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Prison Outreach Ministry in Western PA Program updated by Dorie Heckman 1/9/10 Who are we? • Western PA Conference ministry with a Conference Missionary • Supported by Conference, UMW, local churches and individuals • Provide interactive Bible studies in the Federal, State and County prisons in Western PA • Provide support for children and youth in Detention Centers and Shelters Our Mission Statement Our mission is to empower inmates to grow in discipleship through an interactive Bible study, and to provide the opportunity to build healthy relationships through God’s Word as they prepare to re-enter society. Our Missionary - Director Randy Datsko commissioned April 27, 2004 Western PA Conference Missionary How did we get where we are today? • Johnstown Prison Outreach Ministry - 1999 • Expansion into other Districts – 2001 • Support of the Bishop and District Superintendents • Encouragement from volunteers, inmates, pastors and chaplains • Support of many local churches and individuals …to the pastor with the vision and determination to make this ministry become a reality in the Western PA Conference. Thank You Stan!! Rev. Stan Nixon Our Board Members Randy Datsko Rev. Dave Bunnell Rev. Bob Nagy Director Chairperson Vice Chairperson W PA Missionary Hill Memorial UMC Hastings UMC Kane District Dorie Heckman Rev. Dave Heckman, Rev. David Stains, PhD Secretary – Treas. Eldred UMC Evans Memorial UMC Eldred UMC Janice Gearhart Tom and Clarice Noll Rev. Stan Nixon Johnstown / Indiana Coalport UMC Advisor District Representative Rev. Tim McConville Interested in All our Volunteers Brookville Evangelical becoming a part are welcome to our UMC of this ministry? Board meetings Our Special Thanks… ..to all the churches and individuals in Western PA who are sharing in the Vision of this ministry through their financial and prayer support and the many volunteers committed to acting out God’s love in the prisons. What do the inmates say? Tony: I just want to thank you for the Disciple books and Bibles. I took the class last year and it was a wonderful experience. God really knew I needed that class and through it I have grown spiritually. I now teach the class in Spanish through the help of the Holy Spirit. I never thought I would be doing that, but God had other plans! Our group of brothers here in the prison are very happy with the class. We enjoy studying and applying the Word in our lives. Thank you and God bless you always! … and another Albert: Thank you so much for the donated books, Bibles, and especially your time. We thank God every day for you and the time you spend helping us to mature in Christ. We also thank you for the prayers for us and our families and we want you to know you are in our prayers too. … Thoughts from the Volunteers ” How exciting it was to see a man who had been through one of our classes working at a new job, reunited with his family, and a part of a local church in his community. We have heard about some of the great things the men have become involved in after spending some of their time in prison in our Bible studies, but it was really neat to actually talk to someone who had grown so much! Randy How can we help? • Volunteers to enter the prisons to assist with new classes • Financial support for our Missionary • Monthly pledge support to the ministry • Collect backpacks, etc. for the children and youth in shelters and detention centers, and women in shelters • Commitment to PRAY for those inside the walls – inmates, officers, & volunteers Would you like to “adopt” an inmate? • For $30.00 you can provide a Disciple study book so an inmate can attend a Disciple class for a full year. • For $50.00 you can provide a study book and a Study Bible. Would you like to covenant to pray for an inmate and have him / her pray for you by first name only for 1 year? Become a Prayer Partner today! Children and Youth Need Luggage and More! Your church can participate by collecting duffle bags, puzzle books, Prayer Bears and toiletries for those leaving Detention Centers and Shelters to go to a new safe home. Imagine yourself going to a new home where you hope you will be accepted and loved… and walking in the door with everything you own in a black garbage bag. Would YOU like to be part of this gift to these children?? Churches Who Have Supplied Luggage, etc. Mt. Zion UMC – DuBois - I First UMC – Coalport – J Christ UMC-Bethel Park – P Youngsville First UMC – K Eldred UMC – K Elderton Charge UMC – I Evans Memorial UMC – K Duke Center UMC – K Eldersville UMC – W Russell UMC – K Grace UMC – Grove City - F Lanes Mills UMC – I Bethany UMC – Latrobe – G First UMC – Bethel Park – P The Refuge – EM Kane District UMW – K Evangelical UMC – Kane 1st UMC – K Star Junction Charge – C Youngsville – K Eldred UMC – K Zion Sarver UMC – B Murrysville UMC – G Roaring Springs Church of God –A Noblestown UMC – W West Washington UMC – W Belmont UMC – J Lander UMC – K Bradenville UMC – G Good Shepherd UMC – K Heritage UMC – Ligonier – G Mary Ann Palko – Loretto Rochester UMW – B Calvary UMC – Johnstown – J Jefferson Ave. UMC – W New Paris UMC – J Point Marion UMC – C First UCC of Ebensburg Hill Memorial UMC – K Armagh UMC – J Mt. Morris UMC – W First UMC – Derry – B Trinity UMC – Ridgeway – K Tanoma UMC – I Rochester UMC - B Fallowfield UMC – F Beulah UMC – Johnstown – J Crafton UMC – P First UMC – DuBois – I Want to put YOUR Walnut Hill UMC – C Mapletown UMC – W church here? First UMC – Derry – G Community Ministries – C Call US!! Butler District UMW – B Montour Presb. Church– Pgh. Vandergrift UMC - G We are a Conference Advance Special W PA Annual Conference Advance Special Prison Outreach Ministry We are an official ministry of the Western PA Conference. Your church can contribute to this ministry and receive credit. Our # is CC003300-J So… How can I get involved? What background or training do I need? How can my church learn more? Where are these prisons? Is there one near me? Call us for answers…814-225-3381 *We are present in the underlined prisons Western PA Prisons Federal Prisons & Camps McKean , Loretto State Prisons Somerset, Cresson, Pine Grove, Greene, Laurel Highlands, Forest, Houtzdale, Greensburg, Albion, Waynesburg, Mercer County Prisons (all counties) Women’s Prisons Cambria County, Cambridge Springs Youth Facilities Cambria County, Erie, Westmoreland County, Pittsburgh, Grove City, Beaver County, Blair County Missionary Schedule all invitations are welcome!! Contact us! Schedule for 2010 Visits!! • 1/18/09 St. Luke Lutheran - Lilly • 1/30/09 WPAPOM Board meeting – Brookville Evangelical UMC • 2/1/09 Ebensburg UCC • 3/1/09 Trinity UMC - Johnstown • 3/15/09 Ebensburg Ministerium Lenten Service • 3/17/09 Rochester First UMC • 3/21/09 VIM Leader Training – Conference Center • 3/26/09 Iceland What date do you want to • 3/31/09 Lanes Mills UMC • 4/5/09 Ebensburg UCC hear about this ministry? • 4/17-5/3 Randy’s vacation • 4/26/09 Zion Sarver UMC Mission Festival (DLH) • 5/3/09 Kane District Conference (DLH) • 6/7/09 Millport UMC Charge (DLH) • 6/11-13/09 Annual Conference at Grove City • 6/21/09 McMasters UMC – Turtle Creek The schedule is open beyond the last date at this time. Please call! Missionary Schedule (continued) Contact us! Schedule for 2010 Visits!! • 6/28/09 Marienville and Greenwood UMCs (Dorie) • 6/28/09 Johnstown Trinity UMC (Randy) • 7/9/09 Armagh UMC • 7/19/09 Hastings and Bakerton UMC • 7/23/09 Grove Ave. UMC • 8/25/09 POM Board Meeting – Brookville • 9/5-6/09 Bethany Portage UMC • 10/18/09 Millport Charge • 10/25/09 Wheatland-Farrell UMC (DLH) • 11/1/09 Parade St. Union City and Spartansbrug UMCs • 11/8/09 Asbury UMC and Calvary UMC Uniontown *Connellsville Festival • 11/8/09 Pleasant Hill Somerset UMC • 1/24/10 Barren Run and Acme UMCs What date do you want to • 6/9-12/10 Annual Conference – Grove City hear about this ministry? The schedule is open beyond the last date at this time. Please call! Contact us: Prison Outreach Ministry P.O. Box 322 Eldred, PA 16731-0322 Phone: 814-659-7562 or 814-225-3381 e-mail: email@example.com Web site: http:/www.gbgm-umc.org/wpapom/ Our Vision 1. To provide interactive prison ministry in 16 classes in at least 5 Districts in Western PA in the fall of 2009. 2. To help come against the detrimental forces that the men, women and youth in prison have to deal with, and to help them grow spiritually and socially. 3. To continue working on designing shorter term programs for the County, State and Youth prisons. 4. To gain access to even more facilities for Women, Juveniles and Hispanics in Western PA. 5. To involve trained laity, pastors and inmates as Volunteers Leaders in the prisons. Continued... …continues… 6. To address the literacy and language issues in choice of Bibles and study materials. 7. To involve the Districts, local churches, and individuals in prayer, financial support, and in providing volunteers to enter the prisons on a weekly basis who will study and pray together with the inmates. 8. To continue to assist in providing relational after-care and clothing and information about churches for inmates preparing for release. 9. To train inmates in leadership skills to lead Bible studies in their prisons. 10. To collect luggage, games, clothing, stuffed animals and toiletries for women and children in shelters and prisons. Our Special Celebration 2009 Please help us our continue this vital ministry 10th with your prayers and anniversary generous support.