PNews 9/8/22

On Making Rules

Consistency, accountability, and transparency matter. And rules help us maintain those important commitments. But we must beware the proliferation of rules that insulate us from making difficult decisions. How will we choose – to live by exercising godly wisdom, or to make enough rules that we don’t need to undertake the difficult task of making wise judgments? In this week’s meditation, On Making Rules, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge explores this question and more.
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Service of Remembrance

It is time to prepare for the Annual Service of Remembrance that typically is held every year at the September meeting of the presbytery. The service of remembrance will be held at the presbytery meeting on September 22, 2022. If any ordained ruling elder has died since the last memorial service which was held on September 16, 2021, please advise us by filling out the online form.
Names are due by September 9, 2022.
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Spots Open for Session Minutes Reading

We still have a few options for you to have your 2021 Session Minutes reviewed. There are two more dates for in-person reviews: September 17 and October 22. In addition, we are once again making an online reading exchange available. Please fill out this form to sign up for any of the in-person review dates, or for the online reading option.
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Celebration Corner: Open Hand Ministries

Open Hand Ministries, a collaborative effort of four PC(USA) churches in Pittsburgh working to empower Black families living in the Steel City’s East End to build multi-generational wealth, was the featured organization last week on “A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast.” Open Hand Ministries’ executive director, Wayne Younger, explained to hosts Simon Doong and the Rev. Lee Catoe how churches can help to empower the communities in which they’re situated. Listen to their conversation here. Younger comes in at the 32nd minute. The four PC(USA) churches — East Liberty, Eastminster, Valley View and Open Door — came together under the leadership of Open Hand Ministries founder Michael Stanton.
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Webinar with Fidelity Investments

“Top Things To Do Before You Retire,” a free webinar from Fidelity Investments (Retirement Savings Plan recordkeeper), is designed to help you get your financial house in order, create a retirement income plan, understand Social Security, and prepare for the unexpected. From creating your financial blueprint to preparing your estate and legacy plans, “Top Things To Do Before You Retire” will offer ideas and resources to take the next step on your financial wellness journey.The webinar takes place at noon on Tuesday, September 13.
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Coffee with Clergy

Come treat yourself on Monday mornings at 10am to Coffee with Clergy! It’s a space for Pastors to shake off the Monday morning drudge with coffee, laughter, and great conversation among colleagues. B.Y.O.C. (or tea)! This week’s topic, PCUSA process for Ordination! Is it working? What would you change? Join us and let’s discuss. Click here for the Zoom link.
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