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					Washington District                   Washington.District@wpaumc.org                         FEBRUARY 2011

                                        Perceptions from a Pewboy
                         (offered by a superintendent to the people with whom he journeys)

I saw an interesting film recently. The film, released in 2006 and entitled The Last Kiss, creates a rather
unsettling and multi-layered cinematic portrait of young men and women attempting to come to grips with
issues of commitment, betrayal, parenthood, and covenant. Although I cannot describe the film as a great
artistic achievement, it does create some memorable moments.
One of those moments revolves around the following words, spoken by an older and wiser patriarch to a
younger man who has recently betrayed his girlfriend with another woman. This younger man begins to talk
about how much he loves his girlfriend. The patriarch interrupts him with this observation that is as significant
as it is stark:
       Stop talking about love. Every idiot in the world says he loves somebody. It means nothing.
       What you feel only matters to you. It‘s what you do to the people you say you love. That‘s
       what matters. It‘s the only thing that counts.
It was a moment that compelled me to reflect upon how frequently I over-romanticize love, allowing it to
become little more than a self-gratifying inner warmth and a euphoric means to emotional self-aggrandizement.
After all, I throw around the word ―love‖ with an almost devil-may-care nonchalance. I say that I love my wife. I
say that I love my parents. I say that I love Jesus. But I also say that I love homemade vanilla ice cream, and
comic books, and vacations to faraway places. When it comes to love, in other words, talk is extremely cheap.
We can say that we love just about anything or anyone and then pat ourselves on the back for our emotional
tenderness.
Maybe the patriarch in the movie is right. Maybe ―every idiot in the world says that he loves somebody,‖ or
something.
In the parable of the great judgment, Jesus tells us that, whenever we have fed the hungry, clothed the naked,
cared for the sick, and visited the prisoner, we have, in actuality, done those things to Jesus himself: “Truly I
tell you, just as you DID these things to one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you DID them to me”
(Matthew 25:40). In that moment of Scripture, Jesus offers a teaching that we dare not ignore—a teaching that
brings him into alignment with the patriarch in The Last Kiss: ―Stop simply talking about love,‖ Jesus seems to
be saying in Matthew 25:40. ―After all, every idiot in the world says that he loves somebody. The talking, in
that case, means nothing until it is validated by tangibility.‖
By calling to mind real acts of ministry like feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, Jesus relocates love from the
inner realm of the felt to the outer realm of the enacted. “It‘s what you do to the people you say you love,‖ Jesus
essentially says. ―That‘s what matters. What really counts is whether or not you dared to see my face in the faces
of the people around you and then did something real to minister to their deepest needs.‖
Perhaps Jesus is telling us that authentic love is love incarnated; love in motion and action; love demonstrated and
offered in the form of tangible acts of mercy and compassion.
In Zimbabwe, it is customary before a meal for two people to stand outside the door of the room where the
meal is to be served. One of these persons holds a pitcher of warm, soapy water; the other person holds a
basin. Their purpose is to wash the hands of all who are about to eat—a routine expression of servanthood
and hospitality in a culture where such things are still treasured.
On my recent trip to Zimbabwe, as my hands were being washed before a meal, I expressed my gratitude to the
two young boys who were doing the washing. One of the boys responded in this fashion: ―It is we who are
grateful, sir. You are helping us to love you by allowing us to serve you.‖
That boy‘s words were a powerful reminder to me that the love of Jesus Christ finds its most profound
expression, not in the words that we speak (important as those words may be), but in the ministry and
servanthood that we offer.
My prayer for the church is that its people will be so inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit that the words of
the familiar song will finally become fully applicable: ―They‘ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Eric S. Park


       Clergy Birthdays                              Spouses
       Lanfer Simpson         2/7                    Amanda Gilligan        2/1
       Jonathan Fehl          2/8                    Carol Lewis            2/10
       George Dran            2/12
       Sang Choi              2/13
       Bill Starr             2/14
       Gary Grau              2/18
       John Smith             2/22




Happy Anniversary to…
Bruce & Bonnie Judy           2/11


 If we missed your birthday or anniversary, please call or email the District Office, we would like to celebrate
                                         your special day with you!


DISTRICT CONFERENCE WILL BE SUNDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 1st. I T WILL BE HELD
 AT 3:00 PM AT WAYNESBURG 1ST. REFRESHMENTS ONLY WILL BE SERVED AFTER
THE CONFERENCE. LET YOUR CHURCH LEADERS KNOW AND PLAN NOW TO ATTEND.




