PNews – 4/29/21
News from Pittsburgh Presbytery
For Presbyterians, the way forward in times when we differ involves engaging each other respectfully across our differences, as we seek common ground. We trust that God’s Spirit will help us find a way forward together if we maintain goodwill toward each other. We hang in there together even when our differences are significant. That’s the Presbyterian way. In the wake of Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd, what is still required of us in the long term struggle for justice? In this week’s meditation, The Long Haul, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses this question and more.
Since 2017, Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Next Generation Ministry Team has sponsored The Event: Because Youth Group is Better Together. For the past three years, a couple of hundred kids and adult leaders have joined together for a night of music, games, teaching, and discussion. Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve moved The Event to a virtual format this year – but all the ingredients are the same. We’ve got games, music (for the first time led by a band comprised entirely of youth), a talk, and small group questions for you to use whenever, wherever, and with whoever you want. We’d love to see any pictures you take of your group taking part in the event and you can use #theeventvirtual to make them easier for people to find. You can find all the details on the website.
Church Leadership Connection (CLC) and the Call Process Support Office of the PC(USA) are collaborating with PC(USA) Research Services to conduct a study into congregational experiences of mission studies. We want to learn what congregations are doing, what works for them, what does not work, and what resources they need.
They are designing a mission study resource for congregations, and the results of this survey will help ensure their resource is grounded in what congregations actually need. If you have feedback on the mission study process, click “read more” to access the survey.
Are you serving as an educator in your church, council or agency—either as a volunteer or as paid staff? Do you feel like you would like to have a stronger biblical and theological foundation and greater skills in educational ministry leadership? Then the Educator’s Certification Committee (ECC) of the PC (USA) has created a training process for you (and maybe others serving alongside you in educational ministry, as well) that can lead to endorsement as a Christian Education Associate (CEA). Click “read more” for further details.
Check out new and featured anti-racism resources for individual and group study, leadership training, and children’s time at the online PC(USA) Store.
Pittsburgh Presbytery Office Reopening!
After more than a year of our offices being closed, presbytery offices are partially reopening. Staff are present at the office Tuesdays through Thursdays, and welcome appointments those days at the office. All staff members are vaccinated against COVID. Conference rooms are available, though distancing and masks are still required if anyone in the meeting has not been fully vaccinated.
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