News From Pittsburgh Presbytery
What Do We Have to Offer the Spiritual but Not Religious?
What is the biggest contributor to the wave of departures from institutional Christianity? What can be done to break the decline trend and who should do it? The Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, answers these questions and more in today's meditation, Spiritual but Not Religious.
Have You Met Ralph?
Get to know him! Check out this five-minute video to find out about his ministry, his passion, his family, what he does for fun, his most memorable church experience, and more.
Join Our Journey into Christmas Joy!
Whether you are an Advent advocate with a box of bulletin inserts beside your desk and your ready-to-hang Christmas Joy poster or someone who is more Advent averse, there is something related to this offering that is bound to inspire you, help you, inform you, or compel you. Our Christmas Joy Offering webinar for church leaders is live on Tuesday, November 26, at 12 noon with a recording posted shortly thereafter. We will share the background to the offering, unpack the theme, hear some of the life-changing impact it has had, and explore how you can get involved and promote the offering with your church.
Give the Gift of Hope This Christmas!
In 2013, Pittsburgh Presbytery and the Church of Central Africa: Presbyterian Blantyre Synod entered into a covenantal partnership relationship with the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC). In doing so, we have come alongside several other presbyteries and mission agencies who are committed to sharing hope and pointing toward justice in the world. Our partnership with SSPEC churches along with our brothers and sisters in Malawi CCAP has provided hope and encouragement to all of us.
During years of conflict, famine, and displacement, the people of South Sudan have suffered tremendous losses. Our PC(USA) mission co-workers and other advocates are working beside faithful pastors and community leaders as they are promoting peacemaking and trauma healing.
Recently, during the rainy season, flooding in South Sudan has caused devastation to homes, work places, and churches. Over 800,000 people have been impacted leaving them needing clean water, food, and transportation. In early November, the International Partnership Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery sent an emergency gift of $3,000 to our partners in SSPEC. More is needed!
Our partners with SSPEC are confident that our funds will provide much needed food and clean water to communities who are in immediate and long-term need. With a contribution of any amount, you can bring hope to our brothers and sisters 7,000 miles away in South Sudan by giving an alternative Christmas gift ‘in honor of’ or ‘in memory of’ a loved one. Simply send your check made payable to “Pittsburgh Presbytery” with “South Sudan Flood Relief” noted on the memo line by December 31.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to our International Partners.
With hope during this Christmas season,
The International Partnership Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Year-End Per Capita Discount Program Reminder
If your church has been making monthly per capita payments and plans to take advantage of the 2% discount offered by Pittsburgh Presbytery, please remember your December payment must be received in the finance office by December 31. Any monthly payment received after that date is not eligible for the discount and should be made payable in the amount of the full per capita balance due. Check out how your congregation can save even more by taking advantage of other discount options! If you have any questions, please email or call Roy Burford (412-323-1406).
New Gift & Need Posted on Let's Get Connected!
Riverdale Presbyterian Church is in need of a hand bell set and the United Presbyterian Church in Ingram has VBS kits from 2002-2010 purchased from Cokesbury they would like to give to a member congregation of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Check out the details and get more information on how to make a connection on the Let's Get Connected! webpage.
New from Walter Brueggemann
Beloved writer and biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann never ceases to inspire and challenge his readers. His two newest books continue this tradition and you save 35% at PC(USA) Store!
NOTE: More information about Continuing Education (CE) is available online; all events offer CE Units.
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