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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, Living the Mystery, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge considers how we would answer this question: What are some of the components of the Trinity when there is no perfect formula or image that fully unlocks the mystery?

Invitation to Recommend Candidates for Senior Vice Moderator

On behalf of the Committee on Nominations, we invite you, ministers and sessions, to recommend one or more candidates for Senior Vice Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery to serve in 2017. The Senior Vice Moderator will succeed to the office of Moderator in 2018. Please email recommendations or address them to the presbytery, ATTN: Committee on Nominations, c/o Cathy Nelson. Recommendations must be received by the close of business on Wednesday, July 6. A letter outlining more details regarding the process is available online.

Leadership Development Curriculum Now Available through PC(USA)

The second edition of the widely-used Making Disciples, Making Leaders is a comprehensive, step-by-step curriculum and guide for creating effective leaders in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Leader Guide includes a four-session leadership training course that can be customized to fit your church’s unique needs. The Participant Workbook includes worship aids, handouts, worksheets, quizzes, and study guides.

Pastors Needed for Trauma Focus Group

The Samaritan Counseling Center of Western Pennsylvania, a validated mission agency of Pittsburgh Presbytery, recently surveyed pastors and the results unequivocally pointed to an important area of need: skills for helping pastors deal with survivors of trauma.
Consequently, Samaritan Counseling Center will be conducting a Trauma Focus Group to which they are inviting pastors from all denominations to serve. Their purpose is to glean information which they will use in developing a trauma training program for pastors. Gaining your insight is essential to ensure this program meets the specific needs of pastors.

The focus group will meet on Tuesday, May 24, from 8:30-10:30 AM on the first floor of the Faith House (202 Beaver Street, Sewickley, adjacent to the Sewickley Presbyterian Church). Breakfast and participation are free of charge. REGISTER NOW!

Questions? Call 412-741-7430 or email.

Please Consider Donating VBS Collections for Outreach!

Crestfield Camp & Conference Center is Pittsburgh Presbytery's camp -- it belongs to all of the churches and members of Pittsburgh Presbytery! Coins for Crestfield is a unique way you can partner with the camp.  Please consider making a contribution to the campership scholarship fund.  Last year, Crestfield awarded over $15,000 to children to attend summer camp!  Children benefit from time in God’s creation and time with other children laughing, having fun, and learning about Jesus. Children and youth who attend local church community Vacation Bible School or residential summer camp love bringing in coins and are excited to be supporting a mission site that is familiar and understandable. Parents love the simplicity of the collection as they do not have to go out and buy anything for the outreach mission. In addition, many of the parents have shared the impact that summer camp has had on their own faith development in the past and were pleased to learn there is a thriving Christian camp and conference center so close to Pittsburgh. Visit the camp website for more information about the retreat facilities, programs, and special events that nurture others in their experience with God.

To make a donation, please make checks payable to "Pittsburgh Presbytery" with "Crestfield Campership" noted on the memo line and mail to: Presbytery Treasury Service, 901 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Congregations may use the remittance form selecting "Crestfield Campership Fund" on the second page under the title, "Presbytery Special Offerings."

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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