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Pittsburgh Presbytery Ministerial Meditation

What does it mean to be prophetic? What lies at the heart of Jesus's prophetic ministry? What does it mean for the church to have a prophetic disposition? In this week's meditation, The Offices of the Church, Part II, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses these questions and more as he continues this series focused on how the offices of Jesus – Prophet, Priest, and King – shape the church’s identity and ministry.

College Freshmen Assistance Grant Available for Qualifying Members

The Transition-to-College Assistance grant program is intended to help eligible families of freshmen entering college 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 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted between August 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Complete the Transition-to-College Assistance Grant Application and return it with the required documentation to the Board at the address listed on the form.

What Are the New Medical Options & Benefits for 2019?

about the NEW INITIATIVES, MEDICAL OPTIONS and BENEFITS for 2019, being offered by the Board of Pensions that can impact churches both large and small!

On Thursday, August 23, and Thursday, September 13, from 10:00 AM-noon in the Patrick Room of the presbytery offices, the Rev. Dr. Doug Portz and the Rev. Ayana Teter, consultants with the Board of Pensions, will share the latest significant changes in the Benefits Plan.  Pastors, Chairs of Personnel Committees, Clerks of Session, and the authorized users of Benefits Connect will want to come and learn about the new choices and benefits now available.

Topics to be covered will be:

These sessions will also help pastors, treasurers, and Chairs of Personnel Committees understand how to access and set up benefits in the context that works best for each church. New pastors, in particular, are encouraged to attend!

The Rev. Dr. Doug Portz, Senior Church Consultant, and the Rev. Ayana Teter, Associate Church Consultant, for the Board of Pensions will lead both sessions.

Do You Know How to Respond to Natural Disasters & Public Violence?

Natural disasters and public violence are part of our current landscape. How can we respond to support and heal communities? Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the emergency and refugee ministry program of the PC(USA), is offering five response training events in the region sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity, one of which is hosted by Pittsburgh Presbytery at Camp Crestfield & Conference Center on Wednesday, October 17 and will include:

Different options are available on the other training dates and locations throughout the synod.

Cost is $10 per person and lunch will be provided. To see more details, to register, or to download an event flyer click here!

Are You a Healthy Spiritual Leader?

We are ministering in a different age. Will we adapt to this age or are we doomed to become the congregational equivalent of Sears, A&P, Pan Am, or Blockbuster Video?
Tod Bolsinger, in his book Canoeing the Mountains, explores how to adapt our pastoral leadership to a new era that requires clear envisioning, resourcefulness, flexibility, adopting new skills, and blazing new trails.

The day with Tod will explore concepts from his book that directly relate to making church leaders healthier including:

WHEN: Friday, September 21 from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
WHERE: Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church

COST: $30 per person

Click here for a promo flyer and registration form.

This event is sponsored by the Beaver-Butler Presbytery in cooperation with Pittsburgh Presbytery, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.

First Two Volumes Coming Fall 2018!

The first two volumes of Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching & Worship, release this fall with the first volume hitting the shelves in September. You can pre-order now and save 35%!

Designed to help preachers connect congregations to Scripture, Connections is a nine-volume series offering creative commentary on each reading in the three-year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. Learn more about the series, see the publication schedule, read excerpts, and download a digital sampler here.

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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