PNews – 12/17/20

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery

As people of the light, Jesus calls his disciples a “city on a hill.” His followers have always been on public display, regardless of whether they seek it out. Jesus came to us as “the Light of the world” and now we are that light. What does it mean for us to be light for the world in our current place and time? How to truth and light work together? In this week’s meditation, The Light of the World, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses these questions and more.

A hybrid meeting is one where a group of individuals is gathered together with additional individuals participating online. With the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, hybrid meetings will be necessary for congregations for the foreseeable future. The leadership team of Pittsburgh Presbytery has written up guidelines to help churches navigate through this next phase.

Catch up on what happened last week! Read the Presbytery Digest, a summary of the actions and information from the meeting of Pittsburgh Presbytery.

New Resources Available for Online Worship!

As part of the staff’s on-going commitment to supporting Pastors and Congregations, there are two new sermons and one musical selection 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.
Musical selection “Mary Did You Know” by Revs. Drs. Tammy Weins and Sheldon Sorge that is a piano and vocal duet with a brief introduction to the song.

All three resources are available for download from the Downloadable Worship Resources post in the Covid-19 Resources section on the website.

Registration is open for the virtual event hosted by the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators, to be held February 4–6, 2021. Explore “Anything But Ordinary Time” with APCE, from the comfort of your own home. Click “Read more” to access more information and registration!

The Synod of the Trinity has a new mailing address. It is:
Synod of the Trinity
702 E. Simpson St.
Unit 87
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
The Synod’s phone number has not changed (717-737-0421) but the staff’s extensions have. Find a list of those extensions on their Staff webpage.

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.

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