2010 AUDIT REPORT--DUE               MARCH 1, 2011
It’s that time of year to do the Audit Report. The Audit Report form is downloadable from
the Conference web page, www.wpaumc.org, under FORMS. If needed, a hard copy can be
obtained from the District Office. Audits are due at the District office by Mar. 1st. This
allows adequate time for Audit Committees to complete their work. This is for the period
beginning January 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2010.
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                                      “The Gathering”
                       A Monthly Time of Worship and Fellowship for the
                          Laity and Clergy of the Washington District
                          Dynamic preaching! Vibrant music! Fervent prayer!
                            Abundant friendship! Spiritual transformation!

              The next Gathering is Sunday, February 20th, 7:00 P.M., at ―Jeremiah‘s.‖
      ―Jeremiah‘s‖ is a beautiful banquet hall located on the second floor above Jumper‘s Junction
      restaurant, right beside CONSOL Park (where the Wild Things play). Here is the address for
                                               ―Jeremiah‘s‖:
                             2111 North Franklin Drive Washington, PA 15301

    Eric Park will offer the ministry of preaching at the Gathering on February 20th. Tara Park and
       others will offer the ministry of music. Future dates are March 20th, April 17th and May 22nd.
        JOIN US FOR WHAT PROMISES TO BE A GREAT NIGHT OF WORSHIP!


                     BISHOP’S DAY on the DISTRICTS
           This year will be a “DAY LONG EVENT”: 10AM - 4PM
February 1, 2011            Tuesday              Erie-Meadville/Franklin Districts
February 28, 2011           Monday               Pittsburgh/Butler Districts (Dutilh UMC)
MARCH 10, 2011              Thursday             WASHINGTON/GREENSBURG DISTRICTS
March 22, 2011              Tuesday              Kane/Indiana Districts
March 23, 2011              Wednesday            Connellsville/Johnstown Districts

Our Day with Bishop Bickerton will be at the Holiday Park UMC located at 81 Sandune Drive,
Pittsburgh, PA 15239. Phone number is 724-327-6552. Directions and registration
information will be forthcoming. Attendance by all clergy is required. If you cannot attend
the Washington/Greensburg Event, please register with another District.


WPA WASHINGTON DISTRICT UNITED METHODIST WOMEN:

Saturday, March 5, 2011 is Mission Study Day
Guest speaker, Rev. Kenneth Haines-“Joy to the World! Mission in the Age of Global
Christianity” to be held at the Bentleyville UMC. Morning coffee and lunch provided for $8.
Registration is due February 23rd.

