PNews – 09/17/20

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery

When church officers promise to be friends in ministry to their colleagues, and to further the peace, unity, and purity of the church, they promise to embody in their relationships the way of Jesus. How we live and serve together is an essential mark of our authenticity as Jesus’ followers. If we can’t live peaceably with each other, how can we claim to be at peace with God? (1 John 4:20-21) In this week’s meditation, In It Together, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge explores this question and more.

The Next Generation Ministry Team is updating their contact list! If you or anyone from your congregation, whether they are staff or volunteers, are involved Children, Youth, Christian Education, College, Young Adult, Emerging Adults, Campus, Camp/Conference, etc., please submit a new contact form. That way you can connect with others in the presbytery who are working in similar ministries and stay updated with Next Gen announcements and events!

Christians have long sought to live into the Kingdom of God modeled and promised by Jesus Christ. In that spirit, Martin Luther King’s vision of the Beloved Community is a wondrous image of life lived with a wholeness and integrity that speaks to the common good. In a new virtual conference, the Synod of the Trinity explores the meaning of Beloved Community, identifies some values that characterize Beloved Community, and begins to make connections with specific challenges in our world right now. Registration required.

Access to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions will be expanding effective January 1, 2021 — which means more members of the Benefits Plan of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) may be eligible to receive important financial support. Through the Assistance Program, the Board of Pensions provides need-based grants to help active and retired members and their families. The program is one of the ways in which the Board promotes the health and wholeness of its members.

Crestfield’s core mission is to create an environment for people to encounter Christ. But according to Gene Joiner, Crestfield’s Executive Director, one result of the pandemic was the realization by camp staff and its board of directors that their biggest mission now was to help neighbors. Because of their new outreach, they were featured in the PC(USA) newsletter. Read more about it on their site!

With this upcoming free webinar from The Presbyterian Outlook and author Kerry Connelly, leadership and adult study groups can begin the important work of dismantling racism as a church and finding justice for our Black brothers and sisters in Christ. Participants do not need to have read Kerry’s book, Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice, to attend.

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