PNews – 6/25/2020

Oakland Interfaith Vigil for Black Lives on July 1

This peaceful demonstration on Wednesday, July 1, from 12-1:00 PM, is to remember Black lives lost and honor those still living by standing up for justice and dignity. We will start by gathering at Fifth Avenue and De Soto Street spreading out from there with people spaced six feet apart and posting on the sidewalk along Fifth Avenue from Bellefield Avenue to Robinson Street. Please wear masks and bring signs! There will be no speakers.

New Gifts Posted on Let’s Get Connected!

The Administrative Commission for Forest Grove Community Presbyterian Church has twenty-four pews, a three-piece pulpit unit with matching communion table, and a full-size Allen organ they would like to give to a member congregation of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Check out the details and get more information on how to make a connection on the Let’s Get Connected! page.

Financial Literacy is Key to Maintaining Sustainability of Congregations

The Church Financial Leadership Academy is an online learning platform offered by the Presbyterian Foundation AT NO COST. It provides financial literacy education in an interactive format and is available any time you are ready!

Do You Need Encouragement?

If you need inspiration, motivation, and encouragement as a pastor or lay leader of a small Presbyterian congregation, you will want to consider attending the Wee Kirk 2020 Northeast Conference on October 12-14 at the Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mt. Pleasant, PA. Click here for more information!

Episode Two of Awareness & Transformation Now Available!

In response to the killing of George Floyd, presbytery staff members Ralph Lowe and Brian Wallace are recording a series of conversations you are welcome to use with your congregation in whatever format you find appropriate. In episode two, Ralph and Brian dive deep into definitions, notably, how do we define two words: Racist and Racism. In our downloadable resources, you can access the short or extended version in multiple formats, as well as several sermons that are available to any congregation to help supplement their online worship!

Do Your Kids Like to Hear Bible Stories Read Aloud?

Growing in Grace & Gratitude, a curriculum designed to help children explore the stories of the Bible through the lens of grace, has great resources to use at home or online including a Bible story for children with simple activities, a coloring page, and a story audio which allows you to hear the stories read aloud by different voices.

There is Still Time to Register!

The 2020 Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network meeting is still happening through live streaming and Zoom conferencing. This year, the purpose of our annual meeting is to listen and to pray. We will hear updates from mission co-workers Bob and Kristi Rice, Lynn and Sharon Kandel, Lisa Wagstaff, Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather, Michael and Rachel Weller, and Debbie Braaksma. Our partners from Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC), South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC) and The Presbyterian Church of South Sudan (PCOSS) continue to be a light for Christ and a voice for peace in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger, oppression, suffering, and conflict.

Our PC(USA) mission co-workers and other advocates are still supporting and staying in touch with Sudanese and South Sudanese colleagues, pastors, and community leaders as they are promoting peacemaking and trauma healing during this difficult time.  Romans 1:12: “that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

Please join us as we listen, worship and pray together!
Sudan/South Sudan Mission Network Virtual Meeting
Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30
10:00-11:30 AM & 1:30-3:00 PM (EST)

Register here  and download our brochure to share.

Please email us if you have questions or need more information.

Events & Retreats at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center

Events & Continuing Education Opportunities at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: please check the Continuing Education webpage for details about future programs.

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