Thursday, April 28, 2011 is the Spring Retreat
Guest speaker, Rev. Lois Swetsyn-“Zimbabwe” to be held at California UMC. The cost is $8
and registration is due by April 18th.
                   REMINDER: PPRC Evaluations are DUE JUNE 1ST
PPRC EVALUATION
              CHARGE                    CHURCH          2010   2011   2012
Avery                                     Avery           S      S      L
Bentleyville/Houston                  Bentleyville        S      S      L
Bentleyville/Houston                    Houston           S      S      L
Bobtown/Mt. Calvary/Taylortown          Bobtown           L      S      S
Bobtown/Mt. Calvary/Taylortown      Mount Calvary         L      S      S
Bobtown/Mt. Calvary/Taylortown        Taylortown          L      S      S
Brave Charge                         Kent's Chapel        S      L      S
Brave Charge                             Spraggs          S      L      S
Brave Charge                         Valley Chapel        S      L      S
Bridgeville                            Bridgeville        S      L      S
California                             California         S      S      L
United In Christ                      Canonsburg          S      S      L
United In Christ                        Fawcett           S      S      L
United In Christ                     Meadowlands          S      S      L
Carmichaels                           Carmichaels         S      L      S
Centerville/Taylor                     Centerville        S      S      L
Centerville/Taylor                        Taylor          S      S      L
Central Highlands                  Central Highlands      L      S      S
Clairton: First                      Clairton: First      L      S      S
Claysville/Zion                         Claysville        S      L      S
Claysville/Zion                            Zion           S      S      L
Crossroads (Sr.)                    Crossroads (Sr.)      S      L      S
Crossroads (Assoc.)               Crossroads (Assoc.)     S      L      S
Eldersville                            Eldersville        S      S      L
Boston/Elizabeth                         Boston           L      S      S
Boston/Elizabeth                        Elizabeth         L      S      S
Fairall                            Claughton Chapel       S      L      S
Fairall                                   Fairall         S      L      S
Fairall                                Mt. Morris         S      L      S
Fairview/Nebo                           Fairview          L      S      S
Fairview/Nebo                             Nebo            L      S      S
Good Shepherd                          Rogersville        S      S      L
Good Shepherd                        Throckmorton         S      S      L
Good Shepherd                     Washington Street       S      S      L
Coal Center: Grace                        Grace           S      S      L
Greater Purpose Team Ministries      Jefferson (Sr.)      S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries      Allenport (Sr.)      S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries       Denbo (Sr.)         S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries   Fredericktown (Sr.)     S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries        Howe (Sr.)         S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries   Rices Landing (Sr.)     S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries       Roscoe (Sr.)        S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries     GPMT (Assoc.)         S      L      S
Greater Purpose Team Ministries             GPMT (Local)                S         L         S
Green Hills/Fairmount                         Fairmount                 L         S         S
Green Hills/Fairmount                          Nineveh                  L         S         S
Green Hills/Fairmount                       Union Valley                L         S         S
Greenock                                      Greenock                  L         S         S
Jackson Community                              Bethany                  S         L         S
Jackson Community                           Valley Chapel               S         L         S
Jefferson Ave./W. Washington              Jefferson Avenue              S         L         S
Jefferson Ave./W. Washington             West Washington                S         L         S
John Wesley                                 John Wesley                 S         L         S
Jollytown                                     Grandview                 L         S         S
Jollytown                                     Jollytown                 L         S         S
Jollytown                                     Pine Bank                 L         S         S
Jollytown                                    Pleasant Hill              L         S         S
Liberty/Amity                                    Amity                  L         S         S
Liberty/Amity                                   Liberty                 L         S         s
Mapletown/Mt. Pleasant                       Mapletown                  S         S         L
Mapletown/Mt. Pleasant                      Mt. Pleasant                S         S         L
Mapletown/Mt. Pleasant (Assoc.)    Mapletown/Mt. Pleasant (Assoc.)      S         S         L
Midway                                         Midway                   S         L         S
Monongahela Parish                             Fordyce                  S         L         S
Monongahela Parish                          Mt. Pleasant                S         L         S
Monongahela: First                      Monongahela: First              S         S         L
Noblestown/Federal/McDonald                     Federal                 S         L         S
Noblestown/Federal/McDonald                   McDonald                  S         L         S
Noblestown/Federal/McDonald                  Noblestown                 S         L         S
Oak View                                       Oak View                 S         S         L
Pine Run                                       Pine Run                 S         S         L
Scenery Hill/Davidson                          Davidson                 S         L         S
Scenery Hill/Davidson                        Scenery Hill               S         L         S
Speers/Dunlevy                                 Dunlevy                  S         L         S
Speers/Dunlevy                                  Speers                  S         L         S
Trinity                                         Trinity                 S         S         L
UM Community Churches                         Beallsville               S         L         S
UM Community Churches                         Marianna                  S         L         S
UM Community Churches                          Mt. Zion                 S         L         S
UM Community Churches                         Zollarsville              S         L         S
Union Roads                                 Union Roads                 S         S         L
Washington: First                        Washington: First              L         S         S
Waynesburg: First                        Waynesburg: First              S         L         S
West Alexander                             West Alexander               S         S         L
West Elizabeth/Elrama/Glassport                 Elrama                  L         S         S
West Elizabeth/Elrama/Glassport               Glassport                 L         S         S
West Elizabeth/Elrama/Glassport            West Elizabeth               L         S         S
Both the LONG FORM and SHORT FORM clergy evaluations (with instructions) can be found on the “Forms”
page of the Conference website. If you are unable to access these forms via the website, please let us know and
hard copies will be mailed to you.
Dear friends,

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for your faithfulness concerning our district‟s commitment to
mission share in 2010. As a district, we were able to pay 90.2% of our requested mission share. Only three other
districts in the annual conference paid a higher percentage (and we were not far behind them).

Given that the Washington District has historically been on the lower end of the list in terms of mission share
payout, this year represents noteworthy growth in our district‟s ministry.

I am well aware of the financial challenges that you and your churches are facing. These challenges make me all
the more grateful for your continued faithfulness with regard to mission share.

