PNews 6/1/23

Back to Basics: What is the Presbytery?

During the Landscape report interpretation, we heard that Presbyteries like ours need to take a “back to basics” approach. In this first installment of a series entitled “Back to Basics: Presbytery Life and Ministry in 2023 and Beyond”, Acting Head of Staff Brian Wallace looks at the question “What is the Presbytery?”
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Upcoming Events

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

June 1
Nominations Committee (2:30pm)

June 6
Executive Committee (4:00 – 7:00pm)

June 7
Q & A for Landscape Study (10:00am – 12:00pm)

June 8
Equipping, Empowering, Engaging (4:00 – 7:30pm, Beulah Presbyterian Church)

June 12
Commission on Preparation for Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

June 13
Commission on Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

June 21
Peacemaking (4:00 – 5:00pm)

YAAD Nominations Needed!!

The 226th General Assembly (GA) will be held in Salt Lake City in 2024. The Session of your church may nominate a young person to attend the General Assembly as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate. The person whom you nominate should be at least 17 years old on June 20, 2024, and no older than 23 years on that same date. Please go to the following website to nominate someone for the YAAD:
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New CLC Transition Begins June 5th

The official transition date to the new CLC system is June 5th. If you currently have a PIF in the Church Leadership Connection, you will need to move that PIF to the new CLC system as soon as possible. The current CLC system will be phased out by the end of July and closed on August 31st. On June 14th, the CLC Staff will be holding a webinar on how to use the new system. A registration link for that event will be forthcoming.
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Equipping, Empowering, Engaging

Equipping, Empowering, Engaging is a leadership training event that will provide tools to equip and empower leaders to prayerfully engage in God’s work in your local church community. The event will take place on Thursday, June 8, from 4:00 – 7:30pm, at Beulah Presbyterian Church. Please click here to register for the event. Please share this event with your congregation and learn more with our bulletin insert and pamphlet. The deadline to register is June 1, 2023; we need to have final numbers for the meal.
We did have a problem with the registration form the first few days it was posted. If you filled out the form when it was first available and are unsure if you are registered, email Jenny. We apologize for the confusion.
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BOP Virtual Town Halls

The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is entering a season of rebuilding. They are seeking input as they explore how to create more choices for congregations and their pastoral leadership. If you’re interested in sharing your feedback during an upcoming Virtual Town Hall in late spring/early summer, you can register for one of their Virtual Town Halls. They will be held from 3:00 – 4:30pm on the following Thursdays: June 29, July 27, and August 31.
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Landscape Discussion and Q & A

Due to time constraints, there was not an opportunity for people to ask questions during the presentation at last week’s Presbytery Meeting regarding the Landscape Study. However, we have scheduled an extended follow-up discussion and question and answer session on June 7th at 10:00am at the Presbytery Office. If this time is not conducive to you (as we know it won’t be for many), we’ll schedule at least one additional follow-up meeting on Zoom and more if necessary. Please use this link to RSVP for the June 7th gathering or get your name on the list to be included in a future gathering at another time.
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Senior Vice Moderator Nominations

On behalf of the Committee on Nominations, we invite you, the Ministers and Sessions of Pittsburgh Presbytery, to recommend one or more candidates for Senior Vice Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery for the year 2024. The Senior Vice Moderator will succeed to the office of Moderator of Pittsburgh Presbytery in 2025. We hope that you will prayerfully consider this invitation for candidates. Self-recommendations are in order, so please share this invitation with your congregation.
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