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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, A Place at the Table, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge considers the question, "How is the leadership in our churches and our denomination strengthened, or weakened, by our nomination and election processes?"

New Gift Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Hiland Presbyterian Church has Cave Quest VBS resources and decorations they would like to give away. 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.

Announcing New Summer Office Hours

For the months of July and August, the presbytery office, ordinarily open on Fridays from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM, will be closed each Friday. The office will remain fully open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. The presbytery Personnel Committee determined, due to light summer traffic and extra work that has been required over the past year because of the office being short-staffed, support staff members, ordinarily in the presbytery office on Fridays, may do any necessary work from home those days during July and August. Staff will still monitor Friday telephone calls, and respond on Fridays as needed. 

Enhance Your Enhancement Grant: Reaching Beyond the Church Doors

With institutions becoming less and less trusted and increasingly seen as places that are judgmental and foreign, our beloved church has to become more realistic and faithful in how we reach out to our community. Not merely as a form of filling the pews, but fulfilling what Christ calls us to do. Or as Bonhoeffer put it, “The Church’s task is not simply to bind the wounds of the victim beneath the wheel, but also to put a spoke in the wheel itself.”

How do we do that? By finding out what wheels exist in our community. By listening, surveying, listening, observing, researching, and listening some more. Often we think we know what a community needs but just because we think it is a good idea, does not mean it is.

With Enhancement Grant Application deadline coming in early October, the Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) wants to be good stewards of the finances entrusted to them by collectively and prayerfully discerning where best to award the grants. Part of the discernment will be framed around the ability of your church to define its community, articulate who that community is, how to best serve them, and how your congregation intends to do so.

ACT wants to give you the right tools to do this and therefore, will be facilitating a seminar on how to best discover what those needs are in your community. The seminar will look at the qualitative and quantitative resources available to you as you assemble your Enhancement Grant Application.

If this sounds like you and your congregation, come join with others for top tips and tools on how to enhance your Enhancement Grant.

Thursday September 8, 1:00-3:00 PM at the offices of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Registration details available soon!

Annual Feasting on the Word Summer Sale

Now through Tuesday, July 5, you can save up to 50% on Feasting on the Word resources! Perfect for preaching, worship, and devotion, these best-selling resources are a must-have.

Glory to God Hymns & Songs for Children & Families

These 19 songs and 4 prayers were taken from the Glory to God hymnal and adapted for children by professional musicians, creating a high-quality complement to the hymnal. Created for families and congregations to share songs of the Christian faith, these recordings weave a sound track to live by "All Day Long!" Click here to learn more about the CD, to view a track listing, and to purchase.

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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