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A Letter from the Associate Minister for Outreach

In this week's pastoral letter, Taming the Cynic, the Rev. Ayana H. Teter suggests we need to face the truth about ourselves and to seek His Spirit.

International Partnership Chair Shares Journey News!

The Rev. Dave Carver, chair of the International Partnership of Pittsburgh Presbytery and co-leader of the Journey 2015 to Malawi, invites you to follow the travels of the Partnership missionaries on his blog.

Revisions to PA Child Protection Laws Effective Immediately!

On July 1, 2015 Governor Wolf signed into law additional revisions to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws, effective immediately.  A primary focus of this new legislation is to “clarify and make more explicit” provisions regarding background checks and clearances for employees and adult volunteers who work with children.  The goal is to strike a balance between protecting children and not making the background check requirements for volunteers so onerous that programs beneficial to children are adversely affected.
Significant provisions of this new law include:

For complete information, please review the summary.

Presbytery Pastor Recognized for Ministry in Garfield Area

The Rev. Michael Stanton, Executive Director of Open Hand Ministries (OHM), a validated mission agency of Pittsburgh Presbytery, was recently named the 2015 Champion of Dignity & Respect by Pittsburgh Urban Media.  Rev. Stanton is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained for specialized ministry by our presbytery at OHM in 2011.  Open Hand Ministries is a collective of four churches from the Garfield and East Liberty communities including East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Valley View Presbyterian Church, and The Open Door Presbyterian Church. Committed to working with local families by offering education in debt reduction, budgeting, saving and investing, OHM has succeeded in providing the appropriate guidance to families who are having trouble qualifying for mortgages. Click here to read the entire article.

Check Out the Robust Online Edition of Glory to God!

This new, online hymnal resource is designed to help pastors, musicians, and worship leaders with the weekly task of worship planning. Check out the features below, and try it out for yourself with the free, 30-day free trial offer. If you are ready to order, the PC(USA) Store has three purchase options:

Call (1-800-533-4371) to find out special discounts if you purchase the online edition in conjunction with your pew edition order!

Features include:

Click here for more information about the hymnal including ways to raise funds, educate your congregation, and introduce the book to your church. You can also visit the store on Facebook or call Customer Service at 1-800-533-4371. To place an order or see a complete list of products, click here.

Guide for Young Adult Ministry Available Through Presbyterians Today

The Guide for Young Adult Ministry, a special Issue published by Presbyterians Today, is a must-read for everyone who wants to better understand young adults and engage them in worship, education, and service. Read along as young adults share their vision for the church they love, offer practical guidance for church leaders, and recount their stories and experiences.

Full of great photos, resources, compelling editorials, and links to online bonus content, this guide is the perfect handbook for congregations, small-group studies, pastors, visitor packets, youth groups, sessions, officer training and, of course, young adults. Order copies now as a great resource for 2015!

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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