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Pittsburgh Presbytery Ministerial Meditation

As we observe Pastor Appreciation Month, does how we express our appreciation really matter? In this week's meditation, Truly Powerful Appreciation, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers this question and more.

Celebrate the Good News with Us!

When we hear or receive positive and encouraging news from one of the churches or affiliated organizations in the presbytery, we want to herald the good word! This article is for the purpose of sharing those brief, celebration tidbits, like the following, which glorify God and cause the body to rejoice! Sanctuary Faith Community, a new worshiping community of Pittsburgh Presbytery, is featured in an article on the Presbyterian Mission website this month.

Deadline Reminder for Docket Time & Waiver Requests

All requests for docket time at the December presbytery meeting are due to the Ecclesiastical Committee via the Stated Clerk’s office (email/412-323-1405) no later than noon on Wednesday, October 31. If action by the Presbytery will be requested, the full text of the motion and any accompanying documents (reports, rationale, etc.) must be submitted by this time as well. Requests for waivers of the six-year limitation on terms for elders and deacons are also due by October 31.

How Will the New Tax Law Impact Your Church?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed more than just tax rates. What impact will the new law have on giving? Join the webinar on Thursday, November 1, from 12:00-12:50 PM to discuss the basics of the new tax law, how it can impact your church, and how you and your church members can prepare for the changes. Click here for information on how to join the webinar.

Annual Enrollment for Employees Begins October 29

Annual enrollment, October 29 through November 16, is the chance for employees to review and elect benefits coverage for 2019. Encourage employees to visit the BOP enrollment webpage for information and resources to help them make their annual enrollment elections. Remember, annual enrollment is the only opportunity for employees to review and elect benefits coverage for 2019 unless they have a qualifying life event during the year. Call the Board at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) if you have questions.

GA Seeking Applicants for Special Committees, Commissions &  Task Groups

The Co-Moderators of the 223rd General Assembly, Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri and Cindy Kohlmann, appreciate the response of the church to the call for applicants to be considered for appointment to special committees and commissions. Vilmarie and Cindy are committed to appointing a diverse group of persons to serve on the special entities approved by the assembly and hope to complete the majority of appointments by the end of November 2018. They have extended the deadline for applying to serve on these committees until October 30. The list of entities and the online application form can be found at the GA Nominations Portal. Persons with questions or who need additional information should be in touch with Valerie Izumi, Assistant Stated Clerk and Manager for GA Nominations.

Spread the word!

Applications for the 2019-20 Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program opened October 1. All sites are available. The YAV program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service, August-July, for young people, ages 19-30. Volunteers accompany local agencies faithfully working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation.

Help plants seeds of service and invite young people to be a YAD!

Need to Teach Reformed Theology?

The purpose of this workbook series is to introduce or to review reformed theology and offers in-depth study of church life. Topics include:

Each workbook connects faith to head, heart, and hands by providing study material, questions for reflection and discussion, and space for individual journaling. Visit now to see individual product descriptions.

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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