PNews 8/3/23

Why Ministry with the Next Generation Matters: An Overview

It’s essential that we begin thinking carefully about “Why” ministry with the next generation matters. We need to be able to articulate why involvement in the life of a church is good for young families in a way that will resonate and connect. We don’t like to think about it this way, but it bears asking: What benefit would a family with kids and teenagers gain from being involved in the life of your church? In this week’s letter, Why Ministry with the Next Generation Matters: An Overview, Rev. Brian Wallace addresses this question and more.
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Upcoming Events

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

August 3
Nominations Committee (2:30 – 4:30pm, Zoom)

August 16
New Worshiping Community Committee (8:30 – 10:00am, Zoom)
Peacemaking (4:00 – 5:00pm)

Crestfield Confirmation Event

Bring your confirmation crew out to Crestfield for a day of engaging talks, team building activities, and outdoor fun! The Confirmation Kick-Off is on September 30, 2023 from 10am – 8pm. The cost is $45 per person for Pittsburgh Presbytery participants. Click here to pre-register your group by September 1.
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Calling, Gathering, and Application: RRA

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 Team and RSVP to attend upcoming informational gatherings.
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Celebration Corner: Bob Abrams

On July 31st, one of our presbytery’s minister members, Rev. Bob Abrams, celebrated his 100th birthday. He is still volunteering for Presbyterian Men in Louisville. He recently took time to sit down with his colleagues in the Office of the General Assembly to reflect on what he calls a blessed life.
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Growing Your Church in Tough Times

There will be a seminar offered on Wednesday, September 13 from 9:30am – 12:30pm, at Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA, called “Growing Your Church in Tough Times: What Jesus and the Experts Say.” The featured speakers are Bill Webster, President of Vital Signs Church Consulting, and Jim Farrer, the founder of Vital Signs. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
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Free Training for Pastors and Church Leaders

Vanessa Bates, CRE, is offering free Training in Church Administration to all pastors and other church leaders as part of her D. Min project. The four-session training will be held via Zoom from 1-3 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursdays beginning July 27 and concluding on Sept 7. Participants can register for one or all of the modules on this site.
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Registration Open for the Henderson Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for this year’s Henderson Leadership Conference at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The Conference takes place September 24-26, 2023. This year’s keynoter Dr. Will Willimon will present the Henderson Lecture on Church and Ministry, “Hope for the Many Churches Where Few Are Gathered,” Monday evening, Sept. 25, 2023, at 7:00 person and online.
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