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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, Outdoing One Another, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge concludes the series, Grace & Gratitude, in which he focuses on what lies at the heart of our entire theology.

Time to Order Your 2015-2016 Planning Calendars!

Churches and individuals may order the June 2015-December 2016 Presbyterian Planning Calendar at a discounted bulk rate through the presbytery office. 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.

 Do You Want to be a Presbyterian Panelist?

Presbyterian Research Services is inviting you to join a list of potential representatives to serve on the Presbyterian Panel! Since 1973, church leaders have turned to the panel to learn more about the beliefs and practices of Presbyterians. By joining this list, you will be added to a group of people who are willing to fill out occasional surveys that help Presbyterian entities, congregations, and others make informed decisions and reach their goals. All surveys will be available in English, Spanish, and Korean.

It is important the group of panelists we select represents Presbyterians as a whole. If you are interested in serving on the Presbyterian Panel, please answer the demographic questions posted online to help Research Services select a representative sample of Presbyterians.
If you are selected to become a Presbyterian Panelist, you will be sent a welcome letter with more details. If you are not selected right away, your name will be kept on a list of potential panelists for the future. You may unsubscribe from this list at any time.
Please email or call 800-728-7228 X 2040 if you have any questions.

Details for Presbytery Grants Available Online

Small Church Leadership Development Fund: Deadline Ongoing
Small Church Leadership Development Funds are designed to enable members of congregations (ordained and lay persons) with less than 100 in worship through leadership development to: grow in commitment to Jesus Christ; celebrate who and whose we are as people of God in small congregations; gain a renewed understanding and appreciation of our Presbyterian tradition; and develop congregational life. Grants are available for up to $500 per person per event per year, with a maximum of $1,000 per congregation per year. The guidelines and an application form are available online.

Enhancement Grants: Deadline August 31
The Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) hopes to promote ministry partnerships with the 2016 Enhancement Grants. The awards will be based on a 3-to-1 ratio: ACT will offer $3 for every $1 you raise with a maximum grant of $3,000. You are also encouraged to consider sharing in ministry with one or more congregations in your area and applying for a joint grant. Applications are due by August 31. Grants are awarded on a one-year basis. Churches are eligible to receive grants for two consecutive years but must reapply annually. After two consecutive years of receiving a grant, a church should wait one year before applying again. Applications and guidelines are available online.

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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