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A Letter from the Associate Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

Do you openly receive the gift of God's grace? Who are we called to keep inviting to God's bountiful banquet? In this week’s article, Undeserved Grace or Violence?, the Rev. Ayana H. Teter considers these questions as she shares a story from her own backyard.

Did Your Kids Do Something Awesome This Summer?
Tell us about it! Every year at the September Presbytery meeting, we highlight the ministries in which our churches participated during the summer from mission trips to VBS and that got us thinking. What if we could SEE and HEAR about these experiences instead of just telling others about them? To do that, we would like to compile a list of who went where and who did what along with pictures and put them all together in a slide show but we need your help!

Youth Ministry Essentials with Mark Oestreicher
A Training Event for Youth Ministry Staff & Volunteers
Thursday, September 28

Internationally known for his wisdom and insight into youth ministry, Mark Oestreicher will be in town this September for the Pittsburgh Youth Workers Conference. Because we have inside connections, “Marko” is going to spend Thursday, September 28, with us for what promises to be an unique opportunity to engage with one of the foremost leaders in youth ministry.

This event will feature two different sessions. The afternoon session will mainly focus on church staff with a keynote talk from Marko followed by an extensive question and answer period. Dinner and the evening session will start at 6:00 PM and will focus on a broader audience including staff and volunteers from churches of all sizes.

Click here for more information and to register!

Does Your College Freshman Need Money?

The Transition-to-College Assistance grant program is intended to help eligible families of entering college freshmen with transitional expenses such as

A one-time grant is available to qualifying plan members whose employer is under direct governance of the PC(USA), whose household's adjusted gross income does not exceed $116,000, and whose college-bound child is a dependent enrolled in the Benefits Plan. The child must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university.


Amounts range from $500 to $1,000, depending on total family income.

How to Apply

Grant applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be accepted between August 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. Complete the Transition-to-College Assistance Grant Application and return it with the required documentation to the Board of Pensions at the address listed on the form.

Order Your New Book of Order Now & Save Money!

We are placing a combined order for the new 2017-2019 Book of Order which includes the completely revised Directory for Worship. Churches and individuals may order copies at the discounted bulk rate of $8 (regular price is $10).

Please note the Office of the Stated Clerk will NOT be keeping copies of the new Book of Order in stock. If you want a printed copy at the discounted rate you must order now. Click here to download and print an order form.

The 2017-2019 Book of Order will be available for free as a download from the PCUSA website soon as well.

What Should You be Paying Your Pastor?

The Board of Pensions has compiled effective salary data for 2017 to assist decision makers with reviewing clergy compensation. Two reports are available, one organized by congregation size and years of service, and the other by synod. Read more online.

These reports are separate from the study that reports effective salary information for various calculations under the Benefits Plan. For information based on that study, see the Parish Ministry Salary Study, 2018 Median Effective Salaries Available article and the salary study document on pensions.org.

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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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