PNews 1/12/23

Providing a Safe Space
Providing for the nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God is central to our calling as a church. But to do that well, we must provide shelter – safe environments for some of the most vulnerable among us. This week, as we breathe a sigh of relief and give God gratitude for the good news about Damar Hamlin, let us take time to ask ourselves whether our communities would be ready if the worst were to happen.  In this week’s meditation, Providing a Safe Space, Rev. Brian Wallace reflects on this and more.
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Racial Wealth Gap Simulation
Pittsburgh Presbytery’s mission statement is to be a covenant community committed to sharing together the ongoing life and ministry of Jesus Christ, proclaiming and demonstrating the Gospel publicly in word and deed in the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the best affirmations of our mission statement is the approval to become a Matthew 25 Presbytery focusing on bringing people together by building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. The Amos 5:24 Ministry Team would like to extend an invitation to the Matthew 25 event “Bread for the World: Racial Wealth Gap Simulation”. This is a brunch and learning simulation on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Hiland Presbyterian Church. Co-hosted by Hiland Presbyterian Church and Waverly Presbyterian Church, the simulation is an empathy-building exercise to aid understanding in the connections among racial equity, hunger, poverty, and wealth. Rev. Liddy Barlow, Executive Minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, will lead the event. Please RSVP to indicate your interest in this event to Jen Imler at or 412-364-9000.

Upcoming Webinar: Depleted Uranium in Iraq
The Office of Public Witness invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, January 18, at Noon, co-sponsored by the Presbyterian Iraq Partnership Network, Presbyterian World Mission, and the Presbyterian Ministry at the UN. They will focus on the scourge of Depleted Uranium left in Iraq as a result of U.S. weapons used during the US-Iraq conflict. Our own Rev. Matthew Fricker will be one of the speakers.
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Board of Pensions Update
A Board of Pensions update from Rev. Doug Portz is now available. You can find information about Assistance Programs for those with financial need, and Retirement Conversations to address concerns related to retirement. There is other important information regarding a new Benefits Connect system, and New Year Updates.
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Coffee with Clergy
Coffee with Clergy will resume this coming Monday, January 9 at 10am. 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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Year-End Statistical Reports
This is a reminder to our Clerk of Session that the year-end statistical reporting site is currently open. There was an email sent out with information for the report; however, some clerks have found that the email is going to their Promotions or Junk folders. If you cannot find the information you need, please email Jenny Tarrant for your User ID, password, or any other questions. The submission deadline is Thursday, February 9, 2023.

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