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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

As we remember the life and witness of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in this week's pastoral letter, Reconcile!, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, calls us to the complex and arduous ministry of reconciliation and challenges us to refrain from listening to, saying, or doing things that deepen divisions among us.

How Can You Respond to the Flooding in Malawi?

After a national or global disaster, we receive numerous calls from congregations and individuals expressing concern and a desire to help.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Mission Agency/Presbyterian Church (USA), enables congregations and mission partners to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Click here for more information!

The OPEN TABLE Exploration Day on Saturday, March 14

What happens when a society, failing to transform poverty millions at a time, begins to transform poverty one at a time?  Would you and your congregation like to take an active part in transforming the lives of people in poverty?

The mission of The OPEN TABLE is to provide a model that empowers faith communities to move from transactional to transformational relationships with the poor – one life and one family at a time.  The OPEN TABLE model provides support groups for people living in poverty, who want to move forward in their lives.  One OPEN TABLE recipient shared, “When I joined OPEN TABLE I gained a support group of people helping me and telling me I could do this.  When you have that many people on your side, you feel like you can achieve anything.”  You may participate in The OPEN TABLE in three ways:  your congregation may form Tables to help people, you may participate in a Table already being formed by another faith community, or financial donations may be made to support the work of the Tables.

To learn more about this mission, we invite you to attend The OPEN TABLE Exploration Day on Saturday, March 14, at the presbytery office from 8:30 AM-1:00 PM (1:00-3:00 Q&A discussion time).  Founder Jon Katov will present the history and explain the various OPEN TABLE models.  OPEN TABLE participants and recipients will be present to share their experiences and to answer questions.  Come, bring a group from your church, it just might change someone’s life – maybe even yours! Click here to download the invitation.

To register for this event: opentable@crestfield.net
Cost: FREE (light lunch provided)
For questions about this event contact the Rev. Judi Slater (judislater@gmail.com/412-370-4601) or the Rev. Betty Angelini (bangelini@pghpresbytery.org/412-323-1407).

Invitation to Attend Service of Ordination

You are cordially invited to attend the Ordination Service of Karie Charlton scheduled for 2:00 PM on Sunday, January 25, at Third Presbyterian Church.  This is an act of the presbytery as we welcome into ministry a colleague in Christ. We urge pastors and church members, especially of neighboring congregations, to attend as a way of helping a pastor and her congregation experience the partnership we have as members of Pittsburgh Presbytery. We also invite you to lift up Karie in prayer during your morning worship on January 25 as she officially begins her ministry.

Details for Presbytery Grants Available Online

Urban Partnership Seminary Student Intern Grants: Deadline February 23
The Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) is funding students for the 2015-16 school year, September through May, to work with churches doing urban ministry who are in partnership with another church. It is the desire of ACT to give seminary students opportunities to work in urban and transformational ministries. Interns receive a stipend of $350/month. The church and student applications are available online.

Small Church Leadership Development Fund: Deadline Ongoing
Small Church Leadership Development Funds are designed to enable members of congregations (ordained and lay persons) with less than 100 in worship through leadership development to: grow in commitment to Jesus Christ; celebrate who and whose we are as people of God in small congregations; gain a renewed understanding and appreciation of our Presbyterian tradition; and develop congregational life. Grants are available for up to $500 per person per event per year, with a maximum of $1,000 per congregation per year. The guidelines and an application form are available online.

Enhancement Grants: Deadline August 31
The Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) hopes to promote ministry partnerships with the 2016 Enhancement Grants. The awards will be based on a 3-to-1 ratio: ACT will offer $3 for every $1 you raise with a maximum grant of $3,000. You are also encouraged to consider sharing in ministry with one or more congregations in your area and applying for a joint grant. Applications are due by August 31. Grants are awarded on a one-year basis. Churches are eligible to receive grants for two consecutive years but must reapply annually. After two consecutive years of receiving a grant, a church should wait one year before applying again. Applications and guidelines are available online.

Coming Training Events & Ministry Opportunities:

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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