PNews 1/26/23

Freeing Congregational Mission

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. Bala and Hunter provide leadership to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s World Mission Initiative. The first session included a diverse group of congregational mission leaders reflecting on the challenges currently facing our congregations engaging in local and/or global mission. We traced the surprising relationship of Christian mission and race and proposed strategies to engage in mission in the way of Jesus Christ– not from a position of power or control, but as mission companions. Congregational mission leaders have a vital role to play in transforming their churches’ relationship with their community and hold a key role to shape their congregation’s understanding and practice of mission. The second session (no need to have participated in the first session) will empower mission leaders by providing specific strategies and tools to lead their congregation.

Missional Leadership Training
Pittsburgh Presbytery
February 2, 2023
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Please click here to register for session (lunch will be provided).

Clerk of Session Training

The Ecclesiastical Committee has scheduled New Clerk of Session Training to be held via Zoom video conferencing on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 9:00 – 11:00 am. New Clerks of Session are urged to attend, and all clerks are invited and welcome to attend. Please contact Jenny Tarrant with your name, church of membership, and preferred email address to register.

PC(USA) Lent Resource Guide

The 2023 Lent Resource Guide is now available at the PC(USA) store. They have book study guides, devotionals, preaching aids, and more to assist in planning for the upcoming Lenten season. Several of the books highlighted have downloadable resource samples.
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Upcoming Crestfield Retreats

It’s time to reserve your church’s spot at the Spring Youth Retreats at Crestfield! The Confirmation Retreat will be held on March 3-5. This retreat is designed to serve as a wrap up for your confirmation year. Led by Rev. Brian Wallace, focal topics will include “Statements of Faith” and “Exploring Your Call.”  Worship will be led by Del and Hermione Treese. Reserve your church’s spot by February 3, 2023.

The single night Tweener Retreat is on March 25-26, and is designed for upper elementary students who might be experiencing a retreat for the first time.  Church groups should plan to arrive first thing Saturday morning and stay through until Sunday morning when we will conclude with breakfast and a short meditation.  This year’s retreat will be led by Charissa Howe, and our worship leader will be Jason Fryer. Cost of the retreat is $90.

Find out more and reserve your church’s spot for both retreats on the Retreats Page of the Crestfield website.
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Matthew 25 Initiative Mission Event

The Amos 5:24 Mission Team would like to extend an invitation to the Matthew 25 Initiative event hosted by the PC(USA) Mission Agency on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at Sharon Community Presbyterian Church. There will be a breakfast seminar at 8:30 am and worship at 10:30 am. Rev. Tony Oltmann, Associate Director for Theology Formation and Evangelism for the Office of Vital Congregations, will be the presenter of a discussion about Congregational Vitality. Click here for information and instructions on how to RSVP.
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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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