PNews 8/17/23

Why Ministry with the Next Generation Matters – Part 3: The Christian Message in a Pluralistic Society

In a world where narratives extoll the importance of self over the common good and where loneliness and a general sense of disconnectedness run rampant, will we sit back and worry about influencing teenagers too much? We’ve been entrusted with this narrative, and we’re charged to tell the next generation about the wondrous deeds that God has done. In this week’s article, The Christian Message in a Pluralistic Society, Rev. Brian Wallace speaks to the important of sharing the Christian narrative with the next generation.
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Upcoming Events

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

August 20
Rebecca Abbott Ordination (3:00pm, Unity Presbyterian Church)

August 27
Michael Creamer Ordination (2:00pm, Sewickley Presbyterian Church)

August 28
Commission on Preparation for Ministry (4:00 – 7:00pm)

August 30
Docket Time and Waiver Requests Due

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

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

Employee Retention Credit Information

The Synod recently hosted an information session with Hundredfold Consulting about the Employee Retention Tax Credit. The ERTC is a government stimulus program authorized under the CARES Act of 2020, and other presbyteries have used Hundredfold Consulting to help them receive this tax credit. Contact Jenny if you would like to view the recording of the Synod presentation.
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APCE 2024 Conference

The 2024 Annual Event for the Association of Partners in Christian Education (APCE), “Come All Who Are Thirsty,” will take place January 24 – 27, 2024, both in person in St. Louis, MO, or via Annual Event Online. The event will take place in the newly renovated Union Station Hotel and Amusement Complex. Each day of the conference will address how God is able to renew us as we thirst for justice, thirst for life, thirst for kindness and joy.
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SDOP Grant Applications

The Self-Development of People (SDOP) Committee of Pittsburgh Presbytery is now accepting 2024 grant applications through September 15, 2023. The grant will be awarded to a group project of disadvantaged individuals who directly benefit from efforts that seek to correct and/or address systemic injustice related to poverty, economic discrimination, and marginalization of underserved/minority communities. Additional information can be found in the attached flyer, and on the Justice Ministries page of the Pittsburgh Presbytery website.
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Church Financial Leadership Grant

Grants are available through the Presbyterian Foundation to assist pastors and New Worshiping Community leaders to attend continuing education opportunities which will help them in leading their congregations toward financial and missional vitality. There is a list of pre-approved events and courses, such as the Stewardship Kaleidescope conference, but other educational opportunities will be reviewed as well.
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Calling and Application

What are the stories of Black Presbyterian Churches in the Pittsburgh Presbytery? How have we failed as a Presbytery to love them as we love ourselves? How can we heal the breaches with our brothers and sisters in Christ? The Pittsburgh Presbytery created the Repair and Reconciliation Alliance to thoroughly review the historical experiences of these congregations and offer recommendations on actions of repair and reconciliation. Over the next two years, the Repair and Reconciliation Alliance needs various people to begin this task: leaders, researchers, writers, videographers, accountants, and more.
Follow this link for the Calling which gives an overview of the Alliance and Support Teams. Follow this link for the Application form. The application deadline for the Alliance is Thursday, August 31, 2023.
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