PNews 6/22/23

Back to Basics Part 3: What are the values and goals of the Presbytery?

If you’re trying to get someplace, it’s good to know where you’re trying to get and how you will get there. Just as drivers need to know where they’re going, organizations need to have some sense of where they are headed and what they’re trying to accomplish. In this week’s letter, Rev. Brian Wallace reflects on the directions given for a Presbytery from the Book of Order.
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Upcoming Events

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

June 28
International Partnership (7:00 – 9:00 pm)

July 11
Executive Committee (4:00 – 7:00pm)

July 19
Peacemaking (4:00 – 5:00pm)

It’s Not Too Late to Register for Crestfield Summer Camp!!!

Camps are filling up, but there are still spots available for this summer!  Visit the Summer Camp page of our website for details and dates. Also, check out the following discounts and financial assistance opportunities available this year:

  • Sibling Discount – Siblings registered together each get 10% off their registration fee.
  • Multi-Camp Discount – Campers who attend 2 weeks of day camp or 1 week of overnight camp are invited to attend an additional week of overnight camp at 40% off. To get this discount, email Renee at and she will get you set up.
  • Subsidized Rate – We understand that Summer Camp can be expensive. If the regular registration fee is a little out of reach for your family, please consider using the code SUBSIDIZED when you check out to reduce your fee by 20%.
  • Additional Financial Assistance – If you need additional financial assistance to make camp possible this year, you can apply to the Crestfield Campership Fund inside our registration portal.  Further assistance is also available through the Presbytery for those from under-resourced communities. Contact Ralph Lowe for more information.

If you have questions about camp, discounts, or financial assistance, please reach out to Renee at
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Attention Chaplains!

Attention chaplains in the Pittsburgh Presbytery: Charissa Howe and Tami Hooker are looking for chaplains who are interested in a chaplaincy collaborative in our presbytery. The first order of business for this group will be to figure out what it is that chaplains need right now out of a collaborative. This could be anything from resource sharing to Bible study and everything in between. If you are interested in finding out more, please reach out to Charissa at

“New Way:” the 1001 NWC Podcast

“New Way,” hosted by Rev. Sara Hayden, is the podcast for 1001 New Worshiping Communities. You can listen to the podcast through their website, or through options listed on this page. Her latest guest, Episcopal priest Rev. Elizabeth Edman, speaks about her book Queer Virtue, and what being a part of the Queer Community teaches her and can teach us about being a faithful Christian.
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New PMA Grant Website

Throughout the year, the Presbyterian Mission Agency offers more than 20 grants and scholarships ranging from $100 to $50,000 awarded to individuals, communities and mid councils. These opportunities can now be found on the grants webpage that centralizes all the opportunities and lists their key attributes, such as application date, eligibility and purpose. Take a look and see what your church might be eligible for!
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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 18 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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