From the District Office
FIFTEENTH EDITION NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Welcome to the Fifteenth edition of the Wednesday Bulletin. This bulletin is brought to you by the
Connellsville District Office and is meant to give you the latest and greatest news and information
from around the District.
If you wish to have your upcoming church events posted here every week, please submit your
events to the District Office before the following Wednesday.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Local Church Bulletin Board
A MESSAGE FROM BILL BLAIR
Dear Workers in Christ,
Charge conferences are done. It was a delight to meet with most of the churches. There were some
individuals who were less than kind. But I do believe most of them meant well; they remind me of a book I
once read, “Well Intentioned Dragons.” They mean well, but just have a mean way of putting it! We have
to be patient with these kinds and allow God to sort it out in the judgment, but we cannot give them all our
time. We need to think and act on the higher things. I personally love the openness and faith of children.
Again, I want our churches to be known as churches with children.
Some have asked about the details of the children’s ministry that I talked about at many of the charge
conferences. Here are the details in written format:
-We began with a big presence in the local parade and handed out brochures and water bottles.
-When the kids registered for Bible School we registered them with emails and then emailed the families
each week about the after school program. The emails also included names and contact information for
volunteers who would pick up their kids at school. (I’ve already heard that one church has a bus company
that is going to haul the kids to the church after school lets out)
- The kids arrived between 3:05 and 3:45. Upon arriving, they had a snack/drink and played or did
-3:45 kids were assembled and did music.
-4:00 Kids were divided in four equal size groups according to age (K-5th) and rotated between these
groups: Bible lesson, Memorization in rote and song, Craft of cards for local care homes, Play time.
-5:00 kids sat down at a table of 5kids and 1 adult for a meal.
One Wednesday each month was guest night during the meal. The kids would sing their song and then sit
with their guest(s) and someone from our church. The guests rotated each month as
We only ran this if school was open. It cancelled on snow days and was off over summer.
Let the little children come,
Save the Date
Saturday December 3, 2011
Clergy Family Christmas Party.
Stay tuned for further information
Pastors, in case you didn’t catch the interlink article about communication
resources, it is a great opportunity for high quality business cards, book marks etc.
$24 buys 1000 business cards. Check it out at
November 5 DCOM Meeting, Somerset Calvary UMC, 8:30 - 3:30 pm.
November 5 Connellsville District UMW DEMT Meeting, 9:30 am
November 7 District Lay Ministry School Meeting, Somerset First UMC, 7:00 pm.
November 18 – 19 Clergy Spouse Retreat, Four Points by Sheraton, Mars, PA
November 24 District Office Closed for Thanksgiving
November 25 District Office Closed for Thanksgiving
SAVE THE DATE:
March 12, 2012
Bishop’s Day on the District
Mark your calendar now----- ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012---- June 7-10, 2012
The Connellsville District Office has moved.
Our New Location is 232 North Pittsburgh Street,
Suite B, Connellsville, PA 15425.
The telephone numbers are the same.
724-628-3453 - Office
724-628-5524 – Fax
Last week we talked about Christmas on Sunday. Eric Raygor sent a neat idea about the
last time it happened on Sunday: They announced a couple weeks in advance for kids to
bring their toys for the children’s message which was a “blessing of the toys.” This gave
me an idea. I’m inviting all of you to email us your best practices for Christmas Sunday
and then we will put it in the e-news for all of you to see and borrow unashamedly! God
ALL IN MEN’S CONFERENCE
A Life-Challenging Game Plan for each man’s journey.
Saturday, November 4, 20115, 2011 - 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
First United Methodist Church
50 S. Walnut Street
Blairsville, PA 15717
Call 724-453-1400 to Register!
I just discovered a great (and free) Bible app called LifeChurch.tv. It will also come up by typing youversion
bible in the search box. It has many versions of the bible, reading plans by book/topic or even for youth,
and even has an audio so you can hear the bible in your favorite version while you are working or driving.
