PNews – 3/18/21

News from Pittsburgh Presbytery

We think of Advent as the season of waiting, but surely Lent is also such a season. As I said last week, our COVID curtailment feels like a year-long Lenten journey. Like Jesus’ disciples as they walked to Jerusalem that final time, we have journeyed this year not knowing what lies ahead and when our distress will pass. But what are we missing in the present if we are only anxiously awaiting the future? In this week’s meditation, Hurry Up and Wait, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers this question and more.

Job Opening at Pittsburgh Presbytery!
Pittsburgh Presbytery is in search of a full time Administrative Assistant. The position is open effective April 1,  and will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is available. The ideal candidate will have a sense of vocation to serve the Lord, be familiar with the polity and workings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have excellent organizational and communications skills, and be experienced in website management. If you would like to explore the opportunity to join our team in the essential work of the Pittsburgh Presbytery, please write a letter of interest and send it with your resume to Sheldon Sorge.

The Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is offering the first Matthew 25 event for 2021 and it is scheduled for March 24 at 2 p.m. (EDT). The topic is how all three focus areas of the Matthew 25 intersect around the subject of housing. The program will include conversations with pastors on how their congregations are engaging with the issue of affordable housing in their communities. Mark your calendars and register today.

Virtual Holy Week Services!
As part of the Presbytery’s effort to support our churches in this time of COVID-related challenges, the staff of Pittsburgh Presbytery will once again be providing virtual worship resources for our congregations for Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter). Each service will be made available as a downloadable file that you can choose to incorporate some or all of the elements into your congregation’s own worship service or simply direct people to a YouTube link where they can watch it themselves. The materials will be posted to the Presbytery website no later than Thursday March 25th.

The National Black Presbyterian Caucus (NBPC), in Partnership with the Metro-Urban Institute of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (MUI) and Pittsburgh Presbytery, is celebrating the annual Palm Sunday Unity service on March 28, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Patrice Fowler-Searcy, Associate Pastor for Mission Ministries at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, will be delivering the message for the service. They hope to see you there! Register to join!

Hampton United Presbyterian Church as a gift of 20 beige padded folding chairs with arms. And Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church has gifts of 125 blue hymnals, 58 NIV bibles, 20 choir robes, and 4 sets of paraments they would like to gift to a member congregation of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Visit our Let’s Get Connected webpage for more information.

Is your congregation working to bring about social change for Christ in your community? Or is your building a historic facility and in need of improvements? Grant opportunities for either of these situations will soon be available! Click “read more” for further information.

Events at Affiliated Organizations

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