PNews – 12/10/20

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery

All we can do is wait. For how long? Nobody knows. From the thick of our broken world-as-we-have-it we dare only with trembling to hope for things eventually to get better. When everything finally gets set right, will we be happy with the new order of things? Will we ever be able to return to tried-and-true comfort zones? In this week’s meditation, Bracing for What’s to Come, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge explores these questions and more.

Two New Sermons Available for Online Worship!
As part of the staff’s on-going commitment to supporting Pastors and Congregations, there are two new sermons available for download and inclusion in online worship.

Sermon titled A Father Named Joe from Rev. Brian Wallace, Associate Minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery, is a look at the role of and lessons from the response of Joseph to the Christmas story.  It is appropriate for any Sunday in Advent.

Sermon titled 2021, The Promised Land? from Elder Ralph Lowe, Director of Justice Ministries, is a look at how we close the door on 2020 with hope, aspiration, and the knowledge of the presence of God waiting for us in 2021. It is appropriate for 12/27 and 1/3 Sunday worship.

Both sermons are available for download from the Downloadable Worship Resources post in the Covid-19 Resources section on the website.

If you’re enrolled in the PPO, EPO, HDHP, or the Medicare Supplement Plan from Board of Pensions for 2021, watch your home mailbox for new prescription ID cards from Express Scripts and new medical ID cards from Highmark. Be sure to use your new cards when filling prescriptions or visiting your healthcare provider in 2021.

These are the stories so often overlooked in the pulpit and during group study. They are the women who have made an impact on the shape of Christianity. We owe it to them to make sure their stories are heard. Browse these books to start a new conversation in your community.

Support for Bethesda!
More than fifty people gathered on the chilly morning of November 22 outside Bethesda Presbyterian Church to hold a prayer vigil for the Homewood community, and for Bethesda’s welfare in light of recent attacks by vandals. Presbytery’s Executive Committee allocated funds to purchase security cameras, and other congregations and individuals have stepped up to help with further costs of church repairs and maintenance. Bethesda’s congregation is small in number but mighty in prayer and mission, and any who would like to help support their ministry in one of our county’s neediest communities may do so through the presbytery office or by contacting Bethesda’s Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jermaine McKinley, at or 412-519-5363. A news story about the event was published here, and you may read Dr. Sorge’s meditation at the vigil, Flight or Fight?

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