PNews 8/31/23

August Transition Update

As September approaches, we are officially eight months into our leadership transition. This week, Rev. Brian Wallace updates you on the leadership transition progress and some other matters in the life of the Presbytery. In this update you’ll find information about the search for a General Minister, two special events the week before the presbytery meeting, and more.

Upcoming Events

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

August 31
Personnel Committee (10:00am – 12:00pm, Zoom)
Property and Finance (2:00 – 3:00pm, Zoom)

September 6
Ecclesiastical Committee (2:00pm, Zoom)

September 7
Nominations Committee (11:00am – 4:00pm)

September 12
Executive Committee (4:00 – 7:00pm)

September 16
Session Minutes Reading (9:00am – 12:00pm, by appointment)

September 19
Commission on Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

September 20
New Worshiping Communities Commission (8:30 – 10:00am, Zoom)
Administrative Commission for Transformation (1:00 – 3:00pm)
CPM Final Discernment Event (4:00pm)

September 21
2024 Budget Presentation (10:00 – 11:30am, Zoom)

September 28
Presbytery Meeting (10:00am, Crestfield)

Church Safety Training: Registration is Open!

Save the date for an exciting opportunity coming in October! Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be coming to Pittsburgh on October 28 at Bethany Presbyterian Church, to lead a course on Church Safety and Security Training. The course is designed for people who are on the front lines of greeting people and interacting with the public, including ushers, greeters, outreach workers, custodians, and pastors. Registration is now open! You can register here.
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CPM Final Discernment Event

At the May 2023 Presbytery Meeting, the Commission on Preparation for Ministry proposed a new process for receiving and examining candidates who are certified ready pending call, and this process was adopted by the body. The process stipulates that before a Presbytery meeting, a gathering hosted by the CPM shall be held to examine candidates for ordination. (If you want to review the full proposal and rationale, you can find it here on Pg. 14). In September, two individuals are scheduled to be approved for ordination, pending call.  On Wednesday, September 20th, at 4 p.m., the Commission will host the Final Discernment Event to gather and hear from these individuals. All eligible commissioners are welcome and encouraged to attend; registration is required. A draft agenda is available here, and you can register here.
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Presbyterian Support to Maui

Communities in Maui are receiving a helping hand from Presbyterians who are answering the call to donate to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). The Presbytery of the Pacific, which works in conjunction with PDA, is staying in close contact with the Po’okela Church, a United Church of Christ congregation in the north-central portion of the island.
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Service of Remembrance

It is time to prepare for the Annual Service of Remembrance that typically is held every year at the September meeting of the presbytery. The service of remembrance will be held at the presbytery meeting on September 28, 2023. If any ordained ruling elder has died since the last memorial service which was held on September 22, 2022, please advise us by filling out the online form.

Names are due by Friday, September 15, 2023.
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2022 Session Minutes Review

Attention Clerks of Session: There are still two dates available for in-person minutes reviews by appointment at the presbytery center!

Saturday, September 16, 2023
Saturday, October 21, 2023

In addition, the Ecclesiastical Committee will once again offer an opportunity to participate in an electronic minutes exchange.

If you haven’t yet made plans to have your minutes reviewed, fill out this form so we can assign you a partner for either in-person or online reviews.

Please note: the deadline to turn in the forms from the Minutes Review is Monday, November 20, 2023. If you have any questions, contact Jenny Tarrant at, or at 412-697-9207.
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Church Financial Leadership Coaching Program

The Presbyterian Foundation’s Church Financial Leadership Coaching Program is a free, 12-month coaching program for church pastors that will assist pastors in leading their congregation down the path of financial sustainability to fulfill the church’s mission. The program connects pastors with individual coaches to help them gain a solid foundation in church financial literacy.
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