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A Letter from the Associate Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, Filling the Gap, the Rev. Brian R. Wallace considers these questions: What are the influence gaps in the lives of children and adolescents? Are influence gaps normal, healthy, and necessary? Who or what is going to fill those gaps?

Celebrate the Good News with Us!

Congratulations to our very own Rachel Shussett, Administrative Assistant on presbytery staff, for being profiled recently in a newsletter article published by the Synod of the Trinity.

Voting Approved on Proposed Constitutional Amendments

At its September 6, 2016 meeting, the Executive Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery approved voting on the proposed Constitutional Amendments arising out the 222nd General Assembly as follows:

At the December 8, 2016 stated meeting:

At the May 4, 2017 stated meeting:

PLEASE NOTE: The Office of the General Assembly will not be printing and distributing amendment booklets. Proposed amendments to the Book of Order may be accessed for review online.

Are You Called to Serve In Underserved Neighborhoods?

Do you have a desire to participate with God's work in underserved neighborhoods but feel you are not equipped or don't know where to go to serve? We invite you to join us for Servant Training, a 6-session event that is designed to equip and connect people with Christ's servant work in the world. We will do this in community, learning together through experience and reflection, with the hope of discovering more about our call as disciples of Jesus to be servants in underserved neighborhoods. This training is supported by the Administrative Commission for Transformation and the South Branch…and is open to everyone! The deadline for registration is September 25. More information and a registration form is available online.

Three Informational Training Opportunities:

Poverty Issues Sensitivity
Wednesday, September 28, 6:30-9:00 PM
Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community

Anti-Racism Training
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-9:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne

Theological Reflection
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-9:00 PM
Homestead United Presbyterian Church

Three Missional Experiences:

Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community Table Meal
Thursday, October 20

Prayer Walking in Homestead
Saturday, October 15

Participant's Choice

Freedom Rising: An Initiative to Empower African American Males

This past summer, the General Assembly approved an overture of Pittsburgh Presbytery to address the plight of the African American male.  As we prepare to explore and discern our response within the Pittsburgh area, we are going to gather together to rally behind this important cause as we seek to be the light of the world.  We also want to honor the legacy of our brother Eugene Freedom Blackwell who courageously advocated for the overture at the General Assembly, by naming our program “Freedom Rising: The Presbyterian Church (USA) Reaching Out to Young African American Men.”

On Sunday, October 2, from 6:00-7:30 PM we will gather at Hick’s Memorial Chapel on the campus of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as we celebrate the passage of the overture, honor the legacy of Eugene Freedom Blackwell, and prepare to respond to God’s call to address the challenges of our time.  The gathering continues the work that began with a study group this past summer and will feature music and a line-up of speakers to inform and inspire us. Click here for a downloadble flyer. Please join us on October 2!

Enhancement Grant Applications Due October 3

The Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) hopes to promote ministry partnerships with the 2017 Enhancement Grants. The awards will be based on a 4-to-1 ratio: ACT will offer $4 for every $1 contributed by the congregation, either money or in-kind, with a maximum grant of $4,000. Examples of acceptable in-kind support are costs of meals and volunteer hours given by members of the congregation provided in relationship to the proposed project. Churches are also encouraged to consider sharing in ministry with one or more congregations and applying for a joint grant. Applications are due by October 3. 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.

Let us combine our resources to further the work of the Gospel!

How Does ACT Allocate Their Money?

The mission of the Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) is to assist churches of Pittsburgh Presbytery to reach others for Christ, to provide hands-on training and mentorship for future pastors, to encourage congregational partnerships, and to be involved in the mission of Jesus Christ. Four mechanisms currently exist to provide that assistance for transformation, in essence to assist in developing and deepening a disciple’s walk with Christ:

The online 2015 Grant Overview Report, with graphs and charts including metrics demonstrating results, will establish how the $53,997.66 was awarded.

We are grateful and blessed to serve the Lord on this commission as we work together to share the Gospel and bring the kingdom of heaven to earth.

Group Study Books for Leaders, Advent, Youth, & More!

Church education is a year-long, always evolving practice. To help your teachers, leaders, and parents select stellar resources, the PC(USA) Store put together a quick-reference catalog of their most-requested books and resources for leaders, group study, child faith development, and Advent group study.

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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