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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, A Word that is Heard, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge continues the series, The Foundations of Life Together in Christ, in which he examines the foundations of our life and work together, and considers these questions: What matters more...what preachers say or what their listeners hear? How does our message get heard by those we seek to reach with the Gospel? How can we assure that our proclamation of the Gospel is not obscured by our actions or by our language?


Local BOP One-Day Event for Employers on Benefits

You Are Invited to Attend Benefits Connections in Pittsburgh!

Who Should Attend?

If you are a Pastor, Personnel Committee Chair, Business Administrator, Clerk of Session, or COM Chair and are responsible for benefits decisions and managing benefits, this day is for you! Registration is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Why Attend?

Learn about theological values that shape the Benefits Plan. Ask questions during a Q&A with Board of Pensions leadership and staff. Enjoy fellowship with other benefit decision-makers during worship and network over a complimentary lunch. Participate in a panel discussion with your peers. You will gain a better understanding of the plan, how best to use it for your church or organization, and new strategies for being the best employer you can be.

When?

Tuesday, March 28, from 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM

Where?

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh, Green Tree
500 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15205

RSVP by Friday, March 3

Register online now as seating is limited! Churches, employers, and/or organizations may send up to two people.

For more information, email a member of the Church Engagement Team or call 215-587-7588.


New Gift Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Wexford Community Presbyterian Church has 144 hardcover copies of The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration 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.


Invitation to Attend Service of Ordination

You are cordially invited to attend the Ordination of Kendra Smith scheduled for 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 30, at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. This service is an act of the presbytery as we welcome into ministry a colleague in Christ. We urge pastors and church members, especially of neighboring churches, to attend as a way of helping a new pastor experience the partnership we have as members of Pittsburgh Presbytery. We also invite you to lift up Kendra in prayer during your morning worship as she officially begins her ministry.


What is Available After a Presbytery Meeting?

Did you know the proceedings of our presbytery are posted on our website soon after each meeting? A summary of the actions from the meeting on February 16 is now available online.


PTS Invites You to Attend Church Planting Day!

On Tuesday, March 14, come check out the Church Planting Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as they prepare to launch a new program, Graduate Certificate in Church Planting & Revitalization, this June.

11:30 AM CREATIVE CHAPEL

led by the Church Planting Initiative student Cohort and the Rev. Rebecca Blake

12:00 PM A LUNCH PANEL

with the Revs. Jeff Eddings, Rebecca Blake, Ayana Teter, and Cameron Trimble

1:15 PM BRAINSTORMING SESSION with the panel

More details on the event flyer!


Peacemaking Ministry Team Seeks Support

Last week, the Executive Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery approved the request of the Peacemaking Ministry Team (PMT) to raise funds on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux. The PMT is engaged with the Standing Rock strategy to prevent the pipeline from crossing the Missouri River close to the Dakota's (Sioux) water supplies and without regard to traditional Indian holy sites. Click here to read a letter of appeal from the Rev. John Creasy, pastor to the Open Door Presbyterian Church and member of PMT who visited and participated in the Oceti Sakowin resistance camp just north of the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. His time there this past November was rich and extremely meaningful.

For more info on the pipeline and Rev. Creasy’s experience at Standing Rock, visit johncreasy.blogspot.com.


ID Cards & Minister Update Form Information

Minister identification cards were distributed to those in attendance at the February 16 presbytery meeting.  The remaining cards will be mailed as soon as possible. Along with the cards, each minister is receiving a Minister Update Form.  If you did not complete a form while at the presbytery meeting, please do so as soon as possible. Click here for the online form (in writeable PDF format), fill out the requested information, and return by email or by printing and mailing a hard copy to: The Office of the Stated Clerk, Pittsburgh Presbytery, 901 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Feel free to contact Rachel by email or call her at 412-697-9207 if you have any questions.


New Book for Preaching & Group Study Available Through PCUSA

Preaching the Women of the Old Testament: Who They Were & Why They Matter provides an openness to and interpretation of the stories of women in the Old Testament. Lynn Japinga offers preachers a way into texts of the Bible that are often overlooked. Alongside each of the more than forty women profiled, are sermon ideas to help pastors connect the story to contemporary issues. Educators can also use this resource to create a curriculum surrounding these characters by using the sermon starter ideas as points of discussion.


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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