News From Pittsburgh Presbytery
Pittsburgh Presbytery Ministerial Meditation
As Christians, what do we do in the face of hatred for the stranger among us as we saw exhibited last week at Christchurch mosques? In this week's meditation, How Long, O Lord?, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers this question and more.
Do You Wonder About the Future of the Church?
According to the most recent statistics released by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), more than 56 percent of the churches in the Synod of the Trinity have a membership of 100 and under. What’s more, nearly one-third of the congregations in this region have a membership of 50 and under. And many ministers believe that it’s these smaller churches that aren’t receiving the attention they need from the national church and mid councils.
The Rev. Jordan Rimmer of Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA, is one of those pastors. That’s why he’s organized the first Future Church Symposium. Scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at Northminster, this gathering is aimed at ways to deal with the issues that face many churches, both big and small.
“There’s a lot of conversation about the future of the church and where it’s going, but it’s sort of happening at a national level and relates a lot more to bigger churches, I think, instead of smaller, town churches,” Jordan said. “I don’t think it’s denominationally-oriented either, and so I wanted to be able to start some of those conversations in my region. What does the church in western Pennsylvania in this region look like in the future?”
Click here to read the entire article posted on the Synod of the Trinity website.
Will your healthcare provider be in the BCBS network after June? If not, what will it cost you to continue with those providers?
Learn about what is happening between Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) and UPMC and how it could affect your choice of providers...and your costs!
PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING AN INFORMATION SESSION HOSTED BY THE BOARD OF PENSIONS AT PITTSBURGH PRESBYTERY (901 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233) ON TUESDAY, APRIL 9, FROM 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Representatives from the Board of Pensions and Highmark BCBS will be available to answer your questions and address concerns.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Registration will be open until Friday, April 5. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot today! If you are unable to attend, a recorded version of the session, along with additional resources, will be available online.
Presbyterian Foundation Launches New Stewardship Tool
The Stewardship Navigator is a simple, free, online tool that helps congregations create year-round stewardship programming and raise funds for their mission. It offers:
Congratulations to Candace Hill who was granted the Life Achievement Award at the February national gathering of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators in Galveston, Texas! Though now retired, Candace once served as Director of Children’s Ministry at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church and her husband, Scott Hill, currently serves as pastor of the Aspinwall Presbyterian Church. A full profile of her years of ministry was recently published by the Synod of the Trinity.
More Good News to Celebrate!
After an initial successful drive over the Christmas season and in partnership with Bridge to the Mountains, Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church is holding a second fundraiser to purchase more sleeping bags, tents, and other items for those homeless in the area and was recently featured in an article on the Trib Live website.
And congratulations to the Glenshaw and Sixth Presbyterian Churches for their Earth Care Congregations certification through the Presbyterian Hunger Program of the PC(USA). To become certified, churches take the Earth Care Pledge and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. This program is designed to recognize churches that make the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.
NOTE: More information about Continuing Education (CE) is available online; all events offer CE Units.
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