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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, Neither Jew nor Greek, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge writes about the bitter fruits of racism beneath which lies a deeper and even more troubling root, sin, and asks, "Are we willing to suffer for sake of righteousness, even if it means going against the grain of a society that does everything it can to keep intact the status quo of endemic racism?"

New Clerk of Session Training RESCHEDULED for February 27

Due to unavoidable circumstances, the training seminar for new Clerks of Session has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 27, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the presbytery center. Although the training will be geared toward those in their first and second year of service, all Clerks of Session are welcome to attend.

TO REGISTER, email Lana Dumrauf or call her at 412-697-9207 by Tuesday, February 16, so adequate materials can be prepared.  Please also provide a contact phone number in order to be notified of weather-related cancellation.

Celebrate the Good News with Us!

When we hear positive and encouraging news from one of the churches or affiliated organizations in the presbytery, we want to herald the good word. This article is for the purpose of sharing those brief, celebration tidbits, like the following, which glorify God and cause the body to rejoice!

First United Presbyterian Church, Crafton Heights, was profiled on the PC(USA) website highlighting the opportunities their youth group has had to see how the Presbyterian church is connected with the church around the world in mission and service.

Seminary Student Intern Grant Deadline March 1

Seminary Student Urban Interns are granted monthly stipends to work with congregations doing urban ministry who are in partnership with another church or mission agency. This effort is designed to provide outreach training for students while providing additional resources for congregations in economically marginalized communities. The Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) is funding students for the 2016-17 school year for nine to twelve months. It is the desire of ACT to give seminary students opportunities to work in urban and transformational ministries. Interns receive a stipend of $350/month. The church and student applications are available onlineApplication deadline is March 1.

How Do You Integrate Suicide Awareness Into Your Ministry?

Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute and Samaritan Counseling Center, both validated mission agencies of Pittsburgh Presbytery, are co-sponsoring a one-day seminar, Soul Shop, on Friday, February 19, from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM at Christ Church at Grove Farm. This training empowers pastors to address suicial desperation as a regular aspect of their ministires. More information and registration details are available online.

Lenten Resources for Presbyterians

New and best-selling Lenten resources including daily reflections and devotions, worship companions for those who do not follow the lectionary and for those who do, study guides for all ages of believers, and more are just a click away! View online at The PC(USA) Store.

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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