Maintenance of divine worship in and beyond the pandemic will require us to evolve new ways of being with each other as we seek together to honor God. The great pandemic challenge for worship is not just, “How can we get people remotely to engage the music, prayers, and message of sanctuary worship?” It is also, “How can we get close to each other to honor God when social distancing is the rule?” In this week’s meditation, Evolution of Worship, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge addresses these questions and more.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) planning calendar recognizes a week of Christian Formation in churches and faith communities. This week begins the Sunday after Labor Day but churches may choose different weeks depending on their particular calendars and practices. When considering all the ways in which formation happens in our faith communities, we can use this time to kick-off a new program year for Christian education, commission faith formation leaders as well as highlight and start ministries. This website offers resources to help you plan for this event.
The Lazarus Fund equips congregations in Pittsburgh Presbytery to provide direct financial support to their neighbors to help them avoid the disruption of eviction. Distributing this direct aid can be a significant ministry for congregations who feel called to serve people who are poor, and especially those churches who are committed to the Matthew 25 Initiative principle of eradicating systemic poverty. The Lazarus Fund leadership team is hoping that new churches will join the program for the summer to address the coming eviction crisis.
At 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 10, the PCN will host a workshop exploring the legal concerns around livestreaming services. A PC(USA) staff attorney, Andrej Ajanovic, will discuss the dos and don’ts of copyrights and licenses for performances on various social media platforms and through other media. Register for the workshop here.
The Crestfield Camp and Conference Center (Crestfield) Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Michael Little will become the new Executive Director of Crestfield effective September 1, 2021. Mike takes over as Executive Director as Crestfield is coming out of 18 difficult months of Pandemic. Crestfield is now fully open to host groups and is very much looking forward to leading a full Summer Camping Program in 2022.