PNews – 7/30/20

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery

If we are to be Christ’s faithful followers and authentic ambassadors, we must be a people marked first and foremost by saying “Yes!” Yet beneath every “Yes” we utter lies a necessary corresponding “No.” Find out more about what this really means for the church here and now in this week’s meditation, Saying Yes and Saying No, by Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge.

The Transition-to-College Assistance Grant program through the Board of Pensions is intended to help eligible families of entering college freshmen with transitional expenses such as a computer purchase and/or dorm furnishings. Grant applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted from August 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. Visit the Board of Pensions site for more information or to apply.

In response to the killing of George Floyd, staff members Ralph Lowe, Director of Justice Ministries and Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister, started a series of conversations entitled Awareness and Transformation: Conversations about Life, Race, and Faith. You can view the episodes on YouTube or access downloadable copies of the videos for inclusion in online worship and other church programs. In episode three, What Is Implicit Bias?, Ralph and Brian discuss how our world-views shape our behaviors. For supplemental information on racial justice, visit the PC(USA) site.

The Synod of the Trinity is beginning to receive renewed tax exempt certificates for the churches and presbyteries in our region. It is estimated that it will take another 2-4 weeks before they have all of the renewed certificates from the Department of Revenue. Once they have been received, they will email them to the presbyteries, which will be in charge of forwarding them to their congregations. Reminder that the tax exempt certificates have been extended to Sept. 30. Click “read more” link to access the extension letter.

Be sure to check our site for the latest COVID-19 updates and resources. The PC(USA) and the Synod of the Trinity also continue to make updates to their resources as well. In our downloadable resources, you can access several sermons and other resources that are available to any congregation to help supplement their online worship and programs!

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