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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

In this week's pastoral letter, Faith, Hope & Love – Cornerstones for the Church, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge continues the series, The Foundations of Life Together in Christ, in which he examines the foundations of our life and work together, and considers these questions: What should be the primary goal of a congregation? How does the call of Jesus to lay down our lives apply to us corporately?

New Need Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Brentwood Presbyterian Church is in need of volunteers to help the main teacher with their Monday night program for children and youth. Check out the details and get more information on how to make a connection with a gift of resources, services or opportunities, or with a need on the Let's Get Connected! webpage.

Seminary Student Intern Grant Deadline February 13

Seminary Student Urban Interns are granted monthly stipends to work with congregations involved in 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 2017-18 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 Monday, February 13.

Presbyterian Mission Agency Announces Publication of a New Resource

The Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is pleased to announce the publication of a new resource titled, The Global Crisis for People Who Are LGBT & Their Families: A Presbyterian Church (USA) Response, (click title to download). This resource was developed to fulfill a commissioner resolution adopted by the 221st General Assembly (2014) and done so by the following PMA ministry areas: Theology, Formation, & Evangelism; Compassion, Peace, & Justice; and World Mission.

Important Year-End Report Information for Clerks of Session

Attention pastors and church administrators! Please make sure your clerk receives the following information!


In late December, Clerks of Session, for whom Pittsburgh Presbytery had email contact information, and congregations received two emails regarding congregational information and 2016 statistics. The Office of the Stated Clerk will NOT be sending these out in hard copy in order to reduce costs.

The first, via Constant Contact, included a writeable PDF containing congregation and session information surveys. The second, from Rachel Shussett, contained the login and password information for entering year-end statistics. More information and instructions for entering year-end statistics may be found at online at the PC(USA) website.

Keep in mind the Office of the General Assembly will NOT be distributing printed instruction books.

Both the information survey and the year-end statistics are due February 13, 2017. If your congregation has a new Clerk of Session or if your Clerk of Session did not receive this information, please email Rachel Shussett or call her at 412-697-9207.


In late November, the Office of the General Assembly sent to all Clerks of Session, for whom they had email addresses, the link to complete the Clerk’s Annual Questionnaire. This information is due back to the Office of the General Assembly on January 31, 2017.

If your congregation has a new Clerk of Session, or if your Clerk of Session did not receive this email, the questionnaire is available online. Questions regarding this questionnaire may be directed to Susan Barnett. If your Clerk needs a hard copy of the questionnaire, please email Rachel Shussett or call her at 412-697-9207.

Click here to download the above information in a PDF document.

We Value Your Opinion!

The presbytery meeting survey is available online. Please take about 10 minutes of your time to let us know what you like and dislike regarding how we conduct the meetings of Pittsburgh Presbytery, including date, time, location, content, worship, and fellowship.

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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