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A Letter from the General Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery

Do you have concerns about the increasing per capita? What are the revenue streams for Pittsburgh Presbytery? How do we fund our mission? In this week’s meditation, It’s All About the Mission, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses these questions and more.

Special Meeting on Presbytery Mission Funding

At its December meeting, presbytery directed that the Executive Committee call a special open meeting to discuss how we fund our mission as a presbytery. This meeting has been scheduled for 4:00 PM on Thursday, June 7, at the Presbytery Center. All ministers and elders are invited. We will address in more detail the way in which our mission funding has evolved, both as a presbytery and as a denomination. For more background information see today’s letter from General Minister Sheldon Sorge.

New Gift Posted on Let's Get Connected!

Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church has reams of 81/2" X 14" copier paper they would like to give to a congregation in Pittsburgh Presbytery. 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.

Questions About the Proposed Per Capita Increase?

The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, has scheduled several gatherings for conversation about the proposed per capita budget being considered by the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in mid-June.

While these conversations are designed for mid council leaders, all are welcome to attend; please register in advance so they have an idea about numbers, especially for those events that include a meal.

Unfortunately, time and distance constraints will not allow events in all areas of the denomination; preference was given to those that could be organized quickly.

Face-to-Face Gatherings:

Those who cannot make it to a face-to-face event are encouraged to join the
Zoom videoconference:

In preparation for the conversation, you may wish to review the narrative budget and these FAQs about it.

You Are Invited!

You are cordially invited to attend the Service of Installation for the Rev. Dr. Colleen Molinaro scheduled for 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 10, at Carnegie Presbyterian Church. This service is an act of the presbytery as we welcome into ministry a colleague in Christ. We urge pastors and church members, especially of those in the neighboring communities, to attend as a way of helping a new pastor and her congregation experience the partnership we have as members of Pittsburgh Presbytery. We also invite you to lift up Colleen in prayer during your morning worship as she officially begins her ministry.

Did You Miss the Presbytery Meeting?

Catch up on what happened! Read the Presbytery Digest, a summary of the actions and information from the meeting on May 3.

Are You Called as a Missional Leader?

Exploring Missional Leadership (EML) is a day-long event hosted by mid councils and seminaries and led by 1001 national staff. Through presentations, active learning, and group conversation, participants will be introduced to the nature of missional church planting and the competencies needed to do that work. Individuals discerning a call to start a new worshiping community will be guided in identifying the next steps to take in their developing their own skills. Participants involved in presbytery leadership will be guided in ways to identify and cultivate potential new worshiping community leaders in their presbytery, congregation or circle of influence.

Who is EML for?

When & where is this event?

Join us on Wednesday, September 26, from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Pittsburgh Presbytery Center. The cost to attend this day-long event is $7.00 for lunch and can be paid online using a debit/credit card or PayPal at the time of your registration.

How do you register?

Complete the easy-to-use online form!

EML is sponsored by Pittsburgh Presbytery in partnership with 1001 New Worshiping Communities and the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Click here to download an event flyer!

Check Out These Books for Children!

It can be difficult to find books for children that not only have great storytelling and engaging illustrations, but also impart something deeper. With their growing list of books for children, you'll find this and so much more.

You'll discover stories to nurture children's developing faith through explorations of Bible stories and a touching tale of one girl's search for God. You can also share the diversity of the world and foster empathy with No One Else like You, or help children understand the complex emotion of anger with Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts. Many of these books also include guides or questions for parents and teachers, enriching the reading experience.

Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center

Events & Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary:

NOTE: More information about Continuing Education (CE) is available online; all events offer CE Units.



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