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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, Pressed Beyond Our Comfort Zone, the Rev. Dr, Sheldon W. Sorge writes about how the Spirit of God is ever on the move, teaching us to adapt to new limitations as well as opening us to new possibilities including the recent changes in the leadership staff of our presbytery.

Enhancement Grant Applications Due Monday

Does your congregation have an idea that will help you take a step forward in the service of Christ and share in ministry and mission?  The deadline to submit Enhancement Grant applications for review by the Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) is Monday, August 31. For every $1 your congregation raises, ACT will grant the amount of $3 (up to $3,000 maximum) to approved applicants. The contributing portion of your congregation may include in-kind support in addition to financial support.  Examples of acceptable in-kind support are costs of meals and volunteer hours given by members of your congregation provided in relationship to the proposed project.  By partnering together, with the ACT and the congregations both contributing resources of all types, the goal of transformation and not sustaining may be achieved.

Join Sheldon & Tammy for a Presby-Ride!

An open invitation from General Minister Sheldon Sorge and his wife, Tammy Wiens: We want to invite all members and friends of Pittsburgh Presbytery to consider joining us for an evening of moderate bicycle riding. We will ride the trail along the south shore of the Monongahela River, beginning at the Riverfront Park on the south side at the head of 18th Street. We are calling it “Presby-ride.” We plan to do this on Sunday, September 13, and Sunday, September 27, at 5:30 PM; watch for future announcements for more details. Since returning from sabbatical this summer, we have been enjoying riding our area trails and think this would be a great way for us to get to know one another better while gaining good exercise. We plan to ride approximately 15 miles round trip and will have the option, after the ride, to enjoy light refreshments together at a nearby café. For more information, email Sheldon or call him at 412-722-7256. There is no need to register in advance and the only cost will be for refreshments after the ride.

Celebrate the Good News with Us!

When we hear or receive positive and encouraging news from one of the churches or affiliated organizations in the presbytery, we want to herald the good word! This article is for the purpose of sharing those brief, celebration tidbits, like the following, which glorify God and cause the body to rejoice!

"You've Said Yes, Now What?" Training for Volunteers

So you’ve registered for "You’ve Said Yes, Now What?” Training. Or maybe you haven’t YET. The expression “once and done” is well known in sports, and there are times when it could apply to ministry and volunteers. "You’ve Said Yes, Now What?” Training wants to buck that trend and provide a one day event as a springboard for a longer and more meaningful commitment. We also see this event as an opportunity to connect with others on the day and beyond, who are asking the same questions about serving children and/or youth in ministry.

Want another great reason to sign up? Get five of your people together and it is only $100. Or bring ten and it is still only $100. Now that is a good stewardship use of Continuing Education resources!

Join us on Saturday, September 19, from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at Beulah United Presbyterian Church. Brought to you by lots of people who care about your ministry including Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, Committee on Disciplemaking, and the Administrative Commission for Transformation. More information and registration available online.

Announcing the 2015 Coleman-Patrick Scholarship Recipients

The Robert Coleman-Dr. Leroy Patrick Scholarship is annually awarded to racial-ethnic undergraduate students who are recommended by their church pastor or the director of a validated mission agency of Pittsburgh Presbytery. The awards are distributed through the National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC), Pittsburgh Chapter and funded through the December "Celebration of Joy" held at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the  "Second Annual Torchbearers Luncheon" honoring elders held at the offices of Pittsburgh Presbytery, and the congregations of the Pittsburgh Presbytery. This year, students were awarded a sum of $9,558. The six recipients are: Alan Hord, attending Penn State University; Earl Hord, attending University of Pittsburgh; Maya Lee McCray, attending Penn State University; Shakinah Perry, attending Penn State University; Diamond Ricketts, attending Chatham University; and Shamon Walker, attending Westminster College.  Members of the Pittsburgh NBPC express thanksgiving to all who contributed to the scholarship in support of this ministry that emphasizes the importance of post-secondary education and encourages the youth in our communities. Please pray for our students as they work toward scholastic achievement this year!

Members and Ruling Elders of the NBPC, Pittsburgh Chapter: Blanche Bennett, Mary Evans, Maryn Formley Co-Chair), Judith Jerry, Harriette McCray, Alan Perry (Chair), and Barbara Rice

New Gifts Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Carnegie Presbyterian Church
has a Thomas organ, model 586, and Concord Presbyterian Church has choir books 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.

5K Run & Festival at Crestfield in October

Runners and walkers are invited to gear up for a 5K run/walk at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center on Saturday, October 24. After the race, there will be a festival with food, music, games, crafters, pumpkins, and camp activities for everyone! Conquer the zip line, canoe along Slippery Rock Creek, hone your skills in archery, enjoy a hayride, and eat. All proceeds go to further the ministry of the camp. You may register for the race 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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