To those of you who have paid your mission share at 100% or better in 2010, thank you for leading the way so
boldly and so beautifully. I am humbled by your generosity, your stewardship, and, at times, your sacrifice.

To those of you who increased your mission share payment percentage over last year, thank you for your
continued growth. I am encouraged by your advancement.

To those of you, who have struggled in your mission share payment this year, know that you are not struggling
alone. We stand together in the journey.

Please continue to keep mission share before your people. As 2011 unfolds, make mission share a priority in
your church‟s ministry. Do everything you can to help your people to understand mission share, not as a
denominational tax, but as a holy investment in a United Methodist ministry that extends to the entire world.

Thank you again for helping to make it a banner year for the Washington District. You inspire me beyond words.

Gratefully and prayerfully,
Eric Park


THE FOLLOWING IS THE FINAL RECORDED MISSION SHARE FOR 2010
 Avery                         Avery                                     $15,663       $15,663   100.0%
 Bentleyville                  Bentleyville/Houston                      $11,309       $11,309   100.0%
 Houston: First                Bentleyville/Houston                       $7,628        $8,228   107.9%
 Bobtown                       Bobtown/Taylortown/Mt Calvary              $2,634        $2,415    91.7%
 Mount Calvary                 Bobtown/Taylortown/Mt Calvary              $1,206        $1,206   100.0%
 Taylortown                    Bobtown/Taylortown/Mt Calvary              $1,395        $1,395   100.0%
 Boston                        Boston/Elizabeth:First                     $4,622        $3,467    75.0%
 Elizabeth                     Boston/Elizabeth:First                    $17,677       $17,677   100.0%
 Kents Chapel                  Brave                                      $1,789        $1,789   100.0%
 Spraggs                       Brave                                      $3,078        $3,078   100.0%
 Valley Chapel                 Brave                                      $1,655        $1,655   100.0%
 Bridgeville: First            Bridgeville                               $19,881       $14,911    75.0%
 California                    California                                $12,759       $12,765   100.0%
 Canonsburg: First             Canonsburg/Meadowlands/Fawcett            $18,065        $8,928    49.4%
 Fawcett                       Canonsburg/Meadowlands/Fawcett             $4,938        $4,938   100.0%
 Meadow Lands                  Canonsburg/Meadowlands/Fawcett             $7,570        $3,469    45.8%
 Carmichaels: First            Carmichaels                               $19,086       $19,086   100.0%
 Brownsville: Centerville      Centerville/Taylor                         $5,864        $5,864   100.0%
 Taylor                        Centerville/Taylor                         $6,164        $7,000   113.6%
 Central Highlands
 Community                     Central Highlands                         $45,854       $45,854 100.0%
 Clairton: First               Clairton: First                           $11,801        $8,585  72.7%
Clairton: Pine Run            Clairton: Pine Run                  $18,259    $10,215    55.9%
Claysville                    Claysville/Zion                     $14,117    $14,117   100.0%
Claysville: Zion              Claysville/Zion                      $4,386     $2,625    59.8%
Pine Bank - Closed 6/30/10    Closed 6/30/10                       $1,183     $1,183   100.0%
Coal Center: Grace            Coal Center: Grace                  $35,618    $35,618   100.0%
Crossroads                    Crossroads                         $165,535   $165,500   100.0%
Eldersville                   Eldersville                          $5,539     $1,710    30.9%
Claughton Chapel              Fairall                              $3,792     $3,792   100.0%
Fairall                       Fairall                              $4,760     $4,760   100.0%
Mount Morris                  Fairall                              $5,161     $4,593   108.4%
Rogersville                   Good Shepherd                        $5,173     $5,173   100.0%
Throckmorton                  Good Shepherd                        $1,368     $1,340    98.0%
Waynesburg: Washington St     Good Shepherd                        $2,374     $2,374   100.0%
Graysville: Fairview          Graysville:Fairview/Nebo             $2,471     $2,471   100.0%
Nebo                          Graysville:Fairview/Nebo             $1,896     $1,896   100.0%
Allenport                     Greater Purpose Team Ministry        $1,781      $600     33.7%
Denbo: Saint Pauls            Greater Purpose Team Ministry        $1,821     $1,821   100.0%
