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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

For the church of the risen Lord, is there such a thing as “out of sight, out of mind” with our sisters and brothers near and far away? To what are we bound as a congregation or presbytery when scattered in mission regionally, nationally, or internationally? In this week’s meditation, Gathered & Scattered, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon Sorge addresses these questions and more.


Terms of Call Report Friday, April 27
Presbytery Meal Reservation Monday, April 30
Next Generation Ministry Lunch Monday, April 30
Planning Calendar Order Thursday, May 10

Last Call for Terms of Call!

The Commission on Ministry has the responsibility of reviewing compensation for pastors with the goal of assuring fair and adequate support based on work/time requirements of the presbytery. To that end, we need a TERMS OF CALL REPORT completed for every minister or Commissioned pastor at your church, now easy to do online! Just fill out, click submit, and we get your information. If you have any questions, please email Cathy Nelson or call her at 412-697-9210.

Deadline to submit your report is April 27.


Please disregard this notice if you have already submitted a report. THANK YOU!

Make Your Presbytery Meeting Dinner Reservation Today!

Please make dinner reservations for all who are attending the presbytery meeting on Thursday, May 3, at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church!



Next Generation Ministry Lunch on May 3

WHO: You and anyone interested in next generation ministry!
WHEN: Thursday, May 3, from 12:00-2:00 PM
WHERE: Patrick Room, Pittsburgh Presbytery Office
  • to have lunch together before the craziness of summer hits
  • to hear about The Commonwealth, a new worshipping community in the Oakland area
  • to hear from representatives from Montreat and Crestfield conference centers regarding program opportunities in 2018-19
COST: $8.00 per person for lunch (taco bar) or free if you bring your own
REGISTRATION: Online by Monday, April 30; please register even if you are not buying lunch so accommodations can be made

Click here for more details!

Time to Order Your 2018-19 Planning Calendars!

Once again we are placing a combined order for the denominational planning calendars to save you money! Churches and individuals may order the June 2018-December 2019 Presbyterian Planning Calendar at a discounted bulk rate. This 19-month calendar contains many planning aids for pastors and church leaders including the lectionary passages for Sundays, special days, liturgical days and the liturgical color. The calendar also provides resource information for PC(USA) programs and the updated synod, presbytery, and PC(USA) staff directories. Order deadline is May 10. Click here to order online.

Email Cathy Nelson or call her at 412-697-9210 if you have any questions.

New Gift Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Sewickley Presbyterian Church has 150 Sing the Faith hymnals they would like to give to a congregation in Pittsburgh Presbytery. Check out the details and get more information on how to make a connection with a gift of resources, services, or opportunities or with a need on the Let's Get Connected! webpage.

Do You Need Help with Your Group Leadership Skills?

Ministry is mostly about leading groups. Wherever a pastor turns, there is another group to be led. Yet most pastors have not been trained in group leadership, nor in distinguishing the different dynamics of leading a support group, a small group, or a board or committee. Each one requires a different kind of leadership. A three-session workshop presented by the Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, executive director of Samaritan Counseling Center, will help you become a better, more adaptive leader in the different kinds of groups.

You will learn how to:

When: May 2, 9 & 16 from 9:00-11:00 AM
Where: Sewickley Presbyterian Church
Cost: $60 for all three sessions
How to register: Call 412-741-7430 by April 27

More details online!

So What About the Life & Legacy of Mary?

Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania has published the second volume in a series of collected writings by local preachers. Blessed Art Thou Among Women: Southwest Pennsylvania Preaches on Mary, Mother of Jesus brings together the work of 19 bishops, priests, pastors, deacons, and religious leaders from throughout Southwest Pennsylvania. In sermons, essays, poetry, and blog posts, these Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox writers interpret and celebrate the life and legacy of Mary. Four authors from Pittsburgh Presbytery include: Rev. Dave Carver, Rev. Scott Hill, Rev. Dr. Jack Lolla, and Rev. Susan Rothenberg. The book is available now for free download; printed copies are also available for a nominal fee.

The book is the second in a series of sermon collections titled The Word in Our Voices.
The first volume, I Was a Stranger & You Welcomed Me: Southwest Pennsylvania Preaches on Immigration and Refugees, was published in September 2017. Future volumes are planned on racism (September 2018) and baptism (spring 2019). Preachers who would like to submit a sermon for publication may contact Rev. Liddy Barlow, Executive Minister of Christian Associates.

Looking for a Story Bible for the Children in Your Life?

Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible is an engaging resource that features 150 popular Bible stories and features diverse artwork from more than twenty artists to appeal to a variety of ages and learning styles. It is ideal for children ages 4-8 and is perfect for Sunday school classrooms, children’s sermons, vacation Bible school, and gift-giving at baptism or other milestones.

Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center

Events & Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

NOTE: More information about Continuing Education (CE) is available online; all events offer CE Units.



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