Trunk or Treat
Mental Health Awareness Program
On Monday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m., MUM will host a meeting for the congregation and community titled End the Silence. The program will be presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness, Keystone PA Division. The program will help parents, grandparents and other relatives, teachers, youth leaders, and others who work with children and teenagers to identify those who may be suffering from symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses. The earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome will be. Suicide, which often is spurred by depression, is the second leading cause of death of people ages 10 to 24. What a tragic statistic! Please come and invite your friends! Any questions, please call the church office at 412-372-7474.
Created by God
MUM is proud to offer, for the 18th year, Created by God, a church-based learning experience on human sexuality for 5th, 6th and 7th graders and their parents. It is actually offered to all families in the eastern suburbs. Information has been sent to MUM members and to many other churches in the area. With the goal of relaying accurate, faithful information and helping to open lines of communication in families, Created by God has been a much anticipated experience in the community.
The dates for the event are November 8-11, 2018. Enrollment is limited to 30 students so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The cost of the program is $25 if the form and fee are received by October 15. After the 15th, the fee will be $50. Checks must be received by October 29. Make checks out to Monroeville United Methodist Church and write Created by God on the memo line.
Once again, the study leader will be Dr. James H. Ritchie, Jr., former associate pastor at MUM from 1994-2002. Jim developed the Created by God resources and has revised them twice. After retirement, Jim has become active in the life of MUM, singing in the choir, working on Altar Guild, singing and playing for the Taizé service, among other things. Working with Jim will be adult small group leaders. All leaders have appropriate clearances. Parents will participate Thursday and Sunday evenings.
If you have questions or would like a brochure for registration, please contact Ruth Woods, Registrar for Created by God at 724-733-7572.
MUM is participating in the winter coat drive for East End Cooperative Ministry. They are accepting NEW or CLEAN, GENTLY-USED coats in all sizes for men, women and children. They especially need men's and women’s sizes XL - XXL. Drop off your no-longer-needed coats the week of October 7 through Sunday, October 14. They will be distributed from the EECM in October! This is a great time to clean out your closets as you get out your winter clothes.
“A Way Forward” Events this fall
The United Methodist Church is moving towards a special session of the General Conference in February 2019 that was called to receive and act on a report from the Commission on the Way Forward, which was authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality, propose possible revisions, and explore options to strengthen the unity of the church.
Upcoming events have been planned to help us learn about and prepare for decisions, that will be made at the special session of General Conference, which will make changes in the UMC and shape our identity for years to come.
A conversation at MUM with the Judy family is set for Monday, October 15, 7-9 p.m. The three members of the Judy family are clergy members of this conference and hold different views on the subject before the church. They will share their journey as a family, the struggles and conversations they have had, and the ways they differ yet still are connected as a family. It will be a time for questions and open conversation. The evening will be led by the Rev. Dave Morse and Pastor Ed.
Sunday, November 4 there will be a Conference Listening Post at Garden City United Methodist Church in Monroeville at 2:30-4:30 p.m. Representatives from the conference task force will guide those present through an information session and discussion. To attend you must register online at wpaumc.org/A-Way-Forward.
Sometime after the beginning of the year, we will have a congregational-wide meeting to discuss the issues, options and concerns which will face our congregation as we look forward to the special General Conference in February.
First Saturday of each month, Noon-2 p.m.
Food, fellowship and entertainment
For all Seniors 65 and older!
See our Senior Saturday page for more information.
2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Silence & Singing, Shadow & Candlelight, Prayer & Reflection
Taizé worship is an ecumenical sung and silent prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative space through songs, Scripture, prayer, silence and candlelight. The sanctuary is beautifully designed just for Taizé and features soft lighting, flowing fabric and many candles. The music, which is contemplative in nature, emphasizes simple one or two line phrases usually from the Psalms, other passages of Scripture or liturgy. Short chants are repeated over and over again to give the service a contemplative atmosphere. The service includes a time of prayers. Taizé provides a time at the end of the day to relax from the stress of the day’s activities. It offers a time for worship and reflection, a time for calming the body and the mind. In the silence God’s word can reach the hidden corners of our hearts, and the light of Christ can reach, heal, and transform us. Join us as we experience this beautiful service!
- On Sunday, November 4 there will be a Conference Listening Post at Garden City United Methodist Church in Monroeville at 2:30-4:30 p.m. Representatives from the conference task force will guide those present through an information session and discussion. To attend you must register online at wpaumc.org/A-Way-Forward.
- Sometime after the beginning of the year, we will have a congregational-wide meeting to discuss the issues, options and concerns which will face our congregation as we look forward to the special General Conference in February.