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Pittsburgh Presbytery Ministerial Meditation

What makes a congregation flourish or decay? Is there anything we can do to make our congregation blossom or to ward off its decline? In this week's meditation, The Offices of the Church, Part V, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses these questions and more as he concludes this series focused on how the offices of Jesus – Prophet, Priest, and King – shape the church’s identity and ministry.

New Gift Posted on Let's Get Connected!

The Rev. David L. H. Carlisle, recently retired from serving at Springdale United Presbyterian Church, is giving away the books from his library. 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.

Learn the Basics!

The Generosity Committee brings you a free webinar on annual giving in the local church to be held at noon on Thursday, August 23, led by the Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, the northeast regional Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation. Learn about the basic strategies, the importance of telling your story, and where to get resources!  Click here for registration and login information.

Do You Know How to Care for Gender Non-Conforming People?

We trust you have seen in the news the difficulties transgender and gender non-conforming people face in this world. The stress of being targets in our societal clashing is a pastoral concern for these individuals. There may be no persons identifying as such in your church, but how many of you have had members come to you with concerns for children or grandchildren who are fluid in their gender identity?

Prepare yourself for giving good pastoral care by attending A Pastors Retreat: Transgender 101 at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center on Wednesday evening, September 19, the night before our presbytery meeting. This free event is sponsored by the Task Force on Ministry with Sexual Minorities, a ministry team of Pittsburgh Presbytery.

Click here to read the entire INVITATION with event details written by the Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards, a member of Community House Presbyterian Church, host congregation, and here to REGISTER.

We Need Your Help with the Service of Remembrance!

It is time to prepare for the Annual Service of Remembrance held every year at the September meeting of the presbytery. This year, the meeting is on Thursday, September 20, at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center beginning at 10:00 AM.

If any member of your church who had been ordained a ruling elder, whether by your church or some other, has died since the last memorial service on September 21, 2017, please advise us by filling out the online form.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must fill out one form for each deceased elder. Please fill out the form and mark "none" if there were no deaths of ruling elders since the service last year. Completed forms must be submitted by Tuesday, September 11.

The Annual Service of Remembrance, to be held during worship at the presbytery meeting on Thursday, September 20, at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, is one of the most meaningful events in the life of the presbytery and a rewarding time for the family of the deceased ruling elder, either by their attendance, or by your securing a bulletin from the service for them. To that end, we will have a supply of bulletins on a table at the presbytery meeting or after the service by contacting Cathy Nelson.

If you have any questions, please email Cathy Nelson or call her at 412-697-9210.

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.

Three Curriculum Options for the School Year

Just in time for fall, here are three curriculum options to set up for an entire school year or longer!

Feasting on the Word, a lectionary-based curriculum for kindergarten through adult, is available in print or downloadable format. Sample sessions, scope and sequence, and more information available here.

Growing in Grace & Gratitude children’s curriculum is available in print or downloadable format. Sample sessions, scope and sequence, and more information available here.

The Present Word curriculum for adults is available in regular and large print, audio CD, and Braille. Worship leaflets are available as an additional purchase. The fall quarter begins with the book of Genesis.

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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