News From Pittsburgh Presbytery
Services of Ordination
The Service of Ordination is an act of the presbytery as we welcome into ministry a colleague in Christ. We urge pastors and church members, especially of neighboring congregations, to attend the ordination of the following people as a way of helping a new pastor and his/her congregation or ministry organization experience the partnership we have as members of Pittsburgh Presbytery:
Jefferey Schooley: Service of Ordination, if the way be clear, as Pastor for Center Presbyterian Church in Washington Presbytery on Saturday, June 14, scheduled for 3:00 PM at Shadyside Presbyterian Church
We also invite you to lift up these individuals in prayer during your morning worship on the day of their ordination/installation services as they officially begin their ministries.
A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery
In this week's pastoral letter, The Band of the Bewildered, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge, General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, explains how, because we yet know so little of our risen Lord, we are driven to band together so we can learn Him from and with each other.
Lazarus Fund Update
Effective immediately, the Lazarus Fund Ministry Team of Pittsburgh Presbytery is not accepting new applications. At the April 14 meeting, the team disbursed grants totaling nearly $7,000 for rent and utility assistance to more than 35 local households, thereby exhausting all available funds. Operations will resume as soon as enough new contributions are made by congregations and individuals. Please pray for this important ministry and consider making a donation. Contributions may be made by sending a check payable to and mailed to “Pittsburgh Presbytery” (901 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233) with “Lazarus Fund” noted on the memo line. Call 412-384-4360 for more information or with questions.
You Are Invited to Experience a Deeper Spiritual Life!
Please join us for a time of reflection, meditation, and growth during the Immersion Weekend 2014 at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This retreat class on May 15-18 includes plenary sessions on reformed, Old and New Testament, and monastic spirituality as well as time to practice a variety of prayer forms, journaling, and worship. All are welcome regardless of whether or not the participant is enrolled in the Spiritual Formation Certificate Program. Take this time to seek respite, nourishment, and refreshment from your busy life. Registration is $375 and CEs are available. More details online or call 412-924-1345.
Time to Order Your 2014-2015 Planning Calendars!
Churches and individuals may order the June 2014-December 2015 Presbyterian Planning Calendar at a discounted bulk rate. This 19-month calendar contains many planning aids for pastors and church leaders including the lectionary passages for Sundays, special days, liturgical days and the liturgical color. The calendar also provides resource information for PC(USA) programs and the updated synod, presbytery, and PC(USA) staff directories. Click here for order information.
Coming Training Events & Ministry Opportunities:
"The Music of Your Life" Women's Retreat at Crestfield April 25-27
The fall meeting of the North Branch will be on Tuesday, October 28, from 5:45-7:30 PM at Hampton United Presbyterian Church. Dinner will be included. The meeting will be hosted by Hampton United Presbyterian Church and Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church.
The Unglued Church Experiment
In 2014, Pittsburgh Presbytery is partnering with the PC(USA) Office of Church Growth to launch a 12-month pilot program that will develop and test transformational practices to serve the mission of Jesus Christ in our communities. The 8 congregations that participate in the year-long program will receive close coaching and support throughout the process, including an in-depth assessment of their current ministries, discernment of potential for future ministries, and incubation of new ministries. This grant has been received and cohorts are forming now. There is limited space remaining so please contact the Rev. Ayana Teter as soon as possible.
Racism, whether we realize it or not, influences everyone in some manner each and every day. Sometimes the effects of racism are subtle, other times the effects are profoundly significant and often life-changing. When racism exists, all of society suffers. If you desire to learn more about the issue of racism and are interested in scheduling a seminar for your worshipping community, please contact Rev. Judi Slater and/or Rev. Ayana Teter as they desire to share in this important work with you. For a sample of the last seminar, click here.
Second Annual East Branch Dinner
Thursday, May 22, 5:30-7:30 PM
All pastors, CREs, elders, members, and friends of the East Branch in Pittsburgh Presbytery are invited to our Second Annual East Branch dinner at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary on Thursday, May 22, from 5:30-7:30 PM. In order to help plan for this dinner, please RSVP the number of those attending from your congregation by Friday, May 16. There is no charge for the dinner. Please be our guest!
We will be recognizing Ordination anniversaries for those with milestone years in 2013 and 2014. We would also like to honor significant terms of service for staff members, Clerks of Session, Sunday school teachers, or anyone else you would like to recognize as faithful servants. This may include those retiring or anyone who has served a significant number of years (more than 5). Please let us know if there is someone from your congregation whom you would like to have recognized at this event. This will be an evening of joyful celebration!
Devotional Prayer Calendar for Lent
Click here for the sixth and final installment of the Lenten Devotional of Prayer: Declaring the Mystery of Christ. This week another seven churches in the East Branch are described including their prayer requests. Please feel free to share with your congregations online or in print. Lift up these prayer requests in worship or whenever you pray during this Lenten journey.
Lectionary Bible Study
The Lectionary Bible Study group meets every Monday from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM at the East Branch Regional Office located at Second United Presbyterian Church (300 Hay Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221) in Wilkinsburg. Pastors, seminarians, CREs, church members and friends are welcome. We will read and discuss the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday following the Monday we meet. Pastors, this is a great way to get a jump on your sermon!
2014 Meeting Schedule (6:30-8:30 PM):
More details available online!
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