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How do our Confessions give us necessary guidance for our faith? Isn’t the Bible enough just by itself? And why not have just a single Confession to guide us? In this week’s installment, Always Being Reformed, in the series titled Foundations of the Faith We Share, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses these questions and more.

Luncheon Scheduled with Visitors from the Middle East

The Great Commission Ministry Team together with the Iraq Partnership Network invites you to a special luncheon presentation on Tuesday, August 1, from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM at the offices of Pittsburgh Presbytery to meet and hear three visitors from the Middle East. The Rev. Elmarie Parker (Mission Co-worker and PCUSA Liaison to the Presbyterian Churches in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria), her husband, the Rev. Scott Parker (Mission Co-worker and Staff at Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut), and the Rev. Farouk Hammo (Pastor of the Baghdad Presbyterian Church, Iraq) will present. Hear how Christians exist with hope and joy in war-torn Muslim countries. Learn how they support refugees displaced from their homes by ISIS. See how Christian outreach programs continue to expand and show the love of God throughout the Middle East.

This promises to be an exciting and very educational program with time for lots of questions and answers. Pastors, spouses, elders, deacons, and friends are all invited. Tell your congregations! To make your reservation, email Cindy Miller by Monday, July 24, with the following information:

A free-will offering will be collected to help defray the cost of the meal.

International Partnership Featured in Mission Crossroads Summer Issue!

"I wish my eyes were bigger!" That is what the Rev. Dave Carver, pastor at First United Presbyterian Church, Crafton Heights, and moderator of the International Partnership of Pittsburgh Presbytery, prayed when his jet touched down in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, in 1995. Twenty-five years later his eyes are bigger and so is the partnership as they are now in a tripartite agreement with our Presbyterian counterparts in Malawi and South Sudan. Click here to read the article!

2018 Enhancement Grant Application Now Available

The Administrative Commission for Transformation (ACT) hopes to promote ministry partnerships with the 2018 Enhancement Grants. The awards will be based on a 4-to-1 ratio: ACT will offer $4 for every $1 contributed by the congregation, either money or in-kind, with a maximum grant of $4,000. Examples of acceptable in-kind support are costs of meals and volunteer hours given by members of the congregation provided in relationship to the proposed project. Churches are also encouraged to consider sharing in ministry with one or more congregations and applying for a joint grant. Applications are due by September 13. 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.

Register Now for Big Tent 2017!

We invite you to join Presbyterians from around the country at Big Tent 2017, held on the beautiful campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6-8. The theme will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace. Please review the schedule of events before beginning the registration process.

Presbyterians & the American Revolution Exhibit Now Open

The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) is pleased to announce the opening of Presbyterians & the American Revolution, an in-house exhibit at 425 Lombard Street in Philadelphia. The new exhibit features sixty items from the Revolutionary War. Original manuscripts, rare publications, digitized images, and evocative artifacts fill the PHS lobby. A related hallway display remembers Presbyterian celebrations of the centennial and bicentennial.

Deadline to Submit Candidates July 5

On behalf of the Committee on Nominations, we invite you, ministers and sessions, to recommend candidates for Senior Vice Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery to serve in 2018. The Senior Vice Moderator will succeed to the office of Moderator in 2019. Please email recommendations or address them to the presbytery office, ATTN: Committee on Nominations, c/o Cathy Nelson.

Also being sought are candidates for the Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) who will attend the 2018 General Assembly June 16-23 in St. Louis, Missouri. Nominations for the YAAD may be submitted online.

ALL recommendations must be received by the close of business on Wednesday, July 5. Letters outlining details regarding the process for Senior Vice Moderator and YAAD are 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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