PNews 2/16/23

February Transition Updates

Since Sheldon’s retirement became official, many people have asked, “So, how are things at Presbytery office?” The truth is that they’re pretty much the same. That being said, there are some new things happening. In this week’s letter, Rev. Brian Wallace walks through some of the changes at Presbytery, including welcoming Rev. Louise Rogers, Branch Re-Assignments, a Special Nominating Committee, and more.
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Turkey-Syria Earthquake: Ways to Give, Act, and Pray

Amid news of a devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkey, the Presbyterian Mission Agency has reached out to offer assistance to partners in the area, where thousands have died, and is asking Presbyterians to pray for those impacted by the quake and its aftershocks. Solidarity grants to meet immediate needs are being processed and ACT partner GOPA-DERD is distributing winterization items (blankets, mattresses), food items and medicines. Follow the link to find ways to give, act, and pray for those affected.
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New Lenten Calendar Available!

The Presbyterian Hunger Program is offering Tread Lightly for Lent, a Lenten calendar with practical ideas for reducing our impact on the earth and stemming the tide of rising sea levels and severe storms. The calendar includes Scripture readings, prayers, activities, and more.
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PC(USA) 2023-24 Scholarship Applications are Now Open

Applications for the 2023-24 scholarships through the Presbyterian Mission Agency are now open. The scholarships are for full-time undergraduate and seminary students belonging to Presbyterian churches. The final deadline for the need-based aid scholarship program is May 15, 2023.
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COM Boundary Training Policy Update

In 2021, the Commission on Ministry of Pittsburgh Presbytery adopted a new set of requirements for ethical training. The new policy requires that all members of Pittsburgh Presbytery who are active in ministry complete the current ethical training seminar within their first two years as a member of the Presbytery, and complete one ethical training elective every two years thereafter. There are two upcoming training sessions available on the attached link.
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Bethel AME Church Overture

At our September presbytery meeting we received a first read of the overture from Sixth Presbyterian Church seeking support for the efforts of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church to obtain reparations for the seizure of its building by eminent domain for less than market value during the redevelopment of the lower Hill District in the 1950s. This overture is being presented to the presbytery as an invitation to open discussion in order to shape future possible presbytery action. We will receive a second read at our February 16, 2023 presbytery meeting. We would love to hear any questions concerning the overture; please email Rev. Ralph Lowe.
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