PNews – 11/19/20
News from Pittsburgh Presbytery
This coming Sunday, the last before Advent, the church marks the festival of the Reign of Christ, sometimes called “Christ the King Sunday.” John declares that Jesus was able to humble himself to reach us in our most earthy needs because he knew “that he had come from God and was going to God.” But the world’s way is for power to be flexed, asserted, aggrandized, defended, and clutched at all costs. Are our leaders truly servant leaders? Are we humbling ourselves for others? In this week’s meditation, Out with the Old! In with the New!, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge explores these questions and more.
A prayer vigil is being offered at Bethesda Presbyterian Church Pittsburgh. This will be intercessory Prayer for Bethesda and neighbors, including both faith-based and non-profit entities, and all persons in the community. Specifically, prayers will be offered for:
• A STOP of violence, vandalism, and destruction
• Transformation and revitalization for the common good.
• Financial and Human Resources
Please read more for details and join in this important time of prayer.
You are invited to join members of Pittsburgh Presbytery’s International Partnership Ministry Team, siblings in Christ from the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church, and members of the Church of Central Africa: Presbyterian Blantyre Synod for a time of discussion, worship, and prayer to mark the beginning of Advent 2020.
Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting in Sewickley, PA, is offering weekly, 35-40 minute worship services designed specifically for the challenges pastors face in a changing world.
Pastors rarely have the opportunity to worship in services focusing entirely on their issues. These services offer themes, scripture, prayer, music and sermons formed with pastors in mind, with the hope that pastors will use these services as part of a weekly discipline helping them lead churches in really difficult times.
The worship is led by an expanding team of pastors and church leaders from different denominations whose vocations are devoted to helping pastors and churches engage in healthy ministry and mission.
In an effort for us to understand more about our history and the plight of the indigenous people, Molly Casteel, the Office of the General Assembly’s Manager for Equity and Representation, is providing a number of resources to help councils acknowledge the original inhabitants of the lands where they are living. Take advantage of what she gathered to help educate yourself and others!
Year End Per-Capita Discount Reminder!
If your church has been making per capita payments and plans to take advantage of the 2% discount offered by Pittsburgh Presbytery, please note that the deadline for monthly payments has been extended to January 31, 2021. Quarterly payments, on the other hand, are due in the finance office by December 31, 2020. Any payments received after those dates is not eligible for the discount and should be made payable in the amount of the full per capita balance due. If you have any questions, please contact Roy Burford, Business Administrator (412-323-1406).
Chances are you’ve heard about AmazonSmile, or maybe even used it to contribute to a charity. AmazonSmile is a program operated by Amazon that offers all the same products, with the distinction that a portion of the price of eligible purchases goes toward the buyer’s charity of choice.
Please consider designating Pittsburgh Presbytery as your AmazonSmile charity while you do your holiday shopping!
The next six units of Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible Curriculum are now at the PCUSA Store! These essential units provide you with all the material you need to continue faith formation through the major seasons of the church year. They are each available as a print or a download.
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