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Pittsburgh Presbytery Ministerial Meditation

What is the true biblical meaning of peace? Do we understand the wholeness of God's Shalom? In this week's meditation, Asleep in Heavenly Peace, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers these questions and more.

You Don't Want to Miss THE EVENT!

On Sunday, January 27, middle and high school age students (and leaders) are invited to attend "THE EVENT 2.0.” Building on the inaugural event from last year, we hope to bring together youth from across our region for an evening of worship, fun, growth, and fellowship. The model for the evening will be similar to "club time" at a retreat, mission trip, or summer camp and features games, contests, music, and a keynote speaker, the Rev. Wayne Younger, Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Project.

We will be gathering in the sanctuary space at The Pittsburgh Project which is centrally located on the north side of Pittsburgh and has ample parking. Doors open at 5:30 PM with the event starting at 6:00 PM. There is room for 300 people, which we anticipate will be enough, but we encourage you to register early to make sure your group can attend!

Information/promotional flyer and registration available online.

Year-End Per Capita Discount Program Reminder

If your church has been making monthly per capita payments and plans to take advantage of the 2% discount offered by Pittsburgh Presbytery, please remember your December payment must be received in the finance office by December 31. Any monthly payment received after that date is not eligible for the discount and should be made payable in the amount of the full per capita balance due. Check out how your congregation can save even more by taking advantage of other discount options! If you have any questions, please email or call Roy Burford (412-323-1406).

Pittsburgh Presbytery’s National Denominational Influence Widens

We celebrate that three of our minister members have recently received calls to serve the national church. A month ago, the Rev. Shanea Leonard, organizing pastor of Judah Fellowship (which meets Sunday mornings in the presbytery office), moved to Louisville to begin serving as associate for Racial, Gender & Intercultural Justice, a new position in the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries area. Earlier this year, the Rev. Jeff Eddings, organizing co-pastor of Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, was called to serve the denomination’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities office as a coaching associate for New Worshiping Communities. Jeff followed the Rev. Michael Gehrling, organizing co-pastor of The Upper Room Presbyterian Church, who took a position as assessments associate and regional consultant in the same office. Jeff and Mike are both based in Pittsburgh. Apparently, serving as an organizing pastor of a new worshiping community can be an effective launch pad for wider ministry in the church! What a blessing to the wider church that it can enjoy the benefits of Shanea’s, Jeff’s, and Michael’s gifts!

These three join another member of Pittsburgh Presbytery serving in national offices, the Rev. Bob Abrams, who at age 95 works as volunteer coordinator in the national office of Presbyterian Men in Louisville, where he still keeps regular office hours!

Let us keep our entire national staff in our prayers, especially Shanea, Jeff, Mike, and Bob.

Application Deadline Extended!

The application deadline for the 2019 Youth Pilgrimage to Malawi has been extended until December 15! If you would like to know more about this transformative experience for young people ages 14-18, please email the Rev. Dave Carver, Moderator of the International Partnership Ministry Team. Their hope is to take a group of young adults and their leaders from Pittsburgh to visit the Warm Heart of Africa in July 2019 for a time of listening, growth, service learning, and discipleship. If this sounds interesting, please let Dave know! Both the individual and the group/congregational applications are available online.

Books Make Great Gifts for All Ages!

The PC(USA) Store put together lists to help you shop for the children and adults in your life this Christmas. These books make perfect gifts because many of them will be used throughout the year, some even every day. They are the gifts that keep on giving! Make sure you order by December 12th to ensure delivery before Christmas with standard shipping.

Children will ask each night to read again the one about the mustard seed or the one about words or "just one more" story from their story Bible. And every Christmas for years to come the family will sit together to read Home by Another Way: A Christmas Storywritten by Barbara Brown Taylor. All of these children's books are 35% off, which is like getting every third book you buy for free!

And they have not forgotten about the adults on your list (including the pastors and musicians). They have devotionals from Walter Brueggemann, William Barclay, Kathleen Long Bostrom, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Don McKim, and more! They have also included inspirational adult coloring books that provide solace and joy throughout the year.


Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center



Events & Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

NOTE: More information about Continuing Education (CE) is available online; all events offer CE Units.



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