Fredericktown                 Greater Purpose Team Ministry        $5,408     $5,408   100.0%
Howe                          Greater Purpose Team Ministry        $1,562     $1,562   100.0%
Jefferson (WA)                Greater Purpose Team Ministry        $7,915     $7,915   100.0%
Rices Landing                 Greater Purpose Team Ministry        $2,210      $900     40.7%
Roscoe                        Greater Purpose Team Ministry        $3,741     $3,744   100.1%
Fairmount                     Greene Hills/Fairmount               $8,382     $3,445    41.1%
Nineveh                       Greene Hills/Fairmount               $2,726     $2,726   100.0%
Union Valley                  Greene Hills/Fairmount               $3,831     $3,831   100.0%
Greenock                      Greenock                            $16,524     $7,671    46.4%
Jackson Comm: Bethany         Jackson Community                    $1,288     $1,288   100.0%
Jackson Comm: Valley Chapel   Jackson Community                    $1,625     $1,625   100.0%
Washington: Jefferson
Avenue                        Jefferson Avenue/West Washington    $14,898    $14,902   100.0%
West Washington               Jefferson Avenue/West Washington    $12,378    $12,378   100.0%
John Wesley                   John Wesley                          $3,840     $1,000    26.0%
Grandview                     Jollytown                            $1,976     $1,000    50.6%
Jollytown                     Jollytown                            $1,011      $590     58.3%
New Freeport: Pleasant Hill   Jollytown                             $970       $970    100.0%
Amity                         Liberty/Amity                        $3,957     $1,090    27.5%
Liberty                       Liberty/Amity                        $9,191     $9,191   100.0%
Greensboro: Mount Pleasant    Mapletown/Mount Pleasant             $3,125     $3,378   108.1%
Mapletown                     Mapletown/Mount Pleasant             $6,772     $6,772   100.0%
McMurray: Trinity             McMurray: Trinity                   $42,071    $42,071   100.0%
Midway                        Midway                               $3,903     $3,903   100.0%
Fordyce                       Monongahela Parish                    $586       $586    100.0%
Waynesburg: Mount Pleasant    Monongahela Parish                    $817          $0     0.0%
Monongahela: First            Monongahela: First                  $22,681    $11,663    51.4%
Federal                       Nobelstown/Federal/McDonald          $3,588      $630     17.6%
McDonald                      Nobelstown/Federal/McDonald          $5,106     $5,112   100.1%
Noblestown                   Nobelstown/Federal/McDonald         $4,656     $4,656   100.0%
Oak View                     Oak View                           $11,505    $11,460    99.6%
Davidson                     Scenery Hill/Davidson               $3,118     $3,120   100.1%
Scenery Hill                 Scenery Hill/Davidson               $2,901     $2,901   100.0%
Dunlevy                      Speers/Dunlevy                      $1,567      $570     36.4%
Speers                       Speers/Dunlevy                      $5,650     $5,750   101.8%
Beallsville                  UM Community Churches               $5,266     $4,739    90.0%
Fredericktown: Mount Zion    UM Community Churches               $4,112     $4,112   100.0%
Marianna                     UM Community Churches               $1,767     $1,769   100.1%
Zollarsville                 UM Community Churches               $1,747     $1,747   100.0%
Union Roads                  Union Roads                        $11,304    $11,304   100.0%
Washington: First            Washington: First                  $26,415    $26,415   100.0%
Waynesburg: First            Waynesburg: First                  $19,122    $19,512   102.0%
West Alexander               West Alexander                     $11,586    $11,870   102.5%
Elrama                       West Elizabeth/Elrama/Glassport     $4,571      $500     10.9%
Glassport                    West Elizabeth/Elrama/Glassport     $6,612     $6,612   100.0%
West Elizabeth               West Elizabeth/Elrama/Glassport     $4,347      $100      2.3%
Edwards Chapel               Wrights/Edwards Chapel              $4,969     $4,969   100.0%
Wrights                      Wrights/Edwards Chapel             $10,530    $10,536   100.1%

WASHINGTON DISTRICT TOTALS                                     $829,699   $748,061    90.2%




                   CONCERT at ELDERSVILLE UMC
                          MARCH 19TH at 7 PM
           featuring TREE ANTHEM and R. BAILEY ALLEN
                      with TIM TOY as the speaker.
    Doors open at 6:45 PM and the cost is $6 or $5 plus a canned good.
                 Any questions, please call 724-947-2598.
   Eldersville UMC is located at 15 Church Rd. Burgettstown, PA 15021


COMING EVENTS AT OLMSTED MANOR:

