news & Events

At Community Church, we have no shortage of events and opportunities to help us get to know each other--and Him--better. If you see something listed that interests you, please let us know! You're welcome to join us for any and all of the opportunities listed below.

About our Pastors

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has recently announced that effective July 1, 2017, Rev. Dr. Rich Phipps will be appointed as Senior Pastor of Community United Methodist Church of Harrison City. Rich was appointed to CUMC in July 2010 as “associate pastor,” having previously served for nine years at Homestead Park United Methodist Church and before that he served in the South Georgia Conference for nine years.  Rich and pastor John Ciampa were named “co-pastors” of Community Church in July of 2014, equally sharing the  leadership role of this growing and vital congregation. Pastor John will continue at CUMC, functioning in virtually the same ways as he has since his arrival at Harrison City in 2005, except for administrative leadership. That responsibility will now rest with Pastor Rich. As of this July John’s appointment status will be “associate pastor.” 

A bit of history; when Rich was appointed here in 2010, CUMC had been without an associate pastor since pastor Ron Geisler left in August of 2006. Rather than have a new associate pastor appointed at that time, CUMC developed other staff positions to broaden and deepen the ministries of the church. When growth and resources permitted an associate to be appointed in 2010, the leadership of Community Church petitioned then Bishop Bickerton and District Superintendent William Meekins, Jr. to appoint a pastor with the experience and skills necessary not only to enhance the ministry of our church, but also have the capacity to one day take the lead role, as senior pastor. The reason was to provide continuity and vision for CUMC when the time would come for pastor John to retire. This change of appointments, Rich as “senior” and John as “associate” has been in the works since Rich arrived in 2010.

The Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), with full agreement of pastors John and Rich, formally requested this action with a letter sent to Bishop Moore-Koikoi in December 2016. All the administrative committees of the church have been kept apprised of this process and all have indicated their support for this change in appointments.

This is a very important step for Community Church as we have recently voted to go forward with the Building and Renovation Project we have been working on over the last 4 years. Pastor Rich will provide steady and unified vision for CUMC as we move into a new era. Rich will help guide the continued work of building upon the foundation laid by all the pastors and committed members of our church dating back to 1961 when we moved to this location.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Vacation Bible School at Community Church

JUNE 12-16

From 9am-Noon

For all kids age 4 – 5th grade (leaving 5th)

$10 per child or $15 per family

At Maker Fun Factory, curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they’re lovingly crafted by God, our Ultimate Maker! Join us for a week-long VBS that will help kids discover that they are created by God & built for a purpose!

Register online HERE!

Youth & Adults, don’t miss out on the fun! You can register to be a Factory Worker at the same time! **Child care is available for volunteers with younger kids.

Register by May 29 to guarantee a tee shirt!

Contact Director of Children’s Ministries, Erin Kerstetter, with questions:

Man UP Pittsburgh

Saturday, June 10, 2017 is ManUp PITTSBURGH!

Mark your calendar now and make plans to attend this amazing day of worship and speakers at Victory Family Church. ManUp Pittsburgh encourages and teaches men to become stronger leaders in their homes, as well as challenges them to address the needs of fatherless youth. 

Want to know more? Click HERE for a video!

Questions? Contact Kerry Moser with questions at 724-327-4522 or email or CLICK HERE to sign up. Tickets are $25 each, and checks can be made payable to CUMC or cash.

YOU MUST SIGN UP THROUGH THE CHURCH TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED TICKET PRICE. This is for all men 15 years and older. Registration through the church closes Friday, May 26.

Membership CLASS 101

Want to know more about Community Church membership? Sign up for CLASS 101! New class will be Wednesdays, June 21 to August 2. We will begin at 6pm with a meal and then have class in Fellowship Hall. To sign up or you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Somes at or  724-744-3413 ext. 204.

Cookbook sale

The United Methodist Women’s cookbook is hot off the press! Appetizers, Veggies, Main Dishes, Desserts…and This ‘n That! Chalk full of sensational recipes dedicated to special folks and loved ones, what better gift for Mother’s Day, a new bride, students graduating from college or for a friend just because? Purchase one as a treat for yourself and share the dishes with your small groups or someone in need.

To get a copy of this tasty slice of our church’s history and contribute to our new building, contact any of the following culinary experts: Veronica Wersing at and  724-744-4887 after 5 p.m., Barbara Zelezniak at or Tracy Pasek at and 412-715-6810. Cost is 20.00 each. Yum!

Alcoholics ANONYMOUS is moving

Since 1998, Alcoholics Anonymous has been meeting on Sunday nights at Community UM Church. Due to the growth of the group and our space limitations, they have decided to  relocate to Level Green Presbyterian Church beginning June 4. If you know of anyone who may be interested in Alcoholics Anonymous, please refer them to the Sunday night meeting, which meets from 8:30 to 9:30, or to the Pittsburgh Area Central Office  (