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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, You Should Know...., the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge discloses a few things about your presbytery staff that you may not otherwise know and asks us to pray for Lana, our esteemed colleague, as her ministry with us comes to an end.

Invitation to Recommend Candidates for Senior Vice Moderator

On behalf of the Committee on Nominations, we invite you, ministers and sessions, to recommend one or more candidates for Senior Vice Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery to serve in 2017. The Senior Vice Moderator will succeed to the office of Moderator in 2018. Please email recommendations or address them to the presbytery, ATTN: Committee on Nominations, c/o Cathy Nelson. Recommendations must be received by the close of business on Wednesday, July 6. A letter outlining more details regarding the process is available online.

Please Consider Donating VBS Collections for Outreach!

Crestfield Camp & Conference Center is Pittsburgh Presbytery's camp -- it belongs to all of the churches and members of Pittsburgh Presbytery! Coins for Crestfield is a unique way you can partner with the camp.  Please consider making a contribution to the campership scholarship fund.  Last year, Crestfield awarded over $15,000 to children to attend summer camp!  Children benefit from time in God’s creation and time with other children laughing, having fun, and learning about Jesus. Children and youth who attend local church community Vacation Bible School or residential summer camp love bringing in coins and are excited to be supporting a mission site that is familiar and understandable. Parents love the simplicity of the collection as they do not have to go out and buy anything for the outreach mission. In addition, many of the parents have shared the impact that summer camp has had on their own faith development in the past and were pleased to learn there is a thriving Christian camp and conference center so close to Pittsburgh. Visit the camp website for more information about the retreat facilities, programs, and special events that nurture others in their experience with God.

To make a donation, please make checks payable to "Pittsburgh Presbytery" with "Crestfield Campership" noted on the memo line and mail to: Presbytery Treasury Service, 901 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Congregations may use the remittance form selecting "Crestfield Campership Fund" on the second page under the title, "Presbytery Special Offerings."

Are You Longing to Help Members of Your Congregation Grow?

Jesus said, "Go make disciples." But how do we do that? The Dwelling in the World workshop will help us to connect with others in our communities in the name of Jesus. Dr. Pat Taylor Ellison, Managing Director of Research & Development for Church Innovations, will lead us in a day of learning missional methods. You will get a tool to help you intentionally meet and listen to others then practice using it.

Join us on Saturday, May 14, from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The cost is $100 per church or $35 per individual. Advance registration is required. More information is available online or click here to download a flyer. This event is sponsored by the South Branch Steering Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery in partnership with World Mission Initiative, The Presbytery of Shenango, and the Washington Presbytery.

Transportation Help Needed for Partnership Visitors

The International Partnership Ministry Team is gearing up to host visitors from Malawi and South Sudan this summer. As they seek to be wise stewards of the resources entrusted to them, they have minimized traveling expenses so the guests will be flying in and out of Washington, DC. They are looking for several large vehicles, (church vans or buses), to help transport approximately 25 people to and from DC. The vehicles would be needed on July 18–19 and August 1–2. If you can help with either trip, please email the Rev. Dave Carver or call First United Presbyterian Church, Crafton Heights, at 412-921-6153.

Coming Training Events & Ministry Opportunities:

Coming Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center

Continuing Education Opportunities & Events at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

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



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