PNews 10/13/22

Church Leader Appreciation

Even though we may hesitate to ride the commercial bandwagon of “Clergy Appreciation Month,” it is still important to express appreciation for the ministry of the church’s leaders who, according to Scripture, are worthy of “double honor,” including generous financial compensation. Jesus treasured the thanks of those who received blessings from his ministry, and was grieved over those who did not express gratitude. This October, let us remember not only that congregations ought to express appreciation for their own church’s leaders, but that church leaders need to express appreciation for one another. In this week’s meditation, Church Leader Appreciation, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge explores this and more.
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Transition Update

At a called meeting on October 3rd, the Executive Committee adopted a transition plan for the period immediately after Sheldon retires as General Minister, based upon a recommendation from its Personnel Committee. Click here for their update on the transition between General Ministers, and the plan for the coming year.
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Day of Learning

The Presbyterian Foundation is pleased to bring you another Day of Learning with presentations and conversation about church finances and investments. This free learning opportunity will be held November 8, 2022. Three programs for deepening understanding of finances will be offered: Understanding Budgets and Reports, Know Your Fund Types, and Understanding Investments.
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Freeing Congregational Mission

“Why is it so hard to eliminate paternalism from the ways our churches engage in mission locally and globally? Why is mission often understood in racialized ways? Could mission hold a key to untangling the difficult conversations and commitments that address the enduring, colonial-era assumptions about race?”

Join authors (and Pittsburgh Presbytery members) ​Bala Khyllep and Hunter Farrell as they build on the learnings from their 2022 InterVarsity Press book, Freeing Congregational Mission, to explore ways leaders can help their congregations connect more deeply and mutually with their neighbors and with global partners.

Pre-Presbytery Missional Leadership Training
Bethany Presbyterian Church
10:30 am – Noon
Lunch will be provided.

Bala and Hunter provide leadership to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s “World Mission Initiative.”
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Thank You from the Historical Society

Thank you, people of the Presbytery of Pittsburgh, for giving a moment of your time to the Presbyterian Historical Society! We’re here to serve your congregations through our deposit and digitization programs. Be sure to explore our digital collections, and please join and support our African American Leaders and Congregations initiative.

2022 Coleman-Patrick Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2022 Coleman-Patrick Scholarship Recipients! The two recipients are: Mekkah Nared, attending Robert Morris University; and Kiara Nicole Rockymore, attending Seton Hill University. The Robert Coleman-Dr. Leroy Patrick Scholarship is annually awarded to undergraduate students of color who are recommended by their church pastor or the director of a validated mission agency of Pittsburgh Presbytery. Members of the Pittsburgh National Black Presbyterian Caucus express their thank-for-giving to all who contributed to the scholarship in support of this ministry.
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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)! Click here for the Zoom link.
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