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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter,Straight & Level, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, writes about how how the onus is on us regarding the conditions of the human landscape that have long hindered God's reign of justice.

Holiday Schedule for Presbytery Offices

The presbytery offices will be closed Thursday, December 24-Friday, December 26 and Thursday, January 1-Friday, January 2. May the Light of the season shine bright in your heart during the Advent season and throughout the new year!

Tired of Feeding? Come & Be Fed!

Sometimes it is nice just to worship and not to have to lead worship. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary invites you to join them for their daily worship services Monday through Thursday at 11:30 AM in Hicks Memorial Chapel. In particular, every Monday they worship in Taize style and every Thursday they gather around the Lord's Table with a faculty or staff member preaching and presiding. Services take 30 minutes, and take place during all ten weeks of each academic term.

Also twice a term Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel leads the community in a chapel worship service introducing and teaching new songs from the recent denominational hymnal Glory to God. Dr. van Driel served on the committee that put this book together. If your congregation is contemplating purchasing the hymnal or you would like ideas on how to handle the new materials, we invite you to join us for these services. This winter, they will take place on Wednesday, December 17, and Wednesday, February 4, both at 11:30 AM.  For more information, contact Dr. van Driel.

Monthly Per Capita Discount Program Reminder

If your church has been making regular, monthly per capita payments and plans to take advantage of the 2% discount offered this year 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. More information about the 2015 discount program online.

Annual Sweater Drive Underway

Neighbors sharing with neighbors has been the overriding theme of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's annual Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive over the last 14 years. Beginning in 2000, the museum has collected over 31,000 sweaters from individuals and families to share with those in need throughout southwestern Pennsylvania "neighborhood." Many of the sweaters have come from Presbyterian friends like you over the years.

This year, United Way of Allegheny County and the Presbyterian Mission Agency encourage congregations to collect much needed new and/or gently used sweaters for adults and children in their immediate area as a mission outreach.  Sweaters left over from your own neighborhood efforts may be placed in the collection receptacle in the lobby of the museum through Friday, December 12 to be distributed before Christmas by mission agencies in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Coordinated by Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM) with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Email PMM for more information or call 412-323-1400 X 311.

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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