seek and
for us here in into the fellowship of our pulls in middle class families to actively pray for a reason to keep
Appalachia.” churches,” he said. offer brainstorming, networking, our organization alive; a collabo-
Bishop “We are happy to extend a and emotional support to families ration that will push us to devel-
Bickerton, a hand of assistance, but reluc- or individuals trying to get out of op new leaders, create new
native of West tant to welcome the poor to poverty. It encourages human opportunities for new people to
Virginia, chairs sit next to us in the pew and service agencies, faith-based catch a vision AND share their
the Appalachi- fellowship with us around our groups, colleges and business to own visions; a collaboration for
an Ministry tables. IF the church is to work together to look for innova- and most especially with the
Network, once again grow, it will only tive solutions. It creates a com- poor. And a collaboration to
which is strug- do so with people who do not munity environment that takes restore the dignity of the land we
gling to meet From www. appalachia-umc.org
look like us and who have ownership of both the problem love and call our home.
the increasing very transparent scars from and need for a solution to end To learn more, go to www.
challenges of ministry in the Leadership development the journey of life. I believe that poverty. appalachia-umc.org.
region. One of the greatest chal- requires a willingness to give if ministry in Appalachian will This initiative begun in Iowa in
lenges to growth — in the away our positions of leadership have any relevance in the 21st 1999 is being piloted in 10 states
region, in the AMN and in to those who are behind us so Century, we must seriously with the goal of getting 1,000
churches—is developing new that they can lead freely, the Bish- examine the method by which we families out of poverty over a
District VIM Coordinators Expand Mission Opportunities
Opportunities for Western PA United “They are an energetic, experienced, They’ll also help set up VIM leader training more responsive to district needs and they
Methodists and friends to work together in skilled group of people. in the districts on a rotat- will be sources of information and men-
mission in their local communities and I’m very excited that these For a list of District ing basis. toring for volunteers in each district,” she
around the globe promise to increase in folks have made this com- Mission,VIM and At least once a year, added.
the coming year with district Volunteers in mitment to Volunteers in Disaster Response each coordinator will plan Between now and January, the district
Mission (VIM) coordinators serving in all Mission.” coordinators, go to and facilitate a VIM project coordinators will connect with their dis-
10 districts. Miller said the district www.wpaumc.org. in each district, Miller trict superintendents and gather mission
“For the first time since I came on VIM coordinators will said. “These projects outreach information about their congre-
board three years ago, we have District meet together three times a year and act as might be ramp building, work on a church, gations.
VIM Coordinators in place,” said Diane a “board of directors” for her – providing or work on a home. To learn more, contact 800-886-3382,
Miller, Conference Mission/VIM director. advice and helping to set priorities. “I hope these volunteers will help me be ext. 241 or MissionVIM@wpaumc.org.