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Pittsburgh Presbytery Ministerial Meditation

What would it mean for each of our congregations if our regular weekly gatherings were known as places of action? In this week's meditation, What Happened?, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers this question and more.

Is Your Congregation Resistant to Change?

Our churches are in an era of decline. Pastors and lay leaders know they have to change, but how do they do this in the face of such stubborn resistance? Leading congregations through transformation feels dangerous because of the anxiety and conflict it evokes.

Based on his 25 years of experiences and research on leading declining churches through healthy revitalization and growth, Dr. Graham Standish, Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling, will explore ways of identifying a church’s DNA, reducing congregational resistance, cultivating creativity, and promoting congregational acceptance at the Leading a Church Through Transformation workshop series.

When: October 24, 31 and November 7 from 9-11:30 AM
Where: Sewickley Presbyterian Church (414 Grant Street, Sewickley, PA 15143)
Cost: $60/person for all three sessions

Click here to register or call Beth at 412-741-7430 X 1001.

Do You Know How to Empower the Homeless?

Finding Ways Home, an annual one-day conference, is designed for service professionals and nonprofessionals who are interested in learning and working together to strengthen and empower those experiencing homelessness. Whether a peer support counselor, service coordinator, part of a street outreach team, a community leader, or a volunteer at a soup kitchen, this conference strives to provide a wide array of information that will be informative for all.

When: Thursday, September 27, from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM
Where: The Pittsburgh Project (2801 North Charles Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214)
Cost: $45.00/person

Click here for more information and to register!

New Gift & Need Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Glenshaw Presbyterian Church has 150 copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal they would like to give to a congregation in Pittsburgh Presbytery. The Bull Creek Presbyterian Church is in need of 50 copies of The New Church Hymnal Lexicon, 1975 or 1976 editions. 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.

Peacemaking Ministry Team Urges Church Involvement Regarding Nuclear War

The 223rd General Assembly in June 2018, urged the churches to renew the push for nuclear disarmament. It called for an updating of the 1988 policy of Christian Obedience in a Nuclear Age in terms of the 2017 Treaty on the prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which, though approved by 122 nations, has not been approved by the nuclear powers.  The Advisory Council on Social Witness appreciated the urgency in the General Assembly’s resolution, but also noted the need for mutual negotiations towards reduction and the complexity of disarming the weapons of deterrence.

The Peacemaking Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery, in light of its commitments to the theology of peacemaking developed since 1980 in PC (USA), and the action of the 223rd General assembly, urges churches to provide forums, seminars, publications, sermons or other forms of leadership on the subject of the threats of nuclear war.

Click here to read the entire letter.

Open Hand Ministries Working to End the Cycle of Poverty

On Wednesday, October 10, from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Open Hand Ministries, a validated mission agency of Pittsburgh Presbytery, is hosting an open house for pastors, youth leaders, and volunteers to introduce them to their ministry and invite others to walk alongside them. Their goal is to end the cycle of poverty through empowerment and home ownership. Their work begins well before a home is worked on and continues after a family moves in. The open house will give those attending an opportunity to tour a house being renovated and then eat lunch in a completed home. Participants will also hear about opportunities to get involved in easy and meaningful ways. Open Hand Ministries is a mission partner that helps youth and young adults build meaningful relationships with one another as they work with their hands in fun ways while learning about justice issues in their own city. If you want to attend, please email your RSVP Zoe. This event is endorsed by the Disciplemaking & Spiritual Growth Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery.

College Conference at Montreat Scheduled for January!

Montreat Conference Center is home to many conferences throughout the year for middle, high school, and college students. Located outside Asheville in Black Mountain, NC, the mountains and streams offer a gorgeous backdrop for retreats. The College Conference at Montreat (CCM) is for all college-aged students across the country. For three days there will be dynamic speakers, worship with other college kids, engaging conversation, and a chance to relax. Click here to read more!

This year, a group of college students from Pittsburgh Presbytery will attend the CCM. This is open to anyone who was/is connected to a youth group or church in the presbytery. Led by Steph Martin, Spiritual Formation Associate at Northmont United Presbyterian Church, the group will leave Pittsburgh on the morning of Wednesday, January 2, and return on the evening on Saturday, January 5. Steph grew up attending conferences at Montreat and is familiar with the conference as well as the area.

If you are interested in having college students from your church attend CCM this year, please email Steph. Leaders are welcome and encouraged to attend with students from their church but do not need to do so.

Are You Called as a Missional Leader?

Exploring Missional Leadership (EML) is a day-long event hosted by mid councils and seminaries and led by 1001 NWC national staff. Through presentations, active learning, and group conversation, participants will be introduced to the nature of missional church planting and the competencies needed to do that work. Individuals discerning a call to start a new worshiping community will be guided in identifying the next steps to take in their developing their own skills. Participants involved in presbytery leadership will be guided in ways to identify and cultivate potential new worshiping community leaders in their presbytery, congregation or circle of influence.

Who is EML for?

When & where is this event?

Join us on Wednesday, September 26, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Pittsburgh Presbytery Center. The cost to attend this day-long event is $7.00 for lunch and can be paid online using a debit/credit card or PayPal at the time of your registration.

How do you register?

Complete the easy-to-use online form!

EML is sponsored by Pittsburgh Presbytery in partnership with 1001 New Worshiping Communities and the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Click here to download an event flyer!

Book of Common Worship Resource Ideal for Daily Prayer

The Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer is ideal for the practice of daily prayer in congregations, small groups, and family or personal devotion. Featuring newly revised content from the Book of Common Worship, this engaging and accessible resource includes simple services for daily prayer, a complete Psalter as well as other biblical songs and ancient hymns, and more!

The Book of Common Worship, Daily Prayer can be used for personal reflection, household worship, small-group gatherings, weekday services, or church meetings and retreats. It is an ideal gift for those baptized or confirmed, new members, seminarians, or newly ordained deacons, ruling elders, or pastors. For more information about the resource, click here

Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center



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



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