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On What Does Our Welfare Depend?

If we do not regularly set aside our labors, what price do we pay? What are the benefits of practicing Sabbath? In this week’s meditation, Give it a Rest!, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers these questions and more.

New Gift Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Sunset Hills United Presbyterian Church has VBS curriculum (1 unopened curriculum from Cokesbury for Babylon and 1 used curriculum from Cokesbury To Mars & Beyond) they would like to give a member congregation of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Check out the details on the Let's Get Connected! webpage.

Announcing the Overture Deadlines for 224th General Assembly

Any session or presbyter planning to submit an overture to the General Assembly should keep in mind that to be considered by the Assembly, a potential overture must be approved by Pittsburgh Presbytery and have at least one concurrence from another presbytery by the following deadlines:

For upcoming meeting of Pittsburgh Presbytery, those wishing to propose overtures or concurrences must be mindful of the following deadlines as well:

Presbytery Meeting Date

Docket Time Request Due*

Overture to Stated Clerk's Office as Required by Presbytery Manual

September 19, 2019

August 21, 2019

August 29, 2019

December 5, 2019

October 30, 2019

November 14, 2019

February 13, 2020

January 15, 2020

January 23, 2020

*Any overture submitted after the deadline for docket time requests, but before the deadline for submission to the Stated Clerk’s office must be introduced as new business pursuant to the Presbytery Manual.

Any person or group considering an overture or concurrence request must review carefully the requirements in the Manual of the General Assembly, which may found online.

Only Four More Days to Order Your Planning Calendars!

Once again we are placing a combined order for the denominational planning calendars to save you money! Churches and individuals may order the September 2019-December 2020 Presbyterian Planning Calendar at a discounted bulk rate. This 16-month calendar has 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. Order deadline is Monday, July 15.

Email Cathy Nelson or call her at 412-697-9210 if you have any questions.


A Pastoral Letter Regarding Roar VBS by Group

Dear Friends,

For many years, Group Publishing has produced their quintessential “VBS in a can” that many of our congregations have utilized.  As you might be aware, in the last couple weeks concerns have been raised about the Roar curriculum this year as there are parts of it some have viewed as being culturally insensitive.  In particular, concerns have been expressed about kids playing the role of Hebrew slaves and the way certain aspects of African tradition and cultures are portrayed.  For more details, I invite you to review this article posted on churchleaders.com.

As presbytery leadership, we encourage our congregations to develop their ministries in a way that is unique and contextually appropriate, and we are hesitant to offer unsolicited advice let alone directives when it comes to how specific ministries are run.  However, we believe the concerns about Roar are sufficient enough to warrant a review by you.

Group Publishing has responded to these concerns with both with a written statement on their Facebook page and by posting updates to parts of the curriculum on their website.

If you are planning on using Roar this summer, we encourage you to review the concerns others have expressed as well as looking at the revisions Group is offering as you prepare for your ministries this summer.  You may also want to look at how Karen Shumaker and Hampton Presbyterian Church has chosen to respond by visiting their website.

In Christ,
Rev. Brian Wallace
Associate Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

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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