PNews 4/6/23

Holy Shift: A Montreat Retreat

Longstanding trends of declining church membership accelerated during the pandemic and have found exhausted church staff working harder than ever to connect with their congregations. Habits changed, theology was challenged, and connections were severed, pointing to an unavoidable truth: The church we know is at a critical crossroads. Holy Shift: Navigating Seismic Changes in the Church We Know is a retreat offered at Montreat Conference Center from October 9-12, 2023, and will explore the implications of this seismic ground shift and learn to navigate the possibilities in a church where God’s call on our lives grows louder and deeper.
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Upcoming Events

The following events take place at the Presbytery Building, unless noted:

April 13

Special Nominating Committee (9:30 – 11:30am)

April 18

Foundation (12:30 – 3:00pm)
Liaison Training (4:00 – 7:00pm)

April 19

Docket Time and Waiver Request Due
Peacemaking Committee (4:00 – 5:00pm, Zoom)

April 20

Personnel Committee (10:00am – 12:00pm Zoom)
Finance and Property (2:00 – 3:00pm, Zoom)
Nominations Committee (2:30 – 4:30pm)

April 22

Session Minutes Reading (9:00am – 12:00pm)

April 23

Conversation on Sixth PC Church Overture, Bethel AME/Reparations (3:00 – 5:00pm)

April 30

Conversation on Sixth PC Church Overture, Bethel AME/Reparations (3:00 – 5:00pm, Zoom)

March 2023 Transition Updates

Since the February Transition Update, a lot has happened, and a lot is happening, and this is the latest as to where we are with the transition. There are staffing changes, the Special Nominating Committee is beginning their work, and preparations are underway to receive the Landscape Study at the May Presbytery meeting. In this week’s letter, March 2023 Transition Updates, Rev. Brian Wallace fills us in on these and more.
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Session Minutes Reading

It’s time for our Clerks of Session to sign up for 2022 Session Minutes Reading! The Ecclesiastical Committee will hold in-person minutes reviews by appointment at the presbytery center on the following dates: April 22, 2023, May 20, 2023, September 16, 2023, and another date in October TBD.
In addition, the Ecclesiastical Committee will once again offer an opportunity to participate in an electronic minutes exchange.
Please fill out this form with your preferences so we can help schedule you with a Minutes reading partner, either online or in person. If you have any questions, contact Jenny Tarrant at,or at 412-697-9207. Please note: the deadline to turn in the forms from the Minutes Review is Monday, November 20, 2023.
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Creativity, Innovation, and Risk in Faith Formation

EAPCE’s (Eastern Region of the Association of Partners in Christian Education) 2023 Spring Event is “Creativity, Innovation, and Risk in Faith Formation,” a conference offered from April 24-26 in Chambersburg, PA. This event’s pragmatic foci are: the arts & faith, educational technologies, nurturing spirituality, curriculum development, & more.
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Care Partner Tool Kit

The Care Partner Tool Kit is a collaboration between the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network and the Association of Partners in Christian Education with the Office of Christian Formation in the Presbyterian Mission Agency, PCUSA. Included in this Tool Kit are Quicksheets with information, ideas, and resource links that will assist individuals in the role of care partner and help faith communities in supporting them. The information is designed to help people approach the role with confidence in bite sizes and remind them they are serving God in all they do for others.
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