February 14-16: „Jesus Interprets His Own Cross‟ with Kenneth Bailey, Th.D.
March 6-8: „Wholy Living‟; the Spring Women‟s Spirituality Retreat
March 28-29: „Symbols in Worship‟ with Dr. Bob George

More information can be obtained at www.olmstedmanor.org.
                                         A Ministry Helpshop
                                               on the
                                         Washington District

                                     Saturday, March 12, 2011
                                      9:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon
                            Grace United Methodist Church of Coal Center
                            (420 California Drive-Coal Center, PA 15423)

                           Two courses will be offered concurrently at the Helpshop:

Option #1:
                        Training for Pastor-Parish and Staff-Parish Relations
                                Committees of the Washington District
   Led by our district superintendent, Eric Park, this training will be an informal, conversational, and illuminating
      examination of the nature of the ministry of the Pastor/Staff Relations Committee and its important
responsibilities in the life of the church. It is designed to be a refresher course for experienced S/PPRC members
     and a helpful introduction for new committee members. This will not be a dry conversation about church
  administration. Rather, it will be an enlivening reflection on how the S/PPRC can become a deeply spiritual team
                                                     within a church.
    PASTORS AND MEMBERS OF PASTOR/STAFF PARISH RELATIONS COMMITTEES ARE INVITED AND
                                             ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.


Option #2:
                           "The Journey Inward and the Journey Outward"
                          A Pre-Lenten Seminar on the Nature of Faithful Discipleship

 This seminar, open to BOTH laity and clergy, will be facilitated by Rev. Dr. John Smith, the pastor of Coal Center
  Grace UMC and a highly respected spiritual leader in the life of our annual conference. The seminar will enable
participants to deepen and broaden their vision for individual and congregational discipleship. It will be an engaging
 and conversational reflection on both the INWARDNESS of discipleship (i.e., personal holiness and congregational
       care) and the OUTWARDNESS of discipleship (i.e., service, mission, and tangible expressions of love).
             All laity and clergy are invited to be part of this excellent doorway into the Lenten season!

There is no cost for the Helpshop apart from your investment of time and energy, however, registration is
necessary. You may register at any point until the day of the Helpshop by contacting Collette Hill in the
Washington District office
       Phone: 724-225-6632
       E-mail: washington.district@wpaumc.org

             PLAN ON BRINGING A TEAM FROM YOUR CHURCH TO THIS IMPORTANT TIME
                    OF EQUIPPING IN OUR SHARED JOURNEY OF DISCIPLESHIP!
              TARA & ERIC PARK IN CONCERT!!!

                     SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011
                                   at
                  CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
                            BETHEL PARK, PA
                 (44 Highland Road—Bethel Park, PA 15102)

                        CONCERT BEGINS AT 8:00 PM

Tara and Eric, along with a full band of some of the best musicians in our region,
will present original music from their recently released CD,   “GLUTTON‟S
GRAFFITI.”
This concert is both a CD-release concert AND a fundraiser for the ministries of the
NYADIRE UNITED METHODIST MISSION                               in Zimbabwe and
IMAGINE NO MALARIA.
A dinner will precede the concert at 6:00PM followed by the concert at 8:00PM.
Cost for the concert ONLY is $10. Cost for both the dinner and the concert is $15; a
table for 8 is $100.

The CD, “Glutton‟s Graffiti” will be for sale at the concert: one for $15; two for $27;
each additional one is $11. All dollars from the sale of the CD will be evenly split
between the Nyadire Connection and Imagine No Malaria. Zimbabwe crafts will be
available for sale as well.

ALL ARE INVITED TO THIS VERY SPECIAL NIGHT OF MUSIC AND
FELLOWSHIP! Bring a team of people from your church! Come for the concert!
Or, even better, come for both the meal AND the concert! DON‟T MISS IT!!!

Tickets are available at the Washington District Office and at Christ UM Church.
Checks should be made out to: “Christ United Methodist Church” and write
„Nyadire‟ in the memo. Please remember that the District Office does not keep
petty cash.
The Washington District website - http://wpaumc.org/districts/detail/33
Conference website - www.wpaumc.org.
Conference calendar: http://www.wpaumc.org/events/calendarDistrict Calendar:
http://www.wpaumc.org/events/calendar?mode=district&district=33&area=All&month=2&year=2010

Dates Set for Licensing School, Certified Lay Ministry Training:

                    Registration DEADLINES are Feb. 28, 2011

The Western PA Conference will offer advanced training courses in 2011 for
church leaders pursuing Certified Lay Ministry, licensing as a local pastor, or
ordained ministry.
Completion of the licensing school course for local pastors is mandatory for all
candidates for ordained ministry certified since July 1, 2009. Those certified
before that date are exempt from the advanced training as a requirement.

The Certified Lay Ministry training will be offered in commuter retreats and
single-day training in March and May at First UMC in Butler and in a residential
course setting in August at Olmsted Manor retreat center in Ludlow, PA.
Those pursuing the Certified Lay Ministry must attend a pair of weekend
retreats-either March 10-12 and May 19-21 at Butler First UMC or Aug. 7-9 and
15-17 at Olmsted Manor. The cost of the commuter retreats is $150 for both.
Lodging and meals are not included.
The cost of the August weekends at Olmsted is $300 for the pair, including room
and board.

Those pursuing the Local Pastor License or ordained ministry must attend
additional training sessions: either Spring “commuter” sessions at First UMC in
Butler or the residential course at Olmsted. The Commuter school includes a
two Thursday-Saturday retreats March 1-12 and May 19-21, plus one-day session
on Saturdays from March 5-through May. The dates are March 5, 19, and 26;
April 12, 9, 16 and 30; and May 7, 14 and 26. The total cost for the commuter
licensing school, including the weekend retreats, lunches and required
materials, is $250. Lodging, if needed, and other meals are not included.
The Summer Residential course at Olmsted Manor is 7:00PM, Sunday, Aug. 7-18,
registration for all training is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space at
Olmsted Manor is limited.


MTSO is offering two Spring on-line classes that qualify for one continuing education unit each. The
courses run for four weeks beginning April 25th and are $100 per course. The courses are: „Faith and
the Natural World‟ and „Congregational Song: Music from Around the Globe‟. For more information
and to register, go to www.mtso.edu.
Confirmation Class Days at the United Methodist Conference Center for 2011
      Friday, February 18                         Friday, March 11
              Morning: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm                 Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm
              Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm             Friday, March 18
      Saturday, February 19                               Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
              Morning: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm         Thursday, March 24
                                                          Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                                          Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm
      Saturday, April 9                           Wednesday, April 13
             Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm                  Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                                          Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm
             Watch for updates and online registration at www.wpaumc.org



                                        JOSH MCDOWELL
Coming to the WPA Conference in March 2011
Josh McDowell‟s cutting-edge ministry has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for almost
four decades. Since 1960, Josh has written or co-authored over 120 books, has ministered to
more than 10 million young people, giving over 24,000 talks in 118 countries. Author of More
Than A Carpenter and Evidence That Demands A Verdict among other titles.

„God‟s Truth Still Matters; The Role of Apologetics in the 21st Century‟ a 2011 Clinic on
Evangelism will be held on Saturday, March 19th from 9:30 AM-3 PM @ Galloway UM Church
OR on Sunday, March 20th from 2:00 PM-7:00PM @ Trinity McMurray.
The first half hour of each event will be worship. Come prepared to praise! The same
presentation will be at both locations so please register for only one. Registration cost is $30
and includes lunch at the Galloway site and refreshments at the Trinity site.
.5 CEU‟s available; any questions, contact Rev. John Emigh at pastorjohn@johnemigh.com.

                                      “THE WESLEYAN WAY”

Rediscovering Ancient Future Methodism, the 2011 Pastor‟s Academy at Olmsted, with Dr.
Paul W. Chilcote—May 15-17, 2011

The Wesleyan heritage offers a relevant and dynamic vision of the Christian journey that
relates in striking ways to the emerging 21st century world. This Academy event will examine
the Wesleyan Way from the percpective of :
    Its message of God‟s grace and love
    Its community that enables the family of God to grow
    Its discipline that liberates through accountable discipleship
    Its servanthood that reclaims mission as a way of life
    Its dynamism translates the ancient into a hope-filled future

It is recommended that participants read beforehand and /or bring Chilcote‟s book:
“Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles Wesley”
(IVP, ISBN 0830827439) to the event. 1c.e.u. will be offered for persons who attend the whole
event.
Confirmation Class Days at the United Methodist Conference Center for 2011
      Friday, February 18                         Friday, March 11
              Morning: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm                 Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm
              Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm             Friday, March 18
      Saturday, February 19                               Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
              Morning: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm         Thursday, March 24
                                                          Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                                          Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm
      Saturday, April 9                           Wednesday, April 13
             Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm                  Morning: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
                                                          Afternoon: 1:30-4:30 pm
             Watch for updates and online registration at www.wpaumc.org



                                        JOSH MCDOWELL
Coming to the WPA Conference in March 2011
Josh McDowell‟s cutting-edge ministry has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for almost
four decades. Since 1960, Josh has written or co-authored over 120 books, has ministered to
more than 10 million young people, giving over 24,000 talks in 118 countries. Author of More
Than A Carpenter and Evidence That Demands A Verdict among other titles.

„God‟s Truth Still Matters; The Role of Apologetics in the 21st Century‟ a 2011 Clinic on
Evangelism will be held on Saturday, March 19th from 9:30 AM-3 PM @ Galloway UM Church
OR on Sunday, March 20th from 2:00 PM-7:00PM @ Trinity McMurray.
The first half hour of each event will be worship. Come prepared to praise! The same
presentation will be at both locations so please register for only one. Registration cost is $30
and includes lunch at the Galloway site and refreshments at the Trinity site.
.5 CEU‟s available; any questions, contact Rev. John Emigh at pastorjohn@johnemigh.com.

                                      “THE WESLEYAN WAY”

Rediscovering Ancient Future Methodism, the 2011 Pastor‟s Academy at Olmsted, with Dr.
Paul W. Chilcote—May 15-17, 2011

The Wesleyan heritage offers a relevant and dynamic vision of the Christian journey that
relates in striking ways to the emerging 21st century world. This Academy event will examine
the Wesleyan Way from the percpective of :
    Its message of God‟s grace and love
    Its community that enables the family of God to grow
    Its discipline that liberates through accountable discipleship
    Its servanthood that reclaims mission as a way of life
    Its dynamism translates the ancient into a hope-filled future

It is recommended that participants read beforehand and /or bring Chilcote‟s book:
“Recapturing the Wesleys’ Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles Wesley”
(IVP, ISBN 0830827439) to the event. 1c.e.u. will be offered for persons who attend the whole
event.
The thought for this Lovely month of February: Do people really see us as Christians-Christ like?
Do they see Christ and His Love in our eyes when we look at them?

The following is an excerpt from ‗The Irresistible Revolution‘ by Shane Claiborne:

When we look through the eyes of Jesus, we see new things in people. In the murderers, we
see our own hatred. In the addicts, we see our own addictions. In the saints, we catch
glimpses of our own holiness. We can see our own brokenness, our own violence, our own
ability to destroy, and we can see our own sacredness, our own capacity to love and forgive.
When we realize that we are both wretched and beautiful, we are freed up to see others the
same way.

In his work „I and Thou’, brilliant European thinker, Martin Buber, speaks of how we can see a
person as simply a material object, something you look at, an “it”, or we can look into a
person and enter the sacredness of their humanity so that they become a “Thou”. Over time,
we can develop new eyes and look into people. Rather than looking at people as sex objects
or work tools, we can see them as sacred. We can enter the Holiest of Holies through their
eyes. They can become a “Thou”. I saw this happen when the dying and the lepers
whispered that sacred Hindi word, Namaste (which means “I honor the Holy One who lives in
you.”). And I saw it in Iraq, when people put their hands over their hearts. It is in such
moments that we understand what the Catholic Workers mean when they say, “The true
atheist is the one who refuses to see God‟s image in the face of their neighbor.” Looking into
the eyes of people who love us may be the clearest glimpse of God many of us get in this
world.

When we have new eyes, we can look into the eyes of those we don‟t even like and see the
One we love. We can see God‟s image in everyone we encounter. As Henri Nouwen puts it,
“In the face of the oppressed I recognize my own face, and in the hands of the oppressor I
recognize my own hands. Their flesh is my flesh, their blood is my blood; their pain is my
pain, their smile is my smile.” We are made of the same dust. We cry the same tears. No one
is beyond redemption. And we are free to imagine a revolution that sets both the oppressed
and the oppressors free.

We read in the Scriptures that God says to take good care of strangers, for we could be
entertaining angels without knowing it (Heb. 13:2).

AT DAY‟S END
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its tolling time is through:
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?
Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that‘s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said:
Does the man whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day, or lose it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or scar a discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,
―You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?‖
By John Hall
LET‟S SPREAD A LITTLE LOVE TO EVERYONE WE MEET!
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