PNews – 05/20/21
News from Pittsburgh Presbytery
When Jesus left his disciples at his ascension, he gave them one assignment: Wait together in Jerusalem. The outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost came when “they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1) The King James Version says they were gathered “with one accord,” but that qualifier is not in the Greek text. Agreement was not the main thing; togetherness was. We have flipped the Acts 2 pattern in the church. For us, far too often, agreement matters more than togetherness. How does that affect our church lives? Are we valuing one to the detriment of the other? In this week’s meditation, The Power of Being Together, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge answers these questions and more.
On behalf of the Committee on Nominations, we invite you, the Ministers and Sessions of Pittsburgh Presbytery, to recommend one or more candidates for Senior Vice Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery for the year 2022. The Senior Vice Moderator will succeed to the office of Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery in 2023. I hope that you will prayerfully consider this invitation for candidates. Self-recommendations are in order, so please share this invitation with your congregation. Click “read more” for more information.
The 225th General Assembly (GA) will be held in June/July of 2022. The Session of your church may nominate a young person to attend the General Assembly as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD). The person whom you nominate should be at least 17 years old on June 20, 2022, and no older than 23 years on that same date. Click “read more” for more information.
Change happens. Transition is how we adapt to change. As we look beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, it is obvious that our communities and the world are not the same as they were in 2019. Even the church has changed, adopting technologies and practices that we may not have considered without the impetus of Covid. In such a time as this, church leaders require special skills and understanding. Transitional Ministry Education, once regarded as training for interim pastors, has become a vital resource for all church leaders. To learn about upcoming transitional ministry training opportunities, check out the PCUSA Transitional Ministry Education Consortium website.
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