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Is it Right to Refuse Sanctuary?

Our church has clearly and vigorously declared its support for welcome and refuge to those who flee their homelands in search of sanctuary in our midst. Can a believer in Jesus consider it righteous to refuse entry to or sanctuary in our beloved country simply due to a foreigner’s lack of documentation? How ought we relate to Christians who see this issue differently than we do? The Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, answers these questions in today's meditation, Of Walls & Open Borders.

New Gift Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Whitehall United Presbyterian Church has a used, black pastoral robe in excellent condition they would like to give to a member congregation of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Check out the details on the Let's Get Connected! webpage.

The 2019-2021 Book of Order is Now Available!

The new version of the Book of Order, which includes all approved changes arising out of the 223rd General Assembly (2018), is now available and may be downloaded free of charge.

For those who would like to purchase copies, the Stated Clerk’s office will be placing one bulk order at the reduced price of $8 per copy.  Shipping charges will not apply, but orders must be picked up at the presbytery center.  Click here to use the online order form. Orders must be pre-paid by credit card or check and must be submitted and paid by Tuesday, September 10.  The Stated Clerk’s office will NOT be keeping a stock of Books of Order for purchase by congregations or presbyters.

The Book of Order may also be ordered in large print or braille versions directly from the PC(USA) website.

Please email Adrien Domske or call her (412-697-9207) if you have any questions.

Where is Christianity Headed?

Brian McLaren has been on the forefront of forging creative congregations since 1982. He continues to think about how ALL churches can adapt to a changing world. His ideas can be provocative and sometimes antagonizing, but they are always thoughtful and thought-provoking.

Spend the day with Brian as he explores concepts from his book, The Great Spiritual Migration, helping us understand how to be church in an ever-changing world without either putting our heads in the sand or chasing every trend that comes along.

WHEN: Friday, October 25, from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM, Q & A session from 2:45-3:45 PM
WHERE: Calvin Presbyterian Church, Zelienople, PA
COST: $35/person (lunch included); first come, first served up to 130 registrants

Click here for more information, a promo flyer and registration form.

This event is presented by the Beaver-Butler Presbytery in cooperation with Pittsburgh Presbytery, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Church Financial Literacy & Leadership Program Grant Available

The Church Financial Literacy & Leadership program, part of the national initiative to address economic challenges facing pastoral leaders, helps to equip and train pastors and church leaders with their financial management and leadership for congregations.

The Presbyterian Foundation is offering grants to Pastors, Commissioned Pastors, and New worshiping Community (NWC) leaders to participate.  Church teams, whether it be one or multiple people from the congregation/NWC, are encouraged to apply as well. The grant covers half the total cost of attending the event and there is no financial limit (within reason) that the grant will help to cover. Applicants may apply for events not on the list and it will be left to the discretion of the CFL Grant Committee whether or not to approve. Click here for more details and to apply.

2019 Stewardship Conference in San Diego This Year!

The Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, engaging worship experiences, and networking opportunities for all who care about stewardship and generosity. Kaleidoscope seeks to ignite generosity among Presbyterians and Lutherans, give practical tools for cultivating generosity in congregations, expand the leadership capacity of those who lead stewardship initiatives, and cultivate adaptive approaches for funding Christ’s mission. You may register online for Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2019 Conference, The Pulse of Generosity: Vital Signs of the Healthy, in San Diego, California, September 30-October 2. Promotional materials are also available online to download. 

Free Webinars Coming This Fall

Making it Easy to Give: E-Giving

Join us at noon on Thursday, September 26, for a free webinar presented by the Generosity Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery and the Presbyterian Foundation to learn about the various forms of electronic giving that can support your ministries.

Online Giving Through the Presbyterian Foundation

Join us at noon on Thursday, October 17, for a free webinar, presented by the Generosity Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery and the Presbyterian Foundation  to learn about this service, see a demonstration from the donor’s side and have your questions addressed. 

Click here to join connect to the webinars.

Audio is available during the webinar session or guests may dial in by phone:

Telephone Number:  202-602-1295
Conference ID:  810-053-001#

Did You Know the International Partnership Ministry Team Sponsored a Youth Pilgrimage to Malawi?

Fourteen participants including youth aged 13-16 and their adult partners from five congregations (Bower Hill, Crafton Heights, East Liberty, Sampson’s Mills, and Sewickley) spent much of the spring preparing for this venture that was designed to help them consider who they are as God’s children, explore how they are connected to our siblings in Christ around the world, and wonder at how they might empower youth to grow as leaders in the context of partnership. The whole trip, from July 2-18, was chronicled in a blog written by Pastor Dave Carver. Click here to learn more about what they mean by “pilgrimage.”

After the two-week journey was over, Dave stayed in Africa and went with key representatives of Blantyre Synod to visit our mutual partners in the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church. This ground-breaking tripartite partnership is poised to yield a great deal of fruit, particularly in regard to the trans-African portion. Click here to read more!

Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center



Events & Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

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



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