Download it and share it with your congregations and youth groups.
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
Pam Myers 2
Kayt Phipps 2
Joong Koe 5
Sandy Moore 6
Raymond & Bridget Hill 8
LOCAL CHURCH BULLETIN BOARD
Please submit your church events to the District Office email@example.com.
Anyone wishing to bring UMCOR kits and/or cleaning buckets to Conn Scott Mission
Monday, November 14 at Acme UMC, please bring them and we will get them delivered.
Thank you for the inquiries about them. Elsie Beal, Sub-district chair
Organ tuning: Pastors, we received an unusual email but can see no reason to withhold it from
you. We know no one who can reference them, so be careful. Here it is:
Due to the financial difficulties facing many churches, today, I am offering to tune the pipe
organ of any church in Western Pennsylvania, free of charge. No obligation of any kind will be
incurred. All contacts will be kept confidential.
Organist- Faith Lutheran Church, Natrona Heights PA
Halo-Prellwitz Organ Company
3574 McClure Ave
PGH PA 15212
412-242-6105 (Henry Prellwitz)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (best)
CHICK “N” BISCUIT
“ALL YOU CAN EAT” CHICKEN &
vegetable/beverage & dessert!
November 5, 2011
Wesley United Methodist Church
417 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Children 12 & under: $3.50
CURBSIDE PICK UP
TAKE OUT AVAILABLE
Annual Turkey Supper
Fairview UM Church
Laureldale Road, Grindstone, PA
Saturday, November 5th, 2011
4 to 7 pm
Menu: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Rolls, Applesauce,
Dessert and Beverage
Adults - $8.00
Children - $4.00
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On November 5, 2011, from 4PM – 7 PM, The Community United Methodist Church will host a Benefit
Dinner for Pastor Daniel Brant. Pastor Brant was diagnosed with Stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, which is a
rare form of blood cancer. He has been receiving Chemotherapy Treatment for the past 5 months. His final
treatment is in October. Once these treatments are completed, Pastor Dan will have to undergo a Bone
Marrow Transplant. His insurance will not cover the total cost of the transplant, so we are hopeful that
many will come to support our effort. We are asking for your prayers along with your support, come and
enjoy a meal, or if you wish to make a donation, all will be greatly appreciated.
For more Information on the Dinner and location or if you wish to make a donations, please contact,
Michele Haines at 724-322-6554, email@example.com or Sherri Shotter at 724-438-8328,
Rev. Terence A. Teluch
Directions: Community United Methodist Church
From Connellsville, travel south on US 119, past the Penn State Campus, take the Connellsville St exit,
straight through the light, travel approx 1.5 miles. At the second light make a right onto Edison St. Travel ¼
mile, make left onto West Penn Blvd. Church on Left.
From Uniontown, travel north on US 119, take the Gallatin Ave Exit. Make a right onto Bute Rd., travel ¼
mile, make left at the Tee onto Gallatin Ave. Travel up the hill, Cemetery on left, Make right onto Edison St. [
If you are near the Hollywood Steak House, you have gone too far.] Turn right on Edison travel ¼ mile, Make
right onto West Penn Blvd. Church on corner.
You may call for directions if you wish.
Paradise UM Church
God, County and Freedom
Sat. Nov. 5 at 7:00 P.M.
with old fashion hymn sing.
Sunday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 P.M.
with Contemporary Service.
Come fellowship with us.
Election Day Spaghetti Dinner
Asbury United Methodist Church
Corner of Beeson Ave and Dunbar St, Uniontown PA
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Dinner Served – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Menu includes spaghetti, homemade meatballs, salad, Italian bread and butter, beverage, dessert
Adults $7.50 Children (under 12) $4.00
The Fayette City United Methodist Church will hold a Southern Fried Chicken Dinner on
November 5, 2011 from 4:00 till 6:00 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for adults $4.50 for children under
12. Dinner includes: chicken, potatoes, vegetables, rolls and butter, tea, or coffee. Dessert,
soft drinks and cole slaw are available at an additional cost. The church is located on 4th street
in Fayette City. Ticket available at the door or by calling Vann or Dave at 724 326-8722 or the
church at 724 326-4778. Hope to see you all in south Fayette City on the 5th.
