PNews 6/8/23

Back to Basics 2: The Responsibility of the Presbytery

As part of the on-going leadership transition process, Pittsburgh Presbytery completed the Landscape study through Holy Cow Consulting. Pittsburgh Presbytery landed in what is referred to as the recovery quadrant, where respondents reported both their excitement about the work of the Presbytery, as well as their satisfaction with the Presbytery are low. Michelle Snyder, a church consultant who has done extensive work with Holy Cow consulting, said a “back to basics” approach is needed for recovery quadrant organizations. This series will look at some of the “basics” of the Presbytery. This week, Rev. Brian Wallace will attempt to answer the age-old question: What exactly is a Presbytery good for?
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Upcoming Events

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

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 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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PCUSA Store Summer Reads

The PCUSA Store has created an “Inspiring Summer Reads” list to help you find the perfect book to take with you, whether you’re going to the beach, the mountains, the desert, or your backyard. This library of books is intended to help you relax, learn more about yourself and the world, or to just take prayerful moments throughout each day. For those interested in a good read for a book club, some of the selections include book club guides.
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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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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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