Photo from the Church Vitality event February, 2015
New Associate for Youth Ministry
Our new Penn West Conference Associate for Youth Ministry is Ms. Valarie Poole, a Member in Discernment in the Westmoreland Association. Valarie serves as the Director of Christian Education and Program Coordinator at First Reformed United Church of Christ in Greensburg and is a fourth year student in the Penn West Academy for Ministry. The Board of Directors unanimously approved her for the position in a vote on April 25, and Valarie will begin serving in the Conference starting May 1.
Valarie says, “I have a passion for working with youth and believe that they are not just the future, but more importantly, the present! In today’s society the youth need all the positive influences they can get, and I believe that offering programs conference wide will aid our local churches in reaching their youth and providing an encouraging and safe environment to explore their faith.” Valarie is married to Mark Poole, a tax accountant with PNC. They have two children, Morgan and Braden. Welcome aboard, Valarie!
Our Partners in Faith Formation are excited to announce that we are in the process of establishing a new bookstore! We are hoping to have it open sometime later this year at First Reformed UCC, home of the new Penn West Conference Office. The store will be a year-round resource for our congregations and members. The bookstore will be a continuation and expansion of what our Partners in Faith Formation offer at our Conference Annual Meeting.
As an important note to this, for both the Annual Meeting bookstore and for the new bookstore, we are required to charge sales tax on transactions unless both of the following conditions are met: 1) A sales tax exemption form for the church or non-profit organization is presented AND 2) The transaction is paid with a church check or church credit/debit card. All items sold at the Partners in Faith Formation Bookstore are taxable except clothing items.
We look forward to being of service to you in the future!
Penn West Conference Annual Meeting
Our Penn West Conference Annual Meeting will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown from Friday, May 29 to Saturday, May 30. Our theme is “Thriving in Unexpected Places” and our presenter is the Rev. David Schoen from our national office in Cleveland. David will be sharing with us news about such exciting programs as New Beginnings and Mission Insite. We will also plan to have exciting video Bible studies and enlivening worship. Come and join us as we look forward to experiencing God in new ways together!
United Church of Christ General Synod
The thirtieth General Synod of the United Church of Christ will be held from Friday, June 26 through Tuesday, June 30. The theme of our time is “Unexpected Places.” One of the highlights of our time together will be encountering God in unexpected ways at our worship service on Sunday, June 28, at 3 PM. Our Associations are in the process of putting together bus transportation from our Associations to Cleveland for the day! We are also planning to elect a new General Minister & President for our church, and a candidate, the Rev. John Dorhauer, Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference, has been named. Our delegation from Penn West is really excited about Synod this year. Please keep the work of our national church in your prayers!
Please remember that our National Youth Event is scheduled to be held from July 26-29, 2016 at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida!
"God is Still Speaking"
Welcome to the PWC Website!
The Penn West Conference website is a platform for sharing the mutual ministries and missions (that our churches and members carry forward) of God. Members and visitors will find insights and resources, documents and materials, our resource center and catalog, Ministry Teams, links to local PWC church websites, and more. We are linked to the national site as well as other important ministry sites. As we move forward, we will have Annual Meeting information and registration online.