News From Pittsburgh Presbytery
A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery
In this week's pastoral letter, Thy Kindgom Come!, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, urges us to consider the nature of Christ's coming and of His return during this season of Advent.
Presbytery Center Holiday Hours
The offices of Pittsburgh Presbytery will be closed Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25, and Wednesday, January 1 because of the holidays with limited staff available during Christmas week.
Are You a New Clerk of Session & Need Training?
The Office of the Stated Clerk is sponsoring a training seminar geared toward first and second year Clerks of Session. The seminar will convene at the Pittsburgh Presbytery Center on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM until no later than noon. New clerks are encouraged to attend. Please contact Lana Dumrauf to register.
2014 Minutes Reading Schedule
For contact information or directions, click on the name of the hosting organization to go to their web site.
Saturday, May 3, from 9-11:30 AM at Bethany Presbyterian Church (West)
Saturday, May 17, from 9-11:30 AM at Beulah UP Church (East)
Saturday, May 31, from 9-11:30 AM at Hampton UP Church (North)
Saturday, June 7, from 9-11:30 AM at Bethel Presbyterian Church (South)
Overall Make-Up Session:
Saturday, September 6, from 9-11:30 AM at Pittsburgh Presbytery Center
NOTE: Clerks of Session will remember that congregations are not required to attend the minutes reading scheduled in their branch and may take minutes, rolls and registers to be read at any scheduled time and place.
Are You Passionate About the Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ?
Then you may be good match! Under the initiative of Amos 5:24, a ministry team of Pittsburgh Presbytery, partnered with Crossroads Anti-racism Organizing & Training, a group of church members, elders, and pastors who are dedicated to the mission of reconciliation and justice in our communities will be forming a Planning & Design Task Force for the purpose of developing an institutional anti-racism team. More information online.
The National Black Presbyterian Caucus Invites You to a Celebration!
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus invites you to attend "A Celebration of Joy" honoring the works of Elder Robert Coleman and the Rev. Dr. Leroy Patrick on Sunday December 8. Click here for more details!
Has Your Church Received Notification from the IRS Regarding Tax Exemption Status?
The Office of the General Assembly recently reported a number of congregations have received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stating they are required to file IRS Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.” The Group Ruling held by the Presbyterian Church (USA) which provides 501(c)(3), tax-exempt status to the group, also exempts Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations, presbyteries, synods, and the General Assembly from filing Form 990. If your mid council or a church in your mid council has received a letter from the IRS asserting that Form 990 is due, please contact the staff listed below from the Office of Legal/Risk Management Services of the Presbyterian Mission Agency immediately for assistance. DO NOT ignore these letters from the IRS! Please also note that exemption from the requirement to file Form 990 does not extend to Form 990-T which relates to unrelated business income.
April L. Davenport, Associate General Counsel
Rebecca L. Rayner, Senior Paralegal
What Can You Do in Response to the Typhoon in the Philippines?
Super Typhoon Haiyan left monumental devastation when it struck the central Philippines on November 8. The storm, known as Yolanda in the Philippines, has been identified as one of the worst storms in recorded history. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is working in collaboration with their mission partner, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and other members of ACT Alliance to respond to this crisis. Initial response includes the provision of nonfood items, material resources, drinking water, emergency-shelter kits and cash-for-work-programs.
Congregations in Pittsburgh Presbytery may respond financially by giving through the Presbytery Treasury Service using the Treasury Service Remittance Form indicating the amount on line #10, Section D (Disaster Relief) as well as the project number, "DR000012," and the project name, "Philippines Disaster Response."Find out online additional ways you may help those affected in the Philippines.
Future dates to be announced soon!!
Future dates to be announced soon!
Racism, whether we realize it or not, influences everyone in some manner each and every day. Sometimes the effects of racism are subtle, other times the effects are profoundly significant and often life-changing. When racism exists, all of society suffers. If you desire to learn more about the issue of racism and are interested in scheduling a seminar for your worshipping community, please contact Rev. Judi Slater and/or Rev. Ayana Teter as they desire to share in this important work with you. For a sample of the last seminar, click here.
THE PRESENT FUTURE: Six Tough Questions for the Church
Author Reggie McNeal poses challenging questions to every church in this rapidly changing culture. We will take six weeks to tackle each question and "...approach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas." Beginning on Thursday, October 3, the group will continue to meet on October 10, 17, 24, & 31 and November 7 & 14 from 12:00-1:30 PM at Panera Bread (623 Clairton Boulevard, Pleasant Hills, PA 15236). Books are available through the presbytery offices. If interested, please contact Rev. Ayana Teter.
DEVOTIONAL PRAYER CALENDAR FOR LENT
Be on the lookout for a brief set of questions coming to you soon! In order to pray more effectively for one another, the East Branch is assembling a devotional prayer calendar for Lent 2014. The calendars will be made available in time for the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, March 5.
LECTIONARY BIBLE STUDY
The Lectionary Bible Study group meets every Monday from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM at the East Branch Regional Office located at Second United Presbyterian Church (300 Hay Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221) in Wilkinsburg. Pastors, seminarians, CREs, church members and friends are welcome. We will read and discuss the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday following the Monday we meet. Pastors, this is a great way to get a jump on your sermon!
Future dates to be announced soon!
TORRANCE BOOK STUDY WITH DR. ANDREW PURVES
Dr. Andrew Purves, long-standing faculty member at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS), is offering a seminar introducing the theology of Thomas F. Torrance. The study group will meet from noon-1:30 PM over lunch once a month at PTS on a day yet to be determined. This seminar is intended for teaching elders in the West Branch who want to grapple seriously with this trajectory in Reformed theology and who will commit to this six month study with a possibility of continuing into a second year, if there is interest. Click here for more details.
More details available online!
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