Update/Check Your Church Info! Local churches can now check and update their own
information in the Western PA Conference database by logging into the Church
Dashboard. Use the same 6-digit ID number and password you previously used to login to
fill out conference forms. If you forget your login info, contact your district office to get the
info. On the dashboard, you’ll find your charge conference forms, information required by
your district superintendent and a list of church leaders that you can edit and update.
Be sure to enter your church website address, service times and other information so it
appears on your church page at wpaumc.org. There’s a direct link to the dashboard on the
left side of the wpaumc.org homepage.
Our Coal Miner’s Café
Intersection of Route 985 & U.S. Route 30, In Jennerstown
Project Help Your Neighbor
MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2011
National Hunger & Homelessness
& The Next Step Center
Come out on the 14th of November
AT OUR COAL MINER’S CAFÉ, FROM 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Spaghetti Dinner and fellowship.
100% of Your Free Will Offering and Donations,
goes to support this fine organization.
DISTRICT YOUTH NEWS
Hello District Youth,
We had an amazing time at our first Fall into Fun event hosted by Grace UMC of
Somerset. Thank you Grace for you very warm hospitality, and wonderful spaghetti dinner.
Throughout the evening we sang, praised God, played games, and even learned how to
sign the choruses of a couple of songs. We agreed to meet again in early February at
Seven Springs for a tubing event. Information on that event will be coming in the next few
We also agreed to meet again in March at Paradise for another time of fellowship and
Attached you will see some pictures from yesterday’s fun, and we hope many more of you
will join us in the future.
UPCOMING DATES to KEEP in MIND with your youth groups.
1. It is not too late to sign up for SPARK. SPARK will occur the weekend of January
6, 7, and 8 at the Sheraton on the Southside. Justin Luckadoo will be the featured
speaker. I hope to see many of you there.
2. I know Annual Conference is 8 or 9 months away, but the Conference is always
looking for young people to work as pages during the conference. Application deadline for
pages is usually around April 1st. Please check the conference website for applications.
To be a page at conference does not cost anything and includes room and board, as well
as a pizza party with the Bishop.
3, We are looking for young people who would be interested in being a part of the
Youth Ministry Team, who plans conference youth events such as SPARK, and at Annual
Conference participates in the decision making for the conference. If you or one of your
youth would be interested in this let me know and I will contact Renee Hoffman the
Conference Youth Coordinator for details.
God bless all of you,
Pastor J. Tim Hoover
District Youth Coordinator
UMC of Mt. Pleasant.
Greetings, Western Pa Districts of The UMC;
I want to introduce myself as your new Director of Discipleship and Christian Spiritual Formation for
Western Pennsylvania churches! I come to this important ministry excited about hearing the stories
of your churches and how they are making new disciples for Jesus Christ, encouraged to offer help
in each local church setting with ideas, resources and supportive words of encouragement, and
willingness to go wherever there is a need. As Deacon of the UMC, and serving throughout East
Ohio, I have encouraged churches where many are gathered or two or three are gathered in
support of age level ministries, small group ministries as well as ministries that will welcome new
faces to the Body of Christ. I am also available to nurture congregations in exciting new ways to
deepen the spiritual well so that we might be open to listening and leading from the very center of
whose we are in Jesus Christ! This I have done in Spiritual Discernment Circles, times of Centering
Prayer with leadership and pastors, and small groups within the local church.
Please let me know of any of your churches that might benefit from my contacting them directly with
pastor contact. And feel free to forward this greeting to your District Pastors and Leadership
I am excited to be here. I am hopeful for God's call in our work and pray for your District and
congregations as we make and mature new disciples. In the days ahead, I will be stopping by each
District Office so that I might begin to put faces to names and establish relationships with persons
who make up Western Pa of The UMC!
Thank you for your prayers for this new ministry.
Please do email back that you have received this so that I might know my data base is accurate.
Serving in God's grace!
Calmed and quiet. Resting with my future in You, Abiding in your Love, Carried like a Child,
Confident in Hope. My God, you are! Psalm 131
Rev. Rebecca Innerst, Ordained Deacon
Director of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
1204 Freedom Road PO Box 5002
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, 16066 -0002
330. 206. 1865 (cell)
I invite your congregations to 1) begin praying for General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates now as
they are preparing and 2) pray for God’s will to be clearly discerned by everyone involved in the decisions
that will be made at General Conference and 3) use the Prayer Guide for the 40 days before and ten days
during General Conference which will be available free on the General Board of Discipleship web site in
2012. For more information go to:
Training for Local Church Leaders - GPS for Success
Starts 8:30 a.m. registration
GPS for Success
A Training for Local Church Leaders
Free training for local church leaders - Classes offered on three different days, with up to seven different
courses to choose from. You can select up to 2 courses to take on each specific day.
Date and Locations:
October 1: Erie-Meadville / Franklin Districts
Saegertown UMC in Saegertown
October 15: Indiana / Kane Districts
Moorhead UMC in Brockway
October 29: Connellsville / Johnstown Districts
Bethany UMC in Johnstown
November 12: Greensburg / Washington Districts
Holiday Park UMC in Pittsburgh
November 19: Butler / Pittsburgh Districts
Salem UMC in Wexford
Courses being offered in:
New Treasurer Training (Basic information for first time local church treasurers)
Chabadza! - (History of the Zimbabwe Partnership and where it's headed)
Preparing for the Annual Audit
Creating a Culture of Generosity in Your Church (How do you encourage your members to give generously?)
Lighting Your Camp Fire (How can our United Methodist Camps fuel the spiritual fire of your church?)
Understanding Credit Scores (What affects your credit score? How do you improve it?)
Can You Hear Me Now? (Bulletins, newsletters, power points... how to get your message heard)
Trustees (All about church trustees)
Note: Lighting your camp fire will only be available on October 1 and November 19
Can you hear me now will not be available in the second session on Oct 1, Oct 29 and Nov 19.
EXPLORATION 2011----St. Louis, Mo—Nov 11-13th
This is an event for young adults (ages 18-26) who feel God’s call to ordained ministry as a deacon
or elder in The UMC; and will take place Nov. 11-13 in St. Louis, Mo. The cost of registering for
Exploration 2011 is a whole lot less than the cost of traveling across the country to visit each of the
13 UMC seminaries, and yet you’ll have the benefit of meeting them all there in St. Louis. You’ll
also be able to explore how and to what God is calling you through worship, small groups,
workshops, and fellowship. Updates and registration information will be posted on the event Web
site at www.gbhem.org/exploration.
Spark Event is coming January 6-8. Here is a link http://www.wpaumc.org/events/detail/5370
Take advantage of the mission opportunities that are listed on the website:
Quadrennial year ends this year, it would be a good year to use your continuing education
funds by the end of the year. Forms are available at www.wpaumc.org.
Hello WPA Districts,
Attached is information on a Clergy Women’s Retreat, “Befriending One Another,” November 6-8, 2011, at
Olmsted Manor. We would really appreciate it if you could forward this on to your clergy. The event is worth
This sounds like a wonderful event--thank you all for your help in getting the word out!
Merry Ryding, Publicity Coordinator
Olmsted Manor Retreat Center
The New Interpreter's Bible in 12 volumes listed in Cokesbury on special
value for $657.00 will sell for $250.00. Contact me at 814-926-2226. Thanks.
Rev. Denton Lester
Please send in your Church events to the District Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.