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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

How does sola scriptura shape the way we read the Bible? How do we know that the grace of God, extended to us in Jesus, is truly for us? On what is responsible interpretation of Scripture based? In Scripture Alone, Part II, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses these questions and more as he continues the Reformation anniversary series, Five Hundred Years -- Now What?

It’s Almost Here!

Annual Enrollment starts October 30. This is your ONLY chance to review and elect benefits coverage for 2018 (unless you have a qualifying life event during the year). To get ready, go to Benefits Connect to review the coverage you have now and consider whether it will continue to meet your needs next year. For example, did any of your circumstances change during the last year that might affect your benefits needs?

Look for annual enrollment information mailed to your home, in your email, and posted on pensions.org later this month. Then, starting October 30, use Benefits Connect to view your available 2018 benefits and costs, and enroll or make changes to your coverage effective January 1.

If you are not yet registered for Benefits Connect, see Benefits Connect Quick Start Guide for Employees (PDF download).

Mark Your Calendar
October 30-November 17: Active members log on to Benefits Connect to review 2018 benefits and costs and make their elections
November 17: Deadline for members to elect 2018 benefits

Quarterly Per Capita Discount Program Reminder

If your church has been making regular quarterly per capita payments and plans to take advantage of the 3% discount offered this year by Pittsburgh Presbytery, please remember your fourth quarter payment must be received in the finance office by October 31.  Any quarterly payment received after that date is not eligible for the discount and should be made payable in the amount of the full per capita balance due.  If you have any questions, please email or call Roy Burford (412-323-1406).

Are You in a Time of Transition in Your Ministry?

Do you feel led to engage in global or urban mission, or church planting?
Join with World Mission Initiative on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM for a Discerning Your Call to Missions workshop. This event is designed to help you explore a call to missions whether you are early in your journey of discernment or ready to act on God's call on your life. If you are interested in global, local, or urban mission, becoming more involved in a specific mission sponsored by your church, engaging more in short-term mission, leading the mission effort in your church, or interested in exploring how you might get more involved in mission, this workshop has something for you! You will spend the day listening, studying God's Word, sharing, and praying in small groups. Discover the next steps in your journey. The workshop is FREE but it may cost you your life.

Drs. Scott Hagley and Leanna Fuller of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will be providing the tools for discernment this year. Please RSVP by Monday, October 19. A downloadable flyer is available online or visit the webpage.

Lectionary Year B Resources Now Available

Everything you need to preach and to lead study groups for Lectionary Year B is